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Why We Love Anime #1

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Showing you just how awesome anime is…with epic pictures!


I’m not usually going to comment whenever I post a “Why We Love Anime”, but this picture deserves some attention.

First of all, I love this image.   It beautifully depicts what love looks like.  You can see how both Emiya (the boy) and Saber (the girl) are giving of themselves to each other.  Emiya is obviously giving himself entirely to Saber; he doesn’t even have the strength to stand.  His lifeless body is falling into her.  And she’s receiving him.  Both of them are covered in Emiya’s blood, embracing each other through the blood.  Love exists even through the pain.  That’s exactly how love between a man and a woman should like.

And look at the scenery around them.  What’s flying around in the sky? Crows.  Maybe vultures.  Either way, both of those birds are symbols for evil and death.  But look at Saber’s face.  Even though they are seemingly surrounded by evil, the sky dark and the world decaying around them, they are both at peace.  Because they’re holding each other, and real love exists between them.

I don’t know who drew this, but I tip my hat to you!

This is just another reason as to Why We Love Anime!

 

Now that I’m back…

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YEAH! I’M BACK!

Now that I’m back, I don’t want to spend too much of my time blogging about my book series.  I want all of you to get to know me as a person and a writer, not as a salesperson.  Obviously, this means that from time to time I will have to blog about my book series, because The Golden Lands is a big part of my life as a person and a writer.

So what else will I be blogging about?

Here are the Big 2:

  1. Anime.  Anime is awesome.  Literally.  Whether you’re simply viewing it as a form of art, or as a new form of story-telling, forming characters, a plot, etc….it’s awesome.  So I’ll be blogging about anime and using anime artwork to inspire my posts.
  2. Being a Christian teen.  Maybe that sounds a little weird since I’m going to be blogging about anime and my book series…but in order for you to know me as a PERSON, this is something extremely important.  What’s more, I’m positive that you’ll be able to benefit more from me writing about certain Christian ideals than you EVER would if I were just writing about my book series or anime.

So there you have it!  Once again, I hope you haven’t forgotten me.

Stay awesome!

Dominic (Aul)

P.S. Just an update: I changed the way my blog looks and works.  Please visit my blog and tell me what you think of everything.  The homepage of my blog is a static page now, so all of my posts can be found in the page entitled “Blog”.  Thanks!

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:

coming soon

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

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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A Big “Thank You!”

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Hey everyone!  I just wanted to give a shout-out and a thanks to anyone who downloaded Volume 4.  I hope you guys are enjoying the book, and the influx of downloads is definitely something that I appreciate.  I can’t wait to hear what all of you think of the ending…I have to admit, I’m expecting to receive a few questions from some inquisitive readers.  Hopefully it knocks your socks off…

…if you’re wearing socks, of course.

Volume 4 is still free as an eBook.  You can download it here or find it on iBooks, barnesandnoble.com (as a Nook book), Kobo.  (On Kindle it’s 99 cents)

Interested in my series?  Click here to check out Volume 1!

Once again, thank you all for the support!  I couldn’t do this without you.

Stay awesome!

Dom

Excerpt from Howaito Maki/The Red Captain

Hey all!  Volume 4 is still free as an eBook at Smashwords.  Click here to get your own copy!

See for yourself what Volume 4 is made of!  Here’s an excerpt:

PROTAGONIST: FRANCES BEZNAR

I’m able to analyze him amid the clamor and shifting torrent of bodies around me.  And I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  He’s found his first victim.  He knows who he wants to challenge first.

He’s staring at me.

I swallow, and for a moment, fear induces my heart.  But then I come to my senses again, thinking that, after all, this is what we wanted.  We wanted to draw the captains out.  We wanted to keep them away from the prisoners.  And, while we’re at it, we might as well give them a fight worth remembering.

I lower my head and raise my shield, rushing like a bull through the mass of Knights, Beloved and Evil, slamming the wall of opponents aside as I run forward.  I come to an abrupt halt before the Gray Captain and lower my shield, holding my sword out behind me in preparation for slashing at him.  “You’re a captain?” I inquire.  “Funny, me too.”

I pivot towards him, sending a bone-crashing blow for his left shoulder.

He raises his left arm and intercepts the slash with his forearm, his arm not even flinching from the force of my attack.  I grunt, wide-eyed.  “Heh,” he says, his voice scraggly, and slightly high-pitched for his size, “you may be a captain, but you’re hardly a match for me!”

I draw back my sword; there’s no blood.


Like what you read?  Volume 1 of The Golden Lands is free here.  Begin the story.  Embark on the journey.

Stay awesome,

Dom

 

So, What are People Saying about The Golden Lands???

