A review for Huntsman…

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, impeccibly written!, August 30, 2012

This review is from: Huntsman (The Hunted Mage Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

This story grabbed me from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down! It is written so well, that I found myself inside the story time and time again! Every page was read, nothing skimmed even in an unfamiliar place and time setting. Regardless of your tastes in books, this is a MUST READ! Brilliantly written.

Can’t wait for the second book! What a cliffhanger!

(Author’s addendum…(wow that sounded official. Yes! I make addenda now)(I KNOW…who knew? The plural of addendum is addenda! I had to look it up since spell checker told me addendums was wrong, but I digress!)(BTW, does this set the record for parentheses within a set of parenthesis?) ah…forget it! Too many parenthisese, parenthisess, parenthums? I am starting over again…)

on THIS line!  Author’s Note: Today is the last day to get Huntsman at 25% off list price. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of my mumbletieth birthday last week.

$5.99 for Kindles, Nooks and other E-readers! And $13.45 for Paperbacks!

Another Huntsman review on Amazon…

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Loved the historical background, August 27, 2012
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This review is from: Huntsman (The Hunted Mage Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

Would recommend this book. I loved the historical references of Scandinavia – that was very interesting. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

 

A few more locations to find Huntsman…

Smashwords, which I used to publish Huntsman for e-book formats not covered by Kindle, Nook or Paperback, distributes to numerous book outlets across the internets.

I have been looking for them and I now find that, gradually, most of these now carry my e-book on their virtual shelves.

The Sony Reader Store, 

Diesel (which I had never heard of, heretofore…)

and the iTunes Store.

Some explanation for iTunes: Of course I can give no link for iTunes because it’s iTunes and they go through the separate application…aaaaand if you search for ‘Huntsman’ you will naturally find a bazillion items for ‘Snow White and the…’ but if you search ‘Books’ then click ‘See All’ my little e-book is there, nestled all snug and warm in the notoriety of the Hollywood version and interspersed with books by an Author named Huntsman.

Yeah…fifth row down…you know…prominent like! I will proudly state that my e-cover stands out in that crowd. All bright and shiny with a wooded sunset! I weep…it’s so pretty!

I am content in the knowledge that, once I hit several best-seller list and a movie or two (I figure if I get Peter Jackson to direct it Huntsman alone could be a 3 movie deal) are underway I will move to the top of iTunes lists and have the top row all to myself!

Yeah…that’s the ticket…

A new Video Trailer…

Slowly but surely, I progress.

This is the third video trailer for Huntsman. I wanted there to be a video teaser for each protagonist for Book One and now…we have them!

I have enjoyed the video making process. It is always a challenge to take a character’s story and distill it down to a sentence or two for the videos. It is a great exercise.

I am turning my efforts to finishing up some loose ends of Book Two: Dagger and will begin in a month or two with some preview trailers to introduce two new characters to the Trilogy.

Beta-readers! (Those still able and willing…you know who you are!) You are on deck for the end of September to get advance reader copies of Dagger.

There is a link on the left of my blog’s main page for the video.

Or this to YouTube.

Or here to Facebook.

Oh…and don’t be shy about passing on my links to your family and friends. I can use all the help I can get in spreading the word! (Plus Huntsman is still on sale for my birthday until the end of August! They will all want to know…I am almost positive!)

This just in…

Wow. Un-blogged for seven days…not good!

But what a week. I have a new appreciation for the phrase ‘When it rains, it pours!’ I have been muddling along through a period of unemployment since late October and times are getting a little tight around here.

I have applied to dozens of positions in my field and dozens for management in general with no results.

And this week I get two offers for part-time work and a call from another potential full-time position. My wife has found a part-time position and had two more offers pop up as well in the last seven days.  It is truly odd.

A fat lotta nothin’ for so long then piles of work thrown at us all in the same week.

These odd jobs will keep us afloat. They are a God-send at a point when we have car repairs, re-registration of said car, an IRS tax bill slammed on us and the possibility of a table at a weekend convention where I will sell some books if we can raise the cash to buy a shipment.

The light at the end of this tunnel? Maybe not a TRAIN this time!

