Looking for Epic Fantasy with great romance?

I know I am! The problem is, these books aren’t often easy to find.

This issue lies with how some online bookstores and bloggers define Epic Fantasy Romance. These books tend to get confused with, and put in the same category as, other types of fantasy romance: alternative history, vampire, werewolf or shifter paranormals. Epic Fantasy Romance can also get lumped with Young Adult Fantasy Romance, and although some of these do span genres, many aren’t actually Epic Fantasy Romance.

What is Epic Fantasy Romance?

They’re set in a fantasy world that’s not our own, has extensive world-building and features magic and/or fantastic beasts and monsters. So, this means you have a big book with the scope of the classics such as The Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones … but you also have a dominant central romance story that centers around the developing love between a couple that always ends in a HEA ‘Happily Ever After’.

Readers of Epic Fantasy Romance love the tropes of epic fantasy (e.g. coming of age, quest, darkness threatening the world etc.), but they also love the tropes of romance (e.g. friends to lovers, enemies become lovers, love triangle, HEA etc.)

How to find good Epic Fantasy Romance for adults

Goodreads is a great source for hunting down these novels in this genre. I’ve found many news reads this way:

There are a number of good sites, which feature Epic Fantasy Romance novels, or forums where readers suggest great books they’ve read in the genre:

  • Epic Fantasy Romance – a website where authors of this genre can list their books.
  • SFF World – a forum where readers suggest and discuss their favorite Epic Fantasy Romances
  • Best Fantasy Books – a guide of the best romantic fantasy novels.
  • Library Thing – a discussion about romance plots in fantasy novels that are actually good!

What are the best Epic Fantasy Romances I’ve read?

I’ve got a my favorite Epic Fantasy novels (I wrote a blog post about them), but here are those that are specifically Epic Fantasy Romances that I’ve really enjoyed.

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Poison Study (Study series) by Maria V. Snyder

Fantastic, character-driven fantasy about a young woman sentenced to death but given a second chance as a food taster. The only problem is it’s for a commander trying someone’s trying to kill!

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Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy) by Juliet Marillier

This isn’t strictly Epic Fantasy (as it’s a Historical Fantasy Romance set in our world), but I just had to include it! The story of a brave young woman, who sets out an epic journey to save her brothers.

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Radiance (The Wraith King series) by Grace Draven

An arranged marriage between a man and woman of vastly different races and cultures, set against the backdrop of political treachery.

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Master of Crows (Master of Crows series) by Grace Draven

The enthralling, passionate story of Martise and Silhara – she’s a spy and he’s a mage – and together they fight to stop a god who risks destroying their world.

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas

The exciting first book of a gripping series, about an assassin and a world under threat.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas

An emotional Epic Fantasy romance series that takes unexpected directions. Feyre, a huntress, accidentally kills a beast in a forest, and starts off a chain of events that will change her life forever.

I’m constantly on the look out for more Epic Fantasy Romances to dive into – so if you have a suggestion, please let me know!

 

 

How to be a productive writer

I’m a highly productive writer. Since I started self-publishing I’ve written and published 15 novels (between my two author names: Jayne Castel and Sam J. Charlton).

I started self-publishing in 2012, but had published my first Epic Fantasy novel (The Children of Isador) in 2007.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had a few people tell me I’m ‘a machine’ … as if I sit there at the computer for 12 hours a day, churning out stories.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

For one thing, I have a day job. I run my own copy-writing business, so a large chunk of my day is taken up with that. Plus, I have a life and hobbies. I’m getting married soon, am learning French, and am planning to spend 6-months working in the UK next year. I love reading, cooking and going for long walks.

And, these days (unless I’m on a tight-deadline) I don’t write fiction at the weekends.

I published three novels last year, and am on schedule for publishing four this year. They’re all full-length novels … and one of this year’s novels in a 112,000 word Epic Fantasy! My Historicals aren’t short either, usually ranging between 70,000-80,000 words.

So when do I fit in my writing?

