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Tales of Finndragon

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Good morning all.

Today see’s the last blog tour post for Richie Earl’s books, “The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse” & “Return to Finndragon’s Den”. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richie for allowing us to beta read the books and letting us be part of the blog tour for the past few weeks.

As promised, we have a special interview today. If you’ve already read the books you will know this charactor very well. 😉

Interview

Today on Orchard Book Club, we have a most unusual visitor. So please put your paws, er hands together for Bones, the faithful pet dog of Emma, Megan and Scott, who’s arrived fresh from his exploits in the cursed Kingdom of Morgannwg.

Question: Hello Bones, if you had a choice, would you prefer to live in the 6th or 21st century?
That’s an easy one. The 6th century is a great place for a dog, apart from the demon attacks that is. Emma, Megan and Scott never stop complaining about the food there. Well now they know how I feel. All I get in the 21st century is a bowl of rather bland, tasteless pellets of dried food twice a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t matter how much water I drink after eating it, my tongue is always as dry as a corgi’s coat. Ha ha ha haaaaaa. What? You don’t think that’s funny. I guess the joke’s lost in translation.

Since the first day we arrived in Castell y Mynydd, my diet has become far more varied. I’ve got to know one of the cooks at the palace, and he usually saves me a tasty morsel or two. Then there was the Feast of August celebration. Bow WOW WOW! I got more exercise that day, trying to intercept the food flying all around, than I get in a week back home. By the end, I was fuller than a Russian Doll. Ha Ha Haaaaaa.

Question: Finding your way to Castell a Mynydd nearly cost you your life. Tell us; what’s a near death experience like from a dog’s point of view?
It was absolutely terrifying. All my dinners flashed before my eyes and I thought I’d never eat anything again.

Question: No long tunnel of light?
No, just flashing dinners.

Question: Once you reached the Kingdom of Morgannwg, was there anything that scared you more than the demons?
I did worry quite a bit about whether we had enough food.

Question: What was the most terrifying moment for you, un-food-related that is?
There was one awful moment when I thought I might lose my little winky.

Question: er, uh, um, er …..moving on. You made lots of new friends during your adventures. Is there someone special amongst them?
King Dafydd’s cook was pretty special.

Question: Anyone else?
Well I did get on quite well with Gwayne, apart from the winky episode.

Question: Enough of the talk about your private parts. Now is there anyone else that you really liked?
Well I liked almost everyone, but I did have a little soft spot for Quack. She was the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met and funny too!

Question: Now that you’re famous, what’s next for Bones the Dog?
I’m not supposed to tell you this, because it’s top secret. I’ve been approached by BBC Wales, to replace Matt Smith when he hangs up his sonic screwdriver as Doctor Who for the last time.

If you haven’t already bought these two books (and i sincerely hope you have ;-)), you can buy them at the following links

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viewBook.at/ReturntoFinndragonsDen

To find out more about Richie, check out and like his Faacebook page

https://www.facebook.com/finndragonscurse

Thank you again to Richie for giving us all two fantastic books to read and spreading a little bit of magic 😉

~Laura, Nicola & Simone~

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Return to Finndragon’s Den #2

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Good Morning to all our followers.

We have another treat in store for you today. Today we are reviewing “Return to Finndragon’s Den” the sequel to the brilliant “The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse” by Richie Earl. And we don’t just have one review, but three. A few of us Orchard girlies had the pleasure of beta reading this book and we would like to thank Richie for giving us the opportunity to be part of something brilliant! 🙂

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Review Time 🙂

Review done by Laura

The much awaited sequel to The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

We catch up with Emma, Scott & Megan in their quest to try and find their father again after he was trapped in the medieval world at the end of the 1st book. With the help of a few old characters like Gwayne, Geraint & Evan and some new friends the children have made in the time they have spent in the medieval world, their all come together to try and defeat the evil Finndragon once and for all.

Will the curse be broken in time to save the children and the kingdom or will Finndragon’s curse live on forever?

