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Welcome to Tales from Terramyr

Welcome to Tales from Terramyr! Terramyr is the world I created, and where my books and stories come from. Here you may browse currently available stories and get updates on new novels or stories.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Turkey, Snow, and ... Trolls...


I do hope you all have had a wonderful Holiday Season! As an extra gift for the holidays, I am running another book give away through Goodreads. Three winners will be chosen to receive a signed copy of Ascension: The Dragons of Kendualdern. What better way to start off a new year than with a new book?


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ascension by Sam Ferguson

Ascension

by Sam Ferguson

Giveaway ends January 09, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway



  Also, remember to pick up your copy of Jonathan Haymaker and Dimwater's Dragon.

Click Here to order Dimwater's Dragon

Click Here to order Jonathan Haymaker

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cover Reveal for Son of the Dragon

For those of you who have been reading the Netherworld Gate Series, the end is nigh!

That is, the end of the trilogy is coming. Take a peek at the cover and let me know what you think! Son of the Dragon is available for pre-order through amazon.

Experience the exciting conclusion to The Netherworld Gate series.



If you haven't yet started the Netherworld Gate series, check it out!
Book one
Book two


Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Dragon's Champion series is going to be Produced in Audio Book Format!


I am very excited to announce that the entire Dragon's Champion series is going to be produced in Audio Book format by Dragon Scale Publishing in 2016. The Dragon's Champion, Book one, should be completed and released by February 2016. Each sequel will then be completed roughly every six weeks after that. If all goes according to schedule, then the series will be completed by September 2016, when Return of the Dragon will hit the audio book shelves on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter for updates on this project's progress.

In the meantime, the e-Book for The Dragon's Champion, Book one has been discounted to .99 cents for a limited time through the Holiday season. Enjoy!

Click here to view the series on Amazon.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

10 Signed Copies of The Dragon's Champion up for grabs in a Goodreads giveaway!

I have ten signed copies of The Dragon's Champion, book one in The Dragon's Champion series, ready to fly out of here and to ten lucky people for free! Just check out the giveaway on Goodreads. No cost to sign up or enter the giveaway.

Best of luck!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Dragon's Champion by Sam Ferguson

The Dragon's Champion

by Sam Ferguson

Giveaway ends November 08, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Book Giveaway!!!


As promised, here are the details of the giveaway! It's simple. There are five (5) autographed copies itching to fly from my office bookshelf to your hands. You can choose either one copy of Dimwater's Dragon, or one copy of Jonathan Haymaker if you are selected as a winner.

What do you have to do?

Follow me on twitter and tweet your favorite character, and why you like them, from any of my books. My handle is @Author_SamFerg

You can pick any character from The Dragon's Champion series, The Netherworld Gate series, The Dragons of Kendualdern: Ascension, or even pick out of the short story anthology Tales from Terramyr.

Once you tweet who you like and why, your name is entered into a drawing that will be held on December 24th. That's it. It's that simple. No essays, no purchases, and no postage payment necessary. Just tweet to me who your favorite character is and why, and your Twitter handle will be entered into the drawing.

On December 24th (sometime before my kids beg me to let them open presents early) the five winners will be announced on Twitter. They will then get a direct message from me with the next steps to send me the name they want it made out to, the address to send it to, and they can specify which book they wish to receive.

Want bonus chances? Get your twitter followers to retweet your tweet. For each retweet Twitter logs on your original tweet, you will get an additional ticket in the drawing.



*Only one book per winner. Even if you have a bazillion tickets, your name can only be drawn once and therefore, you can only get one book. I want five actual people to get books :)  (Though I suppose it is possible to have multiple Twitter accounts and thereby foil and trick me into giving you both books... you will then just have to live with the shame of having two books instead of one...)

*This is a Twitter exclusive drawing. The only way to enter is to Tweet @Author_SamFerg. Even if you send me cookies, or smiley face stickers, I can only accept a proper entry via Twitter.

*All Tweets and retweets must be logged before 11:59 pm (MST) on December 23rd to be eligible for the drawing. The 5 winners will be announced on December 24th, 2015.

Best of luck, and I look forward to seeing which characters you all like :)



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Giveaway Contest Coming Soon!


I thought it might be fun to have a short contest. The details are going to come soon, but what I can say is that the prize will be the winner's choice of either a signed copy of Dimwater's Dragon, or Jonathan Haymaker.

