Good News! Manuscript for Werewolf Castle completed

On July 3rd, I completed the manuscript for Werewolf Castle. I know it took me way too long to get this one written. Readers of the Werewolves in the Renaissance series have been waiting for it.

The next phases of editing, rewriting, editing, and proofreading will begin soon. Getting a manuscript ready for publication will take months, but at least I’m in the home stretch.

To be honest, writing this novel was a tough slog. Tougher than usual for me, but I had health problems that overwhelmed me in 2014 and significantly delayed the project. I am feeling better, but I have to be careful not to overwork myself going forward.

I thank my readers for their patience, and I look forward to publishing my next novel as soon as possible.

If you’re interested in my experiences as a writer, read What It Feels Like to Finish Writing a Novel that I published on Medium this weekend.

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Journey of the Hunted ebook only 99 cents entire month of May

It’s time for a 99-cents sale, and this one is going to last the whole month of May. If you’ve enjoyed reading Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale, dive into the next part of the story in Journey of the Hunted. The ebook is only $0.99 for a limited time.

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Facing uncertain destinies, Thal and Altea must escape Bohemia. The Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand himself has signed the warrant for Thal’s capture on charges of shape shifting and the killing of Jesuits.

A hefty reward attracts countless bounty hunters into the heart of this 16th century Christian empire. Thal emerges from hiding with his young wife Altea who is barely recovered from torture at the hands of witch hunters. With his werewolf powers, he battles the bounty hunters and begins a daring journey across the Holy Roman Empire.

But more than men stalk him. Servants of Tekax, sorcerer to the Turks, have been unleashed upon his trail.

The werewolf Rotfeng covets the enchanted fur that lets Thal change form at will, regardless of the phase of the moon.

Worse yet comes Janfelter, an undying fext created in the dark fortress of Tekax.

These heartless killers are tasked with stopping Thal from reaching his father Sarputeen, the arch nemesis of Tekax. Thal’s only refuge awaits him in what is left of the Kingdom of Hungary after a Turkish conquest. In the remote castle Vlkbohveza the ancient sorcerer Sarputeen lives untouched despite widespread persecution of magic users and pagans.

Although Thal longs to be with his own kind, he worries about the reunion with his father. It was Sarputeen’s magic that made Thal a werelord, a master of wolves. But what shall the sorcerer require of his creation now that Tekax aims to settle an old score?

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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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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.

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Read an Ebook Week Specials! 50% Off Select Titles

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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I’m a tiny atom bonding with readers

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I think I can speak on behalf of most indie authors by saying that it’s frustrating to be a quantum particle in a vast universe of reading choices. Visibility is the number one barrier to authors finding readers, and it’s a small atomic miracle that a few people every month stumble across my fiction and make purchases. I’m grateful to at least be swirling in a cosmos of infinite choice and making some connections. Independent digital publishing gave me this gift.

An article published at Which-50, a digital intelligence company based in Australia, sums up the altered landscape of book publishing, particularly ebook publishing. The author described the new growth within the industry as “explosive, but invisible.” Independent publishing by thousands of authors and small digital publishing houses and their attendant publishing-as-a-service companies are growing the industry as the large publishing houses, known as the Big 5, stick to big-name famous authors with a focus on the print market.

The author cited Data Guy at Authorearnings.com who has calculated that indie authors hold 30 to 40 percent of the global ebook market. Also quoted is a former Big Five publisher who has turned independent. He said that “atomisation rather than destruction” will be the force at play in the future.

He explained that large publishing companies will claim the big fiction brands while indies and small presses command the genre markets. This will result in a huge but spread out market.

This is where I fall. I’m an atom that bonds with a few readers at a time. Individual readers come across my work, and we bond for a while before we part ways, and my fiction goes on to seek another reader with which to build a magic molecule of the imagination.

