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A bundle of stories

blairmacg introduced me to StoryBundle, a site that puts together groupings of indie-published books on different themes, and invited me to be part of a bundle. And that bundle is available today.

Here are all the beautiful covers:


With StoryBundle, you can choose how much you want to pay for an initial bundle of four ebooks. The minimum price is $3.00, but you can pay more if you want (if you bought each book individually, the cost would be between $12 and $20). If you pay more than $12, you get an additional four books. The idea is to expose readers to a variety of high-quality indie fantasy that they might not find otherwise, since self-publishers and micro presses don't have large marketing budgets.

Here are the first four books:

The Winds of Khalakovo (Bradley P. Beaulieu)
Pen Pal (me)
The Five Elements (Scott Marlowe)
Lhind the Thief (Sherwood Smith)

Here are the second four:

Sand of Bone (Blair MacGregor)
The King's Sword (C.J. Brightley)
Arrows of the Sun (Judith Tarr)
The Worth of a Shell (M.C.A. Hogarth)

And here is the link: Fantasy StoryBundle

You all know about Pen Pal, but let me call your attention to sartorias's book, Lhind the Thief, which I'm reading now, and which is *excellent*. I'll be doing an interview with her about it in the upcoming days. And in the bonus category is blairmacg's Sand of Bone, which has an awesome review by sartorias and which I've just started. And while I haven't yet read haikujaguar's The Worth of a Shell, I read and really enjoyed three short stories in the same world, which were published in Strange Horizons (links here, here, and here).

Judith Tarr (who is dancinghorse on LJ) I know of from Book View Cafe; her Living in Threes is on my to-read list, so I'll be glad to try this new title as well. And the remaining titles are equally intriguing.

There's more information at the StoryBundle site, so check it out if you're curious, and spread the word!


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 21st, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy to have Pen Pal in the bundle! It's a fantastic book and I hope others discover it. :)
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
I hope so, and I hope--per the conversations on Twitter--that Pen Pal in it will help others discover the other good books in the bundle, too.

Thank you so much for this opportunity ♥
Jan. 22nd, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank YOU so much for being part it!
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I have emailed them to ask about their kindle-friendliness, very much hoping that they are really kindle-friendly, as these are books that I want to read, or seeing the company they keep....
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
They are DRM free and come in both mobi (the format for Kindle) and epub, so you should be all set!
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
Sorry, another question: are you happiest when people buy by
a) paypal
b) amazon or
c) credit card
Jan. 21st, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
It looks like all three are options on the site, and I think they're probably equally acceptable.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
Yes, they are. StoryBundle strives to make it easy for *readers* as well as cool for writers. :)
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
StoryBundle, a site that puts together groupings of indie-published books on different themes, and invited me to be part of a bundle. And that bundle is available today.

That looks fantastic. Congratulations!
Jan. 21st, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 21st, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a lot of good stuff in one place.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed--I've got three queued up to read.
Jan. 21st, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
I hope many are introduced to Pen Pal through this site.
Pen Pal (me) as a phrase almost sounds like an autobiography. ;)
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
"Pen Pal me" also sounds like it could be a request, like "email me" or "phone me"

Please be my pen pal--please pen pal me :-)
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm so glad your book is being included in a storybundle. I hope this helps it to be seen by more eyes. It's such a wonderful story.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for saying so, Pamela. So far it seems many *writers* are expressing interest, but I hope the bundle also reaches general readers.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's so hard to know how to reach readers. Except by writing well, which you have done, and putting the word out, which you have also done. I'm sure that bundles like this do help you to connect with readers. I've bought at least one before and I'm extremely tempted to buy this one, since your book is in some wonderful company, and I've only read yours and one of the others. Deals like this one can only help.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 04:12 am (UTC)
This is lovely news! They all look great, and as a bundle, even better. I'll go and spread the word on DW! :D
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:05 pm (UTC)
There's a real variety, which means there should be something for lots of different tastes.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)

That is a very, very good bundle to be part of.

I hope and trust that many will fall in love with Pen Pal, which is for me tied for the title of the very best book in the world.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
I hope so! And that the other books find delighted readers too.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 02:53 pm (UTC)
Well, one of the things that makes that such a very good bundle to be in is the presence of writers who have a substantial fan base-- and I hope that every one of you writers has a substantial fan base already, and will have larger ones ex post. :)

It's a really good marketing/advertisement idea.
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