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Free on Kindle: ‘The Sun Singer’

My contemporary fantasy novel The Sun Singer will be free on Kindle May 10th through May 12th.

Description:

Robert Adams is a normal teenager who raises tropical fish, makes money shoveling snow off his neighbors’ sidewalks, gets stuck washing the breakfast dishes, dreads trying to ask girls out on dates and enjoys listening to his grandfather’s tall tales about magic and the western mountains. Yet, Robert is cursed by a raw talent his parents refuse to talk to him about: his dreams show him what others cannot see.

When the family plans a vacation to the Montana high country, Grandfather Elliott tells Robert there’s more to the trip than his parents’ suspect. The mountains hide a hidden world where people the ailing old man no longer remembers need help and dangerous tasks remain unfinished. Thinking that he and his grandfather will visit that world together, Robert promises to help.

On the shore of a mountain lake, Robert steps alone through a doorway into a world at war where magic runs deeper than the glacier-fed rivers. Grandfather Elliott meant to return to this world before his health failed him and now Robert must resurrect a long-suppressed gift to fulfill his promises, uncover old secrets, undo the deeds of his grandfather’s foul betrayer, subdue brutal enemy soldiers in battle, and survive the trip home.

If you’re traveling to Glacier National Park, Montana this summer, take the book with you and experience the same trails and scenery described in the novel.

–Malcolm

‘Sarabande’ is on sale on Kindle March 3rd

This dark contemporary fantasy about a young woman’s journey away from ghosts and abusers into the wholeness of becoming a survivor will be 99¢ on Kindle tomorrow.

From the Book

SarabandeCover2015As the great horse shot through the night as swift and sure as cedar arrow, his feet barely touched the grassy shoulder of highway number two in the domain of Montana. Thunder rumbled far away, indistinct, yet somehow technology borne in the labyrinth of fog. Gentle sparks of light darted within the world’s white folds, reminding her of minnows at the edge of a lake.

When Sikimí plastered his ears back as they crossed over a small creek, Sarabande instinctively grabbed onto the saddle horn. The highway blazed hot with light. The fog tore away with the screech of a Hawk Owl. Then she heard the horn. She was neck-reining Sikimí farther off on the shoulder and was glancing over her shoulder into the twin suns of a mammoth truck when the earth moved.

Review from Big Al’s Books & Pals

“Sarabande is an amazingly well told tale of redemption that starts off with Sarabande seeking Robert Adams help to settle Dryad’s haunting torment. Her quest starts off well through the dimensional divide and Mr. Campbell’s poetic prose is spellbinding as he paints a picture of Sarabande riding Sikimi through the night sky. Things then go terribly awry in a horrific set of events. Sarabande must draw on all of her inner strength to survive.”

I hope you enjoy the story!

–Malcolm

Get ‘The Sun Singer’ free for four days

My contemporary fantasy novel The Sun Singer, available on Kindle from Amazon, will be free December 17, 18, 19, and 20. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited customer, you can always read the book for free.

Book Description

"The Sun Singer" is gloriously convoluted, with threads that turn on themselves and lyrical prose on which you can float down the mysterious, sun-shaded channels of this charmingly liquid story. - Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series

“The Sun Singer” is gloriously convoluted, with threads that turn on themselves and lyrical prose on which you can float down the mysterious, sun-shaded channels of this charmingly liquid story. – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series

Robert Adams is a normal teenager who raises tropical fish, makes money shoveling snow off his neighbors’ sidewalks, gets stuck washing the breakfast dishes, dreads trying to ask girls out on dates and enjoys listening to his grandfather’s tall tales about magic and the western mountains. Yet, Robert is cursed by a raw talent his parents refuse to talk to him about: his dreams show him what others cannot see.

When the family plans a vacation to the Montana high country, Grandfather Elliott tells Robert there’s more to the trip than his parents’ suspect. The mountains hide a hidden world where people the ailing old man no longer remembers need help and dangerous tasks remain unfinished. Thinking that he and his grandfather will visit that world together, Robert promises to help.

On the shore of a mountain lake, Robert steps alone through a doorway into a world at war where magic runs deeper than the glacier-fed rivers. Grandfather Elliott meant to return to this world before his health failed him and now Robert must resurrect a long-suppressed gift to fulfill his promises, uncover old secrets, undo the deeds of his grandfather’s foul betrayer, subdue brutal enemy soldiers in battle, and survive the trip home.

Customer Reviews

There's a free Kindle book in Santa's sleigh for you.

There’s a free Kindle book in Santa’s sleigh for you.

The book has a 4.9-star reviewer’s average on Amazon. Thanks so much to all the folks who read the novel and wrote a review of the book. It’s impossible to pick a favorite review. There are too many kind words for that. The comments include. . .

