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Announcing My Latest Novel: Wayfarer! (And Prizes!)

Wayfarer PinterestToday, I am officially launching my fifth novel Wayfarer. Hooray!

If you’ve been following along on my journey with this book for the last several years, then you’ll recognize it as the one I keep referring to as my “historical superhero” novel. Set in 1820 London, it’s something I also like to cheekily think of as “Spider-Man meets Charles Dickens.” Turns out there’s actually a super-niche genre for this (which I had no idea about until I started researching keywords and categories on Amazon): gaslamp fantasy.

Best titled genre ever.

Basically, gaslamp fantasy is the more magical cousin of steampunk. Like steampunk, it is set in pre-industrial historical periods, but with less emphasis on steam-powered tech and more on magic or “mad science.”

Wayfarer by K.M. Weiland

Here’s the back-cover blurb:

Think being a superhero is hard? Try being the first one.

Will’s life is a proper muddle—and all because he was “accidentally” inflicted with the ability to run faster and leap higher than any human ever. One minute he’s a blacksmith’s apprentice trying to save his master from debtor’s prison. The next he’s accused of murder and hunted as a black-hearted highwayman.

A vengeful politician with dark secrets and powers even more magical than Will’s has duped all of London into blaming Will for the chilling imprisonments of the city’s poor. The harder Will tries to use his abilities to fight crime, the deeper he is entangled in a dark underworld belonging to some of Georgian England’s most colorful characters.

Only Will stands a chance of stopping this powerful madman bent on “reforming” London by any means necessary. Unfortunately, Will is beginning to realize becoming a legend might mean sacrificing everything that matters. 

Read this new adrenaline-fueled historical superhero adventure today!

How Wayfarer Came to Be Written

My journey with this book started many years ago when I was sitting on the couch watching, for the umpteenth time, as Spidey swings through the closing scenes of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Since I’m all about the historical aesthetic, I found myself idly wondering, How come no one has ever done a historical superhero? (As I would later discover, there have been many “historical” iterations, with Captain America’s steampunk jaunt through World War II being perhaps the most obvious current example.)

From there, my imagination took off. What came out is a book I’m very pleased with and proud of. It’s darker than some of the stuff I’ve written in the past, but also, I hope, deeper—while still being fun and funny and full of heart and adventure and a little romance. I feel it’s the best thing I’ve written to date, a representation of everything I know and believe about story.

How Wayfarer Came to Be Published

As some of you may have noticed, this book has had a bit of a winding way to official publication. I originally intended to launch it last fall before I moved—which might have worked if I hadn’t decided, at the last minute, to do some marketing experiments under a nominal pen name. So there I was in the midst of a huge move, also trying to launch a book under a pen name (some of you may have seen K.M. Wyland floating around Amazon), all while tweaking and examining metrics.

The idea was to experiment with separating my fiction “brand” from my non-fiction (similar to what Joanna Penn of the Creative Penn has done with her J.F. Penn novels). I entered into this with something of a “why not?” attitude. I didn’t have anything to lose except a little time and effort. With the leverage of Amazon ads and some targeted promos, maybe I’d notch my fiction sales up another level.

Basically, I wanted to see if I could launch the new pen name on the strength of ads alone, without the help of my existing platform, and with the ultimate intent of getting “clean” Also Bought recommendations on Amazon, which would better target my fiction to genre readers, rather than pointing back to my writing books. However, results were only so-so on that score. After the discount promos, I got some nice genre results in the Also Boughts, but my writing books also started showing up almost right away.

Add to that the multiple emails I started receiving from those of you who were concerned that:

a) my publisher had goofed with a huge typo on my book cover

b) I had an evil doppelganger who was trying to pirate all my sales

and… I decided it was all just too much trouble for too few results. It’s an experiment I’m glad to have checked off my list, but to tell the truth, I’m relieved I get to keep all my writing under the same name. Makes everything so much simpler. And I like simplicity!

Where Can You Buy the Book?

So you ready to start wayfaring?

If you’re excited to join the Wayfarer on his adventures, you can purchase the book at the following links:

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

Nook

Kobo

If you don’t have a Kindle but want to take advantage of the cheaper e-book option, you can read Kindle books off your computeriPhone or iPad, or Android, using their respective Kindle apps.

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Enter to Win the Wayfarer Launch Prize

As always, I’m celebrating the book’s launch with PRIZES! So please join the party.

This time, I’m going to do something that (IMO, anyway) is totally fun: a shopping spree!

Instead of an upfront, one-size-fits-all prize, I’m offering the winner their choice of one or many of the fun writing/reading goodies from last year’s Christmas gift guide, up to a value of $100. In other words, if you win, you get to pick $100 worth of prizes from the list. A custom prize just for you!

