Tuesday, May 5, 2020

NIGHT SHIFT DRAGONS comes out today in ebook and audio!

They say family always sticks together, but when you’re your dad’s only lifeline and the whole world—humans, dragons, and gods—wants you dead, “family bonding” takes on a whole new meaning.
My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I’m in way over my head. I thought getting rid of my dad’s bad luck curse would put things back to normal. Instead, I’m stuck playing caretaker to the Great Dragon of Korea. That wouldn’t be so bad if he wasn’t such a jerk, or if every dragon on the planet wasn’t out to kill him, or if he were my only problem.
Turns out, things can always get worse in the DFZ. When a rival spirit attacks my god/boss to turn the famously safety-optional city into a literal death arena with Nik as his bloody champion, I’m thrust onto the front lines and way out of my comfort zone. When gods fight, mortals don’t usually survive, but I’m not alone this time. Even proud old dragons can learn new tricks, and with everything I love falling to pieces, the father I’ve always run from might just be the only force in the universe stubborn enough to pull us back together.


And thus Opal's journey comes to its grand conclusion! The final book in the DFZ trilogy, NIGHT SHIFT DRAGONS, is out today in audio and ebook! Some of you have already gotten your copies and binged, and I can't thank you enough!

I hope you all love this story as much as I loved writing it. Opal has been one of the most fun characters ever to write, even if she did leave me craving pancakes. Thank you for going on this journey with me! You are the best readers a writer could have!

For those wondering what's next, I'm working on a brand new series in a brand new world! You'll all get the details as soon as I'm sure the project will actually fly, but please know this is NOT my last book in the DFZ. I've already got a great idea for another book, so don't worry. We're not done with the dragons yet!

Again, thank you so so much for being my fans. Your enthusiasm and enjoyment is why I do this. Enjoy the book, and I'll be back soon with more!

Yours always,

Rachel Aaron
Mother of Dragons Bethesda's Unpaid Intern

NIGHT SHIFT DRAGONS is the third book in the DFZ series. If you're new, start from the beginning with MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC! I promise you won't be sorry!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Something a little different

Hey everyone!

This post is a little different from my usual. First up, NIGHT SHIFT DRAGONS is still coming out May 5 in audio and ebook, so hooray! But I'm not actually here to talk about my books today. I'm here to talk about yours.

In addition to being wonderful people with amazing taste in fiction, I know a lot of you are also writers/creative types. Or maybe you just like reading books! Whatever your passion, the last few months have probably been really, really hard on you. I know they've been suck for me, and I'm lucky enough to have a job that keeps me at home all the time anyway.

Staying creative and productive is always hard, but never so much as in times like this. That's why I've teamed up with a bunch of other writers for CONQUERING THE WRITING BLUES, a free online writing conference about staying productive and inspired even when the world is falling apart. There are 25 interviews with a new one emailed out every day starting tomorrow plus a ton of free writing books and other goodies.

Just to be clear: this is a totally free project. I make no money off sign-ups. I just feel very passionate about this topic and wanted to do something to help combat the despair I see in my writing communities. To this end, I've also written a free essay on my website on the same topic called Shining On When the World Is Dark that you can read right now, no extra anything required.

Soap box! I am on you!

Anyway, if you're feeling down and in need of some inspiration, or if you just want to hear a bunch of really cool writers and publishing industry people talking shop, give CONQUERING THE WRITING BLUES a try. My interview goes up this Sunday, and you can see all the other writers on the main site. I just hope you have as much fun listening I had doing the interview, because creativity and writing are my favorite topics ever. Seriously, do not get me started I will talk FOREVER.

Thank you so much as always for being my readers. You folks are the ones who keep me going more than any others when times get tough, and I appreciate you more than words can say. Thank you SO MUCH and see you May 5 for Opal's final book!

Yours,
Rachel Aaron

Friday, April 10, 2020

NIGHT SHIFT DRAGONS, the final DFZ book, comes out May 5!

