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Ours Is the Storm – 2nd Edition

Hey all. I’ve parted ways with my distributor, which means Ours Is the Storm is off the sales sites for a short time. That means, however, that I have the chance to make some alterations that I’ve been thinking about. This might include some cool new stuff, like an updated over, a pronunciation guide for the Huumphar names, and a map! We’ll see how it all comes together, but in the meantime I’m busy getting the files ready for Ours Is the Storm; 2nd edition.

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Last Day: Support Doctors Without Borders

Only One Day Left to Raise Money for Doctors Without Borders

Pretty simple: Your donation supports Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (UK). The more you donate, the more lottery tickets you get. Winning gets you a bundle of signed, numbered, dedicated fantasy novels, some less known, some from big-name, big deal-authors. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a signed Ours Is the Storm!

Support Doctors Without Borders Win Free Books!

Donating is quick and easy

I’ve done it. Never fear! Go to this JustGiving page and  donate. Your American (or whatever) moneys are automatically converted. Every £1 (about $1.25) gets you another ticket to win, and all of it goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Can’t Donate? You can still help!

Go to Booknest.eu and share this link on your faceyspaces, your tweetagrams, your instabooks, your livejournal, from your car window, whatever. Help us out, get the word to friends and family, and get it out to the fantasy fans. Doctors Without Borders is a great cause and worth even just $1 if that’s all you’ve got.

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BookNest.eu’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Fantasy Fundraiser, Acution, and Book Lottery

Fantasy Fundraiser for charity! Hosted by Booknest.eu and featuring 100 fantasy authors working together to benefit Doctors Without BordersBooknest.eu's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser; donate to Doctors Without Borders; get a chance to win cool signed books including Ours Is the StormSO yeah – It’s all there in the graphic. OK, most of it. BookNest.eu is hosting a lottery and auction, and they’ve recruited the 100 authors you see above to donate signed, dedicated copies of their books. That’s me and a whole bunch of other cool people, and you can win just by donating as little as £1 (about $1.25). Go here and do it now!

Charity – its the Season of Giving, right?

Here’s the thing. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). You’ve seen some of the horrible stuff that’s happening in parts of the world, and here’s a great chance to help and maybe win some cool stuff in the process. MSF does amazing work and everything they collect goes to making a difference. Read about what they’re doing in Aleppo and elsewhere. Every £1/$1.25 you donate gets you a lotto ticket, so what’re you waiting for? Or, enter the auction and put down the big bucks to win even more books!

100 Books

Authors donating include Ours Is the Storm by yours truly as well as bigger names like Mark Lawrence, Django Wexler, Courtney Schafer, Michael J. Sullivan, and a whole lot more. Six lotto winners will get ten signed, dedicated books, and two auction winners will get twenty each. That’s eight different ways you can win, and like I said, the more you donate, the more lottery chances you get.

Chances to Win; Nothing to Lose

Like I said, it benefits Doctors Without Borders. You can’t lose, people. Go donate now by clicking hereTell your friends and family. Get them to donate too and share in the spoils if they win. Share on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, wherever you can.

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Indie Books Feature for Ours Is the Storm

Indie Books on the Interwebs

A while ago, I applied for an feature on indie books on Literary Lightbox. LL’s Indie Spotlight features twelve authors per year, one each month. The list is specially curated out of a pool of many millions (possibly jillions) of applicants (Probably, I don’t know).

Yesterday, I got this:indie books epic fantasy novel award finalist Ours Is the Storm Literary lightbox

2016 Indie Spotlight

Loretta Milan over at Literary Lightbox has named Ours Is the Storm as a 2016 Indie Spotlight Finalist. Literary Lightbox is a book blog and writing community attracting over a million yearly readers. The site’s full of book reviews, articles on writing topics, and all kinds of great stuff for both writers and readers.

Spotlight Winners

Ours Is the Storm joins five other selected authors and their books: Carrie Morgan, with The Road Back From Broken; Michelle Louise Cox, with A Girl Like You; Ellie Holmes, with The Flower Seller; Gary Corbin, with Lying in Judgment; and Terri Lee, with Paper Castles. These writers will be featured along with me in the upcoming months. Big congratulations to all of them!

I’ll be appearing on the site sometime in the next few months. Doing what? Who knows! Probably answering questions and waxing lyrical about judo or cartoons or the importance of beer, so keep your eyes open.

