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Reflections of Shadow: Worlds Sundered Now Available!

Cue the fanfare!!

Ready the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men!!

It’s finally here!!!

Reflections of Shadow: Worlds Sundered

“Alexander Ganainmh’s internal struggle has come to an end. The aspects of dark and light that warred within him have been made flesh, manifesting as two men – one the embodiment of all that was good in him, the other his malevolence incarnate. Now, as a new war between them rages, each man fights to eliminate the influence of the other, amidst a backdrop of love, lust, rebellion, and betrayal.”


 

Worlds Sundered - Cover


After three long years of writing, revising, and editing, the exciting sequel to Reflections of Shadow: Nemesis Spawned is finally complete and is available now for purchase from a fine eBook retailer near you!  As always, I encourage you to post reviews and provide feedback on the book, and I thank you for your support.

Happy Reading!

 

For those interested, the book is available from the following sites for only $4.99 (US)*:

Smashwords (my recommendation, as it has multiple file types, depending on the brand of your eReader)

Amazon (I’ve linked to Amazon.ca, but it is available at an Amazon near you, as well)

Kobo

iTunes

Scribd

Barnes & Noble

And many others…

*Note that $4.99 is the price set by the author.  Some distributors may have changed it, or converted it into other currencies, on their websites.


 

Want to learn more about Worlds Sundered or Nemesis Spawned?  Click here for a brief summary of the works.

Want to check out some of the artwork that I have created based on the worlds in Reflections of Shadow?  Click here.

 

 

 

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Reflections of Shadow: WORLDS SUNDERED – Sample

Hi strangers.

It’s been far too long since I’ve contributed to this blog and, for that, I apologize.  I’ve been hard at work on the second novel in the Reflections of Shadow series and, even after a lot of revision, it’s still a work in progress.

I thank you all for your patience, however.  And, in the spirit of sharing, I thought that I’d leave you with a few passages from the first chapter from my second book… WORLDS SUNDERED.

Enjoy!


Prologue

Brochathain – Year One of the Renaissance

It was midday in the Sios Mountains, but the cliffs were shrouded in an oppressive darkness.  Above the range, the sky was lost behind a nebulous armour of roiling black smoke and ash, impenetrable to even the smallest rays of sunshine.  For days, the noxious fume had been spewed into the air by the volcanic peaks lining the wild northern coast of the continent, and it was now being driven southward by the raging mountain winds.

The only source of light was the fiery glow of the distant rumbling giants.  It bathed the cliffs, and the smoky ceiling above, in hues of dark crimson, flaring every now and then with demoniac fervor.  The air was alive with dreadful anticipation as the gloom crept along the broken spine of the continent.  Tremors shook the earth, and flurries of ash were tossed back and forth in the air by the sharp eddying mountain currents.  Like a good herald, the ash obscured everything but the increasingly-frenzied peaks from whence it had sprung, eagerly foreshadowing the impending calamity…

As if in orchestrated succession, the rumbling volcanic giants suddenly roared to life in a horrifying crescendo.  Great spouts of molten rock and tephra surged skyward and rained down upon the world below, exploding with meteoric fury.  Hot magma bubbled up from the mouth of each peak and cascaded down the sides of the rock face, covering the mountainside and the steppe below beneath a smouldering blanket of death.

Even after so long, the world still devoured itself.

The tremors accompanying the eruptions shook the entire mountain range, opening several long jagged fissures in the rock.  The earth trembled beneath the onslaught of the violent geographic upheaval, unable to resist the transformation that reshaped the landscape yet again.

As the worst of the volcanic tremors subsided, however, the world was rocked by another – much more terrifying – quake.  From nowhere and everywhere, the familiar tremor shook each fractured continent and every living creature the world over.  Although it was brief, its effect was instantaneous and devastating.

The distant mountains, which had only just erupted in smoke and flames, hissed in complaint as plumes of hot steam now mingled with the dark ash clouds overhead.  The still-molten volcanic rock had disappeared – in the blink of an eye – beneath a shimmering layer of ice, which had manifested suddenly and encased the peaks.  Fire and ice now fought for supremacy, and the rock beneath bore the brunt of the battle.  Sharp thunderous cracks echoed across the landscape as the range shifted and buckled beneath the onslaught of the unnatural climatic change.

