Hi everyone. I hope you all are having a fun-filled and safe holiday season. Last month was National Novel Writing Month, and I didn’t get my goal of 50,000 words, but I did get over half. I’m pleased to say that The Age of Merrik: The Anointing sequel, Rise of the New Masters, should be finished by the end of the year. Then I anticipate some time for edits and later publication. Considering the large amount of material I have already written for it, I will be breaking my draft of Rise of the New Masters into Rise of the New Masters and (I don’t feel like sharing the title quite yet, SPOILERS) book number 3.
I look forward to a prosperous 2015, filled with (among other great things) more books. Merrik Moulton and I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry, fun, and safe holiday season.
What is the big deal with the vow? Why not break it? (See this post)
And a combo from the novel:
What is with the “I think I might kiss her” obsession from John? What’s the big deal about kissing? Does it mean something else? (Yeah, put the something else in “”)
To answer them all at once, the big deal with the vow is very cultural. To break it is to lose honor. And, consider the explanation of the vow. Merrik risks losing power by simply breaking it.
Kissing. That relates back to the vow. In real life, kiss all you want. Just be careful of mono. In the AOM world, if you are a sword master or wizard or other magic user, be careful not to lose your life. You are transferring your power to another, whether or not you want to.
The cautions of the vow become part of the culture, and even non-magic users (who may not know the origin) are cautious of it. As for “something else” it does not refer to that. Think of how much more power a character would lose that way. To answer an unspoken question, there was none of that between Merrik and Brianna. Good thing, Brianna did not need to absorb any magic power, and Merrik did not need to lose any.
The following post contains spoilers for The Age of Merrik: The Anointing. It contains references to graphic character violence (perhaps not that graphic, but some young readers might not wish to read it).
Wow, just for me, the local Legion is putting a dart board back in. This will be fun. I don’t get to practice as much as I would like–I’ve yet to install my own dart board in the house and a makeshift magnetic dart board set just isn’t the same as the steel tips.
Oh, yeah, I guess I should do one of those intros to myself:
Name: Eugena MoultonDOB: (Like I'd actually post that on the Internet)Sign: Don't believe in themHobbies: Writing, acting, stage combat, dart playing
So maybe it wasn’t “just for me,” but I certainly feel like it.
the forbidden secret of history is now his only hope
After his father’s death, Merrik, warrior and heir to the throne, brought stability to the war-torn kingdom of Tyera. But his fiancée brings about its destruction in her alliance with The General, the sworn enemy of the legendary sword masters and of the ancient Serafín. The General challenges Merrik’s authority and defeats him in battle, taking control over Tyera and enslaving the neighboring country of Rikan.
Merrik tries to regain his place as leader to rescue his people and the people of Rikan from The General’s iron grasp. In a desperate bid to save the country, his supporters find a mysterious woman, Merris, who becomes Merrik’s closest ally against The General. Aided by visions and warnings from the Serafín, Merrik and Merris must defeat The General before he can create his own super being to rule the world. Will Merrik be ready to accept the power of the ancient Serafín and become a Sword Master himself?