Current Smashwords Promotions for my Fantasy Ebooks

I love running sales at Smashwords. The special deals feature at the store allows me to gain some visibility within the retail ecosystem. With a few clicks, I can easily activate coupons for any of my novels. Even though it generates a coupon code, you conveniently just need to click “buy with coupon” instead of actually entering the coupon code.

On Sale January 2020

I completed the Werewolves in the Renaissance trilogy late last year, and both Book 2 and Book 3 are 40% off at Smashwords through January 31. The first book, Werelord Thal, is always a free ebook.

Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance Book 2

Buy ebook

Werewolf Castle: Werewolves in the Renaissance Book 3

Buy ebook

Werewolf Castle: Werewolves in the Renaissance 3

The Rys Chronicles Complete Series Box Set

Buy box set

It’s my first fantasy series that I began publishing in 2006, and The Rys Chronicles remains my best-selling series to this day. I wrote the first chapters of Union of Renegades all the way back in 1997 by hand no less. In 1998, I purchased my first computer over the phone from Gateway. I lied about my income to get financing, but you could say anything reasonable to get consumer credit before the 2008 financial collapse, and getting a computer called for some wobbling of ethical standards. I then typed the handwritten manuscript for the first 20 chapters into a word processor. Going forward, I made the adjustment to composing novels while typing instead of writing by hand as I had always done it as a young adult.

This box set contains 4 full-length novels: Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power.

Buy box set

Subscribe to my newsletter and stay in the loop about discounts and new releases.

Posted in discount codes, Ebooks, promotions | Tagged | Leave a comment

Werewolf Castle Earns 5-star Reviews at Amazon Kindle

The publication of Werewolf Castle in October 2019 after a painful five-year gap in productivity heralded my return to fiction writing after a prolonged illness and a great deal of life getting in the way of writing. I’m thrilled that the first reviews that have come in for Werewolf Castle in the Amazon Kindle store have been positive.

Normally, people who read my series are pleased with the subsequent novels. The free availability of the first books in my series weeds out readers who do not enjoy my stories. Even so, as a series writer, I put much effort into making each book in a series a good read that builds to a satisfying conclusion.

I’ve learned to take screenshots of reviews posted on Amazon because I’ve had them disappear in the past. The loss of glowing 5-star Kindle review from a verified buyer of Journey of the Hunted was particularly stinging. The review stated that I was the equal of several popular authors, like Orson Scott Card. Perhaps Amazon flagged that totally legitimate review as too good to be true, which is quite galling. I do not pay for fake reviews. In fact, I simply let them trickle in organically.

The following screenshot details the satisfaction of two readers who were pleased with Werewolf Castle and the entire Werewolves in the Renaissance trilogy.

As a writer, I feel very gratified that my characters reach readers in a visceral way. I truly spend a great deal of time agonizing over whether the prose imparts the inner lives of the characters in a meaningful way that connects with readers. Aside from writing a story that flows and makes a reasonable amount of sense, character development represents the magic that brings novels alive. A reader has to care in some way about what is happening to the people in the story.

Werewolf Castle: Werewolves in the Renaissance 3

Buy Your Ebook Copy of Werewolf Castle Right Here from the Author or Download From Your Favorite Retailer

$2.99

Choice of 3 formats: Epub, PDF, of Kindle

Pay with credit card or PayPal. Downloads delivered by SendOwl.

About Werewolf Castle

Thal has found refuge from werewolf hunters and assassins at the castle of his father, Sarputeen. Although the mountain fortress on the eastern fringe of the Holy Roman Empire shields him for the moment, he knows the peace can’t last.

His father counsels war against his old rival who sent servants to murder Thal. But first, Thal must increase his power and that means making a pack. To obtain men to make werewolves, Sarputeen calls in an old debt from the local duke.

The thought of giving others the werewolf magic troubles Thal. He knows that they will be forever bound to him as obedient killers. They will never have normal lives again. Despite his qualms, he is troubled most by the supernatural fext who can heal from all wounds. This foul assassin serves the sorcerer Tekax, and Thal cannot dare to battle them without more werewolves at his side.

Download Your Copy of Werewolf Castle today:

Google Play

Apple Books

Kobo

Nook

Kindle US

Kindle CA

Kindle AU

Kindle UK

Kindle Germany

Kindle Netherlands

Smashwords

Posted in Ebooks, publishing news | Tagged | Leave a comment

2020 New Year’s Goal – Finish writing another novel

Happy New Year! In 2019, I got my feet underneath me as an author after a long period of personal challenges. I published the long-awaited third part of the Werewolves in the Renaissance series, Werewolf Castle.