I hope to blog and tweet more regularly when the schedules regulate.

Another review for Huntsman…

this time for Paperback!

 

4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Imagery, August 20, 2012
This review is from: Huntsman: The Hunted Mage Trilogy (Volume 1) (Paperback)

This book transports you to a long ago time and place where magic runes existed and dragons roamed. The exquisite details in the settings are captivating. The realm of magic, is so intricate and like nothing else I’ve read.
From the tragic opening, following the lives of the three main characters, the story unfolds and we see how they start to intertwine by the end. I can’t wait for the second book to find out what happens next.

An Excerpt of Chapter 13 of Dagger

~From Book Two of the Hunted Mage Trilogy~

The steady clang of hammer on iron made his head ache.

Eyulf drew a forearm across his brow and wiped the sweat from it. With eyebrows seared off and the skin of his brows burned to a waxen lump, the stinging sweat would only drip into his eyes. It could be born now as he rested from his part of the labor, but not as he drew the magic forth and wrapped the metal in its folds. A distraction like that could finish what he had survived in his father’s cellars.

I worry too much. Think of all I have learned since then. I have trebled my knowledge in the last year alone!

The smith rattled around the hearth, banging and clanging incessantly. Eyulf would have to remember to stop his ears with wool if he need hire a smith again. And most likely he would. There were to many magics he would like to test in this way.

The binding of magic to an item was an intricate process, draining of time and it sapped his strength considerably. He could Bind at will in a quieter environment and the Binding would adhere after a fashion.

The problem was one of permanence. If he Bound Elements to wood, or pottery it would hold, but those could be destroyed with ease and his work made useless. To Bind his formulas to metal ensured he could get far more use out of the items and their magic. Metal could still be consumed with enough heat, but it was far more difficult.

The smith motioned to Eyulf with his mallet. It was an impatient movement, discourteous, and Eyulf tired greatly of the blacksmith’s ways.

The man sang constantly, a guttural chant that Eyulf could just discern words out of, but they meant little to him. He had bespoken the man about the habit to no avail.

To call the beat of the hammer on the hot metal, he had said with a scornful look on his face, is the most important part of forging.

The apprentice had seemed apologetic for his master’s brusqueness, and had been almost polite to him when the smith was not about.

He hobbled to the hearth and stood as close to the embers as he could. The heat made his ruined skin tight and it pained him to stand as close as he must.

I must endure, he told himself each time the smith beckoned him. He had three days of the prickling heat, raw against the tender flesh that remained to him, and two nights of renewed terror from his dreams.

The nightmares had left him for a time as he traveled. He thought he had outrun them at last, but flame and weariness brought them back with renewed vigor in his sleeping mind.

I will win out against the night. I must!

Even as he approached the deep well of embers near the center of the smithy, he drew upon the Elements and held them at the ready. Some he could layer upon each other in advance even as he looked at the bands of iron that lay on the edge of the coals.

They could not lay there for too long, the smith had told him, bellowing out his commands that first day. They would not cool properly and they must or they will end up warped and thinned by the hot bed.

‘I will not have my workmanship ruined by your gawking. You must act swiftly so I may roll them as they cool.’  Eyulf mocked the smith’s words as he held his Compound Elements ready over the bands.

It was an experiment only, to build a layer of magic into the material during its crafting. He hoped it would keep the item from wearing with age. If his attempts could make the bands indestructible, then what matter would a bit of warping make.

He had wrapped a ring of Time with a thin wire of Attraction to layer into the metal with a blanket of Fire. The Fire should pull to the residual heat in the metal on it’s own. The Attraction was formed precisely. It would work with the Element of Time to draw Spirit. Eyulf had used some of his own Spirit to prime the Attraction. He hoped it would work as he planned. The longer someone wore the band the more they would want to keep it on.

He could feel the smith’s dissatisfaction. It rolled off the man in ripples. He would have the bands be perfect, but Eyulf’s procedure took too long, and the coals cooled too much to stoke back quickly. The bands cooled further while the embers were refreshed.

But they will be finished by night, Eyulf thought with glee.

He could feel his legs shaking as he made he Elements obey him and Bound them to the hot metal.