See my television interview at APN TV Media on these Michigan cable channels

 

Today, my nearly hour long interview at Author Publishing Network TV hit APN’s YouTube channel. And tomorrow, the interview will show to Michigan cable television viewers on Comcast 21, 916, Charter 187, Buckeye 69, and Deerfield 22.

APN is a literary book network, and its interviews show on Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday at noon. This represents my first television appearance. I had a truly wonderful time recording the interview with the APN hosts Steven Hill and Michelle Meiring at the studio in Monroe, Michigan.

Cable television viewers in Southern Michigan will have a chance to get to know me and meet the hero of my newest fantasy series, Werewolves in the Renaissance.

You can watch the interview right here, and, if you have any questions, contact me through this form.

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The Werewolves in the Renaissance series begins with the novel Werelord Thal. The setting is 1561 Bohemia, and Thal’s mother cast the werewolf spell upon him so that he could avenge her torture and death at the hands of witch hunters in Prague.

People who enjoy ebooks, can read Werelord Thal in its entirety for free.

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Two 5-star reviews for Journey of the Hunted at the UK Kindle store

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I’m grateful to the two readers in the UK who took the time leave 5-star reviews for Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2. They bought the ebook from the Kindle store, and both expressed their eagerness to read the next part of the series.

Despite my recent health challenges that have delayed the writing of the next book in the series, Werewolf Castle, I am working on that novel. I’m currently 13 chapters in, and I’d like to believe that I could publish it in 2017!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that my ratings from UK readers tend to be the best. Perhaps people in the United Kingdom are very polite, or perhaps my writing is particularly dazzling for them. Either way, I’m grateful to have entertained a few people.

Journey of the Hunted picks up the story exactly where it left off in Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale. Altea is recovered enough from torture to travel. She and Thal emerge from hiding near Prague along with Mileko and their musician friends. Mileko has been sent by Thal’s father, the sorcerer Sarputeen, to guide him to his father’s castle.

As the title implies, Thal and his company shall be hunted. Bounty hunters eager to collect the huge price on Thal’s head after his killing spree clog the roads, but a new enemy appears. He is Tekax, a sorcerer who has long been in the east aiding the Ottoman Turks, but now he had returned to Central Europe to pursue his old vendetta against Sarputeen. He intends to kill Thal and sends his loyal servant, the werewolf Rotfeng, to hunt him.

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Dark Fantasy short story added to Kobo and Google Play

Lessons Learned: A Rys World Short StoryIn May, I released a short story written within the fantasy world of the Rys exclusively in Kindle stores. I thought I’d test out the possibility that by granting Amazon the exclusive right to distribute Lessons Learned the retailer might show me some merchandising love.

As I expected would happen, I could detect no benefit from withholding my creation from other retail outlets. I’ve begun the process of expanding its distribution. I’ll even add it to this website eventually.

I can happily announce that right now Lessons Learned: A Rys World Short Story is available globally through Kobo Books and Google Play.

This story presents a crucial episode of back story from The Rys Chronicles, one of my big four-book epics.

About Lessons Learned:

A rash act of defiance will thrust Shan into a high stakes competition with Onja, his lover, his queen.

His compassion for a mere human starts his descent into a dangerous test that he is not prepared for. Then, his desire to be his own master drives him to continue. Shan feels his magic growing inside him. He sees the good that can be accomplished if only he can stop the vicious queen who has ruled over the rys and her human worshippers for centuries.

Step into the epic world of the rys with this short story from the Rys World that inspired eight other fantasy novels by Tracy Falbe.

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Excerpt from Lessons Learned:

The presence of the humans was thick in the Jingten Valley. Shan could feel them in his homeland. Their bodies touched his sensitive mind with the energy of their short lives. If he applied himself, he could even feel the pumping pulse of their hearts and understand their thoughts in all of their languages.

It was the height of the tribute season, and tribal delegations were approaching the city of Jingten or departing.

