Posts Tagged ‘Sunset’

To My First-time Readers

Sunday, July 27th, 2014


I’ve posted about this a couple of times before, but it’s a common criticism from MMR (Male/Male Romance) readers that the story of Sunset (Pact Arcanum Book 1) isn’t romantic or sexy enough, just as SciFi readers criticize the story for having too much of a focus on romance.  The complexity of the timeline is another common complaint, and mainstream romance readers even object to the story being “too explicit” and “gratuitous” in its fade-to-black handling of gay sex.  The difficulty in writing a cross-genre story is that it does not fully conform to the narrow constraints of established genres, and so its placement in any particular genre becomes problematic.  Currently, I tell people it’s non-explicit gay paranormal space opera, and just let them make up their own minds.

Unfortunately, most of the character backstory that validates the romantic elements is in Sunrise (Book 2), because I made a conscious decision to concentrate on plot and action in Book 1, which is why Sunset starts in the middle of the story and gives some people headaches.  If I had left those elements in, the first book would have been on the order of 1000 pages long, which would have generated even more problems.  It also created the need for flashbacks in the first book to cover backstory material that was contained in the second book, which added to the complexity of the storyline.  These flashbacks are therefore largely absent from the other books in the series.

The Integrated Omnibus edition reformulates the entire series into a linear storyline, without flashbacks.  Readers who found Sunset too dry or convoluted might find that version more to their taste, if they have an interest in reading the rest of the story.


Arshad Ahsanuddin

Story Cartel Promotion

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

So, I write scifi gay paranormal romance (non-explicit).  Kind of a niche audience, but I’m always looking to connect with new readers.


Have you heard about the Pact Arcanum Saga, but not yet gotten around to checking out the first book, Sunset? Or never heard of it at all?

Find out more about the series here:

Well, for the next three weeks, if you download a free reviewer copy from Story Cartel, you can read and review the first book, and then be entered into a drawing for a Kindle e-reader.

Details here:


Check it out! Win/win, all around.


Arshad Ahsanuddin

Black Friday Sale

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Sunset (Pact Arcanum: Book One) ebooks will be reduced to $0.99 on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo from November 29th to December 2nd. Enjoy!


Check out other great Black Friday/Cyber Monday ebook sales at:!

Audiobook Giveaway

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Happy Independence Day to my American peeps!  Time to try something new:  I’m giving away a pair of audiobook editions: Sunset (Pact Arcanum #1) and Sunrise (Pact Arcanum #2).


New Book Formats Redux

Friday, March 1st, 2013

As an aside, two days ago, after two years in the business, I sold my 2500th book!  Thank you all for for your support and patronage!

After much delay, the Sunset (Pact Arcanum: Book 1) audiobook is out, joining the audiobooks for Cathedral of the Sky (Book 1.5) and Sunrise (Book 2).  They can be purchased at,, and iTunes. (more…)

New Book Formats

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

In case you hadn’t heard, Pact Arcanum titles are now available in two new formats: hardback (all) and audiobook (Cathedral, Sunrise)!

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New Hardback Editions

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

So, for completeness, I created a hardback edition for each of the books. Why? I wanted them to have a little heft and permanence to them.  They were supposed to be for my family and friends, but I decided, why not share them with the rest of you, in case you like a book to be something heavy and solid in your hand.

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Groundhog Day Sale

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Sunset (Pact Arcanum: Book One) will be free to download from the Kindle store from Feb 1-3, 2013.

If I see my shadow, maybe there will be another sale in six weeks!




Arshad Ahsanuddin

Sunset Hardback Giveaway

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

I will be giving away a promotional hardback edition of Sunset (Pact Arcanum #1) next month.  Entries accepted until 2/14/2013.

See for details!



Arshad Ahsanuddin

Pact Arcanum Holiday Sale

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

To end the year with some holiday cheer, I am having a sale on my Pact Arcanum kindle books from Dec 25-Dec 31, reduced to $2.99 for all titles.




Arshad Ahsanuddin