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Big 99c sale of Science Fiction and Fantasy eBooks, Jan. 7-8

We have another big sale coming your way to start the new year, over 100 eBooks in science fiction and fantasy genres, all for only 99c each.

January promo

Just go to http://pattyjansen.com/promo/ and click on your favorite retailer to see what’s available! The promo officially begins tomorrow, January 7, but a lot of books have already reduced the price.

My contribution this month is Shadow of Stone, book 2 of The Pendragon Chronicles. The books are standalone novels, though, so you can easily start with the sale-priced one. 🙂

Kindle Unlimited/Free on Kobo SFF promotion, March 5-6

It’s that time of the month again, the next Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Promotion!

March SFF promo

This promotion has two parts. The first section features a selection of books that are available through the Kindle Unlimited program — but for the duration of this promo, most of them are also on sale for 99c. 🙂 My contribution this month is Chameleon in a Mirror.

The second half of the promo is for first in series free books on Kobo. There you can get my story “The Leaving Sweater,” the first in my series “Tales From Far Beyond North.”

Enjoy!

Giant 99c SFF Box Set Sale, Feb. 6-7!

SFF 99c box set sale

For only two days, chose from over 40 boxed sets at a special sale price of only 99c! Science fiction, dystopian, fantasy, and SFF romance, there’s something for everyone who like speculative fiction here. 😉

My own contribution is Yseult, Books 1-4, on sale for 99c through tomorrow, Feb. 7.

Enjoy!

Last chance (for the foreseeable future) to get Dragon Time for free!

I’m slowly but surely taking my short story collections out of KDP Select, and this time it’s Dragon Time. But you have a few days to get it free, if you are so inclined. 🙂

Here the description:

A collection of four previously published fantasy tales by Ruth Nestvold: “Dragon Time,” “Wooing Ai Kyarem,” “To Act the Witch,” and “Princes and Priscilla.”

Dragon Time: In Unterdrachenberg, time has stopped. After the death of his queen, the dragon king is mad with grief. Only a human woman can enter the dragon’s lair to fix time — a magic that is forbidden to women. Katja is the grand-daughter of a clockmaker, and she has watched her grandfather work with time for many years. But can she fix it on her own? More importantly, is she brave enough to try?

Wooing Ai Kyarem: Ai Kyarem calls no man lord. But what if the powerful Kubai forces her to choose?

To Act the Witch: Brilliana is a famous actress for the Duke’s Theatre, yes — but she is also a Witch. And it is up to her to save the Age of Magic.

Princes and Priscilla: As princess and heir to the kingdom, Priscilla really should marry a prince and ensure the succession. Unfortunately, Priscilla has other ideas.

Praise for “Dragon Time”:

“‘Dragon Time’ is a beautifully told tale. It’s easy to feel empathy for Katja; she has just enough flaws that we can love her, and not so many that we lose respect for her. The play of plot and emotion was especially lovely; the ending satisfies completely, and the love in the story positively shines. While the story has ancient treaties, magician-clockmakers, and, of course, dragons—everything needed for a good fantasy story—it’s the love that stands out the most. It’s a story I’ll go back to time and time again—pun intended.”

– Keesa Renee DuPre at Tangent Online

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When I first started moving from traditional to indie in 2012, short story collections of my previously published fiction could actually make me money. Now, that is no longer the case, on Amazon at least. Short stories, either as singles or collections, don’t even work as loss leaders to get readers interested in my longer works. But on Draft2Digital, I still sell shorter works. As a result, I’ve decided to quit trying to sell anything under novella length through KDP Select for now.

Anyway, Dragon Time will be free until Dec. 14. Enjoy!

“Are they going to say this is fantasy?”

Book View Cafe Blog – Ursula Le Guin on Kazuo Ishiguro:

A wild country inhabited by monsters, an old couple who must leave their home without knowing exactly why, a sense that important things have been, perhaps must be, forgotten… Such images and moods could well embody a story about the approach of old age to death, and indeed I think that is at least in part the subject of the book. But so generic a landscape and such vague, elusive perceptions must be brought to life by the language of the telling. The whole thing is made out of words, after all. The imaginary must be imagined, accurately and with scrupulous consistency. A fantastic setting requires vivid and specific description; while characters may lose touch with their reality, the storyteller can’t. A toneless, inexact language is incapable of creating landscape, meaningful relationship, or credible event. And the vitality of characters in a semi-historical, semi-fanciful setting depends on lively, plausible representation of what they do and how they speak. The impairment of the characters’ memory in this book may justify the aimlessness of their behavior and the flat, dull quality of the dialogue, but then how is it that Axl never, ever, not once, forgets to address his wife as “princess”? I came to wish very much that he would.