They say family always sticks together, but when you’re your dad’s only lifeline and the whole world—humans, dragons, and gods—wants you dead, “family bonding” takes on a whole new meaning. 
My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I’m in way over my head. I thought getting rid of my dad’s bad luck curse would put things back to normal. Instead, I’m stuck playing caretaker to the Great Dragon of Korea. That wouldn’t be so bad if he wasn’t such a jerk, or if every dragon on the planet wasn’t out to kill him, or if he was my only problem.  
Turns out, things can always get worse in the DFZ. When a rival spirit attacks my god/boss with the aim of turning the famously safety-optional city into a literal death arena with Nik as his bloody champion, I’m thrust onto the front lines and way out of my comfort zone. When gods fight, mortals don’t usually survive, but I’m not alone this time. Even proud old dragons can learn new tricks, and with everything I love falling to pieces, the father I’ve always run from might just be the only force in the universe stubborn enough to pull us back together.


I know it's been a hard few months for everyone and I'm sorry this took so long, but the wait is finally over. NIGHT SHIFT DRAGONS, the grand conclusion to the DFZ trilogy, comes out in audio, ebook, and KU on May 5!

Yes, that's Yong on the cover. Yes, they look like a K-Drama. Yes, Opal has a crickety crazy scheme. Yes, there's food. Also ambitious spirits, Heartstriker cameos, Nik's past finally revealed, and tons more! I crammed in pretty much everything you could want from a DFZ book, and it's all coming your way in less than a month!

And for those of you who prefer to listen to your books, the audio is releasing the same day as the ebook! And for you peeps who like paper books, I've got good news for you too! Print editions for MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC and PART-TIME GODS are done at last and will ALSO be launching on May 5!

*happy dancing*

Thank you all so much for going on this roller coaster of a series with me. I am so darn happy with how this book came out, and I hope the conclusion of Opal's story will bring you as much joy as it's brought me. Thanks you so much as always for reading and listening and being your awesome selves. I hope you'll add this last book to your lists, and I can't wait for you to read the story!

Thank you as always, and stay healthy!

Rachel Aaron
Introverted Cave Dweller Social Distancing Champion

NIGHT SHIFT DRAGONS is the third book in the DFZ trilogy. If you're new, start from the beginning with MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC! I promise you won't be sorry!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The epic ending to an epic adventure! THE ONCE KING comes out today!



Leylia’s secret could unite them all or lead them to an eternity of undeath.
After the loss of Bastion, everyone who’s not a zombie has holed up in FFO’s sole remaining safe haven: the lowbie town of Windy Lake. But the undead armies never rest, and it’s only a matter of time before the Once King’s forces come to crush what’s left of life in this world.
But Tina, James, and the rest of the players are facing a crisis of their own. After so long in this world, their human bodies are dying on the other side. If they don’t find a way home soon, they may have nothing to go back to.
With time running out in two worlds, Tina and James face a horrible choice: do they spend their final days looking for a way to get back to their old bodies, or join the NPCs to fight for their new ones. But just when things look impossible, James learns a secret that might change everything. Only one catch: to pull it off, they’re going to have to fight one raid boss no one, not even Tina, has ever beaten.
The Once King.

 Get your copy now in ebook, Kindle Unlimited, or Audible audio!

All adventures have to end sometime, but wow, have we got an ending for you! The final book in the Forever Fantasy Online trilogy, THE ONCE KING, is out today in ebook and Audible audio edition! HOORAY!

What is SB hiding? What did Leylia tell James? Can the Once King even be beaten? Just how OP are Stonekin anyway?!?! I hope you're ready to find out, because we are at max DPS, baby! (Details per second.)

Terrible jokes aside, it's been a hell of a ride! Travis and I can't say how proud and happy we are to finally give you the book we wrote this whole series to reach. THE ONCE KING is my personal favorite of the trilogy, and I really hope it will be yours too! Thank you so so much for reading and listening, and we both hope you love the story!

(And if you haven't read the FFO series yet, now's a great day to start! Pick up the first novel in ebook, audio, or on KU and see what all the hype is about! Even if you're not a gamer, I promise you won't be disappointed!)

Thank you for being the best fans ever, and I'll see you soon for the final DFZ book, coming early next year! Keep reading!

