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Have you ever tried to write an epic fantasy? I have, and I loved every minute of it. There’s a lot of work and planning that go into building your world.

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Should I include a prophecy or shouldn’t I? Should I build an intricate magic school or shouldn’t I? How much of my plans do I reveal to my readers?

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I’m not your typical epic fantasy author. I don’t use overly colorful language, though there are some curse words in my books. I tell it as I see it, knowing the story will carry itself in the end.

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(Insert penis joke.)

There’s a hint of love that could blossom, but hasn’t. And there’s no sex, for those bothered by it.

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A group of friends and family that only want to help.

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There’s Nord, an elf who is too pretty for his own good.

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Sanche, a stern elven general looking to fade into obscurity.

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Missy and her fairy friends try to keep everyone on task.

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Tyrosh is a dragon unable to shift forms and held prisoner by the false Tutanbringer, Martell.

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Jaxon is the halfling friend of everyone, only along for the ride.

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Martell is the man who stole Tyrosh’s mantle.

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And Lovonian is the one out for revenge, while seeking to bring balance to the world.

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I wrote the books to learn to write, and I’m glad I chose the genre I did. Writing the story of Lovonian felt like telling people about a movie only I could see.

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I can still see the scenes clear as day if I close my eyes. It’s almost like magic. If only it was as simple translating the images to words.

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There’s a ton of planning that goes into writing an epic fantasy, but I really did none of that for Breath of the Titans. I only sought to write a story I would enjoy reading as time passed. So far, that holds true.

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Now I’ve written several different genres, from contemporary fiction filled with zombies and other monsters, to a science fiction adventure filled with a myriad of races. In both cases, it was much easier to start the world building process. It could be experience, but I think it’s genre.

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In my horror stories, it’s much easier to get started because they are set in a world like this one. I don’t have to plan a religion, politics, or anything that I know the reader already knows. Whereas in a fantasy book, all of those things need to be taken into account. I can’t assume you know the religions of the world, because I am building it from the ground up. I can’t assume you know how the king will react, as he rules a land only in my head.

But in a contemporary environment, I can mention the president, and you can imagine how they could react. Same with religion, if I say christianity you automatically know what I mean. That’s not to say that horror can’t have the same planning and storylines that go into an epic fantasy, just that if the author chooses they can be a bit lazier about the entire process.

Science Fiction is a bit closer to epic fantasy, as far as world building goes. I cannot rely on the reader’s knowledge to fill in the blanks on the same issues. But I can include modern gadgets and whizzbingers. I can say, “They carried a communicator in their hands.” and you can picture an image of what I’m talking about. You may even understand on a basic level how the contraption might work.

Harder to do that in a fantasy world. Harder to explain that the titans are robots  made by magic. Or how a magician uses his mind to shape the very fabric of the world. These are concepts that, while not difficult to understand, are much harder to put into words. It’s much harder to convey exactly what propels them, versus in science fiction where I can point to the gears, nuts, and bolts and say, “That’s what makes it tick.”

Having written several genres now, I can officially say that they’re all equally difficult. The thought and planning that goes into any book is monumental. It just seems to me, that epic fantasy takes that little bit more planning.

As it is, I’m amazed at how quickly my books came together. I learned a lot from the experience about pacing and telling the story you want to tell.

The great thing about an epic fantasy, or really any work, is you can put your ideals into it. Take Breath of the Titans, I wanted to write something that reflected all of the many religions I’ve tried to study in my life. I wrote the series with an approach to life that a new age spiritual person might use. I meditated and sat in the sun, thinking positive thoughts and listening to the world around me. Then I would go inside and sit in front of my computer, and the story would literally pour from my head onto the page. I didn’t have to think, I didn’t really plan all that far ahead. I had my characters and their limitations. With those in mind, the story seemed to build itself from the ground up. There’s a bit of foreshadowing in the book, though I freely admit most of it was accidental. It’s amazing what our minds can do when we sit and put them to work.

