"I am but a simple purveyor of words. A story teller one might say. For the right number of coins, I shall create you a world of your very own, where you will be hailed as its hero, its ruler….its god. Cross me, however, and you shall be cast down as its villain, the lowest of creatures. Your final fate will be most befitting…and unfortunate." - Michael L. Turner
One chapter has ended, but the story goes on. Shall we see where the road takes us next? There just might be a dragon along the way, and a woman with a pinch of madness. My name is Michael Turner, and I like telling a good story. You can expect a bit more in this interesting new year.
I say about the movie, “Steve Jobs.”
Well…. Have you ever heard that old motherly expression, “If you can’t
say anything nice then don’t say anything at all.” Well… my Mom… She may not have watched this
movie. That being said, my mother is a
very good woman who prays for me every Sunday and six more days too. To honor her, I’ll give the movie this…. For
what little they had to work with, the talent of the actors and actresses will
continue to get them more work in the future when most have forgotten about this movie.
time is over. Let’s say that you are
given a choice between going to see this movie, or using a power drill on your own
skull… Just choose the power drill. It will
be less painful
more can I say than that? Well… I’m
guessing you’re not one to trust so easily. So, let’s take this a bit further and be done with it.
Jobs plays out on the backstage of every Apple product release show from 1984’s
Mac, to somewhere beyond the iMac Gummi computer. There is no inspirational story, only a
fleeting few flashbacks to fill in the blanks of a two hour argument, with
various people Steve had wronged. The
conclusion of each comes with either the witty comment by Jobs saying, “Go f***
yourself,” or “I will get you some money.”
go to see this movie then expect a long elevator ride with Sheldon Cooper (The
Big Bang Theory) listening to nothing you say, but constantly explaining why
you are wrong.
I sat in that theater last night, and when it finally ended and the credits were done. The screen turned dark and the lights came up and with a blank stare of disbelief, I said to the emptied theater, “What the frak, was that?”
Every day, I walked those woods. From here to there, and back again, but never
the same way twice. Then one day, when I
was less than halfway between here and there, I chanced upon a door. Such an ordinary thing it might have been, and
this might have been just an ordinary place for such a thing to be, but
standing part way open, it was a calling to any curious soul that happened
by. At its threshold I stood, staring at the darkness beyond. I leaned
left, and I leaned right, but the light of day did not stretch far. Into my pocket I reached and my last night
candle I found, but only a single match for a single light. Caution urged me on, but curiosity asked me
to stay. I looked upward at a sun, tilting toward evening. I was
only halfway there, and still far from back again, but I never traveled the
same way twice. The match was struck, the candle lit, and through the door I stepped.
start, I'd like to thank Michael for inviting me here to his blog. I am
relaunching my Artesans of Albia fantasy series now that the first trilogy is
complete (yes, first - there are two more trilogies to come!) and I hope you
will take advantage of the special offer prices that are available from 12 - 19
December, while this blog tour lasts. Links below! And don't forget the
Giveaway - you could win all 3 of my books, both signed print copies and
e-books, plus all the books in the BookBlast!
Where I Find Inspiration.
always asking where I find the inspiration for writing fantasy novels. I have
mentioned many times in other blog posts how the initial idea for the series
came about (if you don't know, it was from watching a kids' 1970s TV program
called 'Tarot - Ace of Wands), so I'm
not going to ressurrect that theme here. I always find it fascinating to read where other
writers get their ideas, so here are a few of mine.
I own two
rescue dogs, Milly and Milo. They are technically Lurchers. Milly, we believe,
is Whippet/Border Collie cross (you can't see the Collie, it's in her brain -
she looks like a golden Whippet) and we believe Milo to be a Short-Haired
Saluki (according to a retired dog show judge who lives in our village). What
has this to do with inspiration for writing, I hear you ask? Well, I find
walking a great way to clear the mind, and when my mind is clear, all sorts of
weird things pop into it. When I began writing my Artesans series, many of the
ideas for the plot came to me while out walking in the woods. I found this
extremely frustrating at first, until I learned to carry a notepad and pencil!
We live in
the North Hampshire countryside in southern UK. It is mainly farmland, with a
few copses and small woods. There is plently of wildlife - pheasants and other
game birds (put there for the farmers to shoot, poor little things), badgers,
rabbits, deer, and foxes. In the winter, if we get snow, I love tracking these
animals by their footprints. If you look with an artist's eye, you can see
patterns and even messages written across the white pages that the snow creates
out of the fields. How could you not be inspired by such sights? Sometimes I
wish I were a poet - our landscape would have me writing endlessly.
of Albia fantasy series has songs associated with it. There is a song for each
of the books currently published, and I'm now working on the music for Book 4,
which will be published in Spring 2014. Because the "magic" system in
Artesans is nature-based (my Artesans channel the elements through their own
souls and life forces), I found plenty of inspiration for these songs by
walking around our local lanes, woods, and fields. Natural music is all around
us, you simply need receptive eyes and hears to be aware of it. We are also on
the top of a hill, and Nature's elements often make themselves felt - even when
you wish they wouldn't!
are, by necessity, practical people, and I think it would be quite reasonable
to view farmyards as generally lacking in inspiration for writers of fantasy.
Yet round here, you'd be wrong. I remember the day I went for one of my normal
walks, one that took me past the grain store sheds, the tractor with its
covering of mud, and the long-forgotten, rusty farm implements. Not the kind of
place you'd expect to be suddenly confronted by a stone circle. Yet that's exactly
what happened. There, next to the track leading down to the sheds, stood a
stone circle that definitely hadn't been there the week before.
