New releases!

New fantasy novel!

Blood for Blood: The Vengeance War the complete trilogy collection of Blood for Blood, an epic fantasy adventure. Prince Hakon struggles to bring two warring kingdoms to peace, while fighting an inner battle to live up to the expectations of two different ancestries. He and his sister Kara race to bring opposing nations together before everything they know is destroyed.

You can purchase Blood for Blood: The Vengeance War (the complete trilogy) on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, and Inktera. It is also available in three different parts. The first book is free.

New non-sci-fi/fantasy book!

Lessons for a Tara Dactyl is my distilled worldly knowledge, written down for my daughter, Tara Dactyl. It pains me that the entirety of my knowledge fits in less than 50 pages. This book is not plot-driven; it’s a reference.

You can get Lessons for a Tara Dactyl for free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, KoboScribd, and Inktera.

Another new non-sci-fi/fantasy book!

Pick a Game! is a fun book I wrote on voting systems with Ethan Daum. The premise is that you need to choose a board game to play, so we tell you how to do it. This book is not plot-driven; it’s a reference.

You can get Pick a Game! for free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, KoboScribd, and Inktera.

Self-Pub Reviews! – And They Called Her Spider

And They Called Her Spider is short. Very short. 57 pages short.

But I think that is partly why it’s so successful. The characterization is spot on in a very short space. The time it takes other authors to introduce their characters instead encompasses the entire plot of this novella.

It’s a mystery steampunk, in which you cannot possibly solve the mystery, so you sit back to watch the story unfold. If you’re in to understanding clues and putting the pieces together, this might not be the book for you. If you’re in to steampunk, then you’ll probably enjoy this book. And if you just like well-written stories, give this book a try.

I only found one typo, and the author was very gracious when I messaged him about it, so I bet it’s already fixed.

And the story is currently free on Amazon, to boot.

5 stars. Thanks for the fun read, Michael Coorlim.

Fantasy Jeopardy

I started a new subreddit this week, called r/fantasyjeopardy.

In Fantasy Jeopardy, you’re given the answer, and you must ask the question.

Whoever has the most upvotes at the end of the week wins! (Right now, you win the respect of your peers, but if it gets big enough, maybe some established authors will donate a free e-book to the weekly winner).

Be sure to subscribe so you get the newest posts in your feed.

And share with your friends!

Choose your path…

In the vein of the Choose Your Own Adventure series that I read as a child, I wrote up a little story where you make the decisions.

You start as a Lion Talker, with your trusty lion at your side. You need to hunt food, but it’s a dangerous world. You could reach a happy ending in as few as three decisions, or you could find yourself on the wrong side of an attacking wild animal.

Start your adventure here… if you dare.

And be sure to come back and comment on how you did.

Choose your path.

Fantasy Book Give-Away (e-mail signup required)

Short story: Join my sci-fi/fantasy book e-mail list for a chance to win a free copy of The Name of the Wind, or The Wise Man’s Fear, each signed by Patrick Rothfuss. Here’s the link to join: http://eepurl.com/WIcVb

Long story: I went to see Patrick Rothfuss at BookPeople (Austin, TX) on Monday night. I didn’t know what to expect, since I’ve never gone to a reading or author signing before. Molly and I bought his books, and a copy for a friend, sat down, and waited. We were not prepared for how awesome Patrick Rothfuss is.

I mean, obviously he’s awesome, right? He wrote two great books, and we’re eagerly awaiting the third. But I didn’t know how personable and relatable he’d be. He was super-nice, and talked about being a parent and raising good children. He spoke about giving bad reviews, and why he doesn’t usually give them. Instead, he wants to talk about books he loves.

It was a great night, and we got two extra books signed by him, a copy each of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. Join my e-mail list here, and you’ll be entered to win one of the signed books.

A few things: I will not trade or sell your e-mail. Nor will I spam you. I’ll send out e-mails to announce my new book releases and contests, or news about the company.

I’ll announce the winners in about a week!

Board Game Give-Away Winners

I’ll post the board game give-away winners here, and update this post as more people are added.