Yours always,
Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach
Hoarders of Epic Loot

THE ONCE KING is the third book in the FFO trilogy. If you're new, start from the beginning with FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE for some GamerLit that's actually lit!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Start up the final boss music! FFO 3 is coming November 12!

Introducing THE ONCE KING! Available in ebook and audio November 12!


Leylia’s secret could unite them or lead them to an eternity of undeath.
After the loss of Bastion, everyone who’s not a zombie has holed up in FFO’s sole remaining safe haven: the lowbie town of Windy Lake. But the undead armies never rest, and it’s only a matter of time before the Once King’s forces come to crush what’s left of life in this world. 
But Tina, James, and the rest of the players are facing a crisis of their own. After so long in this world, their human bodies are dying on the other side. If they don’t find a way home soon, they may have nothing to go back to. 
With time running out in two worlds, Tina and James face a horrible choice: do they spend their final days looking for a way to get back to their old bodies, or join the NPCs to fight for their new ones. But just when things look impossible, James learns a secret that might change everything. Only one catch: to pull it off, they’re going to have to fight one raid boss no one, not even Tina, has ever beaten. 
The Once King.


I know it took forever, but the third and final Forever Fantasy Online book is finished and coming out in audio and ebook on November 12!

I hope you're ready for answers and boss fights, because wow did we pack a lot into this book! Travis and I are both super happy with how we ended the series, and we can't wait (CAN'T WAIT) for you all to read it!

As you can see, the ebook is already up for preorder, but the audio edition should be releasing on November 12 too! Print is in the works as well, so whatever version you like, you'll get! Thank you to everyone for sticking with us through this crazy love letter to MMOs, and we really hope you enjoy THE ONCE KING!

See you again on launch day, and until then, keep the DPS high!

Yours always,

Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach
Keepers of DKP Benevolent Loot Council

THE ONCE KING is the third and final book in the FFO series. If you're new, start from the beginning with FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE. We promise you won't be sorry!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

PART-TIME GODS is out in audio!

Finally! A little under a month after the ebook release, the second novel in my DFZ trilogy, PART-TIME GODS is now out in audio book from Audible.com!

Life in the magical mess of the Detroit Free Zone is never easy. When you're laboring under the curse of a certain prideful, overbearing dragon, it can be down right impossible.   
My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I'm a Cleaner. Thanks to the supernatural bad luck that turns everything I do against me though, these days I'm more of a walking disaster. Getting rid of this curse is the only way to get my life back. Unfortunately, dragon magic is every bit as sneaky and deadly as the monsters behind it, and just as hard to beat.  
But I've never been one to take her doom at face value. Cornered doesn't mean defeated, and in an awakened city that rules herself, dragons are no longer the biggest powers around.
Get your copy now on Amazon or straight from Audible.com!

My narrator Emily Woo Zeller did an amazing job as always. Also, if you already bought the ebook, the audio edition is only $7.49 on Amazon, which is a steal.  It's a great production, and I really hope you'll give it a try! Thank you as always for being my readers/listeners, and I hope you love this next chapter in Opal's story!
Yours always,
Rachel

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Surprise! The sequel to MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC is out today!

What is this? A new DFZ novel?!

Ta daaaa!

No, this isn't a cover reveal or a pre-order announcement. The second DFZ novel, PART-TIME GODS, is legit out. Right now. Today. 

Check the blurb:
Life in the magical mess of the Detroit Free Zone is never easy. When you’re laboring under the curse of a certain prideful, overbearing dragon, it can be down right impossible.
My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I’m a Cleaner. At least, I used to be. Thanks to the supernatural bad luck that turns everything I do against me, these days I’m more of a walking disaster. Getting rid of this curse is the only way to get my life back. Unfortunately, dragon magic is every bit as sneaky and deadly the monsters behind it, and just as hard to beat.
But I’ve never been one to take her doom at face value. Cornered doesn’t mean defeated, and in an awakened city that rules herself, dragons are no longer the biggest powers around.


So why the surprise drop? Well, if you follow me on Twitter, you already know that our entire family just up and moved from Georgia to Colorado! It was a super happy adventure, but, as with all good adventures, the rest of my life kind of fell apart during the move, including the launch schedule for this book. 

