2020 Review: Thanks for a great year

Dearest readers and friends,

Thanks for such a great year. I know that 2020 has been difficult in a lot of ways (the dreaded COVID pandemic, lockdowns, politics, general unrest, etc.) but for books, I have to say… 2020’s been pretty awesome. I wanted to take a second a recap on my blog what I’ve been up to this year and tease a little bit what I have planned for 2021.

Fall of Radiance

This year featured a re-release of my first series under publisher Aethon Books. Five novels in the Fall of Radiance came out monthly from March through July, releasing in ebook, print, and audiobook formats. The audiobooks, of course, were narrated by the amazing Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, of Wheel of Time and Stormlight Archive fame. They did a wonderful job recording the audio, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check them out here.

The success of this series was greater than I expected and the positive reviews were particularly meaningful to me. It’s so nice to know that many of you loved the story. Currently, Ranger’s Oath has a 4.4 out of 5 star average on the Audible store.

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA)

Another bright spot of news is that Ranger’s Oath placed 5th in the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award! As a finalist, I won a shiny new badge for my book cover as well as a “digital blog tour” for the book.

This was extremely gratifying as an author, and I’d like to personally thank everyone who voted on behalf of my book. We’ll get ’em next year!

Move Across the Country

On the personal front, this year was also big in that we sold our house and moved across the country (from the great state of Tennessee to the west coast). It’s good to be back and closer to my roots, though the south will always have a special place in my heart. Especially the barbeque. Oh man… the barbeque…

It was a tough decision to leave, but I know that it was the right one for my career. Plus, I believe that it’s important to live close to family. In the end, they’re all you got, you know?

What’s on the horizon?

Some really cool things! I plan to release a new series with Aethon in spring of 2021. This one is a Gamelit epic fantasy trilogy titled Frostworld. I’m also writing a LitRPG series with my wife, but I’m playing that one a little closer to the chest. I’ll reveal more details in the middle of next year, but know that I plan on releasing the first book in fall of 2021.

I’m so excited for the future. This year has been my biggest yet in terms of my fledgling author career, and I know that next year will be even bigger. I plan on doing more collaborations with other authors and experimenting with a multitude of different genres. I also plan on attending more conferences and conventions (once this COVID crap is finally over and done with). I want to meet more people in person and do book signings and events. We’ll see what the landscape looks like next year.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I look forward to producing more content that you will hopefully enjoy. Happy new year! See you all in 2021…

-Blake Arthur Peel

New release on Audible and Amazon!

At long last, my silence has ended.

It’s been a while (a year or more?) since I last posted, but good things have been in the works. My YA epic fantasy series—formerly called “Arc of Radiance”—has been officially republished under the banner of Aethon Books. It will henceforth be known as the Fall of Radiance series. Here’s the new logo:

Fall of Radiance Logo

But why the long silence?

Well, in addition to extensive edits and more than a few new chapters, audiobooks have been recorded for all five books. But here’s the exciting part: they’re performed by none other than acclaimed narrators Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (The Wheel of Time, The Stormlight Archive, etc.)!

Audiobook Cover

Words cannot express how honored I am to have such veterans narrate my work. Having listened to them, I can honestly say that they nailed the characters and tone of the story. I’m so excited to be able to share this news with you!

Both ebook and audiobook are available for purchase now (see the buttons below). Pro tip… if you buy the ebook first (currently on sale for $0.99), you can purchase the audiobook for a discounted price.

Each book in the Fall of Radiance series will be released monthly from now through July, so you needn’t wait long to read them all. In the meantime, I’m working on another series for Aethon Books, this one slotted to be released in the second half of 2020. It’s one I’ve been teasing for a while now called Frostworld. I’ll be posting more details about that at a later date.

As always, thank you all for your kind words and your support. It means the world to me. Hopefully, I’ll be a little bit more active on my blog/social media now that I’m publishing books again 🙂

One last thing. Please let me know what you think of Ranger’s Oath in the form of a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Audible. Your reviews help more than you know.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

-Blake

Important Update On My Books

Hi friends,

I wanted to post a rather important update about my books.

First of all, apologies for not posting on here very often. Between work, writing, editing, and everything in between, I find little time to update my blog. Nevertheless, I’m committed to keeping you in the loop and will try hard to establish a regular cadence moving forward.

