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End of Season One of Rise of the Dragons

Season One has come to an end and you know what that means, excerpt time. 🙂

For those who haven’t caught up yet, Rise of the Dragons is Book Two of The Five Kingdoms of Severi, a fantasy/drama series available to read for free over at BigWorldNetwork. Book One: The Keys of Destiny will be released as en eBook, audio book, and print early March of this year.

So excited. More on that later on.

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“Everyone and everything that had to do with my grandfather only brings bad luck and misfortune with it,” Alden stated, avoiding Edwin’s gaze and instead concentrating his sight on the winding path ahead.

“I am not bad luck and misfortune,” Edwin shot, urging his horse to catch up with the prince’s white mare.

“Yes you are. You are all the bad luck and misfortune in the world wrapped into one very annoying package,” Alden teased, washing away the bad taste that had snuck into his mouth. He forced back a smile and tugged at the reigns, urging his horse to a full gallop.

“I am not!” Edwin cried out in his defense, trying to catch up once more.

“First we discover rock golems exist and, must I remind you that they tried to kill us, then dragons, when I ended up more or less dead, and now elves? If they exist, I am willing to bet they will be trying to kill us as well,” Alden commented over his shoulder, grateful for the fact that Edwin hadn’t pushed the subject about his grandfather further. “What’s next, mermaids?” he added, fighting back a rhetorical laugh.

“This can’t be right,” Edwin said, snapping Alden out of his teasing banter.

The serious and surprised tone in his voice brought Alden to a halt. Alden nudged his horse to retrace its steps and rejoined Edwin a few feet down the path. “What is it?” he asked, but the moment the words left his lips he already knew the answer.

Both stared at the smoke in the distance, the peaks of several huts and tents stood out through the tree tops beckoning them.

“It’s a village,” Alden muttered, one hand tightening its hold on the reigns and the other reaching for the hilt of his sword hanging at his side.

“There isn’t supposed to be a village here,” Edwin eyed the prince, catching that the prince had already picked up on that fact. “None of the maps I looked over have a village marked in this area,” he continued, and a frown spread across Alden’s stern expression.

The prince unsheathed his sword and cursed at their rotten luck. It seemed like the last peaceful hours they had wallowed in had come to an end.

“We should go around it,” Edwin suggested, eyeing the surrounding trees and forks in the path, forming a new route in his mind.

“Even if that means half a day delay in our travels? You know we can’t afford delays,” Alden stated, nudging his horse forward. “Through it is.”

“If we must, but I still think barging in at full gallop isn’t the best choice!” Edwin shouted at the already retreating figure of the prince.

Who is being stubborn now? he thought to himself. He eyed the peaks again and felt an unsettling feeling start to form in the pit of his stomach. With one final sigh of defeat, he tugged at the reigns. His horse tore down the path through the forest after Alden and the first hint of civilization they had seen in the entire day since they’d left the tavern.

 

This scene is quite special to me because I slipped in something that pertains to book three of this series. 🙂 Did you catch it? Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed this excerpt as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Rise of the Dragons: Book Two (Excerpt)

Many of you know my first book/series The Five Kingdoms of Severi has come to an end and is awaiting publication. But instead of waiting I went on and started Book Two in the Trilogy, Rise of the Dragons. This is the novel I finished during NANOWRIMO last November and is currently undergoing editing. You can read Season 1 (first 10 chapters with 11 and 12 the following weeks) for FREE over at BigWorldNetwork. Below is an excerpt, series information, and banner image. Enjoy!

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Synopsis

The battle against Lucius and his horde has been won, but at a heavy price. Edwin’s father is trapped in Terdune with no way back. The only hope in saving him lies in the very same shattered pieces of the mirror Edwin destroyed during his fight with Lucius. The oracles are left with no clues about the mirrors, their hidden secrets lost with Lucius’ death.

Together Edwin and Alden must travel deeper into the neighboring kingdoms of Severi in search of the creators of the magical mirrors. Their quest will require skill and magic for though evil was imprisoned once more in the dark lands of Terdune evil has a way of slipping back in.

 

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The battle was won but the war for their souls is about to begin; the lines between Evil and Good will blur as the quest for what was lost unfolds.

