Tuesday, 21 May 2013

History Update - May

   Hi guys,

   Well, things aren't quite going to plan, and FSJ has fallen a little by the wayside.  Sorry I was going to have a post two days ago but it's just not slotting together as I hoped.

   It's not for a lack of trying, there's just no chance for writing 100% of the time with work being a hurdle and family being a treasure; guess I need to lock myself away and get the writing done (and maybe the mapping, not quite 100% sure when I'll be able to fit that in, but I have the first draft done).

   So, all quiet on the Talbadan front this month, I'll see what I can manage over the coming weeks.

   Thanks for understanding,
   T. M. Shannon

Friday, 19 April 2013

History Update

   Hi guys,

   Well, it's been a long time coming (and holding back my work on The Hero of Talbadas, Volume Two), but I've updated the History of the Talbadas.

   With this Part 2 update, the Interim is in full swing.  The Migrations are reshaping the Videan culture, but the Cistinian rise in Ghomal, and the early Church conquest of Sapia sees the south-western Sapic Caelts taking the unified banner of Haernism.

   Future updates will be made as I get around to them, especially with my focus on Hero of Talbadas.  I'll post progress as I go.  Until then, please enjoy this episode of Talbadas' vibrant history, and hope to see you soon at my VBT stops - you can find all the details here at http://tmshannon-author.blogspot.com.au.

   T. M. Shannon

Thursday, 11 April 2013

My heartfelt apologies

I've been slack, I know, I'm really sorry.  There's a lot in mind at the moment and I've been distracted, but at least it's TSH related (my VBT due soon!)

The History will be back up and running soon, along with my work on Volume 2 of the Hero of Talbadas.

I owe it to myself more than anything, but it's all good, and as we say here in Oz, "She'll be right, mate."

Look forward to updating soon!

Sunday, 31 March 2013

The History of the Last Couple of Days (or seriously, I'm getting!)

Hi guys,

I know I promised (without making any promises) that there's be a History of Talbadas update.

Been a busy Easter Long Weekend here in Australia (family commitments, organising a manuscript swap-over, checking in on LinkedIn [note to self, LINK OUT once in a while!]), I'm back on the FSJ bandwagon tomorrow (Easter Monday), and I'm going to try and pump out the next history installment as well tomorrow.

Don't worry, for lack of entries here I'm going to make up for that loss with Koren Dietrich, Talbadas' first king, and the many other great things to come in Talbadas' vibrant history.

Thanks for your understanding (OK, I know its only my loss not writing my own history to my own country I made up for the specific purpose of starting a war), looking forward to indulging the History and jumping back on the Hero of Talbadas bandwagon - OCTOBER RELEASE INTENDED!

T. M. Shannon

Tuesday Update: still busy proofing, reproofing and re-reproofing.  Giving up this weeks intention to post to the History.  Soon, I swear (don't make me do an Armage blood-oath I beg you!)

Thanks again for understanding!

Monday, 25 March 2013

And as for going to the moon and doing other things...

OK I've been a bit lax about the history blog.  I've been busy.

It happens.

So now, I find myself not as busy.  At that can only mean one thing: HISTORY OF TALBADAS BACK IN BUSINESS!

I owe myself a couple of catch-ups.  I'm not making promises at the moment, but I'll be doing what I can to get back on track!

The next history installments concern the legendary Koren Dietrich and the birth of the kingdom in the Alpes-Talbadas.

Cheers guys,
T. M. Shannon

Monday, 18 March 2013

"And for my next trick, I need a member of the audience."

Ever considered spreading your influence and helping others along the way?  I know I have - in fact I'm doing it now.

Being in the independent world, self-pubbed authors don't quite have connections like E. L. James' strongest whipping belt (I'll pass).  It means we have to initiate the connections, which to me seems a daunting task.

So I come to my proposition: how would any author's like to share promo through facebook and our innumerable blogs?

It's only a small plan.  Send a few sample chapters and your links to me, I'll send mine to you, and throw you up on a page of my blog (I've got the room, and best yet, I really don't mind doing it).  Got your facebook page?  I'll chuck my likes up, too.  And it is my intention to do this for nothing

Put it this way, I might even review your work for the fun of it (I might even buy your book on kindle!)

I know I'm only a tiny operator at the moment, but so what?  Exposure is exposure, and I have other works planned.  Something has to give, and I'm a firm believer of sharing the love.

So if you're interested, hit me up.  Just leave your query in the comments section and I'll be in contact very soon.