I’m feeling confident about creating more stories in 2020 and am publicly setting the goal of finishing a new novel in 2020. I’m happy to say that I’m already 12,000 words into my newest project. It’s truly too early for me to reveal any details about the upcoming novel, except to say that it is a sci fi adventure. The genre that I’m aiming for is something akin to space opera or space fantasy.

I’ve always planned on writing a sci fi series. Sci fi is the cohabitating partner of fantasy for a reason. A sci fi narrative relies on advanced technology in a similar way that a fantasy story requires magic. Writing sci fi demands that I structure more metaphors and imagery around technological and scientific concepts whereas with fantasy I find that my inspirations are deeply based in the natural world. I like to think of fantasy as the organic foods section of literature and science fiction as RadioShack.

Both sci fi and fantasy provide ample opportunity to explore metaphysical subjects as well. Whether it’s a magic being singing to trees or the vast galactic unknown, both scenarios connect characters to the great questions of life and the universe.

May you make progress toward your goals this New Year as I pursue mine. Join my Readers’ List newsletter and follow the development of my first sci fi novel. 

Receive my author newsletter for freebies & special ebook discounts

Subscribe

* indicates required



Email Format

View previous campaigns.

Powered by MailChimp


Posted in inspirations, work in progress | Leave a comment

Complete Fantasy Series Ebooks Holiday Special

The SendOwl checkout system at Brave Luck Books makes it easy for you to buy ebooks and give them as gifts this holiday season. At checkout, select the option that identifies the order as a gift and then enter the recipient’s email address.

A fantasy reader on your list will enjoy a complete fantasy series to read. I have three complete series to choose from right now. The bundle deals below provide digital access to all of the ebooks in the series Rys Rising, The Rys Chronicles, and Werewolves in the Renaissance. Each bundle includes multiple ebook files. You or a gift recipient can download all of the files or just save the format that is desired. Payment unlocks access to every available ebook format for my fantasy novels.

Bundle Pricing saves you money when you buy a complete series at once.

Werewolves in the Renaissance Trilogy

(Includes Werelord Thal, Journey of the Hunted, and Werewolf Castle)

All 3 Ebooks $4.99 (Worldwide Delivery)

Rys Rising Complete Series

(Includes Rys Rising, Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost)

Rys Rising Complete Series Ebook Bundle

All 4 Ebooks $9.99 (Worldwide Delivery)

The Rys Chronicles Complete Series

(Includes Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power)

The Rys Chronicles Complete Series ebook bundle

A 4 Ebooks $8.99 (Worldwide Delivery)

Ebooks are affordable digital gifts that can be sent to any email address in the world for download. If someone is far away or you need a last minute gift, then ebooks are the click-and-send solution that you’re looking for.

These bundles of my fantasy series are a good choice for young adult and adult readers who love fantasy literature.

If you want paperbacks, I have a great deal on The Rys Chronicles. All four paperback books come signed by me, the author. Shipping in United States only.

Posted in Ebooks, promotions | Leave a comment

The Rys Chronicles Paperback Holiday Special

The Rys Chronicles Complete 4-Book Series in Paperback by Tracy Falbe

Many fantasy readers still prefer an actual paper book. Relaxing into an epic novel offers a great way to unplug from the hectic pace of digital life. Many years ago when I first formed Falbe Publishing, I printed all four novels of The Rys Chronicles in paperback. I sold them at comic and gaming conventions for a few years, which was fun, but I have not had the motivation to work as a vendor at a convention for a while. Which means that I still have some paperbacks around.

Therefore, I can offer a clearance deal on The Rys Chronicles by selling it as a four-book set for an embarrassingly low price.

The set contains the novels: Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power.

Set ships only in the United States. The cost to ship four books out of this country is absurdly expensive.

4 Paperbacks $14.99 with Free U.S. Shipping

Posted in Paperbacks | Tagged | Leave a comment

44 Free Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

If you’re looking for a constant supply of free ebooks, then visit Prolific Works any day of the week. It’s an ebook giveaway platform where authors, including many indie authors like me, connect with new readers by providing free samples.

Right now, I’m running an ebook giveaway at Prolific Works that includes 44 free ebooks in the sci fi and fantasy genres. Readers have until December 18th, to access the giveaway page.

To discover a new indie author, visit the Flagship Fantasy and Sci Fi Giveaway. Visitors will find a couple of my free titles, because I’m the giveaway organizer, along with a diverse selection of exciting novels and previews by dozens of genre writers.

