Why We Love Anime #42

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Showing you how awesome anime is…with epic, bad-butt pictures!!!

What an awesome wallpaper!


In case you missed it, I published my newest book yesterday!  Volume 5: Kiilda is by far the best installment in my series yet. AND IT’S FREE (FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY)!

Click here to download Volume 5!

Thank you to everyone that has supported me so far!  You guys rock!

Stay awesome,

Dominic (Aul)

My Newest Book is Still Free—Limited Time Only!

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Well, the title says it all!  Thanks so much to all of you that have already downloaded my newest book, Volume 5: Kiilda.  The support you’re showing me is increasingly touching.  I couldn’t do this without you.

Click here to get your free eBook copy of Volume 5!

Volume 5 is the newest book in my series, The Golden Lands.  The Golden Lands (TGL) is a fantasy series, inspired by anime.  Anyone that enjoys a fast-paced, action-filled read can enjoy it.

What’s TGL about? Glad you asked…

The Golden Lands, one of the three worlds of Terra, is supposed to be a place of peace, light, and happiness. But the Golden Lands hasn’t exactly been such a place for John Hedekira, a jaded, hot-headed teenager. His parents disappear when he is thirteen, and he’s left to look after his younger sister and brother. Three years later, John decides that he has had it with the distant, self-pitying dispositions of his siblings, and resolves to shut them out of his life for good…or so he thinks.

But then the fabled monsters of the Dark Lands appear out of nowhere.

They are the living incarnations of Evil itself…and they enter John’s home, kidnapping his siblings and leaving him to bleed to death on the floor of his own house.

But John is not undone so easily. Compelled by his own hatred of the warriors that left him to die, and a sense of duty towards his siblings, John sets out on a quest for vengeance. Joining him is Faith Pinck, a caring, innocent girl who doesn’t yet understand the true motives behind John’s desire to track the evil band of warriors. And in the midst of their adventures as they journey to rescue John’s siblings they begin to uncover a deeper, darker plot that threatens to collide the human world with the world of an unholy, supernatural being.

And here’s the current plot of Volume 5!

Locked in a fight to the death in the subworld of Kiilda, John’s only option is to defeat Kiilda if he ever wants to see his little sister again. Meanwhile, Faith is quickly forming a friendship with Tarsh Landid. But when Castrum Fortress is surrounded by the Brown Bandits, it looks like the only thing that will satisfy them is the former “Ghost of Hedekira”*…whether he’s dead or alive!

*Tarsh Landid


Stay awesome, my dear followers!  (And thank you for your support!)

Dominic (Aul)

Volume 5: Kiilda, is Now Available!!!

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Well, it’s been done!  Volume 5: Kiilda has been published!!!!

I’m really excited to hear what you think about this volume; I think it’s the best one yet!  It’s very fast paced, with tons of action, but a lot of character development too (and might I add, an ounce of romance!??!?)

Oh yes.

The best way to show some support for an author is to read what he or she writes!  And I’ve made it easy for you!  For the first couple of days, Volume 5 will be FREE as an eBook.  Click here to download your copy!

What’s Volume 5 about?  Here’s the description:

Locked in a fight to the death in the subworld of Kiilda, John’s only option is to defeat Kiilda if he ever wants to see his little sister again. Meanwhile, Faith is quickly forming a friendship with Tarsh Landid. But when Castrum Fortress is surrounded by the Brown Bandits, it looks like the only thing that will satisfy them is the former “Ghost of Hedekira”*…whether he’s dead or alive!

*Tarsh Landid

Don’t miss out!

Thank you for all of your support!  I really couldn’t do this without all of your encouragement.

Stay awesome!

Dominic (Aul)

Are You Ready???

Are you ready for this?  Volume 5 is about to be published!!!  I don’t usually like to brag, but LET ME TELL YOU: Volume 5 will be the best installment yet in my series, The Golden Lands!

I’ve come a long way.  Writing five books hasn’t been easy.  And I couldn’t have done it without you.   So thank you.

There’s no better way to show your support for an author than by reading his books….

So get ready to show some support 😛

Stay awesome, my dear followers!

Dominic (Aul)

 

VOLUME 5 to be Published TOMORROW!!!

The title says it all!  Volume 5, if things go as planned, will be published tomorrow.  I’m really excited to share Volume 5 with you, as I believe it is the best book yet in my series, The Golden Lands.

