Finish Your Summer with a Great Deal on a Fantasy Series‏ from Tracy Falbe

ImageProxyTracy Falbe has been a strong supporter of my written works so I never hesitate to tell everyone when she has something going on. Right now you can get every ebook from her Rys Rising fantasy series for only 99 cents each! Read below for some details…

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Finish Your Summer with a Fantasy Series!

Every title of the 4-part Rys Rising fantasy series is on sale for 99-cents each at all major ebook retailers.

You can get the whole series at your favorite retailer for $3.96!

Special note: Anyone worldwide can get the super bargain bundle for only $2.97 at my website http://www.falbepublishing.com/bravel…

Rys Rising: Book I

“Would you start a war?!” the Grand Lumin thundered. “Would you cast away two thousand years of peace and progress because I denied you one request? Are you going to be the one to do it?” ~ from Rys Rising: Book I

Savage Storm

Danger did not matter and escape could wait. The savages would fear Cruce Chenomet of Nufal.

New Religion

Cruce accepted that faith was always a leaky boat launched on troubled waters, and he had already cast off from the dock.

Love Lost

Amar drew his sword and pointed it at the Nufalese who had thrown the spear. “You know what you want to do,” he said, encouragingly.

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Tracy Falbe – Feel Real Fantasy Blog Tour – An Excerpt from Love Lost

FRFblogtourFantasy author Tracy Falbe stops by again with an excerpt from her epic, Love Lost. Read on, my friends…

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Today’s stop on the Feel Real Fantasy blog tour celebrating the completion of the Rys Rising series by Tracy Falbe presents an excerpt from the fourth novel Love Lost.

In this scene Amar is traveling into the mountain realm of the rys with the army he has mustered for Onja.

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The pouring rain was warm. Swift muddy rivulets rushed down the dirt lane of the Temulanka village nestled in the foothills. Amar observed the shower from the doorway of the home he had occupied to wait out the storm. Kym, Demdin, Urlen, and Khage sat at a table in the small house’s main room while the man of the house stood by nervously. His wife and children were peeking at their dangerous guests from a back room, wondering if they were going to get their throats cut.

The men at the table were too accustomed to power and privilege to pay much heed to the fear of their hosts. Demdin was confounding Khage with a guessing game involving three cups and a dried bean. Khage banged a fist on the table after another wrong guess. Demdin lifted a cup to reveal the bean’s actual location and Kym and Urlen chuckled.

LL-cover-600Upset with the teasing from the older men, Khage said, “You try guessing.”

“All right,” Kym agreed charitably. He knew how the cup game worked but he doubted that he could follow the moves of the deft Podubwa fighting master.

Demdin held the bean up for everyone to see and then put it under a cup with a flourish and started moving the three containers. Steered by his agile hands, the cups glided across the coarse table planks. When they stopped, Demdin regarded Kym expectantly.

“It’s in one of your hands,” Kym said.

Demdin opened his hands to reveal empty palms. Frowning, Kym reluctantly selected a cup. Demdin lifted it to reveal the bean. Genuinely surprised, Kym and Urlen burst out laughing and Khage gaped incredulously.

“How did you know?” Khage asked.

“I didn’t. I thought it was in one of his hands, but then I guessed,” Kym said.

“Why would you think it’s in his hand when he puts it under a cup?” Khage demanded.

“Remind me to never lend you gambling money,” Kym said and got up. His sword and mace clanged against the bench as he moved away.

“Show you,” Demdin offered and shifted the cups back in front of Khage, who studied the moves of the fighting master intently.

Kym joined Amar at the door. A curtain of water streamed down from the eaves.

“The mud will slow the supply wagons,” Kym said.

“They’ll catch up,” Amar said absently.

“Has Onja spoken to you lately?” Kym asked.

“Yes,” Amar said and his hand went to his chest. Deciding not to make Kym badger him, he drew himself out of his innermost thoughts. “Onja awaits the hosts of her faithful. She will appear to us during the blessing ceremony at the mustering place,” he said.

Kym reflected upon his first meeting with Onja and how she had recast his destiny. All things with Onja were a wonder.