And it was
beautiful. Some of the stones were upright, some flat on the ground. Some had
holes bored through them, some not. They were different kinds of stone too, and
different colors. It was a wonderful experience, walking around the corner and
seeing this ethereal sight. I remember being captivated by it, and wondering
what had made the farmer do it? The stones werelarge - they would not have been cheap to buy! There is no quarry
nearby, so they had to be transported. I guess the farm tractors would have
been used to 'plant' them, but I'm sure they cost our farmer a portion of his
profits. And he's added to them lately as well - the circle still grows!
So as you
can see, I find our beautiful local landscape a brimming rescource of ideas and
images when I need inspiration.
Albia series synopsis.
On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm,
Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its
wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertantly carrying the Staff.
Concerned by the
vicious raids that follow Taran's actions, Major Sullyan of the High King's
forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She
is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne.
Slowly dying, Sullyan
escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his
throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle.
Her handsome Captain
and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But
Rykan's greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him. If Robin cannot lay
hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan's life and the lives of all
Artesans are forfeit.
The race for the Staff
Here is the YouTube link to the new Trilogy trailer:
“One of the best
fantasy books I’ve ever read. The balance between background story and action
is just perfect. I’m very glad I found this author. You won’t want to miss this
series!” ~Denyse Cohen, author of Witch’s Soulmate, Book 1 of the
Living Energy Trilogy
“Splendidly written in
a wonderful voice, drew me in immediately. Ms. Peace’s imagination alone gets 5
stars. Spectacular worlds and enchanting scenes. Anyone who enjoys losing
themselves in a world of a charming fantasy with plenty of layers and a host of
intriguing characters won’t be disappointed!” ~Rosary McQuestion, author
of Once Upon Another Time
“As soon as I finished
this book I was eager to start the next. I highly recommend this book. Great
Job!!” ~Janus Gangi, author of Elizabeth Rose and That
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived
there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and
horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the
British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years,
1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to
return to Italy whenever she can.
Cas's other great loves are anything to do with
animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and
also singing. Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays
guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even
asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and
offers them as free downloads from her website.
“Where did you get your idea for your main character?”
Ian Wilson is the main character in Deception Peak. Once you
read how I came up with him, you’ll know a little bit about the story. Just
read on and see…
Writing a novel is like putting the pieces of a
puzzle together and the most difficult part is the beginning. If you’re like me
you’ll take the border pieces and fit them together first because they’re the
easiest to find. They have flat edges and they frame everything in. Once you
have them in place you can pretty much group the other pieces by color,
patterns and design and get an estimate of where they might fit in the picture.
A novel is pieced together much in the same way. You
have to find the framework. I’ve heard this framework called a plumb line, and
other people call it a premise.Basically, you have to ask yourself the question…what is this story
going to be about?
The way I work, before I can think about who is going
to be in the story, I need to know something about the story.
Peak is about the
adventures of a boy who is faced with the impossible task of removing a dragon
from a magical world.
There is the framework.
Now that I have the premise, I see that there are at
least three things that have to be created in my story: i.e. the dragon, the
magical world, and the boy.
Now everyone knows that novels need conflict and
tension otherwise we’d have nothing more than a boring piece of text sounding
much like the diary I wrote when I was younger.
nothing happened today.
are a few things I took into consideration while creating my main character.
·In order for the story to have a lot of tension, I
knew I couldn’t make the boy a super hero. It’d be too easy. One fight and
wham, you’re out.
·The boy had to come from some place other than the
magical world because I wanted to put some adventure in the story, some
·I also wanted to have a boy that my readers can
relate to. A typical teen. No one special.
·Other tension creating dynamics would be a
personality that isn’t used to taking on odd obstacles in his life, like a
·Someone who doesn’t ordinarily take risks.
·A homebody who doesn’t normally go traveling into
·A boy who needs to grow up.
For those who have read Deception Peak, do you see an Ian Wilson
taking shape here?
Ian needed to be different physically too, just to
make things harder for him! And since all the tribes I was creating in the
Realm were based on the physical characteristics of Scandinavian people, Ian
needed to be dark and I chose a young lad with dark bushy hair, Hispanic in
heritage, on his mom’s side.
Ah! I knew just the boy to pose for young Ian’s
illustration--the son of a friend of my daughters’. He was thrilled and was
even invited to play the part of Ian in the first book trailer.
the time I figured out who my main character was, I also created some of the
plot line, the events, and the relationships. It was a fun process!
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"Within seconds, the light show vanished and Ian opened one eye. What he
had experienced was not at all what he had expected. No unusual sensations
fizzled through his body. He hadn't felt like he was plummeting in an elevator,
or blasting through space like in a rocket ship. It didn't even feel like he
might be racing down an escape chute on an airplane. No jet sounds, or hums, or
buzzes, rattled in his ears."
And so young Ian Wilson enters the Realm.
The first book of a trilogy, Deception Peak is
a young adult adventure fantasy about a teenager, Ian Wilson, who follows his
father through a portal that magically appears on their computer screen. They
travel into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind
sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life.
But when the two are separated, Ian is abducted by a tribe
of dragon worshipers and is forced to find his courage. As he struggles for his
freedom and embarks on a perilous search to find his father, Ian meets the true
peacekeepers of the Realm. It's then that he learns there is a greater purpose
for being there.
Book 2 and 3 The Dragon Shield and Rubies and
Robbers are available now!
If you enjoy dragons, sorcery, wizards, magic, legend,
and fantasy adventure, than this series is for you!
an award winning author, is also an illustrator living in the Pacific
Northwest, USA. She's an active member of the Society of Children's Book
Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women.She is author to The Ian’s Realm Saga, Tales
of the Four Wizards and is currently writing a screenplay of her fourth book Cassandra’s
Castle all published by PDMI publishing.
You can see more of Dianne’s work on her website