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Road of Leaves- Fantasy Novel on sale

Road of Leaves novelLooking for a fun novel to read? Try ROAD OF LEAVES. This Arthurian Fantasy is on sale this weekend at Amazon for only 99 cents as an e-book. (January 21- 27, 2016).

This is the first book in the Ways of Camelot trilogy. The second book, ROAD OF WATERS, is already out. Book 3, CAMELOT OF THE ROADS, will be released in 2016, as will the 4th and final book, ROAD OF CLOUDS.

ROAD OF LEAVES is a great tale, set in Arthurian times, where you will follow a magician’s apprentice named Thomas as he faces scheming sorcerers, magical beings, and an enchanted road gone wild.

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What is ROAD OF LEAVES about? Well, here’s a short blurb on the novel:

Magic, Mayhem, and Mystery

There are no simple roads to Camelot. Thomas is a magician’s apprentice who must travel to the Camelot guild house for his master. He takes the Road of Leaves, an enchanted tree-lined way that shifts every night as the winds move its leafy route. He joins a walking party that includes a monk, merchants, a troubadour, and an old woman.

Thom expects a pleasant hike along the Road that was crafted by the great wizard Merlin. Instead, he staggers into murder, magical warfare, and romance. While trying to make his way to Arthur’s capital, Thom fights natural forces, a sorceress, and a pair of ornery goats.

Not only must Thom struggle to use magic he barely understands, but he also has to face an enchantment that is far beyond his comprehension. An enchantment that fights back, for the Road of Leaves will defend itself.

Buy it today and start reading ROAD OF LEAVES on your e-reader, computer, tablet, or smart phone.

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December Update on Works in Progress

I have been remiss at posting a current update on my works-in-progress. Due to other work responsibilities, I’ve fallen far behind even while being rather busy. Here is a quick update on my current series:

WAYS OF CAMELOT series- I have struggled throughout the year with the third book of what was supposed to be a trilogy, but I finally realized that this series required another book, now titled CAMELOT OF THE ROADS, to come before ROAD OF CLOUDS. Book 3 is about 90% complete and should be ready for publication with Reader Hill Publishing in early 2016. I plan to finish Book 4, the final one, next year as well.

CIRIAN WAR SAGA series- I have been anxious to get back to this world. Book 2, TRUTH MOCKER, is about a third of the way done and will be released in 2016. I hope to complete Book 3 in 2016 as well, but that might not happen due to the size of these epic fantasies.

I hope to get a huge jump forward in my writing progress in the next few weeks. January’s update will hopefully show a lot more headway. That is it for now. I wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a great New Year.

 

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Road of Leaves e-book on Sale this weekend

Road of Leaves novelThe Road of Leaves e-book will be on sale at Amazon from October 23- 29, 2015. Here’s a great opportunity to get the first book in the the Ways of Camelot series for less than a buck.

What is this fantasy about? Here is a quick intro:

Beware, for the Road stirs every night. When the leaves begin to blow, death follows.

Thom must travel the Road of Leaves for his master. He takes the enchanted, leaf-covered route to get to the hidden city of Camelot. As a magician’s apprentice he knows a little about enchantments, but when the Road’s magic goes wild, he has no idea how to stop it.

He and a few other travelers survive windstorms and attacks, reaching the Isle of Sun. But there he learns that a sorceress has captured Queen Guinevere and severed the Road’s link to Camelot. Thom must try to rescue the queen, in spite of his limited skills at magic. Not only is the queen in danger but so is Adele, the young woman who has captured his affection.

He goes back out onto the wind-torn Road, helped by a monk, a mercenary, and some pixies. Somehow, he must fight his way through to rescue his queen and his love, and to stop the attack on the Road of Leaves.

ROAD OF LEAVES- Book 1 of the WAYS OF CAMELOT, a fantasy trilogy.

 

USA: on sale for just 99 cents:

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UK: it is also on sale in the United Kingdom for these same dates, for just L 0.99:

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October Update on Book Projects

I haven’t posted an update on my writing projects for some time. My apologies to those who have been wondering. My production slowed down over the last few months, while I was caught up in non-writing projects. My plate is overflowing for the last quarter of 2015, with lots of projects- but only some of them are my own novels.

I have 5 books and 2 websites to complete by the end of the year. Two of those books are mine, but only one of them is under my name. The other 3 books I’m doing the editing and formatting. CAMELOT OF THE ROADS will be the one “Eric Lorenzen” novel that I will finish this year, but I hope to release another 3 under my name next year.

