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    Nobility Among Us

    I obtained Dee Dee Warren's permission to post this.

    In between the old Tweb going down and this new forum rising from the digital dust, I published my first novel, Nobility Among Us.

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    During the beta reading stage, I received some helpful feedback from people at the old Tweb as well as other online communities, including some insightful criticism of the setting from Curtmudgeon just before he left us.

    It’s an alternative history novel with Christian themes, and mostly subtle Biblical parallels, about followers of the forbidden book using what influence they have to transform their small part of a vast oppressive society, and the fallout from that.

    It’s set in a huge kingdom that has reached modern levels of technology without shaking off its feudal political system and culture. The system has become highly oppressive (the media is totally controlled, the king and everyone in the nobility are immune from criticism, all philosophies that acknowledge any authority higher than the king are banned) but is showing signs of beginning to crumble.

    There was a failed uprising ten years before the book begins, and in response the ruling class changed their strategy towards pacifying the people. Dissent is now crushed in secret and they try to project a benevolent public image, part of that is an annual contest for young lowborn women in which the grand prize for the finalists is to attend the ball of the year, where at least one of the finalists will be married into a noble family.

    This both gives the people a romantic escapism from their daily troubles and the impression that they have some sort of voice, since the people are told that they decide who gets to the final (though the voting is rigged to filter out potentially dangerous candidates). This has worked well for the nobility so far, but this year a secret follower of the forbidden book gets to the final and gets together with a secret follower of the forbidden book within the nobility, a lowly viscount.

    And that’s just the prologue :)

    Nick did a brief review of it on deeper waters just over a month ago: http://deeperwaters.wordpress.com/20...lity-among-us/

    The paperback version can be ordered from various online bookstores around the world, there is also a kindle ebook version, which can be bought instead or obtained for free if you buy the print version. The amazon links given on the book's sales page use the Tweb affiliate code, so part of the proceeds from any purchases will go towards keeping Tweb running.

    Starting today at 8.00 a.m. PST (4pm GMT) a Kindle countdown deal on the book will begin for the US territory of Amazon.com, so the Kindle version can be bought for only $0.99 for the first 48 hours, the discounted price increasing by one dollar every two days until it reaches the full kindle price again next week.

    More information about the book, links to where it can be bought as well as to the prologue and first chapter can be found here (the same link is in my sig)
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    Nakonec pravda vitezi (In the end the truth wins)

    Nobility Among Us and Beyond the Mist are now on sale worldwide, as is my first poetry collection, Selected Verse - Faith and Family and my second, Selected Verse - Heroes and Wonders

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    nice.

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    If I ever get back to reading books, I just might check this one out. It sounds interesting.
    Safka, you are NOT "unknown", you were loved by many, and you will not be forgotten. I will always remember you Puginator.


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    I'm just a little bit into it but I was beginning to heavily suspect that's what the forbidden book stood for.
    I want something good to die for to make it beautiful to live.

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    Enjoying it so far, KG?

    The Kindle countdown deal is now active.


    I think the full paperback cover image is awesome (warning: 12.5 MB):

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...over_f1_v5.png
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    Nakonec pravda vitezi (In the end the truth wins)

    Nobility Among Us and Beyond the Mist are now on sale worldwide, as is my first poetry collection, Selected Verse - Faith and Family and my second, Selected Verse - Heroes and Wonders

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    So if I order the paperback from Amazon, I can contact you for a kindle version?

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    If you order the paperback from Amazon, you can then get the kindle version for free from amazon via their matchbook program. If you buy the paperback from anywhere else, then contact me, provide a proof of purchase, and I'll send you the kindle version.
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    Nobility Among Us and Beyond the Mist are now on sale worldwide, as is my first poetry collection, Selected Verse - Faith and Family and my second, Selected Verse - Heroes and Wonders

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    I'll mention the novel to a friend of mine that likely will buy and read it. Not sure if I will or not, but it does sound interesting. The nobility's method of placating those that they oppress is especially devious, a kind of deception that I don't see an awful lot of in the modern fictions I'm aware of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Some Dude View Post
    I'll mention the novel to a friend of mine that likely will buy and read it. Not sure if I will or not, but it does sound interesting. The nobility's method of placating those that they oppress is especially devious, a kind of deception that I don't see an awful lot of in the modern fictions I'm aware of.
    Thanks, I'd appreciate that - getting the word out effectively is the hardest part of this whole process. Many oppressive regimes throw lavish public festivals and celebrations to give the people an emotional release and make them think that life isn't so bad after all. I thought I'd combine that with this other pacification strategy that ultimately backfires by doing what it was supposed to only pretend to do.
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    Nakonec pravda vitezi (In the end the truth wins)

    Nobility Among Us and Beyond the Mist are now on sale worldwide, as is my first poetry collection, Selected Verse - Faith and Family and my second, Selected Verse - Heroes and Wonders

    Creative editor of the Sci Phi Journal, for readers who like depth to their stories and to explore the depths of the stories they like.

    Listen to a Tale of the Once and Future King

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    Having the deceptive technique backfire to do actual good sounds awesome, and actually piques my curiosity a little more into reading it. I'll try and mention it to my friend before this Sunday is out.

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