Tuesday, September 24, 2013

SEVEN FORGES is out!

Okay, oh sure, OTHER things came out today, like Iron Man 3, and Doctor Sleep by that Stephen King guy, but they're both SEQUELS! You need to buy other things first before you can get the full enjoyment out of the stories they offer. And, okay, the amazing   FATHER GAETANO'S PUPPET CATECHISM by Michael Mignola and Christopher Golden is now available in paperback, but if you're like me you already bought that, because waiting for the paperback release is like refusing yourself a much needed cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

But SEVEN FORGES is NEW! You don't have to read anything else first, and it's ALREADY available as a paperback, or as a digital download e-book, or even as an audiobook. (And if you follow that last one,there's even a sample of the reading.) I mean, come on, how cool is that? Someone else reads it FOR you! But what! There's more! you can download it for Audible books! And if you do that, and you decide to try Audibel for 30 days as a trial, you can even get it for FREE!


Personally, I recommend buying one in each of the multiple formats available. That way you can collect multiple versions of that gorgeous cover. 


And of course I need to remind everyone that I'm doing a book signing at Dr. No's tomorrow, from 6PM - 7:30 PM. 



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Interviews, appearances and reviews...The latest on Seven Forges

So we're only a few days away from the official US release of SEVEN FORGES, and the last minute stuff keeps popping up. I feel like an expectant father. That's true of every book but in this case it's my first fantasy novel and so it feels different. I'm used to treading in the horror field, but the readers and reviewers are often a very different group here. 

So far I have a total of two signings planned. What? I work two jobs if you include author. I stay busy. One of them is on US soil and the other is in London. That later one? Yeah that's a new thing for me. I'm looking froward to it. 



The picture above is for the US signing. I'm looking looking froward to it. 

The latest review comes from BiblioSanctum and can be found in its entirety right here

My favorite quote? "I felt the book took its time getting to the meat of the conflict, yes, but even so, all the while I had the sense that it was there all along, just building up in a slow burn. Looking back now, I see that the bulk of this book reads like a very long introduction, all leading up to the point where the conflict finally ignites. And when it does, it happens in a very powerful, explosive way, in part due to everything in the book that came before providing the necessary kindling.

"Speaking of which, James A. Moore is in his element when he is writing scenes with fighting and big battles, and his strength is definitely in crafting very realistic, frenetic action sequences."

Honestly, nothing about that hurts my feelings. I was sort of wanting that kind of build up. 

Lastly, the nice folks over at TheWrittenUniverse not only gave me a review (Mentioned here before, but just in case you weren't paying attention here it is again), they also interviewed me right here. I had a blast with both aspects. The people I am currently reading are listed. You should give them both a try as they are both rather spectacular. 

That's all for now, 

Jim


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blurbs and more

"Loved it! James A. Moore has an exciting and inventive fantasy here that kept me turning pages and left me wanting more!" --Linda Robertson, Author of the Persephone Alcmedi Series.

I got a few nice reviews lately and the very latest of them can be found here. Possibly my favorite quote is "I finished Severn Forges in four nights, staying up later than I should to do so. It’s not often I’ll stop and reread a scene, but I did more than once. I’m looking forward to see where Moore takes the story next."

And while we're on the subject of quotes that don't hurt my feelings: "George R.R. Martin fans willing to settle for a less sophisticated plotline may enjoy this well-written epic fantasy series kickoff." --Publisher's Weekly, 8/19/2013

I am pleased. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Releases and Reviews

So, SEVEN FORGES is finally due out on September 24th, in the US and on October 3rd in the UK. As I cannot be in the UK for the release I figured I should do the release party a little closer to home for now and in this case that means on September 25th from 6PM until 7:30 PM at Dr. No's Comics and Games in Marietta, GA. Why? Because it's my favorite bookstore and because it's really very close to the place that I call home and also because that's where I pick up my comics. There are always ulterior motives, folks.

