Monday, January 26, 2015

Trying to remain Sane!!!!

Here is some more artwork I was working on with a quote from the book.  The group of friends know that they have been transported somehow to an alternate realm and feel that there must be a way out since there was a way in.  What they don't know, at first, is there are forces that are working against them to never let them leave.  Armies that know that people have been brought to this realm before and have not made it out. They do not want to let the group of friends be the first to succeed.  

One of my favorite parts of the story while writing it was how some of the friends want to get home as soon as possible, while others mostly secretly, believe that they fit in better in this realm.  This is why I love the game of Dungeons and Dragons, it allows you to escape reality while you are playing it.  I am sure a good bit of people out there who play role playing games, or even some of the latest video games, use this to help get away from everyday life and real problems that they just need to forget about for awhile.

My everyday life consists of a job where I answer questions for investment managers about their client's portfolios.  Science Fiction and Fantasy is a great escape for me as it is basically the complete opposite of what I am normally doing and it allows me to escape from reality, even if it is just for a short period of time.  I am sure a lot of people agree with me, which is why some of these games are so widely popular.  In some sense, I feel like writing this book has helped me to remain sane.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Goodreads Giveaway January 14th - 21st : a book to 5 different winners!

I have just started putting artwork together with some of the quotes from my book.  I wanted to share the first quote and the artwork here on my blog.  There will be more artwork coming, as this is actually a pretty cool process.  The quote involves the two brothers, Borhai and Flerick, talking about how they have always thought that they were born in the wrong time period and were discussing what it might have been like if they were alive during the medieval times.  

This is actually close to life, as my brother and I discussed long ago what we would have been doing if we were born in a different time period.  Ideas like working for or against the king, being lawful or evil and what would be our weapon of choice.  Dungeons and Dragons allowed our imaginations to run wild with different ideas.

I am having a Giveaway on Goodreads for 5 of my books, Escape from Netherworld, which will start tonight at midnight and run through January 21st.  I have run several of these and they are always a success.  I enjoy giving away copies of my book and like to watch the countdown as the giveaway closes, waiting for the list of winners to be sent to me,  I get the books out right away and it gives an opportunity to several people to get the large paperback copy of the book for free.  If you are interested, put your name in for a chance to win.