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    Tolkien Disciple Wayne Batson's Avatar
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    Isle of Swords has been released!

    They're here...


    No, I'm not actually talking about the arrival of malevolent spirits planning to kidnap small children. I'm talking about...drumroll please…



    That's right, my new pirate adventure novel, Isle of Swords, has been spotted. Amazon is apparently shipping IoS now, and several bookchains have them in stock!

    You can purchase Isle of Swords here!

    If you are planning to get yourself a copy of this here pirate tale, first of all, thank you. Secondly some food for thought. The first month of sales for any novel is a critical month. Here's why:

    • Prior to the books release, all preorder sales are allocated toward the first month sales numbers, meaning that the potential is there for a book to hit all kinds of Bestseller lists. If presales were good, and nonPreSale purchases continue at a high rate in that first month, good things can happen. And, of course, success begets success. If Isle of Swords appears on bestseller lists, more people find out about it, leading to more sales and a higher place on the bestseller list...of it goes.

    • Publishers set marketing budgets well ahead of a book's release, but if the book does well early, publishers will often jump in with both feet to promote the book even more. If sales are low, some initial promotional ideas might not come to fruition.

    • Publishers also like to launch books with a promotional bang. Thomas Nelson is doing just that. In some participating bookstores, if you buy Isle of Swords, you can get a free copy of The Door Within Lost Chapters Edition! Call your local store and see if they have the deal. But the deal is only for "While Supplies Last." Hence the call to hit it this month.

    • And finally, purchasing a book in the first month of its release is great because authors sometimes like to give away free stuff to people who purchase books early. {Cough} And having said that:

    Wayne Thomas Batson's Isle of Swords Promotional Giveaway!

    If you, kind reader, purchase a copy of Isle of Swords during August or September, email me your snailmail address, and I will send you very cool piratey bookplate sticker--signed and personalized to you or whomever you are buying for! No limit to number of stickers. If you purchase 4,000 copies of Isle of Swords (Hey, it could happen.), I'll be happy to sign 4,000 stickers. (The last coupla hundred signatures might be a tad messy due to nerve damage in my hand, but I'll do it.)

    If you purchase Isle of Swords Aug-Sept, email me at: batguy21784@yahoo.com

    **And as a bonus, anyone who posts a review of Isle of Swords on Amazon, CBD, or
    Barnes & Noble, I'll send you a sneak preview chapter of the Isle of Swords sequel currently in production. Post a review and email me, and I'll send the chapter right off.

    Not sure if Isle of Swords is for you? Did you like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? Well, Isle of Swords is like that (the first movie, that is) only with more depth. ;-)

    Still not sure? Here's a Sneak Peek at one of the opening chapters of Isle of Swords:

    Echoes of Cannon Fire

    A cannon shot, deep and sudden, trailed off like a peal of thunder. Something cold touched his fingertips. Another shot. Run them all out, boys!

    Water trickled over his hand. She’s taking on something awful! Bosun, pitch that leak! Another shot, nearer still. Water surged into his mouth and nose. A wave partially submerged his head and sprayed his back.

    He woke, jerked his head up from the surf, and flailed onto his side. His face, his arms, his back—throbbed and burned. “What happened?” he moaned, coughing up seawater and grinding sand between his teeth. He could not see. Has someone cut out my eyes? Hands trembling, he reached up. His eyes were swollen and caked shut . . . but at least they were there.

    After several painful attempts, he managed to pry them open. Brilliant white light knifed in, he clutched at his face. His head throbbed, sun blazed mercilessly off the white sand, but slowly his eyes adjusted. He squinted under a cloudless blue sky and saw water. As another wave raced toward him, he rose to one knee. That little bit of movement brought tremendous pain. It felt as if there were shards of glass embedded in his skin.

    With another groan, he stood. He reached over his shoulder and, between the tatters of his shirt, he felt ripped flesh, sticky and wet. His fingertips came back glistening with blood, and he became lightheaded. He swayed for a moment, then steadied himself and looked around.

    Across a slope of white sand, there stood a deep copse of trees—mostly tall palms, surrounded by sea grape and divi-divi trees. He stared at the leaning, gnarled trunks. Divi-divi trees always leaned to the southwest. That meant something . . . he felt sure it did, but he could not grasp what. He looked along the tree line, up and down the shore, and again, out to sea. “I don’t know this place,” he whispered.

    He grabbed fistfuls of his matted blond hair. His welted face felt foreign . . . like someone else’s. A sharp ringing came to his ears. The world seemed to spin. “My God,” he mouthed,
    “I . . . I don’t even know who I am.”

    A flash of green racing across the sand drew his attention, and he turned. At his feet, a large iguana sat gnawing at the leather drawstring of a pouch that lay half-buried in the sand.
    Brushing aside the lizard, he picked up the fist-sized pouch. It had some weight to it. “Is this mine?” he wondered aloud. He thought it had to be, but nothing about it seemed familiar. Still, when he loosened the drawstring and began to pour out its contents, he couldn’t help but feel a strange gravity weighing upon him.

    A sparkling green stone fell into his hands first. It was shaped like an almond, but much larger. The brilliant sun flickered within it as if the stone was alive with fire at its core. Next, a lock of lustrous red hair dropped out and lay in his palm close to the jewel. The hair was a little damp but still very soft. He ran a finger lightly over it, wondering. . . .