Of course, just to add to the fun I have to throw a few more notes into the mix: I also have a couple more book reviews to share. Lynn's Book Blog had a few nice words for my latest work. Follow the link, of course and you can get the entire thing. And The Written Universe said "If you like a sword and sorcery epic with characters who all but grab you by the hand and drag you through the narrative, a story line that takes your interest and holds it hostage until it's had it's way with you, a lot of action, is well-paced and is so good, you don't want to put it down, but at the same time, don't want to finish it too quick (then the awesome is over), this book my dears, is for you." 

Well, that's about as nice a set of words as I could hope for, but there are more of them in the rest of the review which I conveniently linked up above. 

Here's hoping you can make it to the release party. I'll be there and if no one else shows up, well, that'll just plain be awkward for me. 

I suppose there's a slim chance that some people are tired of seeing this cover, but personally Im still loving it and so I'm still putting it up all over the place. 

Keep smiling,

Jim



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Seven Forges News

I've been doing two of my favorite things today: Reading and writing ('rhythmetic need not apply, thanks. I have an accountant who likes numbers for just such emergencies.).

So a quick update. I'm well into the second chapter or THE CHOSEN, which is the tentative name for the second SEVEN FORGES book. Between starting this one and finishing the last  there have been a couple of novels, a novella or two and a dozen or so short stories and articles to boot. And I have to say that I am truly delighted to visit a few of my characters again. I'm also missing a few of them, but I can;t say which ones as only a handful of people have actually read the first book so far. A good number of those readers have given me favorable reviews. A few have not. That's fair. No one is everybody's cup of tea.



But the novel progresses. And before I wrote the novel, four of the short stories I took the time to wrote were written solely for the purposes of promoting SEVEN FORGES. I addressed a few of the areas where I was deliberately vague in the novel. And allow me to clarify that. I wanted to add lots of things that I did not add to the novel. I didn't add them because they were not immediately significant. The fate of one character who, in Seven Forges, is little more than an incidental figure and a name, is addressed in one short story. Another deals with a local legend regarding a distant site, never visited but seen repeatedly and eyed with justifiable suspicion. A third deals with how the figure on the front of the book, Drask Silver Hand, earned his hand and his name. The last deals with how one of the Sa'ba Taalor, the newcomers in the book, killed a beast of astonishing size by himself. All of them are, I hope, fun tales, but none of them were directly important and I was working with a limited word count on the novel.

I will have homes for them soon. So far the very, very few people who've read them have been favorable about how they read and as I trust those folks to tell me the truth, I am pleased by the results.

SEVEN FORGES comes out in less than two weeks in the US. I intend to have a formal release party at one of my favorite bookstores, Dr. No's Comics and Games. They have books, too, by the way. Mostly genre books, go figure.

As soon as I have cemented the exact time for the event, I'll let you know more.

A lot going on, but most of it isn't finalized as yet. Soon, soon.


A few more reviews have popped up. Here's some of the highlights:


“Seven Forges is a perfect story of political intrigue, brutal fighting, beguiling magic and assassinations.”—The Book Plank

“What sets apart Seven Forges from the rest of the epic fantasy clique is the writing. I'm honestly impressed by the amount of worldbuilding James A Moore managed to fit inside 330 odd pages.”—Upcoming4.me

“When I first heard James A. Moore was writing his first fantasy novel, there were three things I knew to expect. One – his characters would not be cookie cutter copies of Robert E. Howard’s Conan or Michael Moorcock’s Elric. Two – his characters would be interesting and different. Three – I was going to be in for a hell of a read. I was right on all three counts and I’m sure that everyone who picks up this title will agree.”—The Baryon Review

“Without spoiling the ending, it reminds of an episode of the Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits with a kick in the crotch twist right at the end. Richard Matheson would have been proud.”—ShelfInflicted.com

"What does a writer do once he has conquered the horror genre? Why, he turns to fantasy, of course. While that might not sound like an easy transition to make, author James A. Moore seems to pull it off with ease. His upcoming release, SEVEN FORGES, is a far cry from the terror-filled worlds he has created prior, but it is no less entertaining. Filled with memorable characters, gritty action, and an interesting plot, this book delivers on all levels." --matthewscottbaker.com


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