-_-

But I wasn't going to let a small thing like my entire life being in boxes keep a sequel from you guys! PART-TIME GODS was ready to go, so I said screw it, we'll do it live! Just think of this as my own, much smaller, much less organized version of a Beyonce Lemonade drop. Happy summer of books, everyone!

EDIT: AUDIO BOOK UPDATE!!

Wow, you guys love audio books! The outcry for an audio release date has been fierce, and I don't blame you a bit! I just heard back from Audible that the production schedule for DFZ 2 was actually delayed due to schedule conflicts with my narrator, Emily, and I was never informed. 

Oh well, mistakes happen, but the good news is that I've confirmed the audio edition will come out on July 2, 2019! That's less than a month away!! Not what I wanted, obviously, but it's not too bad.


In the meanwhile, the book is out in KU and ebook right now! I hope you love this surprise trip into the DFZ as much as I loved writing it, which was a LOT. It's a super fun sequel, and I can't wait for you to read it!! 


As ever thank you SO MUCH for being part of my crazy dragon world. I couldn't do any of this without you! Thank you for your patience, and I hope you enjoy PART-TIME GODS!

Yours with many books,
Rachel Aaron
High Priestess of Detroit DFZ Clean-up Crew

PART-TIME GODS is the second book in the DFZ series, which is set in the same universe as my Heartstrikers books. If you're new, start from the beginning with NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST or MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC. I promise you won't be sorry!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

LAST BASTION is out today!

Today's the day!


The sequel to our gamer novel FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE is here! LAST BASTION comes out TODAY in ebook and audio!
Bastion was supposed to mean safety. It was supposed to mean a break from fighting for their lives and a chance to talk to someone who might actually know what’s going on. Access to their gold and some beer would have been nice, too. 
They got none of those things. When Tina and James arrive in the capital, they find a city on fire in more ways than one. Players and non-players hunt each other in the streets, while the king who controls the city’s all-powerful artifact cowers from the chaos in his castle. Desperate to warn somebody about the Once King’s coming invasion, James wants to try to talk to the king anyway, while Tina just wants to meet the royal portal keepers who might be able to send them home.
It shouldn’t be hard to get an army of the world’s best-geared players through one city, but when they discover that the captain of the Royal Knights has been massacring low-level players in revenge disguised as justice, James and Tina will have to decide what is more important: the lives of their fellow gamers, or the stability of this world’s last great city. Both choices deserve a champion, but with the Once King’s armies closing in, taking the wrong side may doom everyone to an eternity as slaves to the Ghostfire. 

It's almost summer, and you know what that means! Rachel and Travis release books!!

We've got a whole lot of awesome coming for y'all in 2019, and to kick it off, today's the day the long awaited (and just long in general) sequel to our first gamer novel FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE is finally released to the world! LAST BASTION is out right now in both ebook and audio format!

As always, print editions are lagging a little behind. We're in the process of moving both our print production company and our actual house, so things are chaos, but I promise you print is coming for both FFO and my DFZ series. And speaking of the DFZ, the sequel to MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC should be out this summer as well! It's a summer of books!!

My New Release mailing list is always the first to know when the release date goes up, so if you're not already a subscriber, sign up now and be cool! It's free, I only mail you when a book is coming out, and you get a list exclusive Heartstrikers short story. It's win all around!

Anyway, we really hope you love LAST BASTION! And for those of you who haven't given our gamer novels a try, I hope you'll change your mind. It's basically a Fantasy epic with modern characters and a whole lot of action and drama. Also, both books are available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers, so I hope you'll give book 1 a go. I promise you wont' be disappointed!

As always, thank you so so much for being our readers! You folks are the ones who make the magic possible, and we can't thank you enough. Travis and I hope you enjoy LAST BASTION, and I really can't wait to announce the next DFZ book!

Thank you again, and we'll see you soon!

Yours always,
Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach
Spawn Camping Loot Hoarders Opportunistic Treasure Enthusiasts

LAST BASTION is the second book in the FFO series. If you're new, start from the beginning with FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE! I promise you won't be sorry!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

FFO book 2, LAST BASTION, comes out April 30!

