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Offline G_R_Matthews

The Stone Road (Fantasy-Faction Book Club - June 2016)
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:04:59 PM »
From 4th February 2016, you can get all three books for $/£3.98 on Kindle... less than one of Starbucks specialised coffees!!

That has to be worth your time!

www.grmatthews.com - get the trilogy for less than $/£5

 

4/5 Stars From www.bookwormblues.net
"The Stone Road is an interesting personal journey, as well as a rather surprising political one... Matthews does a great job really delving into the psychology of his characters. He keeps the cast small enough for them to be memorable and intimate, yet large enough to allow readers to really explore this world he’s created, as well as the intricacies of it. There are a lot of surprising twists and turns."

In the war between the two cities there are opportunities on both sides. For the diplomat, there is the possibility for peace and wealth. For the solider, there is a chance for fame and glory. However, to realise their dreams both must pay a heavy price.

The Empire has lasted over a thousand years but there is new enemy on the horizon.

Amazon.co.uk - http://amzn.to/16JKEnD

Amazon.com - http://amzn.to/1dQbGM7

You can also visit my website at www.grmatthews.com where you'll find a an excerpt of Book 2 and some free short stories!

Great Blog review here: http://areadersthoughts.com/2014/05/23/the-stone-road-by-g-r-matthews/

And an interview here: http://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/interview-with-gr-matthews-author-of.html

BookwormBlues review here: http://www.bookwormblues.net/2015/04/08/the-great-self-published-fantasy-blog-off-first-five-book-mini-reviews/
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2013, 09:43:41 AM »
New covers on the way for next week... grab a 'vintage' one whilst you  ;)

Amazon ranking:
#11 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Asian
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013, 07:39:31 PM »
Uploaded the new cover (First post has the new cover now)... much better than the old one, I feel!

Any suggestions on the blurb?

Does it make you want to read or turn you off ?
Staff Writer and ponderer of many things @ fantasy-faction

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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013, 06:30:56 PM »
Ranked 5th on Amazon Bestsellers in the obscure category of:

Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Asian

Thank you to anyone and everyone who bought it - or still intends too :)
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2013, 10:38:23 PM »
Still in the Top 100 in category, but I have a question; Do we, as readers, prefer the solid, comfortable, fantasy ground of middle age Europe to other settings?

Some writers (Brent Weeks, Black Prism, for example) create worlds that are not set in that genre staple.
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2013, 10:44:38 PM »
Still in the Top 100 in category, but I have a question; Do we, as readers, prefer the solid, comfortable, fantasy ground of middle age Europe to other settings?

Some writers (Brent Weeks, Black Prism, for example) create worlds that not set in that genre staple.

I think depth is key. No matter what setting your throw your story in (sounds worse that way) you have to have depth. A book with strong atmosphere should be good regardless of whether it's set in middle age Europe or Far East Asia. I read for some kind of depth, anyway.
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2013, 10:17:29 PM »
A good point. But still we must buy the book to read the depth - do you think that people choose a book that conforms, or at least appears to, the genre staple of middle ages Europe?

I have been trying to think of books I've read (not urban or modern age fantasy) that step outside this expectation from the very start and am hard pushed to do so. There are many that subvert it as they progress - The excellent Prince of Thorns (M Lawrence) for instance. I'm currently reading 

The Emperor's Knife which is one such book that takes place outside of this European setting - a thoroughly intriguing book it is too!

But, other than that, my Kindle is full of European fantasy set books... I'm not complaining - many of them are bloody good (and some even better) :) I've enjoyed them all.

Just idle thoughts, of an idle mind.
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2013, 11:15:31 PM »
I find that diversity often gets more recognition, no matter how the execution goes. Cynical thoughts, though.

You write Eastern Fantasy, correct? There's an author, Mark T. Barnes, who does a fabulous mish-mash of Eastern Science Fantasy. Manages to go against the Middle Ages, Patriarchy, and Monotheistic Religion tropes commonly found in what you're talking about. Third book comes out next year. First and second are really good. (That's an understatement.)
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2013, 09:02:28 AM »
I've written one eastern fantasy :) Book two is being written now.

I'll give those books a look - a recommendation is worth more than an advert! Thanks.

*edit: Just started watching 14 Blades with Donnie Yen - It has Jiin Wei in it :) (made me excited anyway)
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 09:11:25 PM »
The scariest part of publishing your book is waiting for people's views upon it.

Yesterday and today, I had two reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. I can now confess to being relieved and less anxious.

Both reviews can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18759179-the-stone-road but I am going to quote some anyway :)

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There is a mythology that underpins this story, but it is not one I was familiar with before. This makes the systems of magic and the kinds of characters a new challenge to get to grips with, but I particularly liked how the author immersed the reader in this very foreign world. Like learning a different language through living in a country, we learn the ways of this place by osmosis as we journey through the story.

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I would recommend this book to everyone that enjoys SF. It is not off the path but a new look at the path to be taken in its story telling and plot. There is a lot to be explored and some unanswered questions that hopefully will be forthcoming in the future instalments.

http://amzn.to/1dQbGM7 - Kindle USA

http://amzn.to/16JKEnD - Kindle UK

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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2013, 01:57:25 PM »
http://fantasy-faction.com/2013/fantasy-ebooks-big-in-china

Just a link to the front page article related to this discussion :)
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Re: The Stone Road
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2013, 09:41:47 PM »
You can get 'The Stone Road' for 99p from 20th December 2013 for 1 week on Kindle at http://amzn.to/16JKEnD in the UK.

In the USA for 99c from 24th December 2013 for 1 week on Kindle at http://amzn.to/1dQbGM7

I hope that you enjoy it (if you buy it... if you don't buy you can't enjoy it - common sense really).

G R Matthews
Staff Writer and ponderer of many things @ fantasy-faction

The Stone Road (4/5* Bookwormblues.net) : myBook.to/thestoneroad
Silent City : myBook.to/silentcity

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Re: The Stone Road - on sale 99p in the UK
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2013, 10:55:05 PM »
http://www.pinterest.com/paperzarun/the-stone-road-notes-and-ideas/

The Pinterest board with images related to the novel... originally I kept pictures on powerpoint as a mood board - this seems a more interesting technique!
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Re: The Stone Road - Fantasy in the Far East
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2014, 09:50:09 AM »
Just finished a 9k Short Story set in the same world. Once I'm through editing I'll put it up on Kindle and Smashwords for free... as well as my website :)
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Re: The Stone Road - Fantasy in the Far East
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2014, 08:00:39 AM »
Received an email today, from Amazon, recommending my book and some others - two of which I already own. It was a nice surprise but I wonder how personalised those emails are?
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Silent City : myBook.to/silentcity

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