Pathfinder Tales on Sale

After initial delight to see three-and-a-half of my four-and-a-half Pathfinder Tales are back in the Paizo top 10, my next thought was, “Only three-and-a-half? Unacceptable!”

Then I realized that the surge of the earlier books might have something to do with the current sale on Pathfinder Tales ebooks, a sale that includes my earlier contributions but not King of Chaos.

Take advantage of the sale to check out plenty of great stories set in Golarion, from 69-cent novellas to $4.89 novels. You’ll see work by authors such as Elaine Cunningham, Ed Greenwood, Howard Andrew Jones, Liane Merciel, Tim Pratt, James L. Sutter, and your humble servant.

After you’ve read some, take a moment to lay a big sloppy review on those you like best. The short fiction, in particular, could use a few more reviews.

Crossing the Streams: Multi-Author Contest

Cover by Tyler Walpole

Cover by Tyler Walpole

The contest has concluded. I’ll determine winners and contact the lucky recipients over the next week, and once everything’s locked, I’ll announce the results. Sign up for my way-less-than-monthly newsletter if you’d like to receive announcements of upcoming contests and events.

The estimable Ari Marmell invited me to participate in Crossing the Streams 2014, a big book give-away featuring lots of swell writers. Here’s the deal:

All of us run a contest on our own sites. Each contest might be a little different from the others. What they have in common is that we’ll each give away two books. Then we’ll donate a third book to the collective grand prize, so someone who enters any of the various contests wins a signed book from every writer involved.

You can enter each contest only once, but you can enter as many different contests as you like.

Dave’s Contest

To enter here, simply reply to this post with the title of your favorite—or your first—fantasy, SF, or horror novel not written by me (to cross out flattery as a tactic). If you’ll elaborate on why that novel is your favorite, or how it drew you into the genre, that’s fantastic but not required to be eligible for the random draw. But if you do elaborate, you gain a second chance to win. I’ll pick one winner by random draw and a second based on which commentary most persuades, amuses, or delights me.


Cover by Mathias Kollros

Those who win will receive their choice of one of the following Pathfinder Tales novels:

Prince of Wolves

Master of Devils

Queen of Thorns

King of Chaos

If by chance you have all of these novels, we can work out a substitute from my remaining author copies of other works.

To be eligible, you must make your post between now and March 19, 2014. I’ll post the prizes soon after receiving mailing information from the winners.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Cover by Lucas Graciano

Cover by Lucas Graciano

My Esteemed Colleagues

Please also visit the sites of the other participating authors. I don’t know all of them well, but those I do are terrific writers and wonderful people. Enter their contests, read their work, and check out all their majesty.

Book Giveaway: Amber Scott

Cover by Tyler Walpole

Cover by Tyler Walpole

To  boost the followers of her author page, my friend and colleague Amber Scott is giving away a prize package including a signed copy of King of Chaos.

Go LIKE her page now to put yourself in the running.

While you’re at it, look down to the right to sign up for my less-than-monthly newsletter. There’s a contest coming soon, and newsletter people will be the first to see it.


Harrowing Titles

When Prince of Wolves came out, I suggested a Harrow card would make a good promotional item. Now that the Deluxe Harrow Deck is on the way, I’ll say it again.

Better still, Kevin Andrew Murphy points out that all of the R&V novel titles sound like Harrow cards: Master of Devils, Queen of Thorns, King of Chaos. Maybe one day I’ll write a story in which all of these additional mystery cards show up.

In fact, Kevin points out, pretty much all of the Pathfinder Tales novels have titles that’d make interesting Harrow cards.


Glowing Reviews from Greece


Cover by Tyler Walpole

Cover by Tyler Walpole

Elgalla has struck again with a lovely review of King of Chaos, establishing a new record of ten days for reading the four Radovan & the Count novels and posting a substantial review of each. I dare anyone to break that record.

Apart from the delight I take in the positive reviews, it’s always wonderful to see a reader outside of North America enjoy the books. Some of the most enthusiastic reviews of Black Wolf came from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, which I joked was probably because I drew so many character names from those cultures. My secret hope is that I’ll garner enough readers in distant cities to justify a convention visit.

Someone recently asked me why I link my Pathfinder Tales novels to Amazon more often than to Paizo. It’s true, if you buy from Paizo they, and by extension I, make a little more money. I point to Amazon because it reaches more people who aren’t already aware of the books. More people read reviews there, too.

My first choice of where you buy one of my books is always “your local bookstore,” because booksellers remain the greatest champions of writers. But if you want to know where it’s best to post a review, I think it’s Amazon first, Goodreads second, and Paizo third. If you can press CTRL-C and CTRL-V, there’s no reason you can’t post one everywhere.