Tuesday 19 April 2016

Tales From Virdura: Cover Reveal and Giveaway

I have some really exciting news for you today. It's been a long time coming, but the cover for my new book, Tales From Virdura, is finally complete. Bask in all it's fantasy deliciousness:

Pretty cool, huh?

The cover was designed by the exceptionally talented Hilary Keegan. If you have a project, for which you need art done, or are interested in learning the tricks of the trade, go take a look at her website: http://www.artschoolbedfordview.co.za/.

If you don't know what the book is about (or perhaps you just forgot), here's the blurb:

Explore Virdura, a world full of fantasy, magic, and drama.
Find out what happens when a dashing young farmer's son swoops a neighbouring daughter off her feet.
Meet Queen Tricia and the Royal Wizard Solon. Or Queen Celeste, her daughter, as she continues to struggle to come to terms with her new role as queen after the death of her mother.
Or read about Tobin the Bounty Hunter as he takes down Jarvis, a merciless criminal who brutally slit a blacksmith's throat.
All these stories and more await you in Tales From Virdura, a collection of flash fiction stories that take you deep into the world and the lives of the characters who inhabit it.
If you enjoyed reading A Petition to Magic, this might just be your next read.
You'll find out more about old characters and meet new ones. You'll read prequels and origin stories, and you'll read original stories taking place in new locales within the Kingdom.
This book can be enjoyed as a companion to, or separate from, A Petition to Magic.
And now for the "giveaway" part...

Tales From Virdura is now on pre-order, and will be released on 1 June 2016. And if you pre-order it, you'll get a free (e-book) copy of A Petition to Magic!

Yep. All you have to do is pre-order the book from one of the below retailers, then forward me your purchase receipt (to graham@grahamdowns.co.za). Give me a day or so to see your message, and I'll send you the gift of A Petition to Magic at Smashwords.

Of course, this deal applies to pre-orders only. If you wait until after release before you buy it, you won't be eligible for a free copy of A Petition to Magic. Sorry.

In case you need a refresher on what that book's about, here you go:

"Graham Downs opens the door to a fantasy world in his short story, A Petition to Magic, a world of emotions, trust, self-searching and enchanted characters that will definitely leave readers wanting more."
Queen Celeste rose to the throne of Virdura a month ago, after the sudden death of her mother.
Desperate to prove herself, she agrees to hear the case of a simple farmer who claims a neighbour stole his cow.
To help her in this task, she orders her chief advisor, the royal wizard Solon, to cast a spell and divine the truth for her. Solon, however, is keeping a terrible secret. He is unable to perform any magic, and he cannot afford to let the queen find out the reason why.

Sound like a good deal? Well, read on...

Where can I pre-order Tales From Virdura?

Here are the stores that currently have Tales From Virdura on pre-order, and you can use any of them to get your free copy of A Petition to Magic.

Just click on a link to be taken to the book's sales page at that retailer.

This list may expand over time. I'll update this blog post continuously, as new retailers come online.


If you run into any problems pre-ordering the book, you might want to ask in the comments below. That way, if I can't help, I'm sure that somebody else can!

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