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Ironheart on Sale for $.99

Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please.


Ironheart: The Primal Deception is on sale for the next few days on amazon at only $0.99!  Good people, that is less than what is spent on even the most frivolous of things, and also equal in price to the most serious of things, such as the delicious deep-fried goodness of the items on a McDonald’s dollar menu.  So unless you are saving every last possible dollar for sweet calorie accumulating fries and mini-hamburgers (a perfectly legitimate way to approach the saving of money, in my humble opinion), consider plopping a measly dollar down on the altar of literature.  You’ll be purchasing hours of enjoyment for less change than most people ignore on the sidewalk every day, not to mention supporting an independent author in the process!

Of course, if you think it’s both likely and deplorable that I’ll just spend your hard-earned money on a small fry, then you are correct on both counts.  Feel free to send me a picture of the finger instead.

If, on the other hand, you decide to sacrifice that highly prized dollar to the kindle gods and read Ironheart, please post a review on amazon.  No matter your opinion, I’d like to know your thoughts so I can improve my dollar-menu-income-generating projects.

New Results

I woke up this morning and my brain exploded.

Ironheart has hit #1 in the Teen and Young Adult Steampunk category on amazon, and #2 in Steampunk Science Fiction!  (By the way, the screenshot above is from last night and was provided by a friend.  It’s a little out of date.  Ironheart has since moved up in those categories.  I’ve got to figure out how to do some of this stuff.)  Seeing Ironheart ranked above Jim Butcher’s – the JIM BUTCHER – Cinder Spires nearly sent me into convulsions.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in Ironheart‘s release!  You guys and gals are wonderful, and without you, writing books would be a gigantic exercise in futility.  Every single one of you has my heartfelt gratitude.

Early Results for Opening Day

I am very tired, but I’m also ecstatic.  If you didn’t know, those two things mixing together lead to a sleep-deprived feeling of euphoria.

Peeps, if I was not totally technology illiterate, I would post a screenshot to go along with this announcement.  Ironheart just hit #1 in Children’s Steampunk on amazon!  Finally edged out Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass.

In addition, it is also now at #2 in Teen and Young Adult Steampunk, which is also awesome.  (I’ve heard it said that they don’t give medals for almost, but sometimes they do.  It’s called silver.)

What I’m trying to say…is that you all did it.  I know every author says it, but I’m going to say it too.  And when I say it, it’s actually true.

I have the best readers in the world.


Ironheart Update

Alright everyone.  Currently, Ironheart is sitting at #5 in the YA Steampunk category, just behind Philip Pullman’s popular His Dark Materials trilogy and one other book.  Let’s push it up to number one!

And for everyone who has purchased a copy of Ironheart today, you have my heartfelt thanks.  You guys are the best!

If you haven’t picked up Ironheart for $2.99, you can still get a copy here to help boost its rank!

Ironheart Launch Day

Hello Everyone!  Today is launch day for my newest novel, Ironheart: The Primal Deception.  If you enjoy my stories or if you’d just like to support an artist’s endeavors, go to amazon.com to buy Ironheart on kindle.  I’m trying for a big release launch in an effort to get more exposure on amazon by landing on a bestseller list or two.  Every sale helps boost book rank tremendously, and Ironheart is only $2.99, less than a cup of coffee!  As of right now, there is not yet a paperback version.  Ironheart is only available on kindle.  But, like most books, it is far cheaper in its digital form than in its physical form ($2.99 as opposed to something like $14), and it is easy to buy and read kindle books – even if you don’t own a kindle!  If you’d like to help make this book launch a success, just follow these simple steps:

1) Download the Kindle Reading App on your computer or smartphone (if you don’t have a kindle). 2) Purchase Ironheart soon (a spike in sales is important to get Ironheart on high profile lists). You can purchase Ironheart here. 3) Spread the word!

There is no way for me to express how grateful I am for all the support I’ve received other than to say it in simple words.  Thank you for everything!  I appreciate it.