 

Excerpt (Season 1, Episode 2)

The doors of the throne room opened, and Marcus looked up from the scrolls he had been overlooking. He took in the oracle’s riled expression and handed the scrolls to one of his advisors. With a wave of his hand, he dismissed them before addressing his new visitor.

“Tabitha, what brings you back so early? How was your stay at the fort of the Fourth Kingdom?” he asked getting to the point of the matter.

The oracle scooted closer to the throne and bowed. “My apologies, sire, for returning sooner than scheduled.”

She pulled an object from under her cloak and handed it over to her king. “I have made a discovery that is of high importance,” Tabitha stated, almost dropping the object. Her hands shook and she struggled to control her fear. “It was discovered in the hands of the caretaker of the Fourth Kingdom, sire.”

“The caretaker had it in his possession?” Marcus repeated, accepting the object. “Are you certain? You understand the severity of these accusations?”

“Yes, my King. I was awakened during my second night there by a strange feeling,” Tabitha continued. “I rushed to the caretaker’s side fearing the worst, and caught him with this. Once I was finished questioning him, I immediately rode back at full gallop.” She pointed at the object and stepped back to await her king’s orders.

Marcus turned the object over in his hands, noticing the bright gleam in the large white stone. The chain attached to the magical item seemed to turn hotter the longer he held it. “Have you told anyone of this?”

“No, sire. You are the first I came to,” Tabitha replied, her expression hiding nothing.

“Good, have the rest of the oracles meet me at once, but keep this secret from the Queen. She need not know of it just yet,” Marcus ordered, turning the necklace in his hands. It was evident that the old laws were failing them and magical items were once more finding their way into the hands of the caretakers and inhabitants of Severi.

“What must I not know about?” Toren asked, standing in the middle of the doorway. She stepped inside, the double doors shutting behind her with a definite thump.

The King and Tabitha remained still, unsure what to say. Toren moved to join Tabitha and her eyes fell on the object in her husband’s hands. She rushed toward him, snatching the object from his grasp. She shifted her gaze from the King, to Tabitha, and back to the magical necklace.  She had seen this necklace before.  It had been haunting her visions as of late.  She swallowed hard, and settled her eyes on the oracle.

“This…this is used to tame a dragon. How did you come upon it?”

 

Season Two Promo Launch Day One

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This month is really turning into quite a busy one. Season two of my gay romance/fantasy/modern fantasy series, A Prince From Another World, is set to start this week with new episodes being released every Monday. Like last season I will be doing a promo launch where I reveal some nifty stuff about the series. This time around the launch will only be five days, but I have tons of neat stuff that we didn’t do last launch. And for those following my NANOWRIMO entries those will still continue along side the launch.

So without further ado here is our first promo launch.

Synopsis

Eli has always felt like he didn’t belong. One day, he discovers that the lake in the new city park is far from ordinary. An image of a prince and a medieval world reflects back at him, and it seems like he is the only one who can see it. Eli soon finds himself stuck with the demanding heir of Linshaster.

Prince Brayden has been trained since birth to fight the evils of magic, now swept into a world he does not understand, a world so different from his own, where magic only lasts for a moment. Together, they must find a way to get Brayden home, face the evil hunting them, and acknowledge the unexpected bond that forms between them.

Excerpt

Eli stared at the sight in front of him unsure of what to make of it all; the unfamiliar words the older man had spoken still rung in his ears. The words brought a sense of calm and familiarity over him and he chanced a glance at the prince. The moment of brief repose vanished. Brayden’s bleeding increased, the bed was practically covered in the black liquid and it oozed to the floor near Eli’s feet.

Eli tore his gaze from the gunk on the floor and grabbed a handful of towels from the cabinets, pressing them against Brayden’s wound. The liquid seeped through the soft material and stung his fingers. He winced at the surge that ran up his wrists and snapped his hands back. Eli stared at the fading black marks on his fingertips.

He ignored the strange shift in the air and reached for more clean towels, and repeated the process, pressing them against Brayden’s wound, this time ensuring none of the black gunk touched his flesh.

“Don’t!” Grayson shouted. He knocked the blackened towels out of Eli’s hands. “I told you to stay away from it. It will try to enter you if you touch it. There is nothing you can do for him right now.”