Go Beyond the Retailer Marketing Algorithm

Browsing multi-author giveaways is a great way to find new authors. It differs from searching for a new title at an ebook retailer. Marketing algorithms at ebook retailers will focus on the best-selling titles by organizing books into top 10 or top 100 lists. This system only partially succeeds in exposing readers to the best talents because the popularity contest marketing system builds barriers that keep other authors from gaining notice. If a title does not get enough sales, it will never break into a list and gain exposure to customers. In this way, the retail ecosystem perpetuates sales for the same titles and limits churn on the charts. I can understand the motivation for doing this because the system markets proven sellers, but it buries other titles regardless of their merit because they never get a day in the sun. Most visitors to the retailer will only look at what the system merchandises and never see any of the thousands of other titles available.

Hitting giveaway sites like Prolific Works gives people a chance to see titles merchandised from a different perspective. Authors willing to make the effort to market their creations and offer a free sample gain a chance to be seen. Readers get free reads and sometimes discover hidden gems.

If you encounter this post after the giveaway closes on Dec. 18th, all hope is not lost. You can always get a free read right here at Brave Luck Books on the free ebooks page.

Posted in promotions | Tagged | Leave a comment

Two Conceptual Approaches to Writing Series

As the author of three different series, I group series writing into two camps. One requires the author to know, at least in broad terms, the overarching story being told by the individual parts. The second approach relies on a formula for creating individual installments or episodes. The formula enables an open-ended path to creating an ongoing series that does not necessarily have an end in sight. 

Writing a Story as Series

When the author knows the story from the beginning, each story within the series contributes to the master story arc guiding the narrative toward a conclusion. Each installment will contain its own smaller story arc, but the results of the arc move the overall story forward toward a conclusion. This is the method that came naturally to me as a fiction writer. 

The Lord of the Rings trilogy provides a well-known example. Tolkien wrote the books knowing that the issue introduced in the first book (the Ring must be destroyed) would be resolved in some way in the final book. 

This differs from an author who writes a successful novel that goes on to spawn sequels due to its success. The best-seller Dune by Frank Herbert serves as an example of a successful novel that inspired many more sequels. The universe envisioned by Herbert certainly provided fertile territory for ongoing stories, but the original Dune has the form of a standalone novel. It tells the story of the rivalry between the Harkonnens and Atreides coming to a head and Paul’s rise as a super being who took over the imperial throne. If the novel had been a flop, then sequels would not have resulted, but their absence would not have left the original Dune as an inconclusive orphan. Imagine if The Fellowship of the Ring had no sequels? Although entertaining, it did not resolve the issue presented in the beginning. Fellowship is a novel that was planned from the beginning to serve as a part of a larger whole. 

Writing an Episodic Series

This story system introduces a setting and characters and places them in various conflicts within each story. Individual installments resolve their issues within each story. 

The Star Trek universe illustrates the episodic approach to building a series. The Original Series in particular presented a single story in each episode that was not generally related to the preceding episodes or succeeding episodes. The formula called for the crew to go to a new place, encounter a threatening unknown, and figure out how to deal with it. The series formed a collection of individual stories instead of a collection of stories that built an overarching story. 

Sometimes the episodic formula can develop into an overarching story. The X-Files was primarily an episodic adventure dependent on Mulder and Scully dealing with something strange each episode and then moving on to some new wonder in the next story. As the series went on, however, overarching story elements emerged around secretive groups. These narratives would rise as the episodes dealt with the larger story and then gradually yield to episodic adventures again. 

My writing has fallen into the camp of story as series. Even if it takes me three or four novels to tell a complete story, I know where I’m going when I write the first story. In a new project that I’ve started, I’m going to try a partially episodic approach. I know I won’t be able to completely resist the urge to develop an overarching story, but I’m interested in exploring the demands of episodic writing. 

As someone who has been writing fiction since 1997 when I penned (literally penned) the first chapters of Union of Renegades, I feel it’s important that I keep trying new ideas. 

Explore Fantasy Series by Tracy Falbe

The Rys Chronicles

Rys Rising

Werewolves in the Renaissance

Posted in inspirations, popular culture | Tagged | Leave a comment

New Release! Werewolf Castle by Tracy Falbe

Werewolf Castle: Werewolves in the Renaissance 3
Werewolf Castle: Werewolves in the Renaissance 3 by Tracy Falbe has been released as an ebook worldwide.

The historical fantasy adventure that began in Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale and continued in Journey of the Hunted has now concluded with the publication of Werewolf Castle. Set in the 16th century Holy Roman Empire, the story draws upon the superstitions and folklore of the Early Modern era to present an exciting and frightening story of persecution, survival, and ancient pagan magic.

Ebook sold worldwide at retailers and at this website.

