Book Giveaway! #Indiecember Reading Challenge

Hello Dear Readers!

M. L. Wang here to let you know that this month, I will be donating 10 signed copies of  Theonite:Planet Adyn to the giveaway for Megan Tennant’s Indiecember Reading Challenge!

To find out how to win one of these copies, as well as other indie books, goodies and gift cards, you can watch Megan Tennant’s Indiecember video or read more about the challenge on this page!

If you review Theonite for the challenge, it can be used to mark off the ‘PoC Author,’ ‘LGBTQ Author,’ ‘SciFi,’ ‘Fantasy,’ ‘Authortuber’ or ‘40-60 Review’ squares on the board.

Also keep in mind that through the month of December, 50% of all royalties from my Theonite books will go to charity! 

(More on my December charity month in this post)

It’s Charity Month Again! Buy a Book to Fight Malaria!

Through the month of December, 50% of my royalties will go to the Against Malaria Foundation!

For newcomers to this site who aren’t awaremy Theonite Series is a YA story in which a team of super-powered misfits fight crime in an African-dominated parallel universe. The world-building of Theonite is heavily based on West African culture (specifically that of the Mande of Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone and several neighboring countries). From the magic system, to the languages, to the themes of colonialism, my work owes a lot to West African history and culture. This month, I want to give something back, in the form of donations to a charity that helps save lives throughout Africa (including some of the aforementioned countries).

So, to support African-based fantasy as well as real life African people, pick up a digital or paperback copy of a Theonite book now!

My goal is to reach $200 dollars in donations for the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), a charity that works to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets in areas affected by malaria. 

In the spirit of transparency (for which AMF is applauded), the following is a breakdown of how much will be donated for each purchase:

(Scroll down for international purchasing links – donations will be applied for all Amazon marketplaces)

If you have any interest in YA sci-fi/fantasy, or know someone who might like these books as a holiday gift, now is the time to get them! If Theonite doesn’t seem like your thing, I strongly encourage you to make a direct donation through AMF’s website.

If you are an author interested in donating a percentage of your royalties to AMF or any other charity this December, respond here or make a post about it with the tag #AuthorsAgainstAffliction and I will promote your book in my December newsletter!

Thank you and happy December!

International Purchasing Links:

USABook 1 | Book 2
AustraliaBook 1 | Book 2
UKBook 1 | Book 2
BrazilBook 1 | Book 2
CanadaBook 1 | Book 2 
China:  Book 1
FranceBook 1 | Book 2
GermanyBook 1 | Book 2
IndiaBook 1 | Book 2
ItalyBook 1 | Book 2
JapanBook 1 | Book 2
MexicoBook 1 | Book 2
NetherlandsBook 1 | Book 2
SpainBook 1 | Book 2 

#AuthorsAgainstAffliction – a chance for authors and readers to support charity through their love of books!

M. L. Wang here, author of the Theonite Series. Last year, I donated 100% of my December royalties to charity (specifically the Against Malaria Foundation) and ended up selling triple the number of books I had in previous months.

Since I am relying more heavily on my books for income this year (last year I worked a full-time job and wrote on the side), I will be donating 50% of my royalties this December. On the other hand, my book sales have been much better this year and I fully expect to exceed last year’s donation amount on that 50%.

This year, I also wanted to invite other authors to participate with me, using the tag #AuthorsAgainstAffliction (I know it doesn’t roll off the tongue, but I needed something general enough to cover everyone’s charity of choice and I like alliteration, sue me).

How it works:

If you are an author and want to participate, you can make a social media post or video including the following:

  • Name of the charity you will be supporting this December (if you’re undecided, I recommend checking out GiveWell.org for a list of the most transparent and effective charities currently accepting donations)
  • Percent of your royalties you plan to donate, bearing in mind that any amount helps.
  • Titles of your published book(s) and where we can find them! (I also include a breakdown of how much I’ll be donating per title in each format, though this is optional)

Tag your post #AuthorsAgainstAffliction and I will share it to support your work!

In December, I will compile a list of all participating authors and share it via my author newsletter and all my social media channels to encourage readers to buy the listed books either for themselves or as holiday gifts for others.

Last December, I did this alone and saw a huge spike in sales while raising over $200 in donations to combat malaria in the developing world. This year, I’m excited to have company!

Don’t have any books published? Please consider sharing this post with a published author you know!

Hopefully, we can get as many authors as possible onboard!

Anti-Columbus Day Special – FREE books and bookmarks!

It is generally accepted among people with empathy and a basic understanding of history that Christopher Columbus is not a figure worth celebrating. So, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate this October 8th with a free promo of my Theonite Series, which takes us to a world free of Christopher Columbus and the European colonialism he represents.

(Also there are superpowers)

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But PoC power fantasies aside, an underlying goal in all my books is to highlight the tragedy of colonialism (from the violent evil of genocide to the insidious micro-aggressions of modern-day racism). Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if the oppressor is European, African, Asian, or absolutely alien; there is evil in forcing one culture over another. Rather than preaching these ideas to people’s faces, I hope to explore them in a fresh and interesting way through an African-dominated universe unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

  ★  Get Book 1 FREE  ||  Get Book 2 FREE   ★ 

 

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I’m also giving away these Theonite character bookmarks absolutely free to any readers who want them!

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To get the Joan and Daniel bookmarks, all you have to do is answer the following question from Theonite Book 1: Planet Adyn:

What color is the Thundyils’ space pod?

To get the complete set of five featured above (Joan, Daniel, Fiki, Kente, and Izumo), answer this question from Theonite Book 2: Orbit:

Who is the man in the hood?

Don’t give away the answers here! Email your answers to officialtheonite@gmail.com, along with a mailing address, and I’ll send you your free bookmarks!

This offer is only good through November 10th, so get your answers in soon!

Dear Readers, thank you for a great May Anniversary Special – Part One!

On May 1st, the new Planet Adyn cover art went live. During the accompanying three-day free ebook promotion, Planet Adyn reached #1 in its genre on Amazon…

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… with Orbit not far behind, at #8!

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In total, Planet Adyn alone reached more than 1,000 downloads (which is so much better than the series has ever done in such a short time). I want to thank all my readers, old and new, for helping make the first part of this special such a success. I’m truly humbled by everyone’s support and enthusiasm.

If you missed your chance to get the Theonite books this time, never fear. They will both be free again during Phase Two of my Anniversary Special (May 15th – 17th), to celebrate Orbit’s new cover art going live.

Thank you all once again and happy reading!

More on the May Anniversary Special