Here’s what readers have been saying about my series The Golden Lands so far:

Reviews for Volume 1:

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

“…John Hedekira and Faith Pinck are both realistic characters with depth, and the story is fast-paced and exciting…” (Fan, five star review) (Smashwords.com)

Reviews for Volume 2:

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Volume 2 is even better then the first ! The characters are very realistic and the action scenes are amazing. I’m definitely looking forward to reading volume 3!” (Fan, five star review) (Smashwords.com)

“Overall, the excitement that I loved in the first story continues and increases in the second, and I am most certainly looking forward to the next volume.” (Fan, five star review) (Smashwords.com)

Reviews for Volume 3:

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These volumes just keep getting better and better! There is so much action and even some surprising twist in it. It’s definitely worth a read!” (Fan, five star review) (Smashwords.com)

Wow! Volume 3 has some really awesome action scenes. The excitement is definitely building for the fourth volume. I think the characters could have a little more depth and internal struggle in this book, but their external conflicts make up for that. Overall, this book is very well done! I can’t say anything that would be a spoiler, but the end has a surprising twist, too.” (Fan, five star review) (Smashwords.com)

I’m excited to hear what people will say about Volume 4!

There’s lots of excitement growing for The Golden Lands.  Wanna get in on the action? Click here to download Volume 1 for free as an eBook!  Also, for your information, Volume 4 is free as of now, and Volumes 2 and 3 are on sale!


Thanks for being awesome!  More celebration for Volume 4 is on the way!

Praise God,

Dom

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The Sun Rises on The Golden Lands….Volume 4 Has Been Published!!!

Good morning everyone 🙂

It’s been done.  Volume 4 is officially published and free at Smashwords.com (for a limited time only)!  Click here to download your own eBook copy!

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It’s been a long road.   There has been lots of excitement along the way.  But now it’s time for the end of my first arc.  It’s time for the first finale.  The battle is almost over.  Dawn is about to break through the night.

Welcome to the “feels” of Volume 4, my dear followers 😀

There are many people I must mention, many people that deserve a hand.  First, I’m thankful to God for helping me become the writer that I am.  He is undoubtedly one of my biggest inspirations.  Second, my younger sister Clare, who helps me with all of the artwork/covers for TGL, as well as the plot structure for every volume.  Third would be my mom and dad for their editing and insights.  And last would be you, my followers, for sticking with me for this whole ride.

Dang, I haven’t even officially told anybody yet, and I’ve already got 17 downloads!

Thanks for being awesome and sticking with The Golden Lands.  As promised at the beginning of Volume 4, I hope you agree that this is my greatest work yet…and I will do my best to keep on writing better and better.


So what’s Volume 4 about, in case you missed it?

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.
If you’re interested in The Golden Lands, Volume 1 is free as an eBook here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/535151

Enjoy everyone and spread the word!

Stay awesome,
Dom

“It’s not about the Money, Money, Money”

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In case you missed it, the fourth book of my series, The Golden Lands will be coming out tomorrow!  As usual, I plan on making Volume 4 free for a little while, just like I did with Volumes 1-3 when they first debuted.  However, this is just a note to tell you that Volumes 2 and 3 will NOT be free on the occasion of Volume 4 being released.

Let me explain:

In the past, as some of you may know, whenever I released a new volume, I made every other existing volume free.  In other words, whenever a new volume got published, I had the biggest super-sale ever on the whole series.  Now, however, I plan to veer away from that.  Volume 1 will remain free (because it always is) and Volume 4 will be free (because that’s how I roll) but Volumes 2 and 3 will receive only a discount.

Thus, Volumes 2 and 3, for a limited time only, will cost 99 cents as an eBook, instead of the usual $2.00.

I’ll admit it: sometimes I wonder how loyal my followers really are.  How much do you actually care about The Golden Lands?  Anyone can start following me and then realize that whenever I release a new volume, every book in the series is free.  Anyone could time when they download my books so that they come away with every story without paying a cent.   Now I’m interested to see who really thinks TGL is worth a little bit of their money—198 cents, to be exact (99 cents X 2).  If you enjoyed Volume 1, will you be willing to pay just a little bit of money for Volumes 2 and 3, and then grab Volume 4 while it’s free?

Your move.  I am trusting that many of my closest followers will not disappoint.

Sorry for the heavy post XD

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Stay awesome, my dear followers,

Dom

Interested in The Golden Lands?  Click here to download Volume 1 for free!

Sorry for the Short Notice…Volume 4 Will be Published on TUESDAY!!!

The title says it all.  Grab a snack.  Grab some friends.  Tell your grandparents.  Get cozy.  Another volume of The Golden Lands has arrived!!!

At long last, after a much anticipated wait, Volume 4 is finally finished.  As I have said before, not only have I completed another book–due to much help from family, friends, and the Big Guy–but also the first story arc of TGL.  This is a cause for celebration…meaning that the existing books of TGL will be undergoing some constructive changes.  More editing will be done, the covers will be updated, etc.  In other words, I’m using this opportunity to revise TGL as the series now stands.  There’s a lot of work to be done.

But hey, we can worry about that later!  Here’s an overview of Volume 4, in case you missed it!

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PLOT SUMMARY:

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:

Fantasy/General/Emotional/Anime/Action

EXCERPT:

We come to a halt, stopping right beneath the wall which rises high above us.  Thunderous booms 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.”


It’s time, ladies and gentlemen.  Buckle up.   It’s going to be an epic ride.

Stay awesome,

Dom

Interested in reading The Golden Lands?   The first volume is free as a downloadable eBook.  Click here to get your copy today!