New Cover Art for Journey of the Hunted Ebook

Although the original cover of Journey of the Hunted actually looked quite compelling in person on a paperback, I never liked its digital presentation online. Ebook images are generally quite small at retail sites, so I created a bolder look for the ebook version of Journey of the Hunted that might stand out better when people scan images online.

Journey of the Hunted continues the story of Thal and Altea that began in Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale.

About the novel:

The folklore beliefs of the 16th century Renaissance come wildly to life in the werewolf hero Thal. Created by the infamous sorcerer Sarputeen, Thal now battles the dark servants of Tekax, wizard to the Turks and nemesis of Sarputeen. While escaping the Holy Roman Empire, Thal discovers more about his werewolf powers as he struggles to reach a refuge shrouded in mystery.

Excerpt:

They drew closer to the cultivated lands, homesteads, and little villages at the outskirts of the city. Hugging a big bend in the river, Pardubice was busy with trade by land and water. Locals paid little attention to the little group of travelers wandering out of the logging area. Thal joined the traffic of peddlers and citizens bound for one of the city’s gates.

Men-at-arms wearing red surcoats emblazoned with a silver horse watched the gate. They were talking among themselves and appeared to be paying little attention to the people coming and going. Their number concerned Thal. A full dozen men seemed a heavy force at a gate on a peaceful afternoon.

Thal avoided eye contact and made an effort to slink by. His companions adopted the same demeanor. They hung close to a wagon creaking along with a fluffy load of hay, but just before they entered the gateway, a man-at-arms stepped in front of Thal. His helmet was embellished with silver accents, denoting some rank, and he slapped a hand on Thal’s chest.

“I haven’t seen this lot before,” the captain declared. His eleven men spread quickly around Thal’s group.

Thal resisted batting away the hand and remained outwardly calm.

“Are you going to speak?” the captain demanded.

Thal cleared his throat. “We’re a traveling troupe of entertainers. May I introduce three fine musicians of Venice, a songstress of Prague, and a magician worthy of the court of kings,” he said. Mileko glared at Thal because he disliked being labeled as some mere performer.

“Oh!” the captain said. He looked to his closest man for an opinion.

“A squirrely lot of tramps I see. Have the look of ne’er-do-wells that’ve been spending too much time eating mushrooms in the forest,” the other man-at-arms declared.

The captain nodded, well pleased with the assessment. “Off to the circus camp with them,” he said.

The gang of men-at-arms prodded everyone off the road.

“Where are you sending us?” Thal demanded.

“The other side of the city where performers stay,” the captain said.

“We can find our own way,” Thal insisted.

“I think you need an escort,” the captain said as if he won this same argument every day.

“Why can we not just go through the city?” Thal asked and gestured to the open gate where others were still passing through.

“Because this gate isn’t for beggar musicians and magicians now is it?” the captain said.

A raven settled on top of the wall and screeched down at Thal. He recognized the bird and sniffed the place suspiciously.

“Very well. Show us the way,” Thal said, suddenly meek.

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Equestrian tourists ride stallions in wide open spaces of Morocco

As someone who has some modest experience with riding horses, I can appreciate the allure of those equestrians competing in the an endurance horse race called the Gallops. In 2014, the first Gallops challenge took place in Oman. This one in Morocco is a six-day race. Riding teams must cover roughly 18 miles a day as they traverse mountains and deserts in southern Morocco.

As if that does not sound sufficiently exciting, the riders must ride stallions of the Barb breed of North Africa originally used as warhorses. And the riders meet their steeds when they start the race so they must build rapport while keeping control of their sturdy horses.

I can imagine the thrill of riding a horse at a gallop across a desert. In the article below, one competitor said that part of the pleasure of participating in the Gallops was the chance to ride open land without roads or fences.

Anyone who’s read my fiction can detect my appreciation of horses and horse riding. It’s part of the appeal of writing in fantasy genres.

Excerpt from Union of Renegades

The hooves of Starfield, the dappled gray warhorse that Dreibrand rode, plunged first into the flowing water. Dreibrand liked being first. The splashing of hundreds of riders and the snorting of displeased horses warned the Bostas lining the opposite bank that the crossing began.

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Morocco desert stallion race pushes limits of endurance

Battling gusts of sandy wind, riders from across the world struggled to control feisty stallions as they raced in the first Gallops of Morocco, a desert endurance challenge. In a country with an ancient history of horsemanship, the event in the wilderness of Merzouga was the first of its kind — a six-day test of stamina, navigation and teamwork. Continue reading

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Late Winter Savings 50% Off Ebooks and Audiobooks by Tracy Falbe

It’s March 5th in Michigan, and some snow and freezing rain are coming in tonight to remind me that thinking spring does not make it spring.

