10k…

Having popped in to update you on the two latest covers, I noticed that visitors to this blog reached 10 000. Of course, truth is, because I haven’t posted with absolute regularity, I must admit the fault is all mine – after all, over 3 years and it took this long to reach 10k? I started this purely as a place to point readers to when they ask for more detail, given that my other sites are about my entire author journey (far more than the LORE Series), but I am beyond grateful and absolutely appreciative of all the visits, follows and likes! Thank you so much! And do spread the word!! You are all stars in my world 🙂

Lore of Arcana: NFT Book

As a writer, someone who strings tens of thousands of words together to create a story, funnily enough, it is difficult to put words into a decent sequence to showcase my absolute excitement about what I’m going to tell you now. Not so odd, I think, because usually a writer delves the characters’ and their foibles and feelings, and therefore our personal traits are never enough fodder for putting the pen to paper, whether on actual paper or otherwise. So, bear with me now …

Back in April, via Books Go Social, an opportunity arose to join the first ever NFTs for books, and I jumped in! So did many other authors, and the end result is that NFT books are now available. The press release from BGS explains it better (the post after this one), but essentially, in the event you don’t know what an NFT is, it’s a non fungible token found on the Ethereum blockchain, and each token is unique, a collectors item, and digital books have now joined. However, you don’t have to have a cryptocurrency wallet to buy these tokens, and that means our special editions are accessible to everyone.

Before I bore you with the nitty-gritty of the how, let me tell you why I jumped in wholeheartedly. Not only is it a 21st Century way of doing things, but readers can enjoy the offering and can then either choose to keep it as a collector’s item or resell it. This gifts the reader options, and authors benefit also, receiving a percentage of each resale as well. Of course, the overriding reason for me is the means to reach readers in an entirely different way!

I am selling a unique version of my LORE OF ARCANA as an NFT. New cover, new dragon icon, an illustration of the Maze sacred site, and more found nowhere else! It’s not just a book anymore, it’s an adventure. Find out how and why I started writing my LORE in a special PDF, the truth I’ve hinted at and skirted around but never quite told in full. I am investing in me, and you will invest in a special edition! So pop into:

https://booksgosocial.com/lore-of-arcana-special-edition-nft/

SUPER EXCITED!

The Parts of Arcana

Each LORE book is divided into parts, and tells the tale of a grand design.

For instance, The Infinity Mantle has:

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Part I – Darkness

Given that the tagline for this book is ‘There is a darkness coming’, it is self-explanatory.

Part II – Arcana

Yes, who and/or what is Arcana? This reveals the hidden truth, and it is the first section in the LORE journey that is essentially pre-history.

Part IV – Rayne

Rayne of the Mantle is the main character, and now readers find out more about him.

The we move on to The Kinfire Tree:

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Part I – Pathways

The players have to find the ways through the chaos uncovered in The Infinity Mantle.

Part II – Second Chances

Those characters who were doubtful or traitorous now discover different futures, and the solutions, too, offer second chances.

Part III – Lifegiver

It gets hairy, and someone will have to step up to become a saviour.

Moving to The Drowned Throne:

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Part I – Predators and Prey

It’s a game of cat and mouse, with both sides sometimes predatory, sometimes prey.

Part II – A World Without Light

This is the second section that goes into pre-history. Here we find out who Margus, the Darak Or, was and why he became a twisted soul.

Part III – The Darak Or

Margus sets his endgame in motion.

Then, the final book in Lore of Arcana – The Dragon Circle:

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Part I – Dragon’s Breath

The symbology of the dragon comes into play.

Part II – Forge Flames

In search of an amulet to ward souls from the Darak Or, a mission to flame-wright at his forge commences.

Part III – Dragon’s Fire

In the terrible cold of winter, the fires of manipulation flare up and burn.

Part IV – Final Fury

This is the Endgame.

Part V – Dragon’s Embers

What comes after? The story is not done, and thus are those furies banked … for now.

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What lies below: Sanctum

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As for What lies below: Arcana and What lies below: Reaume, Lore of Sanctum has more to it than meets the eye (or what the covers and titles reveal!). Yes, The Nemesis Blade is certainly about a special sword named as Nemesis (Elianas in Valleur, and if you’ve read the lore to this point, you will know how important Elianas is), while The Echolone Mine definitely deals with the ramifications of a particular mine on the world known as Echolone. The Nowhere Sphere is exactly what it says – a place that is nowhere, where everything is possible – and The Master Mechanism reveals there is a master clock keeping time for the inhabitants of the Lore universe.

There is more, as the image above tells:

  1. Nemesis is also about ultimate change, the kind as intense as a lightning strike
  2. a mine may have more than gold in it, and one must connect those golden dots to discover the secret
  3. everything is possible in Nowhere, even creatures of myth
  4. a master clock must be old, considering how ancient time is, but is it about a device counting the hours, round and around?

Sneak Peek: EURUE

Final edit done, cover ready – EURUE will be available soon!

Meanwhile, here’s a peek at the title (Font and effect that I love!) and the blurb …

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The universe is populated and many worlds are far-flung, forgotten. Until the day Gabryl, a man both alive and dead, his body reposing in a sarcophagus, his spirit roaming as a shifting being, bellows a call to arms. Eurue, as world and civilisation, after ages of isolation, will now step into the ultimate arena.

Tristan and Alusin of the Kaval hasten to answer the summons to where tentacled miasmas are consuming people body and soul. Savier, as Keeper of the sarcophagus, sheds light on an ancient legend. Tianoman, Vallorin of the Valleur, brings the Valleur host to Eurue, and Emperor Teighlar of Grinwallin pledges his army.

But how does one fight miasma?

Who is the true enemy?

Meanwhile, as the spaces become frantic, a woman in a turret somewhere, elsewhere, plans her revenge. The schism between what went before and the reality of the present presents to her the power to control the fate of all.

Who will stop her?

Sacred Contradiction

More Reaume concepts:

Sacred: worthy of reverence or respect; venerable

 Profane: showing contempt or irreverence towards sacred things; blasphemous

Land: Territory over which rule or control is exercised; Domain, badlands, kingdom, realm, terra firma; Bring into a different state (verb)

Brinkmanship: The policy of pushing a dangerous situation to the brink of disaster (to the limits of safety)

Contradiction: Opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

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It’s about PEOPLE

Most tales have a number of facets to them. A Romance may delve into the horror of war. A funny story may have a profound undertone. A Historical may contain battles, romance and the political climate of the day. Science Fiction wouldn’t work if everything was about the tech; always there is the human element. All of it centres around people, though.

Fantasy goes there, too. The tales are not just about incredible creatures and fantastical landscapes. In fact, the best Fantasy is sort of ‘normal’, set in places familiar to us (with a tweak or three!) and characters we are able to identify with (with a bit extra, of course, such a heroic, reluctant, powerful, evil and so forth – they are identifiable, but occasionally larger than life also).

The Lore Series, whether you read one book or the entire series, would not hold attention long or stand the test of time if everything was fantastical and put forth battle good after battle evil. A good tale needs people in all their weaknesses and strengths, their soul-searching and their terrible resolve, in order to shine. The reader (you!) wants to identify with the main character, fall in love with the sidekick, absolutely despise the bastard causing so much grief, and feel sad with the man in his grief, laugh with the woman happy in her own skin.

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As writers we are readers also, and therefore, over the next few weeks, I’ll tell you about the people in Lore. I will share with you the romances blooming, love failing, family dynamics, the questions they ask themselves, where they come from and what they hope for. Some of this will be in excerpt form, a moment where one pauses and wonders, and some will be the reader in me simply sharing my viewpoint of interwoven personalities.

My wish is for you to fall in love with the people populating my universe! Do come back and discover who they are!

ejd

Interview with Cat Dalrish

My name is Blue River Frond and I am from Charikian. We are people watchers and we are scribes. Every being in all time and space has a place and a purpose and to that end we record the words they speak, for posterity … and for insight into the past. Please call me Blue and read my dialogues:

Catalina Dalrish

(I met with Cat in the bar at the Launchpad of Xen III’s largest spaceport)

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Blue: Hello, Cat, please to meet you. Why do people call you ‘Cat’?

