Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Archguardians Of Laceria Book Release

Available on all regional Amazon stores
Kindle Unlimited  •  Kindle  •  Paperback

   Looks like it's all happening sooner than I thought!
   After two years of writing, 6 months of revision and 5 months of literary agency submissions and subsequent publishing preparation, my debut fantasy book, The Archguardians Of Laceria, has finally been released. On June 4th 2016 it was made available for download at £1.99/$3.50 on Amazon's Kindle, and in September it was released on other platforms through Lulu.
   Amazon have a free Kindle app for use on PCs, Macs, laptops, smartphones, iPhones, tablets and iPads, and it is easy to download, install and use, and you can purchase Kindle books straight from Amazon to be delivered to your app's location just as you would your Kindle. This means anyone can read it, whether they have an e-reader or not. There's more information on how to download and use this feature at the bottom of this post.
   A print copy is currently in the works, though because it is print-on-demand, the printing cost is very high. Because I'm more interested in getting my work seen at the moment, I've kept the price as low as I can - £16.50 might seem steep, but please keep in mind that I make about 10p from that sale.

   It is a monarch's task to lead and protect their people, and few take this responsibility as seriously as Queen Rysana Vokun. Since ascending to the throne almost twenty years ago, she has fought a war against violent beasts of stone beneath her people's feet and without their knowledge, holding at bay the aggressors who seek only chaotic destruction.
   But while the gargoyles' predictable attack is usually held off with ease, their recently increasing aggression has given Laceria's five archguardians the push to bring the matter to a swift and final end.

   Queen Rysana, only the latest in the 400 year old line of archguardians, along with the help of three others set out to do just that, but when a storm leads them to discover the gargoyles' true intentions, their plan is tipped upside down.
   As a war of men is waged in her name and a battle between gods overshadows them all, Rysana must descend into the maze of tunnels and caverns that lie beneath Laceria's entirety to save the creatures she sought to destroy if she is to protect her people.

   The Archguardians of Laceria is a fantasy suitable for readers of 15 up; teens, YA and adults. It features a strong female lead, with magic, royalty, romance, gods and secrets abound, with a couple of dwarves and gargoyles thrown in for good measure. The book is a complete edition rather than being broken down into multiple installments, so it is quite long, but it makes for a deep read, a perfect book for the summer holidays.

Not sure? Read chapters 1 & 2 for free:

Downloading The Kindle App

   You can read Kindle books without a Kindle device using Amazon's free Kindle app. It can be downloaded onto smart phones, tablets, laptops and PCs, and is supported by android, apple, google play and windows.
   Download it for free straight from Amazon either by:
1. Going onto the product page of any Kindle book and clicking 'read with our free app' to the right of the product image.
2. Going onto Amazon, hover over 'department' at the top left, hover over 'Kindle e-readers & books' and then 'free Kindle reading apps' on the right.

   The download is small, quick, and safe as it comes directly from Amazon, not a third party.

   On Kindle ebook product pages it will give you the option to 'buy now', and beneath it 'deliver to: [wherever your app has been installed]'. The book will be available for download as soon as you click 'buy now' and will then be added to your library, accessible right away on your app.
   I made sure to go through the process myself as I don't have a Kindle either, and it's a quick and painless process. So there! You have no reason not to read it!! It's good, I promise!

Giveaway now closed; winners have been contacted!

   And now for the giveaway! It will run until May 31st and 4 winners will be contacted and announced immediately on June 1st, 4 days before the book's release. It's open worldwide, and all four winners will receive the same goodies:
• an 8x12 copy of the map of Laceria, printed on aged vellum
• a vial of rakikik, either as a necklace or a keychain
• a small jar of Alvetha's jasmine tea
• a sticker featuring the cover of the book
• a copy of the ebook
   The book will be available for pre-order during this time, and for 3 days after the winners have been announced, so if you don't win, you can still pre-order the book and have it ready for download on the release day. All the rules can be found at the bottom of this post.

Giveaway now closed; winners have been contacted!

Giveaway rules: Winners will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted via the email address associated with their entries - either their Facebook email, or email address used to sign up. All entries will be checked upon choosing the winners, so false entries, such as 'commenting' without commenting or 'tweeting' without tweeting or deleting the tweet shortly afterwards, will be disqualified, and all other entries from that individual will equally be disregarded. Four winners will be chosen on June 1st and contacted immediately to accept their prize.
Disclaimer: The winner is chosen by myself entirely, and this competition is in no way affiliated with Amazon or Kindle. Prizes are made and supplied by myself, and shipping fees are also covered by myself. The free ebook will be supplied as a unique code to be used on Amazon to claim a free copy. The winner is under no obligation to leave a review for the book on their own blogs or on Amazon.


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