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Once We Were Kings Hits #1 on Two Bestseller Lists!

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

 


Free Short Story (ebook)

Happy Friday!

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



Once We Were Kings – Finalist in USA Book News’ BEST BOOK AWARDS

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:

Amazon.com in both ebook and Hardcover editions

Barnes & Noble for Nook

 

For more information on Ian Alexander, connect with him on
Facebook: www.facebook.com/IanAlex70
The Ian Alexander Official Website: www.IanAlex.com
and Twitter: @IanAlex77
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The ONCE WE WERE KINGS Virtual Book Tour has begun

Today’s stop is a review at Reviews by Molly!

Please go and check out her review of my book.  Here are some highlights:

 

“I sat down to read it on Monday night, and had it finished by Tuesday evening. It was just THAT good!”
“The characters were striking and the plot line gripping…”
“…truly amazing characters.”
“The lessons that they take the reader on through the actions and twists in this epic novel, are awesome”
“From good verses evil to romance and finding oneself, this was filled to overflowing with something for every reader!”

~Reviews by Molly

http://www.reviewsbymolly.com/2011/05/blog-tour-once-we-were-kings-by-ian.html

Ebook edition $3.99


Free Friday ebook Giveaway! LEGEND OF THE TIGER’S THRONE

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!

Enjoy!

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:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/28420


LEGEND OF THE TIGER’S THRONE


ONCE WE WERE KINGS hits three bestseller lists on opening day!

What an amazing launch we had yesterday for ONCE WE WERE KINGS!  On facebook, we had an all day chat session with readers, fans and the author (me), and generally celebrated the birth of not only a book, but an entire literary world!  I say that with humility, of course.

There was so much excitement about this book that on its opening day it hit #22 in bestselling SF/Fantasy ebooks on Barnes & Noble!

And it also hit two bestseller lists on Amazon.com in the Epic Fantasy category!

The great news is that it’s still climbing!  Today on Amazon, it’s #50 in the top 100 bestselling Epic Fantasy ebooks, topping MISTBORN: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson!

 

And on Barnes & Noble it’s currently the #18 bestselling ebook in SF/Fantasy, topping titles by Charlene Harris and George R.R. Martin!

And it was so nice to see ONCE WE WERE KINGS on the front page of BN’s bestselling SF/Fantasy ebook page!

 

Thanks to all who made this a wonderful opening day for Once We Were Kings!

It’s $3.99

For nook: http://bit.ly/jeio82
For Kindle: http://amzn.to/iAWsMm
For all other eReaders, mobile phones, or online reading from computer: http://bit.ly/lUlOM8


Opening Day: ONCE WE WERE KINGS hits top 100 bestseller list in SF/Fantasy on Barnes & Noble

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!  :)

 

Top 100 Bestselling SF/Fantasy ebook on B&N!


The early reviews and endorsements are coming in!

cover art by Anna Steinbauer

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.”
~Rhodes Review

“…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.”
“…Compulsively readable…”
“…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


How it all came to pass.

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.

Artwork by Anna Steinbauer

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.


The site is finally up!

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.

Cheers!

Ian