As 2011 comes to an end, it's been a crazy year in retrospect. On January 3rd, MATHION made its world debut on the Barnes & Noble Nook, followed shortly thereafter with releases on Amazon's Kindle and Smashwords.com. Hundreds of people across three continents have read the first installment of the Mavonduri Trilogy, and despite the few that every novel has, received some notable acclaim. Australian fantasy novelist Shane Porteous wrote an alternative werewolf fantasy epic, HOW GODS BLEED, and I was astounded to read the introduction and find that MATHION had been his main inspiration. Averaging 4 out of 5 stars across all the major ebook sites? Better than I ever thought possible. But it brings a lot of pressure to the next year, and the next chapter in Mathion's journey from warrior to mythic hero.
Next year begins with a bang, as I'm encouraging everyone who reads this to retweet #Mathion on Twitter January 3rd, 2012 to celebrate Mathion's first year, and hopefully make it a trending topic on Twitter so it reaches more people. Shortly after, MAKING MATHION PART 2 will premiere on YouTube at TheMavoduriTrilogy. Check out MAKING MATHION PART 1 as well as Mathion's teaser trailer which, as far as I know, has the distinction of being the ONLY book trailer to be entirely made, edited and published all from an iPhone. So I've already got one bragging right...right?
But the big thing is Book Two of the MAVONDURI TRILOGY, THE LAST ASCENSION. I am currently in the thick of it, and finding it a larger, stranger, darker, and more challenging novel that MATHION ever was. Many of you have read excerpts, and I find myself having many questions to answer: Who is Akórahi? What is the real power behind the Uprisers? And I know it sounds cheesy but I'm continually asking myself, "Who will survive?"
Thank you everybody for making this 2011 very special, and a great first year for Mathion!