Here’s a giveaway for Book 2 of Arekan’s War–No Free Lunch. If you aren’t familiar with Amazon giveaways, there are a cool thing, like a lottery ticket or the craps tables but you don’t lose any money.
Here is the last cover for Arekan’s War. I’m not printing the blurb yet because there are too many spoilers to Book 3, Tour of Duty. But in book 4 Arekan finds out the hard way that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Suffice it to say he is placed in a situation where he has to make some very uncomfortable decisions to satisfy matters of honor. Can he swallow the exigencies and imperatives of command and lordship even if they go against everything Arekan believes? Will he sacrifice his integrity to kept his promises? And can his heart bear the ultimate price of his compromises?
Elgin’s tale of misogyny, language and the search for empowerment by this dystopian society of Native Tongue starts with this:
ARTICLE XXIV Section 1. The nineteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed. Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three- fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission. (Declared in force March 11, 1991.) ARTICLE XXV Section 1. No female citizen of the United States shall be allowed to serve in any elected or appointed office, to participate in any capacity (official or unofficial) in the scholarly or scientific professions, to hold employment outside the home without the written permission of her husband or (should she be unmarried) a responsible male related by blood or appointed her guardian by law, or to exercise control over money or other property or assets without such written permission. Section 2. The natural limitations of women being a clear and present danger to the national welfare when not constrained by the careful and constant supervision of a responsible male citizen, all citizens of the United States of the female gender shall be deemed legally minors, regardless of their chronological age; except that they shall be tried as adults in courts of law if they are eighteen years of age or older. Section 3. Inasmuch as the aforementioned natural limitations of women are inherent, such that no blame accrues to them thereby, nothing in this article shall be construed to allow the mistreatment or abuse of women. Section 4. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. Section 5. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission. (Declared in force March 11, 1991.)
Chuck Wendig’s flash fiction challenge calls for the use of a dragon in the story I have a couple flash stories with dragons, but here is a very short one.
Departure-The Dragon’s Drama
With a powerful down sweep of his wings Langir rose up and off the cliff. He caught a thermal draft, and soared higher toward the orange sun, taking deep breaths to fight off oxygen deprivation. No one else dared to fly so high, and he bugled his triumph as the air drafts pushed against his wings taking him higher.
I took the morning to finish up the covers for the Arekan’s War books. Below is the one for book three which is written but needs one more good going over before I release it. But here is the blurb.
Tour of Duty
Arekan’s first days in the Windshadow Complex are so disastrous that both Santir and Captain Raden Irlu agree its best for everyone if Arekan puts some time and distance between him and the Mor’a’stani lords. Irlu, who quickly became Arekan’s best friend in the complex, persuades Arekan to go with him on the last patrol before the snow flies, a tour of duty that spans part of the vast Windshadow vale. Here Arekan learns about the life of the people of the vale, long thought to be the staunchest supporters of the Mor’a’stani. He finds a people very much split on the whether the Mor’a’stani are their saviors or their enemy. At the same time he takes an interest in the young woman, Katlia, that Raden sees as his, but hasn’t made a formal offer of marriage.
Can their friendship survive Arekan’s meddling in the private life of his best friend?
Here is the new official cover for the second part of Arekan’s War.
It’s meant to reflect Arekan standing in the audience hall of the Windshadow Complex though it’s not quite the picture I see in MY head. But what are you going to do? How do you get a photograph of structure that doesn’t exist until four thousand years into the future? You just make do with what you have.
But I found a great picture for the background. I found it on Flickr licensed as a Creative Commons picture by Flickr user Tom Cavnar. Sweet.
And here is the blurb for the story:
Arekan Mor’a’stan now holds the Sword of Quajinn, the symbol that declares his right to rule the Kyn Empire. The head of the Mor’a’stani family council and Santir’s uncle, Scine, assigns Santir to Arekan as the new Mor’a’stani lord’s aide. Santir, despite his feelings of rancor toward Arekan feels honor bound to serve him to the best of his ability. This puts Santir squarely in the middle of the hard headed Arekan and his just as stubborn uncle, Scine. Meanwhile, Arekan learns about the politics and economics of the people he is meant to rule and the picture is not good.
Can Arekan find a way to lead all the Mor’a’stani to retake the throne of Kyn? And can Santir keep his relatives from killing Arekan in the process?
This is the second of a four part series Arekan’s War.
Pagerank seems to be one of those little things that many writer-bloggers ignore. Maybe it’s because Google keeps changing the game rules, maybe because so few authors understand pagerank, or maybe because in the hectic life of a writer (must put down words, no time for anything else) it seems a tiny detail in the world of blogging.
It is not.
Pagerank is your SEO report card and if you are scoring a goose egg on pagerank, one thing is not happening. The search engines are not sending traffic your way.
Yes, I know. I gave you five sneaky ways to get website traffic, but if you are in this for the long haul you need every edge you can get. Securing a page rank is one edge. Some authors understand this better than others. Chuck Wendig has an immensely successful blog with a page rank of five for his main site and four for his blog. Kevin Hearne a page rank of four, which is pretty darn good on the Google end for a non-corporate blog. Obviously Kevin had someone do all the shiny SEO thingies to get the blog to that pagerank. The first actual author’s blog on Google, which is on page two is Advanced Fiction Writing which has a page rank of three. Now if someone is looking for author blogs who do you think is going to get that traffic?
First off you may wonder why I’m putting hashtags in my titles. Courtesy of WordPress and with the correct settings my post gets auto published on Twitter and Facebook. The hashtags don’t count so much on Facebook, but on Twitter it sends the posts to lovely pages with similar content. It gives the post exposure to people you never met and a good way to gather a few new followers.
But as regular readers of my blog know, one of my characters called me out for my lack of book promotion expertise. (Shut up, it’s a writer’s thing.) And since us writers are called on more and more to promote our work we are forced to step up our game, regardless the snarky comments the imaginary people in our heads make.