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October 19, 2019

"I was hooked almost immediately by the excellent writing, and character development." - Londo

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On the Homefront

Living in Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend, and after 2 delicious turkey dinners, I am glad to have my walking companions, Daisy & Tilly, to help me wear off all the stuffing.

This weekend, Carol and I will be taking Tilly to her third agility class, and boy does she like it, especially all the treats she gets for crawling through the tunnels!

What do you like to do with your pets for fun? Reply back to my email and share your pet pictures and fun activities!

The Church of the Saints - Who is Saint Cunar?

Among the six founding members of the church, the greatest warrior was a man named Cunar Marthune. When Jaramel, the High Lord of Herani, failed to provide sufficient protection to pilgrims, it was Cunar that organized his own warriors to provide that service. Initially, he charged a fee, with more thought given to profit than the safety of travellers, but that all changed when he met Augustine. He was hired to escort the man to some ruins, leading to contact with the Orcs. This sparked a series of raids that are collectively referred to as the time of troubles.

Cunar proved himself a master tactician, and his troops never suffered a defeat at the hands of an enemy. When the other founding members banded together to negotiate with the Orcs, it was Cunar’s men that protected them.

Followers of Saint Cunar continue this tradition to this day. They are dedicated to training and fighting exclusively. The Temple Knights of Cunar are said to be the most fearsome warriors on the continent, a reputation they have earned on the battlefield through numerous engagements.

Congrats to He W. who won last week's giveaway. Heart of the Crown was dedicated to my Beta readers, as they really made me think about how the story could flow better.

This week, the pups decided they wanted to do something special to celebrate my two-year anniversary of being a published author. All who answer the question are entered to win one of my signed paperbacks. No matter where you live, I will ship it to you! (Well, unless you live on the moon, then no.)

I have to admit I was very nervous, but my first Facebook Live video was great fun, and I am now looking forward to many more in the future!! If you missed it, check it out below. Also, if you are unable to watch any upcoming sessions, but have a question you would like me to answer, please use the button below.

Upcoming Facebook Live Schedule:
Sunday, Oct 20 - 10:00 AM EST (-4UTC)
Monday, Oct 28 - 5:30 PM EST (-4UTC)
Sunday, Nov 3 - 10:00 AM EST (-4UTC)

Ask me a question for my next Facebook Live Video!
Work in Progress Update

Embers is almost done. I simply have to finish the last chapter and then write the epilogue, which is already outlined. When I first started writing, I thought each book should have a prologue and an epilogue, but imagine my surprise when I found out that a lot of people don’t read a prologue!

After Servant of the Crown, I abandoned the whole idea, but I kept the epilogue. When writing a series, I feel it important to link the books together, and an epilogue does this quite nicely. It can also be used to foreshadow or just inform the reader that something else is coming.

So when I get to the end of the series, will there still be an epilogue? Well, first of all, that’s a long way off. The Heir to the Crown series is likely to number about fifteen books by the time I’m done, not including the origin stories.

They’re designed to be read in groups of five, forming, if you will, a ‘Grand Trilogy’ of story arcs. Burden of the Crown, in one sense, is the start of a new portion of this larger storyline, though it still retains characters familiar to readers of the first books. Thus it is numbered as book six, rather than book one.

Embers, on the other hand, is only book two of its series, but it won’t be as long as Heir to the Crown, though I must admit I’ve now adjusted my estimate from six to eight books. Who knows, if the characters demand it, I may continue even further.

Below, is another little snippet from Burden of the Crown for your reading enjoyment.

Until next time, Happy Reading.

Aldus Hearn reached across the table, grabbing the wine bottle then sat back, pouring the amber-hued liquid into his goblet.

"Would you like some?" he asked Aubrey, sitting to his right.

"No, thank you," she replied.

He took a mouthful, savouring the taste, then swallowed, placing his goblet back onto the table. The Kurathian Enchanter, Kiren-Jool, looked to the head of the table where Revi Bloom was reading over his notes. "Are we ready to begin?" the Kurathian asked.

"Yes," added Albreda, "we've been waiting for some time. Are you ready, Master Bloom?"

In answer, the Life Mage looked up from his notes. "Yes," he said, "I believe I am."

He made a show of straightening his papers, then looked at the assembled mages. "This is to be the first meeting of the Royal Council of Mages," he began. "I propose that we establish some basic rules and then open things up for discussion. Shall we proceed?"

Book Launch & Signing

Join me for the launch of my latest book, Burden of the Crown, at Chapters, South London, on November 2, from 11 am to 3pm and receive a FREE bookmark!

Author Spotlight!

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