Monday, September 21, 2015

Kindle Fire Giveaway

Enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 6 and other great prizes!

As a big thank you to all of my awesome readers, I am giving away a Kindle Fire and some kickass Legends of Agora merch. Click the link at the bottom of the page to enter.

Here are all the great prizes.

Prize #1

Kindle Fire HD 6, including the entire Legends of Agora series.

Prize #2

Legends of Agora t-shirt, map, bookmark, and hat.

Prize #3

The entire Legends of Agora eBook collection in the format of your choice.

Prize #4

High quality map of Agora (Ten winners!)

Multiple ways to enter!

1. Join the Legends of Agora mailing list and receive two entries.

2. Visit the Whill of Agora Facebook page and receive one entry 

3. Share on social media "refer a friend" and get up to ten entries!

Contest ends 10-3-15.

Enter contest HERE.

Good luck!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Kingdoms in Chaos now available!

Well it has been fifteen months since I published Whill of Agora 4, and I am happy to announce that Book 5 is here. I had been writing about Whill and the crew for about 10 years and needed a little break from that story line. I've since released The Windwalker Archive Books 1 & 2, as well as Afterworld and Blackthorn Rising. After a long break it was really fun to write about Whill and the other characters again. Book 5 is now available, and so far the reviews are phenomenal. I'm already hard at work on Book 6, and Book 7 won't be far behind. Considering that Whill of Agora was intended to be a trilogy, it amazes me how far the story has come. It continues to surprise and excite me at every turn, and I hope it does you as well.

Here are the links to the various venues.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Audio Book Kickstarter

Legends of Agora Audio Book Kickstarter

Hello Everyone,

I've just launched a Kickstarter to help fund my audio book project. My goal is to raise enough funds to have the entire Legends of Agora collection turned into audio books. I've added some great value to the incentives, such as 3 eBooks for a $10 pledge ($15 value), and many others. If you are interested in helping to get this project off the ground, check it out at the link below.

Hope to see you there!

- Mike

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blackthorn Rising is now Available

I'm very excited to announce that BLACKTHORN RISING is now available at all online retailers. I hope you enjoy the newest addition to Legends of Agora.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Win one of seven signed softcover books! 

As a big thanks for all of your support I'd like to offer a chance to win one of seven of my signed softcover books. Just follow the link below and choose which one you would like, or choose all. Contest ends on 6-15-15. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blackthorn Rising postponed until June 18



For personal reasons I've postponed Blackthorn Rising until June 18th. If you've pre-ordered the book you needn't worry, it will be delivered promptly to your kindles on the new release date. I apologize for making you all wait another month, but I promise it will be worth it. When the book comes out in June, it will be a much more enjoyable reading experience than it would have been had I rushed the process.

Thanks for bearing with me.

Michael Ploof

I wanted to offer up my thanks to all my loyal fans. The Whill of Agora bundle made it to #144 on the USA Today Bestsellers list this week, and I couldn't have done it without all your help. I greatly appreciate your continued support.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Whill 5 Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal!
Whill of Agora

Book 5

Kingdoms in Chaos

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but in this case, please do...

The artist Durrrrian (yes 4 r's) created this beautiful rendition of Whill on his throne. If you would like to see more of his work you can check him out at Deviant Art.

It's hard to imagine that it's been almost a year since the last Whill of Agora book came out. After finishing A Crown of War in January 2014 I needed a break from Whill & Co. I'd been writing about them since 2003, and while it was a blast, I had a lot of other stories begging to be told. I've since written Talon 1 & 2, The Orion Rezner Chronicles, and Blackthorn Rising. On December 26, I decided that it was time for the next chapter in the Whill of Agora saga. I'm happy to say that Kingdoms in Chaos is coming along well, and will be released later this year.

Until then, you can still pre-order Blackthorn Rising for 40% off release day price. It will be available on May 19.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

USA Today bestseller!!

We did it!

Thanks to all the support of our great fans, and the endless hours of hard work by the many authors involved, FIERCE has hit #94 on the USA Today bestseller list. We thought it might be a close call, and have been biting our nails since Sunday night waiting for the list to be posted for the current week. Yesterday night fellow author Daniel Arenson posted this pic, and I nearly fell out of my chair.