For all its fury, this was not the first dramatic transformation to reshape these mountains, nor would it be the last.  For, such was the chaos to which Seteris – its lands and its civilizations – had been subjected since the world had been shattered beyond all recognition.

 

Sitting on a bluff, high above the world below, Bruadair Kearn dangled his feet over the edge nervously.  He watched the distant volcanic peaks return to an uneasy slumber, knowing that danger had actually been averted by this most recent divergence.

“We were lucky,” he said, wiping the cold sweat from his brow, a small smile tugging at his wide mouth.

“Yes, we were.”

The smile fell from Bruadair’s lips upon hearing the familiar gravelly voice. 

Was it really too much to hope that he would be left in peace this time? 

With a small sigh, he shook his head to clear it, conjured a facade of amusement, and turned to face the man who’d spoken.

“It’s good to be us,” he said.

“I couldn’t agree more.”

The man, who stood a few paces behind him, smiled back at him, a perfect reflection.  His face was gaunt, weathered, and filthy.  Keen, deep-sunken brown eyes gazed fixedly at Bruadair from beneath a tangled mess of bushy black and grey hair.  His few remaining yellow teeth peeked out from behind a similarly bushy beard.  The man was so thin that he looked as if the buffeting mountain winds might blow him over at any moment.  His clothes – an old shirt, torn trousers, and a ratty-looking cloak – hung loosely from his skinny frame.  Despite his ragged appearance, however, Bruadair knew, all too well, what hidden strength he possessed.

“By the Reaver, is that what I look like?” he asked, wrinkling his nose in disgust. 

The man looked down at himself, and then back to Bruadair.

“It would seem so.”

[continued]


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NEMESIS SPAWNED – New Cover Image

Just finished a new cover image for my book, Reflections of Shadow: Nemesis Spawned!

Nemesis Spawned - Cover Amended 2

Thoughts?

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Meet the Avatars…

It’s been a little while since my last post, but I can honestly say that it’s with good reason…  After contemplating how to go about bringing life to some of the characters in my books, I decided to dust off my artistic skills (I use the term ‘skills’ loosely, of course) and put them to use in creating a few images of the avatars that you’ll meet in Reflections of Shadow: Nemesis Spawned.

And, after a LOT of work, I’ve come up with the following character visuals:

The first (of course) is SaelenThe Reaver, as he is known, is haughty, condescending, and deadly.  He cares nothing for his creations beyond how they can help him achieve his goals…

Saelen - The Reaver

The second is the beautiful Lycoris.  As vindictive as she is lovely, The Lady hides much more than she reveals.  Her dazzling smile has been the downfall of many – mortal and immortal…

Lycoris - The Lady

And, finally (for now), is Ea’nlilThe Teacher is thoughtful and slow to anger.  Over millennia, he has learned that there is more than one way to fulfill one’s destiny…

Ea'nlil

I hope you enjoy these first few images.

Be sure to check out the first book in the Reflections of Shadow series, Nemesis Spawned, to learn more about the characters!

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Sense in Nonsense

So, I’m happy to report that, after a little bit of an inspirational drought, I’m back at it.  I’ve been writing quite steadily, and the second book in the Reflections of Shadow trilogy is shaping up nicely.

To those who were displeased with my last post, I’d like to apologize for the schizophrenic nature of this blog, but I’m still refining how I use this forum to express myself.  So I’d like to preface this new post with a disclaimer.  If you are not into whimsy, do NOT read on.

When I was in school, I was introduced to stream of consciousness.  We used it as a tool to loosen our writing muscles, and as a filter-free way to express ourselves.  I loved this type of expression then, and I’d like to dive into a little more, just for shits and giggles…  Catch you on the flip side!

