I’ve gone through a period of being really serious online and it’s time for a little more joviality. So I’ve started this baldly self-promotional post (I swear, those answers are absolutely not biased! And I’m totally not lying!), and I encourage folks to have fun with it.
(Do NOT take this post seriously. Though the books are pretty darn good . . . he said without bias.)
The Shadowbane series, for those who don’t know, is the ongoing saga of one of my signature characters, Kalen “Shadowbane” Dren, the last true paladin of Helm, God of Guardians. A former thief inspired to become a divine warrior, Kalen takes up Vindicator, a sword sacred to Helm’s faith, and carries the fight to the forces of shadow and darkness that beset his world. The Realms need a Guardian, and Shadowbane is that man, for better or worse.
The story begins in “The Last Legend of Gedrin Shadowbane”, sees its first novel treatment in the Waterdeep-based urban adventure Downshadow (which is also part of the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series), continues through my free e-novella “Chosen of the Sword” (seriously–85 pages for free), then makes its way to Luskan (city of Kalen’s birth) for Shadowbane, then (most recently) heads to Westgate and its many intrigues for Shadowbane: Eye of Justice, which came out just a month ago.
Some More Facts!
The story is small-scale, rather than based on a Realms Shaking Event (RSE), which is a blanket term for stories that shake up and alter the setting. The stakes are huge for the characters (particularly in regard to Kalen and his friend/ally/eventual romantic interest Myrin, an amnesiac wizard and heir to tremendous power), but they don’t mess with significant powerbases in the Realms. I don’t go blowing up the moon, but instead focus on my characters and their quest.
The last two novels are ebook only at the moment, but pending more sales, we may very well see print versions. Also, here is a link to free apps that will work on your computer, phone, or any other device: Free Kindle Apps or Free Nook Apps
Also, there has historically been an issue with international distribution of e-books, but WotC recently broke through on a deal to get international distribution going. If you tried unsuccessfully to download one of my books a few months ago, you might give it another shot.
So. Knowing all about my awesome series (and having all those free downloads to pique your interest) as I just told you, and supporting small-scale/personal stories as you do, why haven’t you bought my books?
Some suggested reasons:
1. I didn’t know about them! I’m clicking on those links right now.
2. I don’t have an e-reader! I’m downloading a free App!
3. I couldn’t download it because I’m international. I’m trying again!
4. I thought Shadowbane was a flash in the pan and didn’t realize there was so much story there! Wow!
5. I’ve been living under a rock! Seriously–my internet reception is the suck. But they sound awesome!
6. I didn’t realize supporting this series would support the WotC novel department’s course change!
7. Shadowbane’s not an elf/dwarf/halfling/shade/genasi/vampire, which I love. (But those are in there!)
8. I don’t like the 4e for XXXX reasons which you are clearly working to fix.
9. I don’t like awesome fantasy stories! Or the Realms! Or you! (Except that I totally would!)
10. I <3 Fox-at-Twilight and want her back! … (Wait, she’s in these novels? SOLD!!!)
11. I want adventure! Passion! Derring-do! Kickass ladies! Humor! Fashion! Treachery! (All there? SOLD!)
12. Fool! I *have* bought Shadowbane. Now stop posting online and write the next one!