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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: February 02, 2020, 05:25:37 PM »
Name: Christopher C. Fuchs
Website URL:
Novel Title: Lords of Deception (War of Four Kingdoms 1)
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Adventure
Length: 596 pages (159,000 words)
Format: E-book (EPUB, MOBI)
Back Cover Blurb:

Emperors and kings thought it had been buried long ago: the Order of the Candlestone was defeated, the grim deeds of its assassins forgotten and its dangerous alchemy shunned. But Arasemis, an eccentric warrior-scholar, is determined to revive the Order and return the continent to its primitive origins, if he can control his apprentices.

Arthan Valient is a young nobleman from a respected family who wrestles with providing honorable service to a weak king. Thrust into a powerful position before he is ready, Arthan must navigate the political intrigue of a court in slow collapse, while avoiding Arasemis’s new assassins.

Milisend is the weak king’s daughter, a princess who secretly shuns the life of royalty and hides her passion for thievery and a certain thief. But as the machinations of Arasemis and Arthan intensify, these mere distractions become live-saving in ways she never expected. And from within her emerges something she never knew she had.

Arasemis, Arthan, Milisend, and their companions learn that help can be found in the most unlikely of places, even as the shadow of war looms across the continent. But trust is always elusive.

“Visceral Epic Fantasy with Plenty of Political Intrigue... A Narrative Thrill” — Kirkus Reviews (2019)
“Top 5 Novel of the Year... One of the Best Fantasy Debuts I've Read in a While” — Liviu Suciul, former co-editor of Fantasy Book Critic (2019)
"This Series is My New Obsession" — Zoe Pollock, Book Blogger at Zoe's Reading Corner (2019)
"A Bit Like the Style of Game of Thrones... I Found it Hard to Put Down" — Jonty S., NetGalley (2019)

How Many Copies Available for Reviewers: 48 copies unclaimed at Booksprout (

-- ARCs are free but cannot be shared with others. 1 ARC per reviewer.
-- You can post your review to FF, your website, or anywhere else you want.
-- Posting on Amazon and at least one other (Goodreads, etc) required. Full details at Booksprout.

Thanks for your interest!

Writers' Corner / Re: Unrepentant Characters
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:39:25 AM »
My real question: How do you get people to support an nonredeemable character? Or even, how do you write someone like that without them just being the villain?

I have an MC like this and heard from some reviewers that he was actually their favorite character despite his being who he was (but still not lovable, if that makes sense). I found the key to be 2 things. The first was letting that character be right about something, to have a legitimate gripe, even if how they handled it was wrong, excessive, whatever. Later I found writing advice that said as much (can't recall where). In my case, the character had repeatedly been wronged, had no real protector/benefactor to lean on, and basically began taking things into his own hands (murderously) in the very first chapter where he is introduced. The second thing I did was invite the reader to get into his head. He's a compulsive journal writer, so readers can see his inner monologue peppered in some of his chapters, and therefore understand (not necessarily condone) how he thinks.

Shameless plug, but if you want to see my example: for this character's gripe and violent reaction, scroll to Chap 2 "Fetzer" at Amazon's preview: For more of his monologue, see Chap 7 or 11. Best of luck with the WIP!

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Is it worth using Goodreads?
« on: January 07, 2020, 03:11:18 AM »
I've had more three star than in other places (and one reviewer gave me three stars on Goodreads but four stars on another site) so I assume there's a different criteria for giving stars out on the site.

Funny, I had the same thing happen recently (5 stars one place, 4 on another, same reviewer). I assumed it was a mistake, since I use the same number of stars for my reviews across platforms, but maybe he paid more attention to specific criteria than I have.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Is it worth using Goodreads?
« on: January 05, 2020, 10:55:16 PM »
I was a Goodreads user well before being a published author. I liked being able to discover new books and talk with people who enjoyed the same books, as my tastes are eclectic and often obscure (like medieval scientific treatises). Despite its acquisition by Amazon, I still find it enjoyable and useful.

Now, as an author, I also view Goodreads as one way to engage with readers who like my kind of writing, but agree with Ryan that (like all social media) it takes time away from writing. Best bet is to get into a routine where you designate engagement time and writing time, and stick to it.

Hello Everyone.

If you're interested, I have a Goodreads Giveaway of 3 autographed paperbacks for my debut, Lords of Deception (ends January 7).

It was praised as a "Top 5 novel of the year...One of the best fantasy debuts I've read in a while" by Liviu Suciul, former co-editor of Fantasy Book Critic, late last year. Kirkus Reviews called it a “visceral epic fantasy with plenty of political intrigue.” Kirkus and other reviewers have compared my debut’s depth and interesting characters to Game of Thrones. If you miss the giveaway, you can also try my writing with 2 FREE novelettes from my website.

More about me? I’m the creator of the Earthpillar world of novels and short stories (half-tales, I call them), which are set on an Earth that evolved differently. New continents and seas, dozens of distinct societies, and materials like some metals have alternative properties. The world of Earthpillar spans from prehistory to the steam age, but all stories are connected in some way.

I call my writing “epic adventure” because it has flavors of fantasy, action & adventure, historical fiction, and steampunk. I enjoy blending adventure and political intrigue, fictional continents and materials, and customized medieval and early modern technology. I like to think of Earthpillar as a mix of the swashbuckling adventure and old world verbiage of Alexander Dumas, the detail and depth of Tolkien (but with gray characters), and the political intrigue of GRR Martin, with my own intense interest in custom materials, machines, and cultures.

My personal reading interests are broad, from medieval history and philosophy, to astronomy and particle physics. I take an interdisciplinary approach to writing that is influenced by these topics and extensive travel, degrees in history and political science, and a touch of engineering experience.

As the owner of Loremark Publishing, I work with freelance editors, proofreaders, and illustrators to bring my novels and other writings to life. I opted for this middle route between traditional and self-publishing because I wanted to ensure high quality books but also retain full control of my writing career. And now, after about a decade of writing and editing, I’m in the middle of a “rapid release” of three novels, the final of which launches next month.

Thanks for reading!


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