LAUNCHED: Hymn of the Ancients Limited Edition Hardcover Kickstarter!

It’s alive, It’s ALIVE!!!

(Oh and by the way… It’s my birthday! Wooooooooooo yeaaaaaaaa)

After a lot of prep and legwork, I’m so excited to share the launch of my first Kickstarter campaign as an author. Behold, feast thine eyes:

Hymn of the Ancients: Hardcover Kickstarter!

How sweet it is.

I’m really excited about this, hoping it blows up, but we’ll see how far it goes! I’m excited for Kickstarter as a publishing platform, and hoping my first foray will be a smashing success.

So if you’re interested, please sign up and back the campaign! You get an awesome epic fantasy story, I get a birthday present 😀

Much love all,

Evan

Goodreads Giveaway for HYMN OF THE ANCIENTS

Hey all,

So I’m running a Goodreads Giveaway for 100 copies of Hymn of the Ancients, If you want to enter for a chance to win a free eBook of my newest novel, sign up now for free!

As for Blood of the Demonheart, Book 2 of the Hymn of the Ancients Series, I’m nearly done with the first draft, then its on to editing and revisions. Hoping to have it out in the Spring!

Also, I’m going to giveaway some free Audiobooks for the American Rebirth Series, so keep an eye out for those emails!

Much love,

-Evan

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hymn of the Ancients by Evan Pickering

Hymn of the Ancients

by Evan Pickering

Giveaway ends March 03, 2022.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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AUDIOBOOK RELEASE: American Rebirth

File this under my life has been far too crazy lately, but I’m proud to (belatedly) let you all know that American Rebirth, Book 3 of the American Rebirth Series was released on Audible last month!

Oh yeah.

Voiced by the incomparable Mike Jameson, I’m really proud to finally have the whole trilogy on audiobook (took me long enough to get around to doing it, lol) and I’m very pleased with his performance. Mike is an awesome guy and a pleasure to work with, it’s been so much fun watching him bring the characters to life.

I have some grand designs to try and voice my own audiobooks for some of my newer works–I’d love to give it a shot, provided I can voice-act well enough to live up to my standards. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on future audiobook releases. Y’all are the best.

Much love,

Evan

Cover Reveal: Blood of the Demonheart

I’m really excited to share with you the cover of Book 2 of Hymn of the Ancients: Blood of the Demonheart! Feast your eyes on all its glory, courtesy of cover artist Jeff Brown. It took some time and workshopping but he had great ideas on where to go with it, and I’m really happy with how it came out. What do y’all think?

WRITING UPDATE: I’m glad to say I’m most of the way done with the first draft of Blood of the Demonheart. It’s taken a bit longer than I’d normally like with this novel, but I’d rather do it right than rush it out. I’m hoping to have it released by Spring of 2022.

In other news, I have been continuing to workshop and write both a new Post-Apocalyptic novel, and a piece of contemporary fiction as well. Those are still in the early stages, but I’ve written a number of chapters for both. I’m looking forward to continuing to work on those, because I’m a crazy person and I have too many ideas and not enough time to write them.

Much love,

-Evan

I Love Maps. I Really Do. HYMN OF THE ANCIENTS Updated Map & Progress Update!

So I’ve been working on my next projects (Book 2 of HotA and a few others), but nonetheless I’ve been continuing to tinker with Hymn of the Ancients, mostly just correcting grammatical errors missed in the edits. But also I UPDATED THE NEW MAP OF DEMAREST!

Man, it’s so beautiful. I LOVE MAPS.

I’ve been using this super fun mapmaking software called Wonderdraft, it took a little while to learn but it’s so much fun. Certainly gives me something fun/productive to do when I’m procrastinating writing anything.

I decided to go with the classing “paper” version of the map rather than the color one. I think it just looks classic and cleaner, and the other version came out a little dark in the paperback, so I updated that as well.

Anyway, I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who’s been reading Hymn of the Ancients, and everyone who left a review or gave me feedback I really appreciate it! I know there were a few grammar errors that were missed in editing but I believed I’ve cleaned just about all of them up at this point. I’m really proud of this book, and it’s fun jumping into a new genre and seeing how it flies on its own like a bird leaping out of the nest.

I’ve got some more projects percolating, both fantasy and post-apoc, so stay tuned.

Much love y’all.

-Evan

Hymn Of The Ancients Release Celebration!! LAUNCH SALE $0.99!

The day has finally come. My beloved new fantasy novel Hymn of the Ancients is officially live on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!

I cant wait to get this baby into the hands of readers. It’s finally done and it’s time to celebrate for a few days before I get back to the grind.

All I can say is that I am incredibly proud of this work–and for those of you who are used to me writing post-apoc, don’t fret, I will write more of the wastelands. But if you have any interest in fantasy or if you enjoy my writing–I’d be honored if you gave it a shot.

And on top of that, it’s on sale for $0.99 for launch! Part of my tactical launch strategy to make the most of the Amazon Algorithm.

Anyway, to all of my readers who have supported me along the way, I am so grateful to y’all, and I really hope you enjoy this one. I know I have.