Although my success has been modest due to having visibility in the marketplace that approaches zero, the market forces at play are very validating for me. They show that millions of paying readers find genre books that they enjoy that were indie published. The great gatekeepers at mega corporations had nothing to do with their publication, which in this day and age very likely means that the content was not selected to promote a narrow worldview that supports the status quo. Big Publishing is part of the media business, and that business is meant to set messaging agendas that steer society.

My artistic goals guide my fiction instead of editorial formulas that satisfy marketing departments.

My stories focus on outsiders and rebels who play by their own rules and sometimes overthrow powerful empires and religions or at least defy them and survive.

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Nature and magic fuel fantasy fiction settings and plots

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Epic adventure requires an epic setting. Read on and consider how fantasy novels blend magic with the grandeur of Nature to create powerful entertainment.

Two of the most common elements in fantasy novels are Nature and magic. They are linked to each other and exulted as ideals in fantasy worlds. This creates much of what fantasy readers find appealing in fantasy fiction because the glorification of Nature and magic is a pleasing opponent to the concrete, steel, and technology that overwhelms modern life.

Characters in fantasy novels often must cross hostile wastes, brave cold mountain passes, and lose their way in dark primeval forests. In fact, readers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” would agree that most of the story takes place outdoors. And in Christopher Paolini’s “Inheritance” trilogy, the hero Eragon and his dragon Saphira spend long stretches of the story in deserts, forests, and mountains.

Escape into Nature

The emphasis on Nature within the fantasy genre adds to its ability to entertain with escapism. Nature is lacking from much of modern life, and imagining adventure and freedom upon the open land is a relief and a pleasure. Often while reading fantasy fiction, you can recall the security that your ancestors took from the bright crackle of a fire while camping upon a hostile plain. Or, you can summon up that natural fear of being alone among the trees when you feel that something is hunting you.

And the partner of Nature in the fantasy genre is magic. It acts as the fulcrum of the struggles in the story. Plots are often driven by rivalries between magic users, or the forces of good battle with the aid of magic against evil enemies. In fantasy settings, magic is what confers power whether it is on individuals or ruling elites as opposed to technology that empowers the real world.

In fantasy fiction, the supernatural is valid and science is little used. Exploring the wonders of a world run by magic engages readers because it brings them closer to the mysteries of Nature. Magic comes from the natural world, and depending on the story, sometimes the Gods, and fantasy enthusiasts are comfortable with magic as a source of power.

Magic acts as a nice foil to the technology that is omnipresent in modern life for most people. Technology is powerful and amazing and seems quite magical, but deep down everyone knows that it can be explained. That it is all wires and chips and circuits and software and that many people know how to make it and manipulate it. Factories spit out millions of awesome gadgets, televisions, and computer mother boards. Technology simply lacks that special exclusivity that magic has in a fantasy novel. Not everyone in a fantasy story has magical powers, and powerful items aren’t as easy to come by as a cell phone.

A Pre-Industrial Literature

The foundation of Nature and magic that holds up many fantasy settings appeals to fantasy readers because people often have a longing for a simpler world un-blighted by highways and exhaust fumes. Within Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” there are undertones in this epic that suggest a wistful regret for the loss of Nature to the rise of industry. For example, the place Isengard is described as once being green and having “groves of fruitful trees” but the corrupt Saruman spoiled the land to build an army. “Iron wheels revolved there endlessly, and hammers thudded.” Tolkien wrote.

Many authors give much effort to describing Nature’s beauty and awesome power. That which destroys Nature is portrayed as evil and rightly so. And magic is often portrayed as superior to technology because it is akin to Nature. A nice example of this is presented in Paolini’s second novel “Eldest” in which he writes how the elves sing plants and trees into accommodating shapes and shelters.

Technology is not absent from fantasy literature, but it has a lesser presence in society. Fantasy settings are typically cast in pre-industrial agricultural and merchant societies. Technology is limited to trades and crafts, which are much more pleasing and benign than real world factories and nuclear power plants.

The natural world is one of my primary inspirations. I can look at the Pacific Ocean and hear it tell me a thousand stories all at once with lapping waves and the tireless roar of the powerful water.

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