Well, as promised (since yesterday), Volume 3 has officially been published at Smashwords! Thus continues my series of fantasy/anime novellas. I hope you enjoy this volume as much as I did writing it! From what I’ve been told, the forte of Volume 3 is the action. Of course, maybe you’ll think otherwise!
Here’s the link to Volume 3: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569002
And let’s not forget that Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are all free today!!!!
Here’s an overview of Volume 3 to get you up to speed:
A name is being whispered throughout the northern region of the Golden Lands. And wherever it is whispered, death quickly follows. “Hedekira” is the only word voiced by the strange “ghost” who appears at random, causing chaos wherever he strikes. Neither John Hedekira nor his friends know why the ghost is after John…nor that they are going to be in the fight of their lives if they’re caught.
Sure, it’ll take some time before it is distributed to other retailers, but in the meantime, I’m just relieved that I’ve finally gotten to this point. That it’s finally time to publish yet again. Make no mistake, publishing three books–whether you’re self publishing or not–is a tough thing to do. And Volume 3, I must admit, has probably been harder to publish than Volume 2…for multiple reasons like formatting, editing, and polishing things off. In short, completing this manuscript has been somewhat difficult. But I’m glad that it’s finished and that I finally get to share it with you.
And, just so you know:
ALL THROUGHOUT TOMORROW, VOLUMES 1, 2 AND 3 WILL BE FREE AT SMASHWORDS.COM!
I believe that the occasion deserves a bit of celebration, and that includes a super nice discount for all of you faithful followers!
Hey all! So I’ve officially had 99 people buy or download a volume of The Golden Lands. Which means, obviously, that I’m one copy away from having reached 100!
Wanna’ be that person to help me hit a landmark?
Here’s an overview of Volume 1 and a few places you can get it (for free, too!).
The Golden Lands, one of the three worlds of Terra, is supposed to be a place of peace, light, and happiness. But the Golden Lands hasn’t exactly been such a place for John Hedekira, a jaded, hot-headed teenager. His parents disappear when he is thirteen, and he’s left to look after his younger sister and brother. One evening, John decides that he has had it with the distant, self-pitiful dispositions of his siblings, and resolves to shut them out of his life for good…or so he thinks. That same evening, a band of warriors of a dark race invade his home, kidnapping John’s siblings…and leaving him to bleed out on the floor of his own house. But John is not undone so easily. Compelled by his own hatred of the warriors that left him to die, and a sense of duty towards his siblings, John sets out on a quest for vengeance. Joining him is Faith Pinck, a caring, innocent girl who doesn’t yet understand the true motives behind John’s desire to track the evil band of warriors. And in the midst of their adventures as they journey to rescue John’s siblings, they begin to uncover a deeper, darker plot that will endeavor to collide the world of humanity with the world of an unholy, malicious, supernatural being.
Thanks so much for all of your support. It’s hard to be a self published author; it takes lots of time, lots of thinking, and lots of willpower. Sometimes, we fall into lacking willpower. Few things can better inspire me to keep on persevering than your support! So thanks again.
The countdown to the release of Volume 3 begins! I haven’t exactly set a date for publication yet, but everything is just about ready!
Volume 3: The Ghost of Hedekira should be an exciting issue! I had a bit of trouble at first with deciding what direction I should take Volume 3 in. Originally, the plots of both Volume 3 and 4 were to be combined into a single book. The plot which now stands as the focus of Volume 3 was supposed to give an exciting “middle” to the old Volume 3. Instead, I decided that this “middle” part would be able to stand as its own novella. And I’m glad I made that choice; it gave me so much more room to expand my world and develop my characters. Not having to rush is pretty great!
Thus, the first story arc of The Golden Lands will end with Volume 4. I have aptly dubbed this arc the “Soror and Frater” arc. I guess I’m kinda alluding to the fact that, in Volume 4, John and his friends will finally face Nirak, and the quest for Soror and Frater will come to a conclusion.
Semi-spoiler, I know.
But you know what? In order for Volume 3 to be ready, we needed to have the cover for Volume 4 so that it could go in the back of the third issue.
Would you like to see? Here you go!
This is by far my favorite cover! It’s simple, but it reveals a lot.
Let’s get artistic for a moment. We can see, just by observing the covers, that John is undergoing radical, epic changes throughout the series.
Consider the cover for Volume 1:
Here we see John, lying in a pool of his own blood. He looks weak; he looks helpless. His eyes are all big, and the fear is evident on his face. He even looks a little on the younger side.
Now look again at the cover for Volume 4. His sword is brandished, he’s standing at the ready, and his cloak is flapping awesomely in the imaginary breeze. Instead of worry and fear, his face is showing evident determination. And his eyes are narrowed with courage and sincerity. What’s more, he looks tall, powerful, and more mature.
