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Hello, dear followers!

Ravensgem, my first book, is now available at Gumroad as a DRM-FREE eBOOK BUNDLE! What do you get in said bundle? Hassle-free digital versions of this book: EPUB (eReaders, iPhone, iPad, Smartphones, Tablet), MOBI (Kindle), PDF, & a Digital Thank-You Card. All for the price of… $4? Nope c;

☆ From now until July 27th, pick up this bundle for $2! That’s 50% OFF (whoa!) 

Of course, if you want you can still pick up this book on Amazon Kindle and as a Paperback. Remember that if you purchase the Paperback version of this book through Amazon you will get the Kindle Edition for FREE~ ♥︎

What exactly is this book about? Here’s the back-cover blurb:

“Citizens of Iryport, we have gathered here today to witness a challenge of honor.”

After two years of running, Lucian Wade has returned to Iryport. He left the city to escape the mistakes of his youth and now, he hopes that the past — and those he left behind — have given up on finding him.

But the past is relentless, and the person chasing him is not ordinary.

Johanna Kin, the most rich and powerful noble on the peninsula, is also Lucian’s only childhood friend. She wants to see him— but she doesn’t want to talk. Johanna calls a challenge of honor between her and Lucian.

A duel to the death.

Gadeean tradition demands that challenges be fought not with saber nor pistol, but with the blessings of the ancients. Within the veins of every Gadeean runs the black blood of The Mountain, and only they can ignite the power hidden in gemstones.

Separated from his allies, forced to fight for his life, Lucian clutches his ravensgem, and the power locked within.

“For too long I’ve been a victim of fate…”

Please consider giving this a reblog, and a big thank you to everyone who has already picked up the bundle! The reception to this has been amazing! Thank you to all of you for directly supporting independent authors and artists~ ♥︎

Ahahaha this is probably the crappiest picture I’ve ever taken. I’m sorry everyone, I don’t have a fancy picture-taking phone; I have to resort to my laptop’s webcam. (Which led to having to tip my laptop on its side and nearly spilling my tea. Oh the lengths I go to take this picture.)

So. This gem finally came in the mail. (Puuuuuuun.) It took freaking forever to ship, I don’t understand why.

I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing again, because I heard lots of things changed since I last saw the manuscript. :3

As I made my way through the first few chapters, I started realizing something strange that didn’t cross my mind when I read it the first time. Sometime startling.

I realized that there are a few fundamental things that are shared between Ravensgem and the novel I’m writing. A gem-based magic system, a proximate time period, a character with a few similar traits. Maybe that’s why Lucian always had blond hair in my head.

A little bit worrying.

But anyway, that aside, I’m thoroughly enjoying the fact that I finally have a physical copy of this book. As much as I love my Kindle, there’s something magical about paper books that still entrances me.

(The book won’t stand up on its own properly. Jon Snow is propping it up, if anyone’s wondering. I thought he’s the most photogenic thing on my desk.)

You will find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Ravensgem-Chronicles-Gadeen-Volume-1/dp/1940537002

And the official website here: http://www.mkirin.com/

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Hello, dear followers!

I’m very excited to announce that for the next 5 days (5/5 through 5/10) my first book, RAVENSGEM, will be on sale on Amazon for just 99 Cents! That’s like 88% off the paperback price, whoa :0

☆ CLICK HERE TO BUY ‘RAVENSGEM' 

Don’t have a Kindle? No worries, the Kindle Reading App is available for basically every device out there, including your phone, your computer, and even your internet browser!

What is ’Ravensgem’? Ravensgem is a fantasy novella about a man facing the consequences of the mistakes he made in his youth, and a duel to the death against his only remaining childhood friend. The book is set in Gadeen; a fantasy world caught right in its age of sail. Gadeeans are not everyday people, by the way, within their veins runs the black blood of The Mountain, and only they can ignite the power hidden inside gemstones.

Want to learn more about this book? You can visit the homepage, where you can read a sample, listen to the 8Tracks soundtrack, head over to goodreads, and check out behind the scenes posts!

If you enjoy the FREE writerly content you see on this blog, please consider purchasing this book (or giving this post a reblog!). The money from this sale will go towards my Artist & Editor. I could not have done all of this without them~ ♥︎

☆ CLICK HERE TO BUY 'RAVENSGEM' 

Thank you for hearing me out! c:

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[I FEEL YOU, JOHANNA] is a character mix inspired by Johanna Kin, the antagonist of the book “Ravensgem.”

