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March 28, 2020

"Very good book, well written. Paul J Bennett has a very good series that I enjoy very much."- Jim P.

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On the Homefront

We are still practicing self-isolation this week and continuing to watch a lot of TV. Yesterday, we decided on Jumanji: The Next Level, which we both found quite amusing. I think the best part must have been watching Kevin Hart channel Danny Glover, which he did exceedingly well.

Throughout all this, we've still managed to get in dog walks, while keeping an acceptable distance from other pet owners. It's amazing how many new dogs we've seen in the neighbourhood. It seems everyone wants to get outdoors with their pets! Tilly was so exhausted by these efforts that she decided she needed a slipper to use as a pillow.

It was great being able to share my books with so many of you last week!

For those who might have missed the offer, here it is again. Simply choose which one of my books listed below you would like to read, and I will send you a digital download link for free. (Only one book per person)

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Servant Review
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Heart Review
M.T.: Stories of the Past Review
M.T.: The Call of Magic Review
Shadow Review
Fate Review
Ashes Review
Trekking across the Wastelands.

Lately, it’s been challenging to be creative. Instead, I’ve been taking a break from writing and instead, crossing the wastelands of Fallout 4. I’ve played this computer game a lot since it came out, but this time, I decided to complete the game in survival mode. It is the hardest level of difficulty and requires you to find shelter and rest to save your progress. In addition, you have to worry about thirst and hunger, a much tougher game that keeps you on the move searching for sustenance.

So far, I’ve been progressing satisfactorily, but I have some tough fights coming up. It will be interesting to see if I can win through. Fallout combines an RPG style game with the ability to build bases and create settlements, all the while following a well-developed storyline. It somehow seems appropriate to be wandering about a deserted land in this time of self-isolation, but it reminds me that even now, we still have a lot to be thankful for.

If you are not one of our amazing essential workers who are keeping the world running, what are you doing to pass the time?

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A Little Tidbit About Elven Society

Elves, like humans, are ruled by hereditary leaders. They are often called kings or queens by humans, but within their own lands, they are simply referred to as lords or ladies. The only exception is when they owe fealty to a human ruler, such as in the case of Lord Parvan Luminor, who was made Baron of Tivilton in Weldwyn.

As immortal beings, the rule of Elven lands changes very little, resulting in what many outsiders consider to be a stagnant culture. In truth, they are as vibrant as any of the other races, but they keep to themselves, sharing little with outsiders. Many Elven lands ban outsiders altogether, and if one should happen to enter their borders, it often results in a death sentence.

They generally view Humans as a blight on the land, but Dwarves are often trading partners, bringing much-needed ore into their lands in exchange for food and wood. For the most part, Elves shun Orcs, who are seen as their traditional enemies. In Merceria, the Elven Ruler, Lord Arandil Greycloak, decided that it was in the best interest of his people to ally themselves with the Humans, despite the presence of what they see as Orc mercenaries.

On the Continent, little is known of Elven armies, as they have not been seen on the battlefield for generations. In Merceria, however, they have assisted in a number of battles, deploying their legendary Elven bows. The construction of these composite recurve bows is a closely guarded secret that allows for increased draw weight, even superior to that of a longbow. This results in a higher velocity arrow that can deal devastating wounds and can puncture the best armour that smiths can forge. Only Orc warbow’s come close to the penetrating effects of these long-range weapons.

Defender of the Crown: Map of Norland

Curious about Noland, the Kingdom that is featured in my newest book, Defender of the Crown? Here is a special preview of the map that is included in the book!

Work in Progress Update

While working on my latest book, Temple Knight, I most recently completed chapter 14, out of a total of 36 chapters, but I wasn't happy with the way it turned out. Instead, I've chosen to scrap it and rework the outline, then commence rewriting the events to better suit the overall feel of the storyline.

Originally, I was going to introduce a larger complement of knights but decided, in the end, to limit them to only a dozen, the better to delve into their own distinct personalities. Many will appear in other stories, some having already done so, and some will re-emerge in this series later on.

I hope to get back to more writing this coming week, and then I can get into the real meat of the book. The characters have all fallen into place, and I'm starting to get the same comfortable feeling I have when I'm writing Heir to the Crown. Basically, this is the sense that I know the characters and how they will react in a given situation.

In the meantime, I am giving this story, and others, a lot of thought, which will result in richer storylines for future books.

Until next time, Happy reading!

Author Spotlight!

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

Blood of Vengeance: Stolen from the streets and condemned to battle as a gladiator, Killien survives by deceit and subterfuge. He must play the role of “Killer,” the prince’s savage, bloodthirsty champion.

Undefeated in battle, Killien wields a secret advantage: the magic enhancing his weapons and fueling his attacks. The cost of losing carries a price worse than death. 

A wager between his vindictive master and a conspiring rival pits Killien in a fight to the death against a mysterious warrior —one he has no hope of defeating.

Chaos and Retribution: Books 1-3: The Dragon Queen of Chaos sends her minions to prepare the world for her return... And all that stands in her way are three children with the powers of Stone, Sea and Sky. 

Fen is only a boy when his city is sacked by enemy invaders. Karliss was touched by the wind at birth, destined to be the greatest wind shaman his people have ever seen. Aislin came from the sea, her origins a mystery. 

These three can stop the Dragon Queen, but only if they can learn to master, not just their powers, but themselves...

Windwalker: Amid the flat-topped buttes and arid hardpan of the Miralaja desert lies a secret. An entire city of people, hidden among the sand and stone. 

Mica Fariq, an optimistic apprentice warrior, is one step away from full acceptance into his battle sect. Only he just failed the final test. While reflecting on his failure, Mica notices a curious being in the desert, and receives a striking vision of a woman in desperate need of help.

Now, Mica must confront his own demons, as well as those of the woman in need if he hopes to save his people.

The Music of Dragons: Not all demons have horns… 

The legendary Odruri, assassin-hero of the Bloodwater Wars, has been summoned again. He no longer has his magic darksword. This time Godwin must learn to rely on others. 

But with the shifting of the stars, it may not be enough, for a terrible Prophecy is unfolding across the land. 

Godwin’s guild of assassins has been all but destroyed, his allies scattered to the winds. If he’s going to save the world, he’s going to have to tame the monster inside himself.

Book Deals & Giveaways

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