Winter Ramblings

My pergola caved in. Yup. The vine laden thing accumulated far too much snow and ice and in a thundering crash succumbed to the crushing weight last night. Thank goodness no one was under it. Ahh well; looks like I have my first spring project lined up.
Spring…remember that? Just another 2 or 3 months of freezing temperatures and thick snow to wade through; at least where I live.  What to do? Work, Eat Sleep…Write?
Well for some reason my desire to write has increased considerably. I’m not sure why, but I ain’t complaining. I guess the short days and long nights lead one to be introspective and, I don’t know…feel artsy?
I’ve also discovered audio books that I listen to while working at my day job and there is nothing like reading (listening to), a great author to get the motivational juices flowing; as long as the jealousy factor doesn’t interfere :). Oh yea that’s a thing. I read it on the internet so it must be true. Nothing worse than reading a great passage or line by someone else and wishing you could claim that puppy. Its even easy to convince yourself that you would have thought of it eventually (yea…sure self…keep dreamin’)
At the moment I am listening to Patrick Rothfuss’s,  “The Name of The Wind”, which in my humble opinion is one of the best fantasy works written in recent years. It has a flavour reminiscent of a Charles Dicken’s story in some regards, with a little of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes mixed in with a whole measure of originality. There are also a few nods to David Eddings in there as well. In any case it is a great read if you like fantasy. If you are wondering; I have no preference of audiobooks over print. Actually that isn’t entirely true: I think either can be preferred over the other, depending on the book subject, interest level, and your circumstance. I recently listened to The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris and I suspect the audio version is much more captivating and therefore, easier to finish than print. However, a book like that has so much material cited in it that you would probably require a print book simply for reference. That being said, I sometimes get lost in audio books because you have to listen 100% of the time. It isn’t unmanageable when you become distracted and miss parts; but it can be annoying. With print you can stop, flip back a page and re-read for clarification. Finally there is simply that old ‘feeling’ of reading a paper book that sometimes cannot be beat.
Here is a photo of my poor crushed pergola. Meanwhile, try to stay warm, don’t drink too much cider…without me at least.

New Cover for Orphans of Tarnalin

I am very pleased to announce that a new cover has been completed by the good people at Deranged Doctor Design.

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I think they did a great job with Merilliza Chan’s beautiful illustration. Hope you like it.

Orphans of Tarnalin is available worldwide on all of the Amazon sites: US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, JP, BR, CA, MX, AU, and IN
Here are a few links: America United Kingdom France Canada (my stompin’ grounds)

For those of you who read Orphans of Tarnalin, thanks so much. I sincerely hope you liked it. Any reviews on amazon, good or bad, would be appreciated. If you are friends or family of mine please qualify your review to show it. You don’t have to name yourself but maybe indicate that you are a friend of the author. Thanks again-John

Welcome. Pull Up a Chair.

Welcome to my author website. I am very, nay…extremely excited to say that Orphans of Tarnalin will be released very soon… within weeks! It has been a very long journey. I started writing Orphans in January of 2012 and to be completely honest I expected to have it published by September or October of that year. Dare I say BAAAHAAAA you silly self? Needless to say, I have a number of excuses that all add up to zip, so I won’t bore you with those. I don’t want to discourage future writers either. Some great authors can produce astonishing work in those timeframes, but I am not one of them; at least I wasn’t. I have learned an awful lot about the craft of writing…and editing , and editing, oh yea and editing, while writing Orphans and like to think that the next book in the series, which is already underway, will present itself in a much more timely fashion.
In any case I am thrilled to throw Orphans of Tarnalin in to the world to hopefully provide fodder for fantasy-loving minds. I would love any feedback, positive or negative as well. That way I may get an idea of what I did right and what I need to improve on. The gold bar for any writer these days in the e-book industry is a positive review; so if you happen to read Orphans I would be very appreciative if you could take the time and let others know. Finally I have one last request and that is if you enjoyed the book and would like an update of when the second in the Bloodline Magic series is to be released please subscribe to my e-mail list. I promise I won’t spam you. Thanks so much
John McDonell

Author John McDonell