I’ve told a few readers about this already, but here is the official announcement: I am going to be published by Aethon Books, a press dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy and supported by some of the most talented writers in the industry. You can read all about them here. I am extremely excited about this new development, and see this as a milestone in my journey as a fiction author.

Many of you may have noticed that my books are no longer available on Amazon. This is because Aethon is going to republish my Arc of Radiance series (under the new title Fall of Radiance), in addition to publishing my Frostworld epic fantasy series I mentioned before. These books will be given a nice facelift (desperately needed, as these were the first books I’ve ever written), and will also be re-releasing with a killer audiobook version. More details to come on that later 🙂

I apologize if the absence of the Arc of Radiance books on Amazon has caused anyone distress. Please email me at contact@blakearthurpeel.com if you have a concern.

Again, I’m extremely excited about my new partnership with Aethon, particularly because they are experts on the audio side of things. I’ve been looking to create audiobooks for my work for some time, and now, with their help, I will be able to offer this new digital format to my readers.

Thanks for everything you do to support me. You are the reason why I write down the crazy stories inside my head. Your reviews, encouragement, and words of support keep me going whenever life gets me down.

Here’s to an exciting future. Until next time,

Blake

Monthly Update – February 2019

It’s been a couple months since my last post. Sorry about that. I’ve been rather busy lately writing, working, and dealing with family matters. Regardless, I plan on establishing a regular cadence of posting on my blog 😊

Since my “Year in Review” post back in December, I’ve published the Chronicles of Eternity series on Amazon. Book 1, which is titled “Tales of Eternity”, went live on February 15th. Book 2 launches March 15th and is currently available for preorder.

BOTH BOOKS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR $0.99!

I’m excited for 2019, as I will be working on a massive epic fantasy series that I’ve been planning for some time. The first book will release at the end of April, but more on that later.

For now, suffice it to say that I am hard at work trying to produce exciting new content. The days can be long at times, but your reviews and kind words are enough to keep me going. These books are a labor of love, and I cannot wait to see what the future brings!

On a personal level, things are going quite well. The family is happy and healthy, and my wife and I are still figuring out this whole adult thing. Still, it’s not all work. I recently started playing Apex Legends… which I kind of suck at 😂 It’s fun, though. Makes me want to write a story about a futuristic battle royale – maybe dabble in some LitRPG? Who knows. I’m always coming up with new ideas, most of which will probably never see the light of day. Still, it’s fun to daydream.

Be on the lookout for more information regarding my next series, titled Frostworld. I’ll probably do a cover reveal in the next couple weeks (spoiler alert, it’s freaking awesome).

Anywho, I guess I’ll wrap it up now. No sense in rambling when there are books to write 😉 thank you so much for your continued support. It means the world to me that there are actually people willing to read the stories I come up with.

Cheers, and have a great day!

-Blake

2018 – Year in Review

Wow. 2018 felt like a blur. A lot’s happened these last twelve months, but I’m confident in saying that it’s only the beginning.

This year was my debut year as an author. It’s been filled with ups and downs, sleepless nights and long, grueling days. It’s also been filled with many hard lessons and a profound sense of accomplishment. I published my first novel, Ranger’s Oath, in June, then went on to publish four more novels before the end of the year. I finished an entire series of books, then planned several more. I mapped out a goal for my long-term success as a writer and forged relationships with other (far more talented) sci-fi/fantasy authors. As of today, I’ve written close to 300,000 words this year, a feat that I would have never thought possible a short time ago, and (most importantly) I’ve connected with some amazing readers who have buoyed my spirits with their feedback and support.

Yes, 2018 has been a good start for my career as a novelist – but I see it as simply a foundation for something more.


This post will serve as a “Year in Review”, and will give you glimpse at what I have planned for 2019.

2018

The Arc of Radiance dominated my schedule this year. As I said before, the bulk of my time was spent learning the ropes of indie publishing and writing this 5 book YA epic fantasy series. Here are the book names and links listed below:

  1. Ranger’s Oath (published in June)
  2. Bringers of Doom (published in August)
  3. War Echoes (published in September)
  4. Exiled (published in November)
  5. Prince of Darkness (published in December)

These books each have a piece of my heart. I know the editing in them isn’t perfect, but I am immensely proud of the story. At some point, I would love to go through with a line editor, touch them up, and possibly give them new covers as well.

