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After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just eight years old at the time and mimicking Snoopy so we'll forgive the use of that overused opening. But the desire to fill the blank page and see what doors the typewriter keys would unlock wouldn't let him go. For ten years Michael developed his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time he wrote thirteen novels, and after finding no traction...more


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Michael J. Sullivan Hey Cordelia,
There will be another Riyria Chronicle in the not too distant future. I've been very protective over Royce and Hadrian and sensitive…more
Hey Cordelia,
There will be another Riyria Chronicle in the not too distant future. I've been very protective over Royce and Hadrian and sensitive about having them overstay their welcome. The results are pretty clear that people want more, and I certainly have more stories to tell. I just finished up three books of a four book series, and I'm putting that project aside for the moment. I'm planning the plot of the next Chronicle book while I'm also outlining my next story (which will be a standalone fantasy tale). I generally write the most during the fall/winter/spring so once the weather turns colder I will be writing about my two favorite rogues. As far as when to expect the books to be on the shelves...that is harder to say. I have no control over the publishers's scheduled and it could be 9 months to a year and a half after they get it. Assuming of course they want to put it out. But even if they don't I would self-publish. So one way or the other you should see a new Riyria Chronicle "soonish." In the meantime, I will have a Riyria short story coming out in a new anthology. I don't have the full details on that yet, but it should be announced with a Kickstarter soon. Thanks for asking.(less)
Michael J. Sullivan Hey Geoff, thanks for dropping by and asking.You are correct there are some connections between the two series...and yes the intention is for it to be…moreHey Geoff, thanks for dropping by and asking.You are correct there are some connections between the two series...and yes the intention is for it to be a "jumping in" point for new readers as well as something interesting for Riyria veterans.

The basic premise revolves around the fact, that much of what I've been telling you about the history of Elan...in particular about Novron's role in forming the First Empire...has been...well...less than truthful. What I wanted to do is explore how real events are distorted over time and bare little resemble to what actually occurred. In particular I wanted to show how the extraordinary feats of some ordinary people are usurped by those in power to create a mythology to suit their political agenda. For those who know nothing about Elan in the time of Royce and Hadrian, the story will be complete and standalone so anyone can pick it up. But for those who have been reading my other works, they'll learn some things about Elan's past that might be eye-opening.(less)
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“Sometimes the price of dreams is achieving them.”
Michael J. Sullivan, Percepliquis

“See, that’s the difference,” Mauvin said. “I suffer a loss and people console me. Royce suffers a loss and whole towns evacuate.”
Michael J. Sullivan, Heir of Novron

“Hadrian shook his head and sighed. “Why do you have to make everything so difficult? They’re probably not bad people—just poor. You know, taking what they need to buy a loaf of bread to feed their family. Can you begrudge them that? Winter is coming and times are hard.” He nodded his head in the direction of the thieves. “Right?”
“I ain’t got no family,” flat-nose replied. “I spend most of my coin on drink.”
“You’re not helping,” Hadrian said.”
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“Come for your revenge at last, elf?"

Royce stepped forward. He looked down at Thranic and then around the room. "How could I top possibly top this? Sealed alive in a tomb of rock. My only regret is that I had nothing to do with it”
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“Hadrian shook his head and sighed. “Why do you have to make everything so difficult? They’re probably not bad people—just poor. You know, taking what they need to buy a loaf of bread to feed their family. Can you begrudge them that? Winter is coming and times are hard.” He nodded his head in the direction of the thieves. “Right?”
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message 42: by Tom

Tom Blubaugh Hi Michael,

Thank you for joining my circle of friends.

Blessings,

Tom


message 41: by Tom

Tom Blubaugh Michael,

Thank you for joining my circle of friends.

Blessings,

Tom


message 40: by Ebrahim

Ebrahim Rad hi michael,
im still wating for the first five chapter of the crown tower :)


message 39: by Michael

Michael @Ritesh - have you tried buying from the Amazon UK site? They are the ones that control the English versions of foreign sales. There shouldn't be any different restrictions regarding this book as there were the others so if you could get it for one you should be able to get the others - but if you are saying you can't get Revelations either, then that is a different problem. IF you can give me some further details, I'll check with the publisher.


message 38: by Ritesh

Ritesh Hey Michael! Just got a message from Amazon that The Crown Tower is now available! However, it seems that there's no way to get the book in India. Any idea when the book will be available for shipping to India?


message 37: by Michael

Michael @Eyehavenofilter - I hope you enjoy.


