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June 17, 2022

Book Three of Godkiller Chronicles

Been a while since I posted, and a few things have happened since. The third book of the Godkiller Chronicles is out:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09...

The series has been doing well, particularly on Vella, which quickly became a major source of income, although that's mainly because Amazon is throwing money at authors trying to expand the serialized-story service. We'll see how long that will last.

Still working on Siege (Book 6 of Eternal Journey). It isn't finished yet, but hoping to wrap it up this month for a July release. Finishing the series took more work than expected.

After that I'll probably release a new LitRPG through Vella, followed by Godkiller Chronicles 4. The mil-sf/fantasy project is on hold after having some medical issues that have reduced my writing input (nothing serious, just lots of time-consuming treatments). Hoping that this summer I'll be able to revisit it.
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Published on June 17, 2022 11:16

November 9, 2021

Godkiller Mode out on Kindle

The book is now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, print, and hardcoer.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09LB9NN4T/

It was a lot of fun to write, so I hope readers find it equally fun to read.

In other news, still working on Siege while continuing to add new chapters to Godkiller Mode's sequel, currently on Vella. I'm busy as heck, but happy to have the chance you readers have provided me with.
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Published on November 09, 2021 07:39

November 4, 2021

Godkiller Mode Sample Chapters/Vella Overview

I've uploaded the first three sample chapters of Godkiller Mode to my site:

http://www.cjcarella.com/godkiller_mode

The book will be released on Kindle next week. It was first released on Kindle Vella, the new episodic format Amazon began in July. The Kindle edition has been re-edited with some corrections, which will be implemented soon on Vella.

So, after four months trying out Vella, the verdict is still out. The number of readers using the program remains low. I managed to stay on the top ranks in several categories (and #25 top favorite overall) with less than 100 regular readers, which gives an idea of the size of the audience.

Financially, the program was great, but only because Amazon is injecting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the program via bonuses. Said bonuses netted me over fifty times as much income as actual sales. In effect, I got the equivalent of a publisher's advance. Hopefully things will improve as more people use Vella for their reading needs.
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Published on November 04, 2021 13:14

July 16, 2021

Godkiller Mode on Kindle Vella

Amazon has started a new publishing program. Kindle Vella releases stories in episodic form, a bit like the magazine serials of yore. I decided to join the experiment with an ongoing tale (that will eventually grow into several novel-length books) titled Godkiller Mode

The tale follows the adventures of college student Caitlin as she is transported to the fantasy universe I introduced in Twilight Templar. It explores a new area of the Realms with different challenges and dangers. To start with, the heroine ends up killing a goddess on arrival, with consequences that will take a good while to be revealed.

The first ten episodes of the story are already up, with more episodes added daily starting this Sunday:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/s...
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Published on July 16, 2021 11:29

May 30, 2021

Court of Thorns Is Out!

The fifth book of The Eternal Journey is available for sale (e-book right now, with paperbacks soon to follow):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09...

This marks a special occasion for me: Court of Thorns is my 20th full-length novel. Over seven years, it's a bit under three books a year. I've had a few slow years, and I'm trying to raise that average to four books a year.

The indie road is a bit of a treadmill. If you slow down, readers tend to forget you. Competition is fierce. I'm not complaining; the indie life remains very good for me, leading to the most productive and profitable years of my life. I just have to keep going, which I have every intention of doing.

I'll be working on the military-fantasy series this month, along with the Kindle Vella project; after that, the sixth book of the Eternal Journey will follow.

As always, I'm extremely thankful to all of you who have continued to support me over the years.
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Published on May 30, 2021 18:24

May 7, 2021

Court of Thorns Sample Chapters/Plans for the Year

The fifth book of the Eternal Journey series is nearing completion. You can find sample chapters on my website:

http://www.cjcarella.com/court_of_thorns

After COT, I will be working on the new military-fantasy series I'm producing with WarGate Books. I'm also doing a spinoff project for Kindle Vella and, of course, book six for Eternal Journey.
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Published on May 07, 2021 08:05

January 20, 2021

Guild At War Is Out!

The fourth book of The Eternal Journey series is available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08...

That is the nineteenth novel I've released (not counting novelettes and novellas), so book five in the series (Court of Thorns) will be novel #20. Twenty novels between November 2013 and now. Seven years later, I'm writing full time and earning a decent living. All thanks to you, the readers.

2021 is likely to be a difficult year for many. Hoping to keep you entertained and amused during your spare time. I have plans to return to mil-sf later in the year, while continuing to explore litrpg. I'll do my best to entice you to visit my worlds and spend some quality time there.
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Published on January 20, 2021 14:12

December 28, 2020

Guild At War Sample Chapters

Greetings! As I go through final edits and rewrites on the fourth book of The Eternal Journey series, I figured I'd post a few sample chapters for your edification:

http://cjcarella.com/guilds_at_war

The book should have been out last month, but life got in the way. Still, it looks like I'll finish 2020 with five new books out, four of which were written in the second half of the year. Hoping to increase that total in 2021.
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Published on December 28, 2020 19:41

September 25, 2020

Book Released

Labyrinth to Tartarus is available and be purchased here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08K3GPNQY

Hopefully everyone who preordered the book will get the word and be able to enjoy it.
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Published on September 25, 2020 14:55

September 24, 2020

Preorder Woes

Well, I screwed up. When uploading the manuscript for the preorder of Labyrinth to Tartarus, I forgot to click the "Publish" button at the end. As a result, I missed the deadline and the preorder was canceled.

If you preordered the book, you will not be charged for it, but you will have to order the book normally when it comes out (hopefully tomorrow).

I'm terribly disappointed in myself for messing up a system I've used successfully three times before this. I had nearly as many preorders for this book as I had for Lord of the Dead, which is a great indicator that interest in the series remains high. I can only hope that those readers will be kind enough to buy the book when it is released.

My apologies to everyone.
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Published on September 24, 2020 16:14

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