Video Games

I’m taking a break from writing updates about how the book is going. Not everyone wants to know how slowly it’s coming along. So I’m going to post about something I love for a change: video games. Some of you already know I’m an avid gamer. I could list my conquests but that would take forever. Let’s just say I’ve been playing since the Master System was brought home. PC games, console games, it didn’t matter what I played. One of my favourite genres is the open-world game: GTA, Elder Scrolls, Fallout. These game define story-telling with their unique ability to let you decide the quest.

But there are so many games that I just find myself stuck for what to play next. Recently I’ve exhausted myself on Project Zomboid, the open-world survival sim set in a post-apocalyptic town. Its epic scope and endless re-playability have never failed to entertain. But more recently I’ve moved to a game I never got to play when it came out: Fallout: New Vegas. I slammed through Fallout 3 like a man born to tear through the Wasteland. So much so that I reckon I could survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Though, I hope it never comes to that.

Another favourite is the Elder Scrolls series. An amazing game set in a fantasy world full of different races, hierarchy, history, conflict, and even some humour. It’s not all swords and sorcery. I particularly like in the last game that they parodied The Hangover, leaving me to roam Skyrim trying to work out what had happened.

I also had an odd thought of buying a Mega Drive off Ebay just so I could play some of my old favourites: Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Shinobi, Road Rash.

So, now you know. I’m a video game nerd.

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Kingdomfall Update

Those of you who follow the blog looking for updates on the book will be pleased to hear that it’s all moving very well at the moment. I seem to have found a rhythm and keep pushing the story forward. I’m not sure what’s inspired me, I’ve seen quite a few new films recently and started reading a new fantasy novel (Blood Sony by Anthony Ryan, what a book). So I see a lot of positives working with me.

There has been no writing this weekend as I’ve been attending my best friend’s wedding. There has been writing this morning though, and there will be writing later on tonight and in the week. I had to cut a couple of scenes and rewrite them so I’m back down to twenty, but that will quickly go back up as I chop and change. It’s great to work with the characters again and learning all about them. Their history is what drives the story more than anything, it fuels their motivations. Some still remain a mystery, even to me.

You might also be happy to know that the world is being developed and grown with every chapter as well, seemingly becoming bigger as the stories come out and the cities and history come alive. You may be pleased to know that I’ll be introducing some new characters to make the plot even more intriguing. Some characters you will never have heard of before, one or two you may have heard stories about in the first book. I’m hoping you’ll find each of them deep and enriching toward the story and the land they live in.

I’ll keep you all updated as I go.

As an added bonus, I’m working on a map for you all. Seeing as that seems to be one of the things that’s drastically missing in the book. Then you can see the world as I see it.

Discovering New Books

I think it’s always important to read in and outside your favourite genre. You never know what you might find. In my day-to-day full time job I tend to find myself perusing Amazon books and reading their free previews, as well as reading all the news websites that I can consume to get me through the day. I do have my fun reading all of these previews, seeing how other authors construct their works and their ability to suck me in with the obligatory ten percent that I can read. I often find myself annoyed by the fact that I can’t read more, leaving me going to Smashwords and looking for their free books. But I’m happier reading the stories in their tid-bits.

It’s not very often that I follow up on the books that I start on the Amazon free previews, but something about Anthony Ryan’s Blood Song just stuck with me. As I’ve said before, I’m a fan of Paul Hoffman’s tales of Cale and his friends, so finding Vaelin Al Sorna was something of a revelation. Anthony Ryan’s style and prose has kept me hooked so far, so I went and bought a copy from WHSmith. With every spare moment I had I was reading about Vaelin and his trials in the Sixth Order.

If anything, it’s certainly helped me with my own writing. It’s inspired more thoughts in my head, made the creativity flow. I’m only on page seventy, but I cannot wait to get back into it and write my own series as well. On that note, Kingdomfall is still going. I’m writing diligently and helping the story move forward with everything I’d planned. I’m happy with the way things are moving, let’s just hope it continues and that nothing gets in the way.

The Kingmaker Saga and Kindle Unlimited

Hey Kingmaker Followers!

I hope you’re all well, I’ve been working my socks off recently. It’s been almost non-stop for my full-time working life and my writing as well. It’s never easy to balance both, but some how us writers manage to do it.

So, I’ve been looking around the forums all over the internet and found a lot of talk about Kindle Unlimited. It’s the new Amazon subscription service that allows you to download as many books as you like to read. The best way to sum it up is to say it’s the Netflix of books. At the moment it’s in its infancy, starting out and seeing how many people will consume the product. But I can see it’s already having an effect on the sales and borrows of KDP authors.

To be honest, I’m glad to have The Kingmaker involved in the new program. It helps get the book out there and brings more attention to indie authors as a whole. I know some people are skeptical, but there’s always going to be people like that. I hope it’s incredibly successful.

Can a debut indie author make an impact?

It’s a question that we’ve all asked when we’ve been writing: is this going to be my break? Am I so incredibly talented and just didn’t know? The answer to the question is, usually, no. No one can make a huge impact as an indie author without investing a huge amount of money that they don’t usually have. Maybe you’ve written a book that’s in one of the better selling genres and that’s helped you somewhat.

I, for instance, haven’t made a huge impact in the way that I’d dreamed of. But the main thing is that I did dream it. I did dream about writing a novel and bringing my characters to life and I did that. That’s a win in itself. Not everyone can make a huge impact on day one without the backing of the big publishers. We indie authors struggle on a daily basis for recognition, but it’s a struggle that’s worth it.

Have any of you made the impact that you wanted or thought you could?

 

The Kingmaker Saga Updates Its Look

Hello Kingmaker followers!

Yesterday you were made aware of The Kingmaker being on Kindle Countdown on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, now it’s time to show you the updated covers. If you’ve seen the previous post then you probably already know what The Kingmaker’s cover looks like, but I also have the updated Kingdomfall cover to show you as well.

The general thoughts behind these covers are to be truer to the books sense of darkness. As previously mentioned in comment by Belart, these new covers bring the idea of what The Kingmaker is about in a much better way than the older ones. The old ones had a sense of High Fantasy about them and this saga severely lacks elves, but it does have Leonhardt.

Here are the new covers!

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The Kingmaker on Kindle Countdown

For the next few days The Kingmaker: Book I of The Kingmaker Saga is on Kindle Countdown. This is your chance to pick up the first in a new fantasy series. You’ll also be some of the first to pick up the second edition that introduces the new cover.

The Kingmaker New Book Cover

The Kingmaker New Book Cover

Pick up your copy before the second book hits the shelves!