Eli stepped back, the meaning of Grayson’s words lost to him among the worry and fear he felt for Brayden. His eyes scanned the prince’s pale face. Was there really nothing he could do? Was the prince going to die? He fought against the horrible thoughts filling his mind and stepped closer to Brayden’s bed only to have Grayson nudge him back.

“Come on, Brayden, snap out of it. Don’t let it win!” Grayson yelled at the unconscious prince, pressing his hand harder against the young man’s chest.

There was still no change in the prince. Grayson cursed under his breath and repeated the spell, the gold in his eyes flashing brighter than before. This time the spell seemed to work. Brayden’s body turned still, the sheets and gown completely black. Grayson yanked Brayden’s soiled gown off and picked him up in one smooth motion then quickly carried the naked prince to the other side of the room, setting him on a small couch. He grabbed a clean gown and spread it over the prince.

He turned to face the blackness and his eyes turned gold for the third time. “Forbærne.”

Everything the black liquid had touched suddenly caught on fire. The room filled with a shrill, ear-splitting scream. Eli and Grayson covered their ears as the sound rose in pitch. Small trails of blood ran down their fingers, their eardrums rupturing from the noise. The screaming increased still and Eli dropped to his knees, the pain in his ears unbearable.

Read more over at BigWorldNetwork.

 

 

A Prince from Another World Excerpt

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Monday marks the twelfth episode and the conclusion of Season One. Season Two is scheduled to start in November and available through BigWorldNetwork. For those who are just stopping by A Prince from Another World is a gay/fantasy/modern fantasy series.

Here is the synopsis:

Eli has always felt like he didn’t belong. One day, he discovers that the lake in the new city park is far from ordinary. An image of a prince and a medieval world reflects back at him, and it seems like he is the only one who can see it. Eli soon finds himself stuck with the demanding heir of Linshaster.

Prince Brayden has been trained since birth to fight the evils of magic, now swept into a world he does not understand, a world so different from his own, where magic only lasts for a moment. Together, they must find a way to get Brayden home, face the evil hunting them, and acknowledge the unexpected bond that forms between them.

 

And here is an excerpt from episode three:

A few minutes later, Eli was walking back to the bench Ryan was sitting on. It wasn’t until he was almost upon his friend that he noticed Ryan was not alone. Eli regarded the strange man, who looked around his late thirties, early forties, sitting next to his friend. This stranger held Eli’s drawing pad in his broad hands, causing Eli to freeze.

Ryan and the elder man looked to be in a deep conversation. Eli decided to keep moving, pushing the feeling in his gut that the man was the beginning of something he would rather not be a part of.

“Hey, Eli, this guy is Grayson, and he was admiring your artwork. He thought it was mine, but I told him you were the talented one,” Ryan said with a proud smile on his face; he had always admired Eli’s ability to draw.

“Yeah, you were always more the speak-what’s-on-your-mind type of guy,” Eli teased as he looked skeptically at the man.

The man’s long hair and beard made him seem older than Eli initially thought, but added a sense of calmness to his features. Eli traded a drink for a hotdog and took a seat next to his friend, his stomach once more reminding him of how hungry he was.

“Nice to meet you, Grayson,” Eli addressed the man awkwardly, unsure how to make small talk and then decided on concentrating on finishing his food and drink.

“I have to get going. It was nice to finally get to meet you up close, Eli. That is some lovely work you have there,” Grayson replied after a while, getting to his feet and bowing at both Ryan and Eli. He set the drawing pad down, glanced once more at the portrait of a young man, and left, quickly disappearing into the crowd, not waiting to see if the meaning behind his words was understood.

“That was weird,” Eli told Ryan as Grayson’s words stirred a familiar sense of having heard his voice before, somewhere long ago.

“What was weird? You in khaki pants?” Ryan mocked as he shoved the last piece of his hotdog into his mouth, ketchup and mustard oozing out to stain his chin.

Eli gently shoved his friend and handed him a napkin, though the desire to let him walk around with mustard and ketchup on his face was more enticing by the second. He shoved the nagging questions the man’s words had stirred and decided to enjoy the short amount of time left of their outing.

