Around the world with ebooks ~ Lore for many lands

Some pleasant reminders this morning of the worldwide reach of the epub revolution, both by way of smashwords.com, the indie ebook distributor that I use. Smashwords is great — I highly recommend them. Anyway, reading their latest news I first discovered that, with no effort (or even awareness) on my part, the silly episodic ebook epic I’m writing has started to appear on the Barnes & Noble U.K. Nook book store. Simply smashing! I even get VAT tax on my free ebooks (look out J. K. Rowling, the yanks are coming… Stupefy! Taxus Totalus!):

Lore of the Underlings on Barnes & Noble U.K. -- Cheers!

And then they had news to convey from Apple. There are now iBooks stores in some 50 countries and, unwittingly, my Lore and I have gone along for the ride. For instance, come with me to Italy. Andiamo!

Lore of the Underlings on Italian iBooks -- Viva Italia!

It truly captures the beauty of the Italian landscape, don’t you think? I’m reminded of Tuscany in spring.

Now check out this United Nations of iBooks links (note that some sites are localized, but others are not — probably just for fun):

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela

A family of nations, bound together by ebooks. A planet covered in lore. It’s a small world after all.

To get Lore of the Underlings ebooks VAT-free from plain old American sites, click here: Ebooks of the lore

Ciao for now!

The ebooks of the lore ~ Collect all two!

Welcome to Lore of the Underlings, a trail of tales to the end of things, and maybe a bit beyond… If tall tales and tellers are your cup o’ tea, or punch drunk with bards by a lyric sea, then ye olde lore may be for thee. Have a peek on me!

About this ebook series…
Title
Lore of the Underlings (tales of tongues unknown)
Author – Translated by John Klobucher (he wrote it too, shhh!)
Genre – Epic fantasy fiction (and apocalyptic comedy)
Language – English (from the original Sylander and Merthn)

Published ebooks of the lore…

Go to "Lore of the Underlings: Episodes 1 & 2 ~ A Door to the Lore" Go to "Lore of the Underlings: Episode 3 ~ Fyryx"

Lore of the Underlings: Episodes 1 & 2 ~ A Door to the Lore
Lore of the Underlings: Episode 3 ~ Fyryx


Lore of the Underlings: Episodes 1 & 2 ~ A Door to the Lore

At smashwords.com: Episodes 1 & 2 ~ A Door to the LoreSummary – In these first episodes of the lore, curious strangers cross the daunting wilderness of Syland to find a folk long hidden away. Though the folk resist, the strangers draw them into a devilish mess nonetheless. The leaders of the folk and their forces, the Guard, must face the sudden fear that they have grown weak in their long isolation.
Length – 11660 words
Publication date – August 22, 2012
Download – Click any of the following links to get this ebook for free!


Lore of the Underlings: Episode 3 ~ Fyryx

At smashwords.com: Episode 3 ~ FyryxSummary – The lore continues. In this episode: While on nightwatch for his fallen friend, the beautiful vell Arrowborne, Fyryx Hurx reveals much about the people he leads — the Treasured of Syland — a chosen folk cast long ago into the hard internal exile of an unforgiving wilderness by the clever and farseeing Semperor. Of himself the man Fyryx reveals much as well, as he wanders the past to ponder a new threat — strangers from without, three foreigners armed with uncomfortable tales. Can his boyhood memories help him now?
Length – 9450 words
Publication date – October 28, 2012
Download – Click any of the following links to get this ebook for free!


Look! It’s the next ebook of the lore!

Good tidings there be of the lore tonight. The tale of Fyryx is here…

Lore of the Underlings: Episode 3 ~ Fyryx

Yes, the next episode of the unfortunate epic Lore of the Underlings can now be had at a pauper’s price (for free) in the form of a magical ebook cast by the wizards of smashwords.com — a mysterious realm where iPads roam, a land of frolicking Nooks and Kindles.

But how, you ask, is this ebook obtained? Must I fulfill a glorious quest? Or wake a princess from hopeless sleep? Pull a sword from a stone, perhaps?

