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The Conclave of Shadow

The Conclave of Shadow, by Alyc Helms
Published: July 2016
Publisher: Angry Robot
ISBN: 9780857665188

The line between enemy and ally is thinner than a shadow’s edge.

Ever since she saved the spirit guardians of China by selling out to her worst enemy, Missy Masters — a.k.a. the pulp hero Mr. Mystic — has been laying low. But when knights serving the Conclave of Shadow steal secret technology from a museum exhibit on the Argent Aces, everyone looks to Mr. Mystic for help. If Missy doesn’t want her masquerade blown, she’d better track down the thieves, and fast.

But stolen tech turns out to be the least of her problems. Recent events have upset the balance of power in the Shadow Realms, removing the barriers that once held the ravenous Voidlands in check. Their spread threatens destruction in the mortal realm as well… and only the Conclave stands ready to push them back.

In a world of shadow, telling friends from enemies is easier said than done. But if she wants to save San Francisco, Missy will have to decide who to trust. Including her own instincts, which tell her that something is stalking her with murder in mind…


The Conclave of Shadow, out July 5, 2016
Available for pre-order in print and ebook
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The Dragons of Heaven, out now!
Available in print, ebook, and audibook
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Crafting Publicity

Imagine DragonsWe’re coming close to the six-month mark since the publication of THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN, and it has been doing fairly well by most rubrics. The one place it seems to be lagging is in reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and that’s largely on me for being reluctant to be pushy about encouraging people to review.

Reviews matter, though. Both Amazon and Goodreads (but especially Amazon) have algorithms that kick in promotional visibility at various levels. For example, 25 reviews on Amazon makes a book eligible for things like daily deals. These are magic numbers that can measurably help a book reach a larger audience.

But ugh! Publicity! I don’t want to do it any more than you all want to hear about it! I’d rather spend my (non-writing) time doing fun things like sewing, gaming, listening to music, or browsing DeviantArt. Wouldn’t you?

Enter my “I’d Rather Be Doing X” review drive! Right now I’m at 14 reviews on Amazon. I’m encouraging folks to go and add an HONEST review if they have read the book. When we hit the following levels, I pledge to organize giveaways on this blog for the associated rewards.

At 25 reviews – I will arrange a giveaway of two copies of THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN and share the novel soundtrack for all giveaway entrants via, complete with original cover art by the lovely Avery Liell-Kok.

At 50 reviews – I will arrange a giveaway of two copies of THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN and also a giveaway of three stuffed Chinese dragon toys handmade by me (pattern TBD, but probably a modified version of this one). I will also blog the process of making the dragons so that everyone can enjoy the fun of watching my fingers bleed.

At 75 reviews – TBD, let’s see if we can make it to 50 first!

You can find the Amazon review page here. If you would rather post a review on Goodreads, you can find the Goodreads page here. You do not need to have submitted a review to be eligible for the giveaway, but the giveaways only go into effect when we hit the target number of reviews.


The Dragons of Heaven Sticky Post

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The Dragons of Heaven, by Alyc Helms
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Angry Robot
ISBN: 9780857664327

Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadows and his enduring legacy as the legendary vigilante superhero, Mr Mystic. After a little work the costume fits OK, but Missy is far from experienced at fighting crime, so she journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather. She becomes embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the allegedly mythical nine dragon-guardians of all creation. When Lung Di – Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy – raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. It’s a superhero novel, a pulp fantasy novel, with lashings of kung fu, immense kick-ass dragons and an unfailingly sympathetic heroine – yes, it’s another wonderful Angry Robot title.

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