It looks like I’m on a bit of a roll here, having obtained another interview this week (I’m doing a little happy dance right now to celebrate). This one was with the awesome crew at awesomegang.com and has similar questions, but still some new info in here. If you want to take a look, click here.
Hello Readers, I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who entered my Crimson Guild Give-away contest. I have had a fantastic response to this, which is really quite humbling, so thank you all for participating.
As a thank you to all my readers and everyone who entered, if you head over to books2read.com/u/mgKpjv you should be able to grab a free e-copy of the anthology ’18’ from any of the links to the listed stores.
Now, lets get down to business. The give-away has closed and all entries are in. The draw has been completed the old fashioned way – all entrants having their names placed in a box, which was given a good shake, and 10 winners were selected from the box at random.
And the winners are:-
- Josh Beckerman
- Nikki Hite
- Kalyhan Jahmid
- Karen Richardson
- Stephanie Lundgren
- Amanda Beth Steele
- Eric Bartram
- Nicholle Lynn Stucke
- Anthony Miller
- Jeremiah Griffith
Congratulations to the winners, I will be contacting you all by e-mail shortly to find out what format you would like your e-book in. I hope you enjoy reading your new copy of The Crimson Guild.
Surprise! I managed to score myself an author interview over at Book Reader Magazine. If you want to check it out, you can find it here: http://bookreadermagazine.com/featured-author-allan-walsh/
I have some exciting news to share. I have reached another milestone on my writing journey. I now have a book on the shelves of a real life, bricks and mortar, bookstore. Yay! The Crimson Guild is now available in Little Gnome Book Shop, Wynnum. Here is a picture of me showing Little Gnome one of my books before it goes onto the shelf.
So, for all you readers that savour the smell of a new book and the feel of those pages on your fingers as you flick to the next page. If you want a nice new print copy of The Crimson Guild, head down to Little Gnome.
And for those authors out there wanting to know how I went about achieving this milestone, well it was surprisingly easy. These are the steps I took:
- Little Gnome was referred to me by a friend (but you could easily search for independent book stores).
- I checked out the website, where there were contact details and an enquiry form.
- I went down to Wynnum to grab a coffee and check out the store.
- I liked what I saw, so I emailed Bel, the owner of the store and sent her a PDF copy of my book.
- Bel responded to say Little Gnome would be interested in stocking my book, providing/advising of the forms I needed to complete.
- I completed the forms and e-mailed back to ask when she would like me to deliver the books.
- I visited the store, dropped off my books and the paperwork and grabbed a photo with Little Gnome. Easy!
From what I hear, there are a number of stores out there that support indie authors, all you have to do is approach them and find out if they are interested in stocking your book. If they are, they will let you know their requirements.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Review – The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson is a story of hope. Vin is a Skaa. A slave girl who has learnt to trust nobody. Oppressed, beaten and betrayed, her life feels worthless, until she meets Kelsier, then everything begins to change.
The Bad Stuff: Okay, I’m going to be quite critical here in a nit-picking way, because I am actively looking for something to say on the bad stuff. Honestly, for me, it came down to two things. Firstly, in the beginning, there was a lot of white boarding in meetings. This took me out of the fantasy world and dropped me into the reality of my day job. There was also some word repetition with sentences ending in the same word or the same word being used several times in a paragraph. On the whole, these things were not a big issue for me, like I said… I’m nit-picking here!
The Good Stuff: I loved this book. There is an ‘Allomantic’ magic system like I have never seen before (maybe it’s been done before, but this is the first time I have seen it). Personally, I love martial arts and I love the Matrix. The Mistborn in The Final Empire remind of both, they’re like magical Ninja’s with Matrix type abilities. Who doesn’t love a magical Ninja! Kelsier and Vin are both strong characters you will love, both with their own tear jerking stories. The Inquisitors are an original and ominous foe and the Lord Ruler is as much a god as he is made out to be. The characters work well with their individual traits and the world is well constructed with class distinctions, and a believable economy built off the backs off the Skaa.
