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Monday, January 13, 2014

THEIMMORTALCIRCUS

Welcome to the first stop on THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: FINAL ACT blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! I’m thrilled to have A.R. Kahler on the blog with a great guest post and giveaway – not to mention just helping promote this fantastic end to his debut series!

Jan. 13th - Me My Shelf and I - “Serials” Guest Post

Jan. 14th - Fiktshun - “Vivienne” Guest Post

Jan. 15th - In the Best Worlds - Top 5 Quotes/Moments Guest Post

Jan. 16th - Two Chicks on Books - Playlist Guest Post

Jan. 17th - Fantasy Book Addict - “Lasts” Guest Post

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Series: Cirque des Immortels #3
Release date: January 14, 2014
(Releasing in serial format, 1 episode per week for 6 weeks)
Pages: 44 (episode 1)
Publisher: 47North
Formats: eBook

This book is a Kindle Serial. Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes delivered at no additional cost. This serial currently contains one episode out of an estimated six total episodes, and new episodes will be delivered every week.

Episode List

An additional episode will be delivered every week until the book is complete. New episodes will be added to the same book on your Kindle, keeping your place and retaining your notes and highlights. You'll be notified via email when a new episode has been delivered.

Episode 1: January 14, 2014. All is not well within the Cirque des Immortels: war is brewing, the troupe is angry, and without Kingston there, Vivienne's in over her head. But when an unexpected guest arrives, she realizes her problems have only just begun.

Episode 2: January 21, 2014. Now Vivienne must not only deal with a mutinous troupe, but her long-lost lover. To make matters worse, there's a new player in the game. And this opponent is hell-bent on revenge.

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GUEST POST

Hi Amber!

Thanks so much for hosting the first stop on my tour! It's great to be here.

I've had a lot of people ask me about the serial format of The Immortal Circus—what is it, why did I do it, and how was it different from writing a standard story? Since many are catching the bus just now, with the first two books in normal 'ebook' states, I thought I'd share a little bit about this structure and why I think it's so fun.

I've written four more books in serial format, now—the Immortal Circus trilogy and a standalone book for Kindle Worlds—and I have to say, it's addicting. I'm an avid reader, but I also put down books really quickly if they don't keep my interest. Working serially, I had to make sure that every episode (ie: every 3-4 chapters) had its own arc, including a conclusion that left the reader wanting more. Personally, I feel this keeps the books more engaging for the long haul; there's always a new twist, rather than one long build up to a single climax.

Of course, that means I have to do something I used to hate: plot. And that's the hard part. In writing, though, the difficult things are often the ones that make you grow, so having to write such tight plotlines with multiple narrative arcs has pushed my skill in ways it wouldn't have grown otherwise.

Obviously, not everyone likes this format: I get a lot of “but I don't want to wait!” But I see it the same way I'd watch a TV show—stretching it out over a few weeks builds tension and allows it to naturally create buzz. You can talk to your friends and other readers on the Kindle forums and discuss plot twists as they occur, without worrying about spoilers. Episodes download automatically, so you never had to worry about missing one. And, if you're really not into waiting a week between installments, you can just wait until the final episode is out and read it all the way through as a normal ebook. :) (Which I understand, because I'm kind of bad at waiting too.) Not to mention the serial promotion price is less than two bucks. You can't get much better than that!

Hopefully that sheds some light on the serial format. I'm so excited to watch this book unfold and get reader feedback, and I hope you're ready to join the discussion!
Best, AR Kahler

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 AR Kahler

Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.

Born in Iowa and educated across the States, he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, received his Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and drummed with Norse shamans. Sometimes he also walks about on stilts. Or sews. Or hammers tiny pieces of metal into pretty shapes.

When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably drinking coffee. And seeing as he currently resides in Seattle, there’s coffee aplenty.

He is represented by Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary.

Find him:

TWITTER:  (@ARKahler) &  (@ImmortalCircus)

WEBSITE | TUMBLR | GOODREADS

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6 comments:

  1. Whoa ... those covers are gorgeous! It's great to meet Alex. Thanks for sharing how you've developed this series.I've been thinking about giving a series a try. Best of luck!

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  2. This blogs is where I heard about the Immortal Circus. I loved the first book, haven't read the second part yet.

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  3. I'm nearly done with book 2 and the first episode is already on my phone, normally I don't do ebooks, but this was one exception, I've made a few others but very rarely.
    What intrigues me most is the magic mixed with murder and the contracts.

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  4. Thanks so much for your responses, everyone! It's really awesome seeing how many people these books have reached. :)

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  5. I absolutely LOVED these books! I have never participated in forums, or read blogs in this way. Not to mention the format in which these books have been released, but I am really excited to read a small bit at a time and bounce ideas off of other readers in anticipation of the next release. Also I have never felt so special before as the author is extremely nice and actually interacts with his fans. Too freaking cool!!!! Wish you all the luck in the world Alex, both professionally and personally.

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    1. Fingers crossed for a Kingston or Mab card =D

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