This is definitely a must read for all you Harry Potter fans. The story had me gripped from the start and I couldn’t wait to find out how the story would unfold. There was plenty of “ooohhss” & “arrrrs” & “OMG’s” from me. The imagination that has gone into this book is spectacular and Richie Earl should be very proud of himself for these books.

5 APPLES

Review done by Nicola

As a club we were asked to beta read this book, we had never done this before but I must say I really enjoyed it. I was a bit worried about offending the author with my views but he took everything in his stride and I’m really looking forward to reading the final version and seeing what, if any, changes he made 🙂

After reading book 1 I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next instalment and wondered if it would carry on from where the first left off, the author didn’t disappoint me on this.
The Davies children are “whisked” back to the past in the second vain attempt to save their father and their new friends from the evil clutches of Finndragon. Will good triumph over evil or will the land lay in darkness of eternity?

I preferred the second book out of the two as I found it had more action and kept my attention, not that the first one didn’t. The author didn’t lack on the detail when describing a location (the discription of the meadow was fantastic!) or a person which I like, it’s all in the detail people!
The whole story was easy to follow and I couldn’t seem to put it down, I was a little bit gutted to see it end…… But like all good things, they must come to an end. If you like the fantasy aspect of a book then this is a book I would highly recommend to you.

Richie Earl seems to have the flair with the fantasy side of a story and I hope to see and read more of his stuff even if he decides to venture away from his genre. A very well earned 5 golden apples from me 🙂

5 APPLES

Review done by Simone

I was involved in beta reading this book and absolutely loved it. 🙂

This story is a continuation of the first. The siblings find themselves, once again, being transported into the magical medieval world. However, lots has changed since their last visit, and the children find that they must familiarise themselves with the unexpected, all the while fighting to save their father in a bid to finally bring him home.

Will the children succeed this time around? Is time on their side? Will the final battle prove too much for the young trio or will they never find a way to return home as a family?

A captivating read!

I really enjoyed this story. It follows on perfectly from the first, bringing back old characters, but also introducing the new.

The magic and mystery is ever present, whilst the plot is action packed, full of unexpected twists.

And you are definatly left wondering, thinking and asking questions!!

I would recommend this story- a must if you have read the first!!

5 APPLES

Join us again next Wednesday for our final post on this blog tour. We will have all the links for both books and an interview, with who you might ask, well you are just going to have check back with us next week to find out more 😉

~Laura, Nicola & Simone~

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse #1

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Welcome back to week 2 of Richie Earl’s The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse #1 and I do believe it’s review time! 🙂

We have a treat for you all today as we don’t have one review but three reviwes below – Just goes to show how much us girlies loved this book 🙂

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Review done by Laura

The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first of a two part story which follows three children on a quest to find their father who has mysteriously disappeared.

The children are shocked to discover that an ancient curse, dating back centuries and said to have been brought about by the powerful Finndragon, is true. Finndragon’s curse brought terrible misery to the kingdom of Castell y Mynydd.

It is prophesised that the three children are the only ones who are able save the medieval kingdom and break the terrible curse. As the children are taken to a whole new world their never believed existed, will they find their father and break Finndragon’s curse or will they be trapped forever at Finndragon’s mercy?

A thoroughly fantastic read and had me gripped from the start! Richie is right in what he puts in his blurb…”it’s certainly a rollercoaster of emotions that will make you laugh and then cry”.

A must read for everyone! 🙂

5 APPLES

Review done by Nicola

Ever wondered what it would be like to fall down the Rabbit hole and meet the Mad Hatter ? Or find Narnia in the back of your wardrobe ? We all dream of such tales of adventure but what happens when the tale becomes reality? Would you take the plunge or run and hide? Could you face the uncertain ?

This is what lies ahead for the 3 Davies Children……….. Can they help save a lost kingdom from the evil grasp of Finndragon while trying to save themselves and their missing Father ? It’s a race against time for the Children but they do have Magic and Technology on their side!

To say this is Richie Earl’s first book WOW!!

This story has more twists and turns than I know what to do with! Its fast paced, exciting and leaves you wanting more (but that’s for book 2 😉 )

The description of locations, people and demons were very detailed and I never struggled with picturing the scene. My favourite character has to be Bones the dog, why? Well you will have to read The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse to find out!