While I continue to work on writing my next novel, I’ve created a 50% off coupon code for this website. Use it to save on ebooks or audiobooks sold directly by Falbe Publishing.

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Read an Ebook Week Specials! 50% Off Select Titles

It’s the first full week of March and that means it’s READ AN EBOOK WEEK at Smashwords where thousands of indie authors and publishers offer special discounts all week. You’ll find free ebooks, 25% off, 50% off, and 75% off.

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The Secret is Out: The Right Music Boosts Productivity

I’ve known for many years what this article from Popular Science reveals. Listening to a certain style of music improves focus and helps me write. It can help people concentrate on other tasks too. For example, the article says that listening to music of the right style aids surgeons. If you got a surgery coming up, you might want to ask what’s on the surgeon’s playlist.

So, what kind of music enhances focus and the ability to work productively?

This article promotes video game soundtracks as an ideal. This makes sense because everything about video games is carefully designed to maintain the focus of players and keep them from doing anything else. I’ll add that many types of movie soundtracks serve just as well.

The key is that the music should have no lyrics or at least very little singing. As a writer, I’ve been listening to orchestral-style music, mostly movie soundtracks, while writing for years. The absence of lyrics is essential because I’m choosing and organizing words. Song lyrics would distract from that.

I supplement my music collection with the Epic Soundtracks station at Pandora. It’s an awesome writing aid. The music blocks out household noise, keeps my writing pace at a certain rhythm, and provides enjoyment as well.

You should be listening to video game soundtracks at work

Productivity studies suggest you can boost your output with the right music. Make sure to artfully arrange your workspace so it looks good in pictures Pixabay As I write these words, a triumphant horn is erupting in my ear over the rhythmic bowing of violins. Continue reading

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Bayeux Tapestry and how images shape historical views

As the article shared below explains, the Bayeux Tapestry is an exceptional example of historical propaganda. The 230-foot tapestry that depicts the Norman Conquest of 1066 from the Norman point of view is headed for display in England, the country that was conquered. The tapestry has not been in the country since artisans completed the embroidery over 900 years ago.

The effort that the creation of the immense tapestry must have required reveals the motivations of those who planned the work. They placed great importance on shaping the images that would influence people’s view of history and the social order. This is always one of the goals of mass media. The images and narratives shown in books, television, films, internet, and even fabric can skew realities in one or two generations and erase whole points of view. Historical acceptance eventually confers legitimacy.

As a fantasy author, my task includes the building of worlds. As a student of mass media and propaganda, I’ve always tried to weave propagandist elements into my stories. My characters who’re part of elite segments often take great care in managing how the larger society perceives and reacts to their actions. The first epic series that I wrote, The Rys Chronicles, has many examples of this type of narrative crafting. In that story, a society undergoes a great rebellion. I show how the rebels play upon the emotions of the people to elicit the responses that they need. I also include details that show how the art and philosophies of the existing order have permeated and controlled the society up to the point of rebellion.

English and French rivalry highlighted by loan of historic Bayeux Tapestry

French President Emmanuel Macron visits England on Thursday to discuss a host of bilateral issues, from migration to Brexit. That seems like a pretty routine, boring story. Yet excitement is rising in both countries because of a single piece of cloth. Continue reading

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Fire and Fury Trump book so popular sales up for similar title

Author Randall Hansen has benefited from the big sales achieved by “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. Wolff’s attack piece on President Trump has attracted many readers. Forbes Magazine describes its online sales as “unprecedented.” It’s dominating the best-seller charts at Amazon as people clamor for details about the man positioned to prevent as much human progress as possible.

Meanwhile, Hansen’s “Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942 – 1945” has enjoyed a sales boost according to the author’s report. Its similar title has garnered it the visibility treasured by authors as people search for the other book. I suspect Hansen’s book will make for lighter reading.

If any authors and publishers have some political scandal book in the making, please feel free to adapt versions of my book titles to your purposes, especially if you expect best-seller status. I could use the extra visibility, and my titles should work well in many real-world political applications.

Consider these gems as you prepare to publish before the 2018 midterms:

Judgment Rising

New Religion

Savage Storm

Union of Renegades

‘Fire And Fury’ Lead To Increase In Sales Of Book With Similar Name

After Michael Wolff’s tell-all “Fire and Fury” released Friday ahead of schedule, the book fast became a bestseller and is now seemingly helping another book’s sales too. Author and historian based in Canada, Randell Hansen, tweeted Friday that the unprecedented sales for Wolff’s book had led to an increase in sales of his own book, whose name also had the words “Fire and Fury,” in it. Continue reading

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Surplus killing behavior of wolves represents food stockpiling

I came across a headline recently about shocking wolf attacks in France. A sheep-raising couple lost 15 animals in a night. They had been willing to accept the loss of an occasional animal, but the carnage alarmed them badly.