Adventure Kingdom (lightly played, has sticker on box)
Ascension: Return of the Fallen (2011) (lightly played) won by Ana in Argentina!
Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion (2010) (opened but un-punched) won by Cole in Iowa!
Boomtown Tycoon (2013) (lightly played, has sticker on box) won by Ryan in Canada!
Citadels (2000) (heavily played, box shows shelf-wear) won by Evelyn in California!
Colossal Arena (1997) (lightly played)
Cutthroat Caverns (2007) (lightly played) Won by Nilesh in the United Kingdom!
Dead Panic (2013) (lightly played, box dented in corner (purchased that way)) won by Bob in Illinois!
DuCo (2013) (lightly played, don’t have the original box)
Dungeon Roll (2013) (lightly played)
Faux-Cabulary (open, but unpunched)
For The Win (2012) (lightly played)
Forlorn: Hope (2010) (opened, punched, but never played)
Horus Heresy (2010) (new in shrink)
If I’m Going Down… (2012) (lightly played, has sticker on box) won by Olivia in Australia!
Kaijudo (2012) (lightly played)
Legacy: Gears of Time (2012) (lightly played, has sticker on box) won by Greg in Ontario!
The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game (2013) (lightly played, has sticker on box) won by Tami in Georgia!
Munchkin (2001) (lightly played)
Munchkin Booty (2008) (new in shrink) won by Jordan in Florida!
Relic (2013) (lightly played, comes with card sleeves, has sticker on box) won by Jeff in Idaho!
Revolution! (2009) (lightly played) Won by Arthur in Texas!
ROFL! (2013) (opened but un-punched, has sticker on box)
Samurai Sword (2012) (lightly played) Won by Brynjolfur in Texas!
Star Trek: Catan (2012) (lightly played) won by Melissa in Washington!
Tessen (2013) (lightly played) Won by Emily in Texas!
Things… (2002) (lightly played)
Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin (2012) (lightly played, has sticker on box) Won by Chris in New Jersey!
Thunderstone: Starter Set (2013) (lightly played, has sticker on box) Won by Austin in Texas!
Ticket to Ride: The Card Game (2008) (new in shrink) won by Kyle in Indiana!
Weather Wars: Battle for the Guzunganator (2013) (lightly played, has sticker on box)

Board Game Give-Away (e-mail signup required)

UPDATE: I’m posting the winners here. But don’t let that stop you from signing up, there are still more games!

Short story: Join my sci-fi/fantasy book e-mail list for a chance to win a free board game. Here’s the link to join: http://eepurl.com/Cnu8X

Long story: Michael Mindes, of Tasty Minstrel Games, released a youtube video a while back about how to create an audience for board game publishers.

Then, at the beginning of the year, I noticed this blog post on Reddit: Why I’m Giving Away $2014 in Board Games

It got me thinking about my own audience, except as an author instead of a board game publisher. I have several games I could give away like Michael Mindes did, and I think there is a healthy overlap between board game hobbyists and people who read sci-fi/fantasy.

So here I go. If you’re interested in both board games AND sci-fi/fantasy books, then this is the perfect place for you. Sign up for my e-mail list here, and you’ll get a chance to win a free board game. And you’ll be on my e-mail list for new book releases. I have a Kickstarter going right now, and more books coming soon. It’s pretty exciting, and I want you to be a part of it.

A few things: I will not trade or sell your e-mail. Nor will I spam you. I’ll send out e-mails to announce new releases and contests, or news about the company.

Several of the games were donated to my wife’s convention last year, so they have a sticker on the cover advertising Critshappen.com. So we get more shelf space for new donations for her convention, and more advertising for Tox of Crits Happen. And more games for you. A win-win-win.

I’ll hold a drawing once a week (starting June 9th) from the list of names, and I’ll send you an e-mail for your physical address if you win. You can only win once. If you don’t win, your name will still be in the next drawing.

To the games. Below is the list of available games to win. Remember to sign up here for eligibility: http://eepurl.com/Cnu8X

Ascension: Return of the Fallen (2011) (lightly played)
Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion (2010) (opened but un-punched)
Boomtown Tycoon (2013) (lightly played, has sticker on box)
Citadels (2000) (heavily played, box shows shelf-wear)
Colossal Arena (1997) (lightly played)
Cutthroat Caverns (2007) (lightly played)
Dead Panic (2013) (lightly played, box dented in corner (purchased that way))
DuCo (2013) (lightly played, don’t have the original box)
Dungeon Roll (2013) (lightly played)
For The Win (2012) (lightly played)
Forlorn: Hope (2010) (opened, punched, but never played)
Horus Heresy (2010) (new in shrink)
If I’m Going Down… (2012) (lightly played, has sticker on box)
Kaijudo (2012) (lightly played)
Legacy: Gears of Time (2012) (lightly played, has sticker on box)
The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game (2013) (lightly played, has sticker on box)
Munchkin (2001) (lightly played)
Munchkin Booty (2008) (new in shrink)
Relic (2013) (lightly played, comes with card sleeves, has sticker on box)
Revolution! (2009) (lightly played)
ROFL! (2013) (opened but un-punched, has sticker on box)
Samurai Sword (2012) (lightly played)
Star Trek: Catan (2012) (lightly played)
Tessen (2013) (lightly played)
Things… (2002) (lightly played)
Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin (2012) (lightly played, has sticker on box)
Thunderstone: Starter Set (2013) (lightly played, has sticker on box)
Ticket to Ride: The Card Game (2008) (new in shrink)
Weather Wars: Battle for the Guzunganator (2013) (lightly played, has sticker on box)

Also, two I couldn’t find on BGG: Faux-Cabulary, and Adventure Kingdom.