LitRPG Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

What is LITRPG? – Are you looking for books with real statistics and rules? The in-the-game feel, whether it be Ready Player One, The Land, or Free Guy? We’ve got a lot to offer for both kids and adults. Check it out!

Elaborate heists. Urban warfare. Crime without consequences. Welcome to the world’s premier game. Welcome to The Life of Crime.

★★★★★ “Fast paced, with interesting and authentic characters. A unique story that’s not like anything I’ve read before.”

99 cents

The might, myth and magic of ancient Greece via a deadly combat training game. Sparta Online: Nemesis is a LitRPG novel inspired by ancient Greek legends.

★★★★★ “300 meets Harry Potter meets LitRPG. The author manages to bring ancient Sparta to life masterfully!”

1 dollar

A Nanotechnology Park Gone Wrong, Rogue AIs, Prisoners on the Loose, and Way Too Many Dirty Acronyms.

★★★★★ “Dirty potty humor wrapped up in a thrilling and free story that leads to quite the interesting series. Think Rick and Morty, but LitRPG.”

Free

Prestige Gaming is the ultimate experience. Better than VR, better than real life, better than your mom . . . it’s the real you in real life facing real beings created by the AR game system.

★★★★★ “This was a great read with lots of great humor, the book doesn’t take itself too seriously while still having compelling danger and risk to life and limb.”

Free

Friendless, broken by grief, tired of the real world, Jin-ee represents the perfect candidate for the new on-site 24/7 fully immersive gaming sensation, Aethermarked. But not everything is as it seems . . .

★★★★★ “Epic. the worldbuilding, description, and characterization are all top notch. I wish they’d done more with time travel, but I get it, it’s not a time travel book. Looking forward to a second one…”

99 cents

Some monsters have human hearts . . .

Not yet reviewed

Free!

KidsLitRPG – The wonder of childhood. Still learning, still so imaginative and creative, well primed for the world of literature and all of the exciting lessons and stories contained within.

Once upon a time two fairy kids (and a hamster) wanted to become heroes . . .

★★★★★ “Ching Goo, Oma Bell, and Rick the muscle-bound farting Hamster battle an evil Boglin, a hungry Snake, and a bone-crunching Giant. A fun-filled story for adults and kids alike. Love the dialogue repartee, schoolboy humor, and positive life lessons. Great illustrations, too. Perfect read for Elementary School age children.”

$1.99

Olivia Green loves games! She plays them all: Board Games, Table Top RPGs, and of course her favorites: Video Games! But none of them were “real.” That is until she stumbled upon a mysterious game at a garage sale . . .

★★★★★ “Children get sucked into a video game and go on quests, just like the stuff they play on their computer and consoles. It is wonderfully done and my only regret is that I tapped the wrong button and got the ebook instead of the physical copy.”

99 cents

We’ll be adding more in as we hear of them. Have a Happy Black Friday and go get some fun titles while they’re cheap!

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales from Sconnie Books and Dames Handsome!

If you haven’t noticed by now, my Sconnie friends and I here at the website aren’t very good at marketing. We like to write and chat and just have fun with stuff. But occasionally something comes along and kicks us in the butt, something like Amazon telling us to get off our royal derrieres and try to sell stuff because we can’t live in their basement forever.

So, without any further ado, lemme introduce to you, by category, the wildly discounted books coming your way from our Sconnies Authors’ Club.

Table of Contents –
LitRPG
SciFi
/Fantasy
Kids

Others

LITRPG – Are you looking for books with real statistics and rules? The in-the-game feel, whether it be Ready Player One, The Land, or Free Guy? We’ve got a lot to offer for both kids and adults. Check it out!

Elaborate heists. Urban warfare. Crime without consequences. Welcome to the world’s premier game. Welcome to The Life of Crime.

★★★★★ “Fast paced, with interesting and authentic characters. A unique story that’s not like anything I’ve read before.”

99 cents

A Nanotechnology Park Gone Wrong, Rogue AIs, Prisoners on the Loose, and Way Too Many Dirty Acronyms.

★★★★★ “Dirty potty humor wrapped up in a thrilling and free story that leads to quite the interesting series. Think Rick and Morty, but LitRPG.”

Free

Prestige Gaming is the ultimate experience. Better than VR, better than real life, better than your mom . . . it’s the real you in real life facing real beings created by the AR game system.

★★★★★ “This was a great read with lots of great humor, the book doesn’t take itself too seriously while still having compelling danger and risk to life and limb.”