New to The Golden Lands?  Here’s the initial plot of my the series:

Left for dead by a band of strange, dark warriors, John Hedekira sets out on a quest to get revenge and to rescue his siblings from the hands of his attackers. Joining him is the kind, innocent Faith Pinck, and together they must stop the evil warriors before they can complete their mission: a dark plot to collide humanity with the world of an unholy, supernatural being.

All of my books can be downloaded here at Smashwords.com, or at other eBook retailers (Barnes and Nobles “Nook Books”, the Apple store “iBooks”, etc.).  Volume 1 is free at Smashwords, as an easy ticket to introducing you to the series, or you can read it in the form of episodes at my page Embark on the Journey: Volume 1 Episodes.

But since we’re talking about Volume 5, here’s a quick summary:

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Cover credit goes to my sister!

PLOT:

Locked in a fight to the death in the subworld of Kiilda, John’s only option is to defeat Kiilda if he ever wants to see his little sister again.  Meanwhile, Faith is quickly forming a friendship with Tarsh Landid.  But when Castrum Fortress is surrounded by the Brown Bandits, it looks like the only thing that will satisfy them is the former “Ghost of Hedekira” (Tarsh Landid)…whether he’s dead or alive!

GENRE:

Fantasy/Anime/Action/Emotional

Get ready for some awesomeness!!!


Stay awesome,

Dominic (Aul)

Why We Love Anime #41

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Showing you how awesome anime is…with gorgeous, visually-incredible pictures!!!

“Stay close…because all we have is each other.”

Thanks to whoever downloaded my book this week!!!


Like me as a blogger? Like the way I write?
Believe me, my books are way better than this post. If you really want to see the best I can do, check out my fantasy/anime series “The Golden Lands”. The first volume is free as an eBook (click here), or you can just read it in the form of “episodes” right here on my blog! Go to my page Embark on the Journey: Volume 1 Episodes for a complete list of episodes. I also post episodes every week, so look for them if you really want to experience the best I’ve got!

VOLUME 6 COVER RELEASED!!!!

Hey all!

Guess what?

The cover for Volume 6 has been finished!!!  And you know what that means…

Volume 5 is ready to be published!  (Because I place the cover of the NEXT book in the back of the current book.)

I still haven’t decided on a release date for Volume 5.  But it will obviously be soon, most likely this weekend.  You all should have some free time to read it, due to Memorial Day 😉

So here’s the cover of Volume 6.  I must say, this is one of the best covers my sister has drawn yet!

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The cover of Volume 6 happens to be Frances Beznar, from Volume 4…who is based off of my sister (the person that draws all my covers).  In case you can’t tell from the picture, Frances is a freakin’ boss!!!

So now Volume 5 is ready to be published!  Everyone that has read it thus far thought it was one of the best volumes yet, if not THE best.  I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think of Volume 5…it’s probably one of my personal favorites.

Stay tuned and stay awesome!

Dom

Why We Love Anime #40

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Showing you how awesome anime is…with amazing, incredible, super-detailed pictures!!!

It’s crazy how far the anime-style of art has penetrated society and our culture.  This image is absolutely stunning.  The “realisticness”, the colors, the expression…it’s almost too much to take in.  But I love it.  And that’s why I love anime.

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Like me as a blogger? Like the way I write?
Believe me, my books are way better than this post. If you really want to see the best I can do, check out my fantasy/anime series “The Golden Lands”. The first volume is free as an eBook (click here), or you can just read it in the form of “episodes” right here on my blog! Go to my page Embark on the Journey: Volume 1 Episodes for a complete list of episodes. I also post episodes every week, so look for them if you really want to experience the best I’ve got!

Going Back To Your “Story Roots”

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If you’re like me, you’ve been writing for a LONG time.  Maybe since the time you were 7,8,9, 10 years old.  You came up with a bunch of different stories along the way.  Some of them would probably make you cringe now, some would make you laugh.  Maybe some of them would even make you feel proud.

All of that is definitely true for me.  I’ve got a big bin full of all my old, silly little stories.  Some of my current stories actually have similar themes or plots that can be traced back to the “books” I wrote when I was 9 or 10 years old.  It’s funny, and even inspiring, to realize how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown as a writer since the time I wrote those stories.

