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January 23, 2015


This post isn't the first time I've raved about One More Page Books , and I'm sure it won't be the last. They're an independent bookstore in Arlington Virginia who really knows how to "do it right."

First, they don't just sell books, but delicious chocolate and fine wine too.  Three things that go perfectly together.

Second, they do events... a lot of events .  Not only do they have author signings but they also have story time for the kiddies, eight different book clubs, and even have sponsored author panel discussions for budding authors.  I've launched three of my series there, and they were huge successes.

Plus, as you can see by this photo they recently posted on Twitter, they provide special promotion  to local authors. What more could you want?  

While looking through their calendar of events, I noticed their 4th year anniversary is this month.  How exciting!  At a time when the huge bookstores are struggling, and fears of Amazon taking over the world run rampant, it's good to see one of the "little guys" who do well by doing it right.  Oh, and maybe they aren't such little guys, after all.  After all, when the President of The United States of America drops by your store (I kid you not).  You are definitely doing something right!


So congratulations  One More Page Books  for all you do on behalf of readers and authors alike. If you are in Northern Virginia, stop by and show your support, and if you're not local - find an independent bookstore near you and give them some lovin'.
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January 22, 2015

I saw this review for The Crown Tower  through Twitter. It was very well written, extremely complimentary, and reminded me of one of the reasons why I write books. I love seeing people foster a love for reading. When they are still in school...it's even better!

If it hadn't been for my brother introducing me to Tolkien's works, I might never have become a reader...and certainly not a writer.  So to find Rebekah Drew is not only reading, but also blogging and helping others find books they might love, really made my day.

I've been reading her reviews (both for my books and others) ever since I first saw her review for Theft of Swords back in 2014.  We seem to share a lot of the same tastes in books (not surprising since I write books I like to read). And even when we disagree, I find she gives good support for her ratings of the books.
Blogging, like novel writing, is primarily a labor of love, and I know it would really make Rebekah's days for some people to stop by her site, and see what she's saying about the books she reads. Who knows, you might just find your next great book to love and that would make me, and Rebekah very happy.

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Published on January 22, 2015 06:30 • 123 views

January 21, 2015


Back in the day, I was tracking my word count as I started my new series, The First Empire. According to the first date recorded there I was 4,200 words into the first book on 2/17/2013...so two years at it as of a few days ago.   I had to take some time off to so some edit work for The Rose and the Thorn and for Hollow World, plus there was some time off for a few conventions...but it's hard to believe that I'm still working on this project.  I'm sure a big part of that is it was originally slated for a trilogy - and then grew into four then later five books.  But I'm loving the new world and the new characters.  Beta feedback has been very helpful and very positive.

I'm about 1/10th through book #5 and Scrivener is tracking my word count to finish on time - and the numbers are going down each day not up, so that is a good thing.  Shouldn't be too much longer now!
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Published on January 21, 2015 07:37 • 62 views

January 20, 2015


There's just two more weeks left for the Hollow World Goodreads Giveaway . This particular giveaway is open to people in the US, Canada, and United Kingdom.

Because there are some parts of the world who aren't eligible, I'm opening up a second giveaway for people of all countries. What's more, if you are not from those three countries, I'll double your chances to win (to help compensate for the giveaway you can't enter in. Here's a link to the new giveaway . Like the Hollow World Goodreads Giveaway, I'll be selecting two lucky winners.

For those not familiar with this book...here is a bit of information to help you decide if it might be for you:

THE FUTURE IS COMING...FOR SOME, SOONER THAN OTHERS.Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing but when diagnosed with a terminal illness he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World. Welcome to the future and a new sci-fantasy thriller from the bestselling author of The Riyria Revelations.
REVIEWS “This is a clever and thought-provoking story, with loads of interesting ideas, some adrenalin-pumping action and plenty of humour...overall an entertaining read with Pax being one of my favourite characters of the year.” — Pauline M. Ross, Fantasy Review Barn 
"This is social science fiction that H.G. Wells or Isaac Asimov could have written, with the cultural touchstones of today. A modernized classic, Hollow World is the perfect novel for both new and nostalgic science fiction readers.” — Justin Landon, Staffer's Book Reviews 
“Michael J. Sullivan has made a name for himself with his excellent series of fantasy novels and Hollow World proves he can deftly tackle science fiction just as skillfully. The ideas are big and the future plausible, this is one of those rare gems you'll be thinking about long after you put it down.” — Bryce Lee, Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 
 BEST OF & MOST ANTICIPATED LISTS 2014 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee2014 Barnes and Noble Top Fantasy and Science Fiction Picks for AprilOnly the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Top 7 books of 2014The Qwillery's Brannigan Cheney’s Top 3 books of 2014The Fictional Hangout’s 2014 Best Books of the YearThe Book Probe's 2014 Most Anticipating Sci-Fi NovelsRanting Dragon’s Ten Fantasy and Science-Fiction Novels worth reading in April 2014The Bibliosanctum's Top 10 Reads of 2013Indie Fantasy’s Best Book List for 2014Fantasy Review Barn's Barney Award for outstanding reads of 2013Ranting Dragon's 30 Most Anticipated Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels for 2014
Thanks to everyone reviewers and readers a like that have loved Hollow World. This was a book very near and dear to my heart, and I'm pleased to offer this giveaway in celebration of all the great year-end recognition it has received.  Good luck on the drawing!
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Published on January 20, 2015 07:27 • 29 views