Free

Friendless, broken by grief, tired of the real world, Jin-ee represents the perfect candidate for the new on-site 24/7 fully immersive gaming sensation, Aethermarked. But not everything is as it seems . . .

★★★★★ “Epic. the worldbuilding, description, and characterization are all top notch. I wish they’d done more with time travel, but I get it, it’s not a time travel book. Looking forward to a second one…”

99 cents

Some monsters have human hearts . . .

Not yet reviewed

Free!

SciFi/Fantasy – Another place or time, so much like our own and yet different in interesting and fantastic ways. Whether it is wormholes or dragons, vampires, or killer robots, we all like to imagine what it would be like if life were just oh so different.

In Eden Cavalleri’s world, zoos don’t exist. The Anthros do: a twisted place where cybernetics come to gawk at humans imprisoned behind glass . . .

★★★★★ “If you’re a fan of Divergent or The Hunger Games this book is easily on the same level. Caged is brilliantly crafted and won’t let you put it down.”

99 cents

Fred’s life begins at the end— when he’s been kicked out of his home and left to freeze to death on the street . . .

★★★★★ “What a great book! I love vampire stories, and this is probably the best one I’ve ever read. Adding Fred’s fire element to his vampire abilities keeps the suspense going as you read on to see what amazing powers our protagonist, Fred, will discover next. This book kicks off a 5 book series in high gear. I highly recommend, and look forward to continuing the series.”

99 cents

Kids – The wonder of childhood. Still learning, still so imaginative and creative, well primed for the world of literature and all of the exciting lessons and stories contained within.

Once upon a time two fairy kids (and a hamster) wanted to become heroes . . .

★★★★★ “Ching Goo, Oma Bell, and Rick the muscle-bound farting Hamster battle an evil Boglin, a hungry Snake, and a bone-crunching Giant. A fun-filled story for adults and kids alike. Love the dialogue repartee, schoolboy humor, and positive life lessons. Great illustrations, too. Perfect read for Elementary School age children.”

$1.99

Olivia Green loves games! She plays them all: Board Games, Table Top RPGs, and of course her favorites: Video Games! But none of them were “real.” That is until she stumbled upon a mysterious game at a garage sale . . .

★★★★★ “Children get sucked into a video game and go on quests, just like the stuff they play on their computer and consoles. It is wonderfully done and my only regret is that I tapped the wrong button and got the ebook instead of the physical copy.”

99 cents

Others – There are lots of types of books and not all of them fit into one straight category. That doesn’t mean that they cannot fit into our hearts, however. Lots of unsung gems reside here, waiting for the right reader. Come check them out!

Are you ready to book some travel, romance and deep conversation? Travel with Max as he trips through exotic locales, and learns the importance of love, friends and even sandwiches. 

★★★★★ “Such a cool story! I really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and the ending was heartwarming. The rave scene was very fun! And the whole mystery behind Sid was intriguing. It was a good travel adventure story with cultural and human relationship insight.”

99 cents

The Entire Works of Cali Burem – Fantastical, romantic, sensual . . . Cali writes in a lot of genres and with a lot of voices. And now you can experience them all for just 99 cents.

The Entire Alpha and Omega series by Brent Meske – First Volume Free, the rest 99 cents each!

And that’s it for the sale. Have fun shopping and thank you for checking us out!

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Regions of Ruin – A Game Review by Joseph Phelps

Regions of Ruin is a rogue-like town builder/brawler from developers Vox Games and Gameclaw Studios, and publishers Poysky Productions, JanduSoft, and again Gameclaw Studios. Lots of work went into this strange little beautiful game, and it shows.

So the whole thing is Dwarves and I love me some classic Dwarven storytelling. This has a gorgeous pixel based Bob Ross background in every screen, with loads of soothing beautiful nature to stare at while you unleash your inner Dwarf and fight some goblin-folk. I can’t say enough good things about the music either, it’s fantastic. The swells of horns and clash of cymbals will march alongside you into battle, or inspire you as you labor to build a better world with your own calloused hands and the aid of your kin. The Dwarves in this are everything I love about Dwarf stories. Stoic, merry, beleaguered but not beaten, industrious, hardy, clever, drunk, horrifically violent, and deeply noble.