Everyone Dies At The End and Journey From Atremes have a little bit different process, but the premise is still the same. I go and I think. I work my brain muscle until it hurts, and then I work it some more.

Keeping the voices of the characters different was simple, though I admit the dialogue is probably a bit more contemporary than in most fantasy novels.

I know this is going to sound a bit like schizophrenia, but when a character speaks to me, I hear their voice. The inflection, the way they carry themselves. I see it all in a million little images, shapes, and feelings. The problem I have comes from translating the sights and sounds in my mind onto the page for someone else to understand.

I tend to write in Rilenese, which means I need a lot of translation from what I originally put down upon the page to the finished story. People, places, names, anything can and will change during the process.

Breath of the Titans never suffered from that problem. Once I started writing it, I had all my characters already pre-planned. Those characters are what compelled me to write the story. Having to choose between having them bug me, or putting their words upon the page.

Even though I went into everyday with no idea what I wanted to write, I never had a problem getting words onto the page. I didn’t struggle to find things and events to add to the book. If anything, I struggled with finding places to fit their adventures into the novel. There are a thousand things I never mention in the books, because if I did the trilogy would be 1,000 pages long, and I didn’t want to write that.

I wanted to write a fun little adventure, full of excitement and imagination at every turn. I think I did that. Feel free to let me know your opinion.

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I’ve been going over Little Black Stormcloud week by week, and cleaning it up a bit more day by day. I’m happy I am, as I keep finding little mistakes. That is one of the joys of being an independent author, being able to go back and change something that’s wrong.

It’s interesting the little things I’m catching now that would have slipped by me before. I’ve always read books, but your own writing is different than someone else’s writing. Even before I was an author, I could pick up someone else’s writing, and tell you their grasp on grammar.

But now that I’ve started editing this work again, there’s some stuff that just stands out. Nothing glaring, just small stuff that could be reworded in a better way.

They say practice makes perfect, and I believe it. Now that I’ve got several works under my belt, I feel like I finally know. I don’t know how to put it to you all other than that, you just know. Treat it like Michelangelo treated marble, chip away the imperfections and expose the statue already contained in the stone.

#RileyAmosGetsReviewed got 2 new ones yesterday!

So I’ve been spending this past week writing to EVERY single frickin’ horror book blogger that I can find, since I’m trying to get 100 reviews of Everyone Dies At The End before the ebook releases next year, and everything else is slacking a bit. Including this place. I have to apologize for that, I’m not trying to ignore you guys.

But I’m back for today! Even if it is only for a little shameless self-promo.

I received two new reviews last night, both of them the kind that makes ya feel good inside.

The first is from Christina McMullen, a wonderful author in her own right. (Seriously, if you enjoy a sarcastic wit, read her works.)

A brief disclaimer: I am typically not a fan of fantasy that doesn’t involve the words ‘urban’ or ‘contemporary.’ That being said, I have been branching out into more sword and sorcery as of late and I find that the hardest part for me to reconcile is plain and even base English in a fantastical setting. Here, the language is very modern and at times, incredibly base. But somehow, where this has been jarring to me in other books, it works brilliantly here.

I imagine that this book reads much like the Lord of the Rings books would to someone who loves Tolkien. I am not a fan of Tolkien, but I rather enjoyed this tale. It is an epic adventure that follows Lov, a half dragon-half elf who is an adolescent when his home, land, and family is destroyed by the Titans, the very constructs that were meant to protect them. The characters are well written and there is an overall humor that carries the heavier parts of the story. I do admit some slight confusion in that I inferred that Lov’s mother, who is a dragon, was an orphan, but his dragon grandfather shows up to train him. It is possible I misinterpreted this or there is something that gets explained later on, so it is a minor nitpick at best.

I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of this series!

And the next one is from Charles, a reviewer at Blue Ink Review. (Don’t worry, I didn’t pay for it, and this isn’t going in their normal queue that I’m aware of.)