4 APPLES

Review done by Simone

I absolutely loved this book! It is a tale packed full of fantasy and magic and I really didn’t want to put it down.

The plot explores the lives of 3 siblings who are magically transported into a medieval kingdom where they find that have to fight an evil wizard in order to break his curse and save their missing father – all in a race against the clock.

The children encounter demons, powerful wizards, danger, death and even love throughout their adventure. They find themselves overcoming obstacles and problems they would never have dreamt about having to deal with in their usual, everyday, modern lifestyles.

The characters are very well developed, and the plot has lots of exciting twists and turns. The story is fast paced and a definite page turner – you really won’t want to put it down!!

As an adult, I loved this book. I found myself genuinely feeling the emotions experienced by the characters. Obviously, this may not suit every adult, dependant on personal taste, but it was right up my street – if you enjoy stories about magic and mystery, you will love this.

I would say however that the story it suited 100% to teenagers and young adults.

Very highly recommended.

5 APPLES

To find out more about this book and its author click on the link below

http://finndragon65.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/10percentgiveaway.html

To buy this book now, click on the following links

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Legend-Finndragons-Curse-Finndragon-ebook/dp/B006P9M5KI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369168293&sr=8-1&keywords=the+legend+of+finndragon

Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Finndragons-Curse-Finndragon-ebook/dp/B006P9M5KI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369168388&sr=8-1&keywords=the+legend+of+finndragons+curse

Also up for grabs is an ecopy of The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse #1, enter below

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Check back with us again next week for reviews of Book 2 ~ Definately not to be missed 🙂

Laura, Nicola & Simone

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse Book 1 – Guest Post

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Good day to all our follows 🙂

Today we have a guest post from Richie Earl, author of “The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse” & “The Return to Finndragons Den”. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be hosting several guest posts from Richie. As well as being the first to start the blog tour we will also be posting more information from the author, reviews of book 1 and book 2 and a giveaway.

Us girlies at Orchard are very priviliged to be part of this tour and feel that we had a helping hand with book 2 as four of our girlies beta read the book along with several other people and boy are you all in for a treat! 😉

GUEST POST

My name is Earl, Richie Earl that is, and I’m a young adult fantasy author. Today is the first day of my Tales of Finndragon – 1500 Years in the Making Blog Tour and I’m delighted to start at Orchard Book Club. The tour is scheduled to run until the end of June and will include interviews, guest posts and reviews.

There will be ebook giveaways and an original and exciting competition spread across the tour. First prize is 10% of my 2013 Amazon royalties, with five pairs of signed copies of The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse and Return to Finndragon’s Den for the runners-up. There will be ten questions spread across the blogs I visit, with the answers to be found in either the blogs or in the books. To enter, visit My Name’s Not Earl blogspot.

Here’s Question 1: What is Richie Earl’s real name?

Gwayne is a central character in the Tales of Finndragon series. Here he introduces himself and explains how Finndragon cursed the Kingdom of Morgannwg.

The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse

Gwayne’s Story

When I was a young boy; well I’m still a young boy, but what I mean is that a long time ago, Finndragon’s Curse really did happen. Finndragon had got banished from the Kingdom of Morgannwg and Myrddin took his place as court wizard to King Dafydd.

I had dreamed of being a wizard for some time and I got my wish when I was taken on as an apprentice to Myrddin. He was still quite young himself, but I soon came to realise that he was a very powerful maker of magic. It was with great excitement that I began my apprenticeship; I expected to be performing all manner of wonderful enchantments, but alas, all that I was allowed to do for almost two years was collect ingredients for Myrddin’s spells. It was absolutely awful, I can tell you!

Okay, there must have been some good times, but all that I can remember is the dirty, smelly jobs that I had to do. If you’ve never stood behind a cow in calf, who’s about to give birth, then you probably don’t know what I mean. And if you’ve never had to scrape bat dung from the floor of a cave, you would find it hard to place yourself in my shoes.