Thanks for all the beta readers, reviewers, and friends who helped make these books a reality. I couldn’t have done it without you.

2019

I have big plans for the upcoming year, and I’m very excited to give you a look at what I have in the works. Not to mention the fact that there are some unofficial cover reveals below 😊

Legion of Light

This is a prequel to the Arc of Radiance series. It takes place a thousand years before the events of Ranger’s Oath.

I’ll admit, this one has been sitting on my digital shelf for a while, now. I originally intended to make it available only to subscribers, but have since changed my mind, wanting to include it with the main series on Amazon.

Legion of Light is a novella. Expect a release early January.

Kingdoms of Iron & Stone

A story of mine called “The Wrath of Khazafel” is being included in an epic fantasy anthology by Keystroke Medium.

I’m honored to be included in this anthology with so many great fantasy writers. Also, New York Times bestselling author Michael J Sullivan wrote the forward.

Expect a release by mid/late January

Tales of Eternity

This is the first of a two-book series called Chronicles of Eternity. About six months ago, I had an idea. I thought it would be cool to write a story about a D&D campaign I had come up with. Thus, this project was born. Tales of Eternity is a collection of short stories and novellas that serves as a precursor to the full-length novel, Tears of Eternity.

Expect a February release.

Tears of Eternity

The sequel to Tales of Eternity. Tears is a fantasy/adventure novel based loosely on a D&D campaign I came up with. It follows an assassin, a warrior, and sorceress as they set out to save the world against a godlike dragon. It’s a fun little project, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

Expect a March release.

The Living Worlds

This is perhaps my most ambitious project to date. It is an epic fantasy series akin to Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere and the MCU.

The story revolves around a group of heroes set on many different worlds. Each world has its own lore and magic system, but they are all connected to one another and are involved in the same overarching plot. Each world will get its own trilogy, the first of which I plan on releasing in 2019.

I don’t want to give away too much right now, but know that the it first trilogy will be called Frostworld, and will involve Vikings, ice zombies, and Fire magic.

Expect the first book to be released sometime in April.

Superhero Trilogy

Another project I’m stoked about… my wife and I are writing a series of superhero books together! Again, I don’t want to give too much away, but know that it will be a lighthearted story of a young superhero trying to find his way in a brave new world.

Expect the first book to come out late summer/fall.


Whew! That’s all I have. Thanks for sticking with me. As you can see, things are busy on my end, but it is a labor of love. I’ve always wanted to be an author, and now I have the privilege of being able to share my stories with the world.

If you haven’t yet, please pick up the Arc of Radiance series and leave me a review. The more people review my books, the more Amazon will share them with other potential readers.

Thank you all for coming with me on this journey. I’m thrilled with the progress I’ve made and am excited for what’s to come.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Blake

Monthly Update – November 2018

Greetings, friends!

Another month has come and gone, and we’re one step closer to the end of the year. What a crazy thought. It feels like yesterday that I started writing seriously, and already it’s been almost two years and seven books finished.

2018 has been a big year for me. It’s seen my first books published and my first reviews received. But I plan for 2019 to be even bigger.

But more on that next month 🙂

We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving festivities here at the Peel house, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. “Prince of Darkness”, the fifth and final book in the Arc of Radiance series, will be available for purchase on December 1st. You can preorder it here for 99 cents. After December 1st, it will go up to its normal price of $2.99.

Here is the cover art, for reference (sorry that it’s fuzzy):

Prince of Darkness Cover

I’m currently working on a couple of projects that I am excited to unveil soon. They are fantasy stories that are a bit different than what you’ll find in Arc of Radiance, but will nevertheless scratch your fantasy itch 🙂

Not much else to report! Things have been pretty busy here with family and work, but rest assured that I’m still making writing a priority.

Have a great month, everyone! Send me a message if you want to talk!

-Blake

Monthly Update – October 2018

I can’t believe that it’s already October. Where does the time go?

Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been up to:

The rest of the year will see the final two volumes of Arc of Radiance published. “Exiled” will be released on November 1st and “Prince of Darkness” will be released on December 1st. The next books coming out will be an anthology and a two book fantasy series.

The anthology will be released in early 2019 and is unnamed as of today, but it is with other authors in the podcast/Facebook group Keystroke Medium! I’m excited and honored to be a part of this, and excited to be associated with those other fine writers.

The two book fantasy series is based on a setting I created for Dungeons & Dragons. In fact, it will read much like a campaign from classic roleplaying games, and will feature an assassin, a fighter, and a mage as the main characters. This will also come out in early 2019 and will be under the name Tears of Eternity.

The main project I am working on is a large epic fantasy series similar to Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere in that it spans many different character on multiple worlds. It will feature a variety of unique magic systems and have the same overarching villain. I plan for this series to be no less than twenty books. I am very excited about this project, and will be looking for beta readers soon to provide feedback on the first book (email contact@blakearthurpeel.com if you are interested).

Expect more details and cover reveals soon!

Aside from work, I’ve been reading my way through George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire in preparation for the final season of Game of Thrones. Currently, I’m two-thirds of the way through “A Clash of King’s”. He’s an amazing writer, and these books are a pleasure to read.

I’ve also been working my way through the RPG Pillars of Eternity, a callback to old school isometric RPGs like Baldur’s Gate. I’m enjoying this as well, as the world building and storytelling is on par with my favorite books.

If only there were more hours in the day so I could read, play video games, and write in great amounts… *sigh*

Anyway, enough prattling. Time to get back to my WIP. Hope ya’ll are doing well, and let me know if you ever want to chat.

Blake

Monthly Update – September 2018

Another month, another update.

War Echoes, Arc of Radiance book 3, launched this week on Amazon to a handful of positive reviews. It’s always fun seeing a new book go live – I love getting feedback when people read my stories. It still amazes me that anyone would want to read about the worlds I’ve created in my head. It is one of the most humbling things about being a writer. Exiled, book 4 in the series, is now available for preorder. Like the other books, you can grab it for 99 cents, but come November 1st, the price will jump up to $2.99. Secure your copy by clicking this link!

With Arc of Radiance in my rear view mirror, I have begun working on several new projects. I’ve mentioned some of these on my blog, and I look forward to begin the beta reading phase. The first is a two book story arc titled Tears of Eternity, and will launch in early 2019. It is loosely based on Dungeons & Dragons, and takes place in a campaign setting I created for me and my friends. I wanted to write about a group of adventurers that included three main archetypes: the fighter, the mage, and the rogue. As stated previously, the first book will be a collection of short stories and the second will be full-length adventure.

In addition to the Tears of Eternity series, I am also working on a much larger, much more ambitious story. It is called The Living Worlds, and it is an epic fantasy series involving up to (and possibly exceeding) 20 books. I’ll be posting more about these in the future, along with cover reveals and detailed descriptions of the lore. More to follow 🙂

In other, less literary news, my wife and I have just started watching a new show on Netflix called “The Dragon Price”. It is reminiscent of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, and it is actually really good. Excellent writing and really cool animation. What can I say? I’m a sucker for anything fantasy.

Not much else to report. I’m hard at work trying to bring my stories to life. Please, if you haven’t yet, leave a review for my books. Your feedback is invaluable to making me a better writer. Plus, your kind words can buoy up my spirits when I’m having a rough day.

Until next time,

Blake

Monthly Update – August 2018

Greetings, friends!

It’s August! Can you believe it? It feels like this summer has absolutely flown by. So much has happened in the last two months that my head is spinning!

First thing’s first – Bringers of Doom has officially launched on Amazon. This is the second installment in my Arc of Radiance series, a young adult epic fantasy. So far, it’s been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, which of course makes me very happy. I love hearing about what readers think of my stories. For those of you who have reached out, thank you. Your words of encouragement keep me going whenever I get discouraged.

War Echoes, book three in the series, is now up for preorder. Grab it now on Amazon for only 99 cents! The price will increase to $2.99 after the book launches on September 15th.