Tell Your Friends or the Squirrel that Lives in Your Attic or Whoever

As always, please help me spread the word about Ours Is the Storm and about my web serial, RAZE. If you know someone who’s into reading fantasy, let them know – or, remember that the holidays are on the way, and who doesn’t love books to curl up with like a nesting gazelle (that is a thing, right?) during the winter? I’ll tell you who. Replicants. Beware.

For those of you indie authors out there who might be reading, consider submitting your book for the Indie Spotlight here.

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Ours Is the Storm makes top 25 list!

Hey all, I ran across this yesterday which was a pretty cool find. BestFantasyBooks.com compiles several lists every year of their favorite works, and for 2016 Ours Is the Storm made their top 25 best indie fantasy books list! (You have to scroll down quite a bit, but there are a bunch of other great books to check out on the list too.)

It’s a great honor to be on there with a number of the top fantasy writers working outside of the big traditional publishers. There are a lot of us and I’m humbled that Ours Is the Storm  is so well-regarded.

Check out BestFantasyBooks.com for great fantasy recommendations and new books.

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RAZE

I’m pleased to announce the beginning of a new project. RAZE is a fantasy fiction web serial I will be writing for free on my website, dthoursonpalmer.com, and updating weekly. It is the story of RAZE, the self-proclaimed world’s greatest warrior. Born Heshim, the son of poor grain and poppy farmers, Raze is taken from his home and begins the journey of a lifetime, frought with violence and tragedy, but also love and a search for wisdom and purpose.

In a prison cell, held by the enemies who first set him on his journey, facing execution at the hands of the woman he loves, Raze tells of his life, his travels, the wisdom he gained, and how he came to be known as the one whose name means “to destroy completely.”

My name is Raze, but my name as it was given by my mother and father was Heshim il-Naban, and I have been called by many others in many lands. Raze is the name I have chosen for myself, after some thought and time, and it is the name by which I’ve come to be known. It is true. It is destruction, to completeness. It is unmaking.

I am greatest warrior the world has ever known.

Hear the tale of RAZE at dthoursonpalmer.com/raze

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Review – The Lies of Locke Lamora

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Here I am, procrastinating on actually working on my new projects (The Festival of Masks, a Mona Scrap, and RAZE, a fantasy web serial) or old projects (The Victorious Death of Eliza Warden) but sort of doing something useful by blogging a little.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is funny, brutal at times, clever, and fresh. It’s Ocean’s  Eleven meets Dungeons and Dragons, Catch Me If You Can meets Lord of the Rings. It’s a fine long read and stands well enough on its own, but is also part of a planned seven (I think) part series. Settle in and enjoy the creative profanity, teeth-knocked-out fights, and witty banter. I wouldn’t suggest it if you’re squeamish about any of those things, but if you are you may have found the perfect modern expression of fantasy thievery and con-art.

Locke resides in the canal-lined city of Camorr, which shares a lot with Terry Pratchett’s Ankh Morpork, Lieber’s Lankhmar, and renaissance Venice. He works for the Capa, sort of a Don-like crime boss, in a city that regulates its crime right along with its nobility. He leads the Gentleman Bastards, a con-artist group without peer, as they scheme and steal and pull one over on just about everyone else in the city. Things grow more complicated, however, as their latest job takes a few unexpected turns, and meanwhile a mysterious gray figure begins stalking the city’s criminal elite.

I will say that I felt a few parts of the book had a little too much room to breathe; a few pacing missteps and a little bit of forced dialogue aside, , this is a fun, engaging read, written in a modern style that makes the characters, events, and wildly imaginative setting easy to relate to. If you’re a fan of modern fantasy, crime stories, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, this might be for you. Want to get away from fantasy involving worldwide wars, the fate of humanity, and esoteric magic systems? This will be your thing.

This and other goodreads reviews here.

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The Battle of Dol Guldur

"Oh, was this your water?"

“Oh, was this your water?”

People hate on the Hobbit films, and for sure, they had their problems. One thing I did like, though, was the expansion of the Necromancer/Dol Guldur storyline. I remember reading The Hobbit as a child and being very confused that there wasn’t more information on what Gandalf seemed to feel was a big enough deal to leave the quest for large portions of the book.

Check out this fan-edit of the Hobbit’s Dol Goldur sequences. It’s a really nicely done 40-minute mini-movie. Watching Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond, and GALADRI-FUCKING-EL (BEAUTIFUL AND TERRIBLE AS THE DAWN, ETC.) lay some hate on the wraiths is badass.

Check out the original post on vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/122578580

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