Flowers for a friend

Photo by John K ~ Flowers for a friend

This beautiful garden scene is in memory of my dear friend Mary Purcell, who made this world a brighter place but left it much too soon.

Until we meet again Mary…

[Photo: Bellefield Garden at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library, Hyde Park, NY, USA]

Lore du Jour ~ New beginning

Photo by John K ~ New beginning

A serial writer’s notebook from the epic worlds of Lore

Hi again fantasy-fiction fans! I’ve been busy brewing up a new young-adult book series to be my labor of love for the next decade or two. The series is called Last of Lore and it fits neatly into the category of “apocalyptic epic sci-fi romance”. Think Hunger Games and Twilight meet Lord of the Rings.

The first Last of Lore book is entitled Shadow Girl and I’m writing it right now. Here’s how it starts:

On a doomed world near ours, in a time soon to come…

Vaam stood tall on a huge pile of rubble and looked out over the valley below. This plain had once been her people’s farmland, their granary. It was just desert now. Or something worse… it smelled of death. But at seventeen she was too young to know the lore of all that had come before her. And Vaam had a mission of her own.

I’d like to complete one of these books every year or two. I’ll post my progress. Wish me luck!

[Photo: Peacefield at the Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in print, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

Lore du Jour ~ Entitled

Photo by John K ~ Entitled

A serial writer’s notebook from the epic worlds of Lore

Here’s a question for all of my bookworm friends. Ever notice that some novels use chapter titles and some don’t? For instance, one might simply have Chapter Seventeen while another has Chapter 17 “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Castle”.

I’ve been trying to decide which approach to take for my new series of fantasy fiction novels — the Last of Lore saga. Chapter titles are more work and add more structure, but they help to keep the reader (and writer) oriented. Hmmm…

Harry Potter has them. The Hunger Games does not. I guess you can survive either way (LOL).

What do you think?

[Photo: Hearst Castle – San Simeon, CA, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in print, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

FREE for 2 days only on Amazon ~ The Lore Anthology (Kindle edition)

Photo by John K ~ Lore of the Paths

Fantasy-sci-fi-poetry fans… a strange and brave new world awaits! A saga for FREE (but not for long). The Lore Anthology on amazon.com

Now through Friday, June 3 you can download this Kindle edition of all eight Lore of the Underlings episodes, a collection of epic adventures and colorful characters, for merely a click. Come explore the lyrical lands of the Lore, a bittersweet realm of gold and shadow told in classic style. Old-world words. New-world wit.

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Here’s one reader’s review:

An enticing mix of Shakespeare and Tolkien, written for a third millennial audience. Exciting, mysterious, humorous. Lore of the Underlings moves along at a lyrical pace, deftly balancing dry wit and creepiness. Can’t wait to read more!

Latest Amazon Best Sellers Rank (for FREE ebooks):
#5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Epic

Join the quest. And may the Lore be with you…