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Cill Darae Released

I am very pleased to announce that Cill Darae, Volume 5 of the New Druids series has now released on Amazon in the Kindle and Trade Paperback formats. For a limited time, Cill Darae will be sold for only 99 cents (until May 6th).

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This is the penultimate volume of my award-winning epic fantasy series. A must have for anyone who loves classic fantasy and getting emerged into a wonderful world full of captivating characters.

Pick up yours today! Please! Support Independent Authors like me!

Beta Readers, Sci-Fi and Urban Fantasy

Beta Readers

Cill Darae, Volume 5 of the New Druids Series is almost through the second draft. I have a few beta readers lined up and I am still interested in more. Beta Reading is a task. It requires a critical mind and sense of what good epic fantasy is all about. If you are interested send me an email requested to be considered and why you think you are a good fit.

I’ve had the good and the bad with beta readers. A few I consider exceptional. Their feedback to me was invaluable and I’m so glad to have met these people. Some simply took my novels and that was it. Beta reading is critical to authors; it is through the back and forth that a novel starts to polish. Freamhaigh was the novel that saw the most feedback from beta readers and I find it stands above my other novels. So please, if interested, shoot me an email at donalddallan@gmail.com

Urban Fantasy

I adore urban fantasy. Its my dirty little secret. There is something about reading fantasy in a modern, urban setting that I really, really enjoy. There are some truly talented authors writing urban fantasy today [shoot me an email and I will share with you my list of favourite authors in this genre]. I would love to be one. I’ve wanted to write something in this genre for a while now and I think I have the start of a concept. That’s all: just a concept. The New Druids series was always much more than a concept: I had visualised the entire series, you see, almost in one painful flash of insight.

So, I need to flush out my urban fantasy idea a little (okay, a lot) more. Then I am going to try traditional publishing. I am prepared for rejection. I feel I have already become an accomplished author and have nothing to prove to myself. If it fails the big houses, then I will self-publish, again. The premise, in case you are curious, is a man finds a single torn page hidden inside an old book. It contains a spell for finding things, written in old English. He tries it, and it works. Then he wants more spells. But there is another group(s) looking for the same thing. And another trying to wipe magic from the world. And history, ancient history, from Arthurian legend starts to expose itself [with a nod to Mary Stewart]. Dun dun dun!

Anyway, that’s the premise. It doesn’t sound like much, but with my imagination, I am sure it is going somewhere interesting! I can say that I love my heroes simple: Honest people like you and me that suddenly find themselves having to do something extraordinary. And not knowing why, or how. Not like a certain series where the main characters are all omnipotent demigods. They would have a problem, struggle through chapters and chapters and then suddenly realise: “Hey, we’re gods…” and snap their fingers. Yes, I hated the Belgariad… The struggle is real, dammit!

Science Fiction

I still have a sci-fi novel on the back burner. It is the prequel to the New Druids series, but set in today’s time. Yes. I have a sci-fi novel that prequels my fantasy world.  I had flushed this story out (single novel) a number of years ago. Then I wrote myself into a corner by writing something truly horrible (I had an AI carrying on a conversation with the protagonist’s subconscious…shudder). Happily, the New Druids series sprouted from that seed. But, I need to write it and I will. It’s not a truly happy ending kind of book. It’s a little On The Beach, if you know what I mean. It yells at me for not writing it. It has an attitude. Nasty thing.

Cill Darae: First Draft Complete

First Draft Complete – Nov 27th.

Tonight I finished the first draft of Cill Darae, a New Druids series, Volume Five. I am a little under my normal word count, but that will be fixed with the second draft. I had a sudden interest to write this past summer and that, coupled with NaNoWriMo this past November, is to thank for the earliest completion (first draft) of one of my novels to date.

Sadly, the hard work is about to start. The second draft is hard. So very hard. And honestly, I am not looking forward to it. It’s like pulling your eyes out and throwing them around the room at random intervals. This (for me) was a complex novel with complex themes. It is taking the series down to the conclusion I dreamed of years ago. It’s scary when you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I am also worried I will disappoint. By now, you the readers, have impressions in your mind. You have your own vision of where the story goes. Well, I have mine too and I hope when you see the finish line you won’t be disappointed.

I love this series and I hope you do, too. In some ways, I wish I hadn’t written it and someone else had. That way I would get to enjoy it. Lol. Not really. Just kidding.

NaNoWriMo

I want to give a shout out to the NaNoWriMo Ottawa Chapter and in particular the Barrhaven crowd. Thanks for the write-ins! I wish you all the best as the month wraps up, and see you next year!

Ciao!

Don

Website Refresh

I love change. If you’ve been following my website over the past few years you are probably groaning and saying to yourself: Not again…

Yes, again. This time I REALLY like it. It’s clean and concise.

Tell me what you think!

In other news, I have reached the halfway point of NaNoWriMo two days early. I crossed the 25K words mark yesterday. This puts my word count at 51K for Cill Darae, Volume 5, of the New Druids series.

This is a different novel in so many ways. It scares me a little in that I am departing from the norm. It’s all third person for one. And two, I am tearing apart the Realm of Belkin once more.

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