Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Book Two... a first view


So; here's the first view of the correct cover for the second book of the Trilogy, which has appeared on Amazon today.

The concluding book of the Trilogy... "The Hand of Baelar" will have the same design artwork... and, later... if at all possible, I shall try to negotiate with my publishers that this design is used to replace the cover of book one.
(This design was not available when the first book was published.)

Friday, 16 October 2009

Press review for the second book.

A press release for the second book of the Trilogy has appeared...

http://www.prlog.org/10378694-book-two-of-the-eternal-watchtower-epic-fantasy-trilogy-now-released.html


Book Two of "The Eternal Watchtower" Epic Fantasy Trilogy now released!

The second book of D W Mace's Epic Fantasy Trilogy: "The Eternal Watchtower," titled: "The Riddle of Storien-Rhudd" has been released by New Generation Publishing. The concluding book "The Hand of Baelar" will be be released in late November.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 16, 2009 –

The Riddle of Storien-Rhudd continues the unremitting conflict between Good and Evil in the lands of Falanholme... the insidious, creeping menace of the forces of The Darkness that will determine the fate of the totally believable world that the author has so masterfully created.

The adventure continues from the point in the first book "A Bright, and Shining Land" where, with the first Darkling Horde destroyed, and the Plain of Malphaers open; the central character... Calladhor, Lord Guardian of The Light, can now journey east to seek out the key to the Riddle of Storien-Rhudd, carved upon the mighty stone tablet in the Dragon Eyrie of the same name, which, if solved, will allow his Dragon allies, who helped him defeat the first onslaught of the Dark forces, to regain their true form.

It would seem to be a quest lacking in any great peril, even though the secret valley wherein the key to the riddle may exist, is many leagues distant.

Calladhor is aware that, in spite of the recent defeat of the Forces of The Darkness; the dreadful, Dark Entity, Baelar will not rest until "The Light" is extinguished, and all is thrust back into Chaos. Even with this knowledge firm in his mind; Calladhor cannot prepare himself for the dreadfulness that he will encounter, as he journeys deep into the ruined lands that were once, the Kingdom of Astalan.

This second book is an epic, and perilous journey into the unknown. It contains harrowing discoveries in the ravaged distant Kingdom; vicious, hand to hand battles, and awful, and malevolent adversaries. This is a world of dark, menacing shadows.

The new book features one more strong female main character... as did the first book. This is something still comparatively uncommon in the fantasy genre. The balance of action, storytelling, and romance is elegantly executed beyond the average fantasy novel, and is sure to be entertaining for all readers.

This emerging Trilogy is one of those rare gems that few people have yet come to know about... the first book: "A Bright, and Shining Land" was first published as recently as June 2009... but if you are looking for a great epic fantasy adventure that does not rely on a typical "Elves," or "Sword and Sorcery" theme, then this is definitely one Trilogy you need to get.

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The first print of the second book was completed with an incorrect cover artwork. This is in the process of being changed by the printers... so anyone who has one of the first run will have something very rare... (but, then again... anyone who has a copy will most likely have a rarity, anyway!)

Monday, 5 October 2009

Book Three has been accepted for publication!

Wow! I must be doing something right... my publishers have accepted the submission for the third book of "The Eternal Watchtower" Trilogy, which means it should be published in December.

The down-side is that I now have no excuse for not pressing on with the Sequel. (See previous post.)

The old "I'm just line-editing it one more time" won't wash any longer!

Whilst really trying not to slip into SMUG mode; two books published, and one about to be published, since March of this year... when, prior to that, I was still doing the rounds as an un-published author, means that YOU can also become a Published Author without having to resort to the dreaded Vanity Press sharks.

(But I told you that at the beginning of this blog... but, did you believe me...?)

My advice is stop reading this rubbish and go straight to

http://www.newgenerationpublishing.info/home/how-to-submit-your-work.html

There is a free publishing initiative running at the moment. If you want distribution and an ISBN number there is a charge... but, if you were going down the traditional publishing route... (Literary Agent/ Publisher)...you have to pay for the ISBN number anyway... it would be deducted from the first royalty payment.)

Like I said before... If I can do it... You can, too!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Book Two has Lift-off!

We have Lift-off!

Today, the second book of "The Eternal Watchtower" Trilogy appeared on Amazon!