(Due to shipping restrictions, the shopping spree will only be available to U.S. residents. International residents are still free to enter; in the event of an international winner, the prize will instead be a $100 Amazon gift certificate.)

Writing and Reading Shopping Spree

Check out the gift guide post for full details, but the prizes available include:

  • Writing desk
  • Monitor stand
  • Bookcase
  • The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
  • WriteMind Planner
  • Desktop decor
  • Bookend
  • Mug
  • Customized journal
  • Jewelry
  • Coffee spoon
  • T-shirt
  • Tote bag
  • Art prints
  • Phone stand/grip
  • Desktop organizer/planner
  • Q&A journal
  • Notebook
  • Mouse pad
  • Keychain

To Enter

Winners will be announced Friday, January 18th. You can do several things throughout the week to earn contest points and increase your chances of winning. For every contest point earned, your name will be entered once more into the pool (e.g., if you’ve earned 18 points, you have 18 chances of winning). (Note: no purchase is necessary to enter.)

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Good luck to everyone in the drawing, have fun, and thank you for helping me celebrate the launch of Wayfarer!

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About K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland

K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

Comments

  1. Silmarillion99 says

    I’ve never read Gaslamp Fantasy before but have heard it mentioned among my writing friends. I’m really looking forward to this book as my first taste of it 🙂

  2. 5th novel!!!!! Wow. Congratulations. We need an Audible version of Wayfarer.

  3. Through your novels I have learned about Gaslamp fantasy, but now I’m eager to learn more about this genre. Good luck with the launch!

  4. Margaret Fiske says

    Although I haven’t yet read any Gaslamp, it sounds like a marvelous genre and I am anxious to try it. Congrats on the new book, Katie!

  5. Heather Schick says

    I didn’t know about gaslamp fantasy until your books came into my life. I’m exited you have completed Wayfayer and congratulate your accomplishment. This is wonderful news and I have another book to read! Thank you!!

  6. Gaslamp fantasy is new to me. Very much looking forward to reading this one though! 🙂 Might be fun to write in the genre sometime, too. 😀

    Thank you so much for all the helpful advice you give us all! Wishing you all the very best with your new book! 🙂

  7. Isabelle Evans says

    I never really knew what gaslamp fantasy was – I’m so curious!

  8. This is the first time I’ve heard of gaslamp fantasy.

  9. I’ve never heard of gaslamp until now.

  10. Sabrina C Howard says

    Hi Kim. I have read some things that could be considered gaslight fantasy. The array of genres keeps on growing!

  11. Gregg Stutzman says

    I have not read this style before, going to look up your other books to find book#1 and read my way to this new book ,excited about the new adventure. Thank you for the instructional ebooks they will help me move my book from my head to the paper. My stories have been growing for 50 years now. Not so much in the beginning however the last 30 they have been trying get out at times, I must open up the flood gates and let them flow out. Thank you again!

  12. I’ve never heard of gaslamp fantasy. Congrats on the new publish!

  13. I don’t believe I have read a gaslamp fantasy before but now I want too!

  14. Yes, I’ve read The Night Circus and Stardust. Really enjoyed them!
    I’m looking forward to reading more of this genre.

  15. Susan Policoff says

    I never heard of gaslamp fantay but what a fabulous label!

  16. jessapphire says

    I have not read Gaslamp Fantasy before but this seriously looks amazing and yes! An AUDIOBOOK would be incredible. I love paperbacks, but I love rereading again and again the delights of an audiobook.

  17. Michelle Stockard Miller says

    I have not heard of it, but I’m thoroughly intrigued. I enjoy steampunk so I feel pretty confident I would enjoy gaslamp fantasy as well. Congrats on the release!

  18. I think I’ve read gaslamp fantasy before (kinda reminds me of Nadine Brandes’ Fawkes). Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Thanks!

  20. Rachel Kolodziej says

    I have never read Gaslamp before. Today is the first time I’ve ever heard of it!

  21. Congratulations! The cover is so beautiful! I’m so excited to read Wayfarer, and I hope the rest of the launch is successful for you. 😀

    • Andddd I forgot to comment this part (I’m very attentive, as you can see XD), but I have never read gaslamp fantasy before.

  22. Your blog is where I come whenever i need advice, a clearer understanding, or just some confidence. Thank you.

  23. Larga Parker says

    Congratulations! That is awesome. I can’t wait to read it, I have read ALL your books and they are a blessing beyond what you can ever imagine.
    I admit I have never heard of the genre before. The sound of it greatly appeals to me as I love historical novels and am not that fond of Steampunk, I just prefer the older.
    Blessings with the book!

  24. I’ve heard of gaslamp fantasy before, but I’ve never actually read it. After hearing some excerpts from your “how to” writing posts however, I’m definitely intrigued. Can’t wait to read it!

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