Nov 22 2010
I’m pleased to announce the publication of a new book — well, a short book. Technically, a novella, but usually only writers use that cute term, so let’s just call it a really short book. It’s little work of historical fantasy called Lincoln and the Dragon. Here’s a little more information:
Although this fact is well known among historians, what is not known is what else happened that day – when a deranged, dimension-hopping descendant of a Confederate general attempted to assassinate Lincoln long before he became the 16th President of the United States.
When the madman’s plan goes awry, Lincoln finds himself stranded in the land of Howander, a world populated by brave knights, drafty castles, and a princess terribly scarred by a one-eyed dragon who’s promised to return for her on her upcoming birthday. As he finds himself falling for the princess, Lincoln must make a choice: stay and fight the dragon, or heed the call of his dark dreams, which offer him tantalizing glimpses of his native country’s future – a country which may need a hero even more than this one.
The print edition won’t be available for another month or so, but if you’d like to buy the e-book, you can do so right now for the bargain price of only $1.99 from Amazon.com, BN.com, or from Smashwords.com (which sells PDF versions for those of you who haven’t made the leap to e-readers yet.)
One other thing: I’ve gotten a number of emails from readers who’ve written to tell me that they like my work and asking me what they can do to help. The biggest thing you can do is write a review (hopefully positive!) at one of the online retailers, especially the big ones like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Only a tiny, tiny fraction of people who purchase books do this, and it really does make a difference. There was a study a number of years ago, I forget where, that showed that books with eight or more reviews showed a bump in sales attributable directly to the reviews, so there really is a measurable effect — even a short one like “Liked this book! Buy it!” is enough. Plus you don’t even need to use your real name.