Occasionally I step out of my comfort zone & read a book that takes my into unknown literary territory. This was one of those times. Within a couple of chapters I was drawn into a world of mages, elves & mystical creatures & thoroughly enjoyed the ease with which the author breathed life into her characters. The scene is set perfectly as a quest unfolds, allowing the reader to become absorbed in a fantasy world that holds many surprises. I’ll definitely be looking out for book two in the series.
Feel free to reblog this if you wish. I would greatly appreciate it.
To sign up to my quarterly newsletter, click HERE and become the first to know about new releases as well as news about me and what I’m up to apart from writing.
The idea of the elements was widespread over the Ancient world. The Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Indians and Japanese all had the idea of four or five elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether. Ether, or Spirit was added later. Aristotle could not conceive that the stars were made of the same substances as Earth and decided there must be a fifth, which he called Aether
The idea of minute indivisible ‘pieces’ of the elements going to make up the whole was conceived. The thoughts behind this ‘science’ was more philosophical than truly scientific as experimental science, so well-known to us nowadays, did not exist.
In ancient Greece, Empedocles suggested that the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water joined together to form everything we see around us. Which elements combined, and in what proportions, deemed the nature of the substance formed. This idea was around for 2,000 years.
Even humans were not exempt, and the differing types of character were attributed to these elements, and sickness was considered due to an imbalance in the elements in the body.
Each element was composed of a combination of 4 things, hot, dry, cold and moist. Hot and dry produced Fire, Hot and moist, Air, Cold and dry, Earth, while cold and wet produced Water.
Oddly, the four elements can be thought to align with the four states of matter know to science today Earth (solid) Water (liquid) Air (gas) and Fire (plasma).
When I started writing the story of Pettic, and how he had to rescue his friend, Torren, the Crown Prince of Ponderia, I had to think of where Torren was being kept, and then how Pettic would be able to find him.
This could not be an easy task. I wondered about Torren being imprisoned on another world. That would be hard for Pettic to get to, unless magic were involved. Of course, these two books being Fantasy, Magic could easily be used.
Then again, if Pettic could just ‘snap his fingers’ and magic himself to Torren’s prison, that would be no story. So I figured I had to make it hard for him. Then the idea of a magic portal to the other world came, but that was still too easy. Find the portal, go through and free his friend.
What if Pettic had to find keys in order to get into where Torren was imprisoned? Where would someone hide keys? The kidnapper was a magician, so it would be somewhere magical. Aha! Another plane of existence!
Gradually, the idea of four worlds associated with the four ancient elements came to me. Torren was not imprisoned on one of them, but the keys to his prison were. They could not be regular keys, though.
On this world, magic is used through gemstones, so Pettic had to find the gem associated with world he visited. He got to the worlds through an arch in a stone circle outside the city when the full moon shone through it.
Pettic visited the worlds of Terra (Earth) and Aeris (Air) in the first book. On each world he had to perform a dangerous task in order to find the gem.
Emerald for Earth
and Diamond for Air.
This was how my mind worked in order to get the outline of the story. Then I had to think about what those worlds were like, and what Pettic could do to help them out of a predicament.
If you would like to read about Pettic’s adventures on Terra and Aeris, The ebook version of The Stones of Earth and Air is FREE from tomorrow, October 4th, until Thursday, October 8th.
If you decide to get your copy, I would be grateful if you could post a short, honest review saying if you liked it or not, and why.
These are difficult times. We are all facing unprecedented restrictions to our lives. We are told to stay at home and keep our distance if we do go out.
Some people find this difficult. Some more so than others. If you are used to an active social life, and work with many people, you will undoubtedly find all this hard to do.
For those of us who are used to working from home, like writers, it’s not so difficult to keep on working. We are used to working in isolation, but for people who work in restaurants, cafes, and the like it must be very hard. Some people can work from home, but many cannot. What to do to fill the time?
Some people have decided, stupidly, that this is a holiday. The weather is good and they’ve nothing else to do, so they go off to the seaside, or National Parks. We’ve all seen the pictures of the crowds in these places. What are they doing but risking spreading the disease? It can spread fast enough on its own without stupidity helping it.
This sort of behaviour will force the government to create a lockdown when people are not allowed to go out. Do we really want that?
So what can you do in this self-isolation? Well, read a book. (Of course I would say that, wouldn’t I?) Or even several.
If you have been following the serialisation of Carthinal’s story, you might like to read this to find out what became of him in later life.
As it happens, from today (23rd March) until Friday 27th March, the ebook version of my fantasy novel, The Wolf Pack, will beFREE on Amazon. Why not pick up a copy while you can?
