Soul Breaker

I’ve just finished updating my series, Soul Breaker. After a bit of fiddling, I’ve turned a 9 part short story series into 3 nicely-paced novellas and have dropped the price to give everyone a better value for their money. I feel that releasing such a long story in so many parts scared away a few potential readers, so if this change works I’ll probably repeat the process for my other new series, SpyTeen.

This is also one of two new series that I’ve published solely through Amazon using their KDP program. Though I know that I have lost out on sales in B&N, Kobo, and iTunes by not having these new stories published there, I have noticed a slight bump in my typical sales of the books for Amazon. This bump isn’t what it was a year ago, but it is still more than large enough to make up for the lost sales elsewhere.

Click Here to check out Soul Breaker.

Review Copies for Game Alive

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I’m very pleased to announce that my first full-length YA Fantasy novel, Game ALive, is up on Amazon. Up until this point, I’ve focused on short stories, and branching out into longer material has been a great experience with regards to getting more in-depth with character development and world building. It’s also been great having an active fan base to help me out along the way, providing inspiration and excellent feedback. To celebrate its release and to help spread the word, I’m offering review copies (read on down below for how to get a free copy).

Here are the details:

Game ALive

From author Trip Ellington comes the debut of an immersive new fantasy novel. In the near future, virtual reality games are indistinguishable from the real world. Players can take on the role of a star quarterback or rule as the king of a virtual kingdom.

Thirteen-year-old Jake prefers to spend his free time building Xaloria, a virtual world he created from scratch where he and his two best friends, Des and Kari, spend their afternoons completing quests and collecting treasure.

However, all in Xaloria is not what Jake expected. When Jake discovers that the world he built is growing and changing on its own, he and his friends uncover a secret that could change the world forever…

INSTRUCTIONS FOR A REVIEW COPY

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m an independent self-published author. As a result, I have to rely on my fans much more heavily for raising awareness about my work since I don’t have the marketing budget of the bigger publishers. However, I’m not complaining in the least bit. I believe taking this route has allowed me to stay much closer to my fans and I have truly been amazed at your dedication in helping a new author find his voice in the book world.

To get a free review copy, simply email me at trip (at) tripellington.com with the store you shop at (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc.) so that I can send you the book in the correct format. I’d love for you to read the book and provide an honest review at any of the locations it’s on sale, or at Goodreads as well.

It’s been quite a ride and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your efforts.

Until next time,

Trip

November Releases

This is my first post on the site in a while, but I’ve been busy working on a few short stories as well as my first full-length novel which will hopefully be ready for publishing by December to January.

Here are my new short stories:


EverMage: Of Swords and Magic
Mithris, a naive wizard’s apprentice flees alone to safety after foul creatures overrun his master’s tower. Along the way, he must learn to fend for himself by obtaining food and shelter, defending himself against wild animals and avoiding the pursuit of the creatures that destroyed his master…

[Amazon, B&N, Kobo]

StarFight: Guns and Asteroids
When Jim Rydell, former soldier in the Big War and now sheriff of a dusty town in a backwater moon, finds himself in a bar fight, he doesn’t think much of it. But when that bar fight is him against the giant (and smelly) Varnaks, he knows he’s upset someone pretty mighty.

It’s up to Jim and his ragtag group to dig to the bottom of a system-wide conspiracy to bring down the precariously-thin order in his part of the asteroid belt, and he doesn’t take too kindly to strangers, especially smelly ones…

[Amazon, B&N, Kobo]

Planet Lost
Jennifer Bowen and her younger brother, Brandon, left earth to explore the unknown reaches of space in the starship Quasar. When an anomaly threatens to destroy the ship, Jennifer leads her brother and boyfriend toward an unknown planet…

[Amazon, B&N, Kobo]

What a Month

August has been a very exciting time for me as an independent author.  I managed to produce over 25 new pieces of writing and sell over 3,400 copies of my works across all of my pen names.  The number still blows my mind.  Especially given that I spent the first two weeks of August on vacation (and I didn’t write a lick during that time either).

What’s even more exciting is that September is looking to perform even better.  It seems this year’s marketplace will center around tablets and e-readers, even more so than last year.  This is great for self-publishers like me, because it means the pool of potential readers will continue to grow.

As far as my plans for the future go, the remainder of this year will still include shorter works of fiction, but I’ve finally started tackling a few longer stories that have been floating around in my head for the last ten years.  It excites me that I have the opportunity to branch out into full-length novels, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

BRAINSSS! My Next Zombie Story is Here

Zombies are so much fun work with in a story.  There’s a tremendous amount of material to draw inspiration from, but because the monster is an embodiment of something so primal, the fear of death, it’s pretty open as to what exactly the zombies can and can’t do in a story.

In my latest story, I opted to have the vast majority be your stumbling walkers.  These guys will bumble about randomly unless they hear or smell you.  Once then, their drive to eat your flesh overrides any other function in their animated brains.  I also decided to have a little fun and include a couple of other types.  There’s Crawlers, those who lost one or more of their legs during the apocalypse, and then there’s the Runners.  The Runners were very fun to add because they ensure that my characters couldn’t simply run across the university courtyard and be done with it.  Nope.  If they tried such a feat, the Runners would take off with a speed and drive that couldn’t be matched even by their living counterparts.

Runners also serve as a reflection of my protagonist’s fears.  He’s the first character I’ve written about who has an external physical disability that has made certain tasks like stairs and sports difficult for him.  So, of course, he must do plenty of both in this story.  Zombies in my University is a story about pushing to the real edge of your abilities and not letting excuses and fears hold you back in life.

You can follow the story of Sam, a college kid trying to escape his dorm room after the Zombies have ravaged his university, on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Here’s my cover:

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