Aeronwen is now Saeran!
Happy winter solstice and first day of Yule to all my readers and friends!
A quick update for you on my novel. I conducted a very successful Beta Reader program, where a few readers were given the early draft of the novel and asked to provide very detailed feedback on it. In exchange they go their name and website listed in my novel, and 3 autographed copies of the paperback when it’s out.
It was a fruitful experiment, and I got many pages of amazingly insightful suggestions. This is going to make the novel that much better.
One of the changes, and the reason for this note, is that the name of one of the main characters is changing. Aeronwen, which a couple felt sounded too much like Arwen from LOTR, suggested I might consider changing it. Hmm, it had never occured to me, but I can see how it might be. So Aeronwen has now become Saeran.
The Alfar (or Ljossalfar) race in my book all have Welsh personal and place names. Each of the races in the Tribes of Yggdrasil have names based on particular cultures. I find this gives it a nice consistency without me having to invent weird words and names.
The Hrymar (the bad guys who live on Niflheim) are all based on Turkish names.
The Svartalfar (which means Dark elves, but which are really like Dwarves of Fantasy) all use Finnish names.
The Graal (you’ll meet them in Book 2) use Hun and Mongol names.
Hope you find that interesting!
DECEMBER SALE! – 50% OFF – Regular $5.99, now only $2.99 through December – Kindle Only
Dawning of the Wolf Age – The Tribes of Yggdrasil: Book 1
* (Author’s note: the book was renamed Star Wolves in 2014 and the cover was also updated)
HUMANITY IS THREATENED
A century ago the beneficent alien Alfar, uplifted mankind to the stars and unwittingly seeded their doom. Humanity had just begun to ply the dark inter-stellar seas, but were wholly unprepared for the malevolent forces they would awaken.
GOOD AND EVIL COLLIDE
While humanity unearths ancient alien technology in deep space, the craven Hrymar learn of mankind, a lucrative new source of slaves – the basis of their inter-stellar economy. New herds awaited!
HUMANITY IS BEATEN
The vile Hrymar utterly erase mankind’s first extra-solar colony, enslaving all survivors. Their treachery leaves a seething wake of fury.
AND THE HRYMAR WOLF PACK ARE COMING…TO EARTH!
Part-time spy, and direct descendant of the Norse Vikings, Haldor Olsen seems to be the only one taking this new threat seriously; the Hrymar destroyed his home and murdered his wife and son. With a small but well trained crew, he travels hundreds of light-years in a frantic race around the Galaxy to save mankind from total enslavement by an inhuman enemy. In the process he makes a deal with the devil to ward off the coming tide of destruction.
– “Stargate meets Lord of the Rings!”
A short note from the author on the book:
This is the book I wanted to read 25 years ago, but it didn’t exist. This certainly isn’t the first time the Norse Gods have ever been invoked in fiction, however, I think this will be the first time that an entire series has their presence as the backdrop.
The protagonist, Haldor Olsen, is a futuristic descendant of that lineage. I hope to highlight the virtues that modern Heathen’s and Pagan’s hold dear: a love of family, reverence for ancestors, a desire to live in harmony with nature, and tolerance of other faiths. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a Heathen book, or a Pagan book, it’s a gripping science fiction novel that has those currents flowing through it.
What’s the book about? The usual things: Love, Family, Deceit, Revenge, Honor, Betrayal and Passion. You’ll find an ample supply of the emotions that drive us everyday, but of course amped up a little for your reading pleasure!
This will be a sweeping epic, spanning thousands of light years, holding manifold mysteries. My plan is to write 9 books. As some know, 9 is a very significant number in the Northern Spiritual traditions. This first book is approximately 312 pages long – a proper book size, not a bloated paper-weight, as I see so many books today becoming. If you enjoy longer tales, that’s great, I’ll try to release a new volume every 6-8 months over the next several years. Some authors try to put out one titanic book every 5+ years. I was never that patient. I want a manageable, steady delivery of stories for my reading enjoyment, so that’s what I’ll offer you.
I hope you enjoy the book; I reveled in the writing of it, and planning the next books is very exciting.
If you enjoy the book, I would ask that you try to take the time to write a short review – 20 words is all it need be (on amazon.com). As an independent author and publisher, I don’t have a massive marketing machine behind me, I have you. And if you want to ensure I keep writing books, reviews will do just that. They will spread the word about my books, and encourage others to buy them. Writing is now my day job, and it pays the bills (just).
In celebration of Yule, the book is ½ price, at $2.99, through December. Enjoy the book, and tell your friends!
I just wanted to let folks know that, yes, I am writing Book 2 now. While Book 1 is in the hands of Beta Readers and my Editors, I’m back to doing what I love to do – creating new stuff!
Book 2 in the Tribes of Yggdrasil series, is tentatively titled “From the fury of the Northmen, Deliver us!” that is an old saying heard in England during the Viking age, and was a plea to God to help them from the Northern Barbarians.
Interestingly, there is a superstition that lives to this day reflecting this distaste for Northerners: My grandmother will not let any fair-haired person cross her doorway on New Years day, until a dark haired person has. This goes back to when most fair-haired people in England were the Danes, Norse etc. It was a challenge in my family though – I’m dark haired, but my brother and sister are both fair-haired! So we had to time our arrival at Granny’s house just right 🙂
Book 1 will be out in January, February at the latest. And I have no firm schedule for Book 2 – it will be done when I feel it’s good enough (the joys of being independent!)
I am working on it full time though, so have no fear, I’m on the job!
Anyway, I’ll get back to writing.