Now, let’s make Ironheart‘s launch a success!

Ironheart is Officially Live

It’s finally here!  After a year’s worth of work and all of your steadfast support, Ironheart has arrived!

Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and to all the readers who patiently waited for me to get my act together!  Allow me one parting excuse for my procrastination: college can get very busy.  (Lame, I know).

You can now purchase Ironheart for only $2.99 on amazon.com.

SPR Review of Ironheart

Only two hours to go!

The Self-Publishing Review recently released its review of Ironheart: The Primal Deception.  Here are some good pull-quotes that may end up on the cover of Ironheart‘s paperback edition:

Ironheart is poised to set the young adult readership ablaze with interest.” – SPR

“A constant crescendo of danger and intrigue.” – SPR

“Gorgeous writing…Kemp’s style is polished to a gleaming and evocative standard.” – SPR

“(Ironheart) has a strong focus and an involving story sure to catch the eye of any fantasy reader.” – SPR

Battlecry Review and Top Ten List

Battlecry, the newest album by Two Steps from Hell, was released on April 28th. Now that I’ve had time to listen through the album several hundred times (or at least fifty) I’ll give a rundown of the top ten tracks. Overall, Battlecry was fantastic and lived up to all my expectations. It couldn’t beat out Sun for my favorite album, but it is a worthy addition to the TSfH legacy. It’s very much a throwback album, in that the overall tone is reminiscent of their earliest releases, such as Invincible, with a largely heroic, epic feel (as opposed to Miracles, which was mainly soft and beautiful, and also different from albums like Illusions and Sun, which are chiefly filled with niche music – some tribal or cultural, others ethereal or indescribable).

There are 26 tracks; I’ll count down the top ten – all of which are must haves.

Now, without further ado…

#10: “Release Me”

“Release Me” is a great track, with strings providing a large portion of the background to produce an almost frenetic backdrop for a straightforward vocal, french horn, and string chorus that is pushed forward by a french horn harmony.

#9: “Across the Blood Water”

A powerful track driven by a rhythmic beat. The feel of the music is Viking-esque, and the pounding rhythm brings to mind a longboat of raiders keeping in time with their oars. This was one of those tracks that didn’t originally impress me, but which grew on me the more I listened. Now, it’s one of my favorite on the album!

#8: “None Shall Live”

This is a bracing song that slams you back in your seat from the very beginning. It’s filled with synthesizers, and a hectic flurry of strings provides the cornerstone for the rest of music to build upon. It’s also been recently released as a single, extended, vocal version featuring Two Steps from Hell regular Merethe Soltvedt under the title “Children of the Sun,” which is also fantastic.

#7: “Stronger Faster Braver”

“Stronger Faster Braver” starts out soft with some light flutes and chimes, but it slowly builds into an awesome french horn melody that ultimately becomes a potent horn/vocal combination punctuated by electric guitar.

#6: “Cannon in D Minor”

A swashbuckling track that sounds like it was pulled straight out of a pirate adventure, “Cannon in D Minor” features a largely horn chorus with heavy percussion and string additions.

#5: “Star Sky – Instrumental”

As the title states, this is the instrumental version of “Star Sky” which is also on Battlecry. The vocals from “Star Sky” have been removed for the instrumental version, leaving an orchestral masterpiece of horns, strings, flutes, percussion, and bass. The leading violin in the melody is absolutely gorgeous.

#4: “Unforgiven”

A heavy piece with notable strings (as both the backdrop and melody in some areas), horns, and trombones. The bass provides a smashing harmony in the background, and Bergersen (who I assume put this one together, but it could have been Nick Phoenix) pulls out all the stops with the horns on this one, really allowing them to let loose. A vocal choir comes in to put the finishing touches on the high points.

#3: “Star Sky”

The original version of “Star Sky,” vocal included. At first I was put off a bit by the vocals, but the more I listened to it, the more I liked it! Now, I prefer it to even the instrumental version.

