I have an App for That

Hello my darlings,

It has beenĀ a long, exhausting day, and I will tell you all about it tomorrow once everything has settled down. As soon as I am done with this post, I actually have to go take a shower, get dressed, and do my makeup, because I have to be up and rolling again by 6:30am.

So, why am I bothering to post? I just had a bit of good news to share. With 3 days of its sale left to go, Baron of Blood ranks #20 in the Kindle store for Gay/Lesbian fiction, and #29 in the kindle store for Swords and Sorcery fantasy. šŸ™‚ If it weren’t so late (early?) I would be bouncing off the walls ecstatic. It has gotten a lot of attention over the past few days and I am hoping the reviews, ratings, etc will start rolling in soon. I am also straining every nerve to sell a few paperback copies. So far, no sales on thoseĀ – but I am holding out hope, it is yet young.

Wondering what all of that has to do with the title of this blog? Well, I have my own app for your smartphone.

Yes, I do, isn’t that crazy? It will be uploaded to other sites, including Google Play in just a few short days. But right now it is available through this link: http://www.appcatch.com/app_author_cn_faust-427798.htmlĀ 

The app features lots of cool things right now. With it you will be able to keep updated on my latest work, on any events I am doing, you will have access to all of my latest coupons, and be able to book me for events / conventions / readings, etc. (Well, that addition may have been a little ambitious). I have an Android phone, so I am about to test it out for myself. The best part is that it is FREE to download so no harm, no foul if you decide that you have enough of me in your life by following this blog.

I’ll catch you darlings later – so much yet to do!

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

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Book thongs are fun to make

Hello my darlings,

Above is a (very poor quality) picture of the bookthongs I have been making to give out in promotion of “Baron of Blood”. The bookthongs are creme ribbon with two small pearl-like beads and a bronze colored bead on one end, and then two copper colored beads on the other. I’ve sewn at least ten in one afternoon (there was a significant chunk of time here I had to set it down, not to mention how long it took me to figure out the most effect method of attachment). I am going to put them together in some packages alongside an excerpt booklet plus a coupon code (for 10% or 15% off – not sure how much yet) that can be applied to the paperback edition of Baron of Blood. Some other goodies might be thrown in there, but we will see what happens! Interested in receiving one in the mail? Shoot me an email!

Sorry for the short update, but it’s late and my mind is running all over the place.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

10% off Baron of Blood paperback!

Hello my darlings,

I was going to save this offer for memorial day weekend, but I thought I would spoil you all a bit now – and maybe give you some time to have that order in BEFORE the weekend? šŸ˜‰

Anyway, my offer amounts to this: the first ten people to go like my Facebook fan page will get a 10% coupon code that can be applied to the paperback edition of Baron of Blood! Is that awesome, or is it awesome? If you like my page and I don’t seem to notice within three seconds, be sure to leave a comment here letting me know you did it. That will motivate me to go check!

Also, note: for the coupon to apply, you have to purchase Baron of Blood specifically from this Amazon page: https://www.createspace.com/4290504

So, before I go off and forget, here is the link to my Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CN-Faust/571018122923463Ā !

I’ve never pushed a print book like this so hard, but I will admit – I am in deeply enamored of it. Also, if you buy the print version, be sure to post a picture to aforementioned FB fanpage with you giving a thumb’s up or something! XD

I really need to go to bed. :p

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

 

Cy Does Real Life

Hello my darlings,

So, perhaps it is time I made a “Cy does real life” type post instead of my usual prolific promotions. That is, after all, why I encourage fans, readers, and friends to follow my blog. I want you to get to know me as a real person, and not a promotional machine (so far I’m not sure how well that has worked out). I try very hard to also maintain the correct image for a new author whose reputation is as fragile as glass. It’s something of a personal Catch-22.

Something that has come up often in conversation when discussing my book are the prevalent gay relationships. I will make it clear that I DO write gay fantasy, but I do NOT identify as solely a gay fantasy or gay romance writer. I consider myself a writer, and I consider my genre to be fantasy. I have never tried to really market my book as anything other than what I consider it to be – an epic high fantasy novel. Of course I will thrown in the gaymance tags every now and then – but people have a right to know what they’re getting into, sure! I don’t feel like the sexual preference of my characters should make such a difference in the overall plot – whether it is war or intrigue or whatever have you. But Dragoloth is a country where gay as well as hetero relationships are fostered and encouraged. It is simply their culture – I don’t hate straight people, I don’t bash straight relationships. I don’t try to push any sort of agenda. Whatever the character wants, whatever feels right for the story, or whatever I happen to be feeling like at the time is what ends up being put on paper. Pharun is gay as the longest rainbow – but did you know ****SPOOIIILLLEERRR*** that he was married to a woman for seventeen years? Oh, and he has like – six children? And did you know ***MORE SPOILERS**** that Shrukian hasĀ over ten (!)Ā children, and is married to like, five different womenĀ – but he has also had several romances with men? Those sorts of relationships are the hub of my character’s souls, and that is something I cannot change – nor do I wish to change it.

My characters live as people – they have basic human desires (even those who are not so human) and needs. They will satisfy those needs however they deem fit. Likewise, I like to give them the liberty to love whoever they want (as long as it furthers the plot, haha) and I am happy to say that many of my wonderful readers have not taken issue with this, rather they have embraced it. It is only a few people (and most often those I know personally) who ever bring it up.

I just had to say my piece. Your thoughts are always appreciated! ā¤

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

A Free Day?

Hello my darlings,

I was thinking about setting up Baron of Blood for free sometime soon to attract some interest to its release. Maybe on Memorial Day weekend. What do you think?

Once I sell enough ebook copies to cover the expenses, I think I will also set up a few copies for a Goodreads giveaway. (As much as I hate on Goodreads’ customer service, I still use that venue up shamelessly).

Your most adored,
C.N.F.

It’s Live!

Hello my darlings,

Baron of Blood is officially live! The Kindle version is already out, but the paperback will take a few hours or so to appear on the market. In the meantime, feel free to check it out and enjoy! Click on the picture below to take a look.

baronofbloodcover

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

Book Review: A Circle of Iron by Greg Benage

circleofironĀ Rating: Five Stars

 

I like to think that I don’t give five stars out too freely, but this book actually impressed me. I’veĀ Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā  been needing a new fantasy book to read, and I found this one for free in my Nook library. I wasn’t expecting very much when I dove into it, but it ended up taking me by surprise.

I don’t know what won me over the quickest – it had to be either the fantastically wonderful, colorful, memorable characters (I have high standards for characters, but Benage had some really good ones) or the compelling world that I found myself looking into. It wasn’t the usual grand-scale, sparkling Elven paradise or the even the grim dystopia that I find myself so found of. It was a straightforward, humble setting with the focus being heavily on the action and the characters. I even found myself enjoying the female character – which talk about high standards, I almost never enjoy them! Benage really hit the nail on the head with this delightful treat and I commend him for it.

My biggest real criticism is that it is way too short. The Nook version was only about 180 pages and I felt like there could have been so much more content and plot wise. I think Benage has real potential if he could just bulk his content a bit more and give it some weight.

I don’t think Benage does himself enough credit by listing this book as “free”. It is on Smashwords, so I know that all of you darlings could probably get it on your Kindles and iPads too (which if you can, I would recommend doing so!). But I think, honestly, that if this was a book I had come across by chance in a bookstore, I would have paid money for it. It just goes to show – another great example of ‘never judge the book by its price’! They might surprise you.