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Did you make yourself some outlandish promises a few days ago about how many books you were going to read or how many words you were going to write in 2017? How are you coming along in meeting those goals.

I honestly have done less than adequate due to being struck by sickness in the first week of the New Year. But, I promise you, I will not be stopped! I have completed a huge portion of Maharia, and I plan to have the rough draft completed by the end of the month. In the meantime, I am working with some very talented authors in prepping their releases from Crimson Edge Press.

For starters, Lyndsey Harper will be releasing her dark fantasy novel, The Fell, on January 18, 2017. The eBook is available for pre-order RIGHT NOW. Make sure you have your calendars marked to join the Facebook Release Party. Take a gander at the blurb!

After the brutal death of his mentor, Leer Boxwell’s only desire is vengeance. However, his belief that the murderer is the mythical Grimbarror has made him the laughing stock of the Vale. When Leer witnesses the beast steal away the princess in an unexpected attack on the royal city, he volunteers to hunt the creature. Battling self-doubt and ridicule, while struggling to control a mysterious power within that he does not fully understand, Leer must decide whether his convictions are worth the sacrifice the Fell demands.

Crimson Edge will also be introducing releases from Matthew W. Harrill and J.C. Boyd in coming weeks. But, I want to share you with another bit of important news. If you have not heard, we have opened submissions for our next annual anthology, The Fae & Fey. You can click on the image for the details! We look forward to reading your submissions.


Joshua Robertson, CEO
Crimson Edge Press, LLC

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Happy New Year! What’s Your Resolution?

The new year is always such an exciting time for me. I love the possibility of a fresh start (actually I’m sort of addicted to fresh starts…long story) and that’s what New Year represents to me. It’s a chance to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished in the last year and start making plans for the new one.

Every year I tend to feel as though I haven’t done much, but as soon as I start going through everything, I always realize I’ve done a lot more than I imagined.

So, let’s reflect. What have I done in 2016 (because I know it wasn’t as much as I was hoping due to being sick for so long)? I finished Part 3 of my Shadow Stalker serial and started Part 4. I’ve begun the process of re-editing Part 1. I’ve started the foundational work on two new novel series, one of which will be written under a pen name. I also started a short story I was going to submit for entry in Crimson Edge’s anthology, but I didn’t finish it in time. Now, I’m reconsidering that story idea for another series. I also finished the edits on my Makari’s Mission novella that’s being published in a charity anthology being released this coming April.

I’ve definitely accomplished a lot more than I thought. 😀

This coming year I will finish Part 4 of my Shadow Stalker serial. I also plan to write at least the first two novels in my A God’s Deception series and the first in my other series. And towards the end of the year, I’ll begin work on my new serial. I don’t have a name for that one, but it’s going to be about the origin of the shadow stalkers, so it will be pretty awesome! Oh, and I’m going to…yes, absolutely going to finish a short story for this year’s anthology that Crimson Edge will be putting out in 2018.

So are you taking advantage of this opportunity for a new start? What do you plan to accomplish in 2017? I’d love for you to contact me and tell me all about it!

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I still want to know…

…what you think I should keep, or change, in my editions of the newsletter for the new year. My goal is to include content that is interesting and useful to you, my loyal readers! Thanks to those who have already answered the short poll–if you haven’t, it isn’t too late. I still want to hear from you. There are only 4 questions, so it won’t take long, I promise!

Did you miss the special Christmas newsletter?

With the holidays, I know many of us were incredibly busy with family, and spent long stretches of time “unplugged.” Christmas is over, but you can still enjoy Saturday’s edition. In it I released part one of a brand new short story related to my series. I’ll be releasing part 2 in an upcoming newsletter. Hope you enjoy it!

 


 

“Letters for the Circle”
by Allison D. Reid

“Get up, now!” Keran woke to find Torren from Tyroc’s castle guard standing over him. A dim glow of flickering torch light spilled in from the open door of his chamber. Despite the fact that Torren’s thick, curly beard masked much of his face, it couldn’t hide the intensity behind his eyes. Something was horribly wrong. His voice carried an urgency that dared not be disobeyed.

“What is going on?” Keran’s voice still croaked with sleep. Surely it was still the middle of the night.

“Treachery,” Torren responded gruffly as though there was nothing more to be said.

“Where are Mother and Father?”

“Just move, and quickly, if you value your life. I told your father I would get you away from here.” He stopped for a moment and took Keran by the shoulders. “I may have to threaten you with my blade if we’re caught, boy. Show your fear on the outside, but know that I would never really hurt you. Do you understand?” Keran nodded with confused alarm. There was nothing about this that he understood.

Torren drug him out of the room and down the corridor at a near run. It echoed with the barks of orders being given, angry shouts, and the clash of steel against steel. They were soon joined by other men being marched forward; some peacefully, others at sword or spear point. Torren gripped Keran roughly by the back of the neck and held his blade at the ready, as though he expected Keran to fight him. And now Keran was beginning to grasp what was happening. But it couldn’t be true—how could it be true? The men of the Circle were being rounded up like prisoners; dragged from their beds, their stations, separated from their families and forced out into the night—to where, and to what end?

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Merry Christmas!

Welcome to this special holiday edition of the Fantasy Fix Newsletter!