This is a vividly imagined tale of elves, orcs, halflings, dragons, fairies, Titans, and other amazing creatures. The hero, a sixteen year old half-dragon, Lovonian, goes out hunting with his uncle on his sixteenth birthday, only to empathically feel terrible things happening to his family and village. He sets out on a trail of revenge where he learns more about the elemental, magical side of his heritage while engaging in tests and mortal combat that takes him through imagination-stretching realms.

I want to thank both of them for leaving me reviews! Every one of them is appreciated, but it’s always nice to see when another enjoys the work you poured your heart into. Thank you both, and may the rest of you have a wonderful weekend!

I received another review today…..

From the wonderful Rosie Amber on Goodreads today. I’m glad that I asked her to read it, though she didn’t enjoy the story as much as I hoped. Still, a very in depth review, that while not full of spoilers, gives you a wonderful idea of the plot and where the book goes. So, I wish to take a moment to thank her for her wonderful review. (You can see the review by clicking on her name.)

I finally found someone to give me an edit of Breath of the Titans!

So, I wanted to share with you guys today someone who has been a major help. As she was just starting her services on her own, she offered on a site to do a free complete edit of a book in exchange for an honest review of her services. I was more than happy to jump at the chance, as I know I’m not the greatest of wordsmiths.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from the whole situation, since I had never worked with an editor before, but during this time I’ve had the chance to work with a couple who have been awesome. Emily was their equal. Once she started my work, she managed to get it back to me in two weeks time.

She found 4,911 mistakes. Most of the things were simple formatting errors, and things that a new author is just going to struggle with. And once she made it to my work, she had it back to me within a week (Not bad for a 170,000 word work.)

But out of those 4000+ errors, she caught at least ten little, and I mean little, holes that could have affected how someone might interperet the work, as well as catching some more startling ones (Like how I had a bald character lose a lock of hair x D Don’t know how that one made it through mine and the wife’s filters.)

I’m very happy with the work she did, and I’m looking forward to working with her in the future. You can check out her services and rates here, on her about page. Where as most people were wanting to charge me 1500-2000 dollars for just a proofread, if she had charged me, it still would have only come to just over $700 for a complete copy-edit.

So as you can see, her prices are more than fair. And I believe she did a masterful job of enhancing the writing flow of my work. Check her out the next time you need something looked at!

Now to reformat the whole thing to re-upload. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

A thank you to Dalanar

“This is a little something I wrote to honor a guest that sits among us right now. It’s not finished, but the joyful sounds of family have inspired me to share. Dalanar, this is a song to thank you for that sacrifice. We can never say it enough to you.”

They came at us with sword and spear

their cries of rage filled our ears

A lustful hate filled their eyes

A brother’s love lost in surprise

What has happened? What has gone wrong?

Why did they lose their joyful song?

Oh, They go, they change as time passes by.

Cause they know that time reveals all lies.

What will one brother choose to do

A sacrifice he must see through

In order to save our days

And keep us from an ending fate.

What has happened? What has gone wrong?

Why did they lose their joyful song?

Oh, they go, they change as time passes by,

Cause they know that time reveals all lies.

Now it seems your fate is sealed,

What to do with such a shitty deal?

How can I come to say

Thank you, sir for saving the day.

What has happened? What has gone wrong?

Why did they lose their joyful song?

Oh, they go, they change as time passes by.

Cause they know that time reveals all lies.

AUTHOR RESOURCES that are cheap, and I almost forgot to brag….that doesn’t happen very often.

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Little Black Stormcloud

Remember, my first book is free on Smashwords! Click the picture to download.

So I received another review for my full series, and it got me thinking. Why is it that the opinions of people we’ve never met seem to matter so much?

I remember getting my DNF review, and how it made me feel hurt at first, which is unusual for me. Having been picked on and made fun off all my life, I’ve developed a very thick skin over time. I pride myself on my ability to rebound back from any criticism people give me, no matter what it is. I just don’t let it affect me, and I continue to be who I want to be. That’s part of what I think makes me great.

