A New Chapter In My Thankfulness For Les Stobbe

I began writing MERLIN’S BLADE in 2006 and finished it in 2008. I thought I was done, but I was far from it as thirteen more drafts of the novel awaited as well as the unenviable task of cutting it down by over 45,000 words … almost 1/3! And patience.  I needed patience.  Because it took[…]

New Podcast Interview with Robert Treskillard

The awesome folks over at Lasers, Dragons, and Keyboards interviewed me for their latest podcast … just click the image below to listen:     JOIN THE BATTLE! Keep informed about the latest news and events for The Merlin Spiral and the upcoming Pendragon Spiral! Subscribe Related Posts My strange connections with Robert Frost, Gaspard[…]

BIG NEWS! Someone Has Won Excalibur!!!

It has FINALLY come to pass … someone has WON THEIR VERY OWN EXCALIBUR with the hilt and pommel hand-made by the author! The official results for both CONTEST #3 and the GRAND PRIZE CONTEST are given below. CONTEST #3 1st place Breanna, with 14,400 points! This wins either a Kindle Fire HD 7″, a[…]

Merlin’s Blade wins the SILVER MOONBEAM AWARD in YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi!

Yes, Merlin’s Blade has won the silver medal in the 2014 MOONBEAM AWARD for young adult fantasy/sci-fi fiction It is a great honor to have this vote of confidence given to a debut novelist, and I am blessed to have received it. Their website says the following: Creating books that inspire our children to read,[…]

The Merlin Spiral CONTEST PRIZES! (CSFF Blog Tour Day #2)

Okay folks, for day 2 of the CSFF Blog Tour, and as promised, here are the photos of me making the prizes for contest #2 — MERLIN’S SHADOW: This is my Excalibur hilt mold I made specifically for pewter casting jewelry pieces. I also made a mold of the pommel, and with these molds I[…]

The Merlin’s Shadow CONTEST IS OPEN!

Come one! Come all! Over $750 in prizes, including a 7″ Kindle Fire HD, spread over THREE contests, with a $1000 Excalibur sword for the GRAND PRIZE! And Excalibur’s guard and pommel will be bronze-cast by the author himself! And the scabbard? Hand-made as well! To join the contest just go to the website for[…]

Where is God in The Merlin Spiral trilogy? — Day Three

Today is day three of the CSFF Blog Tour, reviewing my second novel, MERLIN’S SHADOW! (For a recap, some have questioned whether God is present in the books of The Merlin Spiral, and so this is part three of my answer to that very pertinent question. Go here for Part 1 and Part 2.) Yesterday[…]

Where is God in The Merlin Spiral trilogy? — Day Two

Today is day two of the CSFF Blog Tour, reviewing my second novel, MERLIN’S SHADOW! Yesterday I covered how God was involved in the novel of Merlin’s Blade. Today I’d like to broaden that discussion to see how God works in the real world…not just the fictional world of my novel. (For those new to[…]

Where is God in The Merlin Spiral trilogy? — Day One

Today is day one of the CSFF Blog Tour, reviewing my second novel, MERLIN’S SHADOW, strangely enough! I want to start out thanking all of the tour participants for taking the time to read the novel and thoughtfully write up reviews. And I’m even thankful in advance for any critical ones! I cannot improve as[…]

Barnes & Noble Booksigning For MERLIN’S SHADOW on December 7th!

If you live near St. Louis, mark your calendars for December 7th and stop by the West County mall’s Barnes & Noble store at 1pm. I’ll be signing copies of both MERLIN’S BLADE as well as the newly released MERLIN’S SHADOW! And, if enough of you show up at 1pm, I’ll be sure to read[…]

What Was Halloween / Samhain Like In Ancient Scotland?

Want to find out what an ancient Halloween / Samhain festival might have looked like? I wrote about it in MERLIN’S SHADOW! Here an excerpt, edited to remove some small spoilers: “Tonight, when the moon is dark, the Picts will celebrate their pagan harvest feast of Samhain. Have you not known why they work us[…]

Merlin’s Shadow Has Been Released…!

Yes, book 2 has finally arrived! MERLIN’S SHADOW has been released by BLINK YA BOOKS! Six months since the release of MERLIN’S BLADE, and six more months until MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE arrives! This means that you’ll be able to: find it on your store shelves now or very soon, and order it online or through your[…]

MERLIN’S SHADOW is in my hands + a Giveaway!

Yes, it’s true … I now have a box full of advanced reader copies of MERLIN’S SHADOW! The official book will be on sale October 1st, and to celebrate, I’m going to give away FIVE copies of MERLIN’S SHADOW! Just enter a comment on this blog post and you’re entered for the random drawing! Here’s[…]

Announcing The Merlin’s Blade Promotion Contest!

Hello from Robert Treskillard, the author of the just released novel, MERLIN’S BLADE, book 1 of The Merlin Spiral. I have some exciting news … not just one contest, but THREE CONTESTS! And with a grand prize to top them all! So … this is the official announcement of the Merlin’s Blade Promotion Contest! (It[…]

My OFFICIAL Merlin’s Blade Book Trailer !!

After many months of filming, special effects work, 3D animation, color-grading, and soundtrack design, I am finally ready to release my book trailer for MERLIN’S BLADE! The direct link to the trailer can be found here: http://youtu.be/ZEZqQ3tsxqA. (Note that this book trailer serves as an introduction for all three books.) Please post the link everywhere[…]

Announcing Zondervan’s OFFICIAL cover for Merlin’s Shadow!

Yes, Zondervan has officially released their cover for MERLIN’S SHADOW. Also, you can now PRE-ORDER Merlin’s Shadow through Zondervan’s ChurchSource.com! (Amazon and others coming SOON!) If you want to read the official description of the novel, go on over to Zondervan.com’s MERLIN’S SHADOW page… And the official release date? September 24th, 2013 !! (Only 5[…]

HUGE NEWS #4: The Merlin’s Blade Promotion Plan!

Here are my current marketing plans for The Merlin Spiral trilogy! These will be rolling out over the next nine months, so keep your ears perked… Participating in Blog Tours This includes the famous Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog tour! Mini-Book Giveaways Think of it as a miniature book that includes endorsements as well[…]

HUGE NEWS #3: The Merlin’s Blade Publishing Schedule!

Although it is apt to change, Zondervan’s publishing plan is currently like this: Merlin’s Blade – February 2013 Merlin’s Shadow – August 2013 Merlin’s Nightmare – February 2014 So fans will only have to wait six months between releases, and not the usual year. After working since 2006 on the novels, it will be very[…]

HUGE NEWS #2: Merlin’s Blade Publisher Revealed!

Today I announce who is publishing MERLIN’S BLADE, MERLIN’S SHADOW, and MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE. None other than … ZONDERVAN! Yes, that’s true, and amazingly so. Back when I first began writing, it was my hope that if only I could sign with a literary agent, that one of the big publishers would be interested in my[…]

HUGE NEWS #1: Merlin’s Blade is under contract with a publisher!

Yes, this is it folks! The long-awaited announcement that I am very pleased to finally blog about. I have now officially signed a contract to have all 3 novels of THE MERLIN SPIRAL published! And I owe a big thanks to my incredible agent, Les Stobbe! But who is the publisher, you ask? Well… I’m[…]