January 2023 Thread - Promote your Story

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For Authors: Post your story promotion as a reply to this thread.
You can get creative, or you can just post the description, image(if available), and your word count. But most importantly your Royal Road fiction link.

Note: This is somewhat of a first-come, first-served basis, as the earlier you reply, the more likely your description will be read first. This is why this thread for self-promotions is monthly-based (to not overflow it). At the start of next month, we will have a new thread, and you can promote your story there again.

For Readers: Did you want more lists to find stories from? well... here is another one, give the stories a shot!

You can also use this subforum to promote your fiction https://www.royalroad.com/forums/5689

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The Last Philosopher is a satirical high-fantasy story with heavy-handed attempts at humour. It revolves around the world of Huom and some of its quirkier inhabitants. It’s the first book under the subtitle, Nothing is Everything.
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Summary: Before everything, it’s assumed there was nothing, but what if there was no real difference between the two? Just two extreme philosophies from the original conflict.
The planet Huom has been under observation for longer than should technically be possible. The primary watcher, a bitter black-hole, is excited to see that there is finally a proverbial Darkness at the end of the tunnel.
Meanwhile on the planet, in the freezing mountains of Empris, Lyeasrakardsul, the oldest living sorcerer suffers from devastating nightmares. At the same time — far away in the sandstone desert of Zenon — Herschel, a man filled to the brim with strange ideas is escaping a prison filled with strange old men.
What does all this have to do with arsehole Gods, hairy Dwarfs, frustrated Afreets, curious Knomes, lizard-women, and nude Áettar? Perhaps Nothing, perhaps Everything… but why can’t it be both?
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The Homunculus Knight  

"The town of Glockmire has lived under the iron-fisted rule of Vampires for centuries. Its people long cowed into submission by the ruling Nocturnal Nobles. In this land, the Undead rule, and the living know nothing but fear and servitude. This bleak status quo now faces challenges from without and within. Arriving in Glockmire is Cole, a wandering hunter of the Undead. Who wields sacred powers while hiding a profane nature. Hoping to fulfilling his sacred mission, Cole crosses paths with a local named Natalie. A silver-tongued young woman who has lost much to these cursed lands. Together they uncover a terrible secret that might save Glockmire or drown it in blood."

Try this Witcher-esque Nobledark fantasy series now into its second book. Come for the gritty yet not hopeless High Fantasy. Stay for the world-building and characters. No Isekai or Litrpg elements. Just a classic fantasy tale about a Divinely Chosen Warrior on a quest, and a clever young Woman who gets way in over her head. Expect gritty combat, scary monsters and good people looking for what good they can find in the world. 


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Hey, want to read Pokemon fanfiction? Yes, another one. If you're interested, try out my story: I Will Touch the Skies. Here's the synopsis.

Grace Pastel is a young girl who lives a cozy life in Jubilife city with her father, and for her, Pokemon battles are just something that she watches on television or online. Entertainment to be seen at a distance. After turning fifteen, she watched as young people her age got ready for their first journey across Sinnoh, all aiming to become the Champion. She usually scoffed at them, wondering how one could throw away a comfortable life in the city to risk their lives in the wild for an unobtainable goal. And yet when she was asked by her father to deliver a package to her mother living two towns over, something clicked in her brain.

Suddenly, she decided that she wanted to be the very best.

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The Butterfly Effect is written as a series of moderately independent stories, bound together by a common world. Join a wide range of characters—from nobility to commoners to those barely able to be described as human—on their trips of exploration and discovery of the world around them. Below are short descriptions of each story published so far; they can be read out of volume order, though I would suggest everyone starts at Departure. Who knows, one of these stories may even tell of the event that started it all…

Departure- Follow the young Prince Natheniel on his way towards making the biggest mistake of his life—one that affects much more than him.
Secrets of the Ley Lines- A group of teens set out to not only uncover bits of the past but also find themselves in the Labyrinth, home of the Minotaur.
Bloodline- Tavin, with the prompting of his spirits, goes on a trip to understand his bloodline and the kind of power he possesses.
Rebellion- Lucas and his odd band of magic users stand up against the king and start a new future for Seothia.
Mystery of Nadia Mikah- Enebish is given their first detective case, though they aren’t ready for all that they discover.
The Stone Family Adventure- Lydia finds a way to live what has already been lost… perhaps at the expense of losing something else. [updates Mon/Wed/Fri]
What Time Forgot- A collection of short stories ranging from little scenes or events to longer ones dedicated to specific characters.

