To preserve their dominion over the galaxy, the Jirmaken regularly visit the planets of primitive sentients, laying waste to their largest cities and spiriting away many inhabitants to be sold as food, slaves, curiosities, and test subjects.
Such a primitive planet is Earth, where the would-be empires of Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Persia, Rome, China, and more have been ruthlessly cut down, thousands of their people spirited away to dark, unknown fates.
Only tribal cultures thrive. But as generations pass, nomads settle. Encampments become palaces. For centuries, the fierce warriors of Scythia have dominated steppe and plain, mountain and forest. The apocalypses of the past are but half-remembered legends. Even if the past were better preserved, how could anyone know that it was soon to repeat? Since the last Jir devastation, the Scythians have settled, ruling their conquests from a glorious city, Roksinaki.
Arixa, a Scythian of royal blood, has spurned palace life in favor of the old way of ranging the steppes with a war-band. She could not know, but soon would learn, that out among the stars, a rebellion was brewing and that the rebels had made Earth their base. Arixa could not know, but soon would learn, that her next war would be fought not with sword or arrow, but with weapons beyond her imagining.
She could not know, but soon would learn, that to save Scythia, she might have to destroy it.
SCYTHIAN DAWN is an Earth vs. Aliens epic in which bow-wielding riders of the steppe must adapt to fight a high-tech war against a far superior adversary.
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Due to a mistake on my part, a small number of customers who recently bought the title INTERIM from Kobo received the wrong book file. Many apologies for this! Kobo Support tells me they have now updated your libraries with the correct book. If you have a local copy of the book on your device, you may just have to re-download it. Any problems, feel free to get in touch: ironagesf [at] gmail.com.
So sorry for any inconvenience!
Daniel Arenson has just begun a new Fantasy series loosely based on the Roman conquest of Judea and subsequent rebellion.
Will readers of ATHENIAN STEEL like it? Maybe, maybe not. I can't say for sure. What I can say is that Amazon's algorithm is currently populating the Also-Bought list of this new best seller which, superficially at least, is a good marketing match for the Hellennium.
If enough people who bought Athenian Steel "ALSO BUY" Kings of Ruin... you get where I'm going with this. It's like a free billboard on a street with tons of daily traffic.
So if you liked Athenian Steel and Arenson's book looks like something you might read, or if you just wanna help in my shameless bid to get into his Also-Boughts, then click on through and act today. At time of writing, the book is $0.99.
The new cover editions of Athenian Steel & Spartan Beast are on sale for one week at $0.99 & $1.99 respectively, down from $3.99 & $5.99. Normally, Amazon customers cannot upgrade to new editions/covers, but due to new distribution, you CAN repurchase if you so desire. (Only if! I'm not saying you should!)
Buy links are below. At the time of this posting, Google Play has not yet lowered the price, but it should happen soon.
Amazon | Apple | Play | Kobo
We'll call it the Steel & Starlight sale because... why not?
PS - I could easily get the new art made into desktop/mobile wallpapers. If anyone wants, say so in the comments.
PPS - Cheers from the Oregon coast, where I can see whales spouting from my window.
New editions of Athenian Steel & Spartan Beast are coming! They are also heading back into iBooks, Kobo, and (for the first time) Google Play. During the transition, they'll be unavailable for 1-3 days at Amazon, after which Amazon users who own the old covers will be able to re-purchase the new versions, should they so wish. (The interiors are the same, but your Kindle bookshelf will look much better for it.) If you do wish to upgrade, be sure you're signed up for my newsletter so I can alert you next week when they are reduced to $0.99 & $1.99, respectively.
Spartan Beast's cover has actually already debuted on Amazon in Kindle and paperback. Athenian Steel meanwhile has been using another new, but temporary, Amazon cover which I also think is pretty great:
Stay tuned to this site, Facebook, or (best option) my newsletter for updated retailer links.