This is exactly the type of incident throughout history that allowed our cultures to paint the wolf as evil. Of course the species represents a dangerous predator, but are incidents of large scale kills really evidence of violent rampages motivated by thrill seeking?

My internet research soon named the phenomenon of a mass kill as surplus killing. Wildlife biologists have observed it in wolves, and it happens more often during harsh winters with more snow. This was the case during a bad winter when wolves took down 19 elk. The wolves would expect to return to the carcasses and feed for as long as possible. Other predators and scavengers in the region would benefit from the food source as well. This suggests that wolves exploit opportunities to kill multiple prey animals so that they can stock up on food. A behavior that any human can relate to.

Livestock, like sheep, are especially vulnerable because the wolves discover that the sheep are easy pickings. Domestic sheep panic and run when confronted by wolves and become easy targets. They also leave their young exposed. The desire of the wolves to stock up on food would explain these mass livestock killings as well. Humans engage in mass livestock killings every day. Like real-world wolves, my werewolf hero Thal always has a reason when he kills someone too.

France caught in war with wolves

Furtive, wily and the animal of fairy tales, wolves fascinate nature lovers, but they raise fears among French sheep breeders who are trying to save their flocks. Amid debate in France on a future policy towards wolves the government is being asked to come to the aide of sheep farming. Continue reading

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Druidic and Celtic Symbols in Druid Warrior Prince

Learn how author Juli D. Revezzo blends Celtic symbols and mythology into her tales of a magical Ireland. Contributing to Brave Luck Books as a guest writer, Revezzo shares some insights about her newest novel DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE from the Celtic Stewards Chronicles.

Druid Warrior Prince

Druidic and Celtic Symbols in Druid Warrior Prince

by Juli D. Revezzo

The Celts have been of interest to modern man for centuries, despite the fact that we have very little in the way of firsthand accounts of them. What they left behind, however—their stories, their art—has fueled that interest and even some modern pagans. In Wicca, for instance, you’ll see an interest in Celtic gods, and if you visit a Wiccan festival, or even a Renaissance festival, you’ll no doubt run into Celtic spirals all over the place!

Spirals (the symbol of ebb and flow, leaving and returning), of course, aren’t the only symbol prevalent in Celtic mythology. The stories abound with symbols everywhere. A Cauldron isn’t just a cauldron, it’s a symbol for the entrance into the Otherworld, at other times, it’s a container for an inexhaustible supply of whatever food or drink one might need.

So when it came time to build the world in Celtic Stewards Chronicles (of which my novel, DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, is the latest installment), I couldn’t resist adding a few of these interesting symbols into my “imagined Ireland”

Then there are the harbingers. These are Balor’s minions, a combination of mythological figures of the evil Fomorians — enemies of the Tuatha dé Danann and creatures of my own imagination.

fomorians

A depiction of the Fomorians by John Duncan.

They’re mythic yes, but also pure fantasy. Since the series runs backward from our time in the present to the past, I decided to make the harbingers able to adapt to their ecology. So in book one (Passion’s Sacred Dance), the heroine thinks they resemble alligators of which she’s used to from local Floridian zoos and habitats. By the latest installment in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles, DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, which takes place in Medieval Ireland, the problem arose that Ireland has no such creatures. So what do they do? Adapt the species to resemble the hideous creature of legend (Celtic and otherwise): dragons. So, yes, there be dragons (of a sort) here.

So there you are; a few of the symbols that show up in my latest fantasy romance novel, DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE. I hope you will take a look and enjoy what resulted from my mixture of reality, fantasy and symbology.

If you’d like to know more about DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, here’s the synopsis:

Gwenevieve Macken’s well-ordered world falls into chaos as encroaching interlopers scheme to possess both her and her land. Although she’s been trained to spot the signs of inhuman evil in men, the amassing armies take on guises she never expected.

When a foreign guardian presents himself as her only option for salvation, Gwenevieve must make a choice between her desires, and fulfilling the mythic fate to which she was born. A forced marriage to a Tuatha dé Danann warrior isn’t part of her plan.

DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE at Amazon in Kindle and Paperback

Author Biography

JuliDRevezzo_black and white320Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the historical romances, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker’s Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, the Antique Magic paranormal series and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

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Thanks, Tracy, for inviting me here to talk about Druid Warrior Prince. 

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