The Lamp of Darkness to Sign Exclusive with Amazon
Lionstail Press announced today that they will commit to giving Amazon.com a three month exclusive for ebook distribution of the title The Lamp of Darkness, the first book in The Age of Prophecy series. The exclusive arrangement comes as part of Amazon's Select program, which provides numerous promotional benefits to authors in exchange for exclusivity.
Six years in the making, The Lamp of Darkness is finally set to release in the US this coming Tuesday, March 4, 2014, one day after its Israel release. The epic tale mixes fictional, biblical, and kabbalistic elements, bringing the world of the prophets to life like never before.
As an independent publisher, Lionstail Press determined that stronger exposure on the world's most powerful marketplace outweighed the advantages of wider distribution through other venues such as Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, and Kobo. "The advantage of Amazon is that they are algorithm based," said Age of Prophecy author Dave Mason. "This means that they will promote the books that sell the best, even if that means putting an independently published book over those of the mainstream publishers. Other bookstores, like Barnes & Noble, don't do that to the same degree. Therefore, we determined that it was better to direct our energy toward the platform that would give us the best exposure."
While the backdrop of The Lamp of Darkness is biblical, and its deeper teachings delve into the Jewish oral and mystical traditions, the main story in The Lamp of Darkness is fictional. "Early readers and reviewers have already compared the series to Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars," elaborates Mason.
"My first experience studying the inner workings of prophecy, blew me away," Mason said. "I couldn't understand why I'd never been exposed to these teachings before, and I decided the time had come to reintroduce these concepts to the world."
Despite being written by two Rabbis, the series is not aimed solely toward a religious audience. "The biblical stories are really part of a shared heritage," continued Mason. "The stories are part of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. This series makes these stories accessible like never before, giving the reader the keys to understanding the deeper meanings hidden in the text. Whether the readers consider these stories factual or allegorical, they've clearly been foundational in establishing the modern world, and I believe all can benefit from understanding them further."
The Lamp of Darkness will launch in Israel on the evening of March 3, followed by its US launch the following day. Launch party details are available upon request.
Though still under construction in the final days leading up until launch, Mason intends to make http://www.TheAgeofProphecy.com an interactive platform for learning about prophecy and the Biblical world.