“I was in the middle of job hunting when you dragged me here,” Eli reminded his friend. Done eating, he rested his back on the bench and gazed once more around the park.

The park really was quite beautiful in a simple yet practical way. The lake was the biggest attraction, with its deep greens and blue waters floating calmly under an elegant red oak walkway bridge. People crowded the wooden construction on all sides and peppered the waters with rented rowboats. His eyes lingered on the lake, its calm waters reminding him of his dream. How he wished it was the same lake.

“Come on, I have to be getting back,” Eli said with a hint of sadness in his voice. He stuffed his drawing pad and pencil back into his bag and flipped it over his shoulder.

“But we haven’t even seen the lake up close or walked the plank,” Ryan complained. He tossed the dirty napkin into a wastebasket and pointed at the lake, but Eli had already turned away.

Eli was ready to leave, with Ryan or without him. His mother was be expecting him home soon and Ryan’s pirate jokes would not be a viable excuse for tardiness this time around. He waved dismissively at Ryan and continued walking.

He was halfway to the bike rack when he felt, rather than heard, voices creep into his mind. He couldn’t quite make them out and he turned his head slightly to the side. Was he losing his mind? He closed his eyes in an attempt to focus on the words then quickly opened them again as one word became very vivid and clear.

“Eli…”

Hope you enjoyed this excerpt. Eli and Ryan’s banter is one of my favorite, reminds me of my old friends from high school. 🙂 Don’t forget to check back, we have lots more reviews and excerpts to share along with the series cover for book two of The Five Kingdoms of Severi series.

Prince Series Promo Launch: Day One

Three more days and the wait is over.

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A Prince From Another World is set to launch August 4, 2014 over at BigWorldNetwork with new episodes airing ever Monday. To commemorate the release of my gay contemporary fantasy series I will be holding a one week promo launch.

From August 1st to the 7th I will reveal something new about the series. In past posts we discussed the series’ influences and brief history of how it came to be, but there is much more to show and share with you. So stick around.

To start off the launch we have the blurb, synopsis and a short excerpt from episode 1. Enjoy.

Blurb:

Eli’s imaginary prince suddenly becomes real, bringing with him a world of fantasy Eli never expected, and a chance at love neither are prepared for.

Synopsis:

Eli has always felt like he didn’t belong. One day, he discovers that the lake in the new city park is far from ordinary. An image of a prince and a medieval world reflects back at him, and it seems like he is the only one who can see it. Eli soon finds himself stuck with the demanding heir of Linshaster.

Prince Brayden has been trained since birth to fight the evils of magic, now swept into a world he does not understand, a world so different from his own, where magic only lasts for a moment. Together, they must find a way to get Brayden home, face the evil hunting them, and acknowledge the unexpected bond that forms between them.

Short Excerpt:

A shout behind them had the woman running faster as her eyes turned from blue to gold in mere seconds. A bright light shot through her extended hand and slashed through the night for a brief moment, making it seem like day had arrived too soon.

The young man who had come rushing through the bushes after her halted, quickly covered his eyes with his arm, and then rubbed them in an attempt to regain his sight and the chase.

“Namora, this will not solve anything. You are only stalling, nothing more,” the man called out, his voice full of threats and desperation. His fatherly face gave away the fear he felt as he lost sight of the woman.

He looked around the now empty cemetery and cursed under his breath. His gaze moved from one strange tombstone to another, each threatening to make the unsettling feeling in the pit of his stomach grow, and he knew he was no longer in his world.

Book One Finished

Book One: The Keys of Destiny is Finished

The first book in the Five Kingdoms of Severi’s trilogy has finally come to a conclusion with four episodes comprising season 4, 300 pages, 93,749 words, and twenty-one months since the very first word was written. I am currently wrapping up the outline for book two season 1 and super excited to dive into all the wonderful extras this book will have once it is published in print and digital format.

In the meantime here is another excerpt of its last season and don’t forget that you can read the entire series online over at BigWorldNetwork for FREE!

 

Excerpt (Season 4 Episode 2)

A swirl of gold formed above one of the towers, and Eudora commanded her white mare to halt. Her gaze sought the four oracles standing below the magical orb. She saw the tower start to shake, pieces of fallen debris mingling with dust transforming into water. A large sea monster circled around the tower, its fish-like tail digging into the tower’s structure.

