Book Spotlight – “Conquest: A LitRPG Novel” by Aleric Elos


A primeval darkness threatens to destroy mankind…

The world’s largest gaming platform in the entire industry is led by a man with many secrets. The popular game DarkForce features the World of Zion which has been plagued by the destructive will of the Leviathan for centuries. What gamers don’t know is that the World of Zion actually exists, and the Leviathan has fed off of the souls of men and his fodder has become scarce. He now turns to Earth with an insatiable hunger. Only a woman from Earth who levels up to discover a divine inner power can challenge Earth’s Apocalyptic Fate.

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From the Author

Aleric Elos is the Award-Winning Author of The SciFan™ Universe series. Known worldwide as the “Godfather of SciFan”, he likes to play MMORPGs, and since he doesn’t have the software engineering experience to develop his own games he decided to express his creativity in LitRPG form.



My Year In Books (2016) – According to Goodreads

Last year, Goodreads pulled together a page of statistics based on my reading habits for 2016. According to my Goodreads profile I read less books than I did last year, and failed in my goal to read 35 books this year.
Given that some of the books I read were sent to be as advanced reader copies I know there are a handful of books missing from the list, but I’m not sure they can make up the difference.
One thing that has improved is the percentage of books that I’ve reviewed after reading. So, onto the stats:

An Interview With Me, by Joe Compton of GoIndieNow

12805949_1026533044052486_3660425143880806537_nGo Indie Now – Episode Five – Is Now Available Live

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down on Google Hangouts, for an interview. Joe Compton, of GoIndieNow was kind enough to take more than an hour out of his day to ask me some questions about my writing, blogging, and background.

I’d like to thank Joe for his wonderful comments at the end of the interview, and for helping me to extend the invitation to other indie authors. He’s an amazing advocate for the Independent lifestyle, supporting writers, film makers, musicians and more through his GoIndieNow podcasts, and blog.

Watch the Episode Now!

Episode 5, of GoIndieNow contains an edited version of the interview, along with interviews with several other guests. Joe is joined by Rhett Grametbauer (author and documentary film-maker), myself, and Lauren Michelle (singer/songwriter). The wonderful, Jin Okubo also drops in to do a book review, and overall, it’s just a fun episode to watch.

If you want to go straight to the interview, fast forward to the 25:40 minute mark, or check out the full hour-long interview (linked below). And hang around until after the interview, at the 43:12 mark, to hear Joe’s comments about the interview, and me.

Here’s the full interview!

The full interview ran for over an hour, and you can hear the full audio version of it here.

Love what you saw?

Don’t forget to subscribe to the GoIndieNow YouTube channel for past episodes, and to get notified of new videos as they’re posted.

Also, check out the full interviews on the GoIndieNow PodBean channel

Like The Interview? Want To Hear More?

I sat down with Joe for about an hour, and we covered a lot more than was shown in the episode.

Click Here To Hear The Full Interview!

I’m Holding A Birthday Special : “Under A Hunter’s Moon” is FREE Until June 26th 2016

Under A Hunter's Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel 1) by Timothy Bateson - Urban Fantasy & WerewolvesJune 26th is my birthday, and I’m doing something a little crazy!

I’m giving away “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first short story in the “Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels” series, from now, until the end of my birthday.

Read the details below, or click here to get your free copy.

The story is only 4,200 words, but if you enjoy reading it, please share the news with your friends, and be sure to leave a review.

Under A Hunter’s Moon

Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel 1

Richard Parsons is a lupine, one of the many breeds of shape-shifters living in Seattle. Mortal legends of his kind call them werewolves.
When a traveling exhibition returns to Seattle, Richard takes a night time visit, with plans that go beyond seeing a particular display. However he is unprepared for the memories and emotions that come flooding back.
“Under A Hunter’s Moon” is the first of the “Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel” series, giving readers a chance to meet the characters who will be appearing in the main series. Every story is a snapshot of an event in that character’s past, and can be read as a standalone short story, or as part of the series.
At 4,200 words in length, “Under A Hunter’s Moon” is a quick, easy, read that introduces readers to the “Shadows Over Seattle” setting.

