December 22 Deeds of Honor On Sale!

Posted: December 11th, 2014 under Deeds of Honor, E-books, Life beyond writing, Marketing.
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Yes, we have a launch date, and a special deal window…and in time for (most of the) holidays, too!

There’s a special introductory price from now through January 4, of $2.99.  The price will go up  to $4.99 on January 5.

Pre-order links as follows:

Amazon (US, but theoretically will re-direct for other territory clicks):

Kobo (US, but theoretically will re-direct for other territory clicks):
iTunes (US, but theoretically will re-direct for other territory clicks):
I’m excited–hope you folks are.    Thanks for all your supportive (and even your corrective) comments.
What’s in the package?   Eight stories, ranging from very short to quite long.   Two are unpublished:  “A Parrion of Cooking” and “The Last Lesson,”   though I read “The Last Lesson” at DragonCon 2014.   Two legends have been curried and had their hooves oiled and their manes brushed out with and embellished with a few more details:  “Torre’s Ride” and “Falk’s Oath.”     The oldest appeared in both the Baen collections: “Those Who Walk in Darkness,” and is the only one to have been in actual print.    “Point of Honor” and “Cross Purposes” were side stories during the writing of the Paladin’s Legacy books (written to give me some understanding of the characters) and like all side stories the main story may have diverged from where the story seems to aim.  They both showed up on the Del Rey site Suvudu.  “Vardan’s Tale” was written “in-line,” in the story draft itself, but then didn’t fit, but was too important (to me) not to treat separately.  You saw it in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” post.   It’s also had a good going over with a curry comb (to remove the typos in the version you saw.)


  • Comment by Kathy_S — December 11, 2014 @ 6:08 pm


    I hope Barnes & Noble signs on!
    (since my only reader is a Nook)

  • Comment by Nadine Barter Bowlus — December 11, 2014 @ 7:17 pm


    WooHoo! My order is placed. Thanks for letting us know.

  • Comment by Chris in South Jersey — December 11, 2014 @ 9:01 pm


    I just ordered my copy.

  • Comment by Iphinome — December 11, 2014 @ 9:19 pm



    @Kathy_S: Just sideload. Kobo and Nook use the same file format.

  • Comment by Ellen McLean — December 12, 2014 @ 3:49 am


    Goody! Merry Christmas!

  • Comment by IanRH — December 12, 2014 @ 7:36 am


    Ordered for 22nd December delivery from Amazon UK, URL did not redirect but changing .com to produced £2.05 offer page.

  • Comment by Richard (Simpkin) — December 12, 2014 @ 8:00 am


    Kathy_S: I have no reader at all. So in preparation, last week I downloaded from Amazon their free Kindle App (the version for Windows 7).

    I’ll be away from both home and PC for nearly a week, starting the 23rd, so will have something to look forward to returning to.

  • Comment by Julia Coldren-Walker — December 12, 2014 @ 8:02 am


    Joined in the reordering. Luckily I have both Nook and Kindle programs on my laptop.

    Julia C-W

  • Comment by ajlr — December 12, 2014 @ 8:12 am


    Great, something to really enjoy over Christmas. Thank you, Elizabeth. 🙂

  • Comment by Gareth — December 12, 2014 @ 8:35 am


    Thanks for the Christmas present! Ordered.

  • Comment by Annabel — December 12, 2014 @ 11:28 am


    Pre-ordered, but irritated that it cost so much more in GBP than in USD (and yes, I do know that this is something outwith your control).

    All the same, I’m really looking forward to it.

  • Comment by tuppence — December 12, 2014 @ 12:04 pm


    Yay. Ordered. I’ll try to save it for Christmas day reading. (But I doubt that I will have the restraint!)

  • Comment by Linda — December 12, 2014 @ 12:06 pm


    Thanks for a Christmas gift which will really make me smile.

    Oh, there’s a flicker sitting outside the window, a bird I’ve not seem in years. That feels like a gift too.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — December 12, 2014 @ 12:58 pm


    I guess I need to decide which e-reader format I am going to endorse. I’ve held off as long as I could. But I can’t skip this group of stories. 🙂

  • Comment by jan d — December 12, 2014 @ 1:15 pm


    $3.99 in Canada.

  • Comment by Kathleen — December 12, 2014 @ 4:23 pm


    I ordered mine too! Thanks for posting.

