Guest Post: Shane Porteous on the Heroic Fantasy Anthology “Nine Heroes”

Running the Magic Appreciation Tour has given me the opportunity to meet many wonderful fantasy authors. Some have years of writing experience and others are fairly new to the writing game. Most have one thing in common: they are passionate about their writing and they want to help others feel the joy.

Shane Porteous is one of our cadre who is willing to to put out extra effort to help others realize their dream of being published. Organizing an anthology of fifteen authors is no small task, but he took the lead with the Battle of Ebulon fantasy anthology, which included three authors from the Magic Appreciation Tour. Clearly a fan of collaborative publishing, Shane is now getting the word out about a new anthology, Nine Heroes: Tales of Heroic Fantasy.

When Shane asked me if he could tell you about this new release, I was happy to oblige. Here’s Shane now to tell you all about it.


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Ladies and gentlemen my name is Shane Porteous, I am probably best known on this blog for compiling and organizing the Battle of Ebulon anthology. When I put up a post for that particular anthology I was very humbled and grateful to all the great authors in this group for either contributing stories to it or mentioning it on their blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads account etc.

Well as it happens, I wrote for another anthology called 9 Heroes, it was published through Stencil Press and while I personally had no hand in accepting stories or editing for it, I personally did come up with the idea of doing it. The reason why is simple enough, to help get better recognition for talented writers.

The anthology was put together with the same mentality that the Magic Appreciation Tour was assembled, to allow writers to help other writers, to help showcase relatively unknown talent as well as of course helping readers discover new books. Every single cent of the proceeds is going to help promote the Heroic Fantasy Group of writers, it is a truly great group. I personally have read a number of books from their various authors and all that I have read have gotten my personal thumbs up, (I consider that quite an honor as I hugely value my own opinion, ha ha.)

Now I know that everyone always says that about an anthology they wrote for and while I strongly believe I am telling the truth. I will give you another example or rather reason that might interest you in buying it.

As writers we probably all have had a bad experience with editors, while there are some brilliant editors out there let’s face it, there is also a lot of “essay” editors out there. You know the ones I am talking about, instead of looking at your story as the individual piece it is, they try to force every story into the same style over and over again. Some editors don’t seem to realize that a story about a 16 year old in an urban fantasy environment HAS to be told much differently than a tale about a 5,000 year old immortal in a high fantasy realm and vice versa.

With this in mind, I am very proud to say that the editor of 9 Heroes, Walter Rhein (himself a very talented author, basically if you enjoy the works of David Gemmell you’ll love any of his books) understands this completely, he respected the writing style of each contributor and made sure not to force anyone into a box, while at the same time being very thorough in eliminating those pesky throwaway grammar and spelling mistakes.

Because of this, the anthology has what any good anthology should have, a vast array of writing styles. Some are written with break neck pacing, while others are more methodical, more of a “painting a picture with their words,” style. It follows the tried and tested three ring circus mentality, something for everyone (who likes the many shades of heroic fantasy anyway.)

So in the very spirit of why the Magic Appreciation Tour was set up in the first place, I politely ask you to please get yourself a copy of this anthology and if you are so inclined, chuck up a review of Amazon. Failing that if you could just mention it on your blog, facebook, twitter, goodreads accounts or tell your real world friends about it, it would mean a lot to me.

I thank everyone for taking time out of their busy schedules to read this post.

Nine Heroes    Nine Heroes is available in both paperback and kindle on

Nine Heroes: Tales of Heroic Fantasy

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Gravity’s Revenge Kickstarter Blog Tour with a Vengeance

When Magic Appreciation Tour author A.E. Marling completed the manuscript for Gravity’s Revenge, the third book in his Enchantress Hiresha series, he wanted to do more to bring his story to life in readers’ imaginations. He envisioned a book that would include wonderful illustrations, and we all know original artwork doesn’t come cheaply.

To help him create and release the high-quality book he imagined, he conceived a Kickstarter campaign that would raise funds to cover the production costs as well as a few strategic promotion tactics. In my opinion, the financial goals of his campaign are reasonable and quite achievable.

If you are interested in ever doing a book-related Kickstarter campaign, I highly recommend that you check out what A.E. Marling has done with his. The pledge levels are inventive, the rewards are compelling, and the copy for the campaign is brilliant. While you are there, consider making a pledge that will help him bring Gravity’s Revenge to market fully-realized:

Gravity’s Revenge: an epic fantasy w/internal illustrations

As a special treat, Mr. Marling is offering a $30 Amazon gift card just for visiting today and reading about his campaign. You can enter to win by clicking the link below:

Enter to win a $30 Amazon Gift Card!

