Today marks the five-year anniversary of the launch of Arcane. In celebration of this amazingly special milestone, I am hosting my first ever giveaway. The winner will receive a complete signed paperback set of The Arinthian Line series (sword not included). I will announce the winner in the comments on Saturday, November 30th, 2019.
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Follow me @severbronny on Instagram, where this contest is being held 2. Like the contest post on my profile 3. Leave a comment on the post naming your favorite fantasy character of all time, from any series. 4. Tag two people you know like fantasy books.
Giveaway is international. Entrant must be 16+ years old, or have parental permission. One entry per Instagram account. Entries from giveaway-specific accounts will be disqualified. Contest closes 11:59 pm PST Nov. 29, 2019, at which point one winner will be chosen at random. Winner must provide an address so I can ship them their prize. Postage will be covered by author. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
-Sever P.S. And not long after this contest—you guessed it!—comes the launch of Mercy’s Trial :)
Grasping at a sliver of hope, a group of friends undertake a perilous quest last attempted thousands of years ago . . . a quest to summon dragons.
A ruthless enemy has conquered Augum’s kingdom.
Sheltered beneath a protective dome, the Academy of Arcane Arts stands as the sole
And Augum and his friends are about to abandon
Little does he know escaping will be the
easy part, for a harrowing adventure awaits. Along the way, he’ll have to evade
an enemy that always seems one step ahead—while dealing with an ally questioning
his greatest challenge?
Learning when to show mercy . . . and when to drive in the sword.
How was your summer? Mine has been hectic, to say the least. But I’ll get to that in a moment. First off, I want to share some massive news that many of you have been hoping would happen for quite some time. At long last, the last two audiobooks in The Arinthian Line series are going to be published!
That’s right–Clash is launching on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and Legend is launching Mar 31st 2020! Which means you’ll finally be able to listen to the entire adventure straight through. In fact, you can pre-order the Clash audiobook now using this link.
I can’t thank you enough for your patience. Audiobooks are a massively labor-intensive and expensive process, so I am particularly grateful to Grammy winner Stefan Rudnicki for believing in the project and pushing to have it completed. Stefan has narrated some heavyweights, including Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“It’s been my honor and pleasure to voice Sever Bronny’s first three Arinthian Line novels, and I’m thrilled that I’ll now be getting back into that magical world for another 45 or so hours of high adventure storytelling. Over these years, Augum, Bridget, Leera, and of course Anna Atticus Stone, have become some of my very favorite characters. I think of them as friends, and the thought of hanging with them some more feels more like a vacation than work.” —Stefan Rudnicki, September 2019
This announcement is quite timely, for I’m celebrating a personal milestone–on this day, four years ago, I quit my day job to be a full-time author. It’s hard to describe what that means to me in a notoriously fickle industry. And another anniversary is coming up too: the 5-year launch anniversary of Arcane. I’ll be throwing a contest to celebrate that moment (late November), which will have its own email.
Mercy’s Trial (Fury of a Rising Dragon, book 3) is on schedule for a December launch. Cover and blurb reveal coming soon. The book is massive–240,000 words–and is in the late editing stages. It was an incredibly complicated project that took a lot of energy to finish, but man was it rewarding (you guys are going to love where things have gone with the trio and their friends). But I’ll talk more about it in the coming reveal (wait till you see the cover!).
And thank you to everyone who voted for Arcane in the Epic Fantasy Fanatics contest! Arcane qualified for the next round thanks to your efforts. It’s now in the judging phase of the contest.
And yes, there will be a book 4 in the Fury of a Rising Dragon series.
– Announcing the name of book 3 – I need your help nominating Arcane for its first-ever book contest
Firstly, I’m excited to announce that the name of the next book, coming out in December, will be Mercy’s Trial (Fury of a Rising Dragon, book 3). It’s an epic work (a book as long as Legend!). It’s currently with my wife, who is doing the developmental editing. When that gets done, it’s going to go through another couple of edit rounds before a line editor takes over. The cover reveal will come in the next few months. In the meantime, I’ll get to start writing book 4! Needless to say, I’m ultra excited.
Secondly, I’d like to ask your help with something I’ve never tried before–a book contest! Epic Fantasy Fanatics is running a massive contest on Facebook, and I’ve submitted Arcane for contention. The tricky part is that Arcane will require 100 nominations to enter the main contention round, and I’ve only got a handful so far because I haven’t publicized that I’ve entered the contest. Nominating the book is super quick and easy:
Simply go to Arcane’s nomination page (link below), scroll down, and click on “nominate”. Doing so will prompt an automatic Facebook dialogue asking you if you wish to nominate Arcane. Click on “Yes.”
It’s narrated by the accomplished Gary Furlong, from Ireland.
I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking about when more audiobooks are going to come out, but unfortunately audiobooks take a long time to produce—especially for fantasy epics, which is the kind I write. The best thing you can do to help speed the process along is to get the distributors to take notice, which means leaving an honest review of any of my audiobooks on audible.
On to other matters.
I hope the wait for book 3 in the Fury of a Rising Dragon series is not too excruciating. I’ll be releasing the title of the work in the coming months. I’m also still on track for an early December launch, and am having a blast editing the book. It’s a big adventure with a lot of new character development and a whole new storyline that’s going to take things in an incredible direction. Augum’s main challenge in this work will be to control his temper while stepping into the shoes of a true leader. The girls too will have their own unique challenges.
I’m quite excited about where things are headed with this series, and have big plans for our intrepid trio—as well as a unique combination of spellcasting and story I simply cannot wait for you to experience.
There’s been a lot of mail in general from you happy folks (I post the “best-of” here on this site). You’ve been amazingly supportive and understanding of how long these stories take to crank out and get right. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to each and every one of you :)
All my best to you and those you love, and happy listening to Honor’s Price! Sever
P.S. I added a recent photo of me inducting Honor’s Price into the local downtown library here in Victoria, BC.
If you know someone who’s looking to start a new adventure, let them know that for the first time ever, the kindle version of Burden’s Edge (Fury of a Rising Dragon, book 1) is on sale in the U.S. for only $0.99 cents on Amazon. But you’ll have to hurry because the sale expires early Wednesday morning.