Goandria: Visions of War is back!

The second edition of Goandria: Visions of War is now released!  It has all new chapters, greater characterization, and now the eBook includes the short story Flight of the Wizard, once exclusive to the paperback.

If you read fantasy, I am looking for reviewers.  My goal is to have three reviews on this book before Halloween.  If you are willing to read it and review it email me at goandria@outlook.com and I will send you a free review copy.

If you want more details on the book you can read the description on the amazon page here.

Why I Write Fantasy

This is something I alluded to in past blog posts, but not a topic I delved very far into. Of all the genres to choose from, why Fantasy? I happen to enjoy several different genres, especially speculative fiction, but for me, Fantasy is special.  In celebration of my newest release I would like to share with you why I chose fantasy.

I love the world-building involved in Fantasy, and writing Goandria causes me to explore every region of this new land, discover its secrets, and see where the characters lead me. Fantasy opens so many possibilities. Literally anything can go, and the author sets the boundaries for that particular world.

Imagination is the core to Fantasy, but it still reflects reality. It is a beautiful paradox that captivates me. Fantasy is just that, a fantasy, but at the same time it touches on real issues. It is a way to use metaphor and imagination to address the spiritual, political, and relational situations in the real world. Definitely not all Fantasy does that, and not all of it aims to do so, but I feel this particular genre has so many more possibilities. Meaningful fiction is intertwined with reality, and that is what I try to accomplish with Goandria. I want to write a good story, but I want it to be filled with meaning that people can relate to.

Goandria: Visions of War is available!

The next book in the Goandria series is finally available!  If you enjoy epic fantasy, download it here!

Official Description:

Aron, an Archris Knight of the Republics, returns home from the battlefield only to find himself plunged back into the war. A new darkness threatens to upset the fragile peace of Goandria. The world’s hope lies in a small band’s ability to unite, despite their differing races and beliefs, to protect their homelands against the rising monster, Zontose, who now declares himself god-king of Goandria.

Powerless to aid the warriors, a young girl’s visions of possible futures bring both hope and despair. The fate of Goandria might depend on what she sees, but she doesn’t know who to trust.

 

 

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What do you think?

My first book is split up into three separate short stories.  I figured it was more likely that people would commit to short stories from an unknown author more easily than a full novel.  The paperback of Goandria: The Schism includes all three parts and I have considered doing the same in ebook form.  Would you be more willing to buy a short story from an unknown author or a novel?  All three parts sell for 99 cents on Amazon, if I did an ebook of the complete series what would you be willing to pay?  I would love to hear feedback on this matter.

Advertising

Do you enjoy ads? Do you have an unbelievable sense of joy when you have to wait nearly two minutes to see a three-minute news clip? How about when the show you are watching is at its climax, and suddenly you see laundry detergent? Doesn’t that just thrill you? No? Ads are generally annoying, aren’t they? Sure, you might find one here or there that is entertaining, but I feel advertisements are annoying to most people and generally go ignored.

In a world that is overly full of ads, it is easy to be dismissive or oblivious to them, so businesses have to do what it takes to grab our fleeting attention. I’m one of those people who would rather change the channel or look up something on the internet for five minutes than watch a round of commercials. In fact, I hate commercials/ads so much that I am willing to pay a premium to avoid them. Yet I am an author, and advertising is a part of the business.

This blog, my social media accounts, and goodreads ads ultimately exist to reach a wider audience. In other words, they exist for advertising. My disdain for most ads, though, has lend me a certain perspective. The least effective way to advertise, in my opinion, is to be very in someone’s face about it. I do not need to see you promote your business at every corner, and the same applies to my stuff. Of course advertising is a learning process and is different for every business and every author, and I still have A LOT to learn. The best way to learn, it seems to me, is to examine first what does not work. Too often I have seen authors troll pages (including my own book giveaway on Facebook), filling social media with as much of their stuff as they possibly can, and that turns me off to ever wanting to read their stuff. If that is the effect this method of advertising has on me, then I can only imagine it does the same for many others.

Ultimately, advertising is a necessity for any type of business, but it does not have to be done in an annoying or frustrating manner. Authors, we have all seen those ads. Let us rise above that and let our creativity do the work for us.