Origin of Shadow sneak peek

Epic fantasy novella – Origin of Shadow

Origin of Shadow – Find out where the Brotherhood began

As many of you are aware, I released a novella last year called Genesis of Light. It told the story of the beginning of the Children of Light, and gave the start of Callista’s story in the war.

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Well, now I am preparing to release the second half of that story.

Origin of Shadow covers the same time period as Genesis of Light, but from the perspective of Vincent Wilder. Vincent is the leader of the Brotherood of Shadow and this novella tells his beginnings in the seedy underworld of crime.

Creativia (my publisher) has accepted the manuscript and it is now going through final editing, with a view to being released later this year.

I can’t reveal the cover design just yet, as it is still being finalised. However, here is a sneak peek at some of the first art draft (credit again to Irina French).

Origin of Shadow cover art sneak peek

A blurb and extract for Origin of Shadow will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

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How to Write Believable Sci-Fi Characters

A fantastic guide on writing believable characters, and lots of handy tips for improving your protagonists or antagonists.

How to Write Believable Sci-Fi Characters

https://andrewtpostwriter.com/2019/02/03/how-to-write-believable-sci-fi-characters/
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Epic fantasy series – 2nd edition brand new covers!

My epic fantasy series ‘The Light and Shadow Chronicles’ has undergone a makeover!

A Chronicle of Chaos was first published by Creativia in June 2016. The amazingly talented Irina French designed the original cover. It features an ancient shield carved with symbols of importance to the history and lore of Alcherys and Meraxor (the warring nations in the series.)

Now, Creativia Publising has designed brand new covers, but still utilising the work of the original artist. Here are the two covers side by side:

A Chronicle of Chaos

In a world ravaged by war, the paths of two warriors are about to cross with world-shattering consequences.

Chaos is a soldier of The Children of the Light, and fights in the name of destiny, honor and glory. Arrogant and headstrong, he believes he is the strongest warrior in the land, until a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon Anathema.

The two strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. When the forces of light and dark collide, where will their loyalties lie?

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The Shield of Soren is the second book in the epic fantasy series (although you can read them in any order). Released by Creativia in March 2017, this book has also had a makeover:

The Shield of Soren

Ten-year-old Soren Nitaya’s marked talent makes him the youngest soldier ever to become an apprentice to the legendary warrior, Raven Lennox. As a prince of Alcherys, he will be expected to fight in the eternal war against the Brotherhood of Shadow when he reaches sixteen.

But is the young prince up to the task when he’s more interested in causing mischief than in mastering weapons?

When one of Soren’s adventures goes off course, he unwittingly unleashes a deadly threat. It appears that an age-old prophecy is finally coming to pass, and Soren and his family must take a perilous journey deep into their enemy’s land. Does Soren have what it takes to save his country before the Brotherhood destroys everyone and everything he loves?

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RELATED LINKS

Buy A Chronicle of Chaos on Amazon

Buy The Shield of Soren on Amazon

The Light and Shadow Chronicles novella: Genesis of Light

A unique epic fantasy series

A Chronicle of Chaos soundtrack

5 Ways to Worldbuild Without the Infodump

5 Ways to Worldbuild Without the Infodump

https://plottingblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/5-ways-to-worldbuild-without-the-infodump/
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A fantastic post on worldbuilding and how to avoid the infamous ‘info dump’

poetry collection

A poetry collection with stunning language and beautiful symbolism

Dancing-you: Dançar-te By Gisela Pereira – 4 / 5 stars

This poetry collection was originally written in Portuguese and then ‘translated’ into English. Instead of a direct translation, however, the poet used similar rhyme, rhythm and symbolism to recreate the atmosphere and emotion of the original. Both language versions are presented beautifully alongside one another.

The use of vocabulary, structure and rhythm in the collection are beautiful. The author has a stunning grasp of language and description, and each page is beautifully illustrated with gorgeous hand-drawn pictures. What makes this collection of poetry great is that each work is an extended metaphor of love and human connection as a dance. This gives the book a cohesive structure, even though each poem is self-contained.

My personal favourite poem from the collection is entitled ‘Hermaphrodite’. The use of rhyme and rhythm is exquisite and the language choices paint a lovely mental image.

I only have two criticisms. There are a few spelling errors in the translator notes which is unfortunate, considering how well translated the rest of the book is. The other criticism is that some of the poems have lovely use of language but it is difficult to see the meaning behind the words. The beauty of the language occasionally masks the intention, when the words should merely be a conduit for the meaning. This is merely my own opinion, however, and I am sure that every reader will take meaning from the poems in their own way.