But I loyally followed all of Myrddin’s orders, with the promise that he would soon start my tuition in magic and wizardry. It was about that time that Finndragon got banished from Morgannwg and Myrddin got the job of Court Wizard. I couldn’t believe my luck; here was I, Gwayne, apprentice to the King’s wizard. I only had to bide my time, obey my master and one day…. yes one day it would all be mine.

I have to admit that I hardly paid any attention to that old curse; you know the one where Finndragon warned that unless his exile was lifted, he would sink the Kingdom of Morgannwg into the earth and it would be set upon by monsters and demons until the end of time and never be seen again. I was just so excited that I would be living in the palace with Myrddin and our beloved King Dafydd.

But that no good Myrddin had no intention of taking me into the palace with him. He made me look after his dwelling and all of his lotions and potions whilst he lived it up with the nobles and the gentry. He may have occasionally given me a little instruction in the art of wizardry, but I was not progressing as well as I had hoped.

More than once I told him that I’d had enough and no longer wanted to be his apprentice, but he wouldn’t let me go, threatening to turn me into all manner of unmentionable and unimaginable creatures.

You may wonder as to what exactly makes a wizard. Truly great wizards, such as Finndragon, are born with magic coursing through their veins, whilst others have to learn the art over a very long period from their master. It would take even great wizards many years to attain the incredible power of one such as Finndragon, who is probably the greatest there has ever been. It is said that although he was an old man, he had been able to cast a spell on himself in his later years which virtually stopped the march of time for him. So he had now lived at least five lifetimes. Unfortunately I fall into the latter category and I now had no master, (oh, I haven’t told you about that yet. Don’t worry, I’ll get around to it soon enough).

I’ll never forget that day when the curse of Finndragon befell Castell y Mynydd and all of the Kingdom of Morgannwg, even if I live another fifteen hundred years. I had been serving Myrddin for just over a year and he was still filling my time with the most unpleasant tasks, while neglecting my tuition in the arts of magic.

That entire sunny day had been spent scrabbling around at the bottom of the large, filthy duck pond, trying to gather the roots of the countless reeds that adorned the pond. Apart from being dirty, the water was very cold particularly at the bottom which, in the middle, was about twice as deep as I am tall. The task was especially difficult as I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face. And of all the days to have such a duty, it had to be right in the middle of the Feast of August when everyone else in the kingdom were having so much fun at King Dafydd’s castle.

Of course I had tried to get out of it in the first place, “I can’t swim!” I objected, but Myrddin was having none of my excuses.

“You won’t need to swim boy, just crawl along the bottom and pull out the roots, but be careful not to damage them as I need them intact for my spells!” he had shouted violently at me.

I don’t know why, but I don’t think Myrddin liked me very much. Nevertheless I continued to plead my case, “The water is very deep, so I won’t be able to get to the bottom!”

“Don’t you think I’ve thought of that, you idiot. You can tie this sack around your waist; I’ve weighed it down with heavy stones. There’s plenty of room in there for the roots too!”

“But I will surely drown if I am weighed down, then what use will I be to you, Master?”

By the look on his face, I could see that Myrddin had just about lost his patience with me and the next words he hurled my way were streaked with malice. “I am Myrddin, the mighty wizard to King Dafydd, the ruler of the most powerful kingdom in Wales!” He spat out each syllable, covering me in tiny beads of his saliva.

“Don’t you think that I would have a spell suitable for such a task?”

With that, he swirled an arm around his head and swung it in my direction. I felt nothing at first, but gradually a strange sensation came over me. My chest seemed to tighten and try as I might, I could not get any breath into my aching lungs. I could feel my eyes starting to bulge and put my hands to my throat, vainly hoping that would somehow help. Myrddin stood there laughing and passers-by stopped to see what the fuss was about. In any other circumstance I would probably have felt embarrassed, but at this moment, the only emotion I had was one of sheer panic.

Myrddin continued to laugh as he tied the heavy sack around my waist and I sensed a blackness creeping up on me, as my eyes became heavy. The crowd slowly disappeared from the edges of my vision and all I could see was Myrddin as he started to push me towards the pond. I could barely stand and I staggered and stumbled, before falling to my knees at the water’s edge. I knew with a dreadful certainty that I was about to die. I felt like I drowning on dry land.