“There was a girl called Sam, and she always had a plan.” My sister once wrote this in a birthday card for me. I laughed at the time, and I still smile when I remember it … because it’s true! I’m not a perfectionist personality type … I just like to fit a lot in! There’s so much do and enjoy in life, I don’t want to waste a moment of it.

It takes practice … creating a writing plan and sticking to it. I’ve had periods where I write loads and then end up exhausted and burned out. Then, I’ve had other periods where life keeps interrupting.

But recently, I’ve hit upon a method that really works for me. All it requires is you to sit down with a cup of coffee, a notepad, pen and your diary (paper or electronic).

The reason why this approach works is that there’s nothing extreme about it. It’s about breaking down a book into bite-sized chunks.

Here’s what I do:

  1. Decide on the length of your novel. Let’s say you want to finish a 80,000 word manuscript (a pretty decent length for most genres).
  2. Break this down into eight 10,000 word chunks. This means you have 8 weeks to write this. You goal is 10,000 words per week.
  3. Break those 10,000 words down to a daily goal. Let’s say you’re not writing at weekends, so divide 10,000 by 5.
  4. That’s a goal of 2,000 words per day.
  5. Now, if you write around 1,000 words per hour (as I do … I’m not that fast, many authors write much faster than this), that means you just need 2 hours free to write per day.
  6. Give yourself some wriggle room. You probably aren’t going to write solidly for 2 hours. You’ll want to read yesterday’s chapter, do some planning, or go grab something to drink half-way through. So give yourself three hours.
  7. I write every afternoon from 2-5pm. My day-job takes up my mornings, and then I exercise, have lunch and chat with my fiance. Realistically, it’s around 2pm before I actually get down to writing.
  8. Go into your diary and mark out the weeks you will be writing. Take into account any holidays you’ve got coming up, any commitments that mean you won’t be able to make your word count. Go ahead and mark out the times you will be writing. If you don’t write it down, you won’t stick to it!
  9. Following this method, you can successfully complete a full manuscript in just two months. The important thing is to stop when you reach your daily or weekly word count. You might feel like you could write forever one day, and punch out 2,000 words in an hour. Great. Stop there and go and walk your dog. This is an important aspect of this method. It’s so easy (I’ve done it) to burn yourself out writing. Better to stop when you could keep going, so that you can’t wait to write again the next day.
  10. There you have it. Each week, you tick off another 10,000 words, and inch a little bit further toward your goal. This method makes you focus on the little bit of road before you. You move ahead, one step at a time, and don’t get discouraged about how much more you’ve got to write.

Writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint!

Using this method, I’ve currently got three manuscripts on the go! The first, a Historical Romance set in 7th Century Northumbria, is scheduled to have the first draft done by early November. The second, another Historical Romance set in 4th Century Scotland, will have the first draft done by Christmas. The third project, Book #2 in my Epic Fantasy Romance will have 40,000 words written by the end of this year (a good start on a 100,000 word manuscript). I know all of this, because I’ve planned it out … and I’m sticking to the schedule.

Now I can hear your objections already.

You’re lucky, Sam, you have the afternoons off to write. I don’t! I work 9-5pm. I hear you … but I haven’t always worked freelance … and when I had a full-time job I would write on the train, squeeze in half an hour at lunch-time, set aside an hour after dinner, and do some writing at the weekends. If you’ve got a full-time job, try and do a little bit over seven days: that’s 1,428 words per day (which even with a bit of wriggle room you should be able to do in 2 hours).

Still say you don’t have time?

I can’t carve it out for you. The reality is that sitting down and actually writing a novel is HARD WORK. You’ve really got to have the inner core of motivation that drives you. You’re going to have to sacrifice some time you’d use for other things. However, that said, all of us have ‘dead time’ during our day. Time when we vege-out in front of the TV or mindlessly surf the internet and social media. Seek out ‘dead time’ in your day and use it for writing. It all adds up!

Before you know it, you’ll have that first draft done!

What about you … do you have any tips on how to get more productive with your writing. Please share in the comments below!