Here's to success!
T. M. Shannon

P.S. in History news, I may try and add more this coming weekend, but I'm not making promises as I'm still busy with many endeavours.  Keep you posted!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

History Update

"The work of the Armage is rarely, if ever, done.  So it has always been, and so it will always be."

A saying of the Armage to the King of Talbadas            

In other news, I haven't even so much as given the next portion of the History of Talbadas an update, as I've been so busy with my writing.

So Sunday will not feature an update to the History (awww) but it will be St Patricks Day and a good day for a Guinness (yay) . . . not that this is my excuse for skipping the update.

I have a major Hero of Talbadas project in progress, with an announcement due sooner than soon.  Hold your breath, good things are coming!

Cheers all and apols if you were hoping for something this weekend.  HoT still has plenty of updates in the works, so stay tuned.

T.M Shannon

Thursday, 7 March 2013

TSH Paperback deals on Amazon.com

Hi guys,

Just a shout-out for The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart in Paperback format, there are a couple of great deals on Amazon.

Firstly, Amazon.com has dropped the selling price of TSH to $10.18 (with free-shipping eligability if you spend $25).

The best online deal is with super_star_seller, who have dropped their price $4.99 + $3.99 shipping. 

They guarantee brand new copies, which I can vouch for 100%; they are selling copies that I sent to them, so feel free to check them out - that's what we call paying it forward!

See all paperback options here:

I've put the Kindle copy down to $2.99, where it will stay for the forseeable future.  Sorry, but TSH isn't available in other ebook formats due to Kindle Select obligations.

Go get among it!

T. M. Shannon

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Sunday 3rd March 2013 Update

Dear Viewers,

The first part of Chapter One of the History of Talbadas, "The Interim and the Tualbid Kingdom" is now complete.  Following From the Ashes of the Empire, new section The Migrations explains the collapse of the Old Empire and the flow of citizens from the outlying protectorates into the Videan Peninsula.

The History of Talbadas is due for its next two weeks from now, on the 17th of March.

Hope you enjoy the ever-expanding history!
T. M. Shannon

Saturday, 23 February 2013

From the Historian (aka the Author) 24th Feb 2013

Hi viewers and followers,

I'll keep it short here, as you can find the bulk of my address over at the Author blog.

Sorry to keep you waiting with history updates, as I've been busy with initial release of TSH and settling back down with work and moving on with the Hero of Talbadas.

I will aim to have installments up once a fortnight, beginning next Sunday, the 3rd of March.  My big push is to have Volume 2 of the Hero of Talbadas ready for initial release in three months, which I imagine may cause interruptions.

Check back for updates, and hope you're enjoying TSH as we speak, don't forget your all important reviews, critique etc!

Thanks for understanding,
T. M. Shannon

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Comments most certainly welcome!

Hi everyone!

Don't forget that these blogs are open for you to comment on.  Feel free to let me know what you think of The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart or the History of Talbadas, whether you like the idea, hate it, or have a suggestion.

Without you sharing what works and what doesn't, I can't discover the way to indulge my audience.  Without you replying, I don't know where to find that audience.  Even if its as small as a +1, it means more than the world to me - it means I've connected with someone.  They then become the next ambassador to follow - the Wiglaf to carry on Beowulf's flame.

Put it this way, without fans, the Force isn't with us, we don't live long and prosper, Crom doesn't grant us revenge, and we don't get kicked into a Spartan death-pit.  There are no heroes whose deeds can be told, no Grendel's beaten, no Fafnir's slain, no Jason to lead the Argonauts.

Your thoughts mean a lot to me.  I thank you for sharing.

T. M. Shannon

Sunday, 10 February 2013

To a Kingdom facing darkness, a hero HAS come!

The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart is available for purchase!

Follow my blog for details of more release information, including the 15 Review Copy Giveaway
(one copy for you to enjoy, provided you get your feedback on Facebook or right here on Blogspot,
add it to your own blog or somebody else's, letting the world know what you think of the book!),
as well as news and reviews as they become available.

Further review copies will only be made available to legitimate press - that means I'll on Google checking addresses, making a few calls after this time.

Keep you posted,
T. M. Shannon

Friday, 8 February 2013


Welcome to the History of Talbadas, following the vivid history of the Kingdom of Talbadas, the setting of the newly-released The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart.

Follow the Pages to explore the history from the kingdom's birth out of the Interim in 496.  Share your views, like your favourite pieces, and follow news on The Hero of Talbadas series, with the journey due to continue later this year in The Fear, The Sundering, The Journey.

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Friday, 1 February 2013


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