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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!

It’s Coming…

The time is coming for change.  The time when secrets will be revealed.  The time when destiny will be realized.

What’s on the inside will come out.  And we’d better be ready to face what comes out.  Our inner demons must be conquered, if we ever want the light to prevail…

…are you ready to face the darkness within?

COMING SOON!!!

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You all ready to see the cover of Book Two?  It’s a beauty.  I can’t wait to show all of you.

Haven’t read Elithius, Book One?  No problem.  It’s only $0.99 as an eBook here.

Don’t miss out.

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Elithius is the fantasy universe I created; it’s also the name of my book series.  Elithius, as a universe, is home to three races: men (who are called Knights), women (who are called Beloved),  and “Evil” (who are called Malam).  It is also home to three worlds, which are connected by portals: The Golden Lands, the Gray Lands, and the Dark Lands.

I created the Golden Lands to be a sort of “Hobbiton” or “Shire”, maybe even a “Tatooine”.  You know, a safe, happy place, where people live in a magical world, but unaffected by any dark sides to that magical-ness.  That being said, the Golden Lands is far from perfect.   It’s SUPPOSED to be a place of “light, happiness, and peace”.  There are virtually no individual nations, no boundaries; wealth and property is meant to be shared.  It is a place of “harmonious anarchy”.

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But then we see how Evil are beginning to infiltrate the Golden Lands.  We see that this world isn’t so perfect after all.  Children are still neglected and abandoned by their parents.  There are still bullies.  There are still lascivious boys and girls.  The Golden Lands aren’t really so great after all.  This is where the story of Elithius begins.

The Gray Lands, as a singular world, is basically like a massive war zone.  It’s where the forces of light and dark collide (thus the name “gray”).  The number of Evil in the Gray Lands challenges the number of humans.  The Gray Lands is steeped in characters with magical/supernatural abilities, which they’ve developed for the purpose of combating the Evil.  It’s in the Gray Lands that the greater part of Elithius takes place, since there’s so much conflict and action abounding in this world.  It’s always cloudy in the Gray Lands, and there’s nothing exciting or serene about the scenery.

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Not much is known about the Dark Lands (also called “Night”).  No smart human ventures there.  This is where the Evil seem to come from, and this is also where the Evil seem to take humans that they capture.  The darkest and most powerful of Evil, the “Ultra Malam”, rarely exit the Dark Lands (fortunately for the people of the Gray Lands!), simply because they hate being in the light.  But when things get bad in the Gray Lands, and the battles get intense…well, you can expect a few Ultra Malam to show up.

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this image is not mine, but it does a good job representing both the feel of the Dark Lands, and the feel of Ultra Malam!

I thought this was a cool set-up for my fantasy world because it enabled me to have everything I wanted.  I could have places of peace, where the peace could be destroyed.  I could have places where the world was war-ridden.  And I could have places where only the darkest of monsters thrived.

Three worlds all in one universe!  Seemed like a good plan 😉

What do you think of the “layout” of Elithius?  All thoughts and opinions are welcome!

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Elithius is the new name of my fantasy series, which was previously called “The Golden Lands”.   “The Golden Lands” sounds too happy and peaceful, when, in reality, the story is a dark, fast-paced tale of vengeance, destiny, and supernatural powers.  Elithius is also the name of the universe in which the Golden Lands reside, and I thought that “Elithius” was a cooler, more epic name for my series.  So it all makes sense 😉

What’s the plot of Elithius?

Here’s my logline:

John Hedekira and his friends must track and rescue Cassie and Luke, John’s little sister and brother, before they can be taken and sacrificed to the God of Death by Nirak, the Red Captain.

Well, that’s the general plot of the first book.  Maybe that sounds too simple of a story, but there are plenty of obstacles in the way of John and his friends.  They have to fight the minions of the God of Death, John is being hunted by a serial killer, and the clock is ticking, hanging over their heads, a constantly reminding them that if they don’t save Cassie and Luke in time…well, then Cassie and Luke will be sacrificed to the God of Death.

I will admit, maybe the plot sounds a little TOO dark.  But the story has too many feel-good and silly moments for the overall FEEL to be dark and disturbing.  The plot is…intense, yes, but that doesn’t mean the story is some horrifying form of fantasy.

There’s still a lot of work to be done before I can present Elithius as a full-fledged novel.  I’m excited to reedit my work and get a new cover; my series is getting a total makeover!  It should be awesome by the time it’s finished 😉

Thoughts?  What do you think of my log-line?

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!

In case any of y’all forgot…

I’m so thankful for all the support my fellow bloggers/readers have shown.  Check out what they’ve been saying about my first book!