Here is a quick update on my various writing projects:

Road of Leaves novel

The Ways of Camelot Series: For some reason, Book 3 has been hard to write. After much writing and rewriting, I realized that it needed to be split into two books. So this is how the series is now:
1. ROAD OF LEAVES
2. ROAD OF WATERS
3. CAMELOT OF THE ROADS (2015)
4. ROAD OF CLOUDS (2016)

Fallen King novelCirian War Saga: This series, due to the huge size of each novel, has been delayed for too long. I will be focusing my fantasy writing on completing two more of these epic novels in 2016.
1. FALLEN KING
2. TRUTH MOCKER (2016)
3. WATCH RIDER (2016)
4. Untitled (2017)
5. Untitled (2017)

Tyrants of Tolerance Series: This is a new near-future science-fiction series that I really look forward to writing. I already have a pile of notes and about 10% of the first book done. However, I have 4 novels to finish before I can start on this series.
1. TAG WARREN AND THE FRAGILE CITY (2017)
2. Untitled (2017)
3. Untitled (2018)
4. Untitled (2018)

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Road of Clouds cover reveal

Howdy everyone,

I have been rather silent these last few months as I’ve fought with Book 3 of the Ways of Camelot series. This has been a hard book for me to write, mainly due to lots of interruptions.  I am close to finishing Road of Clouds and it should be ready for sale by the end of this summer.

The book’s cover has been finalized, so I thought I would giver everyone a peek at it. So here you go:

Road of Clouds cover

 

Yes, that is the character Adele on the cover. I thought she had earned her own by now.

One positive from all the false starts on this novel: I have lots of extra material that I plan to use to create a few short stories set in the same world. So, soon after I release Road of Clouds, I will probably get out 2-3 short stories as well. I can’t promise any definite release dates on these short stories, but hopefully it will happen within the next few months too.

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Road of Leaves- Fantasy Novel on sale for 99 cents

 

Road of Leaves novel

Looking for a fun novel to read? Try ROAD OF LEAVES. This Arthurian Fantasy is on sale at Amazon for only 99 cents as an e-book. (April 16-22, 2015).

This is the first book in the Ways of Camelot trilogy. Book 2 (ROAD OF WATERS) is already available and the final book (ROAD OF CLOUDS) will be released very soon (Spring 2015).

ROAD OF LEAVES is a great tale, set in Arthurian times, where you will follow a magician’s apprentice named Thomas as he faces scheming sorcerers, magical beings, and an enchanted road gone wild.

Amazon buy button

What is ROAD OF LEAVES about? Well, here’s a short blurb on the novel:

Beware, for the Road stirs every night. When the leaves begin to blow, death follows.

Thom must travel the Road of Leaves for his master. He takes the enchanted, leaf-covered route to get to the hidden city of Camelot. As a magician’s apprentice he knows a little about enchantments, but when the Road’s magic goes wild, he has no idea how to stop it.

He and a few other travelers survive windstorms and attacks, reaching the Isle of Sun. But there he learns that a sorceress has captured Queen Guinevere and severed the Road’s link to Camelot. Thom must try to rescue the queen, in spite of his limited skills at magic. Not only is the queen in danger but so is Adele, the young woman who has captured his affection.

He goes back out onto the wind-torn Road, helped by a monk, a mercenary, and some pixies. Somehow, he must fight his way through to rescue his queen and his love, and to stop the attack on the Road of Leaves.

ROAD OF LEAVES- Book 1 of the WAYS OF CAMELOT, a fantasy trilogy.

Buy it today and start reading ROAD OF LEAVES on your e-reader, computer, tablet, or smart phone.

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Thanks for you interest in my books.

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Road of Leaves- Fantasy Novel on sale in the UK

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This is for my readers in the United Kingdom: Looking for a fun novel to read? Try ROAD OF LEAVES. This Arthurian Fantasy is on sale for the next 5 days at Amazon for only  L 0.99 as an e-book. (March 19-26, 2015).

This is the first book in the Ways of Camelot trilogy. The second book, ROAD OF WATERS, is also available through Amazon. The third book of this trilogy, ROAD OF CLOUDS, will be out within the next 2 months.

ROAD OF LEAVES is a great tale, set in Arthurian times, where you will follow a magician’s apprentice named Thomas as he faces scheming sorcerers, magical beings, and an enchanted road gone wild.

AmazonUK buy button

What is ROAD OF LEAVES about? Well, here’s a short blurb on the novel:

Magic, Mayhem, and Mystery

There are no simple roads to Camelot. Thomas is a magician’s apprentice who must travel to the Camelot guild house for his master. He takes the Road of Leaves, an enchanted tree-lined way that shifts every night as the winds move its leafy route. He joins a walking party that includes a monk, merchants, a troubadour, and an old woman.

