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Hello visitors. On my blog I'm talking about my books, but also about what I'm currently working on and, maybe, some other stuff. Browse through my posts and don't forget to check out my older posts in the archives. If you are interested in my books, please, visit my website Fictitious Tales for more information and a few excerpts. You'll find more excerpts in my old website Herbert's World. Also, take a look at my second blog Herbert Grosshans, where I talk about fun-stuff and things that concern me.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Clouds of Maridaan available

My 'Sword and Sorcery' novel #Clouds over Maridaan is available now for a short time for $2.99 from these online stores:

The story features a barbarian by the name of Rhodar. If you like swashbuckling savage heroes and magic then you may like this book. I had lots of fun writing it and I hope my readers will enjoy it as much as I did. When I was still reading a lot, before I decided to spend my time writing my own stories, I read all the Conan books by Robert E. Howard, books by Lin Carter, Miachel Moorcock, Roger Zelazny, and all the other numerous great writers. I lost myself in the worlds of  Edgar Rice Burroughs, like Carson of Venus and his John Carter of Mars series, even Tarzan.

I have to admit, Rhodar is patterned after all these heroes, but Rhodar is my creation and he has his own character and the world he lives in is his world. So if you dare to enter the world of Rhodar buy Clouds over Maridaan. 

The price of $2.99 will change to $4.99 after February 27 when it will also be available in print from Lulu.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rhodar, Clouds over Maridaan

I'm getting excited. A few days ago I sent back to my editor at Melange books the final accepted PDF version of Clouds over Maridaan. I've waited a year for it to be published. Of, course, in the meantime I read it again probably at least half-a-dozen times to get to the final step--the publishing.

I think all the errors have been eliminated. When I send in a manuscript I send it with a clear conscience that I have found all the spelling mistakes and the inconsistencies. Unfortunately, as I usually find out, that is not always so. The problems with reading something over and over, our minds just don't see the mistakes. They have a way to fill in the gaps and fool us into thinking everything is perfect. It proves it all the time that it is so important to have an editor who reads the manuscript with new eyes and a different perspective. But it is also important not to accept the edits blindly. Editors are human and also prone to make mistakes. Many mistakes sometimes happen during the editing process. Words that were meant to be eliminated and changed sometimes stay. I was surprised how many mistakes I still found at the final edit of the PDF. Nothing big, mind you, but even small errors can be annoying to the reader.

Anyway, it is done and now I have to be patient for the book to be published.

Here is a peek at the cover:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Available August 29 from Melange Books

If you've read Book Seven in my 'The Xandra' series, Alien World, and, hopefully liked it, you may be interested to know that Book Eight 'Dark World' will be available from Melange Books August 29. That is the official release date, but you can pre-order it from Amazon right now and have it delivered, automatically, to you Kindle on August 29. So hurry up and get your copy for only $2.98
If you don't have a Kindle but a Nook you can order it from Barns & Noble.

What are you waiting for? Go and order it.

Have a look around on my site. Perhaps you'll find something else you may like. All my books are still available from Melange Books. If you haven't read the other books in the series and would like to get a taste, send me an email to hegro@shaw.ca and I will send you the first book 'Daughter of the Dark' for free. E-book only, though.

Here are the links to the books:


Barns & Noble: