Ladies and Gentlemen: the cover for Volinette’s Song, the next title in the Magic of Solendrea series. I hope you enjoy it. I know I do.
When the family and I went to New York in January, we took the train from Harrisburg to New York. Aside from re-discovering what a beautiful country and state we live in, I also discovered that there are caches of books out in the world that people seek out and swap books from.
The one I found was inside the train station. It was an unassuming bookshelf, much beaten and weatherworn, with a simple card on the top that said, paraphrased, that all the books there were free to take, so long as they were passed along to someone else when the reader who picked it up was done with it.
I love that idea. I love it so much that I’ve set about making promotional copies with my own label that explain the process. I’m going to drop a couple copies at that book cache and let them out into the world. I want to seek out others, so I can do the same with those. I think it’s a fun way to reach a few people I might not otherwise reach.
If anyone out there would like a copy to include in their own cache or book exchange, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will see to it that you get a promotional copy of the book with the label attached for you to drop off in your travels. In addition, anyone who “drops” a promotional copy of Swordmage in this way and emails me the details of when, where, and how they dropped it off, will receive a free novel of their choice from my catalog in the future.
Just a little something to think about the next time you’re on the train.
Today’s a big day for Solendrea. Lots of news coming as we get closer to a release date for Volinette’s Song. Here is what is going on today:
BookBub featured The Last Swordmage in their free ebook promotion email and Facebook posts today. This could open up the world of Solendrea to a lot more readers and I’m excited to see how it goes. If you know someone who might enjoy a free copy of The Last Swordmage, please let them know they can grab it today, courtesy of BookBub.
For those of you who have been wondering about beta reading opportunities for Volinette’s Song, here are the details: the beta draft is nearing completion and will probably be done in the next week or so. Once that’s done, I’ll do an internal review with my personal advisors (the alpha readers, I guess you could call them). Once the quality control read is completed, I will be looking for a limited number of beta readers to have a run through the story. At this time, I believe I’ll need between 5-10 people to read the book and give me their opinions on plot, pacing, character development, and their overall impression of the story. If you’d like to be considered for one of these slots, please email me at email@example.com, put Volinette’s Song Beta Reader in the title, and give me a brief introduction and what special qualifications (professional editor, copywriter, etc.) you possess (if any). Please not that special qualifications ARE NOT required to be selected as part of the beta reader pool. It just helps me get a good mix of people.
I know that when I read some of my favorite books, I like knowing as much as I can about the world, the people who live there, and the places that my favorite characters visit. In that vein, I’m posting a picture of a map I sketched out for the areas of Blackbeach that surround the Great Tower of High Magic. This ties into Volinette’s Song as well, as there are a number of locations visited here that make an appearance ( or several appearances ) in the book. I hope you find it interesting.
The Pegasus’s Lament is now available on paperback through Amazon.com. If you’ve been waiting to complete your physical collection of the Swordmage Trilogy, now is your opportunity to do so.
As always, signed copies can be purchased directly from me. Just drop me a message via social media or through the contact form on martinfhengst.com and I’ll be happy to assist you with arrangements.
It’s been a busy couple of days behind the computer screen. I’ve put together three chapters of Volinette’s Song, I’ve gotten some notes put down for the short story anthology, and I got to put some work in on some science fiction projects I’ve been working on. The science fiction projects are one of the main reasons I’m writing this article.
Solendrea is a world that is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve been working on some of the stories for the Magic of Solendrea series since I was in high school (23 years, for those of you who might be counting) and I’ve known some of the characters that live there, characters like Faxon, for even longer. Tiadaria and her adventures have become near and dear to many readers around the world, so I can understand some unease when I say that I’m switching directions.
I just want to clarify that Solendrea isn’t going away. I have notes for at least nine more Solendrea novels and ideas for half a dozen more. The Solendrea you know and love isn’t going away any time soon. I still have many stories to tell in that universe and we’re not done this ride yet. Nor will we be for quite some time.
However, there are also some other stories that I have to tell. Stories that involve people and places who don’t fit in to the Solendrea universe. That’s the cause for this slight shift in direction. Instead of focusing solely on the Solendrea brand, the Solendrea website, and the Solendrea Facebook page, I’m working to solidify my online presence under my new website (http://martinfhengst.com) and my new Facebook page (http://facebook.com/martinfhengst).
None of this changes what I’m writing or what projects are in the works. It does, however, allow me to reach all of my readers in one place, which will be beneficial for those who have expressed interest in reading all the new works, Solendrea based or not. I invite all of you to come and ‘like’ the new Facebook page. You’ll be quite welcome there. The Solendrea page will remain where it is, but it may not be updated as often.
Thanks for reading, and look forward to more Solendrea goodness in March 2014.
For those of you who have stopped by either this site recently, you’ll notice a lot has changed. I’m in the process of converting my main website from Solendrea.com to here. I felt that, with two science-fiction novels in the works, that it was time to expand past the footprint that the Solendrea site provided me.
Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean I’m leaving Solendrea behind. It just means that I’m making room for even more worlds to adventure in.
Look forward to more changes in the near future.
The Pegasus’s Lament will be on sale for a reduced price until February 22nd. Remember, this is a countdown deal, so the sooner you take advantage of the deal, the better your price will be.