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“This is a well-paced story with compelling main characters and plenty of action.” (Fan, four star review) (Smashwords.com)

“Lots of action and interesting philosophy on good versus evil, with a nice set of mysteries. The battle scenes are well-described., and am looking forward to further stories.” (Author Christy Nicholas, four star review) (Smashwords.com)

“This is a great fast-paced, action-packed adventure story. I kinda wish the fight with the dragon lasted a little longer though.” (Fan, four star review) (Smashwords.com)

“After I read the prologue on the author’s blog, I knew I had to read the rest of the book, so as soon as I heard that it was published, I got it. I was not disappointed.

John Hedekira and Faith Pinck are both realistic characters with depth, and the story is fast-paced and exciting.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a action-packed adventure story. I can’t wait to read the next one!” (Fan, five star review) (Smashwords.com)

This is an intense action/fiction. The book is well written. The characters, landscape, and especially fight scenes are artfully described by the author. The plot is extremely fast-paced. This was hard to get used to at first, but I have a feeling that the length of the whole series will make up for any trace of a rushed plot in each volume. Despite the fast-pace of the story, the author seems very determined to slowly develop his characters, which, coupled with the awesome action really makes for a good story. I would recommend this short novel to anyone, especially people who enjoy fantasy, anime, or manga.” (Fan, four star review) (Amazon.com)

“This book was one of the best books I ever read! Everything was clear and easy to read. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves action and adventure.” (Fan, five star review) (Amazon.com)

Click here to read a book review of Volume 1 at Thoughts and Theories

Interested in downloading a copy?  Volume 1 is free!  Feel free to click the picture of Volume 1 in the sidebar or just click here.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Stay awesome!

Dom

Well Hello :)

I know I haven’t really posted anything in a while.  It’s been a rather busy time, of course.  I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and shopped responsibly on Black Friday.

Things have been pretty busy for me, as far as the book series goes, and my own personal life.  I’m preparing to undergo surgery on Wednesday (I tore my ACL playing football [prayers are not suggested, although they are recommended :P]), and I also have rehab every day.  I actually could work on The Golden Lands while I do my rehab (which is basically just some simple stretching), but the exercises are too distracting, and my writing tends to lack very much emotion.

So I’ve been reading!  If anyone wants a nice, long fantasy novel to read, check out Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.  A friend recommended it to me…and dang.  I mean dang.  It’s a great series.  And it keeps me in good, fictional company during my periods of rehab.

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What’s going on now that the first arc of The Golden Lands is finished?   Well, revisions are being made to the presiding book covers, as promised, and I’m looking for literary agents for Volume 1.  I’m also writing Soul Bleeder, a behind-the-scenes novella set in the world of The Golden Lands.  And Volume 5 is also being written (just finished the first chapter yesterday!).

ALSO…although I’m not going to tell you what it is, my sister and I are working on creating something else for The Golden Lands…something very special.  It’s sort of a surprise…but just to get you excited, here’s a little teaser:

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Yes, that’s John, the main-character.  This is a screen shot from the program I use to color all of our pictures.  I believe this will be the most epic piece of artwork that Clare and I have created…I can’t wait for you to see it!

So that is what’s up with me!

Stay awesome!

Dominic

Last Chance to Get Volume 4 for Free!

Just another reminder that the sale on Volume 4, as well as Volumes 2 and 3, will be ending TOMORROW!

You can download Volume 4 for free here or as a Nook Book, at iBooks, or Kobo.  On Kindle, it’s 99 cents.


What’s Volume 4 about?  Here’s a summary:

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PLOT SUMMARY

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.
John, Faith, and Bernard have come farther than they ever thought possible. They’ve persevered through every struggle, every personal trial, and every foe that has come their way. Now the final battle has arrived. Allying with the people of Castrum Fortress, John and his friends must storm the city of Howaito Maki and defeat the three Evil captains…or every prisoner of the Evil will die.

GENRE

General Fantasy/Action/Emotional/Anime

EXCERPT

We come to a halt, stopping right beneath the wall which rises high above us.  Thunderousbooms sound in the distance, and we can vaguely hear the clashing of weapons and the screams of pain.  “So the fighting has already started,” says one of the scouts with us.

“That’s our diversion,” states Ashida.  “Let’s make the most of it.”

A long rope dangles from where we fastened it at the summit of the wall.  It’s our only way up and into the city.  I raise my eyes to the top of the rope, and I feel my heart beat faster.  I don’t know why, but the top of this rope…it’s like the threshold—the threshold of destiny.  Once I climb this rope, I’ll be in the city.  I’ll be on the final part of my journey.  I’ll be on the doorstep of rescuing my siblings.

