If you’ve been waiting to check it out, or you don’t like the web serial format, or you just haven’t had the excuse – Part 1 of RAZE is now available in ebook format!
But you already read it, you say. You’ve got a copy. You don’t need another. Of course you don’t so what can you do?
All the usual stuff:
Review Ours Is the Storm on Amazon by clicking here.
Tell your friends to buy the book
Buy a copy for your favorite fantasy reader – a $1 gift! How easy is that? And they’ll think you’re awesome!
Spread the word on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Reddit /r/books or /r/Fantasy, Tumblr, wherever!
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!
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.
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 BordersSO 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!
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 here. Tell 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.
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).
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.
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.
Every vote counts
If you’ve been following RAZE (or if you haven’t), I could use your vote and your rating on topwebfiction.com. This’ll help increase the visibility of my web series and get more readers. Just click here to cast your vote. Top Web Fiction and its sister site, Web Fiction Guide, are the premier place for readers of online serial fiction to find the best stories, all posted for free. Ranking will get me views, readers, and more votes.
I could also use your review. RAZE is listed at Wattpad and at webfictionguide.com. Those links will take you to the appropriate place to drop a star rating and a couple of words. It would make a huge difference so I hope you can spare a couple of minutes.
Lastly, tell your friends! RAZE is a series of short entries, readable on any of your online devices through my site and through Wattpad. If you know someone who likes mature, adult takes on fantasy literature, RAZE might be there thing. That said…
About RAZE and “mature” material
RAZE is an ongoing, weekly epic fantasy web serial, a serious, character driven portrait of the greatest warrior the world has ever known, told from his holding cell before his execution at the hands of the woman he loves; a cell he chose; a cell in which he waits. To find out why, you have to get to know RAZE.
RAZE is also fairly dark thus far, and explores some mature themes that may prove upsetting to some. I’m of the opinion that fiction is the correct place to explore and understand things that frighten us, disturb us, or even things that have traumatized us. I think it’s the right place, both for myself and for many readers. It’s not everyone’s thing and readers looking for lighter entertainment may not be interested in this story. Of course I want RAZE to be entertaining, but it’s also an outlet for my own thoughts, concerns, fears, and wounds. All that said, and with my intentions being what they are, I also know that there’s room for improvement and better understanding in my own work. I hope anyone who reads and has thoughts about the work will let me hear those thoughts.
Hey everyone. It’s time for me to push on y’all a little bit. Many of you have left reviews for Ours Is the Storm, and for that I thank you. Others I’ve asked not to post reviews, as you’re personal friends and I didn’t want all my reviews to be from folks who know me. That time has passed, and now I want to get everyone who’s read the book to post a review*. Whether you’ve got only good things to say, or bad, please post either way. I’ll only grow if I hear the hard stuff, so don’t let that stop you.
*Even if you’re just going to leave stars and a word or two, it helps.
There are a couple of places you can review. Feel free to copy your review, post different ones, or post in only one spot. Everything helps.
- Post a review here:
- Ours Is the Storm on Amazon.com (of course)
- Ours Is the Storm on goodreads
- on Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes
- Last but not least, Ours Is the Storm was listed as one of the top 25 Indie Fantasy Books on BestFantasyBooks.com. That puts it right next to top-reviewed, well-done independent fantasy novels. Post a review there as well!
- Like reviews you agree with. Vote them up or recommend their reviews as ‘helpful
- Both on Amazon and goodreads
Liking the reviews of folks you agree with helps move those reviews to the top, where potential readers will be most likely to see them.
Last of all, tell a friend about the book!
Thank you all ever so much for your continuing support.
So this is the first time I’ve seen it all printed out:
Yep, that’s the full, printed manuscript for The Victorious Death of Eliza Warden. It’s huge. Plenty of space for me to fill with red ink.
Coming up is the difficult process of trying to separate myself and my own knowledge from the experience of someone picking up the book sight-unseen. I’ve had some great input from beta readers (thanks! You know who you are) and more coming in (keep it coming!), as well as my own ideas about what needs to change.
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.
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.