This is a great fantasy novel and I look forward to reading the rest of Brandon’s books. If they are all as good as this one, I’m in for a very enjoyable time.
This one gets a mist swirling, steel burning 5 out of 5 golden bookmarks.
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Just a quick post with some photos from Disneyland Tokyo. Here they are:-
Back in Australia now and need to catch up on my writing stuff, but look what was waiting for me when I got home today:
So for those that have put in your orders, let me know when you would like to collect your copy.
I haven’t been online much lately because I’m on holiday in Japan and it has been pretty full on. I’ve been to Shinjuku, Harajuku, Kyoto and now Tokyo Bay. This is a crazy place that never seems to close down, it just keeps going day and night. The city is a modern, chaotic metropolis with people, traffic and colour everywhere, but then there are these beautiful traditional shrines, temples and parks alongside in this wonderful juxtaposition that is Japan.
The plan is to hit Disneyland tomorrow, so that will be a first for me and should be a fun experience. I’ll try to get a few photos, but here a few of my travels so far.
That’s all for now, but I have a feeling that some of the wonder of Japan will creep into my writing in the future, only time will tell.
To celebrate the release of Blood Rage, I have decided to run a giveaway. That’s right, 10 lucky readers can win an e-copy of my fantasy novella ‘The Crimson guild’. If you’re interested in entering the draw, click on this link to the campaign.
It’s finally here! Blood Rage has been in development for a long time. The writing process is not a quick one, with the first draft being written a few years ago now. Then came the feedback, the editing, the re-writing. What we call polishing in the writing world; polishing the story to make it shine. Well, I hope it is sparkling for you all, because I have buffed it over and over to get it gleaming.
Blood Rage is now available from Amazon and soon to be released on many other platforms. Though if you are purchasing a copy, I would recommend you take a look at the boxed set first, it is a great value deal containing:
*Please note the 3D render image does not represent the actual dimensions of the books
Blood and Fear – a short story that is exclusive to the boxed set,
The Crimson Guild – a novella,
Blood Rage – a novel,
Image by Jcrakow
Alright, what can I say? The Crimson Guild was released in March has been out for around 4 weeks now. I did have a little hiccup with the print copy though. When I received the proof, the margins were a little out, so the words fell too close to the spine and needed to be adjusted slightly. That has all been fixed up now and the new proof looks fantastic! So I have approved it and the print copy is now available. I have also been doing a little promo work on Facebook to let people know about. If any of you have read it and enjoyed it, it would be awesome if you’d leave a review, rate it or let people know about on social media.
The month of April seems to have jumped out of the shadows, shouting boo at me. And it’s taken me by surprise! It seems like only last week we were celebrating Christmas, where does the time go? I plan to release Blood Rage this month, so I better get a move on. Luckily, the e-copy is all ready to go and I’ll probably get it out in the next couple of days, as I’m off to Japan this month for a short break (I will try and get some interesting photos to share with you all when I get back). Once Blood Rage is released, I also intend to release a boxed set which will contain The Crimson Guild, Blood Rage, and a little bonus – Blood and Fear. Blood and Fear is a short story that preludes the other two books and will be exclusive to the boxed set. Unfortunately, I cannot easily create a print copy in a boxed set, so it will only be available on e-copy at this time. If you are planning on purchasing The Crimson Guild and Blood Rage on e-copy, I would wait for the boxed set, as it is going to be great value. It will be cheaper than buying both books separately and you will get the exclusive bonus of Blood and Fear.
In between the promo work I’m doing, my day job, and time spent critiquing at my writers’ groups, I have also been trying to read and write. I’m currently reading Brandon Sanderson’s – Mistborn and I am really enjoying it. I’ve also started a short fantasy story and I’m about 1500 words in. I’m enjoying that too, it is a little different from the Blood Rage Series as this one has elves in. In addition to this I have a few other unfinished projects, mostly short stories, and when I have finished them I think I will wrap them all up in a collection.
Anyway, that’s it from me. I hope you are all well and enjoying what you’re reading.