Being a part of this bundle has been an incredible learning experience. This profession can be a lonely one, and it has been awesome working with and getting to know so many great authors. I would like to thank everyone involved, namely Terah Edun and K.j.Colt. They've proven not only once, but twice, that they have what it takes to put together a bestselling bundle. I'm constantly impressed by their organizational skills and marketing prowess. I expect nothing but great things for these Fierce ladies of literature. :)

*FIERCE will be on sale for .99 until March 31.*

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Blackthorn Rising now available for pre-order/FIERCE breaks the amazon top 100!

Fans of Dirk Blackthorn are going to love this...

This book had been a lot of fun to write. Dirk Blackthorn is possibly my favorite character in the Whill of Agora books and I think it shows. Book 1 will be released on May 19, with book 2 following only a few months later. Blackthorn 1 begins a few weeks before Dirk and Krentz's fabled meeting on the road to Kell-Torey as mentioned in Whill of Agora book 2.

 Here's the blurb:

Fifteen year old Dirk Blackthorn has arrived in Kell-Torey hoping to make a fresh start. With winter on the way, and all but a rusty coin spent on his father’s drinking, Dirk sets out to make a name for himself in the city’s criminal underworld.

Krentz has always known that she was different than other dark elves. When she learns of a portal in the catacombs of her father’s palace she cannot resist the lure of freedom, and ventures through it to the fabled land of Agora. With Draggard and Dark Elf assassins on her heels she sets out to make a life for herself in the strange new land.

Destined for love, doomed by fate, Dirk and Krentz must fight for a place in an ever changing and often hostile world of magic, deception, and danger.


Blackthorn Rising available Here for a special pre-order price.

In other news FIERCE has just broken the amazon top 100!

As you know I was lucky enough to be invited into a fantasy bundle with some amazing authors. Well release day finally came on the 10th, and we have been climbing the charts ever since. This morning FIERCE broke the Amazon top 100, and is now hovering at #85!

Click HERE to get your copy for only .99. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

FIERCE: Sixteen Authors of Fantasy is now live on all retailers for pre-order.

When I received the invite to be a part of FIERCE on Dec 26 I was both astonished and humbled. Collected in this monster of a bundle are some of today's best-selling Indie authors out there, and I am very grateful to be a part of something so amazing.
For .99 you get 16 books from multiple USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors. With over 1 million words, FIERCE is sure to be a grand adventure into the realm of fantasy.
Here are the links to the various retailers. The book will be delivered on March 10. Enjoy!


Monday, February 9, 2015

FIERCE: Sixteen Fantasy Books for .99!


USA TODAY cover reveal!

Whill of Agora will be included in FIERCE: Sixteen Fantasy Authors!
I have been waiting patiently since Dec 26 to announce this! A few days before Christmas I noticed a multi-author fantasy bundle called EPIC, doing really well on Amazon. I thought to myself, "I have to do something like that!". So I contacted one of the authors that was in that bundle to ask how one would go about putting something like that together. The author steered me toward K.J.Colt, a fellow fantasy author. He said she and another woman had put it all together and they could answer my questions. So I went on facebook to look up K.J so that I could ask her about it, and to my utter surprise, I had a message in my inbox from none other than K.J Colt herself. You can imagine my confusion. Here I was going online to contact her, and she had just contacted me! She said that they were putting together another one, and I was on top of the list! How cool is that? 
(Sometimes the synchronicity of life scares me!)
USA TODAY even ran an article for the cover reveal. Check it out HERE.
We've got an amazing line-up for this bundle, and some big names as well. Here is the complete line-up: Mercedes Lackey, Michael Manning, K.F. Breene, Morgan Rice, Michael J. Ploof, Daniel Arenson, Kate Sparkes, David Adams, Amy Raby, C. Greenwood, David Dalglish, K.J. Colt, Shae Ford, Endi Webb, Michael Wallace and Terah Edun.
The bundle is available for pre-order now from I-Tunes HERE.
It will become available for pre-order on other sites on March 1. I will keep you posted in the mean time.
We are also running a Thunderclap campaign. The first 100 supporters get a FREE copy of Fierce, Sixteen fantasy books. Support the campaign HERE and get your copy.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Whill 5 and other news

Whill of Agora 5 and other news.