Thom expects a pleasant hike along the Road that was crafted by the great wizard Merlin. Instead, he staggers into murder, magical warfare, and romance. While trying to make his way to Arthur’s capital, Thom fights natural forces, a sorceress, and a pair of ornery goats.

Not only must Thom struggle to use magic he barely understands, but he also has to face an enchantment that is far beyond his comprehension. An enchantment that fights back, for the Road of Leaves will defend itself.

Buy it today and start reading ROAD OF LEAVES on your e-reader, computer, tablet, or smart phone.

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Thanks for you interest in my books. Book 2 of this trilogy, ROAD OF WATERS, is already available and Book 3, ROAD OF CLOUDS will be released this spring.

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Fallen King epic fantasy on sale for 99 cents

For a limited time, FALLEN KING, book 1 of the Cirian War Saga, will be on sale at Amazon for only 99 cents for the e-book.  The sale runs from January 22- 28, 2015, so hurry and get your copy at a reduced price.

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A fantastic tale of heroes, demons, and a desperate heir. In the land of Na Ciria, an ancient enemy has returned and there are only a few standing against the invasion:

A PRINCE ABOUT TO LOSE HIS REALM
The grizzled and weary Prince Wintron Dabe, longtime heir to the throne, inherits a kingdom on the same day that most of it falls under demonic invaders.

A PRAYER WARRIOR STRUGGLING TO FIND HIS POWERS
Young Afral must face his heritage and his uncertain abilities.  He flees those who want to capture him, while trying to reach a people who may reject him.

A WATCH RIDER FACING BETRAYAL BY SOMEONE SHE TRUSTS
The determined Mylana Farsight must lead other Watch Riders on a dangerous mission to warn the land’s long-hidden defenders. Dreadhounds pursue her, even as a traitor seeks to learn her secret.

FALLEN KING, an epic fantasy by Eric Lorenzen.

Content Advisory: This novel contains scenes of war violence, demonic possession, and human sacrifice.

Title: Fallen King
Series: Cirian War Saga, book 1
Publisher: Reader Hill

Click here to purchase at Amazon today.

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Tracking Book Sales

iStock_000017970388SmallThis post is meant for my fellow writers.  Because I self-publish through my own company (Reader Hill), I am responsible for tracking my book sales from quite a few different distribution channels. To do so, I’ve created spreadsheet with a page for each book. I thought I would share it online in case any other authors might want it.

I use a simple Excel spreadsheet with auto-sum formulas for each column. Here’s a screen shot of the form for those who are curious:

Book Sales Spreadsheet Photo

For each month, I track quantity sold, money earned, and quantity given away. I do this for each book that I’ve published. Using simple auto-sum formulas, the form then gives my a monthly total for all the data in each column.

Lower down on the spreadsheet, I add up the yearly Quantity Totals and yearly Income Totals.

At the bottom of the spreadsheet you will see that there are tabs for each book. I write in the book’s name there and in the top left box.

If you are interested in using the form, it is attached below:

Book Sales Template 2015

I hope this helps some of my fellow writers.

Thanks for reading,

Eric

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Magical Enchantments- Master Magician Level

Road of Leaves coverRoad of Water cover2In the Ways of Camelot fantasy series, numerous magical enchantments are mentioned. Magic in this series is something that is crafted, using elements distilled from magical plants and animals. (Those into the Dark Arts will also distill elements from magical beings that have been killed.)

Magic is a skill that can be taught to almost anyone, as long as they have an ear for hearing the rhythmic sounds of the various elements. However, it is not something that is learned easily. Most magicians go through decades of training before they even reach the journeyman level and most do not attain master magician (wizard) status before old age creeps up on them.

Below, is a list of master magician level enchantments, including brief quotes from the novel(s) they are mentioned in:

Master Level of Enchantments

1. Dark Passage– creates an area of total darkness

Quote from ROAD OF LEAVES:

Francis went aside and did his mixing in a wooden bowl. The final brew was a dark, bubbling goo that he carefully set to one side. He then retrieved a rope from his saddlebags and tied it around his waist. When ready, he stated that only the pixies should join him. “This magic doesn’t mask sound and we’ll disappear to ourselves as well as becoming invisible to our enemy. Leave your deer here and prepare your bows in advance.”

Thom became suspicious. “Is this like the dark passage we came through earlier?”

Francis grimaced. “It is, though I could never sustain anything as vast as what the sorceress made.”


