Once We Were Kings hits #1 in SF/Fantasy on Amazon.com again! And for a very limited time, you can get a copy for your Kindle FREE.
I’m happy to report that FROM THE ASHES, my short novella prequel to ONCE WE WERE KINGS, has hit #1 on 2 Amazon.com bestseller lists, and #4 on another.
I want to thank the hundreds of readers who have purchased and pushed my ebook to the top of the charts. It’s now in very good company!
As part of the Amazon.com exclusive Kindle promotion, my recent short novella FROM THE ASHES hit #1 bestselling Religious Scifi Fantasy, meaning it’s the most downloaded ebook in this category (Free Kindle ebooks). It’s usually $1.99 and the 2-day free promotion ends by the end of today. So be sure to download your free copy while the offer is still good.
Thank you to all who downloaded a copy. Please tell your friends about the free offer on Amazon.com here: http://amzn.to/wL70Dh
If you’re one of the millions of people who own an Amazon Kindle, you’ll have noticed that there have recently been more free downloadable ebooks than every, especially for members of Amazon Prime, who have access to thousands of ebooks in the lending library.
Kindle authors are also running promotions where you can download their ebooks FREE, for a limited time, whether or not you are an Amazon Prime member.
Today and tomorrow only, I am offering my newest title FROM THE ASHES, free.
Grab a copy even if you don’t own a Kindle Device. You can read it with a Kindle App for your smartphone, computer, or even in your browser with the Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader. (You’ll need to use Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox)
While Once We Were Kings has hit bestseller lists in the past (several Amazon and Barnes & Noble lists during its opening week last year) yesterday and today it hit #1 in two Amazon Bestseller lists, as well as #2 in a third Amazon bestseller list.
Thank you, kind readers for making this possible. Along with the awards Once We Were Kings recently won, this is such an honor. If you haven’t reader it yet, please give it a try. It’s only $2.99 for Kindle, and the hardcover edition is also available if you “must have” the physical book with the beautiful cover art painted by Anna Steinbauer of Austria.
ONCE WE WERE KINGS $2.99
For Kindle: http://amzn.to/se4JY7
For Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005Z5FFRS
For nook: http://bit.ly/jeio82
For iBooks: http://bit.ly/k7F5ML
For every reader: Smashwords: http://bit.ly/lUlOM8
Hardcover edition: http://amzn.to/OWWK-hc
I’m immensely pleased to share the relaunch of my short fable “LEGEND OF THE TIGER’S THRONE,” which is free on every possible ebook reader. It’s currently in the TOP 100 bestseller list on Amazon in the World Literature > Mythology category.
It’s also got a nice size free excerpt from my bestselling novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS, which recently won awards in the Forward National Literature Awards and the USA Book News “Best Books” 2011 Awards.
LEGEND OF THE TIGER’S THRONE is free for Kindle at Amazon.com here:
It’s also available for Nook, SONY Reader, and all other platforms from Smashwords.com here.
You can get a copy directly from Barnes & Noble here.
A very short tale of the loyalty, honor and sacrifice of a young tiger, the heir to the mystical throne in a fantastical animal kingdom.
Includes excerpts from Ian Alexander’s bestselling epic fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS
Today has been a big day for both my evil twin Joshua Graham and me. We were both named winners in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards! His book Darkroom, won in the Mystery Category, and my book ONCE WE WERE KINGS, won a 2nd Place Award in the Teen/Young Adult Category in the same contest.
As an added bonus, ONCE WE WERE KINGS hit two bestseller lists on Amazon last night in the Epic Fantasy Categories.
It’s a great honor for this, my debut fantasy book and I wish to thank all those who have so enthusiastically supported me and the release of this title.
I’m currently working on the sequel to ONCE WE WERE KINGS and just as soon as I’m able and allowed to leak some teaser information (because I know how much you all loved to be teased), I will post it here and on my facebook page(s).
Have a wonderful weekend, Mates!
PS: Please click the “like” and/or any of the sharing buttons to help spread the word! Thanks!
For Immediate Release
Ian Alexander’s Epic Fantasy ONCE WE WERE KINGS, finalist in USA Book News BEST BOOKS awards.
By DT Media
Dated: Nov 02, 2011
ONCE WE WERE KINGS by Ian Alexander places in two categories, Fiction: Fantasy/Sci-Fi and Fiction: Young Adult in the USA Book News Best Book Awards
Announced on November 1, 2011 by USA Book News, Ian Alexander’s epic fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS landed not one, but two finalist awards in the Best Books of 2011. When asked to comment, Mr. Alexander simply said, “It’s divine providence, and a great honor.”
Mr. Alexander (the epic fantasy pseudonym by International Book Award winning author Joshua Graham) wrote ONCE WE WERE KINGS at the request of his then six year old son, who read the entire seven book “Chronicles of Narnia” series of C.S. Lewis. Unable to turn down such a heartfelt request, Graham began the first in his own epic fantasy series known as “The Sojourner Saga.”
ONCE WE WERE KINGS debuted as an ebook in May 2011 and in its first week hit multiple bestseller lists on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. The hardcover edition is soon to be released.
A hit among adult and young readers, ONCE WE WERE KINGS has been enjoyed in middle school classrooms and will soon find its way into the libraries of schools and even juvenile correctional facilities, where Mr. Alexander hopes to bring not only entertainment, but a love for reading, and hope for the future of young people.
ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available at:
Barnes & Noble for Nook
Well it seems my evil twin is featured on Barnes & Noble’s online book club today. I’m tickled. He happened to mention me and ONCE WE WERE KINGS, as well! Click here to view/join the ongoing Q&A: http://bit.ly/qRZvrQ
Happy Friday, friends!
My evil twin Joshua Graham has held a tradition of giving away free ebooks from time to time, and I thought I’d follow with one of my own. Please enjoy LEGEND OF THE TIGER’S THRONE free! It’s a tale of the loyalty, honor and sacrifice of a young tiger, the heir to the mystical throne in a fantastical animal kingdom.
This story is very short, and can be enjoyed by children from 6 to 90 and up! I happen fall right into the middle of that age-range. Also, you’ll get a free excerpt (20 chapters) from my recently released bestselling epic fantasy book ONCE WE WERE KINGS!
This short story is free for ALL ebook readers, mobile phone apps, and can be read on your computer.
It also includes a hefty sample (20 chapters) from my bestselling Epic Fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS.
Download a free copy for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, SONY Reader, Kobo here:
What a fantastic opening day! Nook readers have placed ONCE WE WERE KINGS in the top 100 bestselling SF/Fantasy ebooks on Barnes & Noble!
Thanks everyone! Let’s see it go to #1!
I’m really excited about the first few reviews that have come in for ONCE WE WERE KINGS, the launch date of which will soon be announced.
Here’s what they’ve been saying so far:
“…[Ian Alexander] delivers a very pleasing fantasy epic.”
“…seems to parallel some of our own socio-political climates, in regards to terrorism, racial and cultural biases, religious biases…”
“…many pleasant surprises…”
“…definitely recommend it, especially to those who are fans of novels such as Narnia”
“…I look forward with great anticipation to see what occurs next with some of the characters from this [book].”
“…You won’t be disappointed.”
“…a page-turning epic fantasy adventure…”
“…right out of the Golden Age of fantasy…”
“…elements of Tolkien…the Belgariad, the ‘Adept’ trilogy by Piers Anthony, and a healthy dollop of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles.”
“…Ian Alexander provides a spark, a momentum often absent in other epic fantasies.”
“…an admirable debut novel.”
~Michael Bellomo, Amazon Bestselling Author
“Ian Alexander’s ONCE WE WERE KINGS sets new standards for epic fantasy.”
“ONCE WE WERE KINGS transcends the qualities found in such great works as “The Chronicles of Narnia” to “The Lord of the Rings”.
“Alexander stands alone as a true master of the written word.”
“…a thoroughly magical story filled with memorable characters, danger, hope,inspiration and romance.”
“Alexander’s ONCE WE WERE KINGS should sit on the highest shelf of your library.”
“A sparkling story that will leave the reader breathless and wanting more.”
~Susan Wingate, author of DROWNING and the award-winning BOBBY’S DINER series
Once upon a time, a scribe who wrote tales of suspense and mystery spent many a night reading bedtime stories to his first born. This boy, who was only six years of age at the time most enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia, which his father the scribe read to him every night. And each night, the boy would say, “Please Daddy, just one more chapter.”
The boy came to love all the characters and far off lands in all seven books and could even recite all their names, and what each book was about. It was somewhere around the time when Eustace Scrub became a dragon in THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, that the scribe’s son stopped the reading, looked at his father with eyes twinkling and said, “Daddy, will you write a book for me?”
And thus began the journey in which this scribe, Ian Alexander (yours truly) began his quest to write a series of books that he hoped might one day delight and inspire his son perhaps as much as those by the scribe’s hero C.S. Lewis. At first, the story flowed from the scribe’s heart–the story of a young slave boy who one day would become the saviour of his kingdom. Then came the peasant girl from the enemy nation. As their stories began to converge, however, life for the scribe took several unexpected turns.
There were illnesses and deaths in the family, the scribe who’s employment of the past nine years had been terminated and his entire department shut down, and in the midst of all that, he almost gave up writing altogether. Well, to make a long story not quite as long, three years had passed and the scribe had since written about thirteen other books (yet only one of them completed.) In the interim, his second novel BEYOND JUSTICE came into publication, hit multiple bestseller lists, and came into critical acclaim. From all the feedback, and after hearing from fans about how moved they were by this book, the scribe who took on the public persona of “Joshua Graham” realized it was is his calling to devote his life to this craft.
Finally, before the book (only half-completed) he promised his son slipped from his mind forever, the scribe decided he must finish it to fulfill his promise. And so he did. However, while he completed this book, his next suspense thriller entitled DARKROOM was picked up by a major NY Publisher who offered him a contract to publish it. New responsibilities and obligations arose. Undaunted, the scribe pressed forward and completed his promised book, ONCE WE WERE KINGS, the first in an epic saga of a race called The Sojourners.
This would be a fine place to say that they lived happily ever after, however, the story has just begun.
I’m excited. Very excited indeed.
I’ve got reviewers, early readers and others looking at ONCE WE WERE KINGS. The hope is that I’ll gather a good number of reviews and endorsements before the official launch. Some of the reviews will go into the front matter of book itself. Others will hopefully appear on Amazon and BN.com and even in a section on this website.
If you are interested in reviewing ONCE WE WERE KINGS, please leave a comment with contact information and your review site.
Well it’s taken them long enough, but my website and blog are finally up. I’m quite excited about how things turn out for this site and for my upcoming hardcover release of ONCE WE WERE KINGS (the cover and synopsis of which you can see by clicking the “Titles” button at the upper right hand corner of this page.)
I hope you’ll come back often and join in many discussions about writing, fantasy, etc.