One of the biggest compliments I got about Ravensgem is how relatable the antagonist, Johanna Kin, is (to the extreme that my Editor likes Johanna more than the main character, Lucian). So, couple weeks back we were talking about this very subject, and together we decided to make a mix about this (very unusual) antagonist. This mix deals with Johanna’s change after with the events in the book’s prologue.

Imagine a young woman… in love. They come from different places, but she loves him regardless. One day, he disappears without a word. She waits for him. She gives in to sadness… and grief.

But, suddenly… she finds something within her. A flame as bright as the sun, and as powerful as Trusilver. There are no more tears on her eyes, and no more apologies in her heart.

This mix is a fantastic roller-coaster. It starts out sad, hurt, broken– but, little by little the songs gain confidence, and power, and it culminates in an anthem fitting for a woman willing to challenge her only childhood friend… to a duel to the death.

♫ Listen to this Mix on 8Tracks ♫

As you can tell, I had loads of fun making this mix! I hope you like it~ ♥︎

PS: In case you are wondering, I actually took the picture used for this album cover. The cliffs of Big Sur, California, are nowhere near as steep as the ones in Iryport, but I thought they would do the trick c;

“Ravensgem” is a fantasy novella by M. Kirin. You can find out more information about it (including a sample) over at the homepage.

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[RAVENSGEM - WRITING PLAYLIST] is the collection of the tracks I listened to while writing Ravensgem.” If you read the book and wondered what music inspired me to write, or you are curious as to how one of my ‘serious’ playlists looks like, then you are set for a very interesting adventure c;

Since Ravensgem deals primarily with regret, and facing the consequences of one’s actions, this mix echoes with a strange mix of melancholy & nostalgia. As though you’re looking back on the days that will never be again, and you’re not sure whether you miss them… or you are happy they are over.

♫ Listen to this Mix on 8Tracks ♫

I hope you enjoy listening to this mix, I had tons of fun putting it out on 8tracks~ ♥︎

“Ravensgem” is a fantasy novella by M. Kirin. You can find out more information about it (including a sample) over at the homepage.

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Hello, dear followers!

I’m seeing a lot of new faces (cutie faces at that!), so I thought I would remind you all about my books~

If you enjoy the content you see on this blog, such as the Story Seeds, Characters Questions, and Weird Prompts, please consider picking up one of my books as that directly enables me to create even more FREE content for you, along with paying my Editor and my Artist for all their hard work!

[You can pickup my books HERE]

Above you’re seeing the awesome cover art for Ravensgem, a Fantasy Novella by yours truly~ You can find more information below:

“Citizens of Iryport, we have gathered here today to witness a challenge of honor.”

After two years of running, Lucian Wade has returned to Iryport. He left the city to escape the mistakes of his youth and now, he hopes that the past — and those he left behind — have given up on finding him.

But the past is relentless, and the person chasing him is not ordinary.

Johanna Kin, the most rich and powerful noble on the peninsula, is also Lucian’s only childhood friend. She wants to see him— but she doesn’t want to talk. Johanna calls a challenge of honor between her and Lucian.

A duel to the death.

Gadeean tradition demands that challenges be fought not with saber nor pistol, but with the blessings of the ancients. Within the veins of every Gadeean runs the black blood of The Mountain, and only they can ignite the power hidden in gemstones.

Separated from his allies, forced to fight for his life, Lucian clutches his ravensgem, and the power locked within.

“For too long I’ve been a victim of fate…”

PS: As with any of my books, if you purchase the Paperback version through Amazon, you will get the Kindle Edition for FREE! :D

Hello dear friends and followers,

Today is the official release of my first book, Ravensgem!

For a limited time, purchase the Paperback version of the book and get the Kindle Edition FREE. Buy once, keep forever!

From the store page:

 “Citizens of Iryport, we have gathered here today to witness a challenge of honor.”

After two years of running, Lucian Wade has returned to Iryport. He left the city to escape the mistakes of his youth and now, he hopes that the past — and those he left behind — have given up on finding him.

But the past is relentless, and the person chasing him is not ordinary.

Johanna Kin, the most rich and powerful noble on the peninsula, is also Lucian’s only childhood friend. She wants to see him— but she doesn’t want to talk. Johanna calls a challenge of honor between her and Lucian.

A duel to the death.

