Originally, I gave this campaign a year to fund. I figured our veterans from the first campaign would lead the charge and new soldiers would answer the call as word spread. I thought a second war would be easier, even if we did need three times as many blades to win.
However, my warriors, we’re about halfway through the campaign, and only 13% of the way to our goal of making Faoii Betrayer real. It would be easy to say that it’s not going to happen. That the world or the writing or the army isn’t strong enough to pull this into being. That we’re going to fail.
But we still have 136 days.
136 days to find enough people to force this book into reality. You made it happen with The Last Faoii. And you kept battling after the initial war was won. You’ve read that book. You’ve reviewed it. You’ve rated it. You’ve asked your local library to get it in if you can’t afford your own copy. You’ve listened to the audiobook if you don’t have enough time to read. You’ve shared it on your social media pages pages. You’ve spread the word. You’ve shown the world that the first book was worthy and that the second book is worth it, too.
Because when I dubbed you Faoii, I did not give the title lightly. You’re a warrior now. You’re part of our army. And no one gets to rest until all the blades have been lifted.
There are many types of warriors. If you’re strong enough to pick up 10 swords (which is the maximum allowed by Inkshares) then do that. I’ve never had a champion of that magnitude before, but I know there are people out there who are capable of it, if we can only reach them. If you’re only able to lift one blade, then raise it high. If you’re only able to share the news on your social media pages, then shout your battle cry at the top of your lungs. I’m not asking you to mow down a thousand enemies on your own, my warrior. But I am telling you to fight for this.
This dream might be mine, Faoii. But it depends on you. It will take an army to win this war. To make our cry heard over the millions of other authors out their scrabbling with toothpicks and cautious nips in a world that requires swords and shields. That require Faoii. And we’re the only army in the world that can boast that claim. This hill should be ours. It will be ours.
Keep those shields up.
Hey, Faoii. If you’re not already following Faoii Betrayer then you’re missing important updates about The Last Faoii audiobook, its sequel, and the upcoming short story. Make sure to go Here and hit that follow button.
Read the newest update HERE.
This is a short update. First off, the Audible sales for The Last Faoii have been going incredibly well! And I am so pleased I am able to say that. Many of you might know that I don’t listen to audiobooks, so I was nervous when I decided to put one out for The Last Faoii a month ago. I didn’t know what to expect or what it should sound like. Luckily, I was contacted by an AMAZING and talented voice actress (Sara Morsey) who knew the ropes, and she helped me create something amazing. But again, I was nervous. I was so far out of my element. I didn’t know what I could bring to the table.
I do now. I know exactly what I can bring. I have had SO MANY audiobook aficionados tell me that The Last Faoii holds its own in a world I wasn’t expecting it to be part of. I was afraid to take that step, but I am infinitely glad I did. I feel like I’m finally starting to be part of the seasoned warriors’ circle. And you know what? The Last Faoii is worthy of being here. If you haven’t gotten your audible copy yet, you can do so by going HERE. It’s free if you create an Audible account. And if you’re an audiobook reviewer who likes strong women leading armies, send me a message either here or on Facebook. I have free promo codes available for bloggers and social media Faoii. Let’s show the world that we’re worthy of being heard.
Now. For Faoii Betrayer. It’s the first day of NaNoWriMo and this year I’ve decided I’m going to work on the novel I promised you a year ago. Today I wrote 2,934 words. I’ve been dragging my heels as I face internal issues here at Inkshares, but I’m willing to give it another shot if you all are. And, even if we decide to go another route, I do still need to finish it. So I’m going to. Because, honestly, it is so much better than you know. I promise you’re going to want to read it. But the only thing that really inspires me to write is you showing me that it’s worth the trouble. Pre-orders do that well.
I’ll post another chapter if we get to 100 pre-orders (you can read the first chapter HERE). Tell your friends. Best-case scenario, we get 750 pre-orders and Inkshares starts taking The Faoii Chronicles seriously and we become something greater than we are. Worst-case, everyone gets their money back. There’s nothing to lose, but so much to gain. Let’s win this war together.
And Keep those shields up.
I know a lot of you have expressed an impatience with finding out what happens after The Last Faoii ends. Well, I just put up the first chapter of Faoii Betrayer up on Inkshares. This is a different world than what you’ve seen before. Read it for free here.
Well, my warriors. It’s been one full year since The Last Faoii was published. I don’t really know what I expected a year ago. By then we had worked so hard and for so long to build our army. We had fought and bled and screamed our warcries just so we might be known. A year ago we were unstoppable, tireless soldiers determined to to prove The Last Faoii’s worth. And worth it it was. I feel like many of you have forgotten the fight in that year, placated by 365 days of contentment. But the fight is not over, and I want you to see what we’ve accomplished so far. Beyond that, though, I need you pick up your sword again. Help us reach that victory from a year ago a second time.
Here are our accomplishments so far, my warrios. Be proud. Be strong. But do not be complacent.
(Note: You can click on any of the underlined words to jump to the page that has more info.)
3. The Last Faoii has garnered 27 ratings and 18 reviews on Goodreads, with an overall rating of 4.48 stars. (This is partially because of my favorite rating of all time, a 1-star review that simply says:
5. We have a Faoii short story (The Faoii of Ashwood) coming in an anthology before the New Year. Watch The Writing Bloc for updates!
6. And finally, Faoii Betrayer currently has 67 pre-orders on Inkshares. And I need your help again.
Faoii Betrayer needs 750 pre-orders before it will be real. There are excerpts already on the Inkshares Page. Read them, recognize that the writing is even stronger than it was in last-- and that this is worth it. I had hoped that a year between books would be enough. That people would be able to read Last, realize that the story is wortwhile, and use that to recruit new soldiers. I was hoping we would have a larger army by the time Betrayer started funding. I might have been overzealous in my ambitions, but I don’t think so. I’ve seen lesser stories than ours fund. And I am no less of an author, a friend, or a leader than those that who have succeeded where we are struggling. I know it’s possible. Help me prove it.
Take care of yourselves and each other, my Faoii. We are only as strong as our shieldmates. It will take all of us to succeed again. A year from now, I want to be able to give you more than this.
Updates, Faoii! This is huge!
I have SO MANY updates this week, Faoii! Listen up!
That’s it for now, Faoii. You have your orders. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and FOR THE LOVE OF ILLINDRIA ORDER YOUR COPY OF FAOII BETRAYER. It’s going to take all of us to make this book real. Some people might say it’s impossible... but they don’t have an army on their side. Do not fail me.