January 17, 2015


I'm pleased to announce I've signed some contracts to bring the Riyria Chronicle stories to Poland so more Royce and Hadrian for that part of the world.  Getting a foreign language publisher interested in more books from an author is directly related to popularity - or in other words, people buying a lot of the previous books - so thanks so much to all the people who purchased copies of The Riyria Revelations in this part of the world. I don't know when the books will be released yet but it's good to know they are coming.
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Published on January 17, 2015 08:13 • 27 views

January 16, 2015


Ran across this the other day, I couldn't help but thinking I've seen something like it somewhere before...


Then it occurred to me. Oh, yeah.  This is where ;-)

Just thought that was interesting.  The "double crossed" swords symbol also looked remarkably similar to the icon used for Theft of Swords. 




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Published on January 16, 2015 08:59 • 181 views

January 14, 2015


Hollow World makes yet another "Best of" list. This time it's from Brannigan at The Qwillery .


The breakdown went like this:Best Science Fiction - Hollow World by Michael J. SullivanBest Fantasy - The Lascar's Dagger by Glenda LarkeBest Horror/Thriller - Five Ghosts by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris MooneyhamHollow World really is turning out to be "the little book that could" and I'm so pleased that it's loved by critics and readers a like.

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January 13, 2015


A few days ago I signed the contracts to translate Hollow World to German. This marks the second foreign language translation for this book, and I'm so thrilled.

I don't yet have release dates, but it's good just to know its coming. I've been getting a lot of interest from people in Germany who have loved The Riyria books and have said they wanted to get a native language copy of Hollow World as well - so here yo go.

I'm not sure if I announced it here or not, but the other translation that's been signed off on is Portuguese which was purchased by a Brazilian publisher.  Again, I'm not sure of release dates, but I'm oh so happy that people in other parts of the world that speak languages other than English will get the opportunity to meet Pax and Ellis and explore a new world in the distant future of our own. I do hope they are enjoyed.
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January 12, 2015

A few days ago, I mentioned the article on Goodreads that Writer's Digest asked me to write. One of the things that I discuss in that article is how to make "Button Bars" on your profile, so people can easily get in touch with you.  Since Writer's Digest posted this in their free content or the article, I can share it as well.  So, here goes.

First, What is a button bar. Well, let's look at my Goodreads Profile :


See that line of buttons right below the "About the Author"? Those are links that will allow readers to:
Send me emailVisit my webpageSee my twitter profile and hopefully follow meCheckout my facebook pageGo to my Amazon Author page where people can buy my booksVisit the Wikipedia page about me And the last one, which is hard to read at this resolution is to sign up for my newsletter.I think its important to have all your contact highly visible on your profile page, and this does so in a nice graphical way. It's not hard to create these, and you can even re-use the graphics I made, or substitute your own.

I wrote up a little tutorial on this, and posted it online - you can get your own copy here .
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Published on January 12, 2015 06:10 • 67 views

January 11, 2015

It's been more than two-years since Rise of Empire was released, and I'm thrilled that people are still discovering The Riyria books. Even more so that they are enjoying them.    

The Grimdark Review is a fairly new site, which I've been really enjoying as of late. Eric Fomley recently reviewed Rise of Empire giving it a 9 out of 10. Woohoo!  Here is a bit of what he had to say,

"If you have not read any of the Riyria Revelations then you have missed out on some brilliant story telling by Michael J. Sullivan. If you are a fan of traditional fantasy or even any kind of fantasy, I think you will enjoy the characters that Michael Sullivan has created. Already with my time with Hadrian and Royce only part way finished, I feel like I’m reading about old friends and they both feel very real to me. This third book was an amazing build on to the first two novels of Theft of Swords and I look forward continuing my journey with these old friends."

I'm so glad Eric feels this way, because it was one of the goals I set out for when writing the book. I like characters who feel like friends, and I'm missing Royce and Hadrian, who I've not written about in a while. But I've also found some new friends in the characters of The First Empire, and I'm hoping to introduce them to you soon.
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Published on January 11, 2015 06:33 • 48 views