Obviously, sales matter more, but good reviews can mean someone discovering your work later are more likely to try more of it (if they've read your only 4* book and the rest are 2*, it probably looks less appealing) and it's always a relief when people enjoy what I write, as opposed to thinking I should be soaked in honey and tied up outside an army ant colony.
Progress continues with the third book in the trilogy (currently 3/4 into the first draft). The second, Traitor's Prize, is about halfway through beta-reading,but that has a natural slowdown at this time of year. On other fronts, I'm giving serious consideration to releasing (perhaps self-publishing) Sir Edric's Kingdom in 2017, ahead of Traitor's Prize.
My next release is Journeys, a fantasy anthology featuring my short story Black Sails, which is due for release in January 2017.
But first, rejoice! It's Saint Lucy's Day, and she, after Apollo, is the most important person to get on-side when it comes to writing. Obviously you can't sacrifice goats to a saint. That would be silly.
But you can have a discount for a book. Using code FY45U, go to click here to download Journey to Altmortis for free.
It's a cracking tale of seven assorted ragamuffins, led by the siblings Thaddeus and Lynette Falchester, on a mission to reclaim stolen family heirlooms, plunder an ancient underground city, and perhaps have a slice of revenge into the bargain. A forest of blood, cannibalism, mesmerising demons and a clutch of dragons await within (and it's free)!
Journey to Altmortis occurs in the same world as Kingdom Asunder, but there's no storyline/character overlap, so it's ideal to read whether you've enjoyed Kingdom Asunder and want some more from that world before Traitor's Prize comes out, or if you want to see what my writing's like ahead of perhaps buying Kingdom Asunder.