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Small Press & Self-Published / Stoc, Volume Three of the New Druids series.
« on: September 01, 2017, 09:54:21 AM »


https://www.amazon.com/Stoc-New-Druids-Book-3-ebook/dp/B074VGDYHJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504255567&sr=8-1&keywords=stoc


The Draoi school has formed and Will and Nadine Arbor have begun to expose their powers to the realm of Belkin.

Lord Protector John Healy has made a deal with a foreign force to secure his base of power. Turgany will initiate a civil war that will drive Will to have to decide how his draoi can protect the harmony in the Realm.

Gaea, Erebus and the Church will come together in direct conflict, the result of which will determine the future for all. All life in Belkin teeters in the balance. Only Will and the draoi can hope to save the world.

Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land now in open rebellion against a tyrant and powers beyond understanding.

This is a story of how one young man and his students will change the world.


This is the third volume in the award winning New Druids series. Duilleog is the first volume, and Craobh is the second volume. Both novels gold and bronze medal winners in the Global eBook Awards for 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: June 29, 2016, 10:39:11 PM »



Author: Donald D. Allan
Email: donalddallan@gmail.com
Website URL: http://donalddallan.com
Twitter: @donalddallan

Novel Title: Craobh
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 402 pages
Format: eBook (all formats)
How Many Copies Available for Reviewers: One per reviewer
Stipulations: Would appreciate an honest review on Amazon and on Goodreads.

This is the second volume in the New Druids series. Very happy to provide Smashword coupons for people to get their hands on the book(s) for free in whatever format you want. Alternatively, I can email the books to your Kindle account. When contacting me please mention Fantasy Faction!


Blurb:

Will Arbor returns to realm of Belkin and the powers of the draoi.


Will Arbor, the last of the Druids, returns to his journey to locate and discover answers in the Draoi Manuscript. Will is thrown into the machinations of the Sect of the Church of the New Order, and must fight to survive against powers that surpass his own.


The Lord Protector puts into motion events that will pit those who would protect the realm against those that would seize control over the minds and bodies of its citizens. Will Arbor will find unexpected allies as he struggles to understand the balance of magic and where he fits into Gaea's plans.

Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land quickly descending into chaos and turmoil.

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I am pleased to announce that Craobh: A New Druids Series, Volume 2 is now available for eBook and trade paperback purchase on Amazon, and eBook on Smashwords.

Craobh on Amazon.com
Craobh on Smashwords

The trade paperback version is now available from Amazon CreateSpace for $14.99 USD.



Will Arbor returns to realm of Belkin and the powers of the draoi.

Will Arbor, the last of the Druids, returns to his journey to locate and discover answers in the Draoi Manuscript. Will is thrown into the machinations of the Sect of the Church of the New Order, and must fight to survive against the powers that surpass his own.

The Lord Protector puts into motion events that will pit those who would protect the realm against those that would seize control over the minds and bodies of its citizens. Will Arbor will find unexpected allies as he struggles to understand the balance of magic and where he fits into Gaea's plans.
Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land quickly descending into chaos and turmoil.


NOTE: The first novel in the series, Duilleog, is available for free on Smashwords and on Free-ebooks.net! No reason not to!

Here's what people are saying about Craobh:

"Craobh, the second volume in the New Druid Series, continues the great writing found in Duilleog. You start reading and the next thing you know it's 2 AM, but you need to find out what will be happening..." Martin C. Jordan, 5-Stars.

"In this second volume of the series, we are serviced with more background history, allowing the reader to understand, place, time, and characterizations. This is turning into a very successful series!" Grady Harp, 5-Stars.

"I personally love this story, is engaging and have a few twists that leaves you with a ‘wow’ expression." Julius Z, 5-Stars.

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I am pleased to announce the release of the second volume in the New Druids Series: Craobh. Releasing on May 31st on Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Duilleog, the first volume is now free on Smashwords! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/552663

Cheers,

Don

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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: August 02, 2015, 12:16:33 PM »
4,000 words. Found a great cafe in Richmond while my son and friends rode rides at King's Dominion. Perfect escape and great coffee.

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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: July 22, 2015, 12:31:47 AM »
About 3,000 words. What a day!  What a lovely day!

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Writers' Corner / Re: On the Naming of Worlds
« on: July 20, 2015, 06:02:28 PM »
As humans going about our daily business we seldom think of the "Earth" unless we are having a conversation about global warming or New Horizons. 500 years ago I would surmise even less so.
In a fantasy setting (and in my humble opinion), the people are rural, simple, living in an England from 500 years ago. In my mind at least it is that kind of setting. Regardless, for fantasy, I think it is natural to discuss your "world" from the POV of your character's view which is likely the country/county/village/town they are currently standing in. Anything else and you might suspend belief.
My two cents.
 
And: the rules on capitalization is pretty solid. <grin>

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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: July 20, 2015, 05:56:49 PM »
DDRRead: That's 573 more words than I. Well done, sir/ma'am.

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Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. Always my go-to favourite.

Edit: Fafred and the Grey Mouser series by Fritz Leiber is a must read. Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series by Stephen R. Donaldson is another. David Eddings books are okay if you can get past the "I'm omnipotent, how do I solve this problem...300 pages later...oh yeah, I'm omnipotent..."

