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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 02, 2020, 10:53:28 PM »
Warlord, by Keith McArdle

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Would it work so hard to avoid tropes that it would become self-conscious and annoying? Would it be unrecognizable as fantasy?

Your thoughts?

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Small Press & Self-Published / Series Trailer!
« on: January 02, 2020, 10:51:06 PM »

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What's stopping you? What's preventing you from making that leap from fantasy fan to fantasy creator?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: never Heard of this award before
« on: November 01, 2019, 07:37:49 PM »
Um...women are 51% of the population. Excluding them completely in the interest of discouraging violence against them seems misguided and unrealistic...and also unnecessarily burden to authors, imho.

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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: My Series Has Its Own Theme Music!
« on: October 22, 2019, 01:39:41 AM »
I thought I might use it in promotions. Also, I just kinda wanted it. Happy with the results.

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Small Press & Self-Published / My Series Has Its Own Theme Music!
« on: October 19, 2019, 06:59:26 PM »
So, so happy with how this turned out. Really captures the flavor of my books!

https://soundcloud.com/allan-batchelder/immortal-treachery-theme-10-16-19

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Here's a Whole Bunch of Fantasy...
« on: September 28, 2019, 05:47:17 AM »
Over the last two or three years, I’ve had the opportunity to read a lot of independent and small-press fantasy, after decades of reading mainstream stuff, and I thought I’d take a few minutes to share some of my favorite books, series and/or authors. In no particular order, they include:

The Light in the Dark series, by Ulff Lehmann
https://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Dreams-Light-Dark-Book-ebook/dp/B07BJ46JP6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=19NWWYJ1L6VWC&keywords=ulff+lehmann&qid=1569642394&sprefix=Ulff+L%2Caps%2C216&sr=8-2
If you’re Grimdark-curious, check out this sprawling epic by Lehmann – a German citizen who writes better in English than most American authors.  You’ll never think of elves the same way again.

The Blighted City, by Scott Kaelen
https://www.amazon.com/Blighted-City-Fractured-Tapestry-ebook/dp/B078VBRXBW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Blighted+City&qid=1569642344&sr=8-1
A city of undead? Say. No. More!

Literally anything written by Charles Phipps
https://www.amazon.com/C-T-Phipps/e/B00L32LLDY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1569642434&sr=8-1
Phipps has one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction. If you like one of his books, you’ll like all of them, especially if you like snarky, Easter-egg filled novels – ranging from classic fantasy to space opera to Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style tales. There's a Phipps novel for everyone.

Paternus, by Dyrk Ashton
https://www.amazon.com/Paternus-Rise-Gods-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01CXPD8T4/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=paternus&qid=1569642280&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFGSDJFUkU2MDY0OSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRJZD1BMDg2ODkyODNKUlQ1NFA5SDlBRTImZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDAyNTAzOTFCQjVUODFMT1NDRjAmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
This guy knows more about mythology than you know about breathing, and he’s woven it all into a thrilling, action-packed epic you can’t put down. Would not be surprised to see this turned into a movie or movies.

Fallen Empire, by Keith McCardle
https://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Empire-Ironstone-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B07DFJDDMG/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Keith+McCardle&qid=1569642518&s=digital-text&sr=1-2-spell
Mr. McCardle served in the Australian military, and it shows in his writing. His battles are filled with such confident use of military strategy and authenticity, you’ll feel like you’re there. This book, the first in a series, focuses on a berserker who must share his body with a malevolent nature god.

Blackwing, by Ed McDonald
https://www.amazon.com/Blackwing-Ravens-Mark-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01MT7JA7T/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Blackwing&qid=1569642549&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
I’m gonna guess you’ve heard of this one. And it’s well deserved. It’s like the best of Glenn Cook, with the brutality turned up to eleven.

