Another Great Review

A reader of Hell’s Reward had this to say on Amazon today.

An ancient Chinese proverb states, The Journey Is the Reward. Well that’s how I felt when I finished Age Of Heroes. Because this book takes you on a wonderful journey through the richly fleshed out universe of Xera.

We meet fascinating characters along the way, each with their own stories to tell. We learn of their flaws, their weaknesses, all the empathetic qualities that make us root for them in their struggle against the uprising of the dark Hordes of the Unwen. Backstories and histories that span decades and centuries are expertly woven together so that seemingly disparate moments take on altogether more significance as this rich, layered story of a burgeoning unknown evil unfolds. A story of characters that are rich-picking for translation to the big screen!

But what makes Hell’s Reward a real page turner, aside from the great, distinct characters and rich tapestry of history, is the unmistakable feeling of intent on the part of the writer. No line is wasted. No page cast aside. Everything is clearly there for a purpose, guiding us expertly down a fated path to some hellishly demonic climax. And its impossible not to keep turning the page to discover just how hellish is the fate that lies in store for our heroes.

Hell’s Reward is everything a fantasy fan looks for, but packed with original ideas that puts it ahead of the pack with a textured universe that refuses to continuously retread standard fantasy tropes. And it’s exploring that universe where the book excels as we follow the heroes on their unknown quest every step of the way.

As that clever Chinese fellow once said- The Journey is the (Hell’s) Reward!

Glad to hear people are loving the book. Sales are picking up and I saw that it now gets recommended to fantasy readers. Cool!

Hell’s Reward Review

By author Dr.Terry Cronin on Amazon:

“I’m a fan of novelist James Hudnall. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed his comic book work for the big companies like the award-winning prestige comic- Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography and the sci-fi adventure Strikeforce: Morituri. I also loved his independent work like ESPers, Harsh Realm, Chiller, and Streets. But it was his Age of Heroes work that I loved the best.
You see I’m a fan of fantasy fiction. I loved Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkein, George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and, especially, Joe Abercrombie.
Imagine my pleasure when I found out Hudnall was crafting a novel set in the fantasy world he established in his Age of Heroes comic series. This book lives up to the anticipation and stands tall among those writers I previously mentioned. Can anyone notify Hollywood! This would make a great movie! It even features some great art by John Ridgeway inside and a fabulous Val Mayerik cover.
Seven heroes drawn from disparate areas of Hudnall’s fantasy world must team up to complete a truly unexpected adventure. It’s like The Magnificent Seven or the Seven Samurai or the X-men meets Game of Thrones or the Lord of the Rings. Great stuff! Heroic adventure with a real sense of the human spirit, dire consequences in a fantastic setting, and a touch of good humor! I’ve heard that this is only the first volume of more stories set in this exciting new world. Keep ’em coming, Mr. Hudnall!”

Try it and see how entertaining it is.

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor Trailer

I’m a Whovian. Been watching Doctor Who since Tom Baker. So I am very excited about this upcoming show. But I’m disappointed they left out the other living actors who played the role. Can’t win them all.

New Promotion for Hell’s Reward

Since I went direct with Amazon on my first novel, I have to do all the promotion myself and try to market it as best I can. Fortunately there are some tools available on the web for authors and one of them is AskDavid.Com. They created a promotion page where you can enter reviews. If you’ve read my book please drop by below and tell us what you thought.

Special promotion page for Hell’s Reward Hell’s Reward (The Age of Heroes) Please write a review there. Thanks.

New Hobbit Trailer!

I know a bunch of people were disappointed with the first Hobbit film. I like it, but this one looks amazing, if the trailer is any indication.

Thanks To Instapundit

Hell’s Reward got a notice on Instapundit. It’s much appreciated. Thanks, Glenn Reynolds.

UPDATE: I’m happy to say I sold a lot of books over the weekend thanks to that link. Now, to get more people to try it.

Age of Heroes Update

I’m finishing up the second draft of my book as proofreader notes are coming in. And I’m getting very psyched about the whole thing. Those who have had an advance read seem to really love it. I’m going to do at least one more draft to tidy up some areas and expand a little back story here and there.

Meanwhile, Val Mayerik sent me a cool rough of the cover painting he will be doing. I’m hoping to get that shortly. If you want to see the rough it’s on my Twitter feed. Just go there and follow me. The link is on the left.

John Ridgway is busy getting ready for our planned Age of Heroes color trade project and has been doing these cool character drawings. Here’s a couple.

Wex 2

Drake 2

These are of Wex and Drake.

I hope to put up the first part of my novel for people to read this weekend. Just want to get all the edits it before I do that. Keep checking back!

My Future Book Plans

My first novel will probably launch in October 2013. It will be a valuable learning process for me because I am going the indie book route using ebook distribution and small press fulfillment companies for the print version. None the less, however my first book does I have plans for more.

Currently, I am looking to do an Age of Heroes book a year in the fall. And another series in the spring. This new series I will announce after I get this book out. I will say that it’s a long planned superhero series set in current times that will be my re-imagining of the superhero concept. A short description is Superheroes for Grownups. This will be a real world take on superheroes. But having seen many people do that sort of thing, from Watchmen to Kick-Ass, I can promise you it will be nothing like those comics.

It will be wholly Hud-Style. 🙂

It will also be my most ambitious project because I’ve been thinking about it for over a decade and it will get into areas few people touch in comics or literature. I may be reaching way beyond my abilities. That remains to be seen. But I don’t think a writer gets better by playing it safe. I am going to push myself to the limit. And beyond.

The first book in this series will be out around my birthday in April. I’ve already started on it.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid. But when I started I was more interested in writing novels. However, I got so much comics work it kept me busy and to be honest I was intimidated by how tough the book world is. I’ve talked to so many writers and I know a few. Making it is not easy and the advances are not great. So you could work for a year or more on a novel and only get a $2,000 advance (or less!). And then the book comes out and the publisher doesn’t care. It just gets swept under the rug with a zillion other books.

And there are other reasons, I suppose. One personal reason is, while I have plenty of confidence in my abilities, I didn’t feel I was ready for a long time. I felt I needed to improve. And the years zipped by.

Well now, the digital publishing industry has leveled the playing field making it possible to skip the publishing house hustle and go direct yourself. It’s still a very intimidating field to take on yourself but one of the advantages of being older is I no longer care about that. I’m a very stubborn guy. I will fight the fight. If the odds are impossible, it doesn’t scare me. Been there, done that.

You see, there is something I have yearned in my long career as a mostly independent creator. Once you do something, you have something. Once written, you have written. And once you have something it can find new readers. If you keep your work timeless, which I always strive to do, your work can stay relevant.

History judges the artist’s viability, but I have always found comfort in the fact that not all great artists were appreciated when they started. Some weren’t in their lifetimes. The only thing you can do is create the work, give it your best effort and hope that people find it worthwhile. Don’t worry about the present. Get the work done!

I want to make up for all the years I didn’t write by doing a lot of books. I will strive to make quality that lives up to standards that I believe in.

So here I go…

My First Novel is Finished

The Age of Heroes: A Fated Path is finished. The first draft, anyway. I am now in rewrites and am shooting for an October release date. It will be out in a lot of e-book formats initially and then print. Keep checking back here or the Facebook page for news updates.

I’m very excited. I can’t wait for people to read it.

UPDATE: I changed the sub-title back to my original choice. Hell’s Reward. It’s catchier.