Spread the word!





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jonathan Haymaker now available for pre-order

I am pleased to announce that a new fantasy novel is available for pre-order now.

"Jonathan Haymaker" is not your typical farm-boy-turned-hero story either- Jonathan isn't out trying to save the world. While an unprecedentedly gigantic horde of trolls invades from the Murkle Quags, cowering the local armies and routing even the strongest of human champions, Jonathan's singular aim is to rescue his brother and bring him home again. Be sure to check it out. The e-book will be released in December.

Click here to reserve your copy today!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Return of the Dragon updates available for those who need them

I must apologize, as it appears that despite my best efforts, some incomplete versions of the e-book were sent out by Amazon. Normally, they do a great job so overall I don't have any real complaints, but it appears that many who pre-ordered Return of the Dragon, got an incomplete version. This should only affect some of the pre-ordered copies, and not any copies purchased on or after October 5th.

To explain, I should say that just before the book was originally due, my infant son was admitted into the hospital after a serious accident wherein his legs were severely burned. He is on the mend now, although it is still unclear whether he may need surgery to help his skin heal, but for several weeks my family was entirely consumed with helping him and trying to take care of the otehr children at the same time. There was no way for me to finish the edits in the last half of the manuscript on time.

For this reason, I cut the book off at chapter 15, keeping those chapters that needed further revision back, with a short note as a placeholder. I had the understanding that as long as I got the updates and edits finished and turned in before October 2nd, then every reader would get the completed book. Unfortunately, although I was able to finish the edits by October 1st, it has come to my attention that many of the pre-ordered copies released are not the final version.

The good news is, there is an easy fix. For any of you who have the incomplete version, please use one of the below contact methods to request the updated version. (I am speaking with them to push the updates automatically to each reader, but they are reluctant to do so.)

Again, please accept my apologies.

Here is the excerpt from Amazon:

Customers would still be able to call our support team through the 
below numbers to have the revised content sent to their Kindle library 
irrespective of the changes made.
                                   
                                                                        
                                                                    
Customers
 or readers can contact our Kindle Customer service through the phone 
number listed below to request the updated content:
 
www.amazon.com/clicktocall
 
www.amazon.com/clicktochat
 
OR
 
U.S. and Canada: 1-866-216-1072
 
International: 1-206-266-2992
 
We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dimwater's Dragon is now available for pre-order

I am happy to announce a new book; Dimwater's Dragon. I hope you enjoy it. Reserve your copy today!

Kyra Dimwater has only two weeks left before her fourteenth birthday, a day that promises misery. She has seen the noblemen coming to her home, sneaking off to the parlor with her father for hushed conversations. They were suitors, she knew, but it didn't matter. Her father had long ago decided to whom she would be betrothed. These meetings were nothing more than his pitiful attempt to increase the price for her hand in marriage. Kyra pretended not to notice them, turning instead to her book of spells that her mother had given her to practice before her inaugural year at Kuldiga Academy. She knew magic was the only way to take control of her life. Upon her birthday, Kyra's father would announce the chosen groom, and then she would have only four years at Kuldiga Academy before she would be delivered to the altar. Such was the way of noble-born girls.

When she arrives at Kuldiga Academy, Kyra's world collapses when she discovers that her betrothed works there as an instructor. As if his presence wasn't suffocating enough, rumors abound and the other apprentices soon ostracize her. There were other girls in similar circumstances, but Kyra was different. She was the only one betrothed to an instructor at the Academy. At least the others were betrothed to young men closer to their own age. She would have to use her wits, in addition to her budding magic skills, in order to escape and create some semblance of freedom in a world ruled by noblemen.

On one such adventure Kyra finds a dragon egg, something not seen for centuries in the Middle Kingdom. She knows to hide it is an offense against the crown. There is a dark danger with all dragons, and they are to be exterminated upon sight. Kyra, however, cannot bring herself to destroy it. In that oblong egg she sees not the monster others did, but a creature deserving of freedom and a life of its own making. She seeks advice from an outlawed wizard and enlists his help to care for the egg.