This morning, a delegation from the Zenglawa Tribe entered the city. The King came with a sampling of wives and retainers. Three dozen of his warriors guarded his wagons laden with gold, jewels, food, and other goods of fine crafting.

Jingten with its blue stone buildings and copper roofs accepted the Zenglawa caravan like the bored host of a tedious party. The caravans came every year. They were supposed to come. For centuries, the tribes had brought their gifts to Onja, their Queen, their Goddess.

For a hundred years now, Shan had stood upon the balconies of Onja’s Keep and watched the humans come into the city of the rys. He could see over the city from the heights of the massive Keep. Its receding tiers of dark stone lorded over the city in stark contrast to the residential architecture of the rest of Jingten. The city was old, built to last, and the buildings were accented with stained glass windows in colors from tender lavenders to bold red. The homes and buildings set gracefully amid the manicured hedges and ancient trees in dignified permanence.

The sharp-edged Keep, however, jutted up from the shore of Lake Nin and dominated the cityscape like a bear rolling on flowers. A high stone wall contained its yards and metal gates where ornate birds locked claws guarded the entrance with enchanted wrought iron. The Keep announced the power of the Queen and declared that none should ever dare to challenge her authority.

Shan loved Queen Onja. She had been his caretaker and teacher, and she was more than that now. Onja spared him loneliness. A gulf separated Shan from the rest of his kind. He possessed powers far beyond the typical rys. Indeed, his talent had been so special that Onja took him into her arms as a rysling, orphaned, and bereft of kin.

He focused on the soft lamb’s wool tunic in his hands. He gathered the fine fabric that had come from the loom of some unknown but skilled lowland woman and pulled the tunic over his head. He slipped his long blue arms into the sleeves and slid the tunic down his smooth blue chest.

Shan ran his fingers through his short black hair after putting on his shirt. He grabbed his green suede jacket that was draped over the balcony railing and tossed it on without buttoning it. He took a half step toward the open balcony doors but then paused to admire the morning sun on the mountains that surrounded the Jingten Valley. Gold and pink glowed from the snowy peaks of the Rysamand Mountains. The gentle early autumn sunrise could not soften the harsh towering mountains that were beautiful yet always cold.

Shan took a deep breath and let his senses caress the mountain tops. He loved the Rysamand, as all rys did. This was their world, the Rystavalla, and it gave them life and it fueled their magic.

He approached the balcony doorway. White curtains covered the opening and twinkled with silver threads. A breeze billowed the curtains around him as he entered the bedchamber of Queen Onja. Opposite the balcony doors was a huge four-post bed. Its great carved bedposts rose to a canopy draped with blue velvet. Pine cones and birds were carved into the wood, twining and climbing up the posts with the vivacious energy of a happy spring day.

In a white gown and robe, Onja reposed against her gold threaded pillows. Far older than a thousand winters, she looked cold yet beautiful. Her blue skin, unblemished and perfect, was the same shade as the blue stone mountains that ruled her realm as surely as she did. Long white hair flowed from her head over her pillows, and a choker necklace of diamonds, each cut with one hundred and one facets, held her strong blue neck.

Onja opened her eyes—black eyes, dark as the abyss of knowledge that was her mind. She sat up when Shan approached her bedside. Her robe fell from her left shoulder, exposing that corner of her lovely physique. Shan plopped confidently into the bed and touched her bare shoulder.

“It will be a good day at court today,” Onja said.

Shan reclined alongside her legs. He put his hands behind his head and said, “I do not want to go. I want to go hiking.”

Before she could admonish him, which he saw coming, Shan grinned. “Come with me, Onja. The mountains are lonely without you,” he said.

A fond smile came to her lips. “You are young, Shan, and once I explored the land with equal relish, but I no longer need to. I can feel the Rysamand beneath my feet even from here,” she said.