    The surf raced in and covered his feet, just as the last item—a rusty iron cross—fell into his palm. Ancient it looked—and not just from the tarnish. It bore strange markings and a script of some design, but he could not read it.

    He dropped the three tokens into the pouch. He did not recognize any of these things. Nothing made any sense! His head ached. Weak and confused, he watched as an iguana scurried away and disappeared over the slope. Then he froze, for nearby the lizard’s trail was a trail of footprints. They wound away from the trees, down from the slope, almost directly to where he stood. A wave crashed with a sound like a cannon shot . . . or maybe, more like the crack of a whip, and he jumped.

    The ringing came back to his ears, and he felt dizzy. As his vision blurred, he looked at the footprints leading up to where he stood. The thought, I am not alone, flashed into his mind before everything around him faded into darkness.

    Once again, Isle of Swords, a swashbuckling high-seas adventure, is on sale now online and in all fine stores. A cool piratey tale just in time for back-to-school reading!

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    author:chroniclesofsoone James Somers's Avatar
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    Exclamation Isle of Swords if AWESOME!

    Wayne--

    I just finished Isle of Swords last night--Loved it. I may even have liked it more than Door Within...well, not really, but this one has a completely different flavor than Door Within. This is a grown-up adventure. I like chicken and I like steak too, but they aren't the same.

    I'm currently working on an Amazon review for the book, but hey I'll take the sticker and preview chapter too...woo-hoo! I used to trade scratch-n-sniff stickers as a kid.

    I really thought the depth of your characters was great in this one. The characters were so three dimensional and this pirate story is completely fresh. Somehow this story just grabs and doesn't let go. I've got to hand it to Thomas Nelson as well...the book design is primo...even more inviting than The Door Within series (and that is very hard to beat!)

    I'll send you an email monday to get my signed sticker for my book and for anyone looking--I got my bundled copy with the lost chapter Door Within, at Lifeway Christian bookstore.

    Be watching Amazon...I'm giving this one five BIG stars!

    James

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    Tolkien Disciple Wayne Batson's Avatar
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    Thanks, James! Was that the same Lifeway we visited on the Tour?

    And THANKS big time for the review on Amazon. Those really do make a difference!

    -WtB

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    Hey man, congratulations on publishing! Looks yummy--I've been longing for a pirate novel since seeing PotC. There aren't enough of them out, so I'm designating you to fill the vacuum. DO IT NOW, SLAVE!

    Seriously, though, well done. I hope you won't mind if I sneak in some $$ for a copy of my own?

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    Tolkien Disciple Wayne Batson's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mage- View Post
    Hey man, congratulations on publishing! Looks yummy--I've been longing for a pirate novel since seeing PotC. There aren't enough of them out, so I'm designating you to fill the vacuum. DO IT NOW, SLAVE!

    Seriously, though, well done. I hope you won't mind if I sneak in some $$ for a copy of my own?
    Hi, Mage

    Thanks for the directive. I'm working on a sequel to Isle of Swords right now. 1/3 complete, due to publisher by Oct. 20th. Yipe!

    And no, I won't mind at all if you purchase a copy. That is a good thing.

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    and I spent my bookstore quota for this month!!! :'(
    I'll just have to wait...
    but I WILL get the book sooner or later!!! maybe I'll order it when I order Final Storm...

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    author:chroniclesofsoone James Somers's Avatar
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    Thumbs up

    WAyne--

    That would be the same store you guys visited. They had your tour bookmarks all over the place a few weeks back. The only one of your books they did not carry in the store was Christopher Hopper. .. although he is found in the Borders down the street from there.

    You guys must have visited that one too. I'll be posting my amazon later when my work day ends...i've got to go online here at work to log into the site and that will allow my time to put up a really nice one--the book deserves it too!
    James

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    Your Borders has Christopher Hopper! Awesome! I need to thank him for the fact his books are really helping me with my summer homework for European History! *Groans* Amazon still has not shipped my book! The cover is teasing me, so is that awesome first chapter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fantastyfreak View Post
    Your Borders has Christopher Hopper! Awesome! I need to thank him for the fact his books are really helping me with my summer homework for European History! *Groans* Amazon still has not shipped my book! The cover is teasing me, so is that awesome first chapter!
    I've not read Mr. Hopper's books yet, though I did have the privilege of meeting him when he came to knoxville with WAyne on the Fantasy Four tour. All of these authors were very friendly...I can't say otherwise though...they were all armed to the teeth with REAL SWORDS!!

    James

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    Yeah I went to the tour too! It was awesome! Anyways, i had to cancel my order from Amazon b/c they said Isle of Swords is not shipping till September 11, so I ordered from Overstock, and it has already been shipped out!

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    I can't wait to read it!! Huzzah!

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    Cool

    For anyone interested...I've already written a review for Isle of Swords over at Amazon.com

    I enjoyed the book very much.

    James

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    Yay! I haven't gotten it, yet, but I'll be really excited when I do!! It looks really interesting.

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    Is the book plate offer still good? I kinda jumped the gun and sent an email. I hope you still have some left!

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    Tolkien Disciple Wayne Batson's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki_girl View Post
    Is the book plate offer still good? I kinda jumped the gun and sent an email. I hope you still have some left!
    Hi, Vicki

    The offers still good for you. I'll be doing another promotion soon for others who are interested.

    WtB

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