Cat: It’s short for Catalina. I like it better anyway.

Blue: I believe you are of the Dalrish family.

Cat: I am, but I prefer not to talk about my family. Nothing good comes of discussing the Dalrish.

Blue: Even your brother Matt?

Cat: Matt is the only good thing in this family.

Blue: I sense your reluctance. Shall we then talk about your talents as a navigator?

Cat: Anytime!

Blue: I hear you studied at Xen’s Navigational School.

Cat: One thing you must say about Xen – it has the ability to instil knowledge and the Navigational School is considered one of the best in the universe.

Blue: Would you say your charts are up to date?

Cat: Absolutely. In fact we discovered some old charts from pre-dome days that have helped our understanding tremendously … but I’m not really allowed to talk about it. We also have the latest duplicates from Beacon’s exploration ships.

Blue: Exploration ships is a bit of a misnomer, wouldn’t you say?

Cat: Yeah. Beacon isn’t known for its benevolence, more exploitation than exploration, in my opinion. Maybe you shouldn’t print that.

Blue: Your brother is a pilot, not so?

Cat: The best. Can fly anything.

Blue: Is it chance that both of you chose careers that take you away from Xen?

Cat: Did we decide together to study in a field that enables it? No. But it isn’t chance either. I think both of us simply understood that was the only way to experience freedom.

Blue: Freedom from what?

Cat: Family, of course, but mostly the domes on this diseased world. If you want to know what real sunlight feels like, you have to leave. Or to feel rain, breathe fresh air. None of that here.

Blue: And yet you return after every journey. Why not simply slip away?

Cat: It comes down to family.

Blue: What do you mean?

Cat: Families always place a sense of duty on your outlook. Sorry, that’s as much as I’m going to say.

Blue: Your next trip is to Valaris, I hear? You and Matt are flying together this time.

Cat: We often fly together, but, yes, we’re on our way to Valaris in two days.

Blue: Have you been there before?

Cat: A few times now, a beautiful world, loads of fresh air and sunshine.

Blue: Easy to slip away there.

Cat: Maybe, but I wouldn’t do it without Matt.

Blue: He wouldn’t want to stay?

Cat: He’d stay in a heartbeat, but has too great a sense of duty to family to simply leave.

Blue: What’s on Valaris that takes the Blue Domian Nine there so often? Nice name, by the way.

Cat: We call our ship the Blue Dom, and it’s produce mostly. We swap solar gear for fresh food … and there’s the tourist aspect, of course. Many pay huge amounts for a few days in clean air.

Blue: Ah, yes. Matt’s actual name is Le Matt, isn’t it? Most Dalrish have a ‘Le’ something – do you?

Cat: The Dalrish women don’t get it.

Blue: Your uncle …

Cat: I’m not discussing my uncle.

Blue: Fine. After Valaris, what’s next for Cat Dalrish?

Cat: Another journey, another chart, who knows?

Blue: If someone were to offer you change, would you take it?

Cat: What kind of change?

Blue: Employment on Beacon, for instance?

Cat: Ah, I don’t rightly like Beaconites, but yes, I’d take it for the cleaner way of life, if Matt did so also.

Blue: Would you do it for Valaris?

Cat: Without thinking twice.

Blue: Have you met any Valleur on Valaris?

Cat: One. His name’s Krikian. He teaches me magic and I teach him science. A great guy!

Blue: Magic?

Cat: Oh, nothing like the big stuff the Valleur can do, just tricks really to entertain the crew on long journeys. Blue, I must go …

 

An alarm sounds and Cat is on her feet and running.

(Next I hear of Cat, she and Matt are both employed by the Valleur on Valaris. One wonders what a techno-poor world wants with a navigator and a pilot able to fly anything, doesn’t one?)