  • This is a wonderful adventure story which is hard to put down!
  • A beautiful, haunting book, and a compelling read.
  • Campbell is an alchemist, expertly blending ingredients as diverse as vision quests and quantum mechanics to deliver something more like a powerful healing tonic than a novel: a sort of literary elixir.
  • I have encountered few books that have moved me like this one has. Thomas Covenant. Lord of the Rings. Stranger in a Strange Land.
  • Mr. Campbell used his astute and unfettered imagination to weave this labyrinthine tale full of many different elements seamlessly. The landscape descriptions are dynamic and beautifully written. The matter of where Robert goes and the full blown characters that he meets along the way are all realistically believable.

I hope you enjoy the book as well.

–Malcolm

 

Two ‘Sarabande’ launch deals for your weekend

Thomas-Jacob Publishing released the new second edition of my contemporary fantasy Sarabande on November 1.

SarabandeCover2015Now we’re scheming to bring the book to your attention, starting with a sale and a giveaway.

  • The Kindle edition 99¢ sale begins and ends on Amazon on Sunday, November 8th. Click on the book cover to get to the right place.
  • The GoodReads giveaway also begins tomorrow and lasts through November 26. Two paperback copies are available. Click here to enter.

Benjamin Mowers, who did the cover for The Sun Singer, also captured the ambiance of Sarabande with a mountain stream and a thick high-country forest.

–Malcolm

TSSJourneysMalcolm R. Campbell is also the author of “Conjure Woman’s Cat” and “The Sun Singer.”

On sale – ‘The Sun Singer’

My contemporary fantasy The Sun Singer is currently on sale on Kindle for 99 cents for several days.

SunSinger4coverRobert Adams is a normal teenager who raises tropical fish, makes money shoveling snow off his neighbors’ sidewalks, gets stuck washing the breakfast dishes, dreads trying to ask girls out on dates and enjoys listening to his grandfather’s tall tales about magic and the western mountains. Yet, Robert is cursed by a raw talent his parents refuse to talk to him about: his dreams show him what others cannot see.

When the family plans a vacation to the Montana high country, Grandfather Elliott tells Robert there’s more to the trip than his parents’ suspect. The mountains hide a hidden world where people the ailing old man no longer remembers need help and dangerous tasks remain unfinished. Thinking that he and his grandfather will visit that world together, Robert promises to help.

On the shore of a mountain lake, Robert steps alone through a doorway into a world at war where magic runs deeper than the glacier-fed rivers. Grandfather Elliott meant to return to this world before his health failed him and now Robert must resurrect a long-suppressed gift to fulfill his promises, uncover old secrets, undo the deeds of his grandfather’s foul betrayer, subdue brutal enemy soldiers in battle, and survive the trip home.

— Malcolm

‘The Sun Singer’ released on Kindle in new 4th edition

SunSinger4coverMy contemporary fantasy The Sun Singer is now available in a new 4th edition on Kindle. Set in the mountains of Montana, the novel tells the story of young Robert Adams who must find a parallel universe and complete a dangerous mission left undone by his avatar Grandfather. This edition features the stunning cover illustration by Benjamin Mowers.

Praise for The Sun Singer

“The Sun Singer is gloriously convoluted, with threads that turn on themselves and lyrical prose on which you can float down the mysterious, sun-shaded channels of this charmingly liquid story.” — Diana Gabaldon, Echo in the Bone (Outlander)

“It is high adventure that his grandfather plans for Robert and for all in the family. We are not surprised to learn that Mother disapproves of the journey. Do not mothers always disapprove of the fun grandfathers plan for the boy in the family? It is not just fun, in this case, that Mother opposes; she is against dabbling in magic.— Living Jackson Magazine

“This magical coming-of-age tale takes the reader through a labyrinth as a teenage boy/man sets off into the cosmic dimensions of the unknown to redeem his grandfather’s kingdom and rightfully claim his position in life as a true leader. What I’d give to have Malcolm Campbell’s imagination, wisdom, wit, and mastery of the written word.” –Mel Mathews, SamSara (Malcolm Clay Series)

“The Sun Singer is a book that will transport you to other realms, realms that shadow ours. Campbell’s story is not only about how one character must complete what his grandfather began, it is about how one must come to terms with loss and death too. Robert undertakes a journey not only to other realities, but to his genetic heritage, a heritage that he must fully accept in order to become free.” — Nora Caron, Journey to the Heart

“I will take more journeys with Robert Adams as he has now taken residence in my imagination. The Sun Singer isn’t just a book, it’s an enlightening. It’s a pass to worlds beyond the mundane of closed thought and mediocrity. Perhaps ‘home’ is in the unopened doors of imagination after all.” — Susan Haley, Rainy Day People

“It is a very structured intelligent novel, each word placed exactly where the author intends and this author intends to stretch the rules, so stay strapped in and bring along your bookmarker—it is not a book to be read quickly.” — Nick Oliva, Only Moments

New Paperback Edition of ‘The Sun Singer’

TSScover2014Second Wind Publishing has released a new edition of my contemporary fantasy mountain adventure novel The Sun Singer under its Blue Shift imprint. I’m happy to see the book back in print again after almost a year’s absence. Many thanks to the readers of the earlier editions who enjoyed the book: it has seventeen 5-star reviews. October 24, 2014 update: This limited edition will soon go out of print.