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Twin NPCs Llewel and Myr don’t have something that all the others do: a code they’re supposed to follow. When they get the chance to leave their home and learn who they truly are, it’s not quite in the way that they expected. Still, no amount of preparing could help them uncover the things that may be best left forgotten.
In the Side Story, follow Casrane and her companions as they play through the game’s original story. She thought she knew what she was getting herself into, but things are turning out to be a lot more complex than she thought…
These two parts are important to understand the past, the present, and the future of these characters. Only with them—and perhaps some perspectives of others—can the true events be discovered.

Updates weekly on Saturdays.

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Parallel Hearts

Summary:

Deepness of loneliness, racing in an abyss of blackness, trailing hands of shadows. Shackling to the land, longness of silence. No longer willing in enduring, breaking free of her restraints. Seeking a desire far inside, countless more existing within. Birthing underneath the light of the blood moon, embracing her selfishness and imperfections. Shouting what is within, never ending turmoil. Continuously falling, rising even stronger. Mirroring hearts, both of the same. Haziness of memories, wars of grandness. Stepping on a plain far above her own, her heart of softness. A night of eternity coming, bringing demise in the wake of her despair.

"There is light in the deepest of darkness..."

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Millisecond: Superspeed is a curse!
A high school girl gets superspeed but there are two problems:
1. While it's active, her perception is also sped up, making her spend days effectively on her own.
2. She can't control when it's active. It just cycles off and on every hour or so, and slowly skews to full-time.
If that doesn't sound like hell yet, it will.

The story follows Milly's attempts to understand her power, be a hero, and stay sane. While superpowers are pretty common in her world, they aren't all made equal and Milly's power is several leagues above the norm, even for most superheroes. It turns out that there's really not much of a fight to be had when the opposition doesn't even have time to blink, which just makes it even harder for her to find something interesting to do. Thankfully, she has the support of her girlfriend, Niki, while she learns about herself and the super world. She'll have to deal with new friends, feelings, superheroes/villains, mysteries, and most of all her own power threatening to alienate her from everything else.

The story will involve:
  • Poorly supervised teens.
  • Exploration of various superpowers.
  • Cute lesbian/yuri romance.
  • Superheroics.
  • Struggle.
I update it every two weeks. (Currently at about 327 pages/90k words.)

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"Herald City. A great American metropolis, with gleaming towers and bustling streets. Never before has there been a safer place to live and work, because the citizens know that when disaster strikes, they can count on the protection of BLUE EAGLE.

Blue Eagle--also known as David Dufraine--was born with incredible strength, powerful eyebeams, superhuman senses, and the amazing ability of flight. Possessing a strong sense of justice, he seeks to protect the city from criminals who prey on the innocent. Having taught these values to his son Jack, who possesses similar abilities, they protect Herald City as Blue Eagle and Switch the Blue Eaglet! Together, the Father-Son Duo wages a war on crazy criminals and notorious ne'er-do-wells, including the powerful perverter of plant life, QUEEN VENUS.

These are the adventures of BLUE EAGLE and SWITCH THE BLUE EAGLET."

Classic superheroes! Evil supervillains! Excitement! Action! Mystery! Suspense! FUN!

Check out The Adventures of BLUE EAGLE today!

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Pokémon: A Sense of Illusion

The civil war in Kalos is barely over, but forces are already forming underground with only one goal: to overthrow the new government. Sal, on the other hand, knows nothing about war or politics. She only wants one thing: to escape from her orphanage and enjoy a life of freedom. On the day of her flight, she not only meets her first Pokémon, but also falls into the hands of the rebellious forces. A fateful encounter that would change her life forever.


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Pokémon: A Sense of Illusion follows an orphaned 12-year-old girl who, through a twist of fate, falls into the hands of a conspiratorial group of anti-government activists who see violence as a necessary means to achieve their goals. As implied by the title, they mainly use Pokemon for this. 

If you're interested in a story that has complex characters that evolve and shape their environment as much as it shapes them, you've probably come to the right place. Don't expect a moral guide. There is neither right nor wrong. Each character has their own personal goals and acts within the framework of their own values, even if these can sometimes take on extremist traits.

It's also a bit of a coming-of-age story about a girl in an environment that's incredibly harmful to her, but does good things for her. 


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If you feel like reading my story... I would be very happy about a review or a rating. Thanks!

