The Amazon “Vine Voice” program releases advance copies of upcoming products to select, highly-regarded reviewers. One such “Vine Voice,” Ginny Mapes, just reviewed the upcoming 47North edition of the first “Man of War” Novel, To Honor You Call Us.” She has written well over 300 reviews on Amazon.com. You can find the full review here, http://www.amazon.com/review/R239VUYRDTWUMX/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1477848894&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag= but for the purposes of blogging, I’ll tell you she gave the book five stars (out of five” and was VERY complimentary.
Among other kind things, she said: “This story is richly detailed in naval lore which many refers will relate to. There is humor, honor, heroism, redemption, and a plot that will make you sweat in your space suit. This book is the first in the trilogy. Next up, H. Paul Honsinger’s, For Honor We Stand. Oh, yes!”
Let’s hope that this review is a harbinger of how these books will be received by critics and the public.
I’ve been in communication with my “Author Team” at 47North and am told that I need to remove the self-published editions of the first two “Man of War” books seven days before publication of the 47North editions of each volume. Accordingly, the self-published edition of To Honor You Call Us, in all versions, will be removed from availability on February 11, 2014–I can’t tell you what time of day the change will go through the computers at Amazon and Createspace and Barnes & Noble, so if you want to be sure to get your copies, you will want to buy them by February 10. Similarly, availability of the self-published edition of For Honor We Stand will end on March 4, 2014.
These editions will never be available again. If self-published versions of these novels are ever made available in the future, it is likely that the new editions will be based on the 47North versions, which I regard to be superior. It is certainly possible that, if the 47North versions become best-sellers, the self-published paperbacks will be rare collector’s items of considerable value.
But you never know . . . .
In any event, if you want them, now is the time to get them because, as the obnoxious TV commercials say, “when they’re gone, they’re gone!”
Here’s the links to the purchase pages on Amazon:
[Book I self published version withdrawn from sale. Link deleted.]
The 25 “Author Copies” of “To Honor You Call Us” arrived unexpectedly via UPS tonight. It’s very exciting to be able to hold the published book in one’s hand. I’m blown away by the experience.
I just received word from my Acquisitions Editor at 47North that the publication date for To Honor You Call Us, the first book in the Man of War Series, has been moved back from February 11, 2014 to February 18, 2014. The reason is to avoid the publishing too many books on the same date: apparently there are already 5 books set to be published on the 11th while, after my book is moved, there will be only two being issued by 47North on the 18th. Although it’s kind of like having Christmas moved back a week when you are 12 years old, I went along with the change because I am in favor of anything that will allow my work to get more attention.
So, remark your calendars. It’s still just over a month away!