The Title is: "The Riddle of Storien-Rhudd." The ISBN is:
# ISBN-10: 190655885X
# ISBN-13: 978-1906558857

and it's all yours for the princely sum of £8.99 GBP... ($15.99USD.)


Today, I sent off the submission for the third book of the Trilogy to my publishers.
This completes "The Eternal Watchtower" Trilogy, which has taken just over two years from start to finish... which, I suppose, isn't bad for for a 400,000 word novel.

If they decide to go with it... (and seeing as how they have already published the first two parts, I don't really see any reason why they shouldn't)... the whole Trilogy should be readily available from Amazon etc, by Christmas.

Just to re-cap; the titles are...

"The Eternal Watchtower."


Book One: "A Bright, and Shining Land."
# ISBN-10: 1849238162
# ISBN-13: 978-1849238168

Book Two: "The Riddle of Storien-Rhudd."
# ISBN-10: 190655885X
# ISBN-13: 978-1906558857

Book Three: "The Hand of Baelar."

Book One is available on Amazon. Book Two is also available on Amazon, and Book Three... Fingers crossed!

The fourth book... a sequel; set in pre-war Germany and the Soviet Union; but with references to the trilogy, is work in progress. It is approaching half completion, and will probably end up at between 130-150,000 words.

This time, it is not a Fantasy, but fits more into the Action-Adventure Genre.
The preliminary title is: The Vanavara Protocol; and, as promised; a quick taster follows:


It is 1937. Once; they whispered, that long ago, this land… and the lands to the east were steeped in magic. Once; they said that, in the far distant and long-forgotten past; there was a fabulous society of mythical beings who lived in these lands. If there was ever such an age, it is now lost beyond legend… lost beyond fable. The Age of Mankind has long been at hand, and, in this time, there is only fear. For this land is Germany; This place is Berlin.

Since January, 1933, the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei... the NSDAP; with FĂĽhrer Adolf Hitler as Chancellor, and, from 1934… Head of State; has ruled by the rejection of democracy, and the suppression of its opponents and critics. After Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reichskanzler on January 30th, 1933, which effectively marked the beginning of the Third Reich; the Reichstag Parliament building in Berlin mysteriously caught fire on February 27th, 1933, under circumstances still not entirely clear.
This proved to be a valuable excuse for the Nazis to suspend most of the human rights provided for by the 1919 Constitution, in the edict of the "Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten zum Schutz von Volk und Staat"... The Order of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State; otherwise known as the "Reichstagsbrandverordnung"... the Reichstag Fire Decree... improvised on the day after the fire. Seizing on the burning of the Reichstag as the first act in a supposed communist uprising, the Nazis were able to throw millions of Germans into a convulsion of fear at the threat of Communist terror.

Now, the convulsion of fear comes with the screech of brakes, and the slamming of car doors in the street outside, in the cold light of a Berlin dawn… or late at night. It comes with the clatter of footsteps on the stairs. It comes with the hammering on the apartment door. It comes with the men in black leather trench coats, wearing black felt fedoras with the brims pulled down over their eyes, flashing their oval, silver-coloured warrant disc in the palm of their hand.
This disc is the dreaded Gestapo Warrant disc… the "Dienstmarke," embossed with "Geheime Staatspolizei" and the officer's police identification number on one side, and the Hoheitsabzeichen Eagle... the High Insignia Eagle, clutching in its talons a wreath circling a swastika, on the reverse side; usually attached by a chain to a leather security fob slipped over a concealed button of their clothing.
There would be no warning… just a pounding on the door, and then, a few fleeting minutes to settle the affairs of a lifetime, as the men in the long leather coats search the rooms for anything incriminating. Then would come the bundling into the back of the black Mercedes 260D saloon waiting outside, and the drive to headquarters at Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse 8… or worse, to KL (Konzentrationslager) Columbia-Haus in Tempelhof.

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I hope to have this one finished by the middle of next year... (subject to research, which is really time-consuming, because it has to be accurate, as it is set within living memory; and there's always someone out there who will pick up on inaccuracies.)

Just to give you an example of how tough the research is; on an average, about three hours of intensive research of places, people, events, etc; might result in me actually authoring about 1500 words. (And, with the Soviet research; 65% of the information is written in the Cyrillic alphabet!... so I can almost read Russian now!)... and that's the easy part. You also need to research everything... plagiarism is an easy trap to fall into!