Shan sighed and said that he would miss her, but then Onja’s kindness slipped from her face. “You are still holding court with me,” she said. “Do not let yourself become bored with it. I am teaching you an important lesson if you would pay attention.”

Her subtle anger poked Shan, and he sat up. He had not meant to provoke her displeasure. She was his teacher, and no other being in the world had the knowledge to offer that she did. He would mind his lessons, as she bid him.

“Yes, Onja,” he said.

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Outcast Journeys sells at multiple retailers during first week of release

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I’m happy to announce that Outcast Journeys: Fantasy and Sci Fi Box Set by Eight Great Authors has sold copies at Kindle US, Kindle Australia, Kindle UK, Kindle Germany, Google Play, iBooks, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble Nook.

I collaborated with seven other authors from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia to create this anthology.

We’re hoping that fantasy readers will enjoy the chance to discover our magical worlds for the value price of only $0.99.

Visit the Outcast Journeys page at your preferred retailer to see details about the 9 novels and novellas included in this anthology.

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Outcast Journeys Box Set Preorder Available

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Fantasy and Sci Fi readers who’re looking for new authors to enjoy should pick up Outcast Journeys: Fantasy and Sci Fi Box Set by Eight Great Authors.

This ebook box set is only $0.99 and represents a collaboration among authors from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.. They are Nathan Anton, Tiffany Cherney, Tara Maya, Scarlett Van Dijk, Tracy Falbe, Ashley Capes, Alex James & James T Kelly.

This value-priced box set will release on August 2nd.

You can preorder it right now for only $0.99 and have it automatically available to you on August 2nd. 

This box set is available worldwide at Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Google Play, Kobo Books, and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Visit the Outcast Journeys page at your preferred retailer to see details about the 9 novels and novellas included in this anthology.

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Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II

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Continue the Rys Rising series with the fast-paced sequel Savage Storm by Tracy Falbe.  Ebook and paperback available.

Filled with righteous rage, Dacian and Onja defend their newly liberated home from tabre attack. No longer hobbled by dreams of rys and tabre unity, Dacian crafts enchanted weapons and trains the rys to fight. Onja’s love fills his emptiness, and together they reach toward even greater magical powers.

As the rys and tabre clash, Onja’s faithful warrior Amar faces many challenges while raising an army for her. Can he dominate the Overlord of the Kez? Will Amar expose himself to the carnal charms of the Shamaness Loxane to gain a new ally? Can he give up his lust for Princess Demeda and ransom her to the Temulanka Tribe as his duty demands?

While he sows war across the tribal kingdoms, Onja also enthralls the savages of the Nufalese frontier and unleashes their brutal hordes upon vulnerable settlements. Desperate to defend his people, Cruce Chenomet and his comrades trade wenching and drinking for grueling battles. His passionate dalliance from the year before unexpectedly becomes a vexing relationship. Bombarded by threats both to his body and heart, Cruce quickly loses hope but keeps his courage as he confronts the savage storm.

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Happy Summer Reading – 25% off sale on ebooks and audiobooks

Start a summer reading adventure

Whether you actually get to take a summer vacation or not, you can still carve out a little time for yourself and read a good book.

Now that the summer solstice has come, and it’s officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve created a special summer savings code for this website.

With coupon code 25summer, you’ll save 25% off any purchase at Brave Luck Books. The code works on all ebooks, audiobooks, and even my value ebook bundles!

When you checkout, you’ll see a space for entering the coupon code. Type or paste 25summer in there and you’ll get the sale price.

Sale lasts until July 16th. This will give you time to pick up sequels in my series if you get hooked.

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How life in Michigan influences fantasy author Tracy Falbe

savage-storm-300Authors are influenced by where they grow up and the places they live throughout their lives. What would some of Mark Twain’s books be like if he had not known the Mississippi River? His pen name wouldn’t have even been Mark Twain.

I grew up in Michigan. Central Michigan to be precise because the many subregions of our peninsula matter, at least to us.