But lately, I’ve been thinking about the significance of reconnecting with my “story-roots”.

Think about it.

Nowadays, people will applaud an author for creating a “realistic” character, “a clever, super-malicious” villain, and a “dark” or “intricate” plot.  We appreciate having characters that we can relate too; it’s annoying when a character is too perfect, or doesn’t stumble or fall throughout the story.  We also like super-bad villains, who are always “one step ahead” of the good guys.  And we like sophisticated plots, with a touch of exciting “darkness”, as presented by the villain.

But remember those stories you wrote when you were little?  What was the main character like?

He or she was probably more than just a “main character”; they were the hero.  They perfectly exuded your child-like (not childish) understanding of virtue and heroism.  They were truly outstanding people.

Sometimes, reconnecting with your story roots is good for your soul.  

Writing is an expression of the self.  It’s an art.  It requires us to reach deep within ourselves and pull something out, and portray that something in a way that is beautiful, logical, and even personal.  Nowadays, everyone is focused on creating those three things: a realistic character, a super-bad villain, and an intricate plot.  Thus, as we are directing all of our attention on creating a realistic character, a malicious villain, or a dark plot, what exactly are we doing to ourselves internally?

We’re tearing ourselves down, in a way.  Ask yourself a blunt, idealistic question: Why would I want to read about a main character—a hero—that is just like me?  Relatable heroes are great.  But why would anyone want a “real-latable” character, meaning, a hero that acts like a real person?

People are great.  But people also aren’t great.

Sometimes, I think it’s OK to feel a little sick of “relatable” heroes: heroes that fall and make mistakes, and are even okay with making mistakes…and even more mistakes.  Because I don’t want just “relatable” heroes.  I want ideal heroes.

I don’t need to see another person wallowing in the same problems and temptations and failures that I’ve fallen into.  I need a light, a hero that can show me how to act and who I should be.  I want to see someone living the way people should live, not the way people do live.  Maybe that sounds stupid, naive, and idealistic.

In the present time, as “grown-ups”, we reach inside ourselves for that dirty, impure, but realistic main character.  We also have to picture ourselves as the cruel, arrogantly clever villain.  We become more detached from our pure, childlike story roots.  We sacrifice our understanding of virtue so that we can have a deeper understanding of the dark side of humanity.  Doesn’t that sound a little unwise, insofar as spiritual formation goes?

That’s why I’m telling you to look at your first stories.glorious anime

The hero was truly heroic, wasn’t he?  He was simple.  He was “idealistic”.  Maybe he was too perfect.  But that says something about you, doesn’t it?  When you were little, you knew who you wanted to be, and who you should be when you grow up.

But nowadays, all writers can focus on is how people are.  And people aren’t always great.  Were disgusting, underhanded, cruel little creatures.  We’re always searching for power, for pleasure, or even for love…in all the wrong places.  And society has accepted this as “realistic, relatable” behavior.

Well, sometimes what we need is a douse of heroism.  A douse of childlike virtue and hope in what is right.  We need to reconnect with our childlike roots and rediscover who we should be, not just who we are.  If all writers simply focused on humanity as we are, how will we ever grow into what we should be?

I apologize if this was a naive post.  But it’s just something to think about.  Sometimes we need the realistic, but I think we shouldn’t lose sight of the ideal too.

Tell me what you think!


Like me as a blogger? Like the way I write?
Believe me, my books are way better than this post. If you really want to see the best I can do, check out my fantasy/anime series “The Golden Lands”. The first volume is free as an eBook, or you can just read it in the form of “episodes” right here on my blog! Go to my page Embark on the Journey: Volume 1 Episodes for a complete list of episodes. I also post episodes every week, so look for them if you really want to experience the best I’ve got!

Legacy of Truth is available for Pre-order NOW!!!

Check out Christy Nicholas’ new book!!!

Christy Jackson Nicholas, Author and Artist

After many months and many edits, LEGACY OF TRUTH is available for pre-order on Amazon! On sale for $0.99 now!

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Legacy of Truth is a prequel to Legacy of Hunger, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Gifted with a magical brooch, passed down in her family for generations, Esme finds herself isolated and ill in an unfamiliar land. Her sister plots to steal the family heirloom from her in order to exploit the magical powers for her own gain, and Esme must battle for survival of herself and those she loves.

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I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.

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