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[…]

Publication Plans For ARTHUR’S BLADE

I know a whole lot of folks have been waiting on news of the publication of ARTHUR’S BLADE, and unfortunately, I do not have a release date yet, though it is my hope to have the book out sometime this year. However, and this is a big however, I have firmly decided to self-publish. This[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

Where Did King Arthur Fight The Saxons?

When King Arthur gave the people of Britain the gift of life and liberty, he did so at the expense of the invading Saxons. But where did he fight them? This is a very interesting question, and little is known for sure. Nennius wrote in the Historia Brittonum that there were twelve battles fought by[…]

How I Improved My Fiction

Since my single attempt at sending a proposal out ended in the expected result, I have decided to improve my fiction in three different ways: I Simplified The Names Of My Characters My book is fraught with difficult names, but my most egregious choice was spelling Merlin and Arthur’s names different from the standard English:[…]

Arthurian Hill To Be Excavated

This is an update on my previous post “King Arthur and Guinevere’s Wedding Site“. Well, it turns out that this historical hill has been purchased by four local villagers during an auction. They plan on setting up a land trust and opening up the land as a nature reserve for both local use, as well[…]

King Arthur and Guinevere’s Wedding Site?

If you happen to have a bit of spare cash during this crazy economy, you might want to consider purchasing a bit of Welsh history. One of the legendary sites where King Arthur and Guinevere were married is up for auction later this month. Not only does this hill have Arthurian connections, but it is[…]

Important Announcement On My Book Series

Just a quick update to let everyone know that I am about 12% through editing book 1 of the Merlin Spiral. My goal is to reduce my book from 154,000 words down to 100,000 words—if possible. So far I am on course. Although I am only a small percentage through my book, I have already[…]