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Friday 4 December 2020
Now that I'm no longer tending for a sick dog, I finally have some time to get stuff done. Stuff like publishing a novel!
Apprentice to Murder: The Tale of Robin the Rascal in the Wizard's Own Words, my latest novel, is now available in both a $15 paperback edition and a $2.99 Kindle eBook on Amazon.com. Just in time for Christmas!
This is my fifth novel, after the Central Kingdoms Chronicles quadrilogy (The Wizards of Ranaloy, Prince Thorgils' War, A Quest Before Dying, and Specter of the Lich). Those were all about wizards. I admit that this one is too. But it's also a cozy murder mystery!
According to the book cover (which I also wrote):
Life is easy for young Prince Robin. Growing up with the luxuries afforded members of the royal family, he dreams of one day becoming a knight like his late father. But the young nobleman's dreams are derailed when his cousin, heir apparent Prince John, dies under questionable circumstances. Fingers quickly point to Robin, who inconveniently happens to be the next in the line of succession and the last person to have seen John alive.
To prevent civil war, Robin abdicates his birthright for an apprenticeship under Royal Wizard Septimus. Robin's sacrifice saves the kingdom, but one by one, the inhabitants of Windwick Castle begin to die, each new death seeming to further incriminate the fallen prince. The only way for Robin to save himself is find John's real killer.
The apprentice wizard is going to learn the hard way that even magic has its limits.
If that's not enough to whet your appetite, you can read the first chapter of this or any of my other books for free at JamesWalterStephens.com.
Thank you to all who have supported this project.
Monday 7 January 2019
Believe it or not, I sold 190 books on Amazon.com in 2018!
To clarify, that "sold" number includes books that Amazon gave away for free to good homes (with my permission). I won't tell you exactly how many of them were free. I will only say that my total take-home revenue for the year was $9.92, which means that for a third year in a row, I can call myself a (marginally) professional writer.
And yes, I am currently working on another novel. The next one will not be in the same series but it still will be about wizards. Wizards who solve locked-room murders. Because even fantasy murders need solving.
I'll tell you more when we get closer to release, sometime later this year.
Sunday 24 June 2018
To help promote my books, I want to add some brief reviews to CentralKingdomsChronicles.com. To do that, I need some reviews.
If anyone reading this has also read any of my books and enjoyed them, please use the contact form to write me a sentence or two.
Alternately, you can also leave a review on Amazon.com. Every little bit helps.
Thanks for your support.
Update: Central Kingdoms Chronicles now likable on Facebook!
Thursday 12 October 2017
I'm going to have to raise the price of my books.
CreateSpace, the print-on-demand publisher of my books, announced today that they intend to close their estore. Beginning November 1, they will be redirecting all customer requests to Amazon.com (their parent company).
While they pitch this as being an improvement for authors, giving my customers access to features "currently available on Amazon.com" such as searching, better shopping carts, and potentially free shipping, it's going to cut deeply into my (already minuscule) profits.
Right now, I make about $2.50 more per book sold on CreateSpace over Amazon. (CreateSpace pays 80% after material cost; Amazon pays only 60%.) That's why I've been directing you to buy my books there. Beginning November 1, that profit evaporates.
In response, I will be raising the price of my paperbacks from $12 to $15 each. That won't fully cover the cost that Amazon will be swallowing, but it's a compromise I can live with.
TL;DR: If you want a copy of my latest book, buy it at CreateSpace.com before November 1 and save yourself $3.
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Wednesday 4 October 2017
All four of my books are now available in both Kindle and paperback editions. You can find links (and previews) at www.CentralKingdomsChronicles.com.
Thanks for your support.
Thursday 28 September 2017
The digital copy of my fourth book is now available on Kindle for $2.99. Paperbacks will be available soon, probably next week, for $12.
Artimus, Whisper, Ico, Corrin, and Jon are reunited once again to defend the city of Sewert from dark magic. This time around our heroes are joined by Whisper's protege and Artimus' son plus a few more new faces (and perhaps a guest appearance by the World's Greatest Gladiator). If you enjoyed the first three volumes of the Central Kingdoms Chronicles, I think you'll like Specter of the Lich.