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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Canadian ISBNs
« on: July 06, 2015, 12:50:33 PM »
When I look up one of my ISBNs it shows up as mine and not Library and Archives Canada.   978–0–9947956–0–1


Don

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Small Press & Self-Published / Canadian ISBNs
« on: July 04, 2015, 09:13:28 PM »
I wrote about this on my blog and thought I would share this here. If this is a repeat of a posting elsewhere on this website I apologise for the spam.  This is information I wish I had early on and sadly this does NOT apply to non-Canadian authors.


ISBN Canada, over at Library and Archives Canada (government), provides a free ISBN service to Canadian artists. Did anyone know that?  I didn’t. I was slogging through Smashwords and reading some details on self-publishing with them and then wondered if they provided free ISBNs like Amazon does. Well they linked me to ISBN Canada. And now I am sitting here stunned.
For those of you who do not know (or thought you knew): An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies each specific edition of a book or book-like product. You need a unique code for your eBook, for your hardcover or softcover, etc. etc.  In the United States, as an artist, you need to go to a company like Bowkers and purchase a number of ISBNs for your use. How much? It costs $125 USD for one ISBN or $275 USD for ten ISBNs. I thought that was normal. Note: you don’t actually need an ISBN, but it helps on many levels should your book do well. It doesn’t protect your book from being stolen, for example, but you can prove that the book is registered to you under the ISBN registration. Like a fingerprint. All book databases use the ISBN to track books. ISBNs are how readers and buyers find your books. They are essential for sales to bookstores, for online sales, and for listing in databases and directories such as Books in Print.
See why am I so stunned right now? ISBN Canada just asks me how many I want and then they assign them to me. For free. That is amazing.
You’ll notice I mentioned that Amazon will provide an ISBN for free. You’ll be wondering, so what’s the problem? Well, that ISBN  can only be used on the Amazon version of the book and only on CreateSpace – not for Kindle Direct Publishing. It also identifies Amazon as the publisher even though I am self-publishing. It’s just a bit oily if you know what I mean.

Ciao!


Don

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Very fun.


Reminds me of my nightly bedtime stories I made up for my kids. About the same length and purpose.


Don

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Writers' Corner / Re: -ly and Needless Word: Word Macros. Experience?
« on: July 02, 2015, 09:22:13 PM »
Thanks Asabo.


I don't use the macro to edit my work - it merely highlights known areas that should be looked at closer. Such as needless words (like the word 'that').  Adverbs use for me means that I am telling and not showing.


It's an aid, not a replacement for my own common sense.


Cheers!


Don

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497 words. http://www.twitter.com/donalddallan

Little Elizabeth

Spoiler for Hiden:
Little Elizabeth clamped a hand over her mouth to smother her burst of laughter. In her other hand the flashlight bounced lighting up her nightgown and the book she had propped up on her bent knees. The duvet that covered her on her bed hid all evidence from parental eyes that she was breaking the rules and staying up well past her bedtime. This thought was what drew the giggle from her. She loved breaking the rules and loved staying up late to read under the covers.

Her mother was getting better at stopping her but she was getting better at recognising when her mother was going to try and catch her nightly reading. Today she had rigged up a rather complex mechanism that would ring a tiny bell hidden between her nightstand and her mammoth Queen-sized bed. A bed for which a little girl of ten years of age could turn into a tableau of amazing adventures.

Under the covers she had travelled the seas as the captain of a pirate ship, she had explored strange alien worlds, and fought dragons and won. But best of all was the escape to the worlds found written on plain paper and bound with exciting and wonderful covers. She wished she could escape forever to these worlds. She wished it with everything she had.

Ding-a-ling!

The little bell beside her bed tinkled and she gasped and shut off the flashlight, stowed it expertly beneath her pillow and collapsed flat in bed. With a tug she lowered the duvet to expose her face to the cool night air and she listened carefully for her door to open. She strained her ears but heard nothing from the door. She cracked one eye open but with the light of her flashlight still sparkling in her eyes she could see nothing. She screwed her eye shut and stopped her breathing and listened again.

Ding-a-ling!

She gave a small cry as the bell rang yet again. She sat up in bed and reached under her pillow and pulled the flashlight free. She snapped it on and turned the beam of light to her door. It stood closed. She followed the line of string along its tracks until she had to lean over the edge of her bed to shine the light on the bell.

Elizabeth blinked. There grasping the string and with its feet on the bell was a little figure no bigger than a moth. It was a little person wearing a tight green dress and wearing a little strange cap. Behind her was a blur of moving wings and the little person smiled up at Elizabeth.

With a blur of motion the little person swooped up into the air, trailing glittering dust, and spun all around Elizabeth faster and faster. The room lit up with a bright flash.

The flashlight landed on the empty bed with a muffled thump and the duvet slowly sank to close the empty spot where Elizabeth once lay.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Tell me what to read next
« on: July 02, 2015, 05:39:00 PM »
I am a man secure in my masculinity but I admit I have read Paks at least a dozen times now. EVERYTIME I burst out in tears crying and sobbing at the scenes that you no doubt already are aware of.

I think I need to re-read it again, as well.

Don

EDIT: Crying and sobbing in joy AND sorrow. My gawd, Moon wrote a brilliant trilogy here. The other books in the series - sadly not so much. :(

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