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May 2, 2012 - General    6 Comments

Cover suggestions for Book III

Hello fans of Lentari! As work progresses on the third and final installment of the Bakkian Chronicles, I started wondering about what should be depicted on the book cover. So I have a question for fans of fantasy:

What do you think are elements of a good fantasy cover? Something eye-catching, or colorful, or whimsical?

With regards to the other covers, the first book conveyed what I thought was a gorgeous scene of a forest through the open portal in the mansion. The second was a whimsical scene where Pryllan and Peanut meet face to face for the first time. Granted, without disclosing details on what will happen with Amulet of Aria, all I will say that the final confrontation with Celestia, the sister, will take place. And let’s just say that she really, really, and I do mean really wants Mikal. There will be battles, dragon riding on multiple dragons (gasp!), and accidental teleportations, just to name a few. Oh, did I mention that the battle finds its way to our world?? 🙂

Suggestions? Let me know what you guys feel makes a good cover for a fantasy story!

Mar 16, 2012 - General    4 Comments

New Art Page added!

I was sorting through my graphics files the other day and saw the multitude of covers I’ve used for book I. Thought I’d post all the various covers in case you’d like to see what has been used.

I’ll also be posting some pics my bro-in-law is making of the guurs (Bugs of Nightmarish Proportions). Just as soon as I get ’em. 🙂

Feb 29, 2012 - General    Comments Off on Lentari’s Newest Citizen Named!

Lentari’s Newest Citizen Named!

Printed with permission from the High Court of R’Tal…

Official Application Questionnaire for Citizenship into Lentari

Name of ApplicantScott Poe

List any aliasesIndie Book Blogger, Fabled Reviewer o’ Tales

OccupationOverseer over imports at Sears Hardware

Current place of residenceThe land of the erratic climate also known as Columbus Ohio

Ye have expressed interest in the title of Fabled Reviewer o’ Tales. What qualifications do ye possess for this esteemed position?   I maintain a site where reviews can be seen by all who are looking for a quality piece of literature outside of the traditional publishing box.  I plan on adding at least 100 stories to my list per year and look at a variety of genres.

If granted citizenship, and ye are deemed worthy of an audience with Kre’Mikal so that a jhorun may be bestowed unto ye, what jhorun would ye desire? Why?  I think an elemental control of earth would be a good one to have.  Being able to pull stone from the ground to build walls or structures plus being able to excavate caves for emergency shelter or storage.

Wyverians. Are ye pro or against co-habitation?  Pro for sure.

Trolls. Leave them be or drive them away?   Internet trolls need to be driven away and imprisoned or executed.  Under the bridge kind of trolls can actually contribute to society in some way so let them be.

If employment is not granted within R’Tal, which village would ye seek out? What occupation would ye excel at that would benefit the village?   I think that I could benefit any village as a historian/storyteller.  My mind is fairly well trained from all of the reading I do.  If that fails me I can go to my background for my day job “I may not be smart, but I can lift heavy things.”

Finally, if ye had to undergo weapons training, what would the weapon of choice be for ye?  I’ve always loved ranged weapons so I would have to go with the bow or crossbow.  When I was 12 I went to Japan for a week and we spent a little time at an archery range and it was a lot of fun to me.

Upon completion of crossbow demonstration, to be performed at applicant’s earliest convenience, said applicant is hereby granted Lentarian citizenship and will assume full responsibilities as Fabled Reviewer o’ Tales.  Applicant will report to the royal library to begin new responsibilities in one fortnight.  A permanent residence will be assigned at that time.

 Signed –

 

Cmdr. Rhenyon, 1st Battalion

Castle R’Tal, Lentari

Oct 8, 2011 - General    10 Comments

Available free for a limited time!

I’m temporarily making Bakkian Chronicles, Book I – The Prophecy free for anyone that’d like a copy! It’s available at Smashwords for free as well as Amazon!

Get this. As of right now, at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, 10/19/11, Bakkian Chronicles, Book I – The Prophecy is currently ranked #58 in the free section of the Kindle store, as well as it’s ranked #1 in Kindle’s Science Fiction section. #1!! Hot damn! Just learned it’s #4 in the Kindle free fantasy rankings!

As a result, sales of the sequel, Bakkian Chronicles, Book II – Insurrection, have picked up considerably!

It’s gonna be a good day, tater!!

Sep 10, 2011 - General    15 Comments

Book III Updates!

Feb. 23rd, 2012 – Chapter 4 is done, I’m already off on chap 5! Time for a dragon battle!!!

Jan. 31st, 2012 – Finally got off my butt and finished the chapter. Chap #4 progressing nicely!

