Elithius Excerpt–Blood and Shadow

In preparation for the release of my newest book, which will be published in December, I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from Book One of Elithius!


 

A loud, terrifying scream sounds just outside our house, and an instant later I hear the front door get broken down.  Cassie and Luke begin screaming with panic and horror and immediately I rush for the only decent weapon I own; the sword standing upright in the corner of my room.

With a surge of speed, I burst out of my room.  They already have my siblings.  Fear is the only thing empowering me as I stab one of the intruders in front of me.  Only then do I acknowledge what I just attacked.  It is a horrifying beast, black as the shadows in the room, standing like a man, but with horrible teeth and eyes, a grotesque face, and a large, muscular body.  The room is filled with them.  I immediately know what they are.  They are Evil.

They begin dragging Cassie and Luke out of the house.  I cry out to my siblings, raising my sword, but I am blocked by a horde of the beasts.  The darkness is so thick around me, so dark I’ve never seen anything like it, as though the darkness is a black wall connecting the beasts, emanating from their skin.  The way they move makes my head swim, like they keep multiplying and then vanishing into the darkness.  Finally, I abandon caution and charge them, and two of them step out to meet me.  One after another, I cut both of them down, reacting out of pure instinct.  I hear my siblings scream from outside and I raise my head to look for them beyond our demolished front door.  I see them with their arms outstretched for me, and then, all of a sudden, I feel pain erupt in my stomach.

And I gasp.  Time freezes for a moment, and I grunt with alarm again, looking down at the blade sticking into my body.  The blade retracts, and I release a quivering breath.  Falling to the ground on my side, I watch as my blood pools beneath me, warm against my side.  As I lay there,—sharp, burning pain running through me—I look up, seeing outside in the fading light of day a distinct figure: a beast with long, matted hair, and a red cape.  Every Evil returns to his side, swarming about him.  And I know that he is their leader.

Then they leave.  Their cries sound for long, pain-filled moments after, and then they fade into silence.  And all that’s left behind is blood and shadow.

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Art by Clare S, my awesome little sister


As always, I’d love to know, What do you think?

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Cover art by Elizabeth M

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I. Am. A. Writer.

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Have you ever been able to tell that to someone? “Yeah, I’m a writer.”

It feels awesome. Naturally, we don’t like to share things about ourselves with people we don’t know. That being said, telling people about our love of writing seems like something we all look forward to. I know I do. I’m proud of what I love, and, if you’re like me, you’re dying for someone to listen to you talk about your writing experiences.

So maybe we like telling people “I’m a writer”.

But do we even realize what we’re saying?

If you really are a writer, analyze what I’m about to say with a writer’s eye. By saying “I am a writer”, what verb are you using?

“Am”. It’s a verb of being.

Do you realize what you are saying?

Some would say that you are defining something deep about yourself…something so deep, it’s akin to your very nature. What is the definition of nature, as ascertained by philosophers that are way smarter than me?

“Nature-Essence at its center of activity: a thing’s fundamental function”

To say that you ARE a writer implies that it is your nature. It is your fundamental function.

I dare you. I DARE you. Ask yourself a simple question:

“Am I really a writer?”

(“Or do I just write from time to time?”)

Does writing define who you are? Do you need writing? Is writing your fundamental function?

I’ve read a lot of stories about the experiences of successful authors. What those stories had in common was how much those authors had to dive into a lifestyle of writing, whether it was easy or not. They made writing their fundamental function. It was write or die.

My dear followers, are you willing to do the same?

Are you a writer?

If the answer is “no”, then what are you willing to give?

If you want to be successful, if you want to be true to yourself, don’t just write.

Be a writer…

…so that you can say this and know it in your heart: “I. Am. A. Writer.”

Now go for it, and apply this to any part of your life that involves (or should involve) passion.


This post is dedicated to Cristian Mihai, the awesome author of The Writer.  If you haven’t already, check out his blog and pick up one of his books.  You won’t regret it.


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COVER RELEASE: The Darkness Within

As promised, I’m about to reveal the cover of my newest installment in Elithius.

Skillfully crafted by the ever-patient and steadfast Elizabeth M, I present to you the cover of Elithius, Book Two: The Darkness Within!!!!!!!

COMING DECEMBER 2017

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How cool is that????

I must say, Elizabeth really topped herself this time.  This cover is amazing.  As I said yesterday, it perfectly captures the feel of Book Two.

The darkness challenging light.

Light fighting back.

Look at John’s face.  Look at the determination.  The sense of battle.  The motion of the entire picture.

This cover is obviously something epic in and of itself but, without a story, it would lack meaning.  So, what is Book Two about?

John Hedekira and his friends must venture into the Gray Lands in order to rescue John’s sister, Cassie.  Upon entering the Gray Lands, they make new friends…and new enemies.  Before they know it, they are thrown into the middle of a raging war, in which loyalties and friendships will be tested, darker and more heinous powers will challenge them…and souls will be ripped apart.

