Shadow of an Empire Has Been Released!

Shadow of an Empire

It’s here! It’s finally here! Sands and storms, Shadow of an Empire has arrived!

That’s right! It’s June 1st, and that means Shadow of an Empire is now available for purchase, your reading pleasure, and to be the biggest Fantasy-Western seller of June 2018. Also, just in time for the weekend. Isn’t that convenient?

Those of you who want to get your hands on it ASAP but didn’t pre-order (and as it turns out, you do get pre-orders a few hours before the official release, handy that) can click that beautiful cover image and order yours! Or just Amazon search Shadow of an Empire by Florschutz and get to reading!

And when you’ve finished it! Please consider leaving a review or a rating on Amazon or Goodreads or telling your friends what you thought! If you enjoyed it, let the world know!

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Reddit AMA Reminder!

Heads up, readers! Just a reminder that I will be doing a Reddit AMA tomorrow, starting at 1 PM Mountain Time, and I could really use your help getting some traction! So come, bring a question or two (about Shadow of an Empire, writing, or something else), upvote, and share the AMA! The more eyes it gets, the better an AMA it can become, so let’s get it some views!

As convention, a link will go up here as soon as the AMA starts. So be on the lookout!

Tomorrow! 1 PM! Mountain Time! Be there! Or here, ready for a link!

News Blast: Shadow of an Empire, Colony, and Milestones

Welcome to Monday, readers! I know the culture, at least here in the US with it’s workaholic pastimes, is to despise Mondays, but maybe I can make things a little shinier for you at the start of this week. After all, I’ve got a nice news post here for you to read (and then we’re getting Being a Better Writer), with lots of good news about the upcoming weeks that’s sure to excite a good number of you!

The first and most important bit of news? Shadow of an Empire is available for pre-order and releasing June 1st! That’s right, the Fantasy-Western Epic is sweeping onto e-readers and devices everywhere in just under three weeks! Swing by the Amazon page and pre-order your copy now so it arrives ASAP! And share that link; the more people know about Shadow, the better. Redditor? Facebook user? Fanfic socializer? Let people know. Word of mouth is majorly helpful! Also, if you’re an Alpha or Beta Reader, feel free to talk about the book now and tell people all about it! I’d advise not dropping too many spoilers, but I’ve seen your enjoyment for months now, so go share it with others!

Second bit of news? Well, it’s related to that first one. In the coming weeks (date not officially set), I will be doing a Reddit AMA to promote Shadow of an Empire. Yup. For several hours I’ll be answering any and all (within reason) questions there, both to help spread writing knowledge and to talk about—of course—my newest release, as well as what else to expect from me in the coming year and whatever else people bring up. If you have a Reddit account, please come and participate. The more people show, the better off the AMA will be, and the more traction it’ll gather! Check back here for more details as I narrow the date down with Reddit mods!

Third bit of news: Shadow of an Empire‘s preview chapter will be getting updated to the final version tomorrow. There will be a notification of it, the cover art will be included, etc, etc. Following this, chapter two will go up the following Tuesday, and the Tuesday after that, chapter three. The final book, by the way, is thirty-one chapters, so you’re only getting the first little bit as a preview.

Okay, last bit of news (I promise!): Colony is getting its first price-drop. As well as a text update. Okay, don’t go wild, it’s the standard “This book is now X months old” drop I’ve done for my other works. Colony will soon be $5.99 instead of $7.99. In addition, the text will be updated with a number of small corrections and error fixes to promote a smoother reading experience. Those of you who already own Colony should see the update the next time you connect to the web, and those already connected will just, well, have it!

And, last but not least … I didn’t even realize it, but I’ve passed a review milestone! Specifically, an Amazon review milestone: 50 Five-Star reviews! To be more specific, 52 of them! Out of—get this—82 reviews total. That’s right, well over half of the reviews I’ve ever gathered are Five-Star reviews! Huzzah! Now just to keep getting those reviews out in front of readers! Oh, and to keep collecting them. The more reviews a product has, the more people trust what they say.

In any case, that’s the news update! Lots coming in the next few weeks as we move closer to the release of Shadow of an Empire. Don’t forget to pre-order your copy!

Shadow of an Empire Now Available for Pre-Order!

It’s Here!

Shadow of an Empire

A sweeping “Wild-West” Fantasy Epic full of magic, mystery, and adventure! 

Salitore Amazd is an imperial adjudicator, an enforcer of the law and keeper of the peace across the vast, desert stretches of the Indrim Empire’s southern reaches known as the Outlands. For Sali, the job means long days in the saddle, constant travel, and hours of rugged, wilderness beauty far from the intrigue and politicking of the empire’s core.

Until a trainload of convicted prisoners, led by a noble named Nirren, vanishes from a high-security engine in an unprecedented escape, leaving behind only bodies, confused survivors, and a public letter accusing Sali of being a co-conspirator … as well as a fellow idealist in their forthcoming revolution. An accusation with no evidence, but more than enough to turn the public eye of the empire in his direction.

Now forcibly partnered with Meelo Karn, a member of the imperial inquisition with her own ties to the convicts, it’s up to both of them to track down Nirren and his gang before they engulf the Outlands in a political firestorm that burns it to the ground. Be it wild animals, unfriendly locals, or even encounters with the enigmatic, steam-driven Grey Knights … Sali and Meelo have a call to deliver justice.

And justice will be done.

Guys, I am thrilled to announce that Shadow of an Empire releases Friday, June 1st, 2018, and is now available for pre-order! At last! Click that cover to pre-order your copy now, tell your friends, and grab your ten-gallon hat! It’s going to be a ride!

On horseback, of course.

There will also be a Reddit AMA next Friday, and some other goodies coming along before release as well, so stay tuned!

Shadow of an Empire Release Date

So, you might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet this week. Well, I’ve had good reasons. Because I’ve been hard at work editing away on Shadow of an Empire, editing page after page after page and getting it ready for its public appearance!

And, as we near the end of the Beta, well … you can guess where this is going.

But first, because I’m a tease, I’ve got some other cool news to give you before I drop the release date. News that has to do with the cover for Shadow of an Empire and Patreon Backers.

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Psst! Over Here!

Pssst! You! Hey, you! That’s right, over here! Looking for some good book deals? Sure you are! Well, don’t look around or make it super obvious—I said don’t look around!—but there’s like, a secret sale or something going right now. Limited time only.

Yeah, I don’t know why either. Something about the date. And it probably won’t last because, well, that clock keeps ticking. Time’s moving forward.

Anyway, now you know. The secret sale is live! Pass it along and move along, quick, before someone spots us. Go see what you can find!

Shadow of an Empire Preview

Shadow of an Empire is a new novel set in the world of Indrim, where steam-industrialization combines with magic to forge an empire that spans a continent. Salitore Amazd is an adjudicator, a legally-approved roving arbitrator of law wandering the Indrim Empire’s Outlands keeping the peace. When a trainload of full of dangerous prisoners bound for the worst prison in the Indrim Empire escapes in his territory and announces an intention to lead the Outlands in a revolution against the rest of the empire, and implicates Salitore as an accomplice, Amazd is forced to join forces with a member of the Imperial Inquisitors to try and clear his name.

Right, I need a better back copy than that, but this is spur-of-the-moment. Anyway, enjoy a free preview of Chapter 1 from the Beta for Shadow of an Empire! Coming this Spring!

As you might guess, everything you’re about to read is owned in its entirety by me, Max Florschutz.

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