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A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice | Other Indie

A Quest of Heroes is a 2012 high fantasy novel written and published by Morgan Rice. This is the first novel in The Sorcerer’s Ring fantasy series by Rice, which has produced sixteen sequels to date, with her latest entry, The Gift of Battle, having followed in November 2014.

This book takes its cues from the works that cemented the “heroes journey” storytelling technique into the modern culture. There are shades of Tolkien and George RR Martin noticed and appreciated, but more importantly there are elements of the authors which inspired them: there are strong hints of influences of the epic Greek poems, strong hints of affection for the Odyssey,  and iconography like the Dynasty Sword allude to Arthurian legends and folklore. There is a lot to unpack with this book from even just a meta-textual perspective, so much so that I’m genuinely shocked it hasn’t gotten more critical attention than it has: it’s a gold mine of world-building lovingly pieced together from fragments of the epic fantasy worlds that came before it, from an author who recognizes how those elements can fit together to make something fresh and new. Continue reading A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice | Other Indie

Top 5 Anticipated Releases of 2016

When it comes to distractions (and that is the name of this blog after all) nothing eats up more of my time than anticipation: that time spent waiting for the next novel in a series or the next season of a show of the next movie in a franchise. Follow my train of thought here: if the next movie in my favorite franchise was out I could just watch it, a distraction from my work of no more than 3 hours. But waiting for it, wondering about it, watching trailers, reading predictions, fixating on it, and then watching it: that’s a much heavier time commitment that I should be using to write and edit.

With that in mind, here are my Top 5 most anticipated book releases of 2016. These are the books that have left me sitting in my chair wondering rather than sitting in my chair working, and time can’t tick by fast enough for them to arrive!

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Infinity — the Kindle Edition

Infinity (Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew)
Infinity (Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew)

That’s right, by popular demand, Engen Books is finally moving into the digital age and has started offering its titles — starting with the popular Infinity by Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis, for download exclusively with Amazon Kindle.

The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers designed and marketed by Amazon.com. Amazon Kindle devices enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media via wireless networking. The hardware platform, developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, began as a single device and now comprises a range of devices, including e-readers with E Ink electronic paper displays, and Android-based tablets with color LCD screens. As of February 2015, there are over 3.2 million e-books available in the Kindle Store, of which all the Engen Books will soon be a part.

Don’t have a Kindle? That’s fine. Kindle files are mobi files that can be read on your PC or Mac computer, as well as on any smartphone mobile device or tablet via the Kindle App, which is downloadable for free from Amazon.

The current price for a Kindle-edition of Infinity is $2.99 American and $3.59 Canadian, with all other markets adjusting their prices automatically to suit.

“We’re very excited about this shift,” says Matthew LeDrew, founder of Engen Books and co-author on Infinity. “We’re always going to have our print books I think, but shifting to the ebooks as well allows us to appeal to a larger market that we couldn’t reach before. We can use the Amazon marketplace and GoodReads to find an audience that might have otherwise gone unreached. The literary community is huge, and we’re excited to be more a part of it on a global level.”

To view the Infinity Kindle Edition on Amazon, click here.