Buy Your Copy Right Here from the Author

$2.99

Choice of 3 formats: Epub, PDF, of Kindle

Pay with credit card or PayPal. Downloads delivered by SendOwl.

About Werewolf Castle

Thal has found refuge from werewolf hunters and assassins at the castle of his father, Sarputeen. Although the mountain fortress on the eastern fringe of the Holy Roman Empire shields him for the moment, he knows the peace can’t last.

His father counsels war against his old rival who sent servants to murder Thal. But first, Thal must increase his power and that means making a pack. To obtain men to make werewolves, Sarputeen calls in an old debt from the local duke.

The thought of giving others the werewolf magic troubles Thal. He knows that they will be forever bound to him as obedient killers. They will never have normal lives again. Despite his qualms, he is troubled most by the supernatural fext who can heal from all wounds. This foul assassin serves the sorcerer Tekax, and Thal cannot dare to battle them without more werewolves at his side.

Download Your Copy of Werewolf Castle today:

Google Play

Apple Books

Kobo

Nook

Kindle US

Kindle CA

Kindle AU

Kindle UK

Kindle Germany

Kindle Netherlands

Smashwords

Posted in publishing news | Tagged | Leave a comment

Preorder Werewolf Castle Ebook Worldwide

Werewolf Castle: Werewolves in the Renaissance 3

Werewolf Castle Release Date: Oct. 17, 2019

The conclusion of the Werewolves in the Renaissance Series will soon be in the hands of readers. I’ll publish Werewolf Castle on October 17, 2019. It’s been way too long since I published a full novel, and I’m hopeful that this will mark my return to regularly writing and publishing novels again.

About Werewolf Castle

Thal has found refuge from werewolf hunters and assassins at the castle of his father, Sarputeen. Although the mountain fortress on the eastern fringe of the Holy Roman Empire shields him for the moment, he knows the peace can’t last.

His father counsels war against his old rival who sent servants to murder Thal. But first, Thal must increase his power and that means making a pack. To obtain men to make werewolves, Sarputeen calls in an old debt from the local duke.

The thought of giving others the werewolf magic troubles Thal. He knows that they will be forever bound to him as obedient killers. They will never have normal lives again. Despite his qualms, he is troubled most by the supernatural fext who can heal from all wounds. This foul assassin serves the sorcerer Tekax, and Thal cannot dare to battle them without more werewolves at his side.

Preorder at these retailers for instant delivery on Oct. 17

Google Play

Apple Books

Kobo

Nook

Kindle US

Kindle CA

Kindle AU

Kindle UK

Kindle Germany

Kindle Netherlands

Add it to your Smashwords Library

Posted in Ebooks, publishing news | Tagged | Leave a comment

Excerpt from New Religion – Epic Fantasy 50% Off at Smashwords

Epic fantasy New Religion
Ebook currently on sale for 50% off through July 31, 2019 at Smashwords.

The sheer scale of epic fantasy attracts me. I love stories with many interesting characters and multiple settings. In the Rys Rising series, I developed two civilization, each under the influence of a magical race. The characters include magical beings and the humans under their dominion. I weave their various stories together to tell the tale of a great war from all sides involved.

In the third part of the series, New Religion, I added a new character who is forced to join the holy war as a teenager. This character allowed me to explore the phenomenon of child soldiers and how young people can be molded into killers.

Excerpt from New Religion:

Memories of home receded from Khage’s reality with every passing day in the Nolesh Forest. His abduction had thrust the present into preeminence in his mind. The past was so out of joint with his current existence that reconciling them was too difficult.

His rough recruitment had taught him about the brutality that his captors were capable of, but since the first awful day his treatment had improved. Although he remained tied to his group of boys, they were allowed to wash in a stream and they were being fed a thin gruel. They spent their days listening to lectures from men called rysmavda. These men reminded Khage of priests from his village temple, but now they spoke only of Onja. Everyone was to renounce Jayshem, Zatooluh, and Opeti. The rysmavda told them the blessings of the Goddess would enrich her followers. Continually the boys were told that the false powers of their former gods had only been tricks to keep the boys and their families poor and forever working. The rysmavda urged the boys to fight for Onja so that their families could enjoy prosperity instead of fruitless drudgery.

These messages penetrated Khage’s heart. He was too disoriented to track the days, but not many had passed before he began to believe that he could help his poor struggling family by spreading the wisdom and benevolence of Onja. His lecturers told the boys that some day they would return to their villages as heroes. Wealth and prestige would be theirs, and their families would gratefully praise them for freeing the lands of false gods and miserable lies.

As engaging as these fantasies were, Khage thought most often of the High Priestess Loxane. He had not seen her since that day when the Kezanada lord had spoken to them, but the hope of seeing her again made Khage forsake thoughts of escape, which was likely fatal folly anyway.