A Wizard’s Forge, by A.M. Justice
https://www.amazon.com/Wizards-Forge-Woern-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B01I0L8LV0/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=A+Wizard%27s+Forge&qid=1569642582&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
A young woman suffers from what is essentially Stockholm Syndrome at the hands of her sadistic lover, until she escapes and becomes someone powerful in her own right. The story combines elements of both fantasy and sci-fi, and I really enjoyed it.  The “bad guy” is probably one of the more three-dimensional and well-drawn villains I’ve come across in years.

Song, The Manhunters #1, by Jesse Teller
https://www.amazon.com/Song-Manhunters-Book-Jesse-Teller-ebook/dp/B074GP13JC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Song%2C+The+Manhunters&qid=1569642627&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
This, to me, was a bit more of the traditional D & D type story, but no less compelling for all that. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with the witch, but the whole book's a really fun read.

The Goblins of Bellwater, by Molly Ringle
https://www.amazon.com/Goblins-Bellwater-Molly-Ringle-ebook/dp/B01MU8Z5PL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=VQKRR7A2EUAH&keywords=the+goblins+of+bellwater&qid=1569642659&s=digital-text&sprefix=The+Goblins+of+Be%2Cdigital-text%2C224&sr=1-1
Okay, this one’s by my neighbor, but she’s a helluva writer, and I LOVE her Pacific Northwest settings. This particular story is a rather dark fairy tale and love story all-in-one. This book'll put you off pastry forever.

The Heresy Within (The Ties that Bind, Book 1)
https://www.amazon.com/Heresy-Within-Ties-that-Bind-ebook/dp/B0728DQVP5/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Heresy+Within&qid=1569642708&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
My favorite thing about this book is the character of Arbiter Thanquil Darkheart. Can't wait to see what he does next.

Master of Chaos (The Harry Stubbs Adventures), by David Hambling
https://www.amazon.com/Master-Chaos-Harry-Stubbs-Adventures-ebook/dp/B07BKRQBY4/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=Master+of+Chaos&qid=1569642798&s=digital-text&sr=1-4
This book is equal parts XFiles, Cthulhu Mythos and late 19th/ Early 20th  century romp through London. And I love David’s elegant turns of phrase.

Vampire Soul, a Heartblaze Novel, by Shay Roberts
https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Soul-Heartblaze-Novel-Emmas-ebook/dp/B017JIYTJI/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Vampire+Soul&qid=1569642836&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
Don’t let the cover or genre designation fool you. I was one of the beta readers on this book, and it grabbed me from the get-go and I couldn’t stop reading ‘til I’d finished. It’s chock full of monsters, combat, and mystery. Masterfully crafted, it deserves to be read by everyone.

Kill Switch by Sean E. Britten
https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Switch-Sean-Britten-ebook/dp/B01N05XZ5F/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Kill+Switch+Sean+E.+Britten&qid=1569642889&s=digital-text&sr=1-2
While technically not fantasy, I had to include this, because Sean’s books are so cinematic in terms of their non-stop action, over-the-top violence, and outlandish characters. And the commercials he inserts into the action are some of the funniest stuff I’ve read in years. Think the original Robocop in both action and humor.

I’ve probably read at least this much indie and small-press horror (not to mention my mainstream faves), but I guess that’s for another thread.

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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Reddit Fantasy Writer of the Day
« on: July 20, 2019, 04:59:41 PM »
Is ME (!) tomorrow -- 97/17/19. Drop by and ask me anything you like about my writing, my grimdark series, skeletons in my closet!

How did it go?

It was fun. Not overly busy, but it's always nice to chat with folks. And Nicholas Eames dropped by to ask a question, which was nice of him.

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Small Press & Self-Published / Reddit Fantasy Writer of the Day
« on: July 17, 2019, 04:38:02 AM »
Is ME (!) tomorrow -- 97/17/19. Drop by and ask me anything you like about my writing, my grimdark series, skeletons in my closet!

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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« on: November 03, 2018, 07:01:57 PM »
Where is everybody?

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