Gasp!!


The long-awaited sequel to FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE is coming April 30!

Bastion was supposed to mean safety. It was supposed to mean a break from fighting for their lives and a chance to talk to someone who might actually know what’s going on. Access to their gold and some beer would have been nice, too.

They got none of those things. When Tina and James arrive in the capital, they find a city on fire in more ways than one. Players and non-players hunt each other in the streets, while the king who controls the city’s all-powerful artifact cowers from the chaos in his castle. Desperate to warn somebody about the Once King’s coming invasion, James wants to try to talk to the king anyway, while Tina just wants to meet the royal portal keepers who might be able to send them home.

It shouldn’t be hard to get an army of the world’s best-geared players through one city, but when they discover that the captain of the Royal Knights has been massacring low-level players in revenge disguised as justice, James and Tina will have to decide what is more important: the lives of their fellow gamers, or the stability of this world’s last great city. Both choices deserve a champion, but with the Once King’s armies closing in, taking the wrong side may doom everyone to an eternity as slaves to the Ghostfire.

But we're not done yet. As you can see, we have an amazing new cover style, and we've updated book one to match. Check it!!

Oh yeah, that's the stuff!

It's been a while, but we're back and adjusted for inflation with not one, but two covers! That's right, FFO has a new look and one hell of a sequel. It took a long time (a looooong time, because this book is looooong) but if you like your Fantasy epic and your stakes sky high, this is the book for you!

If you enjoyed FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE, you're going to love LAST BASTION. It comes out on April 30, and for all you Audible fans, the ebook and audio versions are coming out on the same day! (See? We're, like, totes professional now! ^_^)

You should be able to preorder the audio version soon. We'll post a link on Twitter/Facebook when it pops, so follow if you want to be the first to know.

I just finished the second DFZ novel as well, so it's looking like 2019 is going to be a summer of books (which, as we all know, is the best kind of summer)! Anyway, I really hope you'll give LAST BASTION a try. I know I'm biased, but I think it's a hell of a book 2. I just know you're going to love it!

Thank you as always for being our readers! We hope you check out the book, thank you for being part of the mailing list, and we'll talk to you soon!

Yours always,

Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach
No Lifers Responsible Adult Impersonators

LAST BASTION is the second book in the FFO series. If you're new, start from the beginning with FOREVER FANTASY ONLINE! I promise you won't be sorry!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC is out in audio!

Finally! It's here!

Audio boooooook!

Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller


The DFZ, the metropolis formerly known as Detroit, is the world's most magical city with a population of nine million and zero public safety laws. That's a lot of mages, cybernetically enhanced chrome heads, and mythical beasties who die, get into debt, and otherwise fail to pay their rent. When they can't pay their bills, their stuff gets sold to the highest bidder to cover the tab.

That's when they call me. My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I'm a Cleaner: a freelance mage with an art history degree who's employed by the DFZ to sort through the mountains of magical junk people leave behind. It's not a pretty job, or a safe one - there's a reason I wear bite-proof gloves - but when you're deep in debt in a lawless city where gods are real, dragons are traffic hazards, and buildings move around on their own, you don't get to be picky about where your money comes from. You just have to make it work, even when the only thing of value in your latest repossessed apartment is the dead body of the mage who used to live there. 
It was a long wait, but Audible has finally released the audio version of MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC and it is awesome! You can get it on Amazon or direct from Audible.com!

To all my audio fans, thank you for your patience, and for my Vikas Adams diehards, don't fear: Vikas knows Emily and texted me to let me know how excited he was that she was my narrator! I was really picky about who got to read because Vikas was so perfect, but I think Emily did a great job. Give it a listen and I think you'll agree!

Thank you as always for reading and listening! If you haven't already, I hope you'll come back to the DFZ and give MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC a try!

Yours always,

Rachel Aaron
Queen of the Terrible Fictional Parents Dragon Family Drama Enthusiast

MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC is the first in a new series set in the same universe as my Heartstrikers books, but you don’t need to read those stories to enjoy this one. The book was written to stand by itself, but if you would like to start from the official beginning, check out NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST. I promise you won't be sorry!