 

Some of my favorite Epic Fantasy reads

I love writing … but I’m also an avid Epic Fantasy reader too. I’ve recently started reading more Fantasy Romance – as I’ve made a shift to that genre as an author – but still have a passion for the classics!

Aside from The Lord of the Rings, and The Song of Fire and Ice series – true epic fantasy classics that need no introduction – here are a few other good reads from the last couple of years, that I’d recommend.

Name of the WIndThe Kingkiller Chronicle (Patrick Rothfuss)
The Name of the Wind (Book #1)
The Wise Man’s Fear (Book #2)

Truly ‘epic’ fantasy, the Kingkiller Chronicle series is a great read for anyone who loves traditional epic fantasy. Both books are ‘door-stoppers’ – immersing the reader in a richly drawn world. It’s the story of a talented young man, with a great destiny. I must admit I preferred the first book, to the second. That said, it’s a gripping series that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy.

Read my reviews for these books on Goodreads to find out my thoughts on this series:
The Name of the Wind
The Wise Man’s Fear

Emperor of thornsThe Broken Empire Series (Mark Lawrence)
Prince of Thorns (Book #1)
King of Thorns (Book #2)
Emperor of Thorns (Book #3)

This epic fantasy is a compelling, ‘dark’ series that’s a little different from others in the genre. The main character is an ‘anti-hero’ – a damaged, violent and immoral young man named Jorg. I don’t usually go in for dark fantasy, but this series is so well-written and beautifully crafted that I would highly recommend this series as well.

Although I didn’t review the first two books (I did rate each of them 5 stars), you can read my review for Book #3 on Goodreads:
Emperor of Thorns

Prince of foolsThe Red Queen’s War (Mark Lawrence)
The Prince of Fools
The Liar’s Key
The Wheel of Osheim

In many ways, I enjoyed Mark Lawrence’s second series – set in the same world as the Broken Empire series – even the first. It follows a feckless, playboy prince on an incredible adventure.

Read my reviews on Goodreads
Prince of Fools
The Liar’s Key
The Wheel of Osheim

Blood songRaven’s Shadow (Anthony Ryan)
Blood Song (Book #1)
Tower Lord (Book #2)

Traditional epic fantasy adventure that’s fast-moving and beautifully written. It’s the story of a young man, abandoned by his father in a harsh order, where he must become a great warrior – or die trying. I enjoyed both novels in the series so far, although the story hasn’t taken the direction I’d expected…

Read my reviews on Goodreads, for more details about these books:
Blood Song
Tower Lord

I could go on… Being a voracious reader, I have chewed my through many more books than these! However, if you love epic fantasy, and are looking for some good books to get lost in, why not give one of the above a try?

Book review: Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas

31450852I really enjoyed aspects of Tower of Dawn – especially the setting. As usual, Sarah J. Maas writes really well, and brings her world to life brilliantly. Her characters are vividly drawn and sympathetic, and the plot is very clever, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

This novel is a deviation from the main plot – following Chaol and Nesryn’s journey to seek support for the cause to the north, and find a cure for his paralysis. I didn’t have a problem with this, as it was enjoyable to get a break from Aelin’s story.

Amazon blurb:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My favorite bits:

– The setting: loved the empire with its distinct, believable culture
– The section set in the mountains and the Darghul Fells … pretty exciting!
– The writing: it just flows and is easy to get swept away
– The big reveals near the end … although I’d kind of guessed most of them, but it was exciting nonetheless
– The scene when the princess gets dumped in the pool … she definitely had it coming!

My least fav bits:

– The mid-point: the story dragged a little in the middle, too much talking and too little action for my liking
– The romances: I adore a good love story, but both of the romances in this story didn’t grab me. Not to go into too much detail here, to avoid spoilers, but one of the romances was a bit underwhelming, lacking tension, and the other was a overplayed … and just went on and on. Romance is difficult to get right, especially in an action-driven Epic Fantasy, but done well it can really lift the story…

Despite these niggles though, I really enjoyed returning to the vivid world of Sarah J. Maas, and can’t wait for the next book!

