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New Covers for the Ways of Camelot Series

For 2015, we are updating the covers for my YA Arthurian fantasy series, the WAYS OF CAMELOT. Below you can see the former covers and the newest versions. Updated versions will go live on the e-books today. Print book updates will occur shortly. By the way, Book 3 of the series will be coming out in early 2015.

ROAD OF LEAVES (Book 1)

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ROAD OF WATERS (Book 2)

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Magical Enchantments- Journeyman 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 journeyman level enchantments, including brief quotes from the novel(s) they are mentioned in:

Journeyman Level of Enchantments

1. Twist of Air– a whirlwind that the magician can guide. Much stronger than a Teasing of Air.

Quotes from ROAD OF LEAVES:

Francis didn’t look pleased at the idea, but he motioned for Thom to pull out his magician’s box. “Then I’ll need your powders, both magical and mundane, for I have none.”

So Thomas supplied the elements while Francis crafted the enchantment. The monk waited a bit to start, letting evening settle in. When it was about an hour before the nightly winds would stir, he judged it time and began mixing, adding his own spittle to attune the magic to himself. Thom watched and listened, for this was the best way to learn a new enchantment.

Francis’ last step was smearing some of the potion on his lips and hands so that he could direct the brewing breeze. A miniature whirlwind rose from the mixing bowl. The monk directed its shape with his hands and then blew it into motion, sending it up the Road and around the corner.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

Desperate, Thom started mixing a response. The first thing that came to mind was a Twist of Air, an enchantment that he had never tried himself but had learned from Francis. He filled his bowl with the powders of Snow Hummingbird feathers, Saber Leaf Dandelion seeds, and Midnight Petrel wings. To that he added the mundane elements of water and his own spittle to attune the magic to his bidding.

Following the example of Francis, his last step was to smear some of the potion on his lips and hands so that he could guide the brewing breeze. A small whirlwind rose from the mixing bowl, one far smaller than the windstorm that had just struck them. He directed the swirling air with his hands and then blew it into motion, sending it to intercept the fireball that was already racing in his direction.


2. Cloud of Mist– a fog or dewy mist that can be used for concealment

Quote from ROAD OF LEAVES:

He handed over all that he had of four specific powders, curious about the monk’s choice. These were precious elements that he had taken from the sorceress’ stash at Wizard Cruthen’s urging, but he had never worked with any of them. He only knew of their potency and value from his master. Thom was almost tempted to linger and watch how Francis would use such elements for magic. However, he had his own magic to craft.

They were to leave Francis to do his enchantment from here while they moved farther down the canyon. The monk stood over the small pool of water, mixing elements in a bowl and then stirring them into the pool. Soon a mist appeared, slowly swirling over the water and then streaming off to follow the water over a small fall and on down the slope.


3. Fireball– a burning sphere that can be thrown great distances by a magician.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

She (Vivien) stirred together powders of Phoenix tongue, crushed Azure Fireflies, and Crested Black Eagle feathers, along with Spotted Pine oil. She added the mundane elements of oak pollen, black powder, and lamp oil. When she added her spittle, she lifted the mixing bowl close to her face in an almost dainty move, so unlike Thom’s usual loud spitting.

He watched and listened as she mixed, for it was a new enchantment to him though it nagged at his memory somehow. She then coated her dampened hands with a powdering of white sand, almost like a baker coats his hands with flour to keep the dough from sticking to his fingers. It was not until she scooped her hands into the resulting goop and starting forming a glowing ball that he realized what it was. A fireball.


4.  Glowing Man (unnamed in the novel)- an enchantment that coats a person and causes them to glow brightly. Used to highlight a speaker or to intimidate an enemy.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

Six glowing men appeared in the opening. Thom couldn’t recognize them from so far away, but he was still certain at least one of them was Merlin.

Centaurs rushed through the shattered gate, swerving around the shining wizards and galloping after the enemy.


5. Tarn’s Call– Amplifies a voice or sound so that it can be heard from far away.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

Levitanus now concentrated on the journeymen with him. “Vivien, does your magician’s box contain the elements needed to craft a Tarn’s Call?”

She nodded, swinging her knapsack off her shoulders.

“Wait to open the vials until I order it, for I want to limit the revealing of our position to the shortest time possible,” warned Levitanus. “Thomas, get your mixing bowl ready, along with the necessary mundane elements. You are to stir the powders quickly but thoroughly. Pause only long enough for me to add my spittle. The magic must be attuned to me, for I will have to be the one to sound the horn.”

Levitanus held the horn in his left hand as he leaned heavily on the staff in his right. He needed them to be his hands for the mixing.