Gadeean tradition demands that challenges be fought not with saber nor pistol, but with the blessings of the ancients. Within the veins of every Gadeean runs the black blood of The Mountain, and only they can ignite the power hidden in gemstones.

Separated from his allies, forced to fight for his life, Lucian clutches his ravensgem, and the power locked within.

“For too long I’ve been a victim of fate…"

If you’d like to know more about the book take a look at the official site, and the FREE SAMPLE.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this project a reality– and to the kind souls who have already purchased the book, and have helped support independent authors and artists!

Thank you all!

PS: Please consider reblogging this, my creative team and I would really appreciate it :D

“Ancient Raven” by Plaguesworth.

I’m very proud to finally reveal the cover for my upcoming book, Ravensgem :D You’ve really done it this time, Plaguesworth!

If you’d like to know more about the book, or check out the preview chapter, head over to the homepage~

Also, if you’d like hear Plaguesworth and I be silly and ramble for far too long, feel free to listen to the our podcast! 

Currently editing the novel I wrote (just about) a year ago c:

After so long, and so many other stories, it’s so very pleasant to know that I can still hear the character’s voices~ yay

I was honestly very scared that I wouldnt be able to ‘feel’ their voices again, but– they are all still there. Lucian, Rafael, Johanna– it’s almost as though I never left them <3

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Writing books is one thing, taking the ideas from said book and making them into visual art is another.

Plaguesworth is the man guilty for creating the amazing cover I have for Ravensgem. Working with him was a blast. He has talent unlike any other artist I’ve ever met– and if that was not enough he’s an incredibly silly and down-to-earth kind of guy.

This was a very interesting project, from the first rough ideas, to the very last step (seriously deciding on that gradient was HARD). Plague, being artsy when I am not, was always open-minded and very frank. I swear we must’ve spent at least a total of 10 hours at just place walking in circles, brainstorming ideas, colors, and concepts.

It was too much fun. I can’t wait to work with him again :D

If you want to check out some more of Plague’s art, follow him on tumblr!

The (Chibi) Cast of Ravensgem

So, as some of you may know I’m a novelist. Not so long ago I wrote a novelette titled “Ravensgem”. I think I was talking about it here, actually, when this really cool person Agnosis asked me if she could read the first draft.

Little known fact: Writers like people to read their stuff.

It turned out that Agnosis (or as I like to call her ’Mango’) really liked the story, so as a way to be nice to her I made Chibis of all the main characters~ including some special ones!

But more after the jump!

Keep reading

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Thank you for the review, Stephro! There’s nothing like leaving your readers with post-reading depression >:D

☆☆☆☆☆ Excellent Read

By Stephro

I enjoyed Ravensgem immensely. I loved that the characters were so lovable, which is what I expect with any book. If I can’t feel empathy toward the people I’m reading about, I feel extremely disconnected and stop reading. The main character was an interesting one, and I took a liking to him right away even though many of his qualities would make one think otherwise. There’s a lovable bravery to him when it all boils down to it; when he has no other choice but to be brave. The plot is creative as hell. The characters use gemstone rings with animalistic qualities to strengthen them in many different areas, which makes the action scenes exciting and entertaining to read through. I could visualize everything and picture all that was going on in my head, and there was such great description and attention to detail. I honestly didn’t want to put it down, and I felt that post-reading depression when I was finished.

For a limited time, purchase the Paperback Version of Ravensgem and get the Kindle Edition for FREE. Buy once, keep forever!

For more information about Ravensgem, and a full-sized sample chapter, head over to mkirin.com!

PS: Stephro hangs around tumblr by the name Confusedme, she’s a total sweetheart c;

Watch on maxkirin.tumblr.com

Hello peoples!

Since today was a pretty big day for me, I decided to sit down and make a video to talk about today, and to thank a bunch of very awesome people!

Also, in case you were not aware (hello nightly peoples! :D) today I released my first book: Ravensgem!

I have an offer going around: If your purchase the Paperback book you will get the Kindle Edition entirely free!

If you’d like to know more about the book take a look at the official site, and the FREE SAMPLE.

That aside, thank you all for making this a very special day for me c:

So, I just came out of a meeting with my artist. He showed me some early concepts for the cover of my upcoming book~

In a few words, I can say that he never fails to amaze me and in more than a few words I would say that DAYUM his mind is even crazier than mine. SO MANY IDEAS. HOW DOES HE DO IT????

Expect a poll to come out some time in the following days c;

Stay tuned, and keep writing :D