Free Until June 26th 2016

Ten Days Until “Under A Hunter’s Moon” releases… Here’s some feedback

Just like so many authors, I sent out a few copies of my upcoming book, “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, to reviewers.

I’m sharing a few of comments with you, because I couldn’t be happier with the reviews I’ve received so far…

Feel free to copy and share the following image:

Watch the full review, by Jin Okubo:

Are you a book reviewer? Interested in getting a copy for review?

I would love to get more reviews posted on Goodreads and Amazon, for the day of the book’s release. If you have the time to read a 4200 word short story, and write a review, please drop me a line @

I Can’t Believe What Came In My Mail Today!

Sometimes after a hard day at work, it’s nice to come home to a surprise package. And today was one of those days that had been particularly rough, for a number of reasons, including a lack of sleep between shifts.

But, when I got home, there was a package sitting on my desk, which had arrived in the mail earlier today. When I opened it, I found a personalized and signed copy of “Summer’s Destiny”:


About Summer’s Destiny

“Summer’s Destiny” is one of the books that I had the pleasure of receiving and Advanced Reader Copy of, from the author, Ariel Marie. It’s also one of the books I featured in my “Book Spotlight” series, when it released back in March of this year. But more importantly, it’s one of the books that I’ve had the pleasure of having a hand in helping to shape.

My small role in the book’s development

As one of Ariel’s ARC readers, I not only review her books on Amazon and Goodreads, but as an author I am in the habit of making notes about books, sentence structures, plot development, etc.

Now, Ariel’s books are not the only ones I do this for, but she is one of the authors I have approached about something in one of her books that was a grammatical stumbling block. She asked if I had any other thoughts that I’d be happy to send over, and ever since then, I’ve been dropping my notes into emails, in the hopes that Ariel has time to read them prior to the book releasing.

Check out the “Book Spotlight” post for more information about the book.

But there was more in the package

Also inside the package, Ariel had included a bookmark for “Toma”, book 2 of “The Dark Shadows” series, a business card, and a personal note.

The note read:

Dear Timothy,

I really appreciate you taking the time to read my books and offer pointers and tips (heart)

Ariel Marie

P.S. Check out page 65!

When I turned to page 65, I found this among the thank you’s the acknowledgments page:

“I want to offer a special thanks to Timothy Bateson for his helpful critiques of my books. They have helped me grow as an author.”

The result

I think I must have blushed several shades of red at that point. I realized that my comments had actually had an impact on a writer who has managed a more output than myself.

But, more than that, I initially wrote those notes for myself, and except for an accident of grammar might never have even been seen by Ariel, or anyone else. But that Ariel took time out of her busy pre-release and writing schedule to personalize a thank you, and send me a copy of one of her books just blows me away.

Thank You Ariel Marie! Your work is a pleasure to read, and I am grateful to have played some small part in it.

Amazing Amazon Affiliate Acrobatics (Try saying that three times fast)

This is what an Amazon Affiliate store looks like!

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to try a tongue-twister like that when they’re drunk?

But on a more serious note…

On Sunday, I Became An Amazon Affiliate

Sunday was a big day. I not only setup, but opened my first online affiliate store.

Amazon has a lot of tools for people wanting to sell or advertise products. And one of those is their affiliate program.

What Does That Mean For You?

My website now has an Amazon affiliated store, that lets you see what books I’ve given 5-star and 4-star reviews. When you click on one of those books, it will open the description page, pulled from Amazon. Better still, you can add those books to your shopping cart, and buy them directly from my site.

What’s In It For Me?

I get a small amount of money from every purchase, and I get to know that at least some of the books I’ve reviewed have made it onto other people’s reading lists.

You see, I read a lot of Indie authors, and it’s nice to know that I’m helping them in some way, but exposing their work to my own readers.

Take A Peek At The Books I’ve Reviewed

I’ve linked my Amazon store to every book I gave a 4-star, or better review.

Check Them Out!