Sign this petition against corporations profiting off the coronavirus crisis and win a SIGNED Nightfall paperback :)

Dear friends,

I admit I haven’t been writing much lately. I’ve been spending lots of my free time and energy caught up in an uphill battle against corporations trying to profit off the current crisis at the expense of the people. But now, I got an idea. As an author, there is one more thing I can do: share free books with everyone who supports the good fight ūüôā

The latest case I wanted to bring to your attention is that of Scandlines, a Danish-German ferryboat company, currently running a scam to steal from their customers.

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Ferries between Germany and Denmark are running empty in an attempt to bypass the law and avoid refunding customers. And Scandlines is actively using the crisis and subsequent border closures to make a profit.

It’s all explained in this petition.

But before I talk about giveaways and free books, I want to make one thing clear: Continue reading

Free signed paperbacks for Berliners!

I recently shared that I extremely spontaneously decided to move to Denmark. And, as expected of a quick relocation, my last two days in Berlin were extremely hectic. Finishing packing and shipping stuff, selling and giving away furniture, repainting the flat, running around the city on different errands. But on top of all else, there was one more thing to take care of: I found out I still had four Kingdom of Ashes and one Men and Monsters paperbacks.

I had initially ordered all of them planning to run more Goodreads giveaways as I’ve done in the past. But then Goodreads changed the giveaway rules, and this was no longer possible. And so I stuffed them in a cupboard to wait for the time I find a way to run a giveaway or find interested bloggers, and I almost forgot about their existence until it was time to move.

But what was I going to do with the books? I couldn’t possibly take them with me; I didn’t have an extra molecule of space in my luggage. And there was no time to mail them around. And so, I came up with an idea: I would sign them and donate them to open phone booth libraries around the city.¬†And so I spent half of a crazy day running around the city, dropping off books, but I hope it was worth it!

Read on to see how to get them in case you have trips to Berlin planned soon!

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Off to Vikingland!

You might have noticed I haven’t been posting as many writing updates as usual in the past few months. Three major things happened recently that have slowed down my progress, but hopefully things will get back to normal beginning of next year:

1) First, my computer broke

Completely. And because of some other events that happened at the same time, it was a few weeks before I could buy a new one. Computerless for weeks ūüė¶

Also, I couldn’t use the computers at work for writing Throne of Blood because the work I do is theoretically “strictly confidential” so I can’t send files to external emails or use USBs or transfer data in any other way. Everything I write on the work computer stays on the work computer and is checked by numerous departments to ensure I am not leaking strictly confidential data. Needless to say, bad idea to write fantasy books on the work computer :-/

What’s worse, the last two chapters of Throne of Blood were on my old computer, and I hadn’t backed them up, so I was panicking they were lost forever and I had to write them again from scratch. I checked some data recovery services around where I live, but they were all insanely expensive. In the end, I managed to recover all my data by myself, with the help of a screwdriver and a 2-Euro cable I got on ebay. Perhaps I should quit my day job and become a data recovery guy.

Oh wait… I did quit my day job.

But more on that later.

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Where am I? Solve this riddle to win a SIGNED Men and Monsters paperback

Throne of Blood,¬†Book 3 in the¬†Nightfall series, is approaching completion, and I can already tell you a secret…

Chapter One, “Legend” will be the first chapter in the series from Vlad’s point of view. While we have seen his story in¬†Men and Monsters, we hear it through Myra and through what he chooses to tell her. Now, for the first time, we will properly get inside his head.

I have two questions for you, and if you answer correctly, you’ll enter a lottery to win a¬†Men and Monsters¬†signed paperback!

  1. Where is Vlad in the opening chapter of Throne of Blood?
  2. What is he doing there?

How on earth should you know that, you ask. Simple! You just need to guess where I am:

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Read on for more clues and details how to enter!

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Throne of Blood: One Chapter Left!

Hi everyone,

I’m happy to share that I have just one more chapter left to write, and the first draft of¬†Throne of Blood, the third book in the¬†Nightfall series, will be complete!

It’s the third to last chapter that’s still missing (the last two are complete) and it’s¬†from the point of view of a baddie. I guess depending on how you view the vampire characters, a huge part of the book could be considered to be from the point of view of the bad guys. In the current version, out of 37 chapters, I have only 2 from humans’ points of view. All else is vampires though I think of some of them as good guys. Hopefully you will too!

I have to add a disclaimer: even if the first draft will probably be complete soon, it doesn’t mean that the book will be. I still need to do a lot of editing myself before I start sending it out to beta readers and editors. But the road to the end looks much clearer now. As I did with¬†Men and Monsters, I’m planning to use my Goodreads “review” to give writing and publishing updates. It’s pretty empty right now, but I’ll soon start populating it with behind-the-scenes info and news.

Nightfall Book 3 Has a (Working) Title!

Now that Men and Monsters has been out for over a month, it’s time to start giving updates about Book 3!

The title changed multiple times during the writing process as the story itself evolved and previous titles no longer fit. But now that I’ve written a large part of the first draft and the plot is mostly finalized, I’ve finally come up with a title that works.

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Men and Monsters: pre-order and giveaway!

Hi everyone!

You can now pre-order the Men and Monsters ebook at the promotion price of 2.99 USD / EUR / GBP. And everyone who pre-orders will get a small gift!

Open worldwide!

If you pre-order, you will:

  • Receive a signed character card
  • Enter a lottery for a chance to win a signed Men and Monsters Paperback

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Did I mention I send chocolate with my books?

All you need to do is:

  1. Pre-order Man and Monsters on Amazon
  2. Forward your confirmation of purchase to preorders@kingdomofashes.net. Include which character card you would like to receive (the options are Prince Vladimir, Armida, Tristan, and Myra)

And you’re done! Happy reading!