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I'm happy to report that the Well of Sorrows series has gained new life. The first two books in the trilogy--Well of Sorrows and Leaves of Flame--were originally published by DAW Books under my pseudonym Benjamin Tate, but due to slow sales (for various reasons), DAW decided to drop the series after publishing the second novel. I'd already written the third book, however, so after regaining the rights to the entire series from DAW (who were extremely cooperative), my agent went out shopping the series to potential publishers. We got some interest from Baen, who wanted to publish the first two books in ebook format to see how they did in terms of sales. If they sell well enough, then they'll potentially publish the third (as yet unreleased) novel Breath of Heaven. So for all of you who'd like to see that third book reach print, send all of your friends out to buy the first two books in the series now! You can buy them as well, of course, but I assume that you already have copies from DAW, or you wouldn't be interested in the third book at all. Thank you for your support of these books early on, if you've already got the DAW copies. If you do have the books and have read them and enjoyed them PLEASE stop by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc., and write a review of the books. The reviews really matter in terms of getting the books noticed by the retailers. (Even if you wrote a review before, you'll need to repost it, since these are being released under my real name, not the pseudonym.)

And if you DON'T already have copies of the books . . . well then check them out from Baen! Baen is offering them in ebook format only at the moment (again, good sales may equate into paper copies being published), and they have them in all formats. They even have a bundle of the two books available. I've included links of all of the books below for various places. Please check them out and share the links around on your social media pages. Let's see if we can't convince Baen that they REALLY, REALLY want Breath of Heaven to see print!





Well of Sorrows: Baen; Kindle; Nook.





Leaves of Flame: Baen; Kindle; Nook.

Bundle: Baen.

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If you'd like copies of the first two books in paperback, I do have some of the DAW versions available (limited numbers) from my own personal stock. You can order them at the Zombies Need Brains online store here: https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc.
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Bwahahahaha! I have the cover art for the upcoming Leaves of Flame, the sequel to Well of Sorrows. And I also have the back cover copy. And I also have a never before seen (by me at least) review of well of Sorrows! So lots of fun things to share today.

First up, the cover art:





What do you guys think? I think the colors and such will make it pop on the shelf in the fantasy section. I like the swirling effect in the leaves, as well as the lightning strike with the ominous purple colors at the top. And it works well set against the cover of the paperback of Well of Sorrows, too. But even better is the cover copy on the back:

Cover Copy: One hundred years have passed since Colin Harten--transformed to something more than human by the magic of the lifeblood contained in the Well of Sorrows--used his new powers to broker a peace agreement between the human, dwarren, and Alvritshai races of Wrath Suvane. Since then all three races have greatly expanded their empires. And Colin has continuously sought ways to defeat the dark spirits known as the sukrael--and the Wraiths they have created to act for them in the physical world. Yet Colin has not been able to prevent the dark spirits from reawakening more and more Wells, thus extending their power across the lands.

Having mastered three of the five magics of Wrath Suvane, Colin has gifted each race with a magical Tree to protect them from incursionso f the dark forces. He has also realized that unless a certain number of the Wells are left open, their magic can never be stabilized, and the land will be torn apart by this uncontrolled force.

But now the enemy has located the one Well that is key to controlling the entire network, and if Colin can't find a means to stop them from claiming and activating this Well, it could mean the end of all three races. . . .

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I'd have picked up that book (and the first book) in the bookstore in a heartbeat if I'd read that cover copy. But if that isn't enough to convince you to pick up the books (if you haven't already), then consider this great review for Well of Sorrows from Gina Bowling at VOYA:

WELL OF SORROWS: "After fleeing their homeland, Colin and his family escape to a new world where they are second-class citizens at best. Colin runs into trouble with the ruler's son, and in order to save Colin from unjust punishment, his father agrees to lead an expedition into unknown territory. When the group is attacked, only Colin survives, aided by the Faelehgre, mysterious shadow-beings. Colin comes to learn of the struggle that has taken place for hundreds of years between humans, the Dwarren, and the Alvritshai. With the special powers he now possesses, he alone may have a chance to bring peace to this war-torn land. Benjamin Tate's debut novel is fantasy reminiscent of classics like J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy (Houghton Mifflin, 1994) with its other-world and fantastical peoples. The shadows of Light and Dark also call to mind the mysterious black shadow on the popular television series Lost. Colin is a strong protagonist who refuses to be bullied, and the secondary characters are developed well enough that readers come to know them. There is a touch of romance, but overall, this is a story of finding one's strength to survive in spite of hardship and great loss, and giving of oneself to right the wrongs of generations past. While the sheer volume of this tome will intimidate some, fantasy readers will be drawn in and likely make quick work of this debut work, pleased to learn that a sequel is hinted at in the final pages."

I mean, "reminiscent of classics like J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings triogy"? How cool is that comparison? It actually makes me tremble a little, because it raises expectations and I'm not sure how comfortable I am with it. I mean, Tolkien. I don't think I'm at that level (yet). I'm still learning, experimenting, etc. But still, a great review and I'd love for people to think I was even close to Tolkien.

In any case, check out the books, and perhaps preorder Leaves of Flame if it catches your fancy. I noticed that Amazon.com doesn't have the mass market paperback for Well of Sorrows listed on their site at all, which annoys me, but you can find it at B&N online and can order it into your local stores. It's certainly readily available, no matter what Amazon.com thinks. You can also get any of my books (Benjamin Tate or Joshua Palmatier) directly from me, signed and personalized and everything. Contact me at jpalmatier@sff.net if you're interested.



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I'm in the revision process for Leaves of Flame and made the hard decision to cut the following scene completely. Even though the scene adds some interesting elements--giving some motivation for Vaeren's actions and providing some setting and color to the Alvritshai's past--I didn't think it was necessary for this section. Plus, my editor asked me to shorten/tighten/streamline some of the "travel" scenes in the novel and cutting this section certainly shortened the travel scenes. (At the same time, I'm supposed to bump up the history of the Old Continent and New Continent regarding the humans, and I haven't figured out how I'm going to do that yet.) In any case, I hope you all enjoy. Colin, Aeren, Eraeth, and a bunch of other characters that none of the readers of Well of Sorrows have met yet, are traveling through the ruined Alvritshai city of Taeraenfall in the northern wastes--the lands that the Alvritshai were forced to abandon because of the encroaching glaciers and snow. They're searching for a Well that's farther north. You get some of the tension between Colin, Aeren, and the members who are part of the Order of the Flame here.

A Cut Scene from LEAVES OF FLAME )

Preorder LEAVES OF FLAME on Amazon.com here.
Or catch up by ordering WELL OF SORROWS here.

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