Mr Ishiguro said to the interviewer, “Will readers follow me into this? Will they understand what I’m trying to do, or will they be prejudiced against the surface elements? Are they going to say this is fantasy?”

Well, yes, they probably will. Why not?

It appears that the author takes the word for an insult.

Read more at “Are they going to say this is fantasy?”.

Faerie and Feadh Ree: Developing the magic system for The Pendragon Chronicles (A fantasy blog hop.)

Magik & Mayhem Blog Hop and giveaway, July 15-19

Do you like like tales of fantasy? Are you fond of elves, fairies, pixies and kobolds? Do you enjoy stories with magic? Welcome to our blog hop! Here is a chance to read about such creatures, find out about fantasy stories, and win books and gift cards! Summer is more magical already. 🙂

Click here to reach the central page of the blog hop where you can use the rafflecopter and win the main prize: a selection of all ebooks and print books entered in the event plus a gift certificate!

The list of ebooks you can win:

Bundle Season 1 Boreal and John Grey by Chrystalla Thoma
Bundle Dark Elf by Willo Nonea Rea
Caitlin’s Book of Shadows by Juli D. Revezzo
Print book Raingun by John Blackport
Aundes Aura by Ryan Sullivan
Seeking a Scribe by Marsha A. Moore
Her Master’s Madness by J.E. & M. Keep
Wings of Shadow by Anna Kyss
Rune Breaker by Landon Porter
Judgement Rising by Tracy Falbe
The Chosen by Annette Gisby
New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer by John & Annette Gisby
Yseult by Ruth Nestvold

Some us took part in a group interview to talk about our magic creatures. If you would like to read it, click here.

Now, let me tell you something about how I developed my version of faerie, the Feadh Ree, for my Arthurian fantasy series, The Pendragon Chronicles. If you leave a comment, you will enter my own personal raffle and can win a copy of the first novel, Yseult, as well as a fantasy short story collection of your choice: Dragon Time, Never Ever After, or Story Hunger.

Faerie and Feadh Ree: Developing the magic system for The Pendragon Chronicles

I have a reprint of an old book I picked used somewhere years ago, Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland, by Lady Wilde (“Speranza”). When I decided sometime early in the last decade to return to my project of retelling the tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde, one of the first things I had to consider was developing a magic system. I didn’t want it to be the kind of magic that could solve problems effortlessly, I wanted my Arthurian retelling to have a certain touch of realism and history. At the same time, I wanted my magic to fit in with the legends of Ancient Ireland. One of the main impulses of my retelling, after all, was to give Yseult / Isolde a history. The medieval epic romances always started with the background story of Tristan (Drystan in my version). I wanted to start with the background of Isolde of Ireland / Yseult of Eriu. Which meant I would have to create her world.

I’d been a collector of Celtic lore for a while, and Lady Wilde just happened to be one of the books on my shelf. But what a book it is! Story after story, it was full of inspiration for my magic race. This section in particular was important for how I created my version of faerie, the Feadh Ree:

The Fairy Race

The Sidhe, or spirit race, called also the Feadh-Ree, or fairies, are supposed to have been once angels in heaven, who were cast out by Divine command as a punishment for their inordinate pride.

Some fell to earth, and dwelt there, long before man was created, as the first gods of the earth. Others fell into the sea, and they built themselves beautiful fairy palaces of crystal and pearl underneath the waves; but on moonlight nights they often come up on the land, riding their white horses, and they hold revels with their fairy kindred of the earth, who live in the clefts of the hills, and they dance together on the greensward under the ancient trees, and drink nectar from the cups of the flowers, which is the fairy wine.

… The children of such marriages [between human and faerie] have a strange mystic nature, and generally become famous in music and song. But they are passionate, revengeful, and not easy to live with. Every one knows them to be of the Sidhe or spirit race, by their beautiful eyes and their bold, reckless temperament.