Last week I promised you a rare treat that you wouldn’t want to miss. Renee and I have both written something special just for you, our loyal readers. While you’re spending time relaxing with family and friends this weekend, we hope you’ll be able to take a few minutes to enjoy this bit of fantasy fun.

 


“The Deadline Before Christmas”
By Renee Scattergood

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when on my laptop
Was an unfinished story, no better than slop;

I let out a groan, threw my hands in the air,
Then stood, and I muttered as I paced ‘round my chair;

The deadline was looming, oh that I did dread,
But worse, was the fact that I had been misled;

A call interrupted, I was needed asap;
I went only to find that it had been a trap;

My friends said, “It’s Christmas, so come celebrate;”
Didn’t they see I was already late?

I tried to escape, but was met with backlash,
So, I finally gave in, and I joined in the bash.

Next thing I knew, the bell had chimed midnight;
I had less than eight hours to sit down and write;

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“Letters for the Circle”
by Allison D. Reid

“Get up, now!” Keran woke to find Torren from Tyroc’s castle guard standing over him. A dim glow of flickering torch light spilled in from the open door of his chamber. Despite the fact that Torren’s thick, curly beard masked much of his face, it couldn’t hide the intensity behind his eyes. Something was horribly wrong. His voice carried an urgency that dared not be disobeyed.

“What is going on?” Keran’s voice still croaked with sleep. Surely it was still the middle of the night.

“Treachery,” Torren responded gruffly as though there was nothing more to be said.

“Where are Mother and Father?”

“Just move, and quickly, if you value your life. I told your father I would get you away from here.” He stopped for a moment and took Keran by the shoulders. “I may have to threaten you with my blade if we’re caught, boy. Show your fear on the outside, but know that I would never really hurt you. Do you understand?” Keran nodded with confused alarm. There was nothing about this that he understood.

Torren drug him out of the room and down the corridor at a near run. It echoed with the barks of orders being given, angry shouts, and the clash of steel against steel. They were soon joined by other men being marched forward; some peacefully, others at sword or spear point. Torren gripped Keran roughly by the back of the neck and held his blade at the ready, as though he expected Keran to fight him. And now Keran was beginning to grasp what was happening. But it couldn’t be true—how could it be true? The men of the Circle were being rounded up like prisoners; dragged from their beds, their stations, separated from their families and forced out into the night—to where, and to what end?

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Simple Wisdom from Gandalf

“‘Where did you go, if I may ask?’ said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along. ‘To look ahead,’ said he. ‘And what brought you back in the nick of time?’ ‘Looking behind,’ said he.”

As I was thinking about what I might write for the newsletter this week, this quote from Gandalf came to mind. Like so many others, I’ve been both looking ahead with anticipation toward the holidays, but also thoughtfully looking behind as the year nears its end. What has been accomplished that I can be proud of, and what setbacks have kept me from doing more? No doubt all of us have fallen short of our dreams in some areas, yet we may have found unexpected blessings in others.

Joining newsletters with Renee and Joshua has certainly been one of those blessings for me. Through it I have found new friends, as well as fans, and have been challenged to branch out and try new things I hadn’t thought of before. I would say overall it has been a successful year, and all of you have been part of that success! So thank you for sticking with us each week, and for encouraging us to keep writing, blogging, and reaching for those coveted review stars that help us entice more readers.

The new year is always a good time to make a fresh start, and I’m already thinking about what I might do differently for 2017’s newsletters. But before I change things up, I’d really love to know what you think I’ve been doing well, and also how I can make my editions of the newsletter more interesting to you, the readers. I would be extremely grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer this short 4 question poll. Consider this my end-of-the-year review!

Next week’s newsletter will be a special Christmas edition, featuring a rare treat you won’t want to miss! 

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Picking up momentum…

We have entered the final month of 2016, mentally preparing for the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays, while gazing longingly into the distance at a promising New Year. NaNoWrimo November is a wondrous bonding moment between authors, but we writers know the writing doesn’t stop on the first of December. Oh no, we have only begun!

I have personally completed two short stories in the Thrice Nine Legends Saga (to be released shortly) to bridge the gap as the third and final book of The Kaelandur Series receives its final touches. That is right! Maharia will be hitting the shelves in early 2017, completing the tale of Branimir and the legendary copper dagger, kaelandur.

In the meantime, I am sharing the first book, Melkorka, on Wattpad for readers to enjoy. I will be uploading a chapter or two each week. Please consider checking it out on my WATTPAD, and leave me your thoughts. Also, if you have your own story, I would love to check it out.

Lastly, we would like to personally thank the outstanding readers and fans who have subscribed to the Weekly Fantasy Fix over the past year. The numbers of our newsletter have ground tremendously, and we are touched to have your support in our lives. Please feel free to contact myself, Allison, or Renee, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions as we approach the new year.

Joshua Robertson, CEO
Crimson Edge Press, LLC

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Weekly Fantasy Fix Black Friday Sale!

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The Weekly Fantasy Fix Authors are having a Black Friday Sale!

Get discounts on our books all weekend long, plus a select number of books from other authors published through Crimson Edge Press. Check out this week’s special edition of the Weekly Fantasy Fix for deals and links.


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