Returning to the Light

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As the path progresses
The night falls upon the heroes
Inky darkness
Consuming all it touches
Devouring stars
To block the light entire

Pain and suffering
Doled out upon the good
Evil gaining ground
To the point where stories twist
Blood and tears are shed
While lines are crossed

Can the light return?
Will the audience remain
After horrors have been unleashed
And nightmares made flesh
Who will stay to witness
The heroes rise from the depths

This stems from me thinking about how dark Ritual of the Lost Lamb gets.  It has a lot more pain and death than the previous stories.  Some really disturbing acts by the Baron and his newest agent too.  Part of the reason for this is because Stephen really upped the sadism and danger bar.  Had to make the big baddie surpass him and make readers really hate him.

I guess my worry is that even if Books 14 and 15 are more upbeat, people won’t get beyond this one.  It’s a moot point here, but I felt like I had to do something to shake everything up.  Luke being tortured was rough to write and sounds like it wasn’t easy for people to get through.  There’s a lot of death and destruction here too.  Again, I wanted the champions and readers to really want the Baron to get defeated in the final battle.  Hopefully that’s what happens.  This is definitely a time where the series isn’t YA.

Still, I am left wondering, and hoping, that a series can rise from the darkness to return to the light.  Fingers crossed.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Heartstone: The Drowned Tower by Nicholas Rinth

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Todays’ author Nicholas Rinth and released the debut novel, a science fiction fantasy Heartstone – The Drowned Tower on April 18th.

About the book

“If the future was bared before you, would it still be yours? If the past could chase you, would you run from it? If the world crumbled tonight, would you carve your own?”

Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.

Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts…

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Ritual of the Lost Lamb Cover Teaser

So, I just received a cover sample from Jason as well as a cropped section that can go up on the blog.  The plan is for Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb to go live in early May.  Not the first week, but soon after.  Another wrinkle is that I’m getting really nervous about this book.  Part of me wants to run a 5th edit for word choice and quality.  I don’t think I’ll have enough time since I can’t put the breaks on the current project.  This is more for the Saturday blog post, so I’ll get right to the main event:

Art by Jason Pedersen

A reminder that I’m always taking volunteers for the ‘Book is Live’  post.  I currently have 13 permanent volunteers, but you can never have enough.

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…it doesn’t take too long for an Author to write a book, right?… wrong!

Seumas Gallacher

…over the last ten years or so, Master Gallacher has been able to add ‘Author’ to his curriculum vitae… a disturbing thought, no doubt, to those who hold dear the attribution of that moniker to the likes of Billy Shakespeare, Tommy Clancy and that wee J.K. Rowling lassie… however, a writer I’ve become, and hopefully shall ever remain… many of my fellow scribes, I am certain, will have experienced the same thing as I have, people asking questions such as ‘how long does it take yeez to write yer novels?’…  in the beginning I would respond, ‘oh, so many months for this one, another number of months of that one’, almost a year for the next, and so on… now that a few titles have migrated from my grey cells to the Auntie Amazon Kindle pages, my answer these days would be startlingly different… in truth, for the majority of…

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Protecting Bedlam Chapter Titles

(The title says it all and the video has nothing to do with it.)

Serpents & Serial Killers

Reading, Writing, & Rampaging

Best Savages for the Job

Injustice Served . . . With Coleslaw

Who Gave That Moron a Gun?

Battle of the Byline

Now, It’s Personal

How to Preserve Your Relics


The Messiah of Love & Hate

Take 10 Pills & Call My Mother in the Morning

Join the Resistance & Get a Brownie

Land of Discarded Flunkies

The Twisted Tungsten Tongue Tower

Fall of the Neon Nitwit


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The Power Of Six Is Featured On The Readers In The Know Podcast

Source: The Power Of Six Is Featured On The Readers In The Know Podcast

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The Frank Rozinni Detective Agency, on Lisa Burton Radio

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Don’t touch that dial. You’ve found Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you the characters from the books you love to read. This episode is for you amateur detectives, the mystery solving maniacs among you, and those who crave a big puzzle as part of your reading regimen.

I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and with me in the studio today is Frank Rozinni and Clifford Jones the third. “Welcome to the show, fellas.”

“Please call me Jonesy. Clifford is the horrible name my parents gave me. My mom was so embarrassed, she called me Trey for the third.”

“Alright, Jonesy. You two boys team up in a kind of private detective agency. That’s kind of an unusual profession, or is it more of a hobby?”

“Well, for Jonesy, it’s a hobby. For me, it’s turning into a profession although I get paid like it’s a…

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