Imperial Towers (Book of Never #5) is now available at Amazon and Kobo and very soon at B&N and (hopefully) at Google Play also.
Purchase - Amazon & Kobo, All Territories
The link above is a 'global link' so no matter where you are in the world, the link will send you a page where you can choose between Amazon, B&N and Kobo, which then defaults to your territory :)
Big thanks to Never fans who have followed along since March 1st in 2016, exactly a year ago today, when book 1 (The Amber Isle) was released :)
Stay tuned for an update for B&N customers but also several interviews where I talk about Never, the books and the magic, along with a post of me reading chapter 1 of Imperial Towers :)
Imperial Towers (Book of Never #5) is now available for pre-order!
Here's a mini-blurb:
Only one thing stands between Never and answers – his brother.
Driven toward the enemy-occupied Imperial City, Never’s doubts grow. Even with new knowledge about his powers, can he truly keep his friends safe in a warzone? Or, like too many times before, will he end up responsible for the deaths of those he should have protected?
Barnes & Noble are a little behind again, so for now Imperial Towers is only available for pre-order with Amazon and Kobo but updates are coming.
Below, you can click a 'global link' which should send you to a retailer in your territory :)
Pre-order (Amazon or Kobo)
Official release is still set for March 1st - see you then!
Imperial Towers is rushing toward release!
But March 1st is still a little ways away so I wanted to share another 'writing soundtrack' - albums and songs I've been immersed in over the months while writing or editing Imperial Towers.
(Tomorrow or so, these will have links, but for now it's just the images)
Only two weeks to go now and Imperial Towers is due for release!
While you wait, I thought I'd post a random quote from somewhere random...page 113 as it turns out:
When Pacela’s Spire finally came into view Never’s arms were burning from the stretcher but he didn’t bother calling a halt, better to reach the comparative safety of the spire sooner. The square resting beneath the Spire lay empty. Silver figures of Pacela in her flowing robe stood at each corner though naught but new weeds crept between the flagstones.
Here's a little preview from the forthcoming Imperial Towers - the first 3 chapters of the conclusion to Never's story :)
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Here's a Christmas gift idea that has absolutely zero chance of arriving in time for Christmas!!!!!!
But seriously, if anyone was looking for a paperback copy of Greatmask, it's now available :) The two retailers I've noticed so far are Amazon and B&N, but others will doubtless follow in the new year.
Hope you have a good holiday if you're lucky enough to have time off, unlike folks in retail for instance (used to be me) or hospitality (like my brother)!
One of my anthologies is part of a holiday giveaway, along with Fantastic Creatures and From the Stories of Old and over at the release party you can win one of the three Fantasy Anthologies or a $30 Gift Certificate to Amazon :)
The Giveaway ends on the 28th of December, just click the link to enter!
Imperial Towers (Book of Never #5) now has its cover and you can view it over at Lynn's Book Blog, who generously offered to host the official cover reveal :)
Lynn's book blog is fantastic so check it out while you're there, her top tens and other themed posts especially are always great. You can also read her review of The Amber Isle here, when it was featured as part of Mark Lawrence's Self Published Fantasy Blog Off :)
NOTE: If you haven't finished reading Never #4, the cover art to #5 will pose a bit of a spoiler!
And thanks once more to Lin Hsiang for the amazing illustration and VividCovers for the ace title work :D
Just click on the image to jump to 120 free ebooks via Instafreebie :)
Coming up this weekend (but also available right now) I have The Amber Isle featured within a group promo over at Instafreebie, where you can find of heaps of free SFF books, so if you're browsing for something new to read, have a look as there's bound to be something you like :)
In other news, I'm revealing the cover to Imperial Towers (Never #5) very soon - details forthcoming :)
A note, if you haven't read Never #4 yet the cover to #5 does pose a spoiler, so tread carefully when I post the link to the cover reveal :D
Since I’m hoping to take a bit of a break from the blog during December, I want to do a bit of ‘looking back’ over 2016 with this post, before I get so busy relaxing or finishing Never#5 that I overlook doing so :D
So, on to the reflection!
There have been negative things in 2016 of course, but they’re things that I won’t dwell on here as it would be a bit boring. Instead, I’ll focus on some of the writing goals I set back in Jan or March and see if I met them (spoiler, I met most of them :D).
And now, in a touch more detail:
Goal 1 – Achieved...just
• Increase my average monthly royalties by %50 - %100
Here I wanted to increase my monthly income by enough to enable me to pay a small bill or two with my writing and it’s only been in the last three months that this has been achieved. Of course, I don’t earn a supplementary income by any stretch but it has certainly increased compared to where I was at the end of 2015 or even mid 2016.
I attribute this success, aside from marketing, to three things a) releasing a fair few titles this year, b) rights reversion for my Bone Mask Books and c) Kindle Unlimited.
Goal 2 – Exceeded!
• Release 5 titles over the course of the year
This goal is linked to the first, since more books tends to naturally relate to increased sales. So my plan was to release a few extra titles, above and beyond what I’d achieved in 2015.
Looking back, by the end of 2014, between myself and my publishers, I’d released three titles – one poetry collection and two novels (The Fairy Wren and City of Masks.) Hop forward to 2015 and my total climbed a tiny bit to four. One poetry collection and two novels (Crossings and The Lost Mask) along with a novella (A Whisper of Leaves).
For this year, I wanted to increase my releases so that I’d put out five titles. It was a modest leap up from last year and I was confident of reaching it, since I’d planned a few novellas and some shorter releases too. In addition, I had hoped to finish two series this year, meaning I felt like I’d guaranteed myself at least two releases.
My total ended up being twelve!
Now that I look back on that number, it’s quite insane, even with the shorter projects. No wonder I’m deeply, deeply weary lol. I pushed myself harder than I ever have and in 2017 I want to take it easy by comparison :)
So, here’s what I managed to get out into the world this year:
Somnus & the March Hare
The Yellow Butterfly (appears within ‘Steampunk Fairy Tales Anthology I’)
Esmeralda (appears within ‘Steampunk Fairy Tales Anthology II’)
The Amber Isle (Book of Never #1)
A Forest of Eyes (Book of Never #2)
River God (Book of Never #3)
The Peaks of Autumn (Book of Never #4)
Greatmask (Book #3 of the Bone Mask Trilogy)
Book of Never (Boxed Set, Vol 1-3)
Poetry & Place Anthology
A pen-name Title
So I definitely exceeded this goal and aside from being tired, I’m very happy with it and I hope readers enjoy(ed) the flurry of releases :)
Goal 3 – Not Quite :D
• Finish off 2 series by December 31st
At the beginning of the year I had two series I wanted to complete in 2016.
One was a new series called The Book of Never and the other was my first series, The Bone Mask Trilogy. 'Never' would feature novellas and novels, while the Bone Mask books were each much longer. Luckily, I was able to complete the Bone Mask Trilogy this year, as Greatmask was released just last week. However, the conclusion to the Never books will have to wait until 2017 but to be honest, I don’t mind that this one is taking longer. It’ll definitely make the book better :)
And there it is, an incredibly long post on goals! Thrilling, huh?
Looking forward to 2017 I’m keen to finish a few projects that I’ve been working on, planning or thinking about for a few years.
First will be the conclusion to The Book of Never, with Imperial Towers (#5) slated for a March release. Then a sequel to A Whisper of Leaves and a new suspense novel and in the latter half of the year, I want to start work on the first book in the Bone War Trilogy – where, among other things, we get to see Notch’s visit the land of the Ecsoli :)
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline