Life has certainly changed. hasn’t it? To think, when 2020 started all bright and shiny – and much ado about 20/20 vision – we all believed it would be a year of great things. We think this every year, granted, but ‘2020’ had a ring to it, right?
And now we’re headed into an apocalyptic kind of scenario, the stuff we loved to read about in dystopian fiction, the movies we gobbled up – who would have thought this as 01 January counted in??
Until a few weeks ago I was grappling with the approaching financial year end of the company I part-time for, while preparing audio manuscripts, writing when time allowed, and therefore had little opportunity to update here. Seems we will all have more personal time now, but for many, so many, it will be hard. We face much uncertainty, not only on the health front, but economically, freedom of movement, social interaction …
… kinda wish we could roll the clock back and restart 2020.
Still, despite the real challenges ahead, there is this:
Stay strong. Heal, in every way.
The world now is far different to the one at the beginning of 2020, but we can and will survive. Keep smiling!
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:
- Nemesis is also about ultimate change, the kind as intense as a lightning strike
- a mine may have more than gold in it, and one must connect those golden dots to discover the secret
- everything is possible in Nowhere, even creatures of myth
- a master clock must be old, considering how ancient time is, but is it about a device counting the hours, round and around?
The four underlying themes of the four Lore of Arcana books are showcased in this one image. Yes, The Infinity Mantle is about the witch Infinity and Rayne of the Mantle, and The Kinfire Tree is about bloodlines, while The Drowned Throne is about the golden seat of the Valleur suffering deluge and The Dragon Circle, indeed, follows a dragon legend or two, but there is more.
- The Great Forest: a band of trees serving to divide north from south, becoming in the process something to be avoided, something evil. Yes, it offers succour, and protects the Well of Crystal Sound.
- The ruins of sacred sites: unexplained ruins populate Valaris, until they are uncloaked to reveal something extraordinary.
- Fire: great flames and ash is unleashed on Valaris for the first time since before the people arrived, and the result is catastrophic.
- Ice: after epic fire, of course, come winter, but this cold season will not be kind.
Just posted this on my Writing World Blog, and then thought how it fits for the Lore series. If you’ve read The Kinfire Tree, you will know what I mean”
So much darkness in this book; even our heroes succumb …
THE NOWHERE SPHERE
This is a powerful prologue and revealing all of it here gives too much away, but know this event in the long grass is the beginning of horror for the world Valaris.
THE SLEEPER SWORD
A PERFECT review for The Kinfire Tree!
Thank you, Jeff Blackmer!
This is the final short story insert for the LORE Series and slots in between The Nemesis Blade and The Echolone Mine … and, yes, it’s about doors, special doors 🙂
An ancient people uncover an even older door buried in an obscure place. This mystery leads to strange truths regarding magic and maths … and a host of doors.
A time comes when Avior faces annihilation. To save the future, they use what they learned of doors to create a truly special one. This door leads to a shadowy place, but the future requires those shadows.
Available for free via KU – Amazon
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 …
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?
The entire LORE Series delves into the concept TIME, and the final book is The Master Mechanism … yup, a clock and a hunt to find it first.
To that end, to showcase time and clocks, I started a new gallery on FB: Master Mechanism