Vivien quickly retrieved the appropriate elements, handing them to Thom. He mixed them as quickly as he could, adding the mundane elements as directed since this was a new enchantment to him. He was very aware of the noise the elements made.

He held it up for his master to spit into it, then finished the blending. When the mixing was done, Levitanus let his makeshift staff fall and dipped his hand into the watery paste. He smeared the enchantment on his lips and the horn’s end.

The wizard paused a moment to gather his breath and then sounded the centaur horn. Its voice was greatly enhanced, echoing in the inner ear as well. He blew a series of short and long blasts in some code known to the horse-men.

Thom guessed that the clarion call would have been heard by anyone on the island who knew how to listen with their inner ear. The sorcerers would know where to look now.

The sorcerer crafted a simple Teasing of Air and gave the other craft a push. The burning galley floated down the canal and seemed to linger for a breath, but then the Road of Waters caught it and whipped it away.


 

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Magical Enchantments- Apprentice 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 apprentice-level enchantments, including brief quotes from the novel(s) they are mentioned in:

Apprentice Level Enchantments

1. Whisper of Warning– Sets a magical boundary that, when violated, will warn the magician. Advantage is that it is a weak enchantment often unnoticed by other magicians.

Quotes from ROAD OF LEAVES:

He took some dried and pulverized ear of a Bearded Night Hare to recreate the impressive hearing of those extraordinary rabbits. He also took some powdered tongue of Western Tufted Martlet, for that magical bird was well known to whistle in warning whenever an intruder entered its territory. The final element was crushed leaves of a Whispering Elm to give the magic a softer sound. Next, he took out some of the mundane elements he needed to add to the mix: lodestone shavings, powdered glass, and a tad amount of silver dust.

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Thom mixed it all in the wooden bowl and then spat into it numerous times, tuning the magic to himself. A magician always added something of himself when crafting an enchantment, using spit or tears or sweat or even urine. He once read of using blood, but his master had told him blood was a dangerous thing to work with.

He then added water until the mixture reached a soupy consistency. His inner ear picked up the change in sounds as the different elements intermingled. He was crafting an enchantment known as the Whisper of Warning. He listened to his work as it came together, making sure all remained in careful rhythm. Although he had crafted this particular magic often enough, it being one of the few enchantments taught an apprentice, he still wanted to make sure he designed the magic correctly.

When satisfied with the concoction, he dabbed some on his ears and then took the bowl in hand and walked a small circle around his blanket, dribbling the mixture on the grass. He listened to make sure the magic’s rhythm didn’t alter or weaken as he set it in place. Once the circle was completed, it gave off a beat so faint that most magicians wouldn’t even hear it. Should anyone or anything pass through the circle, Thom would awaken.


2. Wizard Light– Provides a sphere of light that can be sent to hover over a distant object. More accomplished magicians can handle multiple lights at the same time, sending them in different directions.

Quotes from ROAD OF WATERS:

He opened his magician’s box and quickly pulled out the vials he needed: powdered Azure Fireflies, powdered Meadow Dragon wings, and dried and crushed Glow Berries.

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Thom snatched vials of powdered Azure Fireflies, powdered Meadow Dragon wings, and dried and crushed Glow Berries. He quickly mixed the elements and added his spit. He formed small balls of the resulting paste, balls that started glowing as he worked them. They were Wizard Lights, which would provide a soft light but no heat. Touch them and your finger might tingle, but they certainly caused no harm.


 

3. Fire Starter– A spark or small flames, used to light campfires, lamps, or other combustible objects

Quote from ROAD OF LEAVES:

He hastily pulled out his magician’s box and pulled out three elements and then shut and shoved the box back into his knapsack. Not worrying about the waste, he dumped the contents into his palm, mixing it with his other hand. His hand tingled and warmed as the elements mixed into the Fire Starter enchantment. Before it could do more than blister his hand, he flung the powdered mix at the small fire burning around the fallen torch. The fire surged in size, green grass shriveling and then bursting into flames.


 

4. Teasing of Air– a small windstorm that a magician can guide somewhat, much like an enhanced exhaling of air.

Quote from ROAD OF LEAVES:

If done right, the Teasing of Air would be able to send the smoke at the riders, but Thom was uncertain he remembered the whole enchantment. Fumbling in the dark, he opened his magician’s box and selected the elements by their sound. Having no time to dig a mixing bowl from his pack, he cupped his left hand and poured the elements into it, stirring the powder with his right index finger and adding his spit to attune the magic… Thom touched some of the moist powders to his lips and then threw the rest at the smoke. He made a sweeping motion with his arm and blew toward the charging knights. Surprisingly a wind stirred, sweeping up the smoke and enveloping the knights in its billows.

