It makes sense that a year where everyone stayed home and used technology to stay connected, would be the year that I get into the LitRPG genre. I have written three in the last year with the help of a friend. We're gearing up to write four more and we'll be releasing them all this summer and fall.
LitRPG is a subgenre of gamelit. The main character lives in a fantasy world that follows the rules of a video game. It is not a new concept. Movies like Tron were early versions of gamelit. Mangas like Sword Art Online have been around for almost 20 years. I watched the anime version of that manga when I was younger along with another gamelit anime called .hack//Sign.
The LitRPG we are writing feels like a portal fantasy. A human from our world, gets too involved with a game, and gets transported into a high fantasy setting, that follows video game rules. Complete with levels, hit points and character classes. We like action, fun, and all of the exciting fantasy stuff the make fantasy games so popular.
I hope you'll check it out, but I understand it's not for everyone. I do have a followup to Whalemoon sitting in a folder on my desktop, waiting for me to come back to it. So keep an eye toward May or June for some big announcements and cover reveals.
With the lockdowns and people reading more, I have been waiting eagerly to make one of my books free. And finally, Whalemoon is free in ebook format on pretty much all major retailers. And it should stay that way for the rest of the year.
I've had a ton of downloads already and I hope everyone who reads and enjoys will take the time to leave a comment somewhere.
It's a little book and I don't have super high expectations for it, but that reader feedback sticks around and helps me well into the future, not just with Whalemoon but with sequels and other series in the future.
Whalemoon is also available in audio and a very affordable paperback. Hardcover: not yet.
Quick update: Cast in Sand is now 99 cents. Whalemoon 2 is about 70% written but I paused it until after New Years and am cowriting a LitRPG series. Very quickly I might add. It's coming out next year. (More info on that later.) And I still have that completed poetry book that I'm just hanging onto it until I feel like putting it out there...
My second book, Beneath the Black Crescent, is temporarily unavailable while I make some changes and get ready to release a second edition.
The first book in the series got an update mid 2019. It was the first novel I published and I thought it deserved better editing. Then, last year I updated the side story, Cast in Sand, with a brand new cover.
Black Crescent will be online again in a few months with a better polish, then in 2021, both books in the series will be getting new covers.
This is all in an effort to bring my oldest books up to snuff because I've got a new series coming in 2021 and more Atlas books in the works.
Thanks for your patience.
And if you just finished Children of Atlas, and simply can't wait to read the next one... drop me a line. I'm sure we can work something out.
It also got an honorable mention in the cover contest.
So big thanks to Perie Wolford for always doing such a fantastic job.