The edited and complete version of Curse of Blades is now available on Amazon!
Unfortunately I had some issues with Smashwords, much to my surprise, so that release date is still set for June 15th. I’m sorry for all those who wanted it right away from somewhere that wasn’t Amazon.
In celebration, here is the song that inspired Coulta’s story way back in 2009.
For the Love of a King is now available for $0.99 on both Amazon and Smashwords. The paperback is also available through Amazon for $5.99. I’m not sure how long I will keep it at $0.99, if long-term or just for a while before putting it at $1.99. It is pretty darn short, so it may stay low for a while.
Curse of Blades is also now available for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords! I plan to release it on June 1st, but I set the date online at June 15th because I’m still doing the final proofreading edit before the manuscript is ready to go. It will be ready before the first, but not before Amazon’s deadline of ten days before release. So don’t be surprised if you pre-order and your book comes early!
Also, if you do pre-order Curse, you’ll be getting it for $1 less than the price it will be once it’s released!
Once Curse is up, I’ll be getting the pre-order for King ready. Amazon’s maximum timeframe is 90 days, so expect that later this summer!
Unfortunately I will no longer be uploading new material for free on Wattpad. What is there will remain there, but I won’t be adding King of Blades or any other future works to the site.
It isn’t just because everyone wants to read the books for free and are not interested in purchasing the polished versions. Yes, that does make things difficult as I am publishing the books I write so I have a bit of extra money to pay those pesky bills that go along with being a human in today’s society. But I also write in other genres under other names, so I wasn’t completely concerned.
The main issue is Amazon. While working on updating and re-releasing a more finely edited version of For the Love of a King, Amazon accused me of stealing my own work twice. Because the story was “freely available online” they pulled Love from the production process both during paperback production on Createspace and ebook publication on Kindle Direct Publishing. I was sent emails both times telling me I needed to follow a series of steps to prove I had the right to publish the title.
Now, I understand why Amazon is doing this. They have clearly been dealing with issues of stolen works because their self-publishing system is so simple. This causes them headaches because authors start to distrust their platform for letting so much plagiarism through the gates. So they are trying to avoid those problems by vetting book uploads against internet-combing bots. It does make me feel better as a writer.
However, it is a major waste of my time when I have to submit a book two or three times and explain that I am indeed the same person as the one who posted the story online for free. Quite honestly, I’m already tired of it, and I haven’t even gotten to that stage with Curse of Blades yet.
So, unfortunately, it’s time to stop with Wattpad. My apologies to those who follow me there and were hoping for King of Blades to be uploaded. Amazon ruins everything.
Anyway, here’s a writing song of mine.
Things have been pretty out of control where life is concerned lately and I apologize for the lack of updates.
I have been working on putting the three parts of Curse of Blades back into one piece because I wasn’t happy with how the serial format worked out. Unfortunately I expected it to go much faster, but it seems I forgot how long the original piece was. Because of the unpredictability of life lately I haven’t been pushing myself to work on this faster as I don’t want to end up making mistakes or putting out something horrible in general, but the complete version will be available in ebook and print by the end of February.
Then I will be moving on to the next book, which is currently in a complete – though very rough – draft form.
Here is a song I am currently obsessed with, to try to make it up to you a little bit.
After much consideration I have decided that I’m not happy at all with the way Curse of Blades turned out after being divided into three parts. Because of this, I will be releasing the sequel, King of Blades, as a single volume instead of in serial as I had planned. I will also be re-releasing Curse in one volume as well, once I have put it back together and re-edited it.
I also plan to release a better edited second edition of For the Love of a King.
All three releases will happen early next year. I apologize for the wait but I want to make these books as good as possible before asking readers to pay money for them.
Now available from Amazon, Curse of Blades: Book 2!
The next installment in the story of Coulta, Wildas, Anil, and Myri is finally here!
Blurb: Coulta has helped bring Wildas, Crown Prince of Phelin, home to the capital of Ryal. As the prince’s new protector he is charged with Wildas’s safety while the threat of war looms like a shadow over Ryal and assassins search for them. His curse binds him to his duty even as his own life is put in danger to protect the prince, and it’s a curse he knows he will never live without.
Wildas longs to give Coulta a better life than what he is used to, but all he can do is offer friendship and respect to the best of his ability – and pray that Coulta never sacrifices his life to save Wildas’s. And all he can give to Myri the healer and Anil the horsemistress, the others who helped bring him safely home, are new jobs while they wait on news of the homes and loved ones they left behind.
But Ryal is no longer the safest place to live and royalty not the safest friends to have when others are planning on the absolute destruction of the royal family.
The first book in my Curse of Blades series is now available from Amazon (other sellers and formats coming soon!).
Curse of Blades is the story of Coulta, a cursed assassin tasked with killing one of the most important men in the country of Phelin, and what happens next.
Here is the official blurb:
Coulta was born with a curse, one that forces him to obey the commands of those with authority over him. At only five years old, his father gives him up into service of a powerful lord, hoping to give Coulta a better life. But it was a mistake. Varin turns Coulta into an assassin, someone who can’t stop himself from killing even the most innocent person he was commanded to murder. Despite the pain of a life out of his control, Coulta does have hope; hope that he will one day meet the person his mother claimed would free him of his curse.
Wildas is the Crown Prince of Phelin. He has known nothing but luxury and comfort, not the pain and suffering of a cursed killer. He has no idea that his life is in danger, that assassins are lurking in the shadows of the next city he will visit on behalf of the Crown. Nor does he know that his very soul is tied to one of those assassins, a tie that not even death could ever break.
Anil lost her entire family to a winter illness and has asked herself time and again why she alone was spared. Only the chance encounter with two mysterious men will answer that question for her.
Myri is a healer in a small village. She never expected to be healing the Crown Prince himself after a dangerous encounter with an assassin. Can she truly save him? Or is danger shadowing their every move?