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Preorder for Kindle – the Fireborn

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The Kindle version The Fireborn is available.  If you purchase it, it will be delivered to your device on Monday August 21.

For the US it is here.
For the UK it is here
For Canada it is here
For Australia it is here

It is available other places, so if you want to preorder from someplace else, you can search your Amazon for Trent McDonald The Fireborn.

I hope you enjoy!

The Sword – The Fireborn

 

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In the shadowy area where myth and history collide…

If you have been following along, you know that Elliot thinks that the cauldron that his brother, the noted archeologist William, has dug up is the Cauldron of Resurrection from Celtic myth and is used to make the dreaded fireborn.  I also stated that the fireborn are almost impossible to stop, but Elliot thinks he has the key.  And what can stop the unstoppable?

Some have called it “Caledfwlch”.  Any ideas yet? Continue reading

The Fireborn (Character) from The Fireborn (Book)

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In the shadowy area where myth and history collide…

A couple of weeks ago I introduced our hero, Elliot.  Sure, he can seem a little ridiculous at times, but often people who can imagine the unimaginable are just the people you want when  the nightmare is real.  And what is the nightmare?  Remember the cauldron that I talked about?  The one that Elliot’s brother, William, discovered?  As I stated last week, Elliot thinks that the cauldron is the Cauldron of Resurrection of Celtic myth.  He fears it could be used to create the dreaded fireborn.  Yeah, seriously.  Just what we don’t need running around the world!  Scared?

What are the fireborn, you ask?

When a dead body is placed in the cauldron, an un-dead warrior emerges.  The warrior is blue, like the heart of the flame, with red hair that stands on end, like the tip of the flame.  The body burns with an internal fire and can wear no clothes.  And they are warriors, almost unstoppable and chopping anyone in their way with their sharp swords.  This is a fireborn. Continue reading

About the Cauldron – The Fireborn

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Then the Irish kindled a fire under the cauldron of renovation, and they cast the dead bodies into the cauldron until it was full, and the next day they came forth fighting-men as good as before, except that they were not able to speak. –  Anonymous Medieval Welsh, Branwen the daughter of Llyr, Second of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi (The Mabinogion)

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In the shadowy area where myth and history collide...

Last week we met Elliot and his brother, William.  At the beginning of The Fireborn, Elliot joins his brother at an archaeological site.  William had a surprise, an artifact he thinks Elliot will like.  Laughing off his brother’s description of Celtic “bling”, Elliot entered the main expedition tent.  He stopped, his breath taken away.

All he could see was the giant cauldron.

The cauldron.  Nothing had ever invaded his whole being in quite the same way, crowding out every other thought.  At first it was like looking into a deep hole that sucked all light, warmth and life from the room.  A moment later its surface appeared to be alive with crawling spirals and designs.  And then it would shift again and seemed like any fire blackened old pot, just on a larger scale.  When his mind finally accepted it as any old cauldron, it turned back into the black hole and sucked him in.

William talked about the cauldron as a great artifact, most likely used for cremation, but Elliot was having none of it. Continue reading

Introducing Elliot – The Fireborn

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In the shadowy area where myth and history collide

The late, great archeologist, Dr. Everett-Jones would be proud that his son has kept the distinguish family name at the forefront of the field.  The younger Dr. Everett-Jones’ renowned name is recognized around the world, even by those not in the field.  Some claim he is archeology’s greatest mind since his father passed away.  Others believe he has even surpassed his father, bringing the Everett-Jones legacy to a new height.

Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones is not that son.  Actually, that would be his brother, William.

Although Elliot’s name is known in the circles of his chosen profession, history, his name is not spoken in hushed tones.  There are some who think of his name more in giggles, though others are devoted fans of his whacked-out theories.  To some he is better known for his works of fiction.  Too many in his field think that even his “serious history” is pure fiction. Continue reading

The Fireborn – Promo Video

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In the shadowy area where myth and history collide….

My book The Fireborn is almost ready to be published.  I decided to do a little promotional video for it.  Don’t you ever do things like that?  So I wrote (and played) a little music.  I made some drawings and paintings (two water colors and a pastel).  Did a bit of simple animation.  And here it is!

(Click here if you don’t see the video)

As the publishing date gets closer, I’ll start to introduce characters and ideas, often using stills from the video I made.

Who said marketing can’t be creative? ;)

(Note – the drawing at the top of the page was not used in the video – perhaps it will be in the next one)

 

First Chapter of The Fireborn

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Yesterday I had a post about first chapters.  At the end I said I would put up the first chapter of the first book I wrote, The Fireborn.  Read it and let me know if you didn’t like/wouldn’t read the book even at gunpoint/think it’s terrible, or, hopefully, that you liked it and want more!  Warning – this is very long.  Remember, it’s the first chapter of a book, not a short story (Oh, and I left in the section header):

Part I

Then the Irish kindled a fire under the cauldron of renovation, and they cast the dead bodies into the cauldron until it was full, and the next day they came forth fighting-men as good as before, except that they were not able to speak. –  Anonymous Medieval Welsh, Branwen the daughter of Llyr, Second of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi (The Mabinogion)

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Elliot Everett-Jones stepped out of his ancient Jaguar and headed towards the cluster of tents across the makeshift car park.  He was thinking that they were more temporary structures than tents per se, when the door of the largest one opened and a man walked out.  Elliot stopped in his tracks and let out an involuntary little gasp.  For half of a second he almost believed his father had come back to life, but then recognized his brother, William.  It surprised Elliot that he had never noticed how much William had become the spitting image of the late Dr. Everett-Jones, though he had to admit that William had changed in the year since he had last seen him.  Elliot waited, letting his brother come to him.  As he watched, Elliot realized that William had also inherited their father’s mannerisms and walked with the same steady stride.

William gave a short “Hullo” as he reached his younger brother.  Taking Elliot’s outstretched hand and slapping his shoulder, William smiled broadly and said, “Great to see you, Elliot!  Glad you can still drive on the proper side of the road after all of those years in America.  You made good time.  Did your rusty old Jag even touch the ground?  Everything coming towards you have a bit of a blue tint and everything behind shifted to the red, huh?”

Elliot returned his brother’s large grin and held his hand in both of his own.  “If I’d known what a nasty, barren plain you were dragging me to, I wouldn’t have hurried.  What a desolate hole you have here!” Continue reading

Upcoming – The First Chapter

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The first chapter of a book is the most important chapter.  If you don’t catch the reader right away, there is no second chance, they are gone, even if the rest of the book is the greatest book that has ever been written.  A lot rides on that opening statement.  Unfortunately, sometimes we can be intimidated by how much weight there is on it.

When I started writing The Fireborn, I wrote a few chapters in the middle and then continued by doing a quick outline to connect them.  I wasn’t planning on actually writing at the time, I wanted to plan and outline, but I had these ideas and I had to put them on “paper” just as they were in my head so I wouldn’t lose them.   The problem was, as I tried to outline the blanks between the chapters,  I did it by writing new chapters.  Sigh.  So I finally gave up, and decided to start from the beginning.

Since I knew the importance of the first chapter, I decided to write a placeholder.  That freed me up and I just started writing at the beginning and didn’t stop (except to insert the aforementioned previously written chapters) until I wrote “The End” two and half months later. Continue reading