This is the story of a young man who has a special talent: psychic abilities. Since the talent hasn’t always worked well for him, he gave up on it. But, he will soon need it again when a family vacation to the western mountains leads him to a portal into a look-alike universe where a resistance group is fighting an evil king.

He will need his talent to survive; he will need his wits to tell friend from foe; he will need his strength to climb a sacred mountain for a vision into the future as well as into the past where, if he does it right, he just may be able to change time and events.

At present, the e-books aren’t quite ready even though they actually appear on booksellers’ sites. If you prefer e-books, please be patient and let the publisher solve several formatting issues.

I hope you enjoy the story. Enter the GoodReads give-away by September 15, 2014 for a chance to win a free copy. (U.S. residents only.)

Malcolm

Release of ‘The Sun Singer’ Delayed

My contemporary fantasy adventure novel The Sun Singer, originally released by Second Wind Publishing August 17, has been delayed due to formatting issues with the e-book files and an unknown Amazon glitch with the paperback copy.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

When I know more, you’ll know more. 🙂

–Malcolm

Malcolm’s News: Betrayal, Comedy, Writing Tips, ‘Long Man’ Review

It’s time for a word from the “Book Bits” sponsor. That’s me, the mid-mannered writer from northeast Georgia where the weather is still colder than it needs to be.

  • betrayedBetrayal: The print edition of the third novel in the Garden of Heaven Trilogy, The Betrayed, is now out in a print edition. (The e-book was released last fall.) The story unfolds around murder, kidnapping and slander at a small Midwestern college. The novel is a contemporary fantasy. Freado has posted a brief interview with me about the trilogy here. The first two books in the series are The Seeker and The Sailor, set in Glacier National Park/North Florida and aboard an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. The Sailor is inspired by my experiences on board the USS Ranger where I worked in the Public Affairs Office.
  • JSSBcoverComedy: My new book of humorous stories Jock Stewart Strikes Back will be released next month. Savvy readers know that Jock Stewart is the protagonist (obviously) in the comedy/mystery Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire. “He” brings his same evil wit to the stories in this new book. It will be released in print, e-book and audiobook. I hope you enjoy the stories, all of which resemble the kinds of stories most of us never want to see in an actual newspaper or online news organization’s web site.
  • blackcatpowderWriting Tips: In the latest tip posted on my Sun Singer’s Muse blog, I look at the fact that some stories evolve while we’re doing the research for a vague idea rather than the other way around. We kind of, sort of know what we want to write about, but until we start looking up the story’s locations and themes, the plot and characters are in a state of limbo. In case you haven’t guessed by the cat graphic, the subject I have been researching is hoodoo for a story to be set in the Florida Panhandle.
  • longmanReview: While some readers on Amazon think Amy Greene’s new novel Long Man needs less atmosphere and description, I see it as a wonderful novel about a town doomed by the rising waters of a new TVA dam and the people who will have to move away. A missing child and the motives of a drifter ramp up the mystery. My review appears on Literary Aficionado. The novel was released by Knopf in February. Greene is also the author of Bloodroot.

LadyoftheBlueHourcoverMalcolm R. Campbell is the author of contemporary fantasy novels and paranormal short stories including Cora’s Crossing, Moonlight and Ghosts and The Lady of the Blue Hour.

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New Novel: The Students thought Central State was Heaven; the faculty knew it was hell

betrayedPicture this: you’re hired as a professor in the English Department of university with a beautiful campus, a renown faculty and  a highly regarded program.

When you arrive, you discover that the the administration is controlled by two-legged rats and snakes, that somebody is trying to kill you, and that a dark lady named Eve is hell bent to destroy your reputation and your life.

This is the reality of David Ward in my new contemporary fantasy novel The Betrayed which is now available for pre-order in multiple e-book formats on Smashwords. More venues will follow soon.

From the publisher: He comes home from Vietnam to save his marriage… only to find his dream job is a nightmare. David Ward runs from the truth into a future he can’t even imagine. Corruption… magic… deception…

Excerpt – David and Marlena Talk About David’s Future at the College

“I can read my fortune in your eyes,” he said when he noticed her reflection superimposed over the real world.

“You betrayed the administration,” she said. “For each free faculty member the college hires, it also hires a slave. Call it our misery compromise, our attempt to maintain a stagnant balance. You were one of the slaves. You were expected to remain in a slave state during your sentence at our fine institution—assuming you were docile and didn’t care about tenure.”

She talked fast, and her pauses and inflections were more suited to a lecture than a conversation, and he began to wonder if her organized presentation of the campus labor problem and the businesslike tone of her voice were primarily control mechanisms. When she was distracted, her eyes betrayed a cat-like wariness of people and events, and her hands rolled up napkins, facial tissues, straws, and her hair into tight springs, filled with energy, or possibly rage.

Before they left the diner to the chronic night hawks, she told him the future as she had promised. She said he would shame the devil and then tame him for a time. A victory, perhaps, but it would contain flaws.

Malcolm

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