The City of Bor’Daruk

Originally posted on November 24, 2013

Prince of Persia City

Prince of Persia City

Upon the desert shore
Where ocean breeze meets heat
Sending sand along the street
Dunes forming in the corners
That go unnoticed
By the bustling crowds
Unburdened by their home

Stand upon the high towers
To watch the storms afar
Formless giants
Moving across the desert
Always threatening
To crash into the city walls
Yet no one fears their wrath

Contrary to the sight
Of smiling citizens and life
The desert is the harshest mistress
With creatures in the dunes
And hungry winds at every door
These people thrive
Against nature’s will

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

This is where a bulk of the action will take place.  Tomorrow I’ll write more about this place that has only been mentioned until now.

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Children of Aura

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FFVII Lifestream

Many can use magic
Very few can embrace it
An ancient bloodline
From a fallen tribe
Driving into dormancy
Until the two will rise

Fire and lightning
Summoned with mere thought
A maelstrom of aura
Just waiting to explode
Controlled by instinctive gifts
So Windemere stays intact

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Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue

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A call weaving through the trees
Tempting all who hear
Urging them to wander
Braving the misty forest
Where only the road is safe

The sleeper sings and cries
Begging for release
Trapped within dreams
That may never end
Until the sleeper meets the sun

Many have followed the call
Only few have come home
Vague memories of the fugue
That devours the mind
And sets the body wandering

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Anthology to raise money for Guide Dogs goes live at last!

Originally posted on newauthoronline:

Dear all,

The moment you have all been waiting for. No, I haven’t won millions on the National Lottery, although that would be nice! I am, however, delighted to announce that the anthology to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind association is now live! I have created a dedicated page for the book which can be found here: http://newauthoronline.com/anthology-to-raise-money-for-guide-dogs/

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the anthology, whether that be through stories, poems or other writings. I would like to thank Chris Graham for his generosity in producing the book cover at no charge. Without the tireless efforts of the editor, Dave Higgins, this anthology would not have come into being. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has promoted and continues to promote the anthology.

Kind regards,

Kevin and Trigger

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Consider Yourself Invited

Originally posted on disregard the prologue:

Yep, we’re having a party to celebrate Torn’s ebook release tomorrow, and you’re invited!

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We’ll have chances to win paperback and ebook copies of Torn, as well as other great prizes. Watch for the author AMA (ask me about writing, publishing, the stories or characters, whatever!), a party playlist, a scavenger hunt, flash giveaways, guest authors, and more!

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Here’s the party link. Events will be posted between 2:00 and 9:00 PM EST on March 31, but will be left open overnight in case anyone wants to drop in and add responses to games/activities. Winners will be selected at random on April 1 (no foolin’).

See you there!

(Please note: March 31 is the official e-book release date. Paperbacks will be available as soon as formatting issues are sorted out. Party prizes will be sent out soon after… and the party is not endorsed/sponsored/etc in any…

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The Countdown to the “Quest” Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal Begins!

Charles Yallowitz:

Get ready for a sale!

Originally posted on Kylie Betzner:

The_Quest_eBook_coverFor those of you who haven’t gotten your hot little hands on a copy of my book, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other, now’s your chance to get it at a discount! From April 6th to April 9th you can get a copy of the Kindle edition for 0.99! Then from April9th to April 13th the book will be available for $1.99! After that, it goes back up to $2.99, which is still less than the price of a small coffee at Starbucks!

Can’t wait for April? Follow the link here to the Amazon sales page. Available now in both paperback and electronic formats!

If you already have your copy, not only do you rock, but you can also help me out by spreading the word. I’m a new author and can use all of the help I can get. I’ll be posting on Wednesday and Friday…

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Upheaval in a Story

When writing a long series, it helps to do an upheaval for your characters.  It doesn’t have to be all of them, but shaking up the life of a few in a story can help their progress.  Even if they take a step back, it will make them stronger as a character.  This helps keep them fresh too.

In Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue, several characters get a shock to their system through revelations and disasters. This brings a few plotlines to a head as well and many of the heroes and villains won’t be the same by the end.  I’ve found that this also creates a sense of meeting them again in future books.  At the very least, it takes a few stories to repair the damage and bring the characters back to their center.  Yet it will never be the same after these kinds of events.  This is why I like upheaval sections of a long story because it shakes everything up.  I feel re-energized and excited to see what’s going to happen next.

This isn’t something you only find in series too.  In a trilogy, this tends to be the the second story with a rough finale.  Empire Strikes Back is a good example.  The point of such a story is that it sets up the next stage of the adventure, dislodges characters from becoming entirely stable, and closes up some earlier subplots.  It’s very important that this is something that answers questions instead of solely making new mysteries.  Now I’ve seen this in solitary books too, which can get tricky.  These tend to be bigger works to allow for time to gain stability in the main story, lose it, and then regain it for the ending.  Many times I’ve read stories that do a final hour disruption that doesn’t give enough time for true closure.  So you have to be careful in this situation.

So, what do you think of ‘upheaval’ stories that rock a series?  Do you have any favorites?

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