All Carthinal wants is admission to the ranks of the mages. Traveling from Bluehaven to Hambara, where his rite of passage is to take place, he doesn’t expect to end up on a quest to find the long-lost sword of the legendary King Sauvern.
With strangers he meets on his journey, Carthinal sets out on the seemingly impossible quest. Followed by Randa, the snooty aristocratic daughter of the Duke of Hambara, and the young runaway thief Thad, Carthinal and his companions face tragedy and danger.
Watched by the gods and an implacable foe, they will have to accept help from the least likely sources and face their innermost fears. As the fate of their world hangs in the balance, they realize that this is more than an adventure. This quest will change them all.
What have you got to lose? After all, it’s absolutelyFREE, and you’ve now got time to read.
What are your opinions on this self-isolation? Will it work, or are there just too many people who are too stupid to understand what it’s all about?
Will this behaviour cause the government to impose even more draconian laws?
The Stones of Fire and Water, Book 2 of Elemental Worlds will be FREE from TOMORROW, DECEMBER 15th until Thursday December 20th
Pettic , having found the gems associated with the worlds of Terra and Aeris, now needs to go to the worlds of Ignis and Aqua in order to find the gems associated with those elements.
These worlds are stranger than he could imagine. He meets with a dying race of dragons and merfolk. The requirements to find the stones means he has to help them overcome their problems. He needs to find a solution to the death of the dragons, and to help find a magical sceptre that is needed if the king of the merfolk is not to waste away.
Once back on his own world, Pettic needs to find a way to get to the mini-plane where his friend, the Crown Prince is imprisoned, rescue him and return beforeanimposter takes the throne.But the imposter looks just like the prince. How can he convince people which is the real one?
Don’t miss this chance to get the book free. And if you wait, Book 1 will also be free very soon.
Click here or on the book image in the sidebar to go to Amazon where you are.
And don’t forget the release of Vengeance of a Slave is in just 2 weeks. You can pre-order by clicking here. If you then send me a copy of your receipt, I will send you a free preview chapter of the next book in this series, Jealousy of a Viking. Email me at email@example.com
Please share this with your friends and followers, and add a comment in the comments box.
On Tuesday, I will be hosting a new member of the Creativia family. Sean Robbins has his very first book on pre-order. It is a scifi tale, so especially if you are a fan of that genre, don’t forget to come around and find out more about Sean and his book. It sound interesting.
From now until 20th January, The Never-Dying Man, book 2 in The Wolves of Vimar Series, is FREE. Get your copy before it’s too late. Click here to go to Amazon where you are.
In this book, the friends who call themselves Wolf go to rescue a friend’s kidnapped child and find themselves captauredby the Erian Army and taken to the capital city, Frelli. Here they meet The Master of Erian and discover some disturbing truths. They have to escape in order to deliver their information to the government in Grosmer, but this is not as easy as it sounds, and Carthinal has to face some unpleasant truths about himself.
Is anyone willing to do a review of Vengeance of a Slave in return for a free copy of the book? Please let me know if you would do this. I can send you a file in any format you wish.
There will be no obligation to review the book, but if you do, please say in your review it was a free copy. Amazon gets a bit sniffy sometimes.
Let me know if you would do this and what format you would like by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unsure about what to write in a review, I did a post about it on Nove 20th Follow this link here.
Here’s a bit about it.
Adelbhert is only six years old when he is forced to watch his father and other men from his village being crucified in revenge for an attack on the Roman city of Modiglianum. Then he and his little sister are taken as slaves. They are sold to a merchant who takes them to the distant and mysterious island of Britannia. Here he is treated like a pet until he grows up and is no longer a pretty child.
His experiences make him hate the Romans and he resolves to escape one day and have revenge. but his hatred is eating away at his soul.
Will he get the chance to escape, and if so, can he remain free? And how can one ;young man take on the might of the Roman Army and win?
From today, October 18th, The Never-Dying Man, Book 2 of The Wolves of Vimar Series, is FREE on Amazon.
It is only available for 5 days, until 22nd October, so hurry and get your copy.
Here is a bit about it.
After finding Sauvern’s Sword, the companions set off to help a friend rescue his child from kidnappers. Instead, they stray into Erian and find preparations for war. They are drafted into the Erian army but are recognized by an old enemy, who arrests some of them and takes them to Frelli, the capital of Erian, where they are put in jail.
The Master of Erian frees them and offers them work. Meanwhile, Carthinal has to face some unpleasant truths about himself. Is his desire to further his magical career more important than his friends and country? After they discover terrible truths about the Master and his magical research, they will need to escape in order to tell the leaders of Grosmer about the plans for war.
Why not get a copy of Books 1 and 2 as well? Click on the links to buy.