2016/08/11

Dragon Con Voters Nominate Souldancer for Best Horror Novel

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I'm pleased to announce that my book Souldancer: Soul Cycle Book II has been nominated for Best Horror Novel in Dragon Con's first annual Dragon Awards.

Dragon Con Best Horror Novel Award

To refresh your memory, the Dragon Awards were conceived this year by Dragon Con in answer to SFF fans' demand for a true people's choice award. By all accounts, they delivered. Unlike the Hugos, voting in the Dragons does not require the purchase of a convention membership. Anyone with internet access can cast a ballot.

With this Dragon Award nomination coming hot on the heels of Nethereal's BOOK BOMB! and my Campbell nod, 2016 is shaping up to be quite a year for me. And if you think these achievements are impressive, trust me when I say you ain't seen nothing yet.

Soul Cycle Book III: The Secret Kings is proceeding nicely toward a Christmas launch. Fans who liked the space opera elements in the first two books and wanted more fast-paced action will be especially pleased with the third installment.

On the subject of space operas, regular readers will recall my disappointment with the latest entries in SF's two biggest franchises. Hollywood's hatred for its own audience is well-documented, but changing the sorry state of pop culture for the better requires artists who support Western civilization to out-create the Morlock-run entertainment industry. This means producing new and better IPs, which I'm determined to do. Besides the major award-nominated Soul Cycle, I've been discussing a number of potential projects with like-minded parties. That's all I can say for now. Rest assured that, when an announcement is called for, you'll find it on this blog.

In the meantime, many of my author friends and I have much cause for rejoicing! Congratulations to Declan Finn, John C. Wright, Larry Correia, Nick Cole, Dave Freer, Marina Fontaine, Jim Butcher, and all of this year's Dragon Award nominees.

Special thanks to my fantastic editor L. Jagi Lamplighter, with whom I share this nomination.

Most of all, thanks to my readers. Whether you voted for me or not, if you read my books, you're who I'm doing this for.

Of course, if you'd like to vote for Souldancer, you can register to receive a free ballot here. Registration closes on August 26.

The Dragons don't yet seem to have adopted the Hugos' tradition of making nominated works available to voters for free. Luckily, since I'm my own publisher I can go ahead and do that for them.

If you're thinking of voting in the Dragon Awards and haven't read Souldancer yet, the eBook is now available for free through Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. And if you're not a KU subscriber or an Amazon Prime member, I haven't forgotten about you. From now until voting closes on August 31, Souldancer is 50% off through the Kindle Store.

That means you can get both of my books together for less than the cost of most traditionally published eBooks.

It's just my small way of saying BUY MY BOOK AND VOTE FOR IT.


Thanks.

@BrianNiemeier

22 comments:

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    1. I'll have to make sure Souldancer and The Secret Kings are on my Xmas wish-list. :)

      Hey, maybe I'll end up inadvertently reading all three together!

      My birthday wishlist right now is just one book--The One Christ: St Augustine's Theology of Deification.

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    2. The Angelic Doctor is a tough act to follow.

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    3. St Thomas Aquinas was the Angelic Doctor--St Augustine of Hippo was some other doctor.

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    4. St Augustine was the Doctor of Grace to be specific :)

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    5. Thank you for the correction ;)

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  2. Congrats. Both on the nomination, and the brand building.

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    1. Thank you. You're clearly paying attention ;)

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    2. Very much so. Your soft marketing approaches and audience building was something I've followed closely, and I think every aspiring indie writer should study. And now you had some really great luck lately with the book bomb, nominations, etc it's interesting how you capitalize on all of those springboards.

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  3. First, a well deserved congratulations! Second, well done getting into a category where you don't have to compete against Larry AND Jim at the same time. THAT was a hard call on the voting, but at the end of the day, as wonderful as "Aeronaut's Windlass" is... "Son of the Black Sword" is even better. It really may be Larry's best work to date.

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    1. Agreed on SotBS. Larry is over 9000!

      And thanks for the kind words, but you deserve your share of credit for pointing me toward the horror category :)

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  4. oh, sweet--just switched to commenting here using my Google+ profile!

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  5. Congratulations on the nomination! And Vox Day has recommended you as well for Horror.

    So, Dragon this year, and hopefully a Campbell next year. (Though what else has Weir done? What else is he going to do? You're actually writing more fiction, which means you ought to rank ahead of him; continuing author over one-shot.)

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    1. Thanks!

      I won't be up against Weir next time. This is his last year of eligibility, and frankly a win this year would compensate him for the Best Novel award that the Worldcon admins Scalzied him out of.

      Sadly, I expect that the usual voting bloc will materialize to ensure we both finish below No Award. I don't expect that trend to change next year, either.

      That's OK. Knowing that enough SF fans enjoyed my work to get me on the Hugo and Dragon ballots--especially the latter--is an indescribable honor.

      As a commenter at Vox's blog aptly said, the Dragons didn't kill the Hugos' prestige. Worldcon did. The Dragons just made it obvious.

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  6. Good news, Brian. Too bad Declan is the other quality writer in horror; your book is just a touch better in my opinion. Otherwise, not even close. Christmas with Souldancers? Sweet!

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    1. I'm delighted to hear that you were entertained by both Mr. Finn's book and mine. When ideologues get out of the way and let authors tell stories, the readers win.

      P.S. not to give too much away, but there are things more terrible and wonderful than souldancers coming for Christmas ;)

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  7. Excellent to hear, man -- I'm happy for you. We have a lot of work to do to make sci-fi and fantasy great again.

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  8. I voted today. I'll just say that the first names of three of the authors I voted for are Larry, John and Brian. They could be anyone, right?

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    1. They could. Those are all very common names ;)

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