The Challenge by Cas Peace

CHALLENGE TOUR

Dear reader,
Cas PeaceI have something special for you.

Do you know Cas Peace? (This is her on the left, by the way.)

She is the author of a very good fantasy series called Artesans of Albia.

 About The Author – Cas Peace:

Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.

Cas’s other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing.

Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.

Website: http://www.caspeace.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cas.peace?fref=ts

Book Songs: http://www.caspeace.com/downloads/songs

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Cas is bringing out a new book which I’m proud to share with you. It’s called “The Challenge”.

Artesans of Albia Series Synopsis:

On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm, Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertently carrying the Staff.

Concerned by the vicious raids that follow Taran’s actions, Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne. Slowly dying, Sullyan escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle.

Her handsome Captain and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But Rykan’s greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him. If Robin cannot lay hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan’s life and the lives of all Artesans are forfeit.

The race for the Staff has begun.


TheChallengeNow about the new book.

“The Challenge” is book one of the Circle of Conspiracy which in turn is the fourth book in the triple-trilogy Artesans of Albia fantasy series.

Friend against friend, lover against lover, ally against ally. Conflict is coming …

Nine months have passed since Brynne Sullyan helped forge an alliance between the realms of Albia and Andaryon. A fragile peace reigns as both sides recover from the events of the previous year. Then mysterious raiders strike Andaryon villages. Attempts are made on the life of Albia’s High King. As Sullyan scrambles to find those responsible, unseen enemies threaten to pull apart everything she has worked for, including her marriage.

The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father. To betray either one would break her heart, but if conflict is inevitable, she must make a choice…


 

You can find this brand new e-book at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, and the paperback is also available through Amazon.com.


 

Review Quotes:

“Cas Peace has a most beguiling method of pulling you into this very well thought out world she has created. You simply fall in love with her characters, and then you cannot put the book down.” P C Dodge, Amazon Reviewer.

“If you enjoy being whisked away to the realm of fantasy, I strongly suggest this unique, special read! Hands down, one of the best fantasy series I have ever read!”Ashley L. Knight, author of FALWYN

“I have just loved this entire series. Cas Peace is a master storyteller, providing a depth and breadth of information about her worlds and their people that is just staggering. Her characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and I have very much enjoyed reading this series. I am also looking forward with great anticipation to her next novel in this series. I heartily recommend this series to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy, strong world-building and beautiful storytelling. Highly recommended!” K. Sozaeva, Amazon Vine Voice and Top 1000 Reviewer.

Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albia trilogy immediately sweeps you away:  the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying.  The Artesan series propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real.  Smart.  Powerful.  Compelling.  The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you’ve found another home—in Albia.

Now there’s a fourth book on Albia’s horizon:  The Challenge, also Book One in Peace’s forthcoming sub-series, the Circle of Conspiracy trilogy, proof of more Albian tales on the way.  So start reading now.  I, for one, can’t wait to find out what will happen next.Janet Morris: The Sacred Band of Stepsons; the Dream Dancer series; I, the Sun; Outpassage


 

Trilogy 1 – Artesans of Albia

King’s Envoy

U.K.

E-BOOK: Amazon.co.uk

PAPERBACK: Amazon.co.uk

U.S.

E-BOOK: Amazon.com

PAPERBACK: createspace.com

PAPERBACK: Amazon.com

King’s Champion

U.K.

E-BOOK: Amazon.co.uk

PAPERBACK: Amazon.co.uk

U.S.

E-BOOK: Amazon.com

PAPERBACK: createspace.com

PAPERBACK: Amazon.com

King’s Artesan

U.K.

E-BOOK: Amazon.co.uk

PAPERBACK: Amazon.co.uk

U.S.

E-BOOK: Amazon.com

PAPERBACK: createspace.com

PAPERBACK: Amazon.com

Trilogy 2 – Circle Of Conspiracy

The Challenge

U.K.

E-BOOK: Amazon.co.uk

U.S.

E-BOOK: Amazon.com

PAPERBACK: Amazon.com


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My (limited) view on promoting books

Dear Indie writer. Yes, I am specifically looking at Indie writers now, although of course everyone is welcome to read this article.

I do not claim to be a professional in marketing and promoting books. In fact, I don’t do a lot of that. For that reason, this post is not meant to be a lesson in promoting, marketing and all that, as there are many posts, articles, guides and how-to’s available online already. The fun thing is that often these writings, though well-meant, have contradicting contents at times.

I would simply like to point out how I think that Indie authors should not promote their books.

1. Don’t use Twitter/Facebook/Google+/other social media as an automated machine-gun to fire off the same text every so often.

Why not? Most people know how to use a search engine or search option. When I search for an author or a kind of book and I see the exact same tweet/post appear 25 times on the first page of hits, that strikes me as overdoing it. Instead of spending time to flood the internet with the same thing over and over again, post teasers of the book. Lure people in. Show them in more ways than one that this book is what they want to read. Tweet/FB/G+ your book a few times, but please don’t make yourself ‘sound’ like a broken copying-machine.

2. Do not approach fellow Indie authors in order to sell your book to them, especially the writers/authors that you interact with a lot (facebook groups, forums, Google+ communities etc.)

Why not? These people already know you. You probably talk to them about your books, your writing, your style and what not. If they don’t know you, then you either do something wrong, or they are the wrong crowd. (Perhaps they only want you to buy their books?) If you need to shove your book into people’s virtual faces, then you have probably failed to use the forum the wrong way. Instead, talk about the progress of your work, and when it’s out just say “whew, it’s published”. When someone’s interested in it, they’ll find it.

3. Don’t talk down the quality of another writer’s book to make your own look better.

Why not? If you have to tell people about it, then your own book is clearly not good enough. Put more work into it, find a reliable and honest editor, get some more honest beta-readers. Make it good. And respect the hard work of fellow authors,  they are in this game as well as they can. Like you.

4. Don’t keep pounding the drum on this one marvellous book you wrote.

Why not? People will eventually get tired of that. Oh, that book again? Got it, enjoyed it, enjoyed a dozen others since then. Instead, write more and better. Word of mouth is the best way to promote your books, and the more books you have written, the more words there will be in mouths. No other way of advertising will be better than this one.

And if you made it this far, please understand that these are my views. You can agree, you can disagree. It’s up to you. And yes, feel free to tell me that I need to buy your book. Although you may be able to guess what will happen to that comment, after reading this piece.