Dear <<First Name>>,

Some excellent FREE e-books and the newest from New York Times bestselling author, Aaron Hodges. See below for more details.

In other news, the Christmas tree is ready!
And we had a blast doing it. Now the rest of December can be dedicated to writing and revision!

The Other Magic Updates:

  • The Other Magic just celebrated it's one year anniversary on December 1. With that, I was reflecting on everything that has happened since then—well, everything except Covid-19 (I prefer happy thoughts).

    To be honest, there were times while writing ToM when I wasn't certain it would ever be read by anyone besides the short list of close friends with whom I was comfortable sharing. Because of this, I still count it a blessing every single time I see that someone else has read it, and all the more for those who have enjoyed it!
  • Here's a quick run down since December 1, 2019:
Book Awards (so far...)
  • Averaged 80 copies sold per week and many thousands more during free promotions.
  • Was picked up by one of the best fantasy/sci-fi audio publishers in the business, Podium Audio. They are producing the entire Passage to Dawn series, read by award-winning narrator, Greg Patmore. The Other Magic audiobook was released on June 30, 2020.

Onto the reviews...
  • 198 Amazon  rating/reviews (4.4 star rating)
  • 209 Goodreads ratings/reviews (4.2 star rating)
  • 47 Audible ratings/reviews (4.4 star rating)
    • This may not seem like many, but my original hope was to hit 30 Amazon reviews within the first year, which is considered pretty good by indie standards. So to break even 100 was very exciting and has opened doors for me that I didn't even know existed!
I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the rest of this series...

The Other Way (Book II) Updates:

  • The first draft of The Other Way is finished! In spite of the cold film of snow on my roof, I clambered my way up to its peak and shouted this victory at the top of my lungs. The few neighbors living close enough to discern something of my cry seemed not to take notice, but it still felt great to announce my triumph!
  • Now comes the nitty gritty revision process. I'm going to work my way through this draft over the next few months before sending it out for initial feedback from alpha readers. At this point I'll also begin sharing snippets with you in my NL.
  • Below are the remaining steps. It looks like a lot, but the last few stages go very, very quickly. The goal is to publish by the end of 2021.

Featured Audio book:
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This just dropped on December 1, so I can't say too much about the overall story yet, but I can say that it pulled me in very quickly. Descendants of the Fall is a two-book bundle so if you're into audio, this is a great deal! This is also my first experience with John Banks as narrator, but I enjoy his pacing and voice. If you've got a credit to spare, get this book now! If you don't do audiobooks, grab the first book in the series, Warbringer.

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If you missed the trailer, you can watch it now  Let me know what you think in the comments.
Finally, if you enjoyed, The Other Magic, or To Earn the Sash and have not already done so, please pay it forward by posting an Amazon, Audible, or Goodreads review to help ensure that others like you choose to pursue these adventures. It is also incredibly rewarding and helpful for me to know what you enjoyed about the story! Who was your favorite character? What are you hoping to see in the second book in the series? Anything from a few sentences to a detailed analysis is welcome. Please follow one or both of the below links to leave feedback.

Leave your Amazon review: The Other Magic / To Earn the Sash
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If you're not into leaving reviews, but would like to share your thoughts or ask a question, send me an email. I would love to hear from you!

Thanks again for reading!


Derrick Smythe
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