As the dragon hatches and grows, Kyra fights to hide and protect the fledgling dragon, all the while dodging her betrothed and the others at the academy who would surely condemn the dragon to death. The bond between lady and dragon grows fierce and strong, but will it survive, or is the dark curse destined to conquer the beast?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Erik's Journey is Coming to a Close.

The final volume of the Dragon's Champion series is now available for pre-order. Enjoy!


 In the final volume of The Dragon's Champion series, Erik has found the Immortal Mystic, but his training is failing. Haunted by guilt and grief over a close friend who was murdered in front of him, he cannot focus his power. Meanwhile, Gilifan has found a way to resurrect Tu'luh and plunge the Middle Kingdom into subjugation with Nagar's Secret. Lepkin finds himself stuck between a horde of invading orcs and the press of Gilifan's forces. Worst of all, Erik may not be the champion about whom the prophecies were written. Meddling wizards have interfered with the very fabric of fate, altering prophecies and manipulating events. Because of this, Lepkin may have chosen the wrong champion to train, which now threatens to tip the balance heavily in Gilifan's favor. Erik will have to not only succeed in his final training, which he was never meant to undergo, he will have to rise against the reborn Tu'luh, and hope that he and his allies are strong enough to defeat the beast.


 Click here to pre-order


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book #5 in The Dragon's Champion series is available on Kindle!

The Immortal Mystic is out and available for purchase on the Kindle.

Tu'luh is dead. Erik must now hurry to find the Immortal Mystic so he can unlock the mysteries contained within The Infinium and destroy Nagar's magic. Meanwhile, the orcs are battering down the gates at Ten Forts. Will Lepkin and the others succeed in fending off the orcs long enough for Erik to reach the Immortal Mystic? Click here to buy The Immortal Mystic.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Cover reveal for Dimwater's Dragon

Alright, so I am excited to announce a new book that has been in the works for some time now. This novel occurs before The Dragon's Champion series takes place, but I believe a few of you will recognize the character. Dimwater's Dragon is set for release in August.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Author interview with Ted Cross


Q.  Welcome Ted, and thanks for taking the time to interview, I know you have a busy schedule. By way of introduction, can you tell me a little about yourself and your background?

A.  I really appreciate you having me here, Sam. As you can see from the picture with my two sons, I grew up in Arizona. I split time living in Tucson and Phoenix. I always had a love for history, which gave me the travel bug since I wanted to experience some of the places I read about in history books, so that led to me joining the Foreign Service and spending most of the past 22 years overseas. I miss America, but I'm glad to get to see so much of the world. So far I've lived in Russia, Croatia, China, Iceland, Hungary, and Azerbaijan, and I would like to add a few more to that list before I retire. 

In Russia I met my wife, and we've been married for twenty years now. Our two sons are teens, so we're in that stage of worrying about them heading off to college. The younger one shares my enjoyment of writing, while both of them are talented musically, which is something I only found out about myself quite late. Besides writing and music, I'm really into playing chess, so I have always chosen to be stationed in countries with strong chess traditions. 


Q.  So how did you get involved with writing? Were you one of those who had a story nagging in the back of your mind for years on end, or are you a prolific daydreamer with several ideas on hand at any given moment?

A.  Both! I never thought I would actually write novels, even though I liked the thought of doing it. It seemed so hard! And it is. But the stories just wouldn't go away. Like you said, they kept nagging at my mind and the details kept expanding, until it reached a point where I felt I had no choice and I started typing one out. At first it was just the one story (which became The Shard, my second release), but now the ideas just keep coming, and I struggle to figure out which one to write next simply because there are so many exciting ideas I want to work on.


Q.  Tell me about your books. Last year you released The Immortality Game, a sci-fi thriller that has received some great reviews. How did you decide to set the story in 22nd century Moscow?

A.  Since living for four years in Moscow in the 1990's, I had really wanted to write a mafia thriller set there, because the Russian mafia was an everyday part of life at that time. But an actual story never quite came together for me. Later when I had some intriguing sci-fi ideas, I realized I could write my mafia story if I moved it into the future. The technology level of my sci-fi ideas was relatively near future, but I wanted to show a societal collapse that took decades to overcome, so I chose 2138  as a date that gave me enough time for society to be piecing itself back together again after the collapse.


Q.  Your newest release, The Shard, is high fantasy through and through. If I am not mistaken, you refer to it as kind of a throwback to D&D, but with a grittier feel. What does this novel bring to the table for fantasy readers?