  • Comment by Eowyn — December 12, 2014 @ 5:12 pm


    Woot, ordered and now waiting with *some* patience, this is the reason I got my Kindle. Thank you for doing this.

  • Comment by Susan — December 12, 2014 @ 9:45 pm


    What a wonderful Christmas gift! Except that I won’t be able to wait to open it. Thank you, thank you for more Paksworld to visit!

  • Comment by Mike D — December 13, 2014 @ 7:38 am


    @Annabel said
    Pre-ordered, but irritated that it cost so much more in GBP than in USD ==

    $2.99 in US, £2.05 in UK ?

    That’s the same, allowing for the 3% tax

    BUY NOW, from 1st Jan the Luxembourg fiddle is gone and everyone in the EU will be paying at their local VAT rate (20% in UK).

    So about £2.45 and then £4.00 on 5th Jan

  • Comment by Sharidann — December 16, 2014 @ 12:36 am


    Preordered on for EUR 3,08.

    Making the happy Dance!

  • Comment by Margaret Middleton — December 16, 2014 @ 9:53 am


    This could be a Good Reason to hang onto my late husband’s iPad. My own e-reader is a Nook, but he has the Kindle app on his tablet. There’s also an anthology by Tanya Huff that has never come to .epub format…

  • Comment by Beth — December 17, 2014 @ 2:31 pm


    I too was hoping to see a Barnes & Noble link for my NOOK, because I am really lazy. But if it isn’t going to happen I can get the KOBO and then click the mouse a few times (exhausting!). Also, it’s easier to get my kid to read stuff that shows up magically on his device and I want to hook him on Moon stuff now.

    I think I’ll wait a few more days because I’d feel silly if I got the wrong one right before it showed up on easy street.

  • Comment by elizabeth — December 17, 2014 @ 10:56 pm


    Beth: They told me it was in the works, but probably not before Christmas–they’re hoping during the introductory special price. So if you want it for the NOOK, I’d say wait and see. I expect it to be there “soon” but I don’t know whether I have to add “–ish” to that “soon.”

  • Comment by Genko — December 19, 2014 @ 4:29 pm


    Ordered! Unfortunately, I think I will be in a place without Wi-Fi on the 22nd. So may HAVE to wait until the 24th.

  • Comment by Mike D — December 21, 2014 @ 7:57 pm


    Arrived and downloaded 100 minutes ago.

    Any Aussies or Kiwis to report getting it even earlier ?

    Read “Parrion of Cooking”, very good.

    Mike D
    Little Egret in Walton-on-Thames

  • Comment by Sharidann — December 22, 2014 @ 2:13 am


    Got it 2 hours ago.

    Now to wait for my workd day to finish…

  • Comment by Annabel — December 22, 2014 @ 5:04 am


    It’s ARRIVED – in fact, I think it arrived last night when I was asleep.

  • Comment by elizabeth — December 22, 2014 @ 9:48 am


    So glad to hear the downloads are going smoothly! Hurray! Beats hearing the truck overturned in a blizzard and the books are scattered all over a highway.

  • Comment by Douglas Helm — December 22, 2014 @ 3:53 pm


    What a great read! I really enjoyed them all, though Farin’s story was best I think… though The Last Lesson was second.

  • Comment by Fred — December 22, 2014 @ 7:05 pm


    Would it be out of order to pay you the compliment of saying that you write hard-to-read passages extremely well?

    “The Last Lesson” was that almost from beginning to end, and “Parrion of Cooking” had a few notable parts that read that way as well.

    I have to steel myself to re-read the part of the Deed of Paksenarrion where Paks is in the hands of the Liartians.

  • Comment by elizabeth — December 22, 2014 @ 7:13 pm


    Douglas: Thank you!

    Fred: Thank you, too–and esp. for the comment about being able to write hard-to-read passages well.

  • Comment by Chris B — December 22, 2014 @ 7:14 pm


    Just finished it! As always, it’s left me wanting MORE!!!!

  • Comment by Ken Baker — December 22, 2014 @ 8:30 pm


    After reading everything Paksenarrion published this will be a treat while traveling for the Holidays. Be back for further comment once read and back home. Have a Meery Christmas and Happy New Year Elizabeth and family!

  • Comment by Sharidann — December 23, 2014 @ 1:28 am


    Finished it last night.

    Totally had a blast with each Story, with the usual side effect that the references to other pats of the Story made me want to reread all books… yet again. 🙂

    Very, very well done.