Eyehavenofilter Thanks for the add.....more awesome books for me to read! Yeah!


message 35: by Michael

Michael @Gamedoll - sorry I missed your comment earlier...There is the possibility for more stories after the end of Riyria Revelations, but probably not "immediately after" - If I do write more it would probably be far into the future when most of the deeds of those in Revelations have become myth or memory.


message 34: by Michael (last edited Mar 31, 2013 09:55AM)

Michael Marjorie wrote: "I think I'm a few titles early. With only one novel out, it's hard to have a "following" and without a following, there's no "crowd" for the "crowdfunding." But this definitely is a method that will work in the future for bring art directly to its audience, no middlemen directing it."

Majorie, I think you may be suffering from something that I see in a lot of new self-published authors...impatience. You've only been out for a year and when I was in a similar situation I wasn't too much different than you are now. Trying to compare where you are now..and where I am now is apples and oranges. Just keep writing quality, and working to get noticed and you'll be fine.

Here is a link that might help you out.

An Author's Guide to Self-Promotion


Marjorie Friday Baldwin Thanks for the friending, Michael, and the well-wishes on the Kickstarter for Raif's Story. Mine's doing a very slow burn compared to yours and I still am not convinced I'll make my goal but it was so worth the try! I've learned a lot throughout the process of putting together the Kickstarter and that alone is worth something.

I'm also still betting your Kickstarter for Hollow World might just top out close to $23k--and that's amazing, for all of us Indie Authors. It states that there's a new model for publishing that works as well as the old one. It's all a matter of timing.

I think I'm a few titles early. With only one novel out, it's hard to have a "following" and without a following, there's no "crowd" for the "crowdfunding." But this definitely is a method that will work in the future for bring art directly to its audience, no middlemen directing it.


Gamedoll Sorry to bug you but it seem like there could be more to the series ( I just finish reading the last pages). couldn't but to ask since I'm totally curious about you know who at the end.


message 31: by Michael

Michael Gamedoll wrote: "thanks so much for accepting my friend request. I'm really enjoying your book. I love Royce and Hadrian! By far they are my favorite characters. I totally adore them."

Great! I'm glad you have been having a good time with them.


Gamedoll thanks so much for accepting my friend request. I'm really enjoying your book. I love Royce and Hadrian! By far they are my favorite characters. I totally adore them.


message 29: by Michael

Michael Lucinda wrote: "Dear Michael,
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads, which is an honor and a delight! I am a huge fan of 'The Riyria Revelations' and just love your work as an avid reader of the fantasy genre. Thank you so very much once again.
Kind Regards
Lucinda"


Thank you Lucinda. Always good to know that an avid fantasy reader enjoys the works - I never "really" know whether they "stack up" or not.


message 28: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Michael,
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads, which is an honor and a delight! I am a huge fan of 'The Riyria Revelations' and just love your work as an avid reader of the fantasy genre. Thank you so very much once again.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


message 27: by Michael

Michael Ruby wrote: "Hi Michael - I keep moving Libriomancer down my "to read" list in lieu of other more appealing selections. I noticed you're currently reading it. How do you like it so far?"

Unfortuantely I started it and then the whole "writing gig" needed some attention so I'm not very far to be able to give an infrormed decision - but I did like what I've read so far.


message 26: by Ruby

Ruby Hi Michael - I keep moving Libriomancer down my "to read" list in lieu of other more appealing selections. I noticed you're currently reading it. How do you like it so far?


message 25: by Michael (last edited Oct 03, 2012 03:22PM)

Michael Tood wrote: "I'm just about to start Viscount and the Witch, although it's been hard to find reading time. I read the author's note and just wanted to say, you're a quality A guy, thanks for writing."

Well thank you...Viscount is actually a pretty short story - you should be through it in no time. I hope you enjoy.


message 24: by Todd

Todd I'm just about to start Viscount and the Witch, although it's been hard to find reading time. I read the author's note and just wanted to say, you're a quality A guy, thanks for writing.


message 23: by Michael

Michael Lynxie wrote: "Well, you know you've made it when a random person in a random cafe in Canberra, Australia is reading the paperback version of your book and one of your tribe notices! How about that?!?

That's AMAZING!! I wish I has been there to see it. Always wanted to find someone reading my books. Maybe someday.


message 22: by Michael

Michael Lynxie wrote: "Hi Michael, just wanted to let you know I've blogged about you! I don't have many followers yet, but I'm hoping a few of my readers can enjoy your Riyria Revelation series as much as I did!"