A.  I think superficially many readers will think it doesn't offer anything new, as they will see the obvious features of elves, dwarves, wizards and dragons and roll their eyes and say it's just another Tolkien clone. And if that's their take, then so be it, the book isn't really meant for them. To me there really is a new element to my story. I grew up during the huge Dungeons & Dragons craze of the 1980's (at least that was when it hit hard in Tucson). I loved the setting and wanted to explore it in every detail. However, the reading side of D&D never satisfied me. I know a lot of readers love the official D&D books, but for me they were sort of superficial, treating D&D like a game and giving us protagonists who were more like superheroes than actual people. What I wanted was to read D&D books that treated the subject seriously, as if someone like George RR Martin were writing them. But no one ever did.

Now writing a first novel is always a learning experience, as I'm sure you know, so I'll never claim that my first novel The Shard is an important work within the genre. It's a first novel and I learned a lot from writing it. I still enjoy the story after all these years (I finished writing it in 2009), and my younger son has read it four times, so it accomplished what I set out to do, which was to finally see at least one story written in a D&D-type setting that treats it like real life.


Q.  Since we mentioned the subject of D&D. Would you be willing to name your all-time favorite race or class to play as?

A.  I always preferred to play humans. And I think that speaks to novels in general, where we can write about other races like elves and dwarves, but generally you will still see the protagonists be human (whith notable exceptions like Drizzt). It's because readers need to identify with the protagonists, and it's much easier for them to do so when they can closely relate to them.


Q.  Let's discuss your future projects. Are you planning to write sequels to The Shard? Do you have more fantasy novels in the works? Do you envision yourself sticking with fantasy and sci-fi, or will you ever step away from those genres?

A.  As I said earlier, I'm torn between a number of book ideas. Right now I have two fully fleshed outlines, one for a far-future sci-fi that I feel has the potential to be a real hit, and another that is a prequel to The Shard. I also have several sketchier outlines for sequels to The Shard. I never wanted to write a traditional series. I always wanted to write stand alone novels, but also have them be within the same universe so there could be some continuity. In the end I imagine I'll have two to three more books set in the Known Lands of The Shard, and at least a couple more sci-fi novels. Given how each novel I've written has bred more ideas, I'm sure that I'll never lack for inspiration.

I doubt I'll write outside of science fiction and fantasy. I do have a great idea for a historical fiction novel, but in today's world I think it would be dangerous to write a story that plays with religious themes in a controversial way, so I don't think I'll ever actually write that one.


Q.  Thanks again for sharing some of your time. I know I already have a copy of The Shard, and I encourage others to go out and grab it as well. For those who would like to know more about you and your books, where can they go?

A.  I keep a blog ( http://tedacross.blogspot.com/) and I'm on Facebook (Ted.Cross.Author) and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9846871.Ted_Cross). Thanks again for the interview!

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Peek at what's on Deck for 2015



I am very excited to announce a few new projects for the first part of 2015 and reveal covers for the first two.







The Dragons of Kendualdern: Ascension

Book available March 1st, 2015.



Gorliad is the first crowned prince to hatch in centuries. Destined to one day conquer a kingdom of his own, he begins his rigorous training and progresses wonderfully. That is, until a rival dragon descends upon the kingdom in a ferocious battle that leaves Gorliad crippled, and bereft of his birthright. The young dragon will need to find the fires deep within his soul if he is to overcome his handicap, but even victory may bring defeat as he will have to risk his father’s kingdom and everything in it to ascend to his promised throne.






The Immortal Mystic, book five in The Dragon's Champion Series

Set for release June 1st, 2015

Tu'luh is dead. The orcs are attacking from the south. There is only one who can help Erik unravel the mysteries behind Tu'luh's prophecy about the impending end of the world. Yet, to reach the immortal mystic, Erik will have to travel east, beyond the safety of the Middle Kingdom, and into the heart of Tarthun lands. With only a handful of clues to go on, Erik sets out to find the answers before it is too late. However, this time Master Lepkin and the others will have to stay behind to keep the orcish horde at bay.




Also set for release later in 2015:

Book six in The Dragon's Champion series. (Title purposely withheld... yes I am that stingy...) This is the final volume in Erik's journey, and promises to be a climactic end to his gallant adventures.