Oct. 18th, 2011 – Finished Chapter 2!! The storyline is progressing nicely! I’ve started work on chapter 3! Time to return to Lentari!


Sept. 25th, 2011 – Chapter 1 is done and I already have a good chunk of chapter 2 written. In this chapter, we’re introduced to Sarah’s good friend, Lia. This new character is based on a real life friend of mine, one who I told her she’d wind up in a book. 🙂


Sept. 10th, 2011 – I confided in my wife what was going to take place with the third book, which plot lines I’m going to include, and asked her to help me come up with a title for the final installment of the series.

Bakkian Chronicles, Book III – Amulet of Aria

Jun 26, 2011 - General    6 Comments

Concept drawings!

I created this post to show concept drawings as I get ’em. The illustrator that was going to do the cover for book 2 flaked out on me, but not before he gave me a concept drawing of a guur.

I found a second artist, FalyneVarger, who’s agreed to take on the job and make the cover for me.  Can’t wait to see it!   I’ll post a rough sketch as soon as I’m able to.

Guur Drone

Here’s a rough sketch of book 2’s cover!  Rachel, aka FalyneVarger, is doing an awesome job so far!

Cover image for book II - rough sketch

A meeting of two worlds!

 

Book II's Completed Cover!

Book I's New Cover!!

 

 

May 27, 2011 - General    29 Comments

Bakkian Chronicles, Book II – Insurrection

Imagine someone holding up an arm, with the thumb and forefinger of their hand maybe an inch apart. Now, here’s me saying, “I’m thiiiiiis close to finishing”. 🙂 Book II is approaching the finish line. So very exciting.

I’m working on lining up some editors. I have my Beta Readers standing by (yeah Scott, that includes you!), and my illustrator in Indonesia making my cover. I’ll need to go through the book to check for errors, and then let my wife read it (she’s a very fast reader) and then I’ll notifiy the Beta Readers to stand by.

To my Beta Readers, I’m looking for typos, grammar problems, continuity problems, punctuation issues, etc. If something doesn’t make sense, or I left any questions unanswered or unaddressed, be sure to let me know!

As soon as I get some preliminary sketches for book II’s cover, I’ll post it here. Ok, off to get some work done! Everyone have a great Memorial Day Weekend! Stay off the roads as much as possible! 🙂

Mar 2, 2011 - General    21 Comments

What I’m reading/read/will read, etc.

Being an indie author, I know full well how difficult it is to get someone to read (& review) your work. I found two really nice people that are willing to give my book a shot, so I figured I’d pay the favor forward.

If you have a nice, friendly light-hearted fantasy type story (sci-fi is good, too!), then let me know. I don’t really care for vampires, or dark fantasy. Something with a happy ending. Let me know and I’ll take a look.

I’m currently reading:

Scourge of Screbulum (Brandeis of Aura) by Kenneth Camel
In Wilder Lands (The Fall of Eldvar) by Jim Galford
Deadly Games (Emperor’s Edge #3) by Lindsay Buroker

My TBR list:

Book #3 in the Demon Gates saga… by Robert Day
Jaben’s Rift, #2 by G. David Walker
Wolfsong #2 by J.H. Sked
Door to Canellin #2 by E.H. Jones

 

Thus far, I’ve read/reviewed:

Scourge of an Agnostic God– Michael Juge
Body Trapped – Shirley Elmokaden
Guild of the Blue Dragon – Christopher Fulbright
Zero Sight by B. Justin Shier
Zachary Pill, The Dragon at Station End by Tim Greaton
Liberator’s Ruin by P.J. Johns
Wolverine’s Daughter by Doranna Durgin
Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker
Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker
Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
Legacy (The Resonance Tetralogy) by Hugo Jackson
On Dark Shores by JA Clement
Escape 2 Earth 2012 by Lawrence Johnson, sr.
Strange Loops by Deborah Prestwood
Basement Blues by J.H.Sked
Through the Flames (Sword of Kirakath) by Ryne Billings
Nik’s Knacks by Kathryn Nicol
The Knowledge of Time – Second Civilisation by Tim Ellis
Hemlock and the Wizard Tower by B Throwsnaill
Wolfsong – by J.H. Sked
Door to Canellin – by E.H. Jones
Ashar’an Rising (Nexus Wars Saga) – by Robert Day
Demon Gates (Nexus Wars Saga) by Robert Day
The Treasures of Carmelidrium, by N.R. Williams
An Oak of Hope by Kenneth Camel
Children of the Elementi, by Ceri Clark
From A Far Land (Jaben’s Rift), by G. David Walker