The fairy king and princes dress in green, with red caps bound on the head with a golden fillet. The fairy queen and the great court lathes are robed in glittering silver gauze, spangled with diamonds, and their long golden hair sweeps the ground as they dance on the greensward.

This passage inspired me in any number of ways, including the character of my protagonist, Yseult, who is descended from both the Old Race (Feadh Ree) and the the Gael.

For the magic of the Feadh Ree, I was inspired by Irish legends of “second sight.” This resulted in the three powers of the Old Race: The Power of Knowing (divination and mind reading); the Power of Calling (sending thoughts into the mind of another); and the Power of Changing (manipulating the thoughts of others so that they see something different than what is there).

These aren’t exactly fairies as we know them, but I had a lot of fun developing the rules of my world, and not just going with “received legend.” I hope my readers like the more subtle use of magic as well. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the blog hop, and remember to post a comment wherever you’re interested in winning a book!

Tales of Love and Magic: 99c Fantasy, 3 Days Only, Feb. 10-12!

The latest group promo is underway!

Tales of Love and Magic

Do you like your fantasy with a touch of romance? Do you enjoy love stories that go beyond the bounds of the real? Dancing on the edge between genres, our tales of love and magic–light and dark, happy and tragic–take readers into realms where magic is afoot and love is in the air.

Check out these 10 great books, each available for under a dollar for a very limited time. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of love stories for all tastes!

Interview with Indie Author J. R. Tomlin

In honor of Summer Solstice Free Fantasy, I have an interview today with author J.R. Tomlin, writer of fantasy and historical fiction.

What is it about historical fiction and fantasy that makes you write in those genres?

I suppose the main reason is that I read them. I love both genres. I started reading historical fiction very early, by the time I was ten years old I was plowing through The Three Muskateers and then writers like Nigel Tranter. Later, like a lot of people, I fell in love with Lord of the Rings. I’m not sure if that I read them is why those are the genres where I feel that I have stories I want to tell. After all, it’s all about telling the story, isn’t it?

When you write fantasy, how do you go about world-building?

I have a co-author in writing fantasy, C. R. Daems, who does a lot of the world-building. I am better at figuring out the characters. He’s good at maps and the technical side. We make a pretty good team because we have very different strengths.

What kind of magic systems do you use in your fantasy?

It varies. I don’t like to do the same thing over and over, although I’ll do a sequel to Talon of the Unnamed Goddess next year. That is what I would call a light-magic world. The magic enhances their strengths such as making them stronger or smarter but there are no fire balls taking out the enemies.

What made you decide to become an “indie” author?

Complicated question. I really resisted. Victorine Leiske, who I knew from a forum, was doing very well and Joe Konrath was preaching the “indie revolution” but I’d started writing when self-publishing was an admission of failure. It took quite a while to get past that and realize that now indie publishing is just another choice, a perfectly valid one. About that time my agent had been pitching my historical novels to some big publishers and although I’d gotten interest from them, they didn’t feel that they’d be a good sell to book stores. But I was absolutely convinced that these were stories that would find a readership so I decided to take them straight to the reader.

What do you think are the advantages of indie publishing? Of traditional publishing?

Traditional publishing puts you in book stores — for a few months at least. But you give up almost all control of things like covers and pricing. I’m a bit of a control freak, so I love being able to control those things. Also, to be honest, I think it is easier to find a really good editor at a traditional publishing house. I always have my indie novels edited, but the quality of editing isn’t always as good. There are good freelance editors out there but finding one who is right for your work can be more difficult.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

It depends on where you are. Very few authors don’t have to write a couple of novels before they learn what they need to know. Be willing to learn by doing is my basic advice. Understand that your first novel may not be good enough to make money whether you go indie or traditional. You wouldn’t expect to play the piano well enough to go to Carnegie Hall the first time you sat down. The same is true with writing. Get feedback on your work and read some of the standard works on the craft of writing such as Stephen King’s On Writing.

For a writer further along, I’d just say to keep your options open and educate yourself on the changes that are taking place. We writers have more choices than we ever have before and it’s a shame to not take full advantage of that.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another fantasy, well, I suppose actually a paranormal called the Voodoo Seer. It’s set in modern day New Orleans and the main character is a young woman who is a Vodou priestess.

You can find J. R.’s novel Talon of the Unnamed Goddess along with 29 free ebooks by 23 authors as part of Summer Solstice Free Fantasy. Check it out!