“The rain will be done soon,” Amar said. Over the lowlands the sun sliced through the breaking clouds and a full rainbow arched across the Temulanka Domain.

“This is a nice village,” Kym commented as he appreciated its fine view of the lowlands.

“It should prosper now that it’s on the route to Jingten,” Amar said. The village had been only a poor remote place with stony fields until the coming of the Goddess. Its people were still not used to the sudden traffic of armies and tribute caravans.

The rain tapered off, and Amar leaned out and looked up and down the lane. He signaled to the Kezanada in the other doorways that they would get going soon. Despite the delay, they would still reach the mustering place in the village pasturelands well before sunset.

Amar went to the table and picked up his helmet. The tabre hair hung shiny and black from its crest. As he settled it onto his head, the other men picked up their gear and prepared to leave. Khage took one last look through the larder that he had already plundered and happily found a small jar of honey that he had overlooked.

The men filed out of the house, except for Kym. Amar noted the troubled look on his lieutenant’s face and asked, “What bothers you?”

“Lord Amar, are you sure we should both go?” Kym said.

“What do you want to do?” Amar asked back.

“My guts tell me I must go make the Nufal men pay for killing Cybar and Vame,” Kym said.

“Then we both will go,” Amar said, patient with the now familiar discussion.

“But our interests here will go neglected,” Kym worried. He understood the fragility of Onja’s newly imposed peace. The world was squirrelly with possibilities right now.

Amar said. “The Brotherhood can survive our absence for a time. Pender Ruke will work diligently, and we have left enough Kezanada to secure Do Jempur. We will set right any problems when we get back. And all the resources of the kings and Chupabat are with us serving Onja.”

“True,” Kym granted. They had gone over this before.

“Come,” Amar said. “In this war I shall want you close.”

Kym locked eyes with his Overlord and accepted finally that on this campaign his place was with Amar. The distant cities of Nufal awaited punishment.

When they left the house, Amar looked back just as the homeowner sighed with relief. The playfully feline gaze of the dro-shalum made the man jerk back against the wall. Amar smiled. He had been gentle with the people of the west compared to what he wished to do to Onja’s true enemies in the east.

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Tracy Falbe invites you to give her characters a chance to feel real to you. The Rys Rising fantasy series is driven by magic, passion, bravery, ambition, conquest, and defeat. Rys Rising: Book I is a free ebook and hopefully your gateway to an epic reading experience.

Start reading Rys Rising for free and enter the prize drawing. http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/feel-real-fantasy-blog-tour.html

Enter to win a $25 Etsy gift card and complete 4 book Rys Rising series right here – http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/feel-real-fantasy-blog-tour.html

Tracy Falbe – Feel Real Fantasy Blog Tour – Meet Amar

Fantasy author Tracy Falbe decided to go out on another blog tour and she happens to be starting it off here at mattdwilliamsonline.com. Tracy has been a great supporter of my space adventure series, Jak Phoenix, and I just love getting a chance to share information about her writing. It seems to me that she pours her heart and soul into her stories, so check out her guest post below…

Today’s stop on the Feel Real Fantasy blog tour celebrating the completion of the Rys Rising series by Tracy Falbe introduces readers to Amar, an outlaw, a warlord, a lover, a friend, and the nightmare of his enemies.

Tracy Falbe fantasyMeet Amar. He’s neither hero nor villain but certainly bad ass.

Age: early 20s
Physical appearance: dark skin, black hair, brown hair, average height.
Special skills: Endurance running, sneaking into buildings, weapons training, dueling, leadership, unconventional strategies
Magical items: Enchanted sword, enchanted armor, enchanted crystal orb that connects him to Onja

Amar is a man of extremes. He attains prestige and authority at a young age. His anger is to be avoided, but he is not without humor and kindness. No woman who loves him ever thinks she can change him. Those loyal to him love him for his generosity. And his enemies will never find him stingy with his vengeance.