**** Four stars

Work begins on Book Two…

With RULED BY SHADOWS finally released, I’m about to start work on Book Two of the Light and Darkness series.

The title and cover are still ‘work in progress’ but I have the story outlined and will be embarking on the first few chapters next week. Since this is a new series for me—and a new genre—it’s important I crack on with the next volume. Give readers something to look forward to!

Book #2 follows on with the Epic Fantasy storyline that will take three novels to complete—however, like the first book there’s a standalone love story.

Here’s what the next book is about:

BOOK #2 LIGHT AND DARKNESS

Light and Darkness_2_COVER TEASERShe earned her own freedom—but now she fights for the freedom of all.

Mira has never been the master of her own destiny. Plucked from the sewers of Valdoras as a child, she was raised to become part of The Swallow Guard: an elite group of female bodyguards trained to protect the royal family.

Years later she wants for nothing but her life feels empty … meaningless.

Everything changes with the arrival of war. When the kingdom is attacked by southern invaders, the queen offers her a chance to start a new life. If she manages to smuggle the king’s youngest daughter to safety in the north, Mira will earn her freedom.

But Mira soon realizes that with freedom comes responsibility.

Far to the north, she meets Asher: an enchanter in the Order of Light and Darkness. Despite her attraction to him, Asher is also her mirror—an unwelcome one. Like her, his life has been devoted to serving others … and like Mira, he’s learned to hide his true feelings well.

Yet neither of them can escape the path set before them.

When a chance comes to end the war which risks tearing their world apart, both Mira and Asher choose to embark on a journey into the heart of danger … one they are likely never to return from.


 

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RULED BY SHADOWS is LIVE on Amazon & free on KU

Exciting news—after nearly two years in the making, RULED BY SHADOWS is now available for purchase on Amazon! 

RULED BY SHADOWS is an Epic Fantasy Romance about a fearful young woman named Lilia who is catapaulted into an epic adventure. Romance, action, adventure and High Fantasy—this novel has it all! I’ve published this story under my pen name, Jayne Castel.

Here are the links to the book on Amazon (if you buy a copy, please consider leaving an honest review—I’d appreciate it hugely):

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What’s RULED BY SHADOWS about?

Watch the YouTube book trailer to find out more about the novel.

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My journey so far as an Indie Author

My last post about the Five attributes an Indie Author needs really struck a note with readers, so I thought I’d start exploring other aspects of what it means to be a self-published author.

First up, I thought I’d share my story. There have been some ups and downs, and I’ve still got lots to learn, but I hope you can pick up some good tips from what to do (and not to do)!

My story … it’s a slow one

For years, I wanted to make a living as a writer but never took any steps to make it happen. I couldn’t get over the mental block of ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘that’s an impossible dream’.

I’d been writing fiction for years (since childhood actually), but hadn’t managed to get published. Then I self-published my first Epic Fantasy, The Children of Isador, with a small-press in Australia in 2007 – an expensive and slightly depressing experience that made me wonder if I should just try harder at finding an agent/publisher.

A few years later, KDP publishing came on the scene, and I started self-publishing in 2012. Since then I have published 15 books under my two author names (Sam J. Charlton and Jayne Castel).

Around that time, I also made a shift from doing office administration (a slow death) and part time language teaching (enjoyable but exhausting) to starting up my own copy writing and web writing business. I got two short-term contracts to help me cut my teeth and then a year and a half later I struck out on my own with my business, Take My Word. Becoming a writer (albeit not a successful fiction author … yet) was a huge shift for me.

Suddenly, I could call myself a writer.

However, although I was publishing novels on Amazon I was still treating it like a hobby. I was still ‘playing’ at it, and I was also still trying to find my voice as a writer.

