Tomorrow is release day for Age of War

Well, it’s finally here. The release day of Age of War is only one day away and The Legends of the First Empire is dominating the audiboook epic fantasy best-selling list. All three novels are ranked, and thanks to a $5.95 sale on Age of Myth I have a book sitting in the #2 spot!

legends_best_sellingIf you haven’t picked up a copy of Age of War I hope you will. I’m very excited to hear what people think about this next installment in the series.

 

Goodreads names Age of War one of the Hottest Books of the Summer

Less than two weeks before Age of War’s release and I’m honored and thrilled that it was picked by Goodreads as one of the Hottest Sci-fi and Fantasy reads of the summer.  Here are all five selections:

I’ve also pulled some of the information about each book from Goodreads.

Title
Author
Shelved by
 Rating 
 # Ratings 
 Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
21,604
4.47
271
 Age of War (Legends of the First Empire #3) 
 Michael J. Sullivan 
12,196
4.46
259
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)
Ilona Andrews
18,319
4.58
588
Thrawn (Star Wars: Thrawn #1)
Timothy Zahn
30,330
4.28
12,555
Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)
Becky Chambers
13,008
4.54
146
I know I’m looking forward to Spinning Silver (also from Del Rey) because I enjoyed her latest book, Uprooted, so much. It looks like it’s going to be a great summer for reading.

 

Age of War hits 10,000!

We are still 2 1/2 months out from the release, and I’m pleased to say that more than 10,000 people have added Age of War to their Goodreads shelves. Holy smokes!

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I’m thrilled that people are learning about the new release, and I’ve been encouraged by the reviews left by early readers.

Here’s what Justine had to say (she won one of the ARC copies last month)

As I’ve come to expect from Michael J. Sullivan, the tale he is weaving grows in scope and gets more ambitious and brilliant with each subsequent novel. Unpredictable, at times heart-wrenching, and moments I did not see coming made this book a tough one to put down. Beautifully written, wonderfully paced, and emotionally charged, this is one you really need to read!

Oh, and a reminder that there are two more giveaways going on right now. See my previous post for details about them.

And thanks everyone,for showing your enthusiasm for the book. I can’t wait until everyone has a chance to read it.

Book Giveaways!


Hey all, Age of War is coming, and as such I have a few giveaways to tell you about.

  • First, there is a drawing for first edition copies of all three Legends of the First Empire books.   This is open to people from all countries and we’ll do the drawing at the end of June and ship the books in early July. There have been several printings of Age of Myth (and I think Age of Swords has also gone into at least one reprint) so this is an excellent chance to get books that might not be available anywhere else.
For people who are pre-ordering the book, I hope to have a pre-order promotion posted soon where you can receive some initial chapters of the new book as well as some bonus material. Stay tuned for that!

 

Recaps and Glossary

Hey all, did you know we are just 3 short months away from the release of Age of War?  I’m so excited to hear what you all think of the new novel. We are working hard to get information posted to help people “ramp up” quickly so I’ve added the following to this website.

The glossary is spoiler-free, so between it and the recap you should be up to speed and not need a re-read of Age of Myth or Age of Swords, but if you do re-read even better!

In the next few days I’ll also be posting some sample chapters, and we are going to be putting together some bonus stuff for people who pre-order so keep your eyes open for both of those.

Oh, and in case you need a recap for Age of Myth, here is a link for it as well.

Pre-ordering signed Age of War copies

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I’m sorry to say I won’t be going on a book-signing tour for Age of War, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get signed a signed (and dedicated if you wish) copy. Robin has made an online store where a limited number of the books will be sold. Why is the number limited?

Well, a few reasons. First, we don’t want to cause any waves for our publisher with the retail chain. Selling a few books directly won’t have a significant impact on their overall sales. And second, books are heavy and Robin and I are getting older and moving any large volume can be taxing.  And third, we want to get the books into your hands as quickly as possible. Our local indie bookstore will order some extra copies for us, and  we want to get them  in the mail within 48 hours of receiving the books.

I’m sorry to say I won’t be going on a book-signing tour for Age of War, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get signed a signed (and dedicated if you wish) copy. Robin has made an online store where a limited number of the books will be sold. Why is the number limited?

Well, a few reasons. First, we don’t want to cause any waves for our publisher with the retail chain. Selling a few books directly won’t have a significant impact on their overall sales. And second, books are heavy and Robin and I are getting older and moving any large volume can be taxing.  And third, we want to get the books into your hands as quickly as possible. Our local indie bookstore will order some extra copies for us, and  we want to get them  in the mail within 48 hours of receiving the books.

So, how can you get your own signed copy Well you can go this page and place your order. Oh, and don’t forget to get the book dedicated (or just signed). I hope you’ll pick up your own copy.

New Release Date for Age of War

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I just heard from my publisher that Age of War is going to be moved from April 17th, to July 3rd.  I’m sorry about this slip, but in the grand scheme of “late releases 75 days isn’t that bad.

Why did this happen? Well a few things.

  • When we received the copyedited book, there were a few little things that needed correcting. Nothing major…it’s not like I had to add or remove entire chapters, but there were some things that Robin pointed out and as it was our last chance to make changes we decided that the book would be better if we bite the bullet and addressed them.
  • We received the copyedits on 11/2 and had a deadline of 11/15.  And as we did our final review we realized that deadline was going to be missed. I generally don’t have deadlines (because I write entire series before publishing the first book). For the times I am under deadline, I take those dates seriously, and this was the first time I missed a delivery.  But I’d rather have the book good than fast, and I think that was the right choice to make.
  • Del Rey received our changes on 1/10, and of course anything “new” that was written has to go back to the copyeditors. They were very understanding and total professionals about this. I love that they are as dedicated as we are to providing a great product.
  • We’re getting printer’s proofs on 2/13 and we’ll need to have everything back to them on 2/27.  Ironically we leave for vacation a few days before that!  But no worries, we’ll make it a “working vacation” and we WILL hit that deadline so there is no further delay.

So, that’s where we stand. Sorry about the delay. But all in all I’m pretty happy the speed of our releases as a whole. This will mark the 5th book released in 2  1/2 years…and that’s not so bad.

  • Dec 2015: The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicle #3)
  • Jun 2016: Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1)
  • Jul 2017: Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire #2)
  • Dec 2017: The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (Riyria Chronicle #4)
  • Jul 2018: Age of War (Legends of the First Empire #3)

In other news, I’m working on the edits to Age of Legend (Legends of the First Empire #4) and the book is coming out really well. We don’t have a release date yet, but we hope to soon.