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A Peacekeeper's Journey 

Set in a fantasy world occupied by the United Nations, a young peacekeeper is garrisoning an irrelevant town in a relatively stable, boring region.

He signed up to take pictures, see the new world, perhaps write a book about it, to see the war...for adventure. 

But one day, in just another dull, boring guard duty, he is suddenly pulled to rescue an ambushed convoy - not knowing that now, he will get what he signed up for.

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Torth
Daily chapter releases! 

The Majority always gets what it wants.

Thomas just wishes the galactic mob known as the Majority didn’t want him. There’s no way to escape thirty trillion mind readers, no way to refuse them, no way to hide from a collective that owns the top technology and best minds in existence, no way to pretend that he’s just like his foster family and other average Americans. 

Because Thomas invented a way to save his own life. His custom medicine halts the progress of his neuromuscular degenerative disease. Newscasters proclaim him as the next Da Vinci or Einstein. Silly humans have no idea about Thomas’s sordid alien parentage or his bioengineered processing capacity, which rivals that of a supercomputer. 

They just think he’s smart. 

However, there are other bioengineered super-geniuses in the galactic mob. Super-geniuses shepherd the Majority. Some of them, such as the sweet little girl known as the Death Architect, are secretly trying to engineer opportunities to break free from Majority constraints so that they can invent weapons of planetary annihilation and become unchallenged masters of all living things. 

If Thomas is going to end the utopian tyranny of super-geniuses and their sycophants and slaves, he will need more than cunning. He will need social skills. Oh, and power. Lots and lots and lots and loads of power. 

It’s a good thing his friendly foster sister has befriended a colossal superman. Ariock is clueless about his own dangerous powers, bioengineered by super-geniuses but outlawed by the Majority. Ariock wrongly assumes that he’s just an overgrown loser. 

Super-humans like Ariock are doomed to die as gladiators, entertainment fodder for the Majority. Unless Thomas can figure out a way to trick thirty trillion mind readers… 

And so the journey to greatness begins. 

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✴ Dual protagonists. One brain, one brawn. Progression for both of them.  
✴ Multi-POV because sometimes you gotta see reactions & outside perspectives. 
✴ A complete story in seven novels. I will post the entire epic for free prior to publication.

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World Concept - An Illustrated Three-fiction Epic Fantasy
World Concept is a light LitRPG Epic Fantasy story following three protagonists in three separate fictions as they travel through the world of Arret, carving out their own paths in life and leaving trails of great legacies in their wake.

What is the setting of World Concept?

Fate, Eternity, Space, Time, Life, Death, Joy, Sorrow, Rebirth, Chaos - On the flat world of Arret where stars rise in the west and the moon never sets in the south, there exists a 'Concept' for every idea conceived, and these Concepts are masked, immortal magicians embodying the very idea they are named after.
Who are the three protagonists, and how are their stories different from each other?
Heart is an emotional yet fiercely determined protagonist trying to find her place in the greater world, and her story places heavier emphasis on travelling and adventuring with moderate amounts of action and mystery sprinkled in. For readers who like slower, emotional, and 'human' stories with action and adventure sprinkled in between, Heart's story would be the right one for you. Synopsis/Blurb here!
Absolute is a powerful yet mysterious character whose story is seen through multiple protagonists' point of view as they meet and interact with him. The main protagonist changes with every new arc, and each arc is akin to a self-contained short story that begins with the main protagonists meeting Absolute, who is more the Sherlock Holmes than the Dr. Watson in his own story. For readers who like different point of views, millennia-spanning mysteries, and modicum amounts of action and adventure, Absolute's story would be the right one for you. Synopsis/Blurb here!
Infinite is a formless yet impressionable protagonist yearning to complete the mission he was sent down to the world to carry out, and his story places heavy emphasis on action and adventuring and lots of progressing through power levels. For readers who like stories where the protagonist’s travelling party gets larger and larger while the protagonist themself gets stronger and stronger with almost every new chapter, Infinite’s story would be the right one for you. Synopsis/Blurb here!
So we have to read all three stories at the same time? That's a lot of words and pages-

Even though they see the same stars in the sky, the three protagonists have completely individual stories that stand perfectly fine on their own. You don't have to read all three fictions to understand what is going on at any point in the story, and reading all three is simply the cherry on top for those who want more of the Concepts of Arret.
... With that said, I really would recommend reading all three fictions if you like reading one. There are plenty of connections and references between characters and events from one fiction with those from another fiction, and the stories are written (largely) in chronological order. If you like drawing character relationships and making story connections within an expanded universe, you'll definitely enjoy reading all three fictions.
Well, apart from the three-fiction shtick, what else has World Concept got going for it-
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With the power of Stable Diffusion machine learning, a Wacom Intuos drawing tablet, and extremely little sleep, the vibrant world of World Concept and its peculiar inhabitants are illustrated in full-colour.