Just as it seemed I could last no longer, Myrddin kicked me in the small of my back and sent me sprawling into the muddy water. “You must fill the bag with roots and only then will the spell wear off!” he half laughed, half shouted.

I splashed head first into the pond. Gasping for air, my lungs quickly filled with the stagnant, slimy water. The revolting taste in my mouth was surpassed by the vile stench that assaulted my nasal passages. But then the most amazing thing happened; gradually I realised that the suffocating feeling was slipping away and I could actually breathe. After a couple of minutes of being half submerged, my head cleared and the pain left my chest. I pushed my head up and out of the water and struggled to my feet. My head had barely been out of the water for a few seconds when the awful feeling of suffocation returned.

“You are a complete fool, Gwayne,” Myrddin roared with laughter. “Get back into the pond and you will be able to breathe water. Fill the sack and you must get out quickly, because you will once again need air.”

So I had little choice other than to do as my master had ordered. I didn’t know how long I’d been down there, but I must have spent many hours clawing at the muddy bottom. I pulled out the reeds by their roots, always careful not to damage them. When the bag was nearly full, I tried to find my way to the shallower water near the edge of the pond. I popped my head out quickly and was surprised to find that it was night-time; the brilliant sunshine having been replaced by a brightly glowing full moon. I resumed my task and ripped up the last few reeds I needed to fill the sack. Myrddin was right, for as soon as it was full I was overcome by a new feeling of drowning, a true feeling as I was actually drowning.

I stood tall and scrambled frantically out of the water. Coughing violently for several minutes, I tried to clear the filth from my respiratory tract before my breathing returned to normal. I was lying on my back besides the pond thinking that as long as I live, nothing as awful or frightening could ever befall me again, but then a terrible storm came up from nowhere. In two shakes of a lamb’s tail everything was in pitch darkness. Except for Castell y Mynydd, that is, which was illuminated by a single shaft of moonlight. Every fire and light within the castle was extinguished by the howling wind and the lashing rain. The waters in the pond began to bubble and boil and the ground began to shake.

I saw Myrddin rushing by, turning into a hawk as he ran and he flew away (see, I told you that I’d get around to it) before the kingdom sank into the earth. Everything began to spin around violently in the same way as water gets sucked into a whirlpool. A mountain rose up above the spot where the kingdom had been just a minute before. Orange flames sprang up suddenly, dimly illuminating the entire land.

The whole world changed that day and has been the same ever since. Fifteen hundred years spent in the largest cave imaginable, waiting and hoping for someone to break Finndragon’s Curse. And I still have a large sack full of the roots of all those filthy reeds!

So here was I, left high and dry, in a land plunged into the bowels of the earth. King Dafydd soon sought me out, hopeful that I may have learnt enough from Myrddin to be of some service to him. He quickly realised that I would be of no use and I was left to my own devices. For centuries I tried to teach myself the craft of magic, but without even the slightest encouragement of a wholly successful spell, until one day I was visited by a peculiar group of children. Ah, but that’s another story, a true story, not a legend.

So that’s The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse for you; believe it to be a myth if you will. But beware, because Finndragon still lives and his demons persecute us all and we are only just beneath your very feet!

Also up for grabs is a ebook copy of The Legend Of Finndragon’s Curse, enter below.

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Check back with us next week for our REVIEW’S, yes more than one, of the first instalment of Finndragon.

~Laura, Nicola & Simone~

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Author Spotlight – Tommy Meyers -Interview and Review

When someone says the name J.R.R. Tolkien to me the first thing that pops into my head is Middle Earth, Orc’s, Dwarf’s and Elves
Like wise when I hear J.K. Rowling I think of Magic, Mythical Creatures and the Impossible.
If these two “worlds” collided it would create Novogard, A land that has been shattered from racial division. Where a powerful government has begun its encroachment onto unwilling societies. Where the magical and the technological collide.