The adventures of John and his friends have only begun.

If none of that makes sense, then you probably haven’t read Book One.

Which is okay, because there’s still plenty of time for you to read Book One before Book Two comes out.

If you’re interested in Elithius…and I mean genuinely interested…check out the story here.  I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.  It won’t be a waste of your money or your time.

And did you know it’s National Buy A Book Day????

Cheers to a new book coming out!  I’m so excited about this, and I hope all of you are too!

I Must Believe

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The power of the mind is incredible.  The power of our own emotions, our own imagination, is incredible.  We take in so much information around us; ever since we were fetuses, ever since we were babies, we were able to process information.  And we continue to do this constantly.

The mind is incredibly powerful…so it’s not surprising that your mind can turn against you.

Sometimes we learn things from our surroundings.  We process things without needing to think about it.  I can see the doorway ahead of me, therefore I head there, and not into the wall.

However, sometimes things happen in which we do sit down and ponder “What just happened?  What does this mean?”  And that’s when our mind really becomes powerful.

Because we can influence ourselves, depending on the circumstances or the information we have…or the information we think we have.  And the more powerful our mind grows, the more we start to analyze and think about what’s wrong…what’s wrong with ourselves, what’s wrong with this situation, or this event, or that person.

And it so happens that, because our mind is so powerful, but our spirits are weak…we start to doubt.

We doubt ourselves.  We doubt the people around us.  We don’t even dare to hope, that’s how much we doubt.

Are you powerful enough to overcome your own mind?

Your mind is telling you to doubt.  You can’t do it.  You’ll never make it.  You’re not good enough.  The world won’t let you.  God won’t let you.  This is what your mind is constantly telling you, because you’re so smart, because this is how you processed the information, or how you interpreted the happenings of this or that event.

But are you willing to be stronger than your own mind…and BELIEVE?

Are you willing to have faith?  Are you willing to care, even when your mind says it’s stupid?

The mind is strong.  So make your spirit stronger.  Have faith.  It is a quality that all writers must have.


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Who Wants to See My New Book Cover?

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That’s right.  The cover for Elithius, Book Two, has finally been finished!

It’s hard for me to express how excited I am about this upcoming installation in Elithius…and the cover of Book Two just makes it SOOOOO much better!  Like seriously people: this cover is a work of art.

It perfectly captures the feel of Book Two…which is what a cover should do!  The sense of action, of intensity, of darkness, of magnificence and mystery…it’s all there in the cover.

And so I’m going to reveal the cover to you…

…tomorrow 🙂

I know, that was mean 🙂

To anyone who’s interested, the first book of Elithius can be found here on Amazon.

What’s Elithius about?  Well I’m glad you asked.  Here’s a brief description:

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Cover art by Elizabeth M

Genre: Fantasy/Action

Length: 305 pages

Description:

His parents abandon him when he’s thirteen. He’s left to care for his little brother and sister. Life is tough. Things can’t seem to get any worse.

But then Evil Itself breaks down the door. It kidnaps his siblings. And It leaves him bleeding out on the floor of his own home.

The Golden Lands, one of the Three Worlds of Elithius, is supposed to be a place of light, peace and happiness. But the Golden Lands hasn’t been such a place for John Hedekira, a jaded, hot-headed sixteen-year-old. Joined by his friends Faith Pinck and Bernard Tanner, John must rescue his brother and sister from their captors…before his siblings can be sacrificed to the ominous God of Death.

With a story that combines the feelings of Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, and Percy Jackson, Dominic Sceski brings to life a riveting tale of light versus darkness, magic, friendship, trust, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption that will leave you on the edge of your seat and desperately yearning for more.

Don’t wait. Embark on the journey now. Enter Elithius!


So what are you waiting for??? Go check it out here!

Character Tip #1

All right, so I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good character versus a bad character.

Everybody wants to craft likable characters, right?  You want people to be so in love with your characters that they’ll laugh when they laugh, cry when they cry, get angry when they get angry—you get the picture.

So here’s my first tip to creating a good, solid character:

Character Tip #1: Be bold.

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What does that mean?

Be bold with your character.  No one likes picking up a book where the character is no-personality-average-Joe.  Everyone likes a character that is unique.  We want characters that stand out.  If you’re just like every other character, what’s exciting about that?

Be bold with your characters.

Is she funny or witty?  Then make her really funny and witty.

Is he a hot-head?  Then make sure he gets heated about stuff.

Is he a lonely outcast?  Then let his thoughts reflect that.

What if you want your character to be relatively “normal”.  Well, that’s okay too!  Just be bold in expressing how normal that person is.

My point is, creating a good character means effectively DEFINING who they are.  And that’s where you have to be bold…even “explicit”.

I chose the picture of Captain America because I feel like he embodies both versions of bold…when he’s a weak little shrimp, he is still a BOLD character….namely, BECAUSE he’s a weak little shrimp.  When he transforms into a solid, hunky man, he is once again BOLD…because, well, he just is!

Be bold with your characters.