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Writing Projects Update for June 2014

I just wanted to take a moment to provide a project updates for those who are interested. For June, I started the Summer Challenge, posting how much I wrote each day.

Here is a list of my current projects and their expected completion dates:

WAYS OF CAMELOT novels (Arthurian Fantasy)

1. Road of Waters (Book 2) will be out in e-book and print in August (now in the editing phase)

2. Road of Clouds– last of the trilogy should be finished by late summer/ early fall 2014

CIRIAN WAR SAGA novels (Epic Fantasy)

1. Truth Mocker (Book 2) should be available by late 2014. (about 40% complete now)

2. Books #3 & 4 of this series are planned for 2015

3. Book 5– last of the saga- is planned for early 2016

TYRANTS OF TOLERANCE Series (YA Science Fiction)

The first of these novels has been delayed until 2015, due to the backlog

 

To my loyal readers who are waiting patiently for the next book in their favorite series- Thank You for your patience. I will do my best to repay your patience with stories that you will enjoy.

 

 

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Writing Projects Update for April 2014

I just wanted to take a moment to provide a project updates for those who are interested. This year has started with a long run of odd illnesses in the Lorenzen household (colds, noro-virus, pink eye, vertigo, strep throat, sinus infection, and more).  Needless to say, my usual writing pace has slowed down. But I hope to see my pace pick up this month.

Here is a list of my current projects and their expected completion dates:

UNLUCKY ALIEN Series (Sci-Fi Short Stories)

1. Alien at the Office will be out in e-book format this month.

WAYS OF CAMELOT novels (Arthurian Fantasy)

1. Road of Waters (Book 2) will be out in e-book and print in about two months (about 70% complete now)

2. Road of Clouds– last of the trilogy should be finished this summer

CIRIAN WAR SAGA novels (Epic Fantasy)

1. Truth Mocker (Book 2) should be available by late 2014. (about 40% complete now)

2. Books #3 & 4 of this series are planned for 2015

3. Book 5– last of the saga- is planned for early 2016

TYRANTS OF TOLERANCE Series (YA Science Fiction)

The first of these novels has been delayed until 2015, due to the backlog

In addition to these projects, I still have numerous non-fiction guidebooks to complete for Genuine HR: books on hiring paperwork, employee discipline, and termination. I may also complete  more short stories, but probably not until this summer.

I’m glad to be so busy, but sometimes I just wish there was more time in the day. To my loyal readers who are waiting patiently for the next book in their favorite series- Thank You for your patience. I will do my best to repay your patience with stories that you will enjoy.

 

 

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Fantasy Fantasy Fridays Magic

The Cost of Magic

In most fantasy tales, magic plays an integral part.  Magic can be wondrous or frightening. Characters use magic to defend the right and to ravage the countryside. Often, magic becomes one of the characters in the story. In Road of Leaves, the shifting Road seems to develop its own personality and has an integral role at the tale’s climax. In Lord of the Rings, the rings, especially the One, have something of a will of their own.

Many of us love fantasy stories, because a good tale will transport us into a new, wondrous, and dangerous land. Stories about magic feed our imagination and remind of us of our childhood dreams. But, it should be costly for someone to acquire any magical powers.

What must you SACRIFICE to gain magic?

It would be boring if magic was easy to learn and unlimited in its power.  I agree with Author David Farland on this: magic must cost the person something.  In his Runelords books, magic is acquired by “borrowing” the powers from dozens or hundreds of other people. The lords sometimes took the powers of others with force, but they dared not kill them- the person needed to survive or the lord would lose that newly-gained enhancement.

In my CIRIAN WAR SAGA novels, the characters have to submit to supernatural forces to gain power. The heroes are empowered by their prayer devotion to El, while the villains find magical powers through demon possession and human sacrifice. Neither way to power is cheap or easy.

In my WAYS OF CAMELOT (WoC) novels, the characters must study for decades to learn how to recognize and use magical elements. They sacrifice their youth, many of them never getting the chance to marry or have a family.

In the WoC novels, elements are rendered from magical plants, insects, and animals. It takes skill and time to be a magician, but more importantly it requires crushing magical things into powders. Something or someone dies to release the power needed to craft an enchantment. Then the darker truth comes out: some magicians are killing magical people to get their properties too.

What LIMITS magic?

If magic has no limits, then a magician becomes a god-like. How can anyone oppose him? I found some super hero tales boring for just that reason. The “hero” wasn’t anyone I could relate to because he had no flaws or restrictions on his power.

In a good fantasy, the magic has parameters. Either there are some things that magic cannot do or the magician is limited. In Lord of the Rings, Frodo struggles with his sword, trying to master its magic. He also contends with the ring, which often is working against him. If either had provided him unlimited powers without conditions, then the story would have failed.

