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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Looking for Other Indie Authors
« on: September 27, 2016, 08:37:21 PM »
Hi Jon,

I'll give you a rundown of the indie books I've loved.

1. Anthony Ryan's excellent Blood Song started out self-published. Fantastic book.
2. Jonathan Renshaw's Dawn of Wonder is similarly excellent. It has also sold phenomenally well (over 100k-don't expect those results as Jon's sales are unlike anything I've ever seen).
3. Edward Robertson varied series are very good and are different than you would expect. He flips some tropes but keeps others, which makes the read familiar yet different enough to be interesting. He's also done well enough to become a full-time fantasy author.
4. Jacob Cooper's Altar of Influence and Circle of Reign have both sold well enough that his series was picked up by Audible Studios and they are going to be re-released soon. The original versions are out now, but they're going to be pulled down quite soon for the revised editions.
5. Phil Tucker's Chronicles of the Black are fantastic. His fight scenes are especially well done and read like a cool video game with boss and all. He also had a great review from pornokitsch, which is how I heard of him.
6. Will Wight's Traveler's Gate series is a fun, easy to read romp that feels like an anime.
7. Josiah's Bancroft's Senlin Ascends: I have read this yet, but the preview is fantastic. Bancroft's skill with language leaves me deeply envious in just that small section I read. This book also received a great review from pornokitsch as well as Mark Lawrence.
8. I know it's tooting my horn, but I've done pretty well also. Not enough to go full time but enough to pay some bills.

Currently reading Path of Flames by Phil Tucker, which got an absolutely smashing review on Pornokitsch as part of Mark Lawrence's SPFBO. The reviewer believes it's good enough that it should actually be up for the Gemmell. I'm only 20% in, but I can see why the reviewer would say that. The book is well-written in that clean, lucid way that Gemmell was known for with a helluva battle at the beginning. There's also a very interesting magic system that is slowly being introduced.

A Warrior's Penace, the grand finale to The Castes and the OutCastes releases today.

The blurb:
Following Stronghold’s destruction, Rukh and Jessira lead the ragged remnants of the OutCastes on the long march to Ashoka. There, they seek sanctuary for her people, but in order to do so, they must overcome unyielding law that demands exile for all ghrinas.

Meanwhile, Hal’El Wrestiva—exposed and reviled as the Withering Knife murderer—escapes from Ashoka and hatches one final scheme to resuscitate his soiled reputation. The Virtuous, a newly formed organization full of certitude and strife, plots the destruction of House Shektan. And Li-Choke and the Baels launch a final, desperate plan to save their kind as well as all of Humanity.

But it is Rukh who must confront the harshest of choices. It is one that will cost him everything he loves but might also see to the salvation of his home. He cannot falter for Suwraith has once again turned Her ruinous intentions toward Ashoka.

Here's the link for the ebook/print edition: https://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Penance-Castes-OutCastes-Book-ebook/dp/B01GARM1MG
And here's the link for the audiobook edition:http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/A-Warriors-Penance-Audiobook/B01HDSZXQ2

A Warrior's Penance, the third and final book of my trilogy, The Castes and the OutCastes, is available starting on July 12th. To celebrate that release, the first book in the series, A Warrior's Path, is free starting today and running through July 12th.


The series sweeps from the majestic city of Ashoka to the perilous Wildness beyond her borders and explores a world where Caste determines mystical Talents, the purity of Jivatma expresses worth, and dharma may be based on a lie.

The story revolves around Rukh Shektan, a young warrior who has always understood duty and Jessira Grey, a woman whose existence ought to be impossible. He is a member in good standing of Caste Kumma while she is a ghrina, a child of two Castes, an abomination. The holy texts warn against her kind: they are to be executed whenever discovered, but for the first time in his life, Rukh defies duty. Jessira may be the key to his city’s survival.

When complete, The Castes and the OutCastes will be over 1600 pages of magic, mystery, murder, romance, politics, and mayhem.

Writers' Corner / Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« on: June 19, 2016, 02:15:56 PM »
I was and still am an MD. Even if my sales somehow explode into never-never land, I can't imagine giving up medicine. Maybe working part time or something but not just quitting.

Quote from: Jmack
Congrats, Davis!

Thanks, mate. It's exciting when any publisher decides to take on your work.

So a couple of things. First, the third book, A Warrior's Penance, has been complete for some time now, and it was picked up by Audible Studios for production as an audiobook. That's weird but exciting that they decided to publish the finale of a series despite not purchasing the rights to the first two books.

Even more exciting, A Warrior's Penance is scheduled to be released simultaneously in ebook, print, and audiobook format on July 12th. An omnibus ebook edition of the entire trilogy will also be released on July 12th. Here's the link for A Warrior's Penance:

And here's the link for the Omnibus edition:


Martha Wells Tales of the Raksura. BTW I'm in the same boat as far as burnout is concerned. I'm not there yet, but I'm close. I'm finishing up what I hope will be the penultimate revision of the third book in my trilogy. But after that, I'm taking a long break from writing.

This review wherein A Warrior's Path is compared to Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archives, came across my computer yesterday. What a fabulous way to start the week!


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Best Series?
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:27:17 PM »
As others have said, that's an unusual list. Three (Inheritance, Harry Potter, and Narnia) are young adult and three utilize very similar species (LotR, Inheritance, and Dragonlance) but the orginator is still the best-LotR.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: More focus on Fantasy-Faction
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:24:29 PM »
Glad you're getting better, and I'm looking forward to reading your writing.

I didn't name any of my pets after anyone from a fantasy novel, but I did include my favorite pet, a calico cat, in my books...except in my books, she's about 7 feet tall at the shoulders, can easily outrun a cheetah, and is telepathic. Other than that, she's exactly the same.

Thanks, Jmack!

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