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Old 10-28-2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

After almost two years of back-and-forth with various agents, I decided to self-publish.

It’s hard out there, though; harder than I expected. It’s been a few months now and I’ve made, oh, four or five sales in total. So, because of this, I’m trying to expose as many people as possible to my story the only way I know how—by offering it for free.

If you have the time and inclination, please give it a download and a quick look-over. If you think it’s terrible and only read the first couple of pages, please post here and let me know what exactly made you feel that way. And if you get halfway through it but put it aside for something else, let me know that, too, and tell me where exactly you stopped. I’m trying to get better at this whole writing thing and friends & family have been too polite to give me any kind of criticism that I can work with.

So, here's my story's little blurb:

Magic is a near-forgotten memory, its appearance primarily relegated to embellished barroom tales and children’s bedtime stories. The world’s dragon population has been obliterated, long ago driven into extinction by the heroes of yesteryear. Yet, even without dragons, the world still remains one of danger, hardship, and oppression.

Dwarves have taken the highest seat in the social hierarchy, exploiting ogres and gremlins in their prosperous industrial cities as a cheap source of menial labor—a necessity that ensures their world-spanning empire’s continued stability. Most elves now live in exile, banished from civilized lands for their abuse of the arcane arts. Even the orcs are scarcely seen, their race doomed to a slow decline after the eradication of their dragon masters. For the wealthy bureaucrats that now rule the Dwarven Empire, the world is nearly the idyllic paradise envisioned ages ago.

Recently, however, human settlements have begun to appear inside dwarven territory. Many speculate a dwarven invasion of these settlements would have already begun if not for the threat of rare human women, nicknamed “flamedancers,” who inherently command the primal force of fire. It is rumored, though, that the dwarven factory-city of Rosary has developed a solution to this obstacle, and soon nothing—not even the flamedancers—will be able save humankind from destruction.


If this sounds interesting to you, you can "purchase" a copy from Smashwords at

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/240537

and then use the coupon code:

MJ62H

to get the ebook for free (please let me know if you're having any issues here!). This coupon code should be good until next Sunday.

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Old 10-28-2012, 06:13 PM   #2
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I was looking for something a little different. I've downloaded it and read the first couple of chapters. I think I'll keep going. Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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Cool, glad you've liked what you've read so far! Thanks for giving it a chance
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:18 AM   #4
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thanks - so far, so good
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:05 AM   #5
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #6
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Cool, thanks for posting this. I've been looking for something to read at work today.
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:07 PM   #7
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Got it, thanks. It's in the in buffer, I hope to get to it soon-ish. I'm in the throes of nanowrimo at the moment.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:13 AM   #8
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Finished it this morning, good book, I left a review on the Smashwords page. I got the book free, but having read it, .99$ is well worth it. Will be buying the second one when it comes out (I hope?)
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:48 AM   #9
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Hey everyone! I just want to thank you all for giving my story a chance. You're all amazing, beautiful people and I really hope you find something in there that you enjoy. Sorry this "thank you" is so late, but I guess the policy here is that I'm only allowed to post on this board once every seven days
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:22 AM   #10
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Hey everyone! I just want to thank you all for giving my story a chance. You're all amazing, beautiful people and I really hope you find something in there that you enjoy. Sorry this "thank you" is so late, but I guess the policy here is that I'm only allowed to post on this board once every seven days
Thanking someone - without promotion - is allowed. (Your earlier post was deleted because you combined those two activities.)

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