New novel and more Varda material

I added three new articles to the Varda profile: one national profile (Badelgard); one regional profile (Westwood); and a profile of Badelgard’s ancient inhabitants.

All of these are to give the reader background for my new novel. August 2012 is the tentative release date for Fell Winter. It’s finished, written, edited, and sent to a few reviewers. I think it’s my best novel yet, and I hope you agree.

New Release: Four From Varda

This collection of four short stories – three of which have appeared in fantasy magazines – is available for Amazon Kindle at the price of $2.99. The collection includes THE GODLESS LAND, THE AVENGER AND THE DESTROYER, and a story exclusive to the collection (previously published in Mindflights, and my first paid magazine sale), THE CITY ON THE ROCK. That would normally cost $3.99, but you can get it for $1 cheaper.

I apologize to Nook fans, but my B&N sales don’t justify staying out of Amazon Select. There are no promotional opportunities there, as far as I know, even for previously published authors. If you are a Nook fan, buy this novel, if you want to justify it.

Free Day — The Avenger and the Destroyer — starting May 7

This two-story collection previously appeared in magazines Residential Aliens and Fear and Trembling.

It will be free starting Monday, May 7. Pick up a copy and, most important of all, tell all your friends!

From the description:

Angrok, a great warrior, is called many things: a terrible destroyer by his many enemies, and a powerful avenger by those he chooses to save.

This collection brings together two of Angrok’s adventures as told from the perspective of his assistant Marcellus.

In ANGROK THE AVENGER, Marcellus and his master take revenge upon a dangerous city of spider worshippers.

In ANGROK THE DESTROYER, they come to Bezakirah, a desert city controlled by two fanatical and increasingly warlike houses.

Whether he is a destroyer or an avenger, you decide.

Two short stories totaling approximately 5,100 words.

From the first review:

“In the great tradition of Conan and Elric, the barbarian named Angrok is both destroyer and avenger – depending on what side of the sword you fall. These two stories are great companion pieces that will have you sending emails to the author asking for more to be written.”

Free E-book April 14-15

“The Godless Land” will be free on Kindle tomorrow (April 14 at 3 a.m. EST) until the next day (April 15). Please download, and most importantly, leave a review. Every review helps out a huge amount, and so far I have no reviews on that story.

“The land of Molkoro once had a god, a mighty panther god,” the sailor said. “At the time the ettins arrived from beyond the sea in their black-sailed ships, the people of the jungle worshiped the great Jhub-El. He was a mighty god, but he had one weakness: Trust.”

Pietro, a young man, has never killed: something rare for the corrupt city of Peregoth and totally alien to the tropics of Molkoro, where circumstances will soon take him. In the sweltering jungle, his purity has become a commodity to the ettin invaders and their lord, the dark Vexor.

But how long can his innocence last in a godless land?

If you share this on your blog, I’ll give you a free copy of any short story you wish in .mobi format. Browse on https://aj-cooper.com/e-book-store/.

Thanks, and I hope you take advantage of the Free Day.

Update

I am at the end of a major life stage. I’m graduating from college in April and plan on (A) finding a job and (B) writing many more stories. For the moment, though, independent projects are on hold as I evaluate where I stand in the digital reader revolution.

I’m currently focused on submitting short stories to magazines, but also plan on doing some independent projects. Case in point: I am in the process of uploading previously published short stories to the Kindle and Nook stores.

Notably, I plan on adding more material to the Varda world portrait which you can see just below the header. Although Varda is a huge world, most of it is in my head and needs to be written down and codified.

In the meantime, please take a look at my “e-book store” and consider purchasing a story or a novel. Each time someone purchases something, I grow closer to my dream of writing for a living.

Due to the nature of writing stories for magazines and the uncertainty of publication, there might be a bit of silence on this blog for a while. However, keep checking it as I add more and more material to my Varda portrait and return certain previously published short stories to print.