#2: “Flight of the Silverbird”

“Flight of the Silverbird caught my attention from the beginning. It starts out slow and beautiful with a marvelous flute solo, which transitions into strings, then horns, then electric guitar, and, finally, a combination of them all. Just magnificent.

#1: “Victory”

And the winner is…“Victory”! Get it? Kind of ironic, really. Anyway, “Victory” comes to the table (or the ear) with everything. In fact, ever since I heard it it’s been battling it out in my head with “Black Blade” for my all-time-favorite Two Steps from Hell song. (Sorry “Heart of Courage” fans. It’s a great song, but it’s not my #1…or my #2 now. In fact, it’s my #4, because I have to sneak Protectors of the Earth in at #3!)

And there you have it, “Victory” comes in at #1 by a landslide, and easily secures itself a top three in my all-time-favorites. Battlecry proved itself as yet another Two Steps from Hell masterpiece. If you’d like to try their music, I’d suggest starting with their first album, Invincible, or pick up a copy of Battlecry! Albums by Two Steps from Hell include: Invincible, Archangel, Skyworld, Miracles, Illusions (Thomas Bergersen), Sun (Thomas Bergersen), Classics Vol. 1, Colin Frake on Fire Mountain, Halloween, and Battlecry.

How does my list match up to your favorite Battlecry songs?  I’d love to hear everyone’s opinion.

Battlecry – the newest album by Two Steps from Hell is arriving April 28!

Those of you who know me well are aware that I am an enormous Two Steps from Hell fanatic.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Two Steps from Hell, TSfH is an epic music group that produces orchestra/choir music for use in movie trailers, promotional material, etc.  (“Epic” is used as a category here, not an adjective – though epic is certainly an adjective that could be used to describe TSfH’s music).  Two Steps from Hell has two members – Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix – who compose and conduct every song the group produces.  I never sit down to work on my novels without putting on a Two Steps from Hell playlist.

Two Steps from Hell’s newest album, Battlecry, is scheduled to release April 28.  It would be a gross understatement to say that I’m frickinexcited.  The last album they released – Sun – exceeded all of my expectations in every way, and I’m certain Battlecry will only deliver more of the pulse-pounding, heartrending, jaw-dropping music for which TSfH is now famous.  Since I pre-ordered the album the literal second after I found out about the new release (naturally), I’ve gotten to listen to a few of the advance tracks, and, I assure you, they are spectacular.

For those of you who’ve never heard of TSfH, I strongly encourage you to try give their music a try.  I could attempt to describe it, but I really wouldn’t be able to do it justice.  Try listening to the song I’ve included here, “Heart of Courage”, (possibly TSfH’s most famous song) from the album Invincible.  If you’re new to Two Steps from Hell, but you’d like to discover more of their fantastic music, I’d recommend starting with Invincible, their first public album.  Or, give Battlecry a shot – I’m sure it won’t disappoint.

The Arrival on sale for $.99!

Today, February 26, my award-winning epic fantasy novel, The Arrival, is on sale for $.99 on amazon.com for kindle!  If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, The Lord or the Rings, Eragon, or the fantasy genre is general, this is the book for you!

Unsure if you want to spend a dollar on a book when you could get something from the dollar menu at McDonald’s instead?  Here’s what professional book reviewers are saying about The Arrival.  Maybe they can change your mind.

“5 out of 5 stars.  (The Arrival) includes an interesting mix of war, magic, romance, and comedy built into an otherworldly, archaic setting…an incredibly fun and riveting read – even for non-fantasy readers” – San Francisco Book Review

“A brilliantly spun tale…The Arrival is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read this year, harking back to the likes of Christopher Paolini’s Eragon and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.  5 Stars.” – James Grimsby, SPR

“5 out of 5 stars.  A grand adventure…an engaging and sprawling epic…fans of Game of Thrones will love this novel.” – Pacific Book Review

Interested?  Purchase from amazon here!