And if you enjoyed any of my books, please consider reviewing them on Amazon.com. As much I wish they did, these things don't sell themselves.
Sunday 11 January 2004
Central Trekgal - Upon King Gondarm's death in 434 CKC, Central Hurst annexed Trekgal into one nation under rule of King Erwin of Central Hurst. The new nation, called Central Trekgal, is by far the largest kingdom in the Central Kingdom, causing a great deal of concern among political watchdogs for the area's balance of power. The annexation led directly to Sewert declaring independence as a nation with the support of Arayis and Hartgrove.
North Hurst - King Wingard Hurst carries on the generations of hatred against his cousins in Central Trekgal. Now even more than before, the Hursts of North Hurst feel betrayed and rejected by their southern relatives. Their persecution complex has led to extreme fortifications made along the kingdom's borders. Travelers agree that North Hurst is the least friendly kingdom in the area.
Ranaloy - Ranaloy has remained an out-of-the-way and largely ignored nation since birthing the Thorgillian crisis. Kierrie Artphalen, AKA Aliam Halverick, brother-in-law of previous King Grath, assumed the throne peacefully after the wizard Trafar retired as governor in 419 CKC. The mountain kingdom has quietly prospered in the years since.
Friday 9 January 2004
Hatrtgrove - In 418, the ailing King Ryan held an open tournament to determine his successor. Though Baron Lustre the Fierce won the tournament, King Ryan declared the runner-up, a little-known wanderer named Ruurk, King of Hartgrove. King Ruurk has for years since held a tournament each year, reportedly in honor of his benefactor (although rumors widely-circulate that the mysterious Ruurk is instead searching for a particular unknown combatant).
Westin - Westin has thrived for years as Vincenton has grown in prominence. Now among the premier port cities on Arcland, if not the world, Vincenton has attracted fabulous wealth as chief supplier for the underground markets in Sewert. Still governed by the tradesmen's guilds, the wild city of the Central Kingdom has earned its reputation for attracting the ''undesirables'' forced out of other Central Kingdom nations.
Thursday 8 January 2004
Outer Westgrave - Many of the barbarian tribes that invaded Outer Westgrave during the Thorgillian Wars remained behind after its conclusion. The combination of the colonies of tall barbarians and short gnomes provides the other Central Kingdom countries great mirth at the expense of the kingdom's reputation. King Ostolve III, nephew of Gayorg II, rules the Central Kingdom country most tolerant of magical species.
Wurton - No sooner had Apocalypse Night passed than had Quincey Thrush returned to Wurtin and claimed the throne. No sooner had King Thursh claimed the throne than he declared himself Wurtin's representative to the Central Kingdom and relocated his royal residence to Sewert, making Wurton the only kingdom of the Central Kingdom to have its sovereign live outside the borders of his land. Thrush has lived in Sewert (minus many travels) ever since. Otherwise, Wurton is proof of the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Wednesday 7 January 2004
Spint - It has taken Spint many years to recover from the death of their Queen during mysterious circumstances at the end of the Thorgillian War. The war left a lasting mark on the political landscape of the country, as greedy dukes and counts vied for the throne in open courts and battlefields and backroom deals. At last, through the influence of neighbors Arayis and Hartgrove, nobleman Lord Luther Cerviax, son of the previous Vice Chairman of the Central Kingdom, took the throne for good. King Cerviax moved the capital to Durtik where his political allies can protect him from further hostile action by jealous rivals.
Lansin - Nortimer Yearsef was proclaimed King of Lansin on his 14th birthday in 423. As promised, Roman Stoop steps down as both Regent and High Priest of Pelor on the same day. Young Nortimer publicly excuses Stoop for his actions in the Thorgillian War 8 years ago, but the reputation of the Church of Pelor has already suffered greatly. Priest Verner of Arayis is named as High Priest but leaves the headquarters of the Church in Lansin, the last kingdom in the Central Kingdoms officially devoted to Pelor by the grace of King Yearsef.