Scott Marlowe
Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Indie Fantasy StoryBundle is here!

I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of StoryBundle’s Indie Fantasy Bundle!

StoryBundle Indie Fantasy Bundle

I’m especially excited about this latest offering from StoryBundle because The Five Elements is included in it!

As you can see, though, there are a number of great titles all around. StoryBundle works a little bit differently from any ol’ compilation because the books are hand-selected by a curator. This bundle’s curator is Blair MacGregor. She went into a lot of detail and provided a much better explanation of the bundle than I ever could, so I’ve included her post below for you to peruse.

Remember, the bundle is only available for three weeks, so if you’re on the fence, don’t wait too long. I don’t think you can go wrong with the above selections, and part of the money goes to charity, so what’s not to like?

Here’s more from Blair…


THE INDIE FANTASY BUNDLE

Curated by Blair MacGregor

A couple years ago, StoryBundle included my first novel in the Indie Fantasy Bundle. This time, StoryBundle offered me the opportunity to curate a bundle of my own, and I jumped to accept. I couldn't pass up the chance to share some of my own favorite writers with you.

This Indie Fantasy Bundle includes some names you'll recognize, and some that might be new. The novels give fantasy readers who love the genre a diverse feast of great reads: epics where the fate of dynasties depend on the strength of a few dedicated men and women, adventure tales that never slow down, gods who intervene on behalf of their chosen servants, cultures in upheaval when its people dare to question ancient boundaries, political intrigues fueled by magic, and characters young and old who face challenges of faith, honor, and survival. It includes a World Fantasy award winner, Gemmell and Spectrum award finalists, Nebula finalists, and Writers of the Future award winners.

The bundle includes Bradley Beaulieu's epic debut novel The Winds of Khalakovo, where dynasties and personal desires collide in secret chambers below and the wind-filled skies above, and Scott Marlowe's action-packed The Five Elements, filled with adventure and alchemy and powerful elemental magic. You'll meet a talented and clever outlaw in Sherwood Smith's Lhind the Thief, a soldier who must rediscover his own purpose in C.J. Brightley's The King's Sword, and an alien race facing challenges and discoveries that could destroy their society in M.C.A. Hogarth's The Worth of A Shell. Francesca Forrest's Pen Pal joins a child watched over by the spirits of the ocean with a woman who discovers the awakening power of the earth's fire. Judith Tarr's Arrows of the Sun sets an empire a mere century old on the brink of breaking apart. My own dark fantasy Sand of Bone casts one outcast ruler into the wilds to discover the desert's magic before her kin hunts her down.

StoryBundle lets you choose your own price, so you decide how much you'd like to support the writers. For $3—or more, if you'd like—you'll receive the basic bundle of four novels in DRM-free ebook format. For the bonus price of at least $12, you'll receive all eight novels. If you choose, a portion of your payment will go toward supporting different charities such as Girls Write Now and Mighty Writers. Over the years, StoryBundle and its participating writers have donated thousands to support awesome charities doing great work.

The Indie Fantasy Bundle is available for only three weeks. It's a great opportunity to pick up eight wonderful novels for winter reading, support independent writers who want to take you on an fantastic journey, and discover new writers with great stories along the way. – Blair McGregor

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu
  • Pen Pal by Francesca Forrest
  • The Five Elements by Scott Marlowe
  • Lhind the Thief by Sherwood Smith

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you'll get another four books:

  • Sand of Bone by Blair MacGregor
  • The King's Sword by C.J. Brightley
  • Arrows of the Sun by Judith Tarr
  • The Worth of a Shell by M.C.A. Hogarth

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We're currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you're you're getting eight total books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com.

The Five Elements: Indie Mega-Bundle on DriveThruFiction

Bards & Sages Publishing has put together a bundle of speculative fiction and I’m happy to report that The Five Elements is part of it!

As you can see from the covers below, this is truly a mix of speculative titles spanning multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, humor, military fiction, and more. Speculative, by definition, means fiction that pushes boundaries. I don’t think the books in this bundle are any exception.

The best part is that readers get to experience a wide array of indie authors at a greatly discounted bundle price of $21.99 (regularly $58.84 if bought separately).

The bundle is exclusively sold through DriveThruFiction.

 

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Thief’s Gambit, the fifth Assassin Without a Name story, is now available as a pre-order at Amazon!

Science Fiction & Fantasy MAD January Sale

Science Fiction & Fantasy MAD January Sale

Looking for some great new science fiction or fantasy reads to get your reading started in 2015? I’ve banded together with a number of other authors in a HUGE one day sale extravaganza where all books are 99 cents each!

This is a one day only event, starting and ending on Jan. 1, 2015, so head on over and stock up for the New Year!

The Goddard Affair (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #4) is free on Amazon 9/18-9/22



Continuing with the rolling Assassin Without a Name sale, this time The Goddard Affair is free on Amazon. The sale runs from 9/18 – 9/22, which makes this post notification a little late. Sorry about that. Some unexpected events arose to delay my usual routine.

The Goddard Affair is the longest story in the series to date, coming in at 18,000 or so words (roughly 72 pages). That puts the story in novella territory as far as length categorization goes. In many ways, The Goddard Affair best represents the series. It certainly showcases where I intend to take the series as a whole by mixing pseudo-tech with magic.

This is the last promotion for a little while here as I settle solely into some writing. I'm working on a standalone Assassin Without a Name story for a kickstarter project, then I've got the 5th story in the series, Thief's Gambit, to wrap up, hopefully for an October release.

In the meanwhile, do me a favor and download The Goddard Affair. Until next time.

Night of Zealotry (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #3) is free on Amazon 9/11-9/15

Continuing with the rolling Assassin Without a Name sale, this week Night of Zealotry is free on Amazon. The sale runs from 9/11 – 9/15.

Night of Zealotry is really where the series begins to pick up the larger story. Consider Fine Wine and Killing the Dead introductory pieces. Still worthwhile reads, of course, especially if you got them for free as part of this promo, but I really start to entangle our witty assassin starting with this story. It’s longer than the first two tales, coming in at around 15,000 words or 60 pages (Amazon says 40; I use the standard 250 words/page to make my determination). You’ll be introduced to the Jakaree, the Warders, and the Progressives (read The Goddard Affair to find out more about them). Oh, of course, there’s also Elizabeth West, with whom our witty assassin was once involved. Liz brings a new set of skills to the table and a strong female presence, which readers have come to enjoy in my writing.

This should go without saying by now, but look for the next Assassin Without a Name story, The Goddard Affair, to go free this time next week. In the meantime, go download Night of Zealotry, give it a read, and (always appreciated) review it on Amazon, Goodreads, or your favorite web site.

Oh, one last thing. Remember to sign-up for my mailing list and I’ll send you the next, currently in-progress story, Thief’s Gambit, when it’s ready.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for reading.

Side note: I’m also running a sale on The Five Elements. It’s just 99 cents on Amazon for a limited time.