I now live in Battle Creek, which can be classified as Western Michigan, Southern Michigan, or South Central Michigan.

Now you know how easy it is for me to create fantasy worlds divided by warring tribes and haunted wilds.

Speaking of haunted wilds, I consider Michigan to be inherently spooky. The environmental devastation wrought in the 19th century lingers like a crime within the second growth forests. This is one reason why the Lord of the Rings resonated with me so much as a young reader. I think our history of deforestation prepared me to understand the malice of Fanghorn Forest and Mirkwood. From a very young age, I always sensed the hidden life within the trees, and some of them resented people. I immediately found the theme of sentient trees in Tolkein’s masterpiece appealing and relatable.

Although my fantasy writing does not focus on trees, our oxygen-producing neighbors always inspire me. Nature and landscapes play an important role in my fiction, and I sprinkle references to trees throughout the prose.

In my first published novel, Union of Renegades, I wanted to summon my feelings born of Michigan’s forests. The novel opens with two people entering a haunted Wilderness from which no one has ever returned.

From Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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As soon as she was alone on the road, she turned off and headed into the fields. In the distance the fields dwindled into pastures, and then the forest began. Approaching the very edge of the Wilderness, Miranda became afraid, feeling the dangerous potential within.

A giant oak stood out before the rest of the trees like a sentinel. The limbs of the oak curved and curled gracefully. A sudden gust of wind rattled the many branches of the watchful tree as she passed beneath.

Growing up in the Great Lakes region also gave me the ability to write about bad weather. My novels have featured punishing thunderstorms, armies brought to a standstill by freezing rain, and the quiet of a forest where snow falls gently. Even so, I hesitate to call our weather “inspiring.”

Every state is home to many talented people. Thankfully, with the rise of the internet, authors can now reach readers directly. I’ve been producing my novels since 2006, and they are available worldwide.

Start any of my fantasy series with a free ebook or get my ebooks and paperbacks at online retailers.

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Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale

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Memorial Day Fantasy Sale – Save 50% at Brave Luck Books

In the Great Lakes region of North America where I live, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer fun season. I especially enjoy it because we might actually have continuous warm weather now without freezing or snow!

Make this the summer you read an epic series!

Whether you have a lovely lake house to visit or you’re stuck at work, you can spend those long summer evenings escaping to a world where the problems are much more interesting and exciting than your problems.

All fantasy novels are 50% through May 31st at this website. This includes all ebooks, ebook bundles, or audiobooks.

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If you prefer to shop at another ebook retailer, I’m also offering reduced prices through May 31st. 

You’ll find all of my ebooks $1 off, and The Rys Chronicles box set will be $2 off at

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And remember, if you want to start a new series, every Book I is a free ebook here and at some retailers.

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Coming this Summer – Mulit-Author Fantasy & Sci Fi Ebook Box Set

I’m very excited to announce a project that I’m putting together with seven other fine indie authors. This will be a box set with nine novels and novellas for a low value price of only $0.99. This box set will be available worldwide at all major ebook retailers. I’m bringing together an international group of talent with authors from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Get on my email list, so you’ll know when this exciting box set is published.

In developing this publication, I’m drawing upon the great results that I’ve been enjoying as a participant in the Legacy box set produced by Paper Gold Publishing in Ireland.

Until I get the box set finished, take some time to get to know the participating authors and their works.

Leros of the Underworld: The Tournament

by Nathan Anton

Forgotten Relics: Book One of the Chronicles of the Kathya

by Tiffany Cherney

The Unfinished Song: Book 1 Initiate

by Tara Maya

Sky Stone: Book 1 of the Sky Stone Series

by Scarlett Van Dijk

Rys Rising: Book I

by Tracy Falbe

The Amber Isle and A Forest of Eyes

by Ashley Capes

Roc Isle: The Descent

by Alex James

The Fey Man

by James T. Kelly

Get on my email list, so you’ll know when this exciting box set is published.

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