What am I talking about I hear you ask?! I’m talking about the all NEW and exciting book, Eric Elmoor and the Gauntlet of Godric by Tommy Meyers of course!
The book is based around 15 year old Eric Elmoor who has always felt like an outcast; ceaselessly teased about his unusual purple eyes, never fitting into any particular group at school, raised only by his mother since his father died inexplicably when he was only a small child. But when three warlocks simultaneously attack the three biggest cities in all of Novogard, Eric is taken on a journey to the elf homeland where the secrets of his mysterious origins will be revealed and the power within him unleashed…and a forbidden relationship with the chieftain’s goddaughter begins.
With the warlocks and their hellish horde now threatening the borders of the elvish lands, Eric must find the courage to make a stand and face the one who murdered his father in the vain hope of saving all of Novogard from utter ruin.

Has that wet your apatite for more? Of course it has. Well first lets delve into the life of the author who wrote it, Tommy Meyers. Tommy lives in Tyler, Texas, with his wife, Danessa, and his two beautiful children. When Tommy’s not working or writing he likes nothing better than a BBQ (we have seen many a picture) and to conquer those monkey bars that got the better of him last week! (Sorry but I HAD to get that in)

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We stuck to book related questions, we don’t want to frighten him off…….yet 😉

1. What’s a typical day like?
– Well, the day starts off at 5:20 am when I wake up, get my coffee and go into work as a nurse until 2:00. When I come home I may be able to get out a few rounds of Battlefield 3 (video games are another favorite pass time of mine that’s horribly distracting) to de-stress from the day job. After that it’s play with the kids and the make supper (love grilling) and then send them off to bed. Once they’re both asleep I get maybe 2-3 hours to write uninterrupted. But throughout the whole day I’m constantly thinking about the next step in the story or some new or cool plot twist that comes to me and I steal a moment to jot it down before it leaves my head. Chaotic, I know, but it’s what has to be done to get the story out there.

2. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
– I can’t think about what actually triggered it but I always loved stories and wanted to tell my own. My mother recently found a story I wrote when I was six that featured me and my best friend breaking into Hell to go get some rare artifact. I guess I was a somewhat demented kid.

3. Are there any authors or books that influenced you in any way, either growing up or as an adult?
– Tolkien was a big influence for obvious reasons. But, honestly, I wasn’t much of a regular reader until mid-way through high school and then when I got out I read even more. There’s something about me that when people tell me to do something I tend to rebel. Now, in my more “mature” days, I’m consuming everything I can when I get the time. I loved books 1-3 of the Harry Potter series, the latter ones were too cumbersome for my tastes. I love George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (when I have time to read those epic tomes). Also, there’s Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series that is just too cool for words. Nineteenth century battles but with dragons?! Sign me up!

4. What do you do to prepare yourself before writing? Do you listen to music? Do you look at visual aids?
– I don’t prepare. I just do. Music helps during the writing process to get me into that world as long as it doesn’t have lyrics. Sometimes the words can find their way onto the page. In terms of visuals, I love fantasy and sci-fi, so whether it be a video game, television show, or a movie, it inspires me on some level.

5. What motivated you to write Eric Elmoor and the Gauntlet of Godric?
– I had been writing screenplays for a while before diving into prose and I had always begged my wife to try to read them. If you’ve never read a screenplay before it can be a very jarring experience. There’s so much white on the page and there’s technical terminology to learn to fully grasp what you’re supposed to be “seeing in your head.” So, after a few tries my wife gave up and simply said, “I’ll read your book when you decide to do one.” Prose was daunting at first simply because it was a writing style you have to pay more attention to than screenwriting. You can have grammar issues galore and not explain your environment as much in a screenplay. Also, there’s the inward dialogue as well as the outward dialogue to worry about. So I thought it was too difficult a task for me. After a few years of trying to break into the movie world I got numerous rejections simply because I write too big and the budget would be too high to intrust it to an unknown screenwriter. Then in 2010, we took a trip to Universal Studios in Florida and went to Islands of Adventure the very day the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened (that was a riot, let me tell you). So, as we’re sitting in the 8 hour long line (I kid you not), an epiphany hit me. If I wrote a book, I could have an unlimited budget and be only restrained by the depths of my imagination. Not only that, with the advent of eBooks and the boom of self-publishing, if I couldn’t get an agent to accept my manuscript, I can just put it out there myself. Screenwriting came with this frustration that not very many people read them, let alone pay for them, and I was tired of not having an audience that could see what I had to offer. Also, there was a point in that 8 hour line where I said, “Rowling has her own world, Tolkien had his. Heck, even George Lucas and James Cameron have there’s. I want MY own world!” I promptly left the line, bought a leather-bound Hogwarts journal for entirely too much money and the Eric Elmoor saga slowly, but surely, came to life.