Up here in Northern NY the weather has remained at a consistent Freeze-your-ass-off  temperature for the last month (and I don't mean 30 or 40 degrees, I'm talking below zero), and it isn't getting any warmer any time soon. Right about now cabin fever begins to creep in, and I start to feel like I'm living on a spaceship. I've grown a beard, and I've finally gotten a bathrobe to wear around all day over my workout clothes to top off the my Hermit Writer look. Each day blends into the next, and every now and again I realize I haven't left the house in a week. Winter in the North country sucks a big icicle shlong, but it is my most productive time of year. Last February I wrote the first draft of TALON in 18 days. It was an awesome experience.
This winter is no different. I currently have 6 projects going on, all in different phases. Whill fans will be glad to know that I am currently 25% through the first draft of Whill of Agora 5, which will be the first of a new Whill trilogy. I am still toying with calling it Whill 5, or Whillhelm Warcrown book 1, since the main plot for the first four books has come to completion. There was a lot of story left to tell at the end of Book 4, too much to wrap up in that book alone. I worked on the Whill series for ten years straight, and when I finished book 4 in the winter of 2013 I needed a break. As fun as those books were to write, I had a lot of other ideas begging to get out of my head. Since completing that book I have written 5 others. I had a nice year long break from Whill & Co, and now I'm ready to tackle by best selling epic again. I've written about 300,000 words since then, and I think I've improved. I can't wait for you all to read it.
On another note: Many of you might have heard my announcement that I had been invited to a multi-author Bundle with some BIG names. I can't give you any names just yet, but I can say that it is going to be epic. The cover art is almost done (sick), and soon we will all be able to tell the world. All the authors involved (over 12 of us) are super stoked.
I'll have more on that soon.
I just finished my second draft of The Salem Coven: The Orion Rezner Chronicles Book #2  which I hope to release by the end of April. (Cover Below)
Trevor did a great job on this one.
In an attempt to ramp up interest in my new urban fantasy series The Orion Rezner Chronicles, I am trying out a new marketing tool called Thunderclap to promote my FREE promotion of Afterworld. The book will be free from Feb 23 - Feb 27 on Amazon. Through the Thunderclap, people (like you :)) sign up to have the same message posted on their social media sites at the same time. It's easy to join. A few clicks and your done. You don't have to do anything else. Just agree to have Thunderclap post it for you and it is automated. I have 44 supporters at the date of this blog, and need 66 more for it to even happen. If you could take just a moment I would appreciate it.

I am also working on two new Legends of Agora books, tentatively titled Blackthorn Rising 1 & 2. This spinoff series follows Dirk and Krentz's early years. So far it is coming together great, and both book have completed first drafts.
I other awesome news, I have decided to branch out with Whill of Agora. It is now available on Kobo, iTunes, Scribd, Nook, and other sites for free. Once Amazon price matches the other sites it should go to free there too, (It is the only way to get it free on Amazon aside from KDP Select. So tell your friends they should be able to get it free soon.

Did I mention Whill of Agora is available in audio?


If your like me and have an audible account, you sometimes forget you have a free download there every month, might as well spend yours on Whill of Agora. Perfect for road trips. But seriously, Graham Halstead did a great job narrating the characters. Check out the sample, its soooo cool.
There you have it. 2015 is a busy year so far. Until that snow melts I'll be in dreamland, seeing what new tales I can conjure for you from the Nevernever.
I'd love to hear from you. What book are you most excited to read?
The Salem Coven
Blackthorn Rising
Whill 5
Leave me a comment below. Don't be afraid, say hi.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Help spread the word

I've just started a thunderclap campaign to get the word out that I will be giving away Afterworld for free on February 23. I need 100 supporters for the campaign to go live. If you have never heard of Thunderclap, here is the get down: Thunderclap is a social networking site that helps to get the word out about events, causes, and all kinds of stuff. Someone makes a campaign and a message, and supporters sign up to have the message automatically posted through whichever media they choose (Facebook, twitter, etc.) So, on the day of the campaign, the message is posted for them by Thunderclap. All you have to do is click the link below, become a supporter, and pick which social media site. That's it, all done. If you could take a moment to sign up I would really appreciate it. Thanks :)

 Sign up HERE it only takes a moment.