On April 1st, 2015, we’ve made an April Fools post. We thought we were being quite clever. Below are the contents of that post.
The announcements just keep on coming.
So without further ado, here is the cover and blurb. Click to enlarge.
Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, bowed to only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master is gone and Hugh must carve a new place for himself and his people in the post-apocalyptic world where magic comes and goes in waves. With former allies ready to tear him apart, Hugh is forced to make alliances to preserve the Order of Iron Dogs, warriors who would follow him anywhere.
Serafina Price is the head witch of the Midwestern Covens. She is powerful, devious, and smart. Her people think she is a goddess, her enemies call her Snake. Tasked with protection of her people, she is trapped between the magical heavy weights about to collide and plunge the entire region into war that human authorities have no power to stop. Desperate to preserve the covens, she would accept help from the devil himself.
They detest each other, yet they need each other to survive. How can two people famous for betraying their former allies cement their agreement without a shadow of a doubt?
We hope you will enjoy this new look into the mind of Hugh d’Ambray. I just got an awesome quote on this from Lorna Sterling, who writes fantastic pirate-themed romances.
“Magnificent! He is a true Romance Hero!”
E of bookpushers would like to add, “Finally we were able to see the full extent of Hugh d’Ambray’s passion, not just his skill with a blade. It was well worth the decades long wait!”
Then there were comments.
I HATE April’s fool’s! I got so frickin’ excited!
but but but…its an amazing idea!!!!!! I wanna read this ?
I don’t think it’s an April Fools’s prank. I think it’s real because it’s on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25266707-warlord-s-price?from_search=true
Nooo! It’s not real!? How can this be? …
I’d love to see you marry Hugh off to someone he totally hates
I would totally buy this book.
Shut up and take my money!!!!!
Then we got an email from a slightly confused librarian. One of the library visitors requested the book. The librarian realized that is was a joke and informed the patron that this was an April Fool’s spoof, to which the patron apparently replied, “If we request it enough, they will write it.”
We are proud to announce IRON AND MAGIC, the first book in Hugh d’Ambray series. Unfortunately we can’t show you the cover, because we don’t have the preorder link up due to circumstances beyond our control – thanks, Texas thunderstorms – but we can taunt you with the cover and this awesome wallpaper we can’t show you yet.
We have a release date.
We have a book blurb.
No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work.
Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.
Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she’s trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.
Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?
As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”
Hugh and Elara may do both.
And… We have a contest.
We need a series name for Hugh and Elara’s books.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read through the Giant Excerpt on this page and return here with a suggestion for the series name. Ideally, it should mention both Hugh and Elara somehow and nod at the genre of Urban Fantasy. For example, The Iron Dogs was rejected because it doesn’t indicate Elara. The Witch and the Warlord was rejected because Elara isn’t exactly and witch and the series name is too fantasy.
So please leave your suggestions in the comments. If you like the suggestion someone made, please reply to it with +1 so we’ll know which suggestions are popular.
The contest will last until Wednesday 04/04/2018, and the winner will receive a signed copy of IRON AND MAGIC and will be mentioned in Acknowledgements for bragging rights. They can also choose to read an advance copy, but we are not doing paper for those, so it would be an ebook.
Happy April Fool’s Day!