6. Give us the 140 character TWEET description of Eric Elmoor and the Gauntlet of Godric.
– Welcome to Novogard. Eric Elmoor’s journey begins innocently enough, but he is soon immersed into a world of magic, adventure…and murder.

7. What part of the writing process is the hardest for you, whether it’s first draft, rewriting, or editing?
– Rewriting simply because there’s a Butterfly Effect that comes into play sometimes. If you change one thing, there’s probably something else that needs to be changed in order to fit with the rest of the plot. There’s the possibility of a domino effect that rewriting has that I’m just not a fan of. I wish I could nail the book in the first draft and just publish it from there.

8. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
– I loved the first few chapters simply because it’s where Eric and I both embarked on this journey together in a cool new world.

9. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
– I had a son at a young age which forced me to mature quicker than most of my friends at the time. I don’t regret it, but, like Eric, I faced a hard reality earlier than most.

10. Will you write other books after the Eric series is finished?
– Yes, the world of Abeodor is ripe for the picking. There’s 5 continents in total and the Eric Elmoor Saga only takes place in one – Novogard. So there will be more, definitely. Plus, I would love to explore the further advancement of technology on this world as it continues to progress. In the Eric Elmoor Saga it’s just really starting to take hold.

11. Is Eric’s character based on a real person?
– I would say Spider-Man (fictional, I know) but my mother says Eric reminded her a lot of me simply because Eric is a smartass…just like me. 🙂

12. Do you enjoy the mythical/fantasy genre?
– Yes. It is a great place to be in because anything is possible.

13. How did you think up the names of the different places in the story?
– Some are taken from real life places, others are inspired by fictional places. I conceived of this world by thinking, “What if Middle-earth evolved technologically?” So you can see where a lot of it comes from.

14. There is an obvious link to racism in the story- is this a subject close to your heart?
– Yes. There was a time where another writer friend of mine (DeCarlton Wooten) were talking about our various projects and we’re both avid Star Wars fans. He’s an African-American who likes to write about the South in the early twentieth century and the racial implications of that period. I had suggested to him that maybe he should write a big sci-fi story that revolves around racial tensions and in that way he can say anything about race that he wants to. He never did get to do that story so I suppose it was left up to me. I decided to show racism for what I think it truly is – a distraction. It’s a distraction used by various groups to keep us at each other’s throats instead of seeing the “bigger picture.” Granted, there are a lot of people out there that will hate another race no matter what simply through ignorance, but in the grand scheme of things, I see it as a “divide and conquer” tactic that’s used to score political points when “they” see fit.

15. Did it take you long to write?
– Well, I fleshed out all 5 books over the period of two years while still continuing to work on screenplays off and on. But the actually nitty-gritty took me about 9 months from start to finish on the manuscript. That’s first draft, editing, etc.

16. When can we expect the next installment of Eric Elmoor?
– I’m hoping by winter 2013/2014. I, like many readers, don’t like to wait years and years for the next installment of a series to come out.

17. What are your hopes for the Eric Elmoor series? Could you see it being more than just a book?
– If it were to become the next fantasy film franchise that would be AWESOME! But it would have to be true to the books and the themes could not be dampened. The themes in the books are so close to my heart that I feel that if any studio wanted to water them down, I don’t think I could commit to it. Yes, changes will be made and that’s inherit to the process of adaptation but the themes should remain fully intact. And, as I’ve explained, I’m an avid video game player so I have something in mind for an MMO like World of Warcraft somewhere out there in the distant future if everything pans out.