Today Khage would be tested on the lessons of the priests. If he could properly recite his devotions to Onja, then he would be untied. Khage listened to his final lecture attentively, determined to pass his test. The chance to be free of the dirty noose around his raw neck sharpened his mind considerably.

The boys were lined up in the gloom of the shady forest. The rysmavda receded to their encampment, but Kezanada remained watchful over the boys. Still tied to his fellows, Khage found the tedium stressful. His stomach growled. The midday bowl of gruel seemed not to be forthcoming today.

The afternoon dragged on and the boys shifted uncomfortably in their bonds. Khage ached to be free of the leashing. Trying to measure the passing of time, he tracked the golden glare of the sun that partially penetrated the tree canopy. Little of the sky was visible, but Khage imagined the open blue beyond the mass of trees. He still was not used to the ancient forest. It was much more colossal than the woodlands near his village, and he had never even ventured deeply into those. His people had generally worked at clearing the trees and opening more fields. The forest was something to be pecked away at and its mysteries only dipped into. But now Khage was perhaps irretrievably lost inside the wide unmapped reaches of the Nolesh. The encircling womb-like trees enclosed him in a living totality. Its presence was intimidating but also compelling. If he could learn this place, he could become part of its massive living force and benefit from tapping into its power. That was how the Kezanada seemed to be. They slipped in and out of the trees as comfortably as Khage had once crossed open fields of grain. Thinking of fields, he suddenly longed for the relaxing openness where he could see all around, but then he recalled the toil that those fields had required and how it would have someday bowed even his strong back. The rysmavda had said that he must be grateful for his chance to serve Onja’s higher purpose.

At last three rysmavda returned. They wore blue robes or vests over regular clothes. Khage noted eagerness on their faces, and assumed they were hopeful that their students would pass.

A Kezanada advanced and drew a knife. The boy at the end of the line cringed from the warrior, but he only cut the boy’s noose free from the line. Tugging on the dangling rope, the Kezanada yanked the boy to his feet. With wide eyes, he was led to the rysmavda.

Out of hearing of the others boys, the first boy was put on his knees before the rysmavda who took turns questioning him. Khage watched the rysmavda, and their deepening frowns did not bode well. Eventually the garbled answers of the quaking boy became intolerable and one rysmavda threw up his hands in disgust. A Kezanada seized the boy by the noose and beat him with his thick fist. The other boys watched painfully as their fellow was punished for his failure.

The next boy was cut from the line and taken for testing. He weathered his testing and the Kezanada cut the noose completely from his neck. This boy was then told to wait in another area.

Khage watched apprehensively as each boy was taken before the rysmavda. Three more passed and two more endured the beatings of failure. Then it was Khage’s turn. When the Kezanada cut him loose, Khage stood up. He was almost as tall as the warrior, and he looked at him directly. Khage’s brave glare did not interest the warrior who flung the boy before the priests.

On his knees, Khage faced his teachers. They were of middle age, and their severe expressions were drifting toward boredom as they repeated their questions.

Khage wrangled with his anxiety and braced himself with determination. The questions came swiftly.

“Who is the keeper of your soul?”

“Onja,” Khage replied.

“Do you reject false idols?”

“Yes!”

“Name three blessings of your Goddess.”

“Healing, peace, and mercy.”

“Who deserves mercy?”

“The believers of Onja.”

“How do you show your faith in your Goddess?”

Khage faltered. The prayers of affirmation that he had been taught suddenly eluded him. He glanced at the nearby Kezanada, who rubbed his knuckles.

“Fight for her!” Khage blurted.

One of the rysmavda smiled at the exceptionally desirable answer.

“Who do you fight for your Goddess?”

“Unbelievers.”

The rysmavda assessed him in silence. Khage averted his gaze. He took deep even breaths. He was not hobbled by the other boys now and intended to defend himself if the Kezanada tried to beat to him.

When the Kezanada grabbed his arm, Khage was on the verge of lashing out when he realized that he was only being directed toward the group of boys who had passed.

Jumping to his feet, he stared in shock at the rysmavda who regarded him without any appreciation for the significance of the moment. He had never succeeded before. He had never been instructed and then tested. He had not even known such things were possible for him. Elation briefly drove the stress from his body. The Kezanada cut the noose from his neck, and he privately swore to Onja that he would do anything to make sure that the noose was never put back on. Perhaps this was her first mercy as he began to serve her great purpose.

Epic Fantasy on Sale Now at Smashwords

Posted in discount codes, Ebooks, inspirations | Tagged | Leave a comment