Hey Lynxie - I just saw this for the first time...sorry I wasn't ignoring you. Thanks much for blogging about Riyria. Great things from little acorns and all.


message 21: by Lynxie

Lynxie Hi Michael, just wanted to let you know I've blogged about you! I don't have many followers yet, but I'm hoping a few of my readers can enjoy your Riyria Revelation series as much as I did!

Michael J. Sullivan ~ Shout out http://wp.me/p2GiAs-1e @Author_Sullivan


message 20: by Lynxie

Lynxie Well, you know you've made it when a random person in a random cafe in Canberra, Australia is reading the paperback version of your book and one of your tribe notices! How about that?!?

It made me smile that someone else here gets to enjoy your work Michael! Theft of swords is making itself known in the capital of Australia! :D


message 19: by Michael

Michael El Guapo wrote: "ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BOOKS! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! I've been telling people to leave me alone while I'm reading and get frustrated at my boss when he starts asking me to actually work instead of reading your novels. I keep telling all my friends to pick up your books!
They're soooo much fun to read! You're brilliant!
THANK YOU"


No, thank you! What a wonderful thing to say. I'm glad that you have enjoyed them. Can't ask for anything more than that, but that being said...I really appreciate you recommending to your friends. As to your boss...well sometimes they can be very picky about the silliest things - which is why I'm glad I don't have to have one...but I know that is only because of nice people like you!


El Guapo ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BOOKS! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! I've been telling people to leave me alone while I'm reading and get frustrated at my boss when he starts asking me to actually work instead of reading your novels. I keep telling all my friends to pick up your books!
They're soooo much fun to read! You're brilliant!
THANK YOU


message 17: by Michael

Michael Interestingly enough...On Dalglish's Amazon Author's page I'm listed as the #1 author that cross sells with his work - so we share common readers - but have much differnt takes on style.


message 16: by Isaac

Isaac Martinez "Actually I'm reading his "Paladin" series - because I tend to not like "grim and dark" which as I understand it describes his other stories. "

Grim and dark is an understatement with that guy. You also forgot GORY! He doesn't skimp on the details when it comes to how people die lol.


message 15: by Michael

Michael Isaac wrote: "Dude you're reading David Dalglish? May I ask which book/s you're reading and what you thought? I think the primary word I'd use to describe his stories is "brutal" lol. That guy can imagine some d..."

Actually I'm reading his "Paladin" series - because I tend to not like "grim and dark" which as I understand it describes his other stories.


message 14: by Isaac

Isaac Martinez Dude you're reading David Dalglish? May I ask which book/s you're reading and what you thought? I think the primary word I'd use to describe his stories is "brutal" lol. That guy can imagine some downright crazy scenes.


message 13: by Michael

Michael Wow Elaine - that is most cool! Thanks for letting me know.


message 12: by Elaine

Elaine Hey Michael, Amazon UK have suggested your books in my reccommendations . How cool is that? :)


message 11: by Michael

Michael Derrick wrote: "I just got Theft of Swords and Rise of Empire from the SFBC today.
I LOVE having your books in hardcover. I will probably never read them [as I have already bought and read the ebooks from you], bu..."


That's great and you are one up on me because I don't have those yet myself. Been waiting to get my hands on them. Glad to know they have shipped.


message 10: by Michael

Michael Nevey Berry wrote: "Thanks so much for befriending me."

Don't you just love goodreads?


Michael Traci wrote: "Thank you for accepting the friendvite. I've enjoyed what I've read of your work so far and look forward to the FBCS groupreading. :)"

Well thanks for friending me. I'm glad you are enjoying the book and look forward to discussing it in FBCS.


Nevey Badr Thanks so much for befriending me.


message 7: by Traci

Traci Thank you for accepting the friendvite. I've enjoyed what I've read of your work so far and look forward to the FBCS groupreading. :)


Andrea Finished Wintertide yesterday. I couldn't put it down. Absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to read the next book. However, at the same time, I don't want to finish the series because I love the characters/world you have created.


Gregory Haney I received my signed copies of your books today! Thank you so much!!

I will treasure them and look forward to completing the series!

Best wishes,

Greg


Shalonda Williams Thank you for the friendship. I hope nothing but the best for you and your family!

A Heart's Thoughts Love Walk Meditations Series


Michael Jeannie,

Thanks for mentioning my bio. I never read it before. My wife wrote that some time ago and I never actually looked at it. But in doing so I found a number of errors, that you were clearly too kind to mention. Thank you.


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Thanks so much Michael for the friendship! I'm so impressed and inspired by your bio!
Blessings,
Jeannie


Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.


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