There are about eight hundred full-colour illustrations eating away at my hard drives as of this current moment, plus a world map to keep track of where the three protagonists are at all times. Readers who like to put faces to names will definitely have fun reading through the story.
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World Concept is a really, really, really long Epic Fantasy story that I have been slowly planning and detailing in silence for the past few years. For readers who enjoy terribly long stories with both the journey and the destination, I hope you will give World Concept a shot, and I hope that the stories of these Concepts of mine will entertain you to your heart's content.

Thank you very much, and here's to a good year ahead of us all!

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Callie's Heroes

For Callie Archer, the day had started out awful and went downhill from there.  From the terrible job interview to the strange woman in the oversized hat that pushed her in front of a train, things were just not going her way.  Awakening to find herself in the body of a Gnome and in a strange, fantastic world of Ogres, Elves, Fae, and magic,  Callie must not only survive this strange new world, but try to find a way back home.  It doesn't help that she's also conscripted into the army, and will literally die if she doesn't fight the hordes of demons rampaging across the land.


Has been getting great reviews and feedback (4.68 rating at this time).  About 30,000 words posted so far, and I have another 120k in the hopper to post on a routine basis going forward.

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/62122/callies-heroes

TAGS:   Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / Female Lead / GameLit / High Fantasy / LitRPG / Magic / Portal Fantasy - Isekai / Progression


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 I Can Hear You Breathing
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Gumi and Miku front a rock band called The VocaLords.
Using her Les Paul guitar as a weapon, Gumi also pursues a more pressing agenda:
Obliterating Evil wherever she goes.
Things start going wrong when a Violinist with a God Complex joins the band.
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A very big God Complex.
With Hell set loose upon the land, Gumi must survive in a world turned topsy-turvy.
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Things start going right when a mysterious man named T.O.P. comes to her rescue.
Aboard his ship, The Crystal Leanne, they prepare for their final battle.

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It would really help if there were an Angel on their side.
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The VocaLords
An Episodic Anime on Royal Road

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DOTS - SciFi Adventure with a Hint of Romance

Mankind has discovered Genius. With two simple tests, not only can a person find out if they're a Genius, but they also will be told what they're a Genius at. Unless they find out they're a Dot. The only thing a Dot knows is that the world hates them.
'Don't feel sorry for me! You dumb Dots don't even know what's happening!'
That is, unless you're a Dot named Hank. The world discovers quickly that it needs Hank very much.
'I wanted to run away. To find a place to hide. Then I realized you're my hiding place. My refuge when there's trouble.'
But bad guys have a use for what they know Dots can do, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.
'The world will scream and I will scream with it. But I will stay with you.'
Hank had better hurry. Time is running out. For everyone. Worldwide.
'This sword doesn't kill its enemies. It compels them to obey.'

Read DOTS and see Hank use his Genius to somehow Save the World.
Sort of.
'Hank-sama, I love you and I need you. But we are going to die.'

DOTS - The Age of Enlightenment Has Begun

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A new chance in a new world? 

Well, no. The chances you're familiar with usually come with a society or set of rules already being followed by the people there. Unfortunately, this new world has nothing. 

Only you.

Or in this case, only Michael. 

Not only is this world terrifyingly lonesome for humans, but it is also filled with monstrous creatures that threaten the very safety of any human.

Will Michael survive in this world? Or will he perish and be replaced by the next survivor.

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Happy New years! If you're looking for an extra, progression fantasy novel to read, maybe mine's the one for you. Description is below!

Within the modern world of Spiravale, the reverence and allure of magic go unchallenged. Climbing through the ranks carries a gripping appeal that calls on all and the necessity of protection requires numerous souls to answer, though few tread far.

Val doesn't think she's among them. Her lack of apparent talent might've as well disqualified her. However, when the cure to her mother's condition is locked to those who remain mundane, she's willing to brave the notorious Tripartite and more.

A friend, an enchanter, and a mage---the gruelling ascent of the Stellar Soulsaber begins with one step.