    I secnd what Fred said. Farins Story, with all the ugly parts was well-done, clinically described without being voyeuristic (not sure if the word exists)
    Thos who walk in darkness was great and it was nice to hear of the fate of some of the protagonists of Crown of Renewal in the last lesson. (won’t spoil the names!)

    Anyway, thanks for a great, great read.

    A bit in advacne, merry Christmas! 🙂

  • Comment by Kathleen — December 27, 2014 @ 4:28 pm


    Loved it — especially “The Last Lesson.”

    Hope you’ll be writing and publishing more!

  • Comment by GinnyW — December 29, 2014 @ 7:13 pm


    Just got it. Thank you for the lift to the post-Christmas doldrums. I love my family, but they are emotionally exhausting.

  • Comment by patrick — December 30, 2014 @ 2:08 pm


    Not quite the right place for a comment about “First Blood” in Shattered Shields, but for those who have not yet seen that anthology, “First Blood” has the well deserved place of honor as the last story in the collection. Anthologies generally put their best stories first (to hook book browsers) and last (most remembered for possible word-of-mouth book promotion). I thought “First Blood” was the best of the 17 stories which includes some by talented authors. Of course, others may prefer stories by their favorite author, but I would not be surprised if most who read this blog agree with me. I’m glad I got the book and would not have known about it without this blog.

  • Comment by elizabeth — December 30, 2014 @ 2:38 pm


    patrick: Thanks, and glad you enjoyed it. I was delighted to have been given the closing spot and the cover, of course, but the writer is never quite sure how a story will work with readers. The editors improved it by insisting I pare it down to the required word limit–it wanted to grow, of course, and my first version wasn’t long enough for the next level story (novella length) or short enough–it was kind of hung up in the middle, and their insistence made it much better, since there were no room for the really long version (which might not have worked anyway.)

    I’ll be interested in your reaction to “Mercenary’s Honor” in Operation Arcana. It directly links to known characters in a different time, and the new main character is related to a significant secondary character, a relationship that I’m working on for another story about a young person in Paksworld.

  • Comment by john rayner — December 31, 2014 @ 8:55 pm


    please tell me that this book is going to be published .not just ebook?

  • Comment by john rayner — December 31, 2014 @ 8:57 pm


    pleae tell me you are going to publish in hard cover or I have all the rest .even got a proof readers copy of one and still bought in hardcover.please.

  • Comment by elizabeth — December 31, 2014 @ 10:51 pm


    john raynor: At this time, DEEDS OF HONOR is an e-book only. It if does well enough, it will have a paper edition later. I understand your desire (I don’t have an e-reader myself–spend too much time staring at a lighted screen as it is) but that’s how the economics of indie publishing are at this time.

  • Comment by Angela — January 3, 2015 @ 8:21 pm


    Will it come out in a real book for us luddites??? (This not being a computer you see, its really a chisel and rock).

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 3, 2015 @ 9:53 pm


    Angela: Right now it’s just an e-book (see comment 41); it might on paper later.

  • Comment by GinnyW — January 7, 2015 @ 7:37 am


    I do want to thank you for publishing these stories.

    I needed “Those Who Walk in Darkness” years ago to help round out Paks’ experience with the Liartians. “A Parrion of Cooking” functions in much the same way for me in connection with the Verrakai. The different perspective on Dorrin’s takeover really worked well for me, saying something that my gut-feelings needed to hear. Both stories help me to round out the difficult aspects of the main plots, without interfering with the flow of the main story-line. I am so grateful that you were willing to put in the time and work to share this other perspective with us.

    “The Last Lesson” was also very well done, I am glad you tied off those loose threads.

  • Comment by Wickersham's Conscience — January 14, 2015 @ 7:12 pm


    May I renew my wish for an Appendix to the published Paks-World stories? I enjoyed the short stories in “Deeds of Honor” very much, but the excellent background material posted on your website story, in many of your comments here and, perhaps, the long, lost notebooks would be a pretty darn nifty addition to the existing canon. A more detailed map would be pretty cool, too.

    The content already mostly exists. It’s just a matter of assembling it. I suspect that the process of assembly might lead to some additional content. And assuming a way can be found to incorporate maps in a digital book, such an appendix might lend itself to digital format. Which would make it easy to update for future stories. Ahem.

    I don’t know how well it would sell, but Pratchett’s analog, “The Turtle Moves,” is in its third edition.

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