The creature let out a screech. One by one the oracles tumbled to the ground with blood spewing from their lips but the creature did not falter; it continued to grow in size. The Cetus had been summoned and with it the death of her comrades would soon follow. Eudora commanded her magic to rise.

A flash of lightning struck the creature and it vanished, sheets of water splashing in every direction. Golden dust seeped back into the oracles’ skin and Eudora let a sign of relief escape her lips when Toren staggered to her feet. She let her eyes linger on her Queen for a moment longer and broke her gaze at the sight of Toren leaning on the tower’s wall.

Eudora had not forsaken them; she could feel the oracles’s magic returning.

From her position on the hill she let her friends know of her presence. Eudora whispered, “It is not time for us to die, not yet my sisters,” her eyes centered on one of the sections of the wall of the King’s Hold. She urged the air to carry her message to her friends and directed her magic towards the invading army. She signaled for Tobias’s men to charge.

The men clashed into the unsuspecting horde, creating a path for her. She forced her stallion into a deadly gallop down the hill. She tore through the clearing, a spell at the tip of her lips. Her eyes flashed golden and the ground shook and cracked near the castle walls. A smile reached Eudora’s lips.

She tugged her horse away from the collapsed earth before her single-minded mare caused them to dive into the pit she had created. She watched in satisfaction at the sight of Lucius’s men falling to their deaths. The crevice expanded and swallowed the giants that still remained near the wall.

Magic swirled around her as her comrades joined the fight. A swarm of ravens joined by a golden hawk tore through the hordes of goblins and black clad men. Tree roots sprang from the dirt to pin unsuspecting prey in their grasp. Eudora caused the ground to open again taking with it a few more of their attackers. The numbers failed to diminish no matter how many she overtook. More men ran out of the trees to join their fallen comrades but, before they could reach the ranks, the ground shook, threatening to drive friend and foe to the ground.

The Five Kingdoms of Severi Season 4 Launch

Season 4 Available Now

New Episodes every Friday!

 

It is that time again for another shameless plug, I mean another excerpt of my online fantasy/drama series, The Five Kingdoms of Severi. Remember this story is free to read over at BigWorldNetwork. No need to create a login or anything to read the story.

And to celebrate its season 4 launch I will be creating some artwork for this series and extra content that will be available in the book. So without further delay here is an excerpt of season 4, episode 1.

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Excerpt

Toren woke in Bardimus’s arms. The sound of the battle below her shook the last strands of confusion and she bolted to her feet. She staggered towards the edge of the tower.

“You must stop this madness and retreat,” Bardimus called out to her. He moved towards his son’s still unconscious figure and scooped him up. He turned back to the queen and a new sadness reflected in his eyes. “Save as many of your people as you can before you lose them all.”

“I will not bow to the enemy nor will my people,” Toren replied. She gripped the edge of the tower wall, the rough stones cutting into her palms. She glanced back at Bardimus and the boy in his arms and then at her fallen comrades. “Edwin will activate the pillar. We only need to give him enough time.”

Toren turned her attention to Lucius’s army and extended her hand. She ignored the blood trailing down the side of her face and concentrated. She found the spell she needed and chanted the words. The grass beyond the castle grew. It swayed against the horde stomping over it and clung to the attackers’ legs, slithering beneath their enchanted armor. The thin strands snapped back into the earth, cutting into the skin of their unsuspecting targets.

Movement behind her told her the rest of the oracles had regained consciousness. Lenora joined Toren and commanded her own magic to take form.

The golden dust seeped from her open hand and turned black taking the form of a raven. The small bird squawked and took flight, speckles of gold shimmering in its black feathers. Once in midair, the raven dived towards the approaching army; its feathers expanded, and it replicated into multiple other ravens until the sky lost color under the increasing number.

Lucius’s men, along with ogres and goblins, tore through the clearing and right into the path of the magical birds. The ravens dug their talons into the men and creatures’ eyes, gnashing and tearing into the delicate tissue. The unlucky ones stumbled to the ground and were pinned to the earth by the knights’ endless arrows. Their magical armor turned useless with the rest of their body exposed to the oracles’ magic and the expert knights.