Last but not least: Interim and Death to the Witch-Queen! have beautiful new covers, too:
I've been working on some changes to the website, and the host I use doesn't really offer a convenient way to work on it "behind the curtain" before rolling it out to the public. Hence, things may differ a bit from page to page as I tweak and decide what I like.
I'm also changing the email provider that hosts my mailing list, so the signup forms are changing.
If anything doesn't work, please be forgiving for a little while, but also feel free to give me a heads up by commenting on this post.
Last chance to get Death to the Witch-Queen! free. Then it will be going exclusive to Amazon for a few months, meaning that you Kobo, iBooks, and Nook users should act fast.
Spartan Beast is still $1.99 US/UK. It returns to full price on Wednesday and stays there for a good while.
While it was free, Athenian Steel grabbed the #1 (Free) spots in both Alt. History & Time Travel on Amazon and stayed there for most of 3 or 4 days! Whoo! Thanks!
Authors are constantly promising their readers that they're "hard at work on the next book." Maybe most of the time that's true. But I'm gonna be honest here and tell you I'm NOT hard at work on the next book right now.
An in-depth answer might contain terms like "focus," "self-discipline," and "time management skills." However, I'm gonna say the main reason is that I have young kids. On weekends, when those other authors might be "hard at work on the next book," I'm at the zoo, or on the playground, or trying to convince a 3-year-old to get on the toilet or in the bath. Evenings are helping with homework, making mac'n'cheese, playing, or maybe watching some Power Rangers. Once the kids are finally in bed, I've got a few hours left, which I confess to not always being willing or able to spend writing.
During any of these activities, I might wish I could hole up behind a closed door and pound away on the keyboard. (For now we'll set aside the huge amount of marketing an author also needs to do to sell books, and also ignore that writing doesn't pay many bills.) During any of it, I might wish I could be "hard at work on the next book" instead, but y'know what? I hope most of you will be glad to hear me say that I just can't be the kind of dad who shuts the door and says, "Go play," or "Go bug your mom." Sometimes, maybe, but not for hours every night and every weekend in the way that would be necessary to properly sit down and produce a book every few months.
Thus I have to consider writing a "seasonal" occupation, and its season is whenever the stars align. The season will come - it's just hard to predict when. So to those of you awaiting sequels, bear with me. It will happen. I just can't bang them out like some authors whose lives and priorities are different from mine. To be clear, I don't see it as something I'm giving up for the sake of family. No, for better or worse, I'm just not able to do things any other way.
In the meantime (for those of you still reading), later this week all of my existing titles will be free, with the one $0.99 (US/UK) exception of Spartan Beast. I'll send out an announcement when that happens. In the meantime, a lot of them are free already. (Those of you who've already joined, you can find the link in your email.)
I really appreciate your support even as I fail to be "hard at work on the next book," and I hope you'll still be ready and waiting for those sequels to materialize when the stars and zoo trips permit.
You are welcome to sound off in the comments. Am I right? Or just making excuses?!
As of this weekend, Athenian Steel, Roman Annihilation, and Spartan Beast are entered into Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program, making them FREE to read for KU subscribers. Sadly, that also means that they are unavailable at iBooks, Kobo, & BN for the time being. I'd love for everyone to have access, no matter what their preferred store, but the reality is that sales in those outlets had been lackluster for a while.
Amazon exclusivity also means that I can't give away the Roman Annihilation novella as a freebie anymore. If you have an edition of Athenian Steel that contains that offer and run into an expired link, I apologize! To make up for it, Roman Annihilation will be free at least one time per month on Amazon, and I'll announce it via my mailing list.
Sorry again for any inconvenience caused. If you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, go borrow!
The Path of Ravens is FREE at Amazon worldwide through tomorrow 1/26.
Here are a couple of the latest reviews:
★★★★★ "A great, fast paced blend of mythology and sci-fi. Impossible tasks and great characters. Hard to put down. Love it."
★★★★ "Epic tale captured my imagination and kept on going."
And it's always free to read in Kindle Unlimited. If you download and enjoy, please leave a review! We indie authors need every one we can scrape up!