2. Eagle’s Spying– a way for a magician to see things far away.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

Thom had never witnessed the creation of an Eagle’s Spying but he knew it was used to see things at a distance. His master had used it to find him a few times when he had been much younger and more prone to scamper off into the wilderness around their cottage.

Cath mixed the magic, attuning it to himself with a drop of blood from a pricked finger. A tiny, purple-glowing sphere rose up from the mixing bowl, like a floating eyeball. It shot away from the galley, heading toward the enemy’s boat. It had a very distinct click to its fast beat and Thom wondered how long it would take before the sorcerers noticed it and reacted. Cath sat down on a crate and just stared at nothing, his vision somehow linked with the enchantment he had just created.


3. Water Fire (unnamed in the novels)- a larger fireball that is capable of burning underwater

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

“Thomas, who is on the other boats?” asked Francis in an urgent whisper. “They start enchantments that are beyond anything I have ever seen or heard. What wizards have been hiding on the other boats?”

Thom finally realized what Francis meant. Apparently, Merlin and Levitanus were crafting some great enchantment because he could hear the elements being stirred and blended. He wasn’t certain of all the sounds, but he recognized five of the magical powders by their distinct rhythms and noted at least three others. Thom had never mixed more than three magical elements together. He couldn’t imagine what it took to craft something so complex.

“They make something with fire and water combined. Who are they?” asked Francis again.

Thom dared not reveal too much. “There are two wizards among us, but I’m forbidden to reveal their names.”

The abbot grunted and Thom realized that he had been listening.

Francis raised an eyebrow at Thom’s refusal. “Well, warn the captain that they are about to release something bright and loud. Most likely some kind of fire that can burn underwater.”


4. Hand of Lightning (unnamed in novels)- An enchantment that allows a magician to throw up to five lightning bolts, one from each extended finger.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

Gweir quickly crafted an enchantment unlike any Thom had ever seen or heard. He completed his crafting by plunging his hand into the mixing bowl. When he lifted it up, lightning sparked off each fingertip.


5. Wall of Water– an enchantment that sends water shooting into the sky. More accomplished magicians can make the Wall of Water move across a lake or sea.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

When the Royal Lion sprang around the headland, its hastily patched sail was full of Cath’s magical wind. Before it rose Ector’s Wall of Water, geysering up from the lake and providing the lion’s roar. The boat ran toward Mordred’s galley which sat still in the water, just outside the archway exit.

Overhead, the sky was beginning to darken in the east as sunset arrived. Ector’s water wall stayed ahead of them, its top edge feathering back from the speed at which it moved.


6. White Sun (unnamed in novels)- a bright light that can illuminate a wide area

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

A great white light bloomed in the sky high above the hedge wall, a light so bright that it caused shadows. And then another enchantment was released and everyone heard a booming voice.

“Dalrake! I am here and I challenge you now. Come and fight me, you betrayer of our brethren. You call yourself the Great Sorcerer; let us see how great you are. Cease your hiding and slinking from me.”

It was Merlin. He had finally arrived.


7. Rushing Waters (unnamed in novels)- an enchantment that will dam a river or stream and then suddenly release a flood of great force.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

Finally, he heard something- a new rhythm of magic forming. An enchantment was being crafted, but Thomas didn’t recognize it. The fog shredded, wisps caught in a sudden wind. The stiff breeze made Thom swallow nervously, for he remembered the disturbing winds of the Road of Leaves. But he heard nothing wrong with the Road of Waters’ magic.

“Hurry!” ordered Merlin, finally looking back at the others. “Cross the bridge and get up that stairway.”  

He didn’t wait to see if anyone complied, but strode quickly off the bridge and to the wooden stairs that he hadindicated. Levitanus gave Thomas a commanding wave and hurried to follow. Vivien lifted her long dress and scurried over the bridge.

Thom chased after them, rushing onto the bridge. As he crossed over the canal, he looked up its length. The wind now blew so hard that his eyes watered. He noticed that the water seemed lower but he could hear a rumble a few blocks away- heard it with both his ears and his inner ear. He slowed as he tried to understand what was happening.

“Keep running!” yelled Francis.

Thom realized that the three monastics were charging past him.

“Run or drown,” shouted Francis, again urging him onward.

Thom ran, although he still didn’t understand what was happening. The four of them made it over the bridge and onto the stairway just as that rumbling turned into a roar. Astonished, Thom looked down the stairway, over the monks’ heads, to see the bridge now gone and a wall of water charging down the canal.”


8. Shield of Power (unnamed in novels)- a  magical dome or covering that protects those under it from physical objects and most types of attacks.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

The great sorcerer crafted an opaque shield around himself and Mordred. Arthur, splayed at his son’s feet, was also inside.


 

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