Next week, I will be at Gen Con. On August 14 – 17, I will staff my table on Author’s Avenue (table AA) whenever the Dealer Hall is open. I will have copies of all five of my novels, as well as a limited number of copies of Sojourn: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction. I also still have copies of the Gen Con Exclusive Omnibus Edition of The Foundation of Drak-Anor (21 copies to be exact). Once these book are gone, I’m not going to print more! The Foundation of Drak-Anor collects Wings of Twilight and Iron Fist of the Oroqs into a single volume. I will also have free Galactic Confederation Junior Ranger patches for everyone who buys a Zack Jackson novel!
One thing I will be doing at Gen Con is free giveaways. That’s right; you can get a copy of Wings of Twilight for free, if you’re lucky… Watch my twitter feed (@hccummings or @jedisoth) or the hashtag #GenCon for giveaway times. I’m only giving away one book per day, and you’ll need to speak the secret passphrase to get a chance to roll my four Vesuvian Lava Fate dice (yes, they’re really carved out of lava from Mt. Vesuvius). If you beat my roll, you win a book! Four plusses wins the hardcover Omnibus edition (subject to availability–a tie means we throw out that roll and roll again) and earns another lucky person a chance to win Wings of Twilight.
If I’m going to sell and sign books at a gaming convention, I may as well make a game out of it, right?
The great thing about this song is that if it’s been a while since you’ve read Wings of Twilight, or you didn’t read it, but read Iron Fist of the Oroqs, the song will tell you the tale of what occurred in the first book of The Foundation of Drak-Anor series, much like the minstrel play in the prologue of book two. In fact, one could skip the prologue altogether, and just listen to the song instead!
The period of Kindle exclusivity on Wings of Twilight and Iron Fist of the Oroqs ends on Saturday. Beginning Sunday (or Monday, depending on how long it takes the files to process through the system), you’ll be able to purchase both novels in The Foundation of Drak-Anor series on Smashwords, DriveThruFiction, and possibly Kobo Writing Life. I’m still looking into ways to get my novels into the iBookstore without buying an Apple PC.
On Sunday, March 3rd, Kindle exclusivity ends for Zack Jackson & The Cult of Athos and you’ll be able to find that novel in the aforementioned stores.
As always, print versions are available through Amazon & CreateSpace.
I will be attending Gen Con this year with a table on Author’s Avenue. I’ll be there to sell and sign books when ever the Dealer Hall is open (with a few hour-long exceptions). If you plan to attend, stop by and say “Hi!” There’s a possibility that I might have a con-exclusive hardcover edition compilation of The Foundation of Drak-Anor available for sale there, too, depending on how the pricing shakes out. More news on that later.
As a celebration of the holiday season, combined with a belated 1st Anniversary, for the next five days, I’m giving away the Kindle version of Wings of TwilightABSOLUTELY FREE! If you haven’t taken the opportunity to buy the debut novel in The Foundation of Drak-Anor duology, now is the time!
This sale will last through the month of December. I have also made both of them Kindle exclusive*, so you can also borrow them for free if you’re a Kindle Prime member.
I will also be appearing on a podcast sometime this month to talk about my books and other topics of interest. I’ll have a more specific announcement once the episode drops.
* If you have already purchased Wings of Twilight from Smashwords, you will still be able to download your book, you just won’t be able to buy new copies through them for now. I haven’t sold any copies of it anywhere except Amazon for 9 months, so I figured Amazon exclusivity wouldn’t really cost me any money.
OK, so the book itself isn’t changing. That would be silly. But, since it now has a sequel, I decided the covers should match in style so that it’s obvious by looking at them that Wings of Twilight and Iron Fist of the Oroqs are related. I commissioned all new art from Jason Rainville and have redesigned the cover from scratch. I invite you to comment upon it in the comments. I may tweak it a bit here and there yet. I expect it to go live this week. Those of you with Kindle versions will get the new cover automatically. Those of you with the Rowena Aitken cover in print, well, maybe I’ll because famous enough one day that they’ll have value as “First Editions”. Otherwise, it’s an interesting bit of history.
Now, for the record, I think Rowena did a great job on Wings of Twilight‘s original cover. But, this new cover make it much easier to tell that the two books are part of the same series. If I ever do an omnibus edition, I’ll put all the art in the book, though that might make the print edition prohibitively expensive unless I do a Kickstarter or something, but that’s years away.
Wings of Twilight is now available in print from Amazon.com! Of course, you can still buy it directly from CreateSpace. It’s still filtering through the distribution network, so if you’re holding out to support Barnes & Noble or something, you’ll have to wait a little longer (6 – 8 weeks by my best information, so check back after Christmas).
I received my copies in the mail yesterday; they look fantastic. I almost felt like George McFly at the end of “Back to the Future” where he handed his novel to Marty and said “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything!”
Technically, Wings of Twilight is now available in print. It hasn’t made its way through the distribution channels yet, so the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT won’t occur for a bit. But, if you’re champing at the bit to get it, you can buy it now through CreateSpace.
Kale and Delilah are siblings. Twins, in fact. Kale is a talented engineer and trapsmith. Delilah is a sorceress with a particular fondness for boggins (small furry balls of hunger and pointy teeth generally considered to be nuisances).
What makes them special among draks is their striped scales. Stripes are very rare among the draks and considered a good omen. So good, in fact, that many drak clans call striped draks “Children of Destiny.” Cynics will tell you prophecies hold no water, but there are still some dreamers in the world. Kale and Delilah’s clan have mixed feelings about the twins, though. Being striped is very good, being twins born of the same egg, that’s considered a bad omen. Normally, twins are exposed; left to die in the harsh reality of the world before they’re old enough to fend for themselves. They were reluctant to do that to Kale and Delilah, though, due to their stripes, so they were raised in the clan until they were of age, then exiled. Now they live and work in Twilight Dungeon, looking up to Sarvesh and Soterios as sort of older brothers and protectors.
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