The story starts you off having just emerged from ages locked away underground. A dwarven civilization retreated under their mountains in disgust of the rest of the world. Once they decided, as a race, to rejoin the surface, they discovered it had been overrun and populated by monsters. Goblin-kind rules, and reacts to the Dwarves emergence with a declared genocide. But we Dwarves are not concerned with that, that’s just what goblins do. We’ll simply do what dwarves do.

The gameplay centers around this town you’re trying to build. It starts off as a camp to roave from while you adventure and rid the surrounding area of goblins with an axe. But the more you bring in stray Dwarves to your camp, the more it starts to resemble a town. And perhaps more in the future, I’m not all that far in yet. It wasn’t difficult to identify the core gameplay loop and fall in love enough to write it up. The story is perfectly Dwarven and engaging, and told mostly through exploration of the very fun map. I love exploring the map, and going to new places is always exciting. You get a series of quests that send you to points of interest on the map, and once you arrive the combat portion begins.

Combat is hectic and often difficult to fully understand what’s going on visually, at the point I’ve gotten to. I have a swarm of allies at this point and I often just wade into the sea of beards and axes, swinging away. It started off with just me, but I keep meeting these awesome Dwarves in the tavern I built and hiring them to come adventure with me. My hired-allies addiction began with just me and one shockingly stabby fellow with a cloak and dead eyes, but soon we added two lazy wizards and a cadre of others followed. Now there’s a whole back row hurling axes, loosing arrows, weaving mean spirited magics, and spitting insults at the green-skins, while a murder orgy of axes, knives, shields, and gleaming armor demarcates the latest enemy to be rolled over. Once you clear out a location, it becomes available as resources for your workers to bring back to camp and build it up with. They gather lumber, stone, cotton, leather, food, coal, and ores. Then you upgrade the town as much as you can and get new rewards like improved merchants or craftsmen. I love the gameplay loop, it’s very satisfying.

Rogue-like usually requires death to grow, and this one makes you reload a save upon death so it’s a little odd to identify it as roguelike. The real death punishment for me is losing team mates. I’ve always managed to overcome it and replace all who fall with eager and willing new recruits, but I miss them when they go. My crazy stabby friend died fighting an Orc King, it was a mighty battle and his mighty crit ability surely won us the day. This game is really good at telling these little micro stories with their characters if you choose to invest in them at that level, and I adore that manner of storytelling. It’s so organic and delightful to uncover. Every inch of this game screams of dwarven style, and it’s easy to pick up and enjoy for fifteen minutes at a time, or the occasional four hour session.

I highly recommend this gaming experience.

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LitRPG Review 11/17/2021 by SyncSelyrian

Black Sand Baron (Ripple System Book 2/2, ongoing) by Kyle Kirrin

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No summary since it’s book two. Book one was part of the last reviews, linked above.

This was a fantastic continuation of the first book, just everything you could want from a sequel; more of the same but improved by more character depth, higher stakes, deeper relationships and expanded world building.

I’m loving every single one of the main characters, their interactions never fail to crack me up and I came to really care about all of them. I think Travis Bauldree found the role of a lifetime in Frank, his rendition of the sentient axe is just superb.

This one only just came out so I will have to patiently wait for book three.

9/10

Omniscient Reader (Episodes 1-30/71, ongoing) by sing N son

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Dokja spent the past ten years of his life being the only reader of a weekly released web novel called “Three Ways to Survive the Apocalypse”. When its final episode releases he reflects on his life’s hardships, made more bearable by reading this story. But when he opens the supposed finale all it says is “If you’re reading this, you will survive”. Confounded by this he looks up from his phone to find himself at the start of the web novel he just finished reading. Can he use his insider information to survive the coming apocalypse?

This is a webtoon, meaning it reads like a comic book made for smartphone screens.

The apocalypse consists of quests the participants (i.e. all humans) must clear in order to survive and usually include fighting monsters, getting to certain locations etc. The players have access to game-like menu screens and are able to level up skills and abilities, as well as see other player’s stats. Clearing scenarios earns them coins which can be spent to upgrade their stats.

I love the premise of this story, the set up is great and doesn’t get old. The protagonist knows how the story will play out, but we, the reader, do not – we only know that he knows and acts accordingly which creates an interesting dynamic. The action is also being watched by ‘constellations’ who comment on the going ons, who mirror us, the readers, experiencing the story from an outside perspective, often resulting in humorous parallels.

This was extremely fun and included true progression. The chapter format was also perfect for reading one chapter here and there when you have awkward amounts of down time.

Free on Webtoon.

8/10

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