I initially wrote only Epic Fantasy under the name Sam J. Charlton, but then branched out under the Jayne Castel pen name into Historical Romance. My shift came as after visiting the Sutton Hoo burial site in England. The amazing historical site gave me the idea for a story set in Anglo-Saxon times, centered around the last year in the life of King Raedwald (the king thought to be buried in the Sutton Hoo longship). However, since a love-story was central to the book, and I’d be writing in a different genre, I thought I’d better use a different name. Dark Under the Cover of Night was published a few months later.

People sometimes think authors choose a pen name because they’re embarrassed about friends and family knowing what they write – but that was never the case for me. It was more an issue of not muddying the waters, and confusing readers.

Interestingly, five years on and my Jayne Castel books sell MUCH better than my others ever have!

20915616_10155113973744285_5423582492225667150_nRecently, I won a national award for one of my Jayne Castel novels. Here’s a pic of me looking very pleased with myself at the RWNZ (Romance Writers of NZ) conference, around three weeks ago. I won a Koru Award (Short, Sexy category) for my novel, Italian Undercover Affair – ironically the only contemporary romance I have ever written!

I was also a finalist at the conference in The Great Beginnings contest with my Epic Fantasy Romance, Ruled by Shadows.

Contests are great for validation … however, they don’t have anything to do with sales. It gets your name out there in the writers’ community, but it’s readers you want to reach.

These days, five years on from starting my indie author journey, I feel like I’m just starting to hit my stride. I’m branching out with Jayne Castel, not just writing Dark Ages Historical Romance, but Epic Fantasy Romance too. It’ll be interesting to see how readers react to these new books. Sam J. Charlton is on the back-burner for the moment – I’m focusing instead on building the platform I’ve built for Jayne Castel.

Last year was crucial for me. I went from being paid every three months, to getting paid every month. Currently, my monthly Amazon income pays for my monthly groceries. My next step is to get it to pay for all my monthly expenses!

In many ways, I feel that I’m just getting started … although it’s exciting to finally be gaining a little traction. That’s one of the things I love about self-publishing: the constant learning curve!

In my next post, I’ll go into some of the things I’ve implemented over the past year which have really helped sales.

But until then … what about you? Is your journey similar to mine (i.e. slow but steady), or have you recently had some amazing breakthroughs? Please share! 🙂

 

 

 

Five attributes an Indie Author needs

Traditional Vs Indie—for many it’s a difficult choice. There are pros and cons of both, and even though I adore self-publishing, I know it isn’t for everyone.

A couple of weeks ago I attended the RWNZ (Romance Writers of New Zealand) conference, and was amazed just how well many self-published writers are doing. There’s some really savvy authors out there who are treating their fiction as a business. I found them really inspiring!

The conference got me thinking about the qualities an indie author needs to cultivate. My day job, as a self-employed copywriter, means that I’m already in the right mind-set for a lot of these, while others I need to work on cultivating!

Here’s what I believe are the five key attributes of successful indie authors:

