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December 28, 2019

"Couldn't put it down. One of my favourite series of all time." - GF

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On the Homefront

Despite their intense stares in this picture, both Tilly and Daisy enjoyed their holidays and hope that you, too, had a chance to cut loose and have some fun.

They also wanted me to tell you that no dogs were harmed in the taking of this picture, and, in fact, it was well worth the effort as they were handsomely rewarded afterwards with many treats!

Last chance to grab your free short stories!

All you need to do is click on the buttons below, then download the stories in the format that is best for you: ePub, Mobi or .PDF.

How can one man succeed where an entire army has failed?

Amarantis, a powerful Fire Mage, searches the battlefield, seeking his next victim.
Giselle refuses to give in to defeat. Instead, she demands the surrender of her enemy, even in the face of imminent death.
Cyric is not looking for a fight, wishing only to help those injured. All that changes when he sees the life-and-death struggle unfolding before him.

Now, with nothing left in their arsenal, magic once again threatens them with its fiery fury. In a flash of inspiration, Cyric attempts to save Giselle, but is it enough to turn the tide of battle in their favour?

Where there's murder, there's a mystery to be solved!

In the worst of weather, Cyric finds himself travelling to the countryside to bless a Midwinter Feast.

He's barely in the front door before he overhears a conversation that reveals his host is loathed by many.

After a dinner filled with more bitterness than good food, Cyric retires, is awoken to the news that the duke has mysteriously died.

With a murdered noble and a manor house full of suspects, it falls to Brother Cyric to unravel this medieval fantasy whodunit!

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The Petty Kingdoms - The Duchy of Erlingen

Among the northern states of the Petty Kingdoms lies the Duchy of Erlingen. Two hundred and thirty years ago, it was one of two provinces of Eidolon, but when King Mathias of Eidolon had two sons, he divided up the land, ceding the larger, less populated province to his younger son, Rolf, and made him the first Duke of Erlingen. The current duke, Heinrich, has ruled the land for the last thirty years, during a time of great upheaval in the Petty Kingdoms.

Recently, In 1093 SR, its northern neighbour, the Duchy of Andover, declared war, invading with a large army. Desperate to save his realm, Duke Heinrich assembled what forces he could and met his foe in battle near the great forest of Erlingwald. The battle lasted all day, and the timely intervention of the Temple Knights of Saint Agnes proved crucial to defeating the invasion.

The Duchy of Erlingen features in the short story Into the Maelstrom, a Chronicles of Cyric prequel story

In case you missed my Midwinter Feast Poem reading!

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Congrats to Laura who won last week's Giveaway! The most popular character to met was Gerald!

Mercerian Tales: The Making of a Man is coming!!!

“Oh,” said Sir Harold, “and you should write of your own exploits.”

“My own?”

“Of course. One day you might want to pass them down to a son or daughter.”

“I can’t see passing my stories on to a daughter.”

“Why not?” asked Sir Harold. “Merceria has a long history of women warriors. Who’s to say that you might not be the father of one?”

“I think I shall worry about getting married first,” declared Richard

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Copyright and ISBN

I have seen many people on Facebook discussing these two things, and I’d like to set the record straight. Copyright is automatically granted when an author publishes a book or short story, or any printed material, for that matter. Proof of copyright is a whole different story. Many people think that you can send yourself a registered letter with your written work and leave it sealed as proof of copyright, but there is no legal protection in this case. The best way to protect your work is to register your copyright. This will vary by country, but in Canada, it costs $50.00 CAD and can be done online through the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a department of the Government of Canada.

ISBN, short for International Standard Book Number, is a sequence of numbers that uniquely identifies your written work. In many countries, this must be obtained through a third party (ie: non-government organization). In Canada, however, it is handled by Library and Archives Canada (LAC for short). This is a service that is free of charge to Canadians and allows them to assign ISBN’s to their written works. Be aware, however, that separate ISBN’s are required for different formats, such as a physical book vs an electronic book. In many countries, there is a fee for getting an ISBN. In the US, for example, ISBN’s are acquired through a company called Bowker (bowker.com/products/ISBN-US.html) and typically costs $125.00 for a single number, though they can be purchased in bulk at a much-reduced price.

ISBN’s are assigned by the author’s location, so a US author does not need a UK ISBN to sell in the UK, for example.

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Work in Progress Update

With the holiday season upon us, there has been little time for writing, though I have managed several thousand words. Next week we shall be back to a more rigid schedule (minus new year's day, which we are taking off). Work on Defender of the Crown is proceeding nicely, and the book is now two thirds complete and moving into the final act. I always find that my pace picks up as the book nears this mark, probably due to the fact that the storyline is drawing to its point of greatest interest.

Along with that, we’ve also found some time to do more editing on Embers and more pages should be flowing out to the BETA team soon.

I’m planning to wrap up the first draft of Defender of the Crown in two weeks, so it will be interesting to see how accurate my prediction proves to be. After that, I’m starting on a new series, before jumping back into the world of The Frozen Flame.

Until next time, Happy Reading

Author Spotlight!

Check out these featured books that are free, discounted, or new releases. The authors are returning the favour by sharing my books with their readers.

The Awakening: DRAGONS. They exist, but have been in a state of hibernation for millennia. Will mankind survive their violent awakening? Dauria was young and idealistic, with dreams of saving the world, when she helped the Draconic Council to create the pact to force all dragons to withdraw from the world of Man in Earth's distant past...

Moroda: 'If one dragon burned the city of Niversai to the ground in a single night, how would we fare if a hundred besieged our world? ' Moroda's life is thrown into turmoil after she is publicly arrested—her city is destroyed and she narrowly escapes the chaos on a sky pirate's airship. But she finds no salvation outside the blackened city walls; a vigilante...

Ishtar's Blade: It takes a queen to defeat a queen. The court of the gryphon king has ever been a dangerous and seductive place where Ishtar’s blessing is both the hot breath of passion and the cold kiss of steel. Yet as the childhood companion of King Ditanu, Iltani never doubted her place in either his kingdom or his heart...

The King's Shadow: Two princes lead a war-broken people. One rules while the other serves in the shadows, haunted by encroaching death. Halavant overthrew his queen mother to save his people from slavery, and now she seeks his life. Yosyph acts as the new king's eyes and ears, but being invisible comes at great cost...

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