Blurb:

Dancing-you is a passionate tale written in the shape of poems. Each poem is a moment of a story swaying through metaphors and literals of dance, myths, and philosophic thoughts. Bringing in mythological tales and gods, pagan beliefs, romance, spirituality, and mysticism. The fusion of two bodies as a puzzle. The merging of two souls as one. The merging of oneself with the own essence of life. A magical book, exquisitely crafted and illustrated in watercolor paintings and simultaneously displayed in two languages, Portuguese and English



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Read more of Gisela Pereira’s work here:

https://www.amazon.com/Gisela-Pereira/e/B078BLFXHP/


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The ‘1000 True Fans’ theory of marketing

Are you a fan of The Light and Shadow Chronicles or The Phoenix Project? If so, I want to hear from you!

Over the past few years I’ve tried lots of different marketing tactics, social media platforms etc and I’ve come to the conclusion that quite a lot of it is a waste of time and money. It helps for exposure, of course, but it doesn’t produce sales or convert people into fans.

Then I heard about Kevin Kelly’s ‘1000 true fans’ model – which suggests that if you can get 1000 true fans of your work or product, they are infinitely more valuable than tens of thousands of non-engaged randoms. (You can hear Kevin talk about it more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlg3808gDic)

So, my aim is to identify my real fans. Those of you who look forward to my new releases, who are interested in how I write or where I get my ideas from, and most importantly, those of you who are immersed in my fantasy world and are desperate for the next installment.

It’s entirely possible that there will only be one or two of you who consider yourself true fans, but that’s okay – you’re still more valuable than my random 10.1K twitter followers! I’ve put together this form to gather information on my fans – who you are, what you want from me, and what I should write next.

Fill in the form here

Here are the links to my books, you know – just in case you aren’t a fan… YET

A Chronicle of Chaos multiple formats image
The Shield of Soren multiple formats image
Genesis of Light multiple formats image
The End by DM Cain multiple formats image
Soren by D.M. Cain multiple formats image

RELATED LINKS:

Epic fantasy novel may get its own soundtrack!

Getting back on track – an author vlog

How was The Phoenix Project inspired by D.M. Cain’s love of geek culture?

Tomorrow is release day!

Genesis of Light is being released tomorrow, July 31st!

Want a reminder of what young adult fantasy novella Genesis of Light is about? here is the blurb:

Genesis of Light immersive fantasy fiction

You can pre-order up your copy of Genesis of Light here for just £2.26 / $2.98 :

Genesis of Light by D.M. Cain - a novella in the Light and Shadow Chronicles

Wondering what the Light and Shadow Chronicles series is about?

The world in the Light and Shadow Chronicles is in a state of eternal conflict between two nations – The Children of Light and Brotherhood of Shadow. They have been at war for thousands of years, in a stalemate that is manipulated by forces greater than any of them realise. Both armies try to shift the scales in their favour by recruiting greater forces – angels, demons, dragons, armies of the underworld, and magical beings. The war continues to grow in scale until the entire world is dragged into the conflict and it can only end in a cataclysmic Armageddon.

Each of the stories in the series focuses on a significant character or group and their role within the battle. Every story is laying the foundations for something else, like building blocks for the epic finale. The books are written out of order – one story may feature a character in his adulthood, the next is set before he is born, the next after his death. Putting the order of events together is up to you.

This means that you may choose your own journey through the saga. If you feel connected to a certain character, you can follow that individual’s story first. And if you join the series after book 5 is released, there is no need to read books one through four first!

So where does the new book fit into the series?

Genesis of Light is a novella set towards the beginning of the timeline, which tells the origin story of the Children of Light. Another novella will be released later this year to explain the origin story of the Brotherhood of Shadow. This novella is entitled Origin of Shadow and is currently in editing.

The Light and Shadow Chronicles - an epic immersive fantasy series by D.M. Cain


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The Light and Shadow Chronicles – a unique immersive fantasy world

The Shield of Soren

A Chronicle of Chaos

Author Academy Awards DM Cain

Would you spare a moment to help?

Author Academy Awards

My book A Chronicle of Chaos has been entered into this prestigious writing competition!

I’m very excited about this but I need your votes to win! It’s really easy to do, so if you would take two minutes out of your day to vote for me I would be immensely grateful.

Here’s how you do it!

1) Visit https://authoracademyawards.com/
2) First, scroll down to where it says ‘Ready to vote?’

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3) Next, look at the voting boxes – each genre is on a new page so you’ll have to click through them until you get to my genre – FANTASY (feel free to vote along the way if you wish!)

Author Academy Awards vote DM Cain

4) Then scroll down on the Fantasy page until you see my cover for A Chronicle of Chaos. Click on it and you’re done! Your vote will be counted (thank you very much!)

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Thank you so much for your support! Fingers crossed!