Love and gratitude,

-Evan

Announcement: Upcoming Novel Reveal

So I’ve been somewhat quiet ever since I launched Death in the Wastelands and that hasn’t been on accident. I’ve been brainstorming, storyboarding, and eventually beginning a draft of my next project, one I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time.

So I won’t bury the lede any deeper. I’m currently writing a fantasy novel entitled Hymn of the Ancients. And I am so, so incredibly excited about it.

Art: Atec concept art. I do not own rights to this work.

Fantasy has long been my favorite genre ever since I was a kid. I grew up reading long fantasy series and playing fantasy video games, and frolicking in those imaginary worlds gave me untold joy. Now, finally, I’m writing in one. And it feels borderline euphoric. So without further adieu, a teaser:

Leonel Anglian is a treasure hunter. At least, that’s what he likes to call himself.

Trained as a warrior by his father, Leo’s is a noble and revered house in his home country of Ellaria. His grandfather was the most revered man in the nation outside of royalty, as he was a brilliant general who led the Rolanse Liberation war to defeat the orcish tribes and exile them from the continent.

But Leo did not want to follow in his family’s tradition of war and politics. He chose to be an excavator, one of many people who travel from bustling cities to long-forgotten landscapes in search of buried relics of the Ancients–items revered by church and common folk alike–so they can sell them to the highest bidder. Unfortunately though, his companions in the Stonewright Excavation Company are neither rich nor famous, and don’t get many chances to find real artifacts of value. So they pick over cleaned sites and sell what they can to barely scrape by, spending too much of what they earn on booze. But none of this bothers Leo. This is the life he wanted.

But Leo’s fortunes are about to change, and with it the peaceful life he enjoys. One day he discovers a completely untouched church of the ancients hidden underground near the border town of River Harrow. And within it, a relic worth more than most of the fortunes of the world: a magical tome written in the first age in a language seemingly no one can read.

A relic, he is about to realize, that is sought after by many who are willing to do anything to get it. His quiet life is about to change forever.

Art: Marc Sominetti “the Crown Conspiracy.” I do not own rights to this work.

Meanwhile, across the sea, an exiled orc chieftain by the name of Kaejic has captured Leo’s father, Daleon Anglian, in his quest to restore honor to his own father, his tribe and his people. He has one goal left in mind: to cross the sea and hunt down the last member of the Anglian family. Daleon’s son, Leo. Because his death will pave the way for his people’s return to glory and their rightful place in their homeland.

Kaejic has seen it in his visions. And he will let nothing stop him.

So it is foretold. So it shall be.

Hymn of the Ancients, coming Summer 2020!

And for all you wondering about my post-apoc exploits, don’t sweat, I have more projects in the works in the American Rebirth universe as well! I have plenty more to write in that world! But this is a passion project of mine I’ve had for a long time, and I really cannot wait to get it out there. I’m just incredibly excited about it.

Much love, y’all.

Evan Pickering

0.99$ BookBub Featured Deal for DEATH IN THE WASTELANDS!

So I haven’t formally announced this yet on here, but I’m proud to tell you all that I’ve booked my 5th BookBub Featured deal for both US & International promotion for Death in the Wastelands. It’s the best late Christmas present I could think of!

Man, am I proud of this one.

In celebration of that, I am putting the book on sale for 0.99$ 5 days early, starting today! So if you want to pick up a copy for less than a buck, this is your chance.

What is a Bookbub Featured deal? Basically, it’s the best book-marketing platform money can buy. On Dec. 30th, my book will be promoted on sale to around 3 Million readers via Bookbub’s email service. It’s a way for readers to get cheap books and writers to get their books out there. It’s really hard to book a deal though, they have around a 5% acceptance rate.

So needless to say I’m pretty fucking psyched!

Also, for those wondering what my next project is… I’ve been working in secret on my next book. I’ll post an update soon to reveal my next upcoming work (I’m having so much fun writing it.)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, all!

-Evan

Paperback of Death in the Wastelands is (finally) Live!

I have been continually wrestling with Amazon’s new paperback layout software for awhile know. But the battle has been won.

They changed over from Createspace recently, and the transitions wasn’t exactly seamless, but hey we got there!

So if you’re one of the readers who’ve been waiting for a paperback, here it is in all it’s glory.

Ah, the trials and tribulations of self-pub. To be honest, I love it. Having creative control and being at the helm of the ship so to speak is just so much damn fun. I think i’d be bored if I just sent it off to a publisher and twiddled my thumbs.

Anyway, I hope y’all have a great weekend. STAY AWAKE, STAY ALIVE!

-Evan

Death In The Wastelands Now on Kindle Unlimited!

Launching a book is always so exciting. I love it. All that hard work come together to finally be manifest into reality.

I’ve been trying to decide on whether to pub Death In The Wastelands on all outlets or Kindle Unlimited, and after some deliberation, I’ve decided to go KU.

I think there’s just a ton of upside. Most of which involve Amazon visibility.

So if any of y’all are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, you can now check out Death In The Wastelands for free!

I’ve got a handful of reviews so far, and I’ve got more coming down the pike. The feedback has been awesome, I think people are really enjoying this one. KU will get some more eyes on this bad boy and we can get this train rolling downhill!

Have a good week, all.

-Evan Pickering