Mysteries of Lilinar

One of my favorite things about being a “discovery writer” (that’s someone who doesn’t plot a story out, though I am thinking that some planning would help, but that’s a blog for another day) is finding little bits of story that are gems waiting to be uncovered.

There’s one “gem” though that I’ve been waiting for years to find out what the story behind the story is.

In Quest for the Three Books, I “knew” that the Shant’olin (nasty ghosts who eat souls) were tied to the ruins of Lilinar. I always figured Rivic had had something to do with this.  But as I prepare the ending of Walk the Path, sequel to Tangled Magic, I haven’t discovered the answer to how the Shant’olin were contained to the ruins, or even how they got there.

It remains a mystery.

Also, when I was working on all the stories in the Sacred Knight series, I know there is something special about the gates of Lilinar, perhaps that there is something buried beneath them, maybe right inside.  The observant reader will notice that the Shant’olin never approach near the gate in Quest for the Three Books. In later books, Steigan often has a strange sensation as he’s walking into Lilinar.  Again, I thought I would find out what was going on when I wrote Rivic’s books, since he was the one who built Lilinar. But Walk the Path ends with him just starting the building of Lilinar after he leaves Gohaldinest.

That leaves me with the question of what is going on?

There is another story here. Is there a character I’m missing? A bigger picture? Another story between stories?

Do you want to know the best part?

That means there is more to this story for me to start to discover. And that is my happy spot.

Ithanes

Not too long ago, I showed a picture from my sketchbook of the main character of my Sacred Knight series, Steigan.

A few nights ago I was flipping through my sketchbook again and came across a picture that reminds me of Ithanes. Ah, Ithanes!

He doesn’t come into the story until book 2, Manifest the Magic, but he was so full of surprises for me. I’ve come to utterly adore him. He’s like the king of snark, and very powerful with his magic. He knows what he’s good at, and lets people follow their strengths. He’s a good leader in that he finds people to compensate for the areas where he is weak. I think that’s why he likes Steigan so much. Yet, he also doesn’t often show weakness in himself. He’s lord of two lands, Dubinshire and Gohaldinest, and he lets everyone know it. Don’t let him fool you, though. He does have his deep, dark secrets.

And speaking of which, I so want to look through that curio cabinet he keeps locked in his chambers. In book 3, To Birth a Destiny, the reader gets to see that curio a couple of times and Steigan even describes some of what he saw. But let me tell you, I was right there when Steigan was discussing what he was seeing and he certainly didn’t get to some of the more interesting items toward the back. Some day I’d like to draw that cabinet and all the trinkets in there. I’d also love to sit down and talk to Ithanes about how he collected all of them. Oh, the stories!

This sketch was done in 2018. I do think if I’d intended it to be Ithanes, it should have had a teardrop-shaped gemstone hanging from the circlet. Maybe I just needed practice drawing a circlet, even a wiry one. (grin)

Maybe someday I’ll get around to doing an illustrated Sacred Knight edition, or maybe even a graphic novel. Someday.

Young Adult Time Travel

I learned about this last Friday night. As of this writing, I see that the deal is still going on, so I’ve decided to share and hope that it continues for a little longer.

The Crystal Doors series (3 books included in the box set) by Rebecca Moesta is on sale for $0.99 USD. These books are normally $4.99 each. I don’t know when it will end, so grab it fast.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca at a masterclass we were both attending a couple years ago. She is sweet lady. Considering that her husband is Kevin J. Anderson, I have no doubt that she is a great writer too.

Yes, I bought the set and I’m looking forward to reading it. You can see it in my Current Reads bar (which I had to completely wipe clean because because I either finished the book or I have given up on it. So, everything there now is back to being current.

Read on!

The Stardust story bundle

The Stardust story bundle is the newest addition in my Zibbet shop.

The Stardust story bundle

All of them are essentially stand-alone stories. They don’t have to be read together or in any order, but for those that want to journey with this special orb through the galaxy, this is the trio. It also introduces Moonhunter and Balthier in Mystery of the Stardust Monk.

