I’m the third sibling of three…the baby. My father was an amateur (and then professional, for a while) photographer. There are hundreds of pictures of my sister, the oldest. (Remember this was 1948, when black & white film had to be hand-developed.) Hundreds.
When my brother came along, six years later, there are fewer. A couple of requisite baby shots, the christening, a few more. But his presence clearly wasn’t as exciting, didn’t need to be recorded in the same way.
This is fairly typical, from what I’ve seen with the photos and video of my nieces and nephews, too. The first baby gets a lot of attention; the rest…not as much. (There are even fewer photos of me.)
And that’s pretty much how I’ve been reacting to the publication of my second book, Empire’s Hostage. Yes, I’m pleased to see it in print. I’m doing my part to promote it. But I lack the ‘look at what I produced! It’s the best baby ever!’ excitement that first child/book engendered. Don’t get me wrong…I think it’s a fine book, a worthy sequel to the first. I’m proud to have written it. Some of the reviews have blown me away. But it’s the second child. I’m more realistic about its prospects and the work involved in getting in out into the world. And with the first still needing attention, and my mind already pregnant with the third, it’s going to fight for its share of my time. Do me a favour? Pay it some attention; it wants to be read. And its older sibling is free right now, on Amazon, for the Kindle reader or app….so for a minimal price, you can have them both. Think of it as a kindness. If I know other people are giving them their share of attention, I can focus on gestating the third baby!
For a limited time (Sunday July 23rd to Thursday July 27th), the Kindle edition of Empire’s Daughter, Book I of the Empire’s Legacy series, is FREE on Amazon.
“… the world building is quite remarkable and the characters incredibly real. The reader is pulled in by the rich descriptions – the action scenes are brilliantly done, and the romance is unforced. This is a good one.” Rebecca Rafferty
While you’re there, you might want to check out Empire’s Legacy Book II, Empire’s Hostage. It’s not free, but it’s priced as low as Amazon will allow for the Kindle edition.
“Involving, evocative, intelligent—an outstanding historical fantasy.” – Maria Luisa Lang
For some of the background to the Empire’s Legacy series, take a look here.
A guest post by author Gonçalo JN Dias, for his book The Good Dictator.
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You can download the book for free directly from Amazon on February 18th & 19th.
See some reviews on the Amazon page or on the author’s official blog.
Empire’s Daughter is the critically-acclaimed first book in my Empire’s Legacy series. Set in a world inspired by Britain after the fall of the Roman Empire, Empire’s Daughter asks hard questions about gender roles, the personal price of a stable society, and the demands of love and loyalty in a time of war. For a few days (Dec 7 -11) you can download Empire’s Daughter for free on Amazon.
If you’d prefer a chance at a paperback, enter the giveaway on Goodreads (Canada, US, UK and Australia only for this one, sorry!)
Come see what all the interest is! Free on Amazon until May 3!
This may be an odd request from someone who reviews indie books, but I’m having a very hard time finding people to review my young adult/new adult e-book, Empire’s Daughter. In part, this may be because it doesn’t fit into any major genre and is difficult to classify. It takes place in a world inspired by Britain after the fall of Rome, but is not historically, geographically, or socially a direct copy. There is no magic. Human relationships cover all pairings, but there is no explicit sex.
You can check it out here:
If you’d like to give it a try in exchange for an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, let me know and I’ll send you the electronic file of your choice for Kindle, iBooks, or Kobo (basically, any of .mobi, e-pub, or PDF).
Thanks, and keep sending me review requests for your indie work (review policy here).
To promote Empire’s Hostage, Book 2 of the Empire’s Legacy series, Book 1, Empire’s Daughter, is free until September 15th. You can download Empire’s Daughter using coupon code: NJ99B
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