  1. Independence: Do you like to do your own thing? Do you like to be the one to make the decisions on things like cover design, formating and marketing? Self-publishing was made for you! For those of us who like being our own boss (I’m self-employed anyway), being an indie author is a perfect fit. However, if you like having guidelines and structure laid out for you, traditional publishing is a better fit.
  2. Multi-skilled: I love writing, but I also enjoy the entire publishing process. I must admit that editing is a drag (some writers actually find editing the most enjoyable part of the process, but I’m not one of them!), but everything else is fun. I can’t wait to design my cover, format the print book, plan out my marketing and organise the launch. I’m also computer and internet savvy, and I enjoy using my marketing copy writing skills from my day job for promoting my fiction. Being an indie author means that if you don’t have these skills, you’re going to need to cultivate them.
  3. Patience/resilence: there’s so much online that tries to sell us the idea of ‘insta-success’. This can make you feel that if you don’t hit the big time with your first (or even your third) book that you are doomed never to make a living out of your writing. Anything worth having takes time to achieve … and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You need to be patient and resilent. That means you have to keep writing, publishing and marketing your work, even during slow periods, knowing that loving what you do is part of your measure of success. Plus, you don’t need to ‘hit the it big’ to make a living. Many mid-list authors earn very well. I aim to be one of those—I want to be able to make a comfortable living from my writing.
  4. Curiosity, flexibility and thirst for knowledge: That’s actually three things, but as I see it they’re all part of the same thing. As an indie author you need to be open to new ideas. There’s no point in doggedly putting your head down and writing, publishing and marketing without studying the market, watching trends, and learning what others are doing that works. This doesn’t mean you try every piece of advice you find online—the ‘scattergun approach’ is not only exhausting but it diffuses your energy, leaving you feeling discouraged. Instead, be a strategic information gatherer: focus on the areas where you need to improve and realise you can’t do it all. Don’t let your ideas about self-publishing be set in stone, either—be open to new ideas.
  5. Faith: I’m not talking about religious faith here, but the unshakable belief that you write to fulfil yourself on a deep spiritual and emotional level: it’s not just about the money. Sure, you aim to make a living out of this, but there are so many other easier ways to do so than choosing a creative endeavour. Remember that no matter how long it takes, you are in it for love. Sometimes this can be hard. Conferences, although inspiring, can also make us compare ourselves to others. It’s not a contest, and an author you feel jealous of has probably spent years getting to that level. You also need to have faith in your ability as a writer. We all have those moments when we think “I’m a useless hack who can’t write.” Understand that those are self-sabotaging thoughts. Focus instead on writing the best books you can—the kind you want to read.

The above list isn’t exhaustive, but merely a few points to inspire all of us indie authors. What about you—do you have any other attributes you believe a self-published author needs to have in order to suceed? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Read a sample of RULED BY SHADOWS

Just a couple of weeks till the release of RULED BY SHADOWS. 🙂 I’ve been able to take a (short) breather, sit back and watch the finale of the latest season of Game of Thrones — and think about the other writing projects I have on the go.

I’m now in the final stages of getting RULED BY SHADOWS ready for publication. I’ve heard back from two beta-readers, both of whom loved the book — which is always a relief to hear! Thankfully, corrections have been minimal this time round.
Soon, ARC copies are going out to my Review Crew (if you’re keen to become an ARC reader for the novel, please email me at samanthajcharlton@gmail.com), and then I’ll be gearing up for the launch (release date is 18 September, 2017).
In the meantime, I’ve been outlining the next two books in the series (essential to do now as I don’t want to discover vital plot and character details that should have been introduced in Book #1!).

RULED BY SHADOWS_coverGet a taster of RULED BY SHADOWS

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RULED BY SHADOWS is an Epic Fantasy Romance about a girl named Lilia. Not your usual fantasy hero, she’s a timid young woman catapaulted into an epic adventure in a world threatened by darkness.

RULED BY SHADOWS will be released on 18 September 2017

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RULED BY SHADOWS is available on preorder!

RULED BY SHADOWS_coverFor those of you eagerly awaiting RULED BY SHADOWS—the wait is almost over!

I LOVED writing this book.

You can read RULED BY SHADOWS as a stand-alone, although there will be a three-book arc which explores a larger Epic Fantasy storyline (involving three different love stories).

This Epic Fantasy Romance—Book #1 in the Light and Darkness series—is the story of Lilia, a frightened young woman who is propelled into a life-changing adventure. It’s Epic Fantasy, but not as you know it! Sure, there will be adventure, magic, a quest, and the threat of darkness that risks destroying the world. But our heroine, Lilia, isn’t a warrior princess, an assassin or a sorceress—she’s the kind of girl most of us have met. Just an ordinary young woman thrown into an extraordinary situation.

RULED BY SHADOWS will be released on 18 September 2017!

Click on one of the links below to preorder:

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LIGHT AND DARKNESS begins

RULED BY SHADOWS kicks off a series. I’ll be sharing my continuing journey on this blog as I work my way through Books #2 and #3. If you look back to my previous posts, especially going back into last year, you’ll see that I used this blog as an online writing journal — it really helped me isolate the premise of the story and plan out the story arc and the characters, I’ll be doing the same with the next books.

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