But that review hurt and shook my confidence, and it was about a week before I could really recover from it. And as I said, I’m normally the type of person that couldn’t give two shits what you think of me.

This latest review had the exact opposite effect. Though I was already in a good mood, the review shot me to new heights and so my head began to fill again with delusions of grandeur. Until Sara brought me back down to Earth that is.

I know it’s a normal human reaction, but I can’t help feeling that it shouldn’t affect me like it has. So, I’m going to strive not to let the reviews affect me. If I get a negative one, oh well. I had fun writing the books, and they helped me to start finding a healthier me. If I get a positive one, well, let’s just say while I hope at some future date to have it take off, it hasn’t yet.

I’ve just got to keep telling myself to keep it in perspective.

Oh, and here’s a copy of the review from Goodreads.com

Alysia said:

This book was great from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the idea of a 16 year old half dragon. I really like books with dragons in them. The story was very engaging and compelling. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

She is also willing to read most works, so drop her an e-mail at Alysiaur (at) Yahoo (Dot) com if you would like a review, too.

Author resources:

These are the places I have to give a shout out to. You should check with them if you’re an author, they’re looking for more people to post.


She’s an awesome lady. When not struggling with her child or reading/editing others works(including her husbands) she wrote the books I did the first review on. A very positive and supportive woman, I applaud her.


Offered me sound professional advice(But I love my e-mail and anonymity. Sara doesn’t want me to lose it). Also gave me an awesome interview posted to her site. A wonderful young woman.


(Holy crap, I’m starting to notice a theme here….) Another beautiful mother added to the list. She gave me an awesome interview and posted the cover of the book on her site, as well as links to where to get it. (Best way to get your work out is to spread the word! So use these resources, all it takes is the right person.)


(Yeah! A dude….I think….maybe not….could be a conglomeration…Damnit women are taking over the world!)

If you’re book is on kindle, they will list it for free. Once again, resources people. They were very supportive, offering a ton of tweets about my book across many different genres for free. Definitely earned me lots of clicks.

Sci-fi Fantasy Betty

If you write sci-fi or fantasy, they will list your book for free until they hit their quota. I have no idea what that means, but you should jump on it now!


If you use twitter, this is a way to get an auto retweet to over 100k readers 3 times a day for free. They are awesome.

Nonnie Jules

Partially another twitter resource, part place to place your book for a spotlight, part review service, and part looking for entertainment from independent authors like myself. They do a bit of everything. #RRBC Their members do retweet, and they have a staff of volunteer tweeters about new authors that have joined. They do charge to join them, plus you need to buy author books in the program, but they seem very supportive so far. They’ve listed my book in their catalog for other members to read and review as they’d like.


Another twitter resource, he will tweet your book for free at random, but also offers a paid service. I’m still thankful to him for the free tweets about my book.

I offer you these, because as a man who lives at the bottom rung of the economic ladder, I realize how important every dollar and every bit of support is. I may not be able to offer much yet, but I salute you people and all you do for the author just starting out.

FREE BOOK Victory is mine! You can get my series online at Smashwords.com!

FINALLY got my books into the smashwords.com premium catalog. Had to blow up and redo the manuscript four times, but I hope it’s worth it! So, for those who have stuck with me, and liked the story I started the blog with, I offer you a free sample. While I want to become a professional author, to me getting the story out is more important. So, I offer you all an exclusive chance to get my books for free in any electronic format you like. Coupons as follow.

First off is the always free, Breath of the Titans: Little Black Stormcloud.


Next is Breath of the Titans: A Mother’s Love.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/479245  Free book code-ZT44P Not case sensitive

And Last is Breath of the Titans: War of the Chiefs.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/505447 Free book code-PH76Q Not case sensitive

Hope you all enjoy them, and feel free to leave me any feed back. The codes are good until April of next year, but after that the last 2 books go back on sale for $0.99 each. Laters!