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Ironheart Launch Day

Hello Everyone!  Today is launch day for my newest novel, Ironheart: The Primal Deception.  If you enjoy my stories or if you’d just like to support an artist’s endeavors, go to amazon.com to buy Ironheart on kindle.  I’m trying for a big release launch in an effort to get more exposure on amazon by landing on a bestseller list or two.  Every sale helps boost book rank tremendously, and Ironheart is only $2.99, less than a cup of coffee!  As of right now, there is not yet a paperback version.  Ironheart is only available on kindle.  But, like most books, it is far cheaper in its digital form than in its physical form ($2.99 as opposed to something like $14), and it is easy to buy and read kindle books – even if you don’t own a kindle!  If you’d like to help make this book launch a success, just follow these simple steps:

1) Download the Kindle Reading App on your computer or smartphone (if you don’t have a kindle). 2) Purchase Ironheart soon (a spike in sales is important to get Ironheart on high profile lists). You can purchase Ironheart here. 3) Spread the word!

There is no way for me to express how grateful I am for all the support I’ve received other than to say it in simple words.  Thank you for everything!  I appreciate it.

Now, let’s make Ironheart‘s launch a success!

Ironheart is Officially Live

It’s finally here!  After a year’s worth of work and all of your steadfast support, Ironheart has arrived!

Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and to all the readers who patiently waited for me to get my act together!  Allow me one parting excuse for my procrastination: college can get very busy.  (Lame, I know).

You can now purchase Ironheart for only $2.99 on amazon.com.

SPR Review of Ironheart

Only two hours to go!

The Self-Publishing Review recently released its review of Ironheart: The Primal Deception.  Here are some good pull-quotes that may end up on the cover of Ironheart‘s paperback edition:

Ironheart is poised to set the young adult readership ablaze with interest.” – SPR

“A constant crescendo of danger and intrigue.” – SPR

“Gorgeous writing…Kemp’s style is polished to a gleaming and evocative standard.” – SPR

“(Ironheart) has a strong focus and an involving story sure to catch the eye of any fantasy reader.” – SPR

Ironheart Release Countdown

It’s only a few short hours away…  IRONHEART: The Primal Deception!

To countdown to liftoff, I’ll be posting some goodies to whet your appetites.  To start with, here’s the new trailer from those lovely folks at Kwill Publishing.

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IRONHEART Release Date

It’s almost here.

IRONHEART: The Primal Deception

Coming May 12, 2016

 

I hope everyone is getting psyched up for the release, because I completely lost my marbles about three days ago.  Ironheart will be available for kindle on amazon.com.  If you don’t have a kindle, download the Kindle Reading App on your computer or smartphone to begin reading Ironheart the moment it arrives!  Be sure to mark your calendars.  May 12 – just in time to get your summer reading fix!

Progress Update on “Ironheart”

Hello everyone!

Today I finally managed to complete the second draft of my upcoming novel, Ironheart.  It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally ready to be sent off to my editor.  Right now, the timeline is a bit undefined, but it is probably reasonable to assume that it will be ready for publication within three to four months.  I’ll keep you posted!

For those of you unfamiliar with my latest project, Ironheart is a steampunk/sword-and-sorcery novel.  The content is more fantasy than science fiction, but steampunk fans shouldn’t be worried.  It’s all set in a brand new Victorian era world that is full to bursting with science-fictionized steam technology!

Full Author Interview

Dakota Kemp

As promised, I checked with the Self-Publishing Review and they gave me permission to post my author interview with Cate Baum, SPR’s co-founder, in full.

Cate: Dakota Kemp is the winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Fantasy Prize for his book, The Arrival.  Dakota hails from the Oklahoma Panhandle in the US.

Cate: Tell us about your winning book.

Dakota:  The Arrival is an epic, medieval fantasy set in the world of Vrold.  The plot weaves the lives of several different characters into one tale, centered around an investigation into a series of deadly attacks that has plunged two powerful city-states into war.  I like to think that The Arrival has something for every reader because it’s as much a mystery, drama, action/adventure, military epic, spy thriller, and comedy tale as it is a fantasy novel.  The protagonists range from a sorceress/detective to a hard-edged mercenary…

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Tribute to Christopher Lee

I had an unpleasant shock today when I logged onto the internet this morning. I saw a small article – almost hidden in the corner – that was titled: “Christopher Lee, Legendary Movie Villain and Horror Icon, Dies at 93.”

And a small part of me died inside.

Many people today know Christopher Lee from either his role as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy or as Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus in the newer Star Wars trilogy. To be sure, Lee’s performances in these two roles were what introduced me to the English actor, but few people know about his other accomplishments. With Lee’s death we’ve lost not only an amazing actor, but an incredible man.

For starters, Lee has over 200 screen credits to his name, including such iconic roles as Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Scaramanga, Frankenstein, Saruman, and Count Dooku. The man personally met J.R.R. Tolkien and was an authority on Tolkien’s world of Middle-Earth. He was an expert fencer, a consummate stuntman in addition to his acting roles, a skilled golfer, and a heavy metal musician.

Finally, it might surprise most people to know he was a member of the Royal Air Force during World War II. He was decorated for distinguished service after a brutal winter campaign in Finland, where he served in the Special Forces. There are even rumors that he served as a spy. Lee never confirmed or denied these rumors.

If you’ve got time in your busy schedules, I recommend spending some time learning about this fascinating icon. Few people live such full lives. What you learn may serve as inspiration. I know it has for me.

Why “Self or Traditionally Publish?” is a Dumb Question

I just can’t get enough of this guy. Bookshelf Q. Battler is back to serve up more common sense – as ever, in the most entertaining of ways. In this post he addresses one of the most controversial topics in the publishing world for all of us lowly authors. If you haven’t seen his blog, swing by and check it out!

Bookshelf Battle

Bookshelf Q. Battler here.

BQB sounds off. BQB sounds off.

Self vs. Traditional Publishing – Which route should I take?

For awhile now, I’ve read posts that begin with this very question from a number of bloggers.

Apparently, there’s a lot of folks who feel this is an either/or proposition.

Allow me to provide my take on the issue by posing these questions:

  • Should I continue working a day job or should I put all my time and money into buying and scratching lotto tickets?
  • If a nice woman comes up to me tomorrow and expresses an interest in going out on a date with me, should I take her up on the offer or should I tell her to hit the bricks because Scarlett Johannson might (I repeat “might”) knock on my door and demand my sweet, sweet lovin?
  • If I enjoy telling jokes to people, should I continue telling them or…

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