Quote from ROAD OF WATERS:

The sorcerer crafted a simple Teasing of Air and gave the other craft a push. The burning galley floated down the canal and seemed to linger for a breath, but then the Road of Waters caught it and whipped it away.


 

 

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November Writing Projects Update

This is just a quick update on my current writing projects for last month:

1. Ways of Camelot Arthurian fantasy series- I had to make a tough decision on ROAD OF CLOUDS, ripping up much of its beginning for a major redo. I had to remove the first 3 chapters and condense the next 5 chapters into 3. It’s hard to drop so much material but I think readers will appreciate the results once I’m done. This takes ROAD OF CLOUDS from 10% complete to only 5%, but I am still committed to getting it done by early 2015.

2. Tyrants of Tolerance science fiction series- While wrestling with RoC  (see above), I took a break to start the first book in this Science Fiction Dystopia: TAG WARREN AND THE FRAGILE CITY, set in a fallen California in the near futureI really love the characters and story line. This is going to be a fun series. I even have the website started: TagWarren.com, although it is still very basic. The site will become richer as the story develops. This book is about 15% complete. Expected publication is early 2015, to be followed by the next two novels in the series soon thereafter (hopefully).

3. Cirian War Saga epic fantasy series- I am about 30% done with Book #2, TRUTH MOCKER, and holding. I haven’t done much with this series in 2014, due to its huge size (these books are 2-3 times as long as the others). I do look forward to getting back to the series, but it won’t be until early next year. I hope to complete two books in this series in 2015.

4. Non-fiction series- This month I didn’t do any work on the various guidebooks put out under Genuine HR’s various series. I may do so when I have more time at the end of the year, but they aren’t a high priority right now. We just aren’t seeing enough sales on these books yet.

Well, that’s it for November. I was hoping it would be a more productive month, but it was still fun creating what I could. Thanks for reading.

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October Writing Projects

This is just a quick update on my current writing projects:

1. Ways of Camelot series- I am about 10% done with Book #3, ROAD OF CLOUDS. I was stalled for a bit until I realized that I was trying to squeeze too much into one volume. So, yes, there will be a Book #4, tentatively titled ROADS’ END.

The book is hitting its stride now that I’ve split it into two and started the Sci-Fi novel (see below). I now have some breathing room to let Thom mature a little and improve his magical skills before he has to face his ultimate foe in Book #4. It also lets me ratchet up the energy even more. Good stuff!

Road of Water coverBook #2, ROAD OF WATERS, is now out in trade paperback as well as e-book and I really love how its cover turned out. Sales have started slow for this Young Adult Fantasy series, but those who have read it are loving it, so I’m happy with that.

2. Tyrants of Tolerance series- I have jumped into writing Book #1 of this new series because I needed a bit of a break from the Camelot series. This novel doesn’t have a name yet, but is a Young Adult Sci-Fi/ Dystopia.

Has a great start, full of energy and emotion. Look forward to really digging into the story. I’m about 10% finished on this novel too.

3. Cirian War Saga series- I am about 30% done with Book #2, TRUTH MOCKER, and holding. I haven’t done much with this series in 2014, due to its huge size (these books are 2-3 times as long as the others). I do look forward to getting back to the series, but it won’t be until next year. I hope to complete two books in this series in 2015.

4. Non-fiction series- This month I didn’t do any work on the various guidebooks put out under Genuine HR’s various series. I may do so when I have more time at the end of the year, but they aren’t a high priority right now. We just aren’t seeing enough sales on these books yet.

Well, that’s it for October. Hopefully, November will be a much-more productive month. Thanks for reading.

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Road of Leaves- Free E-book this Weekend

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Get a free e-book this weekend.

For those who have not yet started my WAYS OF CAMELOT series, now is a good time to start. This weekend (Oct 17-19, 2014) Book 1 will be free on Amazon as an e-book.  ROAD OF LEAVES is an Arthurian fantasy for young adults and adults. This is a great chance to try out this series.

Check it out over at Amazon:

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Magic, Mayhem, and Mystery

There are no simple roads to Camelot. Thomas is a 27-year-old 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.

ROAD OF LEAVES, an historic fantasy by Eric Lorenzen.

 

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Want to learn more about it first? Click here to read an excerpt.

This Amazon sale is from October 17-19, 2014, so be sure to download your free copy this weekend.