More than simple ambition drives him. He was redeemed from a bitter death by the unexpected intervention of Onja. She is a young and powerful rys, a deviant among her kind, but she recognizes that her magic can gain her great influence among the human tribes. Amar becomes her devoted servant and will dare any deed to maintain her favor and support her cause. After surviving a grueling initiation, he rises quickly among a notorious outlaw brotherhood. His brutality and cunning earn him respect. And magical assistance from Onja enhances his mystique until he gains the title dro-shalum which means “curse demon” among the Sabar’Uto Tribe.

Guided by his magical rys benefactress, he becomes a great warlord as the epic unfolds and battles the magical enemies of Onja in distant lands. Victory and glory are the same as his own flesh and blood, and whole kingdoms learn to never defy him. He is not troubled by his bad deeds. He is the servant of greatness and knows that every day of his life is a privilege.

Author’s insights about Amar

Amar was tremendous fun to write. I wanted to create a man meant to be a legend in his own time. Hopefully readers will enjoy sharing Amar’s boots. He wins a lot. He gets to have two girlfriends and they’re OK with it. His trademark cockiness is a pleasure to experience. He’s not a man ruled by his feelings but he’s not above indulging them. He’s strong and smart. And most importantly he’s not a hero in the conventional sense. Amar is meant to make you want to follow him and not care if his cause is good or evil.

From Rys Rising: Book I

The Kez warriors stepped away. Urlen and Amar were left with their blocks at the water’s edge. Amar finally looked at Urlen.
“I’ll be waiting for you,” Amar said.
Then without any hesitation, he bent down and pushed his block with his bound hands. With a scrape and a splash, it yanked Amar into the water. It would not be said that Amar had hesitated at the test of the waters.
A great shout went up from the crowd. Urlen cowered beneath the noise and stared in horror at the radiating circles on the water. Amar was gone.

From Savage Storm

Amar listened carefully to the translation, and his eyes lit up. This was progress.
“Will you face my test?” Moto goaded.
Amar naturally wanted to ask what the test was, but such quibbling hesitation would show weakness.
“Of course,” he answered.
Moto looked over his shoulder at the hunters seated behind him. A tall man rose like a bear out of a berry patch. The thick muscles upon his long frame looked as hard and smooth as the granite upon which he stood.
“Only the spirits can help you against Bifolomo,” Moto said gleefully as his magnificent hunter moved forward. He looked like he could wrestle an elk to the ground. His eyes sparkled with wolfish intensity as he eyed the outlaw born under a roof.
The onset of danger thrilled along Amar’s nerves. He should have expected trial by combat from these primitive people and he embraced the mad freedom of the struggle. The life and death contest made everything simple and he deemed Moto a wise Elder indeed. Amar nodded respectfully to the bent Elder whose solution saved many arguments and much time. Amar would either live and gain glory, or an overdue fate would claim him and he would die.

Tracy Falbe invites you to give her characters a chance to feel real to you. The Rys Rising fantasy series is driven by magic, passion, bravery, ambition, conquest, and defeat. Rys Rising: Book I is a free ebook and hopefully your gateway to an epic reading experience.

Start reading Rys Rising for free and enter the prize drawing. http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/feel-real-fantasy-blog-tour.html

Enter to win a $25 Etsy gift card and complete 4 book Rys Rising series right here – http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/feel-real-fantasy-blog-tour.html

I’m on Pinterest!

I decided to open up a Pinterest account to post about my Jak Phoenix novels and about all the stuff I’m into. Look for future postings where I’ll showcase some of my favorite indie authors, among other things.

You’ll find my boards at www.pinterest.com/jakphoenix

Come and follow me. I hope to see you there!

Matt D. Williams
Author of the Jak Phoenix space adventure novels.

Connect with me on Goodreads.com!

I’ve had an author page on Goodreads.com since mid 2010, but recently I decided to start paying a little more attention to it. I really enjoy the site and the fact that it encourages the enjoyment of literature, letting you list books you’ve read, plan to read or personally wrote. If you’re an avid reader, joint the site if you haven’t already. All my books have pages on Goodreads and I have an author profile there as well. Please drop by and become a fan or friend. I’d appreciate either.

