Series finished

blade of prophecyI am pleased to announce that I’ve finished the ninth and final book of the Wind of Destiny series.

I don’t know exactly when I began writing book one, A Hero’s Calling, but if I had to guess I’d say the journey began around August of 2015. It’s been three long years, but enjoyable to experience the characters and their stories.

Through stops and starts, and periods of focusing on other projects, I steadily wrote the books, one by one. I am so thankful to the readers who shared the journey with me. Now, it has come to an end, like all journeys have to, eventually.

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New book: A Hero’s Calling

A Hero's Calling cover

I have released a new book. Download a sample and check it out!

In ancient times, the dark god Kronos crafted weapons of war in his fiery lair. His worship has long been eradicated, his followers driven into hiding… and yet he remains…
Creatures of shadow are crawling through the land of Eloesus… they seek one man above all else: Theron, upstanding citizen, master swordsman, and veteran of many wars. As he flees, doom is falling over the land: clouds of fire hover over the ancient city of Thenai and infernal names not spoken in thousands of years thunder from the mountaintops.
A hero is needed. A wind of destiny is blowing, yet Theron is one false step from death.

Illustrations, encyclopediae and more

I’ve had questions about various aspects of my world before. I wanted to point out a website where I put all my notes, written up as entries, as well as super illustrations that I have commissioned.

One entry I just updated is here: tp://vardhtabooks.com/fey-priestesses/

That part of my world is featured both in Fell Winter and Tide of War.

There are certain other entries with illustrations, but not many… yet.

Please do check it out!

New novel released: Tide of War

tide of war coverI am happy to announce my new novel, “Tide of War” is available on Amazon. I had some technical issues with the pre-order system that I didn’t understand. I had this book finished long before I set it up; however, Internet gremlins conspired against me.

With this novel I blended elements of adventure, fantasy and chthonic horror. The cover was perfect for this novel, as the symbol of Zarubain where the novel is set is a lion on a blue field. The novel will only be $2.99 until it’s released on August 7, when the price will be raised to $5.99. I hope you take a look, and, hopefully, order. It’s currently available at…

AmazonKobo, Nook, Apple

New release: Army of Darkness omnibus

coverA new print book of mine has been just released! This has an extensive glossary and a map, as well as numerous other features that have never been in any of my books before, including black and white illustrations in the glossary. The cost of the illustrations and other features mean it’s a bit more expensive than the other print books at $17.99, but I believe you will think it’s worth it. Send me an email, contact@aj-cooper.com, if you’d like a signed copy.

Click here to view it on Amazon.

It should be available on Barnes and Noble soon.

(Pardon the awkward placement of the text — Amazon cut off the top part of the cover for some reason. It looks much better in physical form.)

Now presenting… print books

Now, three novels – Fell Winter, High Queen, and Dragon’s Son – are available in print, complete with maps. They have distinctive golden spines that I’m very proud of. You can order them at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

You can also order signed copies, as seen on the fancy new tab.

I am currently working with a wonderful illustrator to create some black and white sketches for the Vampire Origins novellas.

A new novella

sword and talonThe summer brings more than heat to Miere. From the five lake towns of the north-east to the deepest recesses of the Eldenwood, rumors spread of the reawakened Old Religion. Women of latent power dream of the Horned God, and their worried husbands recall tales of the dark Sisters who once ruled the land.

Durant, a squire of the Order of the Tempest, was only passing through Miere with his companions, but finds himself inexplicably thrust into the center of the Witch War, a struggle of SWORD AND TALON. A novella.

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Day of Reckoning

Hello, my dear blog readers.

I intended these novellas to be mostly for audiobooks, since one of my narrators was very eager to record more druen (cursed vampire elves) stories. Thus far, many more people than I thought took an interest in them, and not just in audio.

Since Fell Winter has produced dozens of sales since I set it to free, I thought I was going to set Army of Darkness to free. But I reconsidered, and now — for the moment, at least — I believe I am going to leave it at $3.99. I have another series to finish (two more books) and another first-book to set to free. As always I will keep you updated.

But without further ado, I thank you for lending me your ear — here is the fifth and final novella in the series. I hope you purchase and enjoy (and leave a review, if it strikes your fancy).

Day of Reckoning

“Seeing the great darkness within the elven prince’s heart, the High God cursed his descendants with a thirst for blood…” 

More than four hundred years after the vampire’s curse first took hold among the Dark Prince’s children, the druen nation faces certain doom. The non-cursed elven tribes, angered by recent atrocities, form an unprecedented union to annihilate the druen race.

The king of the vampires musters his too-few soldiers to stave off certain obliteration, but the Dark Elves and High Elves, acting in unison, have made up their minds: to invade the Dark Land and bring about the DAY OF RECKONING.