Speaking of the Arc of Radiance series… I have officially finished writing the fifth and final book! This is a big milestone for me – not only because it’s my fifth full-length novel, but because it’s the first time I’ve ever wrapped up an entire series before. It feels… strange, if I’m being honest. Part of me is excited and ready to move onto the next project, but another part of me is just a little bit sad. This world that I have created, these characters… it’s almost like I’m saying goodbye. That’s one of the weird things about being an author. You grow attached to your stories in a way that’s hard to describe.

Expect book five, Prince of Darkness, to release sometime at the end of this year.

In other news…

My wife and I are still in new parent mode (which basically means it is chaos in our house 24/7). We’re still getting used to having a newborn in addition to our rambunctious two-year-old. Still, it’s not all bad. Being a parent is extremely satisfying. I only wish that I was able to have more time to write. And sleep. Yes, I miss the whole sleeping thing.

During my (brief) paternity leave from work, I was able to finish the Witcher 3, and my only reactions is, “Wow”. That game is a masterpiece of storytelling. It made me feel things. Seriously, if any of you haven’t had a chance yet, I’d highly recommend you play Witcher 2 and then Witcher 3, particularly if you enjoy RPG-style video games. You will not regret it.

With the end of the Arc of Radiance book series, I’ve also been planning my next great adventure, which includes revisiting another world of mine. Some of you have probably read my novellas Cycle of Blades and Sellsword. These stories take place in the same world, and I’m excited to announce that I will be combining these and other short stories into a fantasy anthology releasing early next year. Shortly thereafter, I plan on releasing an all-new, full-length fantasy novel involving those same characters. That’s right, Jasper Aurelio, Camdyn Taurus and others will be joining forces in a new D&D-style adventure called Tears of Eternity. I’m really excited about this new project. Be on the lookout for more information about this story in the coming months.

Other than that, I’m just working, eating, commuting and sleeping. Who knew building an author platform was so much work? 😉

Thank you all so much for your continued support. Without you readers, none of this would be possible. I’m encouraged by your kind words and emboldened by the trickle of book sales I am receiving. Hopefully one day I will be able to turn that trickle into a mighty river.

Hope everyone is doing well! As always, feel free to reach out to me at contact@blakearthurpeel.com. Until then, happy reading!

-Blake

Monthly Update – July 2018

Hello my friends, and happy July!

The last month has been a whirlwind, and my writing has unfortunately taken a bit of a hit. But the lack of productivity is not without good cause…

Baby boy #2 was born at the end of June, bringing with him all of the love and accompanying exhaustion one could expect. He and mom are healthy and in good spirits (though, truthfully, everyone could do with a bit more sleep).

Now, this isn’t to say I haven’t been writing at all – I’m actually about 80% done with Arc of Radiance book 5 – but my daily word count has gone down a little, something I plan on remedying in the coming weeks.

At any rate, here’s what you can expect from me for the rest of the summer:

  1. I plan on finishing Book 5 by the end of July.
  2. “Bringer’s of Doom” (Book 2) will launch on August 1st.
  3. In August, I will officially begin working on a new secret project (more details on that later).

There’s always stories brewing in the back of my mind, and I’m super excited to share them with you. Patience, though, is necessary to bring them to fruition.

Aside from babies, diapers, sleepless nights and working a full time job (on top of writing), I’ve tried to take a little “me” time in the wee hours of the night. I’m still grinding through the Witcher 3 – though grinding is probably not the right word. This game is without a doubt one of the best RPGs ever made, hands down. The writing is impeccable, the gameplay is enjoyable, and the story is downright amazing. I haven’t had this much fun playing a video game since “The Last of Us” (honestly, I wish I had more time to play).

Video games are one of the ways I de-stress, but I also consider them ‘research’. I know, I know, this is probably something that every writer says, but that doesn’t make it any less true. That’s why I love RPGs – the rich worlds and characters give me ideas for my own stories and help to make the books I write better.

Enough about games, though.

We’re just plugging along here at the Peel House. Every day brings with it new challenges and opportunities. I’m very excited to share with you some of the things I’ve been working on, but again, patience is (unfortunately) required. The Arc of Radiance saga will be published throughout the rest of this year, and then we can delve into new worlds and storylines.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts/questions. I’m always happy to hear from the readers!

Best wishes in all of your endeavors! Until next time…

Blake