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Authors wanted for “The Battle of Ebulon” collaboration

Magic Appreciation Tour author Shane Porteous has come up with an interesting idea for a fantasy author collaboration and promotion opportunity. Check it out! If you are interested, please contact Shane at the email address provided below.

Here’s Shane with the details…

The Battle of Ebulon – An epic fantasy collaboration

by Shane Porteous

Hey guys and girls, I have an idea for a collaboration but in order for it to work we would need about 20 authors. It is basic at the moment, but I think it would be cool to tell a story about this mystic kingdom “hidden away from the world.” So basically this kingdom comes under attack from a massive army of Orcs, because they are the standard bad guys for epic fantasy. The king has some magical ability to call for aid across all worlds. Now the hero/heroine (or group of heroes) from each of the author’s book/series answers the call (because they’re heroes it’s the right thing to do.) Then each author would write their hero/heroes involvement in the battle (say a 5,000 word limit each, so together it would be the size of a novel.) Together it would be released as a free ebook on Smashwords with a list of what author wrote what chapter and of course what books their characters came from. It would help spread awareness about your book, but more importantly I just think it would be fun.

Now I shall lay down some specifics just to make it easier for everyone. The kingdom will be called Ebulon (it isn’t from my book) and the Collaboration shall be known as “The Battle of Ebulon.” The City is the typical mystic city of fantasy, as in a large mountain city, set during winter, built by stone consisting of various sections such as markets and trading posts. Basically there is 20 entry points into Ebulon and each author’s character/characters defend a single entry point. This will allow a lot of creative freedom between the authors. Also each author will be responsible for editing their own chapter.

Please keep in mind that not every chapter has to have fighting in it. An author may choose to have their characters be in a section where the fighting hasn’t occurred yet. They grow weary of waiting and decide to have a game of poker. One of the characters has the best hand they have ever had but is foiled when the Orcs begin attacking the section of the city and so they try to finish the game quickly. Just an example, but diversity will be beneficial to the Collaboration.

The theme of the Collaboration is very simple, heroes doing the right thing. It is a theme found in almost all fantasy stories, so that is why it is perfect for this Collaboration.

Also to any urban fantasy writers you’re welcome to come aboard if you like. Several authors (including Urban) have expressed interest so far and I am eager to get this up and running. Before we can even get started we will need enough authors on board. So if you’re interested in being one of the authors please email me at.

thebattleofebulon [at] yahoo [dot] com

(I invented that email for the sole purpose of the collaboration.)

Or if you are on Goodreads feel free to get in touch with me at:

Shane Porteous Profile on Goodreads

look forward to hearing from you!

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R.A. Salvatore to be interviewed by one of our own!

I got some exciting news recently from Magic Appreciation Tour author Will English: fantasy luminary R.A. Salvatore has agreed to be the subject of an interview!

Will is understandably excited, and he’d like to share his excitement by giving you a chance to participate. If you were interviewing R.A. Salvatore, what questions would you ask? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

On his blog Random Musings of a Summer Dreamer, Will writes about gaming, fantasy literature, and occasionally hosts interviews from other authors. If you check out some of his previous posts, I’m sure you’ll want to give his blog a follow.

But be sure to pay special attention next month when Will publishes his interview with the creator of the incredibly popular character Drizzt Do’Urden, author of the DemonWars Saga, and author of over 30 books in the Forgotten Realms series.


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San Jose Fantasy Faire – April 13-14, 2013

The San Jose Fantasy Faire is looking for fantasy authors!

M. Todd Gallowglas, author of the Tears of Rage series, recently told me about a fun publicity opportunity for fantasy authors who will be in the San Jose, CA vicinity on April 13 or 14 of this year.

The Faire will include an author pavilion where you can sell your books, meet the crowds, and possibly find new fans. The Faire is not charging a “booth fee” because they are encouraging fantasy authors to attend.

Sound interesting? You can find out more on the Faire web site:

San Jose Fantasy Faire

Be sure to check out the “Meet the Authors” page, and to get a feel for how much fun you’ll have, visit the Photos page as well!

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The Spring Fantasy Sale Page is Live!

We’re only two days away from the Spectacular Spring Equinox Fantasy Sale!

We now have 21 authors and 36 magical fantasy books participating in the sale. Every book is under $5, many are 99 cents, and some are even free. On top of that, we have over 40 prizes in the giveaways! Mark your calendar for March 20 and be sure to visit the sale page (click the sale badge below) for great prices on books and the chance to win free prizes.

Would you like to get a preview of the great deals that are coming? Visit the sale page over on the Magic Appreciation Tour site and take look:

Spectacular Spring Fantasy Sale - March 20-22, 2013 - all books under $5

Please tell your friends about the sale! The code for the badge above is on the sale page, so you can add it to a blog post or the side bar of your blog.

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Spectacular Spring Equinox Fantasy Sale–March 20-22, 2013

The members of the Magic Appreciation Tour (MAT) are holding our first group promotion event: the Spectacular Spring Equinox Fantasy Sale from March 20-22, 2013. We are banding together to offer great prices on our books and we are giving away lots of cool free prizes.

In a promotion like this, everybody wins. Our readers win because they get great magical fantasy books at sale prices and can enter to win free stuff. The authors win because our promotion efforts are multiplied by efforts of the other participating members.

If you write magical fantasy and have been thinking about joining the Magic Appreciation Tour, this is your big chance to get off the fence and sign up your books! Membership in the MAT is FREE, and you get lots of great benefits, including free blog tours, guest posts from other authors, free promotion for your book through the MAT web site, and opportunities to join group promotion events like this one with other authors in your genre.

About the Sale

What makes the Spectacular Spring Equinox Fantasy Sale so cool?

  • All books are priced under $5, and some will even be free.
  • Many authors are contributing prizes to the “master giveaway,” dramatically increasing the odds that each entry will win something.
  • We’re actually holding TWO master giveaways: one just for readers with a US mailing address that includes physical prizes like autographed paperbacks, and one for readers around the world that includes digital prizes like e-books and gift cards.
  • Many participating authors are also running a separate giveaway on their own blogs in association with the event, so you get even more chances to win free stuff!
  • As of this writing, we already have 18 confirmed authors, and we are just getting started! That means at least 18 of us will be pooling our social networking connections to promote the event.

Join the Fun

If you are already a member of the Magic Appreciation Tour, you don’t have to do anything special. Just use the MAT Contact page to tell me you want to participate. We can work out the details of which books you want to promote and if you want to offer a prize later. But don’t delay! Authors who respond earliest get premium placement on the promo page for at least one of their books.

If you are a magical fantasy author but you are not a Magic Appreciation Tour member, you can still join us. All you have to do is register at least one of your titles at the MAT web site and use the Contact page let me know you want to join the event (please review the Submissions Guidelines before you register to make sure your book qualifies). I’ll add you to the event mailing list, which will be used strictly for coordinating this promotion.

If you are wondering just how great an event this will be, check out some of the authors who are participating and some of the excellent prizes that have already been offered:

  • Daniel R. Marvello: a special low price on Vaetra Unveiled plus free copies for the master giveaway. Also, if it’s released in time for the event, the same for Vaetra Untrained.
  • Christopher Kellen: a special low price on his book Elegy plus a signed paperback copy of Elegy for the master giveaway.
  • Marsha A. Moore: a set of all three books in her “Enchanted Bookstore Legends” series.
  • Roger Eschbacher
  • Will Hahn: discounts on current titles and a free copy of one title for the master giveaway.
  • Tracy Falbe: a special sale price on Savage Storm and an autographed paperback of Rys Rising: Book I.
  • Vanna Smythe
  • Becca Mills
  • Mathew Reuther: print and digital copies of his Dire Calls series book bundle for the master giveaway
  • Scott Marlowe
  • Alesha Escobar
  • L. Blankenship
  • Elizabeth Baxter
  • Katharina Gerlach: three copies each of Amadi, Urchin King, and Scotland’s Guardians for the master giveaway.
  • Karin Rita Gastreich: a print and digital copy of EOLYN for the master giveaway.
  • Matt Bridger
  • Juli D. Revezzo
  • Melissa McPhail

What you see above is just a sample. These are early days and many of the participants have not yet decided on what they will offer.

Beware the Ides of March!

The deadline to sign up for the Spectacular Spring Equinox Sale is March 15. But please don’t wait until the last minute. Sign up now and reserve March 20-22 on your schedule today.

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