One Leg of the Journey

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When I decided to seriously pursue my writing aspirations back in 2002, it still took a number of years before I devoted the amount of time and diligence required to transform the dream into reality.  Back then I was years from retirement, the day job paid the bills, and at the end of most days the LAST place I wanted to be was in front of another computer.  But then an idea came to mind and never went away.  Totally engaged, I had no choice but to delve deeper and keep writing.  Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel resulted.  Intended at first as a stand-alone, its publication generated enough interest for the development of a trilogy, entitled Dark Lords of Epthelion.

I enjoyed a most rewarding experience.  Writing Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel proved both an adventure and an escape.  For three to four hours every evening I left the mundane world of computer coding and set my imagination free, enjoying the ride as I waited to see where it took me.  I had but an image:  A young woman standing outside a ramshackle cottage at sunset.  The dying sun stained the cottage walls with rusty hues. A dead tree behind her raised skeletal bleached branches to the sky.  The wind lifted her blonde hair and stirred the sparse native grass at her feet.  Her face wore a haunted expression as she contemplated the darkening sky, trying to decide to which of the mysterious kingdoms surrounding her she could flee.  Whether merely unhappy or facing mortal danger I could not tell, but as she began to speak a tale of indescribable betrayal and tragedy unfolded that made me wonder:  How do you retain your sanity when the unendurable shatters your world and destroys all you hold dear?  How can you ever learn to love or trust or laugh again?

A story of human resilience, perseverance, faith, and victory emerged.  My heroine not only survived but thrived, and continued on to a more fulfilling life than she might have otherwise enjoyed. And during her journey she discovered within herself strength and abilities she didn’t know she possessed.


Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel swept me into a beautiful and enchanted world with a colorful cast of characters:  The Arganian mystics; the stalwart woodsmen; the evil sorcerer and his ambitious apprentice; the sinister peoples of the Dark Lord’s realm; and the rough-neck mercenaries, among others.  Action, suspense, and humor intertwine into an intriguing tale.  I loved writing it.  And I’d love to share my world with you.

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New Release: Castle of Blood

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Just released on Amazon.com:  CASTLE OF BLOOD, Book 3 of the Dark Lords of Epthelion trilogy.  Just $0.99 in the Kindle store through January 2017.

A new castle founded by an ancient demon has appeared between the rocky spires of a menacing peak high in the Mystic Mountains. Hans Ogilvie rides to investigate and when he does not return, mystic Arris Marchant journeys to the castle to find him. His search leads him to an old nemesis who must be destroyed before plunging Epthelion into utter destruction. But can he destroy an enemy who cannot be killed?

Escape from the mundane into the Castle of Blood.

 

 

 

Rise of the Red Shadow

Of all the characters in THE BOOK OF DEACON, the malthrope Leo/Lain captivated me most, so when I saw THE RISE OF THE RED SHADOW on Amazon, I had to check it out. This book is now on my list of All-Time Favorites.

A terrified toddler cowering near the body of his brutally murdered mother, the young malthrope was captured by slave hunters and thrust into the deplorable existence of a plantation slave, where taskmasters and fellow slaves alike compounded his abuse because of what he was. Alone and despised, he quickly bonded to the one person who did not mistreat him–an old, blind slave named Ben. This bond, along with his natural curiosity, prompted the young malthrope to shadow the old man and try to emulate his actions. Quick to learn and through Ben’s patient guidance, he learned how to speak well and developed an aptitude for making tools and nurturing crops. Yet when events expelled him from the plantation, the skills that should have aided him in the world of men meant nothing. He remained, in the eyes of non-malthropes, a monster–feared, hated, and marked for death. But he never abandoned the values Ben had taught him. He became a warrior–indeed, a champion, possessing exemplary qualities lacking in most of the humans surrounding him; namely, a code of honor and a purpose in life.

This spellbinding fantasy kept me turning the pages. Joseph Lallo’s polished writing style lends a medieval vibe to the story and vividly depicts both the setting and the characters without bogging the action in a lot of cumbersome detail. A definite must-read for fantasy lovers!

Find out more here.

 

Holiday Book Recommendations

I’ve looked a few of these over and think I will put them on my own To Read shelf.

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images-2-editedWith December in full swing I am thinking again of what books I would like to read for the Christmas and winter season. This is a revisit to last years blog and contains a list of books that could get anyone through the next few months.

Here are few Holiday book recommendations:
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This seems like a typical cheesy but delightful Christmas story, something just right to relax with. I believe it might be a bit romancy,
which is not usually my cup of tea, but now and then it’s ok.

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel
Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

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Book Bean: Gingerbread Mocha
The bitter sweetness of gingerbread
melts so well with the milk chocolate goodness.