To a degree, he almost looks like a different person.
Lots of good stuff happening in The Golden Lands! I’m happy to announce that I’m six books away from having sold a hundred copies!
Keep up the support; it really means a lot to me. And thanks to all who have already purchased/downloaded Volumes 1 and 2!
I guess I should apologize for keeping you guys in the dark about this. The cover for Volume 3: The Ghost of Hedekira, has been finished for quite some time now! I never got around to revealing the cover, however. If you’ve purchased and finished Volume 2, then you’ve technically already seen Volume 3’s cover, because I always put the cover for the next book in the back of the book you’re reading. (Confusing, I know…)
So, after a lot of ups and downs and modifications, here’s the cover for Volume 3!
As can be blatantly seen, this volume possesses a sense of mystery and intensity. I’m not going to release a plot summary yet, as I want to give some of you time to finish Volumes 1 and 2. But, as I’m hoping you can tell, Volume 3 is going to be very exciting!
Any thoughts? Which cover do you like the best so far? I’d love to know!
Hey all! I just wanted to let you know that Volume 1 of The Golden Lands will not be available on Amazon as a paperback for a short time, and it will only be available at Smashwords.com for the time being. I’m redoing some things on the interior of the book in order to make it look more professional, so I kind of have to “pull it out” of all the online bookstores in order to make the revisions.
That being said, Volume 2 successfully passed Createspace’s inspection, which means that it is on its way to becoming a paperback too!
And one more thing…I am keeping Volume 1 FREE, most likely for a long time, and Volume 2 is only $2.00.
I did it! Volume 2 is officially an eBook at Smashwords.com. It will probably take about a week before Smashwords distributes it to other retailers, so Smashwords is the only place you can get it at. I’m very excited to have published a second Volume of TGL. It really makes it feel like TGL is a series that will continue, a series with potential, and a series that’s going somewhere (from a professional point of view).
And guess what? Just for you guys, I’m having a special sale!
TODAY ONLY, VOLUME 2 WILL BE FREE!!!!
So get it while you can! To all of you that downloaded Volume 1, thanks again. I hope you are enjoying it and I hope you enjoy Volume 2 even more.
So here’s what Volume 2 is about (mild spoiler alert):
John and Faith now know the plot of the Evil that kidnapped Soror and Frater, John’s little sister and brother; they, along with a host of other humans, are to be sacrificed to the ominous god of death. Meanwhile, Faith is realizing the true, dark nature of John’s desire to hunt the Evil. Can she stop him before his thirst for vengeance consumes him…or will it consume her instead?
WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT? https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/550789
Remember the sale only lasts for today. For the sake of integrity, I will raise the price to $0.99 tomorrow, along with Volume 1, which, by the way, is also still free.
Hey all! Sooo today is the last day before I release The Golden Lands, Volume 2: Wrath. I’m really excited to publish it, because I think you’re all really going to like it! I’ve been told by multiple people that Volume 2 is better than Volume 1, so I hope you think the same!
Thanks to all of you that have already downloaded Volume 1, which, as of now, is still a free download at smashwords.com, Kobo, barnesandnoble.com, and the iTunes store! (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/535151). If you haven’tdownloaded it yet, I would strongly recommend doing so while it is still free.
Here’s an overview of Volume 1:
Left for dead by a band of strange, dark warriors, John Hedekira sets out on a quest to get revenge and to rescue his siblings from the hands of his attackers. Joining him is the kind, innocent Faith Pinck, and together they must stop the evil warriors before they can complete their mission: a dark plot to collide humanity with the world of an unholy, supernatural being.
Please contact me if you have any questions about my series or if there’s anything you need at all!
So I’ve been thinking about changing the look of my blog! I want it to be more centered around the artwork of The Golden Lands. I’ve already got several pictures, most of which are covers. But I’d LOVE some more.
That being said, I’d love for anyone who’s interested to draw some fan art for me! (I’m not going to stop you.) What’s more, unless I get absolutely too many pictures, I’ll post your picture on my blog as a part of the design…as soon as I can get the new layout worked out.
By the way, in case you didn’t notice my new profile picture, here’s a new image I drew!
ALSO! For the sake of your convenience, the reference I usually use for drawing John is Ichigo Kurosaki (from the anime/manga Bleach) and for Faith we typically use Rukia (who is also from the anime/manga Bleach).
Time to get some new looks and build some community 🙂
REMINDER: THE GOLDEN LANDS, VOLUME 1, IS STILL FREE AS AN EBOOK AT SMASHWORDS.COM, BARNESANDNOBLE.COM, AND AS AN iBOOK. YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE IT AS A KINDLE BOOK FOR $0.99 OR AS A PAPERBACK AT AMAZON FOR $5.99.