The New Cover for The Nightblade

Hi all, I’ve got a lot on at the moment and some big plans for the Sundered Crown Saga titles. I’ve recruited a new proof reader and editor to go through all the books to ensure that they’re as good as they can be and will soon hopefully commissioning some new more eye catching covers.

I’ve been wanting to update the cover for the Nightblade too and you can see the result below. If you’d like a free copy of the book simply subscribe to my newsletter here. Alternatively you can buy it from – mybook.to/Nightbladenx

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SPFBO Cover Contest Public Vote

The SPFBO book cover contest is now open to the public vote and I need your help once again. This is a really big deal as the winner will receive massive coverage in the biggest fantasy indy publishing contest of the year.

Vote at – http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=5b463fa9e4b0f78c70ad5409

For more info visit – https://mark—lawrence.blogspot.com/2018/07/cover-contest-spfbo-4.html

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The First Fear Cover Reveal and Pre-Order Special

Hello, so here it is a project that I’ve been working on for the past two years. If you pre-order before its release in June you can get it for a lower price of just 1.99.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did writing it and here’s a shout for the excellent cover artist Reza Afshar. Check out his other work at – https://artofreza.deviantart.com/ 

Pre-order at: mybook.to/FirstFear

The Supreme rules the world.

For centuries the Supreme has reigned with an iron fist. The people are slaves to her whim and at the mercy of her followers who revere her as their goddess. Using a supernatural ability, known as the ‘Power’ she is able to channel emotions and convert them into superhuman abilities.

Some Resist.

Not all live their lives in servitude. A few rare people also possess the Power and try to fight. These Empowered Ones are hunted mercilessly by the Supreme and her servants, for she knows the threat they pose to her will. None has dared to challenge her outright. That is until now.

Elian, a young boy living at the edge of the Imperium discovers he too possesses the Power with devastating consequences for both himself and the girl he loves. On the run, they encounter a ragtag band of resistance fighters called the Liberators. Among their ranks are others with the gift and their leader Vavius who believes that the key to overthrowing the Supreme lies in the ruins of the ravaged lands of the once mighty Kingdom of Aeranyth.

Pursued and hunted for their gifts by the sinister First Fear and the Hollowed, the world’s fate rests in the hands of the Empowered Ones.

Writing as Art

In this week’s guest blog post, author Tom Barczak discusses whether writers are artists too.

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Every time I speak to a room full of authors, I ask the same two questions, seemingly unrelated, but they do have a point.

I ask: “Who considers themselves an author?” Most people in the room raise their hands, depending on their definition of that particular claim.Then I ask: “Who considers themselves an artist?” Only a few of those hands formerly raised are raised a second time.

Then I ask: “Who considers themselves an artist?” Only a few of those hands formerly raised are raised a second time.

And that I think is a mistake.

When someone goes to a gallery, they don’t go to buy a painting, they go to buy an artist. When most people go to a bookstore, most people don’t go to buy a book. They go to buy an author.

They do that because, well I believe, writing is very much an art. It’s as much an art as painting, dance, or music. And how would you, or could you, expect great work from a painter, or dancer, or musician who didn’t consider what they did as art, or themselves for that matter as artists.

It is that very thing, that acknowledgement, that taking of responsibility, that I believe makes their work great, that makes what they do, art. Because they’ve taken that responsibility for it. There is now a piece of them in it. And they can never get it back.

So why do we sell ourselves short in that regard? I think it’s because most of us don’t want, or afraid of the responsibility. Of the risk.

As for myself, I am a visual artist as well, a painter and illustrator. Perhaps that’s why I feel so strongly about this.

I’ve always loved the old coffee table books I remember from when I was a kid, with the illustrated plates before every chapter.

With my first published written work, Awakening Evarun, a 6 part Kindle serial like the old dime store serial novels, I wanted to illustrate it. For me, my drawings and words are somewhat intertwined. I often sketch my way through writer’s block. With my first novel, Veil of the Dragon, I did the same, illustrating every third chapter.

I love the way they both worked together as a whole, through the words and the drawings.

My latest novel, Mouth of the Dragon: Prophecy of the Evarun, published by Perseid Press, is not illustrated, although the Dragon on the cover is mine. It’s been a good reminder for me that one art form need not necessarily be dependent on the other. But still for me they will always be inseparable. I will always sketch my way through writers block. I will always write what I see as the story in front of me.

I write like I paint. I put down the story as I see it before me. For me, it’s a story that’s’ already written. It’s already real, just someplace else. My job as a writer, and as an artist, is to translate it in such a way that the reader will understand what they see. That whatever purpose there is to my seeing it will be passed on to them. You see, in the end, it’s not even my story. I just get to carry the message.

One of the things I just mentioned was risk.

When I write, when I create art, I do give away a piece of myself. I can’t not. But it’s always for a reason.

I believe the words you write on a page, even the book you publish that sits on a shelf, physical or digital, waiting to be purchased, is only half done. The other half of the great work is done by someone else, the reader. I think perhaps that theirs may be the greater half.

Imagine it’s the difference between talking to yourself and telling a story to kids around a campfire. It’s the difference between leaving a painting in a drawer or putting it on the wall of a gallery. It’s the difference between leaving your manuscript in a drawer where no one can ever see, and getting it published.

Art, and therefore writing, is about having a conversation. A dialogue has to happen. It is the difference between craft and art. It is a gift that must be received. And once it is then I believe both, giver and receiver, are forever joined and changed.

The amazing thing about all of this, about art, is that what you have to say may not even be up to you. You may never even know. But I promise you, you do have something to say. It’s what makes you an artist. It’s why you were given a voice unlike anybody else, for someone out there who is waiting to listen to you.

Check out Tom’s work at the following links:

https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Barczak/e/B006SOKHMI/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

www.theperseidpress.com

www.tombarczak.com

https://www.facebook.com/thomas.barczak

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Writing Quest Part 13 – Art to Inspire

After last week’s post on how music can inspire my writing, I thought I would share my other main source of inspiration. This week I am taking a look at how art inspires me.

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When writing fantasy you sometimes a little bit extra to get your vision across. In the Sundered Crown Saga, the world is similar to the one that would have been seen in the Medieval times or other periods of history.

Looking at old paintings or artist interpretations of what those times look like are a huge help in crafting a believable world, but what about those scenes that involve things that have never existed in the real world? This is where fantasy art can be a massive help.

I could be all pretentious and list a load of truly famous artists here, but I’m going to be truthful and say I am no art expert. (Being highly knowledgeable of art is my fiancés realm!) My main source of inspiration are the works of the talented artists that occupy the website Deviantart.

Many a scene of the Sundered Crown Saga has been inspired by the artwork produced by these incredibly talented individuals. The way in which they draw and paint sometimes makes me feel as though they’ve been rooting around in my head and then produced a piece of art straight from it.

As a writer, a visual aid can be of great benefit when faced with a tricky scene that requires description.

Some of my favourite Deviant Artists

Here’s a list of just a few of my favourites:
http://matija5850.deviantart.com/gallery/
http://elbardo.deviantart.com/gallery/ 
http://jfoliveras.deviantart.com/gallery/
http://linhsiang.deviantart.com/gallery/ – Lin makes the covers for my fellow Firebound author Rob May

I think you’ll all agree that there are some incredibly talented people out there.

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