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Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

Looking for an escape from the increasingly moronic world that we, inevitably, face each day?  How about a break from force-fed alternative facts, twitter feuds, and what has become our new sound-bite reality, where celebrity has been exalted at the expense of substance?

Well, look no further.

Unburden yourself of the collective weight of the idiocy in this world by immersing yourself in another – a world where stupidity is often rewarded with a swift death.  Journey into a world of avatars, sociopathic demigods, tyrannical villains, and reluctant – but powerful – heroes.

Reflections of Shadow Book 1: NEMESIS SPAWNED and Book 2: WORLDS SUNDERED are both available for 50% off on Smashwords.com from July 1 to 31, 2017, during their annual site-wide promotion.

Simply open the links in the images below, and use the code SSW50 at checkout.

Nemesis Spawned - Cover Amended 3

Worlds Sundered - Cover

Happy Reading!

 

#Smashwords #SummerWinterSale2017

 

Check out other great self-published works available for 25% off, 50% off, 75% off, or even for free, during this promotion as well.  https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1

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Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

This is your chance!

Reflections of Shadow: NEMESIS SPAWNED is available for FREE on Smashwords.com from July 1 to 31, 2016, during their annual site-wide promotion.

What great timing for a sale?  In the weeks leading up to the release of my second novel, Reflections of Shadow: WORLDS SUNDERED, I’m offering you the chance to read the first one absolutely FREE.

Simply open the link to Reflections of Shadow: NEMESIS SPAWNED at Smashwords.com, or just click here, and use the code SFREE at checkout.

Happy Reading!

#Smashwords #SummerWinterSale2016

Nemesis Spawned - Cover Amended 3

 

Check out other great self-published works available for 25% off, 50% off, 75% off, or even for free, during this promotion as well.  https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1

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The Law of Convergence

There is a subtle, yet pivotal, concept that we can find in every single work of fiction in existence, be it literary, cinematic, or otherwise.

This concept is observed in the lovers’ paths crossing when they do; it’s observed in the hero’s timely intervention in the villain’s dastardly machinations; and it’s observed in the event that finally brings the dysfunctional family back together, so that they may finally work out their differences.

I call this concept convergence, and I feel that it’s one of the most important elements in any tale, just as it is one of the most important elements in our own lives.

Many people are oblivious to the wonder that is the convergence.  They are ignorant of how often it occurs around them and, when they do notice it, they label it as ‘chance’ or ‘fate,’ and never give it a second thought.

I, truly, feel sorry for these people.

From every major development in our lives, to the most commonplace, convergences rule our existence.

Imagine that you’re walking down the street at a fairly brisk pace.  Another pedestrian, going the same direction, walks ahead of you, taking their sweet time.  Yet another pedestrian (or, perhaps, a cyclist) comes towards you in the other direction.  Without fail, the only opportunity that you will get to pass the sloth ahead will always present itself at the narrowest part of the sidewalk, at exactly the same moment that the person coming towards you is parallel.

Brooklin Bridge

Of course, the frustrating example above may be rooted more in my own neuroticism than many of your own examples, but it’s just one of a myriad.  The point is that these types of convergences happen all around us every day.  They may be buried in minutiae, or part of a violent upheaval in our lives, but they’re there.

Everything, inevitably, converges.

Even if we accept the fact of the matter, however, the questions about ‘how’ and ‘why’ abound (and are far more convoluted).  Religion describes such phenomena the guiding hand of God, whereas science describes them in molecular terms – as the macroscopic results of sub-atomic particle behaviour.  Perhaps convergences are part of some cosmic pattern?  Perhaps we are merely missiles programmed to fly through our lives at a speed and trajectory manipulated by someone or something else?  No one can really say for certain, but perhaps acknowledging the existence of the concept, and the inevitability of the law of convergence, is enough.

If you read my novels, REFLECTIONS OF SHADOW, you’ll notice several convergences (both explicit and implicit) in the events that take place.  The concept is just one of the many fascinating and inexplicable phenomena that I love to ponder and, like so many before me, I hope that I can use art to draw attention to many ideas that might be otherwise overlooked or unappreciated in our reality.

Nemesis Spawned - Cover Amended 2

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The Celestial Sentry – A New Poem

In glory, I want to thrive;
But beneath tempered victory my passion hides.

Oh, tear the veil;
Edit the world’s end;
Until everyone feels the spirit of iniquity.

Strife lives inside my skin;
Somewhere beyond the oracle’s sight.

I want to scratch until I free it;
Be released from the ill-fitting suit.

The punishment was to be a sentry;
Forever standing guard.

The swirling darkness sways;
Threatening, tempting, wheedling.

I fear the possibility;
I always have.

If the angels falter in their vigil…

If I’m all alone…

How long will we last?

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Dreadful – Dark Poetry

Amorphous shadows swirl around me,

drawn to the void in my soul.

They burn and they freeze,

they rip and they rend.

The shreds of my sanity

can no longer fight

the lure of their wicked embrace.

They howl my name,

and her whispering words,

push away the weight that I’ve borne.

The darkness has claimed me,

I’m swaddled in thorns.

So I let the blood weep from my cankerous wounds,

like the tears that I shed for what I have lost…

Once again.

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A STYGIAN BROOD – Horror Short Story

I just posted an old horror short story to my website.

Check it out! (just click the image below for the pdf)

A Stygian Brood Image

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Alexander Cadeyrn

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