Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Cadman's Gambit is accepted by Five Star Books

Five Star Books

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You will see some extraordinary reads that are so outstanding that they are listed in more than one genre. We have done this to maximize that novel's exposure to new readers.
As a firm principle, we do not receive compensation from any author or publisher to list their book. This ensures that the novels on 5-Star Books are indeed worthy to be here.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Borrow Shader on Kindle Select

The Resurrection of Deacon Shader is available to borrow through the KindleSelect lending library. If you are an Amazon Prime customer you can borrow the book for free. This is the forerunner of the Shader series, an epic fantasy written in the old style. The Resurrection of Deacon Shader has seven reviews on Amazon.

Click here to borrow:

Shader news

I've made good progress on The Unweaving. Once my latest editing commission has been completed I'll be dedicating a few hours each day to getting book 3 finished. That will complete the first Shader trilogy. I'll then be free to resume work on book 4, The Archon's Assassin, which is already in fairly good shape.

I also have a Shader novella to finish off in the next few months -- The Seventh Horse.

The second book of The Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf is also well underway. The Axe of the Dwarf Lords should appear before The Unweaving, probably at some point in January, once the cover art is finished.

Book 1, The Ant-Man of Malfen is currently only $0.99 in the US and Free in the UK.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Cadman's Gambit now only $0.99

In preparation for Christmas, and a KND promotion on 21st December, Cadman's Gambit (ebook) has been reduced to $0.99.

Best Laid Plans (book 2) is $2.99.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Best Laid Plans goes free in US

Shader book 2, Best Laid Plans, is now FREE in the US.

It's still possible to win book 1, Cadman's Gambit, by entering a comment below, so you could get the first two books of the series for free.

Amazon link

Monday, 21 November 2011

Cadman's Gambit Kindle giveaway

I have ten copies of Cadman's Gambit (Shader book 1) Kindle version to give away to Kindle users in the US.

The first ten people to leave a comment here (and provide me with an email address, which can be sent to derekprior [at] will receive the Kindle version as a gift.

"If you liked Abercrombie's trilogy I think you'll like this." - R. Nicholson 

"This is the best full-length self-published fantasy I've yet to read." - Rex Jameson 

"This author has mad talent and will grip each new reader and take them on a journey into the unknown Abyss, leaving you hungry for more. I can't wait to read the next one." - Readers Favorite.

"Shader is an absolute triumph of fantasy." - Journal of Always.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Best Laid Plans giveaway

There's a giveaway for Best Laid Plans over on Goodreads this month. For your chance to win a paperback copy just click on the link below:

Best Laid Plans giveaway

Friday, 21 October 2011

Cadman's Gambit & Best Laid Plans Kindle Versions Giveaway


I have limited Kindle copies of both Cadman's Gambit & Best Laid Plans to gift to readers this week.

If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a copy of either or both, please follow this blog, leave a comment, and include a contact email.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Best Laid Plans release date: October 15th

Book 2 of the Shader series, Best Laid Plans, is scheduled for release on Kindle on 15th October. The Kindle version will be closely followed by the paperback and epub versions.

Sales links will be posted here, but in the meantime please subscribe to the blog to keep updated.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Incredible review from Journal of Always

Cadman's Gambit has received a thorough and extremely insightful review by Robert J. Duperre of Journal of Always:

JOA review of Cadman's Gambit

"Cadman’s Gambit: Shader Book I by D.P. Prior, [is] a novel that now holds a place in my heart as the most perfect introductory novel to a series I’ve ever read, surpassing the previous champion, The Gunslinger." (Journal of Always)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

New 5 star review for Cadman's Gambit

There's a great new 5 star review for Cadman's Gambit on Amazon today. It was compared with Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy.