Well, all of those would be good indeed. But really you need only clicketh here:

Lore of the Underlings: Episode 3 ~ Fyryx

And if you missed the first episode pair, you can haveth them too:

Lore of the Underlings: Episodes 1 & 2 ~ A Door to the Lore

Please enjoy the festival of formats you’ll find there. All (ebook reading devices) are welcome! In return I ask only that you consider rating and/or reviewing these humble works.

I bid you good reading. May the lore be with you!

A Door to the Lore ~ Now at B&N and Sony

Lore of the Underlings: Episodes 1 & 2 ~ A Door to the Lore

Hi folks!

A little update on my first (free) ebook, Lore of the Underlings: Episodes 1 & 2 ~ A Door to the Lore

It’s now available at two more of the world’s finest ebook stores — Barnes&Noble (for your NOOK) and Sony (for your Reader). Here’s the full lineup of where you can download A Door to the Lore:

And get ready for even more Lore, because the ebook for Episode 3 is nearer than Halloween!

A little lore ~ “The only thing I have to fear…”

Here’s the latest taste from the epic pail of sorry stew that is Lore of the Underlings. A dish from the menu of courses to come…

The doorflap suddenly flew wide open, filling the room with warm sunlight. Fyryx squinted and shielded his eyes, then gasped as he caught glimpse of Arrowborne’s shape. Despite the life-giving yellow glow, his vell looked a pallor of bloodless death.

A Guard clad in sea green and blue burst in.

“Forgive the intrusion, sir my sir!”

Fyryx returned a watery glare, then barked something out, his throat too dry.

Surprised at this scene, the Guard stepped back.

“Do you want for assistance, sir my sir? May I serve you in some way?”

“No,” coughed Fyryx, seeking his voice. “What is it, Taan-syr? Speak.”

“The Finder’s plainsmen have caught a leaver attempting to flee through the Western Way. A lone man they say, no accomplices.”

Fyryx hoisted the strangers’ sword and stabbed it into the floor. Blood-red anger filled his face.

“I thought that we’d killed this disease off at last! And now there’s a new case to cure? More bad blood to let? But those foreign bodies might be to blame… an alien infection the source of it…”

The Guard Taan-syr looked puzzled as he handed Fyryx a flask of drink. “Have you orders, Treasuror sir?”

Fyryx gulped down a long swig of the liquid and tossed back the flask with a nod. Then he spoke to the Guard in a much clearer voice. “Thank you, Taan-syr. My orders are these. Bring the prisoner here to the dome room for trial, but hold him aside in the wings a while. For first I must meet with my inner ring on all of the recent threats to our Keep. Make the call for council now, to convene before this hour is up…

“But we must dine and sup as well to fill our bellies for the day. Have folk fetch us fresh meat, hard loaves from the hearthstone, and brewn ale, of course, by mugglet or cup. When the talking is done we shall break fast together before we turn judge to break bones.”

“Sir of sirs!” snapped the Guard with a cross-arm salute. “If there’s nothing else, sire, I shall…”

“Hold there, coast Guard. My nephews I need.” Fyryx turned his dark eyes from the vell’s lifeless carcass, just short of giving up the ghost. “Have their mother wake all three and send them here to sit for me.”

“As you wish, sir my sir, shall it be!” Taan-syr made a bow to leave then spun on his heel to march away.

“Wait,” called Fyryx. “There’s one more thing… The tall male stranger, the foreign warrior… bring him to the hall as well.”

Taan-syr touched one knee to the ground and dipped his head. “My Treasuror!” Then he was up and gone.

The room seemed suddenly vacant, the space between life and death vast.

The man moved into the light of day, to the vell. The distance fell away.

Fyryx leaned over his fading friend and kissed him on the crown of the head, just between his nascent horns. The man’s lips instantly blistered and bled, just as he had to know they would. But Fyryx simply wiped them clean, leaving his hand stained red instead.

“And still you sleep, my beauty. I’m afraid there’s no magic in me, old boy, only the blood of a lonely brother, destined to be the last, I fear…”

… This concludes Chapter 3, but the Lore goes on …

Want to read more? See the sample chapters
or get the Lore in ebook form
(serialized in episodes — all free for now).

I welcome your comments. Thanks for visiting.
May the Lore be with you!