Agatha Christie is such a great author so I have no doubt that I am going to be thrilled with this book.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Rated 4.5 on

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As Cold As Thorns

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A gripping tale of love, passion, and obsession that spirals a gifted and warm-hearted tailor into an abyss of insanity, murder and self-indulgence.

Young and innocent, Henrique attained the prestigious post of tailor to Iberia’s royal family. He lost his heart to the stunningly beautiful Princess Catelyna, but her betrothal to another aroused his jealousy and eventually drove him to commit the unthinkable. Catelyna’s grief, along with the realization that his deed had robbed her of far more than he could ever imagine, plunged Henrique into near-fatal depression from which he never recovered. Amid fits of madness he maintained some degree of his former propriety and ability. However, his physical appearance changed radically, betraying the monster raging within. Did his desire for Catelyna alone produce such a downward evolution? Or did Henrique’s obsession with a mysterious black rose play a part?

This heartbreaking story grabbed me from the beginning. Isis Sousa’s poetic writing style lends a classical feel and paints a beautifully graphic word tapestry that places her readers directly into the action. I loved the characters and especially felt Henrique’s pain as he devolved from a vibrant young man into a sickly madman. As Cold As Thorns is a wonderful book that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful dark Gothic fantasy.

Click here if interested in buying the book on Amazon or reading more about author Isis Sousa.  Isis is also on Goodreads  and Pinterest.

You can also connect with Isis at Tragicbooks.com

Author blog: illustratingwords.blogspot.no

Arts, music, lifestyle blog: darkestsoiree.blogspot.no.

Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day is now behind us, but the thanksgiving spirit should always reside within us.  Too often we take our blessings for granted without considering we could lose them all in a moment.

For what do we give thanks?  Certainly liberty, religious freedom, our homes and families top the lists.  But this past weekend I gave the question some serious thought and realized that so much of what we consider just part of life are luxuries denied to millions of people.

One precious blessing I can never lose, and which is open to all who will come to Him:  Jesus Christ, God’s Son, my Lord and Savior, who came in the flesh, lived a sinless life, took my sin upon Himself and died for me, who rose again and now sits at God’s right hand.

A second precious blessing: My family–warm, loving, always there with help and encouragement and to help me put things back into perspective when I lose my way (which is pretty often!).

Other blessings:  My home, definitely not taken for granted.  I remember the tent settlements in city parks and the crowds huddled under blankets and sleeping bags at one downtown underpass.

Electricity.  99.99% of the time when I switch on a light it comes on.  Several million in the world don’t have any electricity at all.

Indoor plumbing.  Clean hot and cold running water right out of the tap.  Flush toilets.  My mom remembers chamber pots and the moonlit path to the little house with the crescent on the door.   Those relics from the past had all but vanished by the time I came along.  I don’t think I care to revisit that era.  These winter nights are cold!

Electric blankets.  Sure, you can crawl between cold sheets and pretty soon they warm up, but it is so nice when the bed is already toasty warm!

Safer gas and electric stoves.  I remember news stories concerning housewives badly burned while lighting kerosene stoves.

Well-stocked grocery stores.

This barely constitutes the tip of the iceberg and given time I’ll probably add to this list.  In the meantime, I give thanks for them every day.  Heavenly Father, open my eyes, my hands and my heart to those in need each day.

Self-Publishing Tools: PagePlus

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I just finished a three-week desktop publishing class at a local community college that introduced me to Serif Software’s PagePlus X8.  I have to say, this was one of the best investments I ever made in my writing career.  For starters, I can now format my own online manuscript files, a task once assigned to outside contractors because the only  conversion procedures I knew of proved too complicated and time consuming.  But it doesn’t stop there.  This application also offers a sophisticated and powerful photo editing package that allows you to enhance your photographs or convert them to resemble hand-drawn illustrations, sketches, or oil paintings, among other things.  You can also use it to create your own original illustrations.

Three weeks of class time barely scratched the surface of what this tool can do. Currently I am still familiarizing myself with all of the tools, which is 90% of mastering any software application.  In the coming weeks I will finish writing and editing the final book of my Dark Lords of Epthelion trilogy, entitled Castle of Blood.  After that book’s release (hopefully around Christmas) I will launch the first of my Timothy Wonder children’s books, self-illustrated using PagePlus.  As I go along, I will write posts concerning what I learn and how the tool works for me.  The more I use it, the more impressed I am with it.  And at $120.00 it is very reasonably priced.  I highly recommend PagePlus to anyone seeking a good desktop publisher.

Serif has since released PagePlus X9, which you can read about here.   

Happy writing!