The “reading order” to follow the orb is:

  • Alexander’s Den
  • Mystery of the Stardust Monk
  • Stardust

This is a good place to start if you want to jump into my books but haven’t known where. This is an introduction to the Wells of the Onesong and the novihomidraks (new humans born of the dragons).

Get your signed bundle now.

He was a traitor

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Even though I haven’t been working on the 5th book very much lately, this series is still “my baby.” I know Steigan’s life from birth to death. I know how his family and friends mourn him. Not all of this is in the books — partially because I have promised that the series here will have a happy ending and because I don’t like stories where the characters die.

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Stonecharmer – an introduction

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For several months now, you’ve heard me talk about Stonecharmer in some of my Monday progress blogs. I’ve been pretty closed mouth about it other than that because I didn’t want the story to pop and fizzle on me. I also want to make sure that it was not connected to my Sacred Knight/Wells of the Onesong stories before I started saying, “Oh, yes, I’m working on a completely stand alone novel.”

For me, that would be the kiss of death for it being a stand alone! It would then, undoubtedly, be tied to EVERYTHING for ever and ever!

Why am I telling you this now?

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Onesong – Tangled Magic cover

I promised a cover reveal yesterday.

After much thought, I decided the title should be Tangled Magic, but if you know the publishing industry, you know that titles are never completely set in stone (and neither are covers). Walk the Path was a nice idea and would have reflected in the book, but that means someone won’t really be attached to the title until they finish it and see the repetition. Titles need to be part of the draw, part of what makes readers pick up the book. Yeah, I learned a few lessons in titling The Three Books and changing it to Quest for the Three Books. It needs to evoke questions in the reader. Walk the Path equaled, “What path? Who’s walking it? Why?” But Tangled Magic has more of that pull: “Why is the magic tangled? Who tangled it? What does it mean to be tangled? What happens when it’s tangled? Is it like Ghostbusters where it’s bad if they cross the streams?” 

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Some sugar – Prince of the Ruined Land

I know that for the last few weeks you’ve heard a lot about Prince of the Ruined Land. I feel that I owe you for sticking with me and I want to reward you for being loyal readers.

Thank you.

So, here’s the first chapter of Prince of the Ruined Land (Book 4 in the Sacred Knight series)

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Prince of the Ruined Land

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 1


“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

                –Seneca (Roman philosopher)


The fact Steigan held onto life startled him.

He thought the last remnants of his existence might be wiped away by the intensity of the magic. Yet he found himself standing, staring at the gray cobblestones of the ruins beneath him.

More than a ghost on the doorstep.

Prophecy had come true: Steigan had returned.

A soft wind sweeping through the rubble brought a chill to Steigan’s skin as he stared at his hands and flexed his fingers. He couldn’t believe they looked so young again, before the age spots had started to appear. A new future lay ahead of him, yet never had the expanse of time looked so bleak.

Some dim part of his thoughts told him he was home, yet he couldn’t fight through the fog that gripped him. He was back, yet he didn’t allow himself to believe. How could this be?

All he wanted to do was rest. He thought by now he’d be able to do that. Where was all the magic? He felt none of it coming to him. Steigan dropped to his knees and shouted out his frustration, tears burning in his eyes.

With some vague awareness, he heard people clamoring nearby as they urged him to get to his feet. Steigan glanced around, a dull numbness over his senses as he tried to pull himself from the confusion surrounding him.

A crash jerked Steigan partway from his trance. He raised his head toward the sound. The wooden main gate of Lilinar bowed inwards as it was rammed from outside again. The securing crossbar bulged and was beginning to crack. He did have to get to his feet. They had to get moving. He knew their urgency was important, but he didn’t remember why.

Steigan looked over at the flattened landscape of the ruins. This had once been his home. In his memories, he remembered buildings along the path, but now he could barely see foundations. Weeds and little skeletal trees that had tried to grow here pushed the rocks apart. Vast expanses of the castle were missing. Only the wind visited Lilinar anymore. He barely recognized it.

Goddess…

Another boom thundered through the ruins. Dust fell from the aged wood as the main gate began to splinter. Martias, Adonid, the domini from the Temple, they would all be coming through to arrest Steigan and the people with him. He really needed to get up. He had made it. Now, he had things to do.

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