In the WAYS OF CAMELOT novels, I purposely don’t use the terms “spell” or “casting” because the magic is something that is crafted, using a combination of magical elements, mundane elements, and usually some spit that attunes the enchantment to the magician. It takes time, although some enchantments can be prepared in advance. In this world, you can’t just shout out a phrase or think a thought. There is work involved in creating magic. Real, physical labor.

In the Cirian War Saga novels, the powers of El are gained through a life of devotion. It requires the discipline of prayer, hence the Attuls are known as Prayer Warriors. Should they falter in their faith, then El’s power will weaken in their life.

For the villains, they need a steady supply of victims to sacrifice to create their blood magic. They also need the cooperation of the demon within.

What are the ETHICS of magic?

Another aspect of magic is the ethics involved.  Is magic good, bad, or amoral? In most fantasy stories, magic is used by both sides.  So what makes magic either good or evil? Magic’s goodness or evilness can be determined by the practitioner, by how it is used, or by its inherent nature.

For my WoC novels, the issue of ethics became more pressing because the stories are set in King Arthur’s times and include Christian characters. For a Christian, there are Biblical injunctions against the practice of witchcraft and sorcery, which is why I differentiate between those “dark arts” and the natural magic in the Ways of Camelot novels. I also have the magicians craft enchantments, much like a smith or carpenter or weaver. It is work that one learns to master like any other profession; you just happen to be working with magical elements.

So what is the COST of magic?

Magic, because it overrules natural law, is a dangerous thing. So magic should also be hard to learn and difficult to practice. The answer differs by the story, but there should be a significant cost of some type.  Magic is powerful, so it should never be an easy or simple thing to do.

 

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Fantasy Novel Publishing

Road of Leaves- a fantasy novel

Road of Leaves

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.

Title: Road of Leaves
Series: a Ways of Camelot novel
Publisher: Reader Hill
Available from AmazonBarnes and Noble, Powell’s Books,
US Suggested Price: $2.99 e-book/ $11.99 trade paperback
Other Countries: Amazon UK,  Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany

Road of Leaves

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Works in Progress

yellow book with blank coverThanks for visiting!

Here is a quick overview of Eric’s current projects, including expected completion:
1. TRUTH MOCKER– an epic fantasy (Book 2 of the Cirian War Saga), to be published in 2016 by Reader Hill. First Draft 33% complete.
2. CAMELOT OF THE ROADS– third book of the Ways of Camelot novels, expected to be published in 2016. 80% complete
3. TAG WARREN AND THE FRAGILE CITY – a Young Adult science-fiction novel, first of the Tyrants of Tolerance series, set in the near future of Southern California. Estimated publication in 2017. 8% complete
4. WATCH RIDER– Book 3 of the Cirian War Saga estimated publication in 2017. In outlining and story idea phase.
5. ROAD OF CLOUDS– fourth and final book in the Way of Camelot novels, expected to be published in late 2016. In outlining and story idea phase.

Completed Works by Eric:
Fallen King cover51. FALLEN KING– an epic fantasy (Book 1 of the Cirian War Saga)

Alien Tastes Like Chicken2. ALIEN TASTES LIKE CHICKEN– a sci-fi humor short (Unlucky Alien series)

Alien in my Tomatoes3. ALIEN IN MY TOMATOES– a sci-fi humor short (Unlucky Alien series)

Road of Leaves

4. ROAD OF LEAVES– a fantasy novel (a Ways of Camelot novel)

Alien at the Office2

5. ALIEN AT THE OFFICE– a science fiction short story (Unlucky Alien series)

Road of Waters

6. ROAD OF WATERS– a fantasy novel (a Ways of Camelot novel)

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Fantasy Novel Publishing

Fallen King- a fantasy novel

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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
Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Price: $5.99 e-book, $25.00 trade paperback

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Publishing Short Stories

Alien Tastes Like Chicken- A SciFi Short Story

Joey’s weekly barbecues are the “guy event” of his block. Every meal is unique. Joey slathers homemade sauces that range from honey sweet to mouthing searing hot, often on some mystery meat that might be alligator or bear or something else. His neighbor Tim enjoys these gastric adventures, but this week Joey jokes that he has cooked up “alien meat”. Or is it a joke? Let Tim tell you all about this barbecue adventure.

ALIEN TASTES LIKE CHICKEN
Publisher: Reader Hill
Category:
Science-Fiction Humor/ Short Story
Available on Amazon.com and on Barnes and Noble for only $0.99

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Working behind the scenes

So much to do, and the clock seems to be ticking down fast…  I am now a month behind in  my self-imposed deadline for my novel as well as falling behind in getting the business guidebooks done.  However, lots of behind-the-scenes stuff is getting done:

1. The Reader Hill website is up and ready to go as the publisher of my writings.
2. Genuine HR has been converted from being one of our business websites into a blog.  It will now be the “author” for the non-fictional guidebooks coming out from the business.
3. Still need to do the Ministry HR conversion, since it will become the author of our business guidebooks aimed at church offices and other non-profits.