5 star review for Cadman's Gambit

Lots of Shader art now on Facebook

Shader art on Facebook

I've posted artwork by Mike Nash and Anton Kokarev on my Facebook page (Fantasy Worlds of D.P. Prior). There are also maps by Theo Prior.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Best Laid Plans cover art

Here's the finished cover art for Shader book 2: Best Laid Plans. The typography should be ready in the next few days and the book will be released in early October.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Best Laid Plans

There's an excerpt from Shader book 2, Best Laid Plans on my Goodreads blog:

The Death of Dalglish - excerpt from Best Laid Plans

The cover art should be ready this week. There are still a few editing stages to go through, but I anticipate being finished in 2-3 weeks.

Meanwhile, September is a month of Cadman's Gambit giveaways on Goodreads, Back of the Book Reviews, and Indie Book Blog.

Goodreads Cadman's Gambit giveaway

Back of the Book Reviews

Indie Book Blog

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Readers Favorite awards Cadman's Gambit 5 stars

Readers Favorite Review

Reviewed by Molly E. for Readers Favorite

This author has some major talent. I've never read anything by him before, and I am quite surprised at how well I enjoyed this story. Prior has a unique style about him that really can draw the reader in. While fantasy novels are not my first choice of reading genre, there are ones like this that can really draw me in. This particular novel has all the great aspects of a fantastic fantasy: action, evil, good, laughter and futuristic elements.

First, I want to say that the cover itself is outstanding. I love a good cover on a novel and this one, well, it is really awesome. It's eye catching and totally in sync with the novel itself. Second, all the characters of this novel are fantastic. It was like watching a movie, I totally love that feeling. 

The action that fills this novel is stunning. The magic that's woven in is breathtaking. I loved it. Which is quite surprising for me. The characters come to terms with themselves as the Gods battle in this fantastic story of good vs. evil. 

I highly recommend this novel to everyone out there. And, even if you are like me and not a fantasy genre lover, I still suggest you give this a try. This author has mad talent and will grip each new reader and take them on a journey into the unknown Abyss, leaving you hungry for more. I can't wait to read the next one.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Cadman's Gambit giveaways

I'll be giving away 10 paperback copies of Cadman's Gambit on Goodreads from 1st to 7th September, and then Back of the Book Reviews will be giving away 5 paperbacks and 20 Kindle versions throughout September.

Cadman's Gambit has already netted my highest royalties to date, and that's within three weeks of its release.

Goodreads giveaway

Back of the Book Reviews

Friday, 19 August 2011

Best Laid Plans

Book 2 of the Shader series, Best Laid Plans will be released soon. It's just undergoing final edits and I'm waiting on the cover art. What I've seen so far is stunning.

The paperback of Cadman's Gambit has now been released. It benefits from the excellent formatting of T.M. Roy and features a double-page map of the world.

There will be a paperback giveaway of Cadman's Gambit on Goodreads next month. In the meantime, if you are a reviewer living in the US and would like a paperback copy, please email me at derekprior[at]

Here's a glimpse of the cover for Best Laid Plans:

Thursday, 4 August 2011

FREE copy of Cadman's Gambit

If you previously bought The Resurrection of Deacon Shader, I'd like to send you a free copy of Cadman's Gambit (mobi or epub) as a token of my appreciation. Cadman's Gambit is a reworking of the original Shader story and I'd love to get your feedback on the differences. There are some huge changes in all respects.

Either message me here or email me at derekprior [at]


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Kindle version now available

"Cadman's Gambit" is now available for Amazon Kindle at $2.99. Please follow the links below or on the side bar.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Cadman's Gambit is released.

After an intense year of redrafting, editing, revising, and more editing, the first book of the SHADER series, Cadman's Gambit, has now been released in paperback.

The Kindle version (and all other ebook formats) will follow in the next couple of weeks.

Cadman's Gambit is book 1 of 6.

Book 2, Best Laid Plans is in the final stages of editing before being released in September, and Book 3, The Unweaving will follow in December. Book 4, The Archon's Assassin is due out early next year.