Over the weekend, it became clear that I had two choices left for the release of volume three:
1.) Release a roughly-edited, rushed final draft of Vanguard of Justice to you on schedule in April.
2.) Allow the retailers to cancel my pre-orders (which would cancel the rest of the series, too).
You all deserve the best I can give you in this series. Oracle of Life (volume one) and Monk of Death (volume two) are both already available to read. Book three, the file that was completely lost on my drives, though quickly revised, is very rough and needs time to go through the proper editing process before it releases.
What this means for you as readers:
Anyone who pre-ordered should now have received a pre-order cancellation notice from the retailers for books three and four.
I am going to step away from the series for a bit to clear my head and come back to Vanguard of Justice with fresh eyes and a fresh mind, to make this the best book of the series yet. When it's polished and ready for the world, I'll launch the book without a pre-order and let you all know it's available.
If you'd like an update when the book goes live, my newsletter subscribers will hear first (you can sign up here to receive my newsletters).
Thank you all again for your support, and for reading the worlds I've created!
The Lords' Gambit Series is shifting to a brand new character and storyline once again in Volume Three: Vanguard of Justice, bringing knights, pirates, and assassins together in a high seas mythological fantasy adventure.
Freya, our newest main character, is the commander of the Order of Holy Knights.
Freya has been tasked with one primary duty: serve as an advisor, right-hand, and protector of Crown Princess Mariabelle, who is set to take her rightful place on the throne at the turning of her twentieth spring.
When the treasonous King Regent schemes to overthrow his niece's right to the throne, Freya stands between the princess she loves and the sure destruction awaiting her people.
Pirate King Seba and his crew of shadows about The Celestial's Tears are the terror of both sea and land.
Said to be wraiths, the crew (under the watchful, shadowy eyes of First Mate Caitlin), is loyal to the estranged Prince of the shadow kingdom Kertopa.
When the King Regent of the lords' United Provinces offers Seba an opportunity to finally retake his throne in Kertopa in exchange for whisking Princess Mariabelle away, the Pirate King does not expect a Holy Knight to be the one standing in his way.
Pirate or Knight, Princess or Prince those who board The Celestial's Tears never come back the same. Assassins hail from the ship, or at least that's what the legends say.
To return to Kertopa and break a dark curse thousands of years in the making, Freya finds herself making a deal with the shadows themselves to save her Princess, and their entire kingdom.
When the price for failure is her own soul in exchange, but success only sets the stage for world-wide war, Freya and Seba must decide how much having the right royal on the throne is truly, in the end, worth sacrificing.
Ready to Read More of Vanguard of Justice?
Do you want to be a pirate in Vanguard of Justice? If so, here is your chance! See the wanted post below for more details on how to enter the drawing to have the first mate in the third volume of The Lords' Gambit Series named after you:
Wanted: One character name for an Honorable First Mate
Where: Aboard The Celestial's Tears (Which is an entirely honest vessel, it is, and not in any way a pirate ship, argh...)
Reward: One free advance reader e-book copy of Vanguard of Justice
Test yer mettle at the random tournie aboard the Wheel of Names by signin' up on the e-scroll below:
This 'Ere Tournie Now Be Closed.
My husband woke me up this morning with a huge surprise -- Oracle of Life is a #1 new release on Amazon!
Words cannot express my appreciate to those who are reading and/or sharing The Lords' Gambit Series launch with their friends!
I also want to take a minute to thank everyone who has started sharing their honest reviews of Oracle of Life on Amazon, Bookbub, and Goodreads.
Your support in buying, reading, and reviewing my books is what brings my written worlds to life. Thank you for the warm welcome you've given The Lords' Gambit series!
Want to Learn More About Oracle of Life?
-Grab your copy here
-OR listen in to the opening/first chapter live here
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To kick off my newest dark epic fantasy series, I have partnered with fellow USA Today Bestselling Author C.L. Cannon to bring you a special Oracle of Life launch party and release giveaway:
-Grab your copy while it's still only 99 cents HERE
-Take THIS QUIZ to see which character your would be in the book
-Join TEAM NARIAH (the main character's team) or TEAM IRONY (the goddesses' team) and get a special digital badge for launch day
-Sign up for my newsletter HERE to stay in-the-loop on future giveaways and writing news (and I'll send you a free e-book as a thank-you gift for signing up)
Oracle of Life street team applications have now closed.
Are you a book blogger or bookstagrammer?
Do you love epic fantasy books, especially dark ones?
Do you have time to read a full-length novel by January 17th?
If you answered yes to all of the above, you've come to the right place!
If you didn't say yes to everything, but still want to support my newest series (and receive a free copy in exchange), there may be a spot on the team for you, too.
-A weekly live read leading up to launch week, with the author in a Street Team only group video call.
-4 Street Team exclusive contests featuring swag & other prizes
-Your first name included in the "acknowledgements" section of the book
-Participate in the Street Team contests as you are able/wish.
-Share your favorite quotes, characters, etc. on your socials/blog after the live reads. (Optional)
-Post about the release on launch day (January 17th, 2023) on all of your social media platforms and (if applicable) your blog.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LEAVING BOOK REVIEWS:
Reviews are NOT EXPECTED, NOR REQUIRED, to be on my street team. Honest reviews are always appreciated and helpful, but I do not mandate them and you don't have to send me proof of them.
These slots will be filled based on the needs of the team, to ensure a good balance of bloggers, influencers, and readers. No minimum 'follower' or 'reader' counts are required to apply. If you're a blogger or influence, your overall social media/blog presence and engagement will speak volumes. Well-engaged accounts with 100 followers are just as important and needed as accounts with 10,000 followers.
The Oracle of Life street team was open to international applicants as an unpaid team, and is entirely optional. Street team members can drop out at any time if life happens and things just 'come up'. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have addition questions.
Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2022
Time: 11:30am Central Time (12:30pm Eastern, 9:30am Pacific)
Where: Katherine D. Graham's Oracles of Dark Fantasy Facebook Group here
What: See all five covers and titles, learn a little about each main character, and join in on some giveaways/games!
-Subscribe to my newsletter here for frequent updates and a free book
-See which character you would be in Oracle of Life (volume one of The Lords' Gambit Series) here
-Follow me on Bookbub or Goodreads for a notification when my books are released
Would you like a character to be named after you? Here's your chance!
Fill out the form below for a chance to see your name in my newest Dark Epic Fantasy novel Oracle of Life: The Lords' Gambit Series Volume One (coming out January 17th, 2023):
**ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED**
Contest entries will close on December 7th, 2022, at 11:59am Central Time. This contest is open internationally.
Please limit entries to 1 entry per person.
The winner will be selected at random using the "Wheel of Names" selector. The winner's first name will be announced via e-mail to my newsletter subscribers only. NOTE: You will not receive a personal e-mail notifying you of the outcome of the contest unless you sign up for my newsletter.
Newsletter non-subscribers will see the winning name in the published version of Oracle of Life (which is scheduled to come out January 17th, 2023.
No purchase is required to participate or win. Purchasing my books will not improve your chances of winning in any way.
Newsletter sign-ups are entirely optional. You will still be entered for the contest, regardless of whether or not you sign up for my newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time without hurting your chances in the contest.
The winner will not be paid royalties or attributed in any way beyond their name being used in the book itself. This is an entirely original fictional character created by Katherine D. Graham. Any resemblance to any persons (living or dead) is entirely coincidental.
By submitting your entry for consideration in the contest, you are agreeing to all above stated terms and are giving Katherine D. Graham permission to share your name as mentioned above.
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