Author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4591308.Matt_D_Williams

My Books on Goodreads:

Matt D. Williams

My interview at Herladyshipsquest.com with Tracy Falbe

jak phoenix 1 and jak phoenix 2: the markazian deception paperback booksI was interviewed by fantasy author Tracy Falbe yesterday and we discussed writing, inspiration and my character Jak Phoenix. Here’s a snippet of that interview:

With two novels and a short story to his name (and a few good reviews) Canadian indie author Matt D. Williams reveals what he likes about his low-achiever hero Jak Phoenix and his writing goals.

1. Why space opera? What elements of this genre do you enjoy most as a writer?

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to sprawling space opera-type tales with an inherent lighter tone. There is just something about an action packed pulp story told on a grand scale that gets my heart pumping and my mind racing. The big heroes, the diabolical villains, the explosions, the space pistols – fun stuff.

There are many very talented authors out there who are doing exceptional work with harder technical sci-fi. They would flatten me in a second if I attempted to join that game, but that type of story just doesn’t suit my personality. I set out to make a series of books you could pull out of your back pocket on a rainy Sunday afternoon and be quickly lost in a fun escapist adventure. Like life, the Jak Phoenix series will grow a little darker as it matures, but I will always be sure to remember where this tale came from.

All in all I set out to write a book I would enjoy as a kid, a teen, or an adult. Something a “regular” person could enjoy, even if he or she were oblivious to most science fiction. I wanted to read something that would make me feel the way I felt the first time I saw Luke and Han arguing over a princess while trying to blast their way out of an evil space station…

Head over to Tracy’s website and read the full interview.

I’d like to send a big thanks to Tracy for this opportunity!

Matt D. Williams

Jak Phoenix 2 & The Journey of Life

With the release of my novel, Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception just around the corner, I found myself doing some reflecting on the events that have passed since I finished the first book. Since you’re reading this, you’ve probably realized I am now going to share them with you.

Life

It took me longer than I’d planned to get this far with Jak Phoenix 2, but I promise you it wasn’t purely to do with laziness. Writing this book was an exercise in determination.

I started writing the sequel in January 2010 and the process was punctuated with an assortment of life-related interruptions. Some bad, some good and some great! I also took a break soon after starting it to write the short story, Jak Phoenix: Paid in Full. (You can download that free at the Sony Reader Store, Kobo, Smashwords and iTunes/iBookstore.)

But, aside from trying to keep up with my hobbies of guitar playing and film-watching, I actually had some important stuff happen.

I married my lovely wife in October of 2010, so needless to say, a large chunk of the year was designated to the planning and stressing over our James Bond themed wedding. Yeah, that’s right. A James Bond themed wedding. She’s that cool.

I also spent most of 2011 doing a full, tear-the-walls-down renovation on our basement. I did this primarily alone, so that was a great way to absorb all of my free time.

Oh yeah, and after working at my full time job, I’m taking night courses. From time to time I try (not that hard) to maintain some sort of social relationships. I know many people are far more busy, but I just wanted to lay out my excuses up front.

In the end, I finally finished it. And it feels good.

About the Book

With Jak Phoenix 2, I had some different goals in mind than on the first novel. I wanted to keep the humor and action at a level as high as the first book, but I wanted to keep the story grounded in a smaller galactic region. In Jak Phoenix 1, they were flying all over the galaxy. I wanted to see how Jak might react with some restrictions on not only his movements, but his actions.

I also made it a goal to ensure the villain was not as clear. In the first novel, the villain was as big as a planet, but this time I wanted to create a story where things weren’t so easily figured out. Fewer villains wearing black hats, as they say. I wanted more twists and turns, and a stronger sense of mystery.

I also wanted to put the characters through more emotionally difficult situations and experiment with creating a rising level of dramatic intrigue. Don’t worry, Jak is still a lazy smart ass, but maybe he is a man who can be beaten … or hurt … or deceived. What happens when his selfishness starts to affect the people around him?

In the end, it’s still a simple pulp space opera story meant to supply you with big spills, thrills and chills, and a heavy helping of humour. But, by the end you’ll see something more sinister might be brewing in the Azore’s Crown galaxy.

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception - Space Adventure eBook

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