 

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Road of Leaves- Price Reduction

Road of Leaves coverLooking for a fun novel to read? Try ROAD OF LEAVES, book 1 of the Ways of Camelot series. To celebrate the release of Book 2, Road of Leaves has been reduced in price to just $2.99 for the e-book and $11.99 for the trade paperback version (suggested US retail prices)

The third book of this series, ROAD OF CLOUDS, will be out late 2014/ early 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.

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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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What about those of us in the UK? For our readers in the UK, use the link below.

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Thanks for you interest in my books. Book 2 of this trilogy, ROAD OF WATERS, will be coming out in about one month.

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Road of Waters- Book 2 of the Ways of Camelot series

 

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ROAD OF WATERS, book 2 in the Ways of Camelot series, continues the adventures of Thomas, the magician-in-training.

Beware the glowing Road of Waters, for it changes course throughout the night. It is a fickle Road that can drown its enemies.

Thom doesn’t like traveling by river galley, but he has no choice. The Guild council has sent him to help Keeper Weston- at least they claim that’s his assignment. He soon learns that all isn’t as it seems. One of his companions is shape-shifting, mermaids find a dead wizard, and sorcerers are hunting King Arthur.

Thom must fight, using the magic he hasn’t yet mastered. And this time, his enemies are some of the most powerful sorcerers in the land. As the Road of Waters goes wild, Thom must rescue the king, protect his friends, and avenge his master.

ROAD OF WATERS- Book 2 of the WAYS OF CAMELOT, a fantasy trilogy.

Title: Road of Waters
Series: a Ways of Camelot novel (Book 2)
Publisher: Reader Hill
US Suggested Price: $2.99 e-book/ $14.99 trade paperback
Available from major book retailers, including:

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Looking for Book 1 in the Ways of Camelot series?

This series starts with ROAD OF LEAVES.
Click here to learn more about book 1.

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Road of Leaves- Fantasy Novel on sale

Road of Leaves coverLooking 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. (August 21- 24, 2014).

This is the first book in the Ways of Camelot trilogy. The second book, ROAD OF WATERS, will be released in about one month. The third book, ROAD OF CLOUDS, will be out before the end of the year.

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:

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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What about those of us in the UK? For our readers in the UK, this novel will be on sale from Aug 22-24, 2014.

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Thanks for you interest in my books. Book 2 of this trilogy, ROAD OF WATERS, will be coming out in about one month.

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Summer Challenge: week seven

This summer, I have challenged myself to a rigorous writing schedule. To help stay accountable, I will be publishing my daily numbers here.

DAY 1, Week 7 (Monday July 21st)

Fiction word count: 354

Non-Fiction word count: 0

Editing work completed: 2 chapters edited/ re-wrote 3 chapters of ROAD OF WATERS

Publishing work completed: 0

Marketing work completed: Updated Reader Hill website: refreshed look and expanded site. Also updated Loyal Guide website with a refreshed look and page header.

DAY 2, Week 7 (Tuesday July 22nd)

Fiction word count: 0

Non-Fiction word count: 0

Editing work completed: finished 2 full edits of ROAD OF WATERS/ plus 2 chapters formatted for another project

Publishing work completed: 0

Marketing work completed: 0

DAY 3, Week 7 ( Wednesday July 23rd)

Fiction word count: 0

Non-Fiction word count: 0

Editing work completed: 0

Publishing work completed: 0

Marketing work completed: 0

DAY 4, Week 7 ( Thursday July 24th)

Fiction word count: 0

Non-Fiction word count: 0

Editing work completed: 0

Publishing work completed: 0

Marketing work completed: 0

DAY 5, Week 7 ( Friday July 25th)

Fiction word count: 0

Non-Fiction word count: 0

Editing work completed: 0

Publishing work completed: 0

Marketing work completed: 0

DAY 6, Week 7 ( Saturday July 26th)

Fiction word count: 0

Non-Fiction word count: 0

Editing work completed: 0

Publishing work completed: 0

Marketing work completed: 0

Week 7 Totals

Fiction word count: pending

Non-Fiction word count: 0

Editing work completed: pending

Publishing work completed: 0

Marketing work completed: 0

 

Summer Totals

Week 1: 12,811

Week 2: 12,825

Week 3: 6,805

Week 4: 6,508

Week 5: 4,153 new words / 4 chapters edited

Week 6:  3,961 new words/ 11 chapters edited/ 3 chapters formatted

Week 7: pending

GRAND TOTAL FOR SUMMER: 47,063 new words/ 15 chapters edited/ 3 chapters formatted/  1 website updated

 

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