My siblings…

This is the final endeavor.  I feel like I’ve known everything that would happen up until now.  I’ve never been surprised truly.  There hasn’t been as much mystery as I feel there is now.  Nothing about the future is clear anymore.  Nothing is black and white.  Because, from here…

—I look at the sky, the clouds, the dullness and gloom that fills this region—

…everything is gray.

I cast a worried glance at Faith and Bernard, and I can’t help but feel closer to them at this moment.  “Listen,” I say, “whatever happens, I want you both to know that you’ve been great; you’ve been my best friends.  I know we’ve been through a lot, and a big part of that is my fault, but—”

“John,” Bernard cuts me off, “it’s okay.  Stop acting like we’re going to die when we get in there.   We can do this.”  He smiles reassuringly at me, as does Faith.  “Come on,” Bernard says, stepping towards the rope, “let’s go get your brother and sister.”


So, what if you don’t know the original plot of The Golden Lands?

Click here to read the prologue of Volume 1: Shadows in the Sunlight.


Stay awesome!

Dominic

 

 

Sale on All Books Will END WEDNESDAY

Both Volumes 1 and 4 have been free for a long time now, and Volumes 2 and 3 have been discounted during that time as well.  However, I believe it’s time to announce that the sale will be officially ending on Wednesday the 25th.

Thus, now is your LAST CHANCE to download Volume 4 for free.  Volume 4, due to it’s length, will cost $2.99, and Volumes 2 and 3 will go back to being $2.00.  Volume 1, as always, will remain free.

Right now, the series, as a whole, costs $1.98 (0+$0.99+$0.99+0).  You cannot ask for a better deal.

My eBooks are available at barnesandnoble.com as Nook Books, on iBooks, Kobo, and here at Smashwords.com.

The Golden Lands has gotten some great reviews so far.  Why not find out for yourself why people are talking?


For those of you that aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a plot summary for The Golden Lands, Volume 1: Shadows in the Sunlight:

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. One evening, John decides that he has had it with the distant, self-pitiful dispositions of his siblings, and resolves to shut them out of his life for good…or so he thinks.

That same evening, a band of warriors of a dark race invade his home, kidnapping John’s siblings…and leaving him to bleed out 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 will endeavor to collide the world of humanity with the world of an unholy, malicious, supernatural being.


 

I hope you love what you read!  Thank you for all of your support.  I couldn’t do this without you.

Aul/Dominic

 

The Golden Lands, Volume 1, is a Novella Acclaimed by Fans

PRAISE FOR THE GOLDEN LANDS, VOLUME 1: SHADOWS IN THE SUNLIGHT

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“This is a well-paced story with compelling main characters and plenty of action.” (Fan, four star review) (Smashwords.com)

“Lots of action and interesting philosophy on good versus evil, with a nice set of mysteries. The battle scenes are well-described., and am looking forward to further stories.” (Author Christy Nicholas, four star review) (Smashwords.com)

“This is a great fast-paced, action-packed adventure story. I kinda wish the fight with the dragon lasted a little longer though.” (Fan, four star review) (Smashwords.com)

“After I read the prologue on the author’s blog, I knew I had to read the rest of the book, so as soon as I heard that it was published, I got it. I was not disappointed.

John Hedekira and Faith Pinck are both realistic characters with depth, and the story is fast-paced and exciting.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a action-packed adventure story. I can’t wait to read the next one!” (Fan, five star review) (Smashwords.com)

This is an intense action/fiction. The book is well written. The characters, landscape, and especially fight scenes are artfully described by the author. The plot is extremely fast-paced. This was hard to get used to at first, but I have a feeling that the length of the whole series will make up for any trace of a rushed plot in each volume. Despite the fast-pace of the story, the author seems very determined to slowly develop his characters, which, coupled with the awesome action really makes for a good story. I would recommend this short novel to anyone, especially people who enjoy fantasy, anime, or manga.” (Fan, four star review) (Amazon.com)

“This book was one of the best books I ever read! Everything was clear and easy to read. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves action and adventure.” (Fan, five star review) (Amazon.com)

Interested in downloading a copy?  Volume 1 is free!  Feel free to click the picture of Volume 1 in the sidebar or just click here.  Volume 1 is also free on iBooks, Kobo, or as a Nook Book!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

ALSO: Volume 4 is still free, and the discount for Volumes 2 and 3 continues!  Click here to check them out!


Stay awesome!

Dom

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