Tears of starlight stripped of life fall gently on the rubber wet from use and abuse it isn’t that there should be something greater said the lion often the cries of his inner voice are not heard they fall like the rain on deaf ears and the man that runs the machine refuses to account for something that cannot be considered practical or measurable it’s the plight we all share whether you believe it or not too often we step aboard this journey content to let the driver dictate where we end up but the driver doesn’t understand that sometimes the view from the window is not enough too long in the form can blister our senses until they can no longer tell us anything of the ethereal I lose my greater self it strikes me when I see men and women define themselves through a deity’s eyes when that interpretation is so earth-bound as to be ridiculously biased but time both focuses and unfocuses our gaze and it always will tell me she said quietly when did you get so serious I laughed and shook my head it isn’t the seriousness that’s the problem it’s the objects of mirth in between the faerie smiled then and clapped her hands then we’ll have to find your smile again I went along because a part of me had not forgotten the child wide-eyed with wonder at the big beautiful world if you can smile when no one is around then you’ll be just fine…

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Musings on Love

Love.

The word evokes so many images, ideas, opinions, and emotions that it’s difficult to know where to start.  But it’s been on my mind of late, so I’ll give it a shot.

I guess I should begin by admitting (despite my predisposition towards misanthropy) that I’ve been quite lucky in love.  I’ve been blessed with a family who has always been extremely demonstrative and supportive; great friends, many of whom I may not have appreciated as I should have; and a wife that continues to adore me, despite my flaws.

I’ve definitely made a few mistakes in my search for companionship over the years, but, then, who hasn’t?  And, in retrospect, many of those mistakes were nothing more than perceptual – based on my confusing the “idea” of love with the real thing.  It’s such an easy mistake to make, after all, that I can’t help but wonder if that isn’t the reason for so many of the unhappy relationships out there…  When you’re desperate to live in romantic bliss, sometimes a mirage of love can be overwhelmingly appealing, even if reality proves unhealthy.

In my writing, I’ve tried to use my experiences (limited as they may be) to bring realism to the relationships between my characters.  It’s important to me that they’re not immune to the kinds of problems that afflict many searching for love.  Infatuation is a major theme that I’ve tried to explore, as is idolization (who among us hasn’t “crushed” on someone who barely knows you exist?).  I’ve also tried to explore the depths of the “true” love that exists between my characters.  As those of you who’ve known “true” love can attest, it often manifests very differently than how it’s presented to us in the media.

Don’t get me wrong, bliss does exist.  I’m not trying to convey the message that love is an illusion, or that it is any less wonderful than what we’ve been presented with in fiction and fantasy.  I simply wish to impress upon you that “true” love will manifest differently for everyone, and that it’s in love’s idiosyncrasies that it’s true wonder lies.

 

Real love will anchor you, when you are feeling lonely and adrift;

It will heal the scratches from all of life’s nettles;

It will guide your dreams, and shape your reality;

Real love will shatter the mirror that keeps you from seeing the world as it really is…

 

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Cross-Genre’d

As you some of you already know, I’m currently working on the revision of my second novel in the Reflections of Shadow series.

Progress has been incremental, but satisfying, nonetheless; and I’ve been having a lot of fun moving the story arc through a new, and really interesting, world.  TEASER ALERT: You’ll get to explore the chaotic land of Seteris in this novel!!! (I know, I just blew your mind, didn’t I?)

Much like the first, though, I find that one of the biggest challenges in bringing the second book to life lies in defining the genre (or trying to, at least).  Despite only promoting it as a fantasy series – to better align with the category definitions of many booksellers – Reflections of Shadow is, more accurately, a synthesis of FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION, HORROR, PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER, MYTH, and even ROMANCE.  The story follows characters with such complicated and antithetical points of view, and the plot contains elements of so many genres, that it really changes each time that you read it…

Compared to Nemesis Spawned, which was mainly dark and foreboding – told, as it was, from Alexander’s point of view – the second book (title forthcoming, I promise) will be far lighter in tone and content.  It’ll incorporate some funny and romantic elements, and it’ll introduce a much larger cast of characters, some of whom with personalities so big that they can’t help but change the series with only their presence.

I can’t wait to share the new story with you, and I’ll probably post a few sample chapters in the coming months.  (I blew your mind again, didn’t I?).

Perhaps, by the time the next book is complete, a new genre will have been created which will better define the myriad elements of Reflections of Shadow.  We can call it FaScHoPsyMytRom… Fashosymitrom…?  Okay, maybe we should put a pin in that for the moment, and call it a working genre title…

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