Cover Re-Design

Posted in Books, Ravenwood on October 23rd, 2011 by Nathan — 9 Comments

When I got the galley back, a couple of things showed up in the cover design.

1. The title sat too close to the edges.

2. There wasn’t anything on the cover that said “Fantasy” to me. It could have been horror, or even mystery.

3. The back blurb was too large. It filled too much of the back cover and looked pasted on.

So, here’s the new one. I think it’ll work better.

Samhain Surprise

Posted in News, Ravenwood on October 11th, 2011 by Nathan — 16 Comments

If you’ve not been following the news over at The Solar Clipper Diary, then you’re not aware that I’ve decided to release Ravenwood on my own. With Samhain coming and my science fiction delayed, this seems like a good time to get people interested in the world of Tanyth Fairport and her special brand of magic.

That’s the full wrap cover for the print version. I’ll use just the front (obviously) for the ebook. We’re getting the proofreading done now and I hope to kick out a galley proof this weekend as soon as I get all the changes incorporated. Once I see that, I’ll pull the trigger on paper and ebook formats including – for the first time – selling ebooks direct from here.

I’m shooting for a release date that makes the books available around the end of the month so you’ll have a little something extra this Halloween.

More Magic!

Posted in General on August 8th, 2011 by Nathan — Comments Off on More Magic!

The hits just keep on coming!

I just finished KC May’s “The Kinshield Legacy.”

KC is another person I met over on the Kindleboards and when her second book in this series came out last week, I went back and looked at the first one.

Wow.

Great story, fun characters, real villainy, and a magic based on gemstones to amplify human talents. This is a classic epic fantasy with a hidden king, evil wizards, and the whole bit. If that’s your thing, you should grab a sample and give it a try. It’s only 99 cents at the moment and a huge bargain.

Let her know if you like it. Tell her “Tanyth sent me.”

Blessed be.

A Hidden Witch

Posted in News on July 26th, 2011 by Nathan — 3 Comments

Merry Meet!

For those of you waiting for the next part of Tanyth Fairport’s story, it’s coming. Just not right away. I’m hoping to get it done before the end of the year so I’ll have two novels out this year. Fingers crossed.

While you’re waiting, lemme recommend Debora Geary’s “A Modern Witch” series. If you missed book one — A Modern Witch — you really owe it to yourself to go pick it up. She has a great touch with dialog, wonderful characters, and just the right amount of magic and mystery to keep you engaged all the way through.

I bring this up now because she’s just released the second book in the series — A Hidden Witch — and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it. Her magic system is very cool and right up to date. I particularly like the way she’s woven the online gaming world into this magical realm. Programs as spells? Okay! I’m good with that.

I can’t recommend these books highly enough. If you’re looking for a great light read … grab a sample and see for yourself.

Blessed be.

Happy Ostara

Posted in News on March 20th, 2011 by Nathan — 11 Comments

Merry meet!

With all the stuff that’s going on with the earth these days, it’s certainly a time to count our blessings and look forward to the next cycle of flowering, even as we all try to recover from a dark winter. With the vernal equinox behind us, here’s what I’m looking forward to.

Cape Grace now and the Ravenwood sequel this summer. That should leave me room to write a third book by year end as I get out from under my prior commitments from last year.

I’m really looking forward to getting back into Tanyth Fairport’s universe and seeing what kind of mischief she gets up to next. Unfortunately, it’ll still be a few months before I can do that.

In the meantime, Debora Geary has released her next book “A Modern Witch” and it looks pretty good. I haven’t had a chance to dig into it too far yet, but if you like fantasy — and I think you do — here’s a little contemporary fantasy to tide you over until I get my act together.

Thanks for staying with me on the trek, people. I’m very grateful for your continuing support.

Blessed be.

News Update

Posted in General on February 27th, 2011 by Nathan — 2 Comments

I’m assuming that most readers here are also following along at the Trader’s Diary, but in case you’re not, Debora Geary has offered free copies of her novella Matchmaker 2.0 to up to three of my readers.

If you haven’t been following then you probably haven’t heard that I’m going to be filling in some of the gaps with some novella length pieces that we’re calling Novel Nibbles. These will be about 20k words long and offered for 99 cents on the kindle and smashwords stores and listed on the Novel Nibbles catalog site as well. I left a post over on the Trader’s Diary with more information but I’m really looking forward to getting more writing out faster than I can do in novel formats alone.

The Ravenwood sequel is on my plate for release in late summer of this year so watch for more stories about Tanyth coming soon.

Thanks again.

The Crown Conspiracy

Posted in Books, News on July 24th, 2010 by Nathan — 7 Comments

if you follow me on twitter or are following the Podiobooks blog, you may have already heard that I’m producing Michael J. Sullivan’s The Crown Conspiracy in podiobook format. That’s not really anything to do with Lammas Wood but, being a rollicking fantasy tale, listeners who’ve enjoyed Ravenwood and Tanyth Fairport might enjoy this first book in Michael’s six-book saga called Riyria Revelations.

The last episode has been posted to the Podiobook servers and we’re just waiting for it to pass their quality control checks to mark the book complete.

For more information see The Crown Conspiracy at Podiobooks.com, Michael Sullivan’s web site or search for The Crown Conspiracy at the iTunes Music store.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Posted in News on July 1st, 2010 by Nathan — 1 Comment so far

That’s really good advice, but in this economy more and more of us are having the day job quit us. My work in academia has come to an end with the expiration of our funding at midnight last night.

What that means is that I’m now a full time author — at least for a while. For more details and some pictures of my first project, see The Trader’s Diary.

News from Lammas Wood

Posted in Books, News, Ravenwood on June 3rd, 2010 by Nathan — 11 Comments

Well, the world of Tanyth Fairport has taken a bit of a back seat to putting out the Solar Clipper series but it’s not disappeared.

Those who follow the Trader’s Diary know that the books are being produced by Ridan Publishing. I had a chance to sit down with Robin and Michael after BaltiCon and hammer out a production schedule for ALL my books over the next four years. Yes, you read that right. ALL the books.

For Tanyth Fairport fans that means you’ll be seeing her in print much sooner than you might expect. We’ve tentatively slated Ravenwood for production in November, 2010, — just in time for Yule.

But that’s not all! I’ve got the sequel to Ravenwood (tentatively titled Overton) in the queue for February, 2011.

With a little help from the All Mother, and the creek don’t rise, we’ll be seeing a LOT more content coming out.

Also, fantasy lovers, note that I’ll be producing the podiobook versions of Michael J. Sullivan’s Chronicles of Riyria starting later this summer. I’m almost done reading the first book and it’s really a fun romp. This one sets the stage for an extended six book series and I’m looking forward to producing these in podcast format.

Ravenwood: A Preview

Posted in Books, Ravenwood on January 3rd, 2010 by Nathan — 44 Comments

Ravenwood Cover ArtWe’re on track for a Podiobooks release tomorrow, but I wanted to give people a sneak peak at what you’re in for.

Ravenwood: Episode 1

Music by: Ivan Chew – MyRightBrain.wordpress.com
http://www.archive.org/details/TheHill2008

Thanks for the music, Ivan. It works really well with the theme of the story I think.