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Review:
I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone and everyone – I am anxiously awaiting the next instalment…thank goodness there are another four to come!
The story transports you into a mythical, fantasy world filled with magic, mythical creatures and evil beings, all trying to be ruled by the rising of the technological world.
The characters are well described and are all very believable. I found myself feeling what Eric was feeling, and felt passionate for him to overcome the obstacles put in his way and for him to strive to be the best he could be…I was also very desperate for him to “get the girl”! 🙂
The plot is very well thought out, and the story is pieced together by giving the three characters viewpoints at simultaneous times – Eric, Derex and Ben. The reader is able to see the struggles, the pains and the anxieties each character is going through, and can then bring these different views into the experiences of the others, giving a fuller, wider understanding of what was happening and why…brilliant! Particularly brilliant I felt, when it came to understanding Derex. Yes, Derex is the “villain”, but by having his views explored first hand, you are able to understand that he isn’t simply being evil for evils sake – he has his own personal justification for needing to do the things he does. However devastating they may be.
The concept of racism is a huge part of the story, and is developed very well. Eric is viewed as “different” by most people he encounters throughout his life, whether that be the people within the city he has lived all of his life, or the elves he is very newly acquainted with. Eric is labelled “a half-blood” and this story illustrates his inner struggles and torments at dealing with the set backs such a label can bring. It also helps to show that regardless of how different the people all over Novogard think they are from each other, they are all actually fairly similar. Whether they be an Elf living in the highest treetops of Fairwood, or a rich human living in luxury within the city of Gondlair, they are all united in their alienation of people viewed as “different”. Personally for me, this really brought home how this concept is mirrored in much of society today, and I really liked how the story explored this point.

Once again – I absolutely loved this book and it comes highly recommended!!
I would give “Eric Elmoor and The Gauntlet of Godric” ten golden apples if I could – but a mighty high five it will have to be! 🙂

5 APPLES

One final word……….. Tolkien and Rowling’s will be family favourites for years to come and if book one of Tommy’s book, Eric Elmoor and the Gauntlet of Godric, is anything to go by he will be joining these great authors!

We would like to thank Tommy for letting us review his book and for his interview 🙂 we look forward to the other parts of this series.

You can get Tommy’s book at the following places;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eric-Elmoor-The-Gauntlet-Godric/dp/1481272578/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367440563&sr=8-1&keywords=Eric+Elmoor+and+the+gauntlet+of+Godric

http://www.amazon.com/Eric-Elmoor-Gauntlet-Godric-ebook/dp/B00AK21Z48/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367440579&sr=8-1&keywords=Eric+Elmoor+and+the+gauntlet+of+Godric

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~Nicola & Simone~

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Artificial Light

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Artificial Light by Crystal Connor
Reviewed by Laura

Well Crystal Connor you did it again! This book was even better than the 1st one (The Darkness) and I didn’t think that would be possible!
Artificial Light re-introduces us to Atremisia & Innanna and also introduces us to more characters from the first book in more detail and new characters. I especially loved Kenya O’Callaghan, a detective who is trying to solve a serious serial killer case.

Artificial Light is a MUST read for anyone who likes a bit of mystery mixed up with science and magic. I cannot wait for the next instalment!

5 APPLES<

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse by Richie Earl
Reviewed by Laura

I loved this book!

It is a tale full of fantasy and magic and I didn’t want to put it down.

The plot explores the lives of 3 siblings as they enter a magical world in order to find their missing father. The children are whisked away from they’re normal, modern life, living in the Welsh countryside and have to come to terms with being transported into a Kingdom that appears in stories that have been told for generations. The children encounter demons, powerful wizards, lots of danger, death and love. All whilst trying to stay alive, and find their father – before it is too late.

The characters are very well developed, and the plot has lots of exciting twists and turns that makes it impossible to put down.

I loved this book and if you enjoy reading magic and mystery, you’ll love Finndragon’s curse too!

Highly recommended – I can not wait for the next installment. 🙂

5 APPLES

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