In anticipation of A God Among Thieves being released on Saturday 22 April, every ebook I have on Amazon from now until 25 April will be discounted to $2.99. Get them quick, because they will soon shoot up to an insane $4.99.
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In other news, you would think that having a book completely done would allow me some down time. Instead, I'm picking up the pace on Part 2 to the story. I have a couple of weeks still to go on it, and since I'm this close to finishing it I'm powering through with the energy of a nineteen year old at his first midnight rave.
There is a madness to all of the last minute prep work that goes into publishing a book. Fixing hundreds of typos and badly written paragraphs, converting the book to its electronic form and making sure all the maps and appendixes are legible, creating the paperback and making sure all the headers and footers are accurate, that the cover actually fits, and getting it all done in time so that A God Among Thieves is ready to be released on 22 April.
I have a great sense of relief with this book finally being published. It's part of a grand series of tales that has been kicking around the back of my mind for years. It helped to keep me sane while I was working a mindless job as I problem solved one crisis after another, trying to figure out how Kes and Lazden get out of this tricky situation, how the empire is going to make life even worse for everyone around them, and so on. By then I hadn't even written a single line of the book, I was simply trying to plot out a series of interconnecting threads and hoping that it would all fit.
It also looks like this series will be with me for years. I got burned out writing the Kingston Raine books, which still has one more to be published (the first draft is done, but it's gathering dust on my hard drive). So far, the God Among Thieves series is shaping up to be 3 or 4 times longer than the entire Kingston Raine adventures, so you might hear me cry out a year from now that I will never, ever do another series.
If I was in Hollywood I would describe the story as: In a war between gods and man with muskets and swords, an unlikely team of soldiers and thieves is sent across the continent, behind enemy lines, to convince a god to defect to their side.
Anyway, enough with the teasing, here's the first chapter to see if this book is your kind of thing. Enjoy!
You can also pick up the book up for 99 cents by clicking here.
Instead of taking some time off like a sane person, I like to push pixels around to make weird shapes and colours. Sometimes those colours make sense and look like a book cover.
A big shout out must go to Karen at Smiley Bird Designs for her graphic design mojo on the book. She also ripped apart one blurb after another until I had something that worked. So without further ado:
For the first time in history, an empire of muskets and cannons is gaining ground in the war against living, breathing gods. Entire armies have been massacred in a conflict which, at times, seems to be absurdly worth it.
Thousands of miles away, the principality of Moqara lies on the verge of being crushed by every neighbor around them. At the center of the crisis are reports that the empire has set its sights on acquiring the oasis city at any cost, convinced that it's trade lines may be the key to securing victory for the human race.
A former resident, Kes, stumbles through the Moqaran desert, barely alive, carrying a message no one wants to hear: one of the gods wants to defect to the human side. It is not known who the message is intended for, and the only person who can vouch for Kes, Lazden Dadario of the Prince's Guard, doesn't trust a word she says.
The book is so big it needs a map!
A God Among Thieves is on pre-order now. Out 22 April. 99 cents for a huuuuge book! Click me to reserve your copy now!
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