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.


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!

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