In addition to the previous update which enabled Apple Pay, SSL has now been turned on across the site. This means that all your browsing on the Armada Wars web site is secured by design.
The home page has been streamlined to make it easier to focus on what matters to most visitors. The Chronology page has been moved from the Universe section to the Books section.
Just a reminder that a new Audiobook status page was added, which will keep you abreast of which novels are available on Audible and iTunes, and which one is coming next.
Now that the audiobook edition of Steal from the Devil has launched across all applicable retailers, there are some more details available on price and functionality!
The audiobook can be acquired through these routes:
Retailers set their own prices for the audiobooks, which they base on listening length and market factors.
The audiobook has been produced in line with the requirements for Whispersync for Voice and Immersion Reading, two features of the Kindle/Audible platforms. The former allows you to stop reading and start listening where you left off, or vice versa. The latter allows you to listen while the relevant text is actively highlighted, which is handy for language learners and non-native speakers.
Learn more about Whispersync and Immersion Reading.
It's here! The audiobook of Steal from the Devil is now available. Narrated by James Highfield, and weighing in at almost 9 hours, this is an all new way to experience the opening of the Armada Wars story.
The audiobook is available from Amazon/Audible, and from the iTunes/iBooks stores. See the book page for global links, or search on your local Amazon store or Apple device.
Those of you who keep a close eye on this news blog, the old site, and the social media channels will know that piracy — fake or otherwise — is a constant annoyance.
Two days ago an opening salvo was fired at 53 web sites and servers, all purporting to offer free copies of the Armada Wars eBooks. As of this morning, 42 of those offers are now either returning Error 404, or the pages have been permanently delisted by Google (which will go hand-in-hand with a big dip in search score for that site).
AmazonPrime has just been expanded to include free books and magazines. If you have Prime, you can now read all kind of books for the grand sum of £0.00 (thats $0.00 or €0.00, for those of you using funny money.)
Armada Wars books are not currently in the selection of titles, but watch out for them popping up. It's not immediately clear how Amazon will be selecting monthly or permanent titles but as ever time will tell. In the meantime, all the Armada Wars titles can be read for free through Kindle Unlimited!
Independent writing is not particularly profitable, and it takes a great deal of time. If you want to help guarantee the future of this series, and ensure that books keep coming according to the great big game plan, there are five ridiculously powerful things you can do:
As you probably know this whole series is produced independently, without any backing from a publisher, agent, or marketing firm. It relies mostly on your word of mouth to generate interest amongst potential new readers! You are the best chance it has of continuing and growing.
You can now support Armada Wars through Patreon. Patreon allows creators to give tiered rewards to the fans who offer their support through that platform.
Go to the RCV Patreon Page to find out more!
In the same way that Limewire and other services used to be full of fake files, back in the days when broadband and peer-to-peer sharing first appeared, the modern web is full of honeypots which are intended to excite you, seduce you, and then exploit you.
This happens because pirates are not fun. Viewed from any angle, they are c**ts.
Here is the cultural idea of a fun pirate.
He does look fun, doesn't he? He sails the high seas looking for adventure, for no particular reason, and his income is derived from the chance discovery of gold doubloons which were left laying about the place in wooden chests, presumably by his forebears.
At some point he probably helped some unstuck-in-time children to find their lost dog Max.
He's a terrific guy. Shame he's an utter fiction.
Read on to find out more.
Wikia is falling out of favour here at HQ. The site is not particularly attractive on a web browser, and when using a mobile device visitors are bombarded with adverts. Advert bombardment is not really in tune with the whole ethos of the Armadaverse — no, we're more about missiles.
The benefit of Wikia is that it's a free, open Wiki platform. It makes it very easy to maintain a large database of information which is cross-linked. The information could be replicated on this very site, in the Universe section, but that will be time-consuming and laborious.
So the question falls to you, the community: stick or twist?