The fifth and final Vampire Origins novella.

Buy for $3.99 at AmazonNook, and Smashwords.

A long, long overdue announcement

Hello, my beloved blog readers. I have published several adventure novellas without announcing them — who’d have thought? I usually badger you as soon as something comes out. These novellas all feature cursed elves/druen/vampires — an idea which seems to intrigue a lot of people.

The fifth one will be finished soon, completing the series hopefully next month. At that point I will set the first to free, since Fell Winter has been producing sales since its freebie debut.

Thank you again, blog readers. I couldn’t do this without you. Feel free to share and comment.

36554dc10618e4706af66955acc81283cb4c2cbaArmy of Darkness

Seeing the great darkness within the elven prince’s heart, the High God cursed his descendants with a thirst for blood…

The first vampires, driven from their home, find themselves locked in a struggle for survival. The King of the Elves sends an army to destroy them, and the only escape is north. Their last hope may lie in the walled frontier town of Dundari, or beyond in the White Wastes: a land of ice and snow completely empty of life… or so everyone thinks.

Told through five viewpoints, from sociopaths and opportunists to the lone altruist whose benevolence may prove his undoing, this novella chronicles the origin of the vampires – elves weighed down by a dark curse – and the story of the ultimate dysfunctional family.

Buy for $3.99 (soon, free) at AmazonKoboNook, and Smashwords.

Vampire Blade

vampire blade

Timeline: circa 210 Y.B.E.
LocationsNardur and Lamdar

Seeing the great darkness within the elven prince’s heart, the High God cursed his descendants with a thirst for blood…

A century has passed since the vampire race settled in the arctic north. It seems all is well for Druthor the Great, King of the Vampires, sitting uncontested on the Crimson Throne, when an iron sorceress arrives from the southlands. With her tales of war and tumult, she brings memories of what Druthor does not have: a national heirloom, an ancestral treasure, Lifedrinker, the ancient blade of the vampires. But recovering it will prove more dangerous than any could possibly imagine.

Vampire Origins novella.

Buy for $3.99 at Amazon, KoboNook, and Smashwords.

Crimson Throne

Crimson Throne

Locations: Nardur
Timeline: circa 80 Y.B.E.

In the vampire nation, there are no heroes, only villains…

Druthor, the ancient king of the vampires, sought to cheat death with alchemy but only quickened his demise. His sudden death throws Nardur into civil war as the lesser lords vie for the CRIMSON THRONE.

In the north, the Black Zealots of the Lonely Temple remain neutral but – in time – everyone must pick their allegiance; and choosing the wrong side means death.

A Vampire Origins novella.

 Buy for $3.99 on AmazonKoboNookSmashwords.

Prince of Dread

prince of dreadTimeline: circa 1 Y.E.
Locations: Nardur and Londor

From the ashes of civil war, the vampire nation emerges stronger than ever. Homar son of Homar, whom history will know as the PRINCE OF DREAD, musters his troops to avenge a nearly forgotten wrong.

Caught in the wake of the vampire king’s ambition is Malirias, an escaped slave who would rather die than lose his false freedom. But the vampire nation does not forgive, and in the end he may perish in the tumult threatening to remake the world.

Vampire Origins novella.

Buy for $3.99 on Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords.

Fell Winter now free

Hi, blog readers. I have a big announcement to make. After some careful thought, I have decided to set Fell Winter to free. I’ve heard people having a lot of success with the free strategy, and since my visibility seems to be limited on some sites, I thought this would be a good way to gain readers. Also, people who buy Fell Winter tend to go on to the next ones, so I thought I’d accelerate the process. I thank each of you for following this blog, and hope you enjoy.

Please download… every one counts. Reviews are optional but greatly appreciated.

Cover Fell Winter Final

FELL WINTER

An evil not seen in hundreds of years has awoken in the highland nation of Badelgard. The Ulfr – the original inhabitants of the land whose evil was matched only by their power over death – stir from their barrows.

The dead walk again at the command of an Ulfr witch. The fate of the High King and the possession of the High Throne grow more and more uncertain. Tensions flare between the lowborn commoners and the highborn descendants of the Seven Wardens.

In the middle of it all, the lowborn musician Brand Gutlaffson is thrust into a perilous chase thanks to the foolish decisions of his friend, the warrior Gunnar Whoreson. Their midnight flight takes them to the accursed land of Blackfold, where the ancient Ulfr goddess waits for Her awakening.

The cold begins to set in. But there is more to fear than darkness and snow in this FELL WINTER.

Download at the following retailers:

AmazonKoboNook and Smashwords.