19 October 2012

The Rebirth of AFTER ILIUM

The past two years have been a valuable and frequently frustrating learning experience. I revel in the blood, sweat, and tears. I live and breathe defeat and welcome the bitter taste of failure. Then something changes and I am left baffled and bemused. My least impressive tome rises from the ashes of a premature burial, more beautiful and profound than ever! Go figure.

AFTER ILIUM, the "longish" short story I originally wrote in a summer workshop in 1998 and expanded into a novella the following year, was further expanded a couple years ago to become a full-fledged novel. It has no personal revelations, however, and no hidden meaning, no frivolous sex and violence, nor childish cuteness. I tried for plausible situations and believable interaction--which nevertheless showed a parallel between ancient history and modern tourism. Just for fun; pure entertainment. Romance turned into seduction, which was thrown into the chaos that produces action and adventure and ultimately incarnates rage.

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Alex Parris has been fascinated by the Trojan War all his life, but when he meets the seductive Eléna on a cruise to Turkey, he cannot help but see the two of them as a modern Helen and Paris. However, following seduction in Istanbul and their tour to the ruins of Ilium, Alex is forced to fight his way back to his lover—if he can find her, and if the rugged Turkish coast doesn’t kill him first.

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This 2nd edition for Kindle is offered through Myrddin Publishing Group.

In its preparation, a dozen or so unclear or syntactically "clunky" sentences were rewritten, several new sentences added for improved clarity, and a couple of typographical errors and a few errors of continuity have been repaired. The plot remains the same, as does the conclusion. A sequel is planned.


For additional information, a sample chapter, and a link to the book trailer, click here.

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10 October 2012

BONUS! "HEART SEARCH" by Carlie M. A. Cullen

[For the first post today, please scroll down this page.]

Dear Blog Lovers,

Here is a Bonus posting for you! Sometimes hardcore sci-fi isn't everyone's cup of tea, so I thought I'd share with you the new novel of fellow Myrddin author, Carlie M. A. Cullen.

Carlie's novel, HEART SEARCH, involves all kinds of vampiresque issues, much like that Twilight saga, only better! It's kind of Fantasy and Paranormal and Romance all rolled into one...perfect for Young Adults or, as they say, adults of all ages.

I'm happy to share an excerpt from HEART SEARCH, so enjoy!


I now felt distinctly lost. What would my next move be? I needed inspiration, but didn’t know where to start. I made an impatient kind of snort and frowned.
“Hey – what’s up?” Becky asked, trying to hide her smirk at the expression on my face.
“Brain dead,” I responded huffily.
“So what else is new?” she joked, giggling.
I grimaced at her. “There’s nothing like kicking a person when they’re down, is there?”
“Oh, come on Rems, you know I was only joking,” she retorted in an exasperated tone. “So, what can I do to help?”
“It’s okay, I know you were,” I smiled conciliatorily, “I’m frustrated and out of ideas of what to do next – don’t suppose your brain is in gear for once?” my mildly sarcastic tone making her raise an eyebrow at me.
“Oh, I see. Getting our own back are we?” she asked.
“Told you before – there’s only one way to get your own back.”
“Ha ha!” she pretended to laugh. “Do you want me to put my brilliant brain at your disposal or what?”
“Yes please, but perhaps you’d better sit down first – I don’t want you to strain yourself,” the sisterly banter continued.
“Wow-wee, the gems just keep on coming.”
“You love me really, Becky.”
“Yeah and don’t you know it,” she laughed.
“Yep. Just like you know I love you to bits too,” I responded, laughing with her. It felt strange, in poor taste, to laugh and joke about, as if we were being sacrilegious, but in other ways it was a good experience – it certainly relieved some of the tension.

Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and is also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing.

Carlie has always written in some form or another, but Heart Search: Lost is her first novel. This is being launched 8th October 2012 through Myrddin Publishing Group and work has started on book two: Heart Search: Found. She writes mainly in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for YA, New Adult and Adult.

Carlie is also a professional editor. Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. Their first anthology was published September 2012. Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.

You can find more information about Carlie and her series at http://carliemacullen.com and follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/carlie2011c (@carlie2011c).

Here are the Amazon links for Heart Search:

See the HEART SEARCH trailer here!

The Council of Five and the Death of Millions

On the Origins of the Gangus government in Sekuate, 
foretold to become the Sekuatean Empire

[because bad endings often have good beginnings....]

The core of the Council of Five, the name used by the Gangus family for their National Executive Council after establishing their dynasty, consisted of three students of the Sorêg Academy. Basura-Kanoun, a poet by training...  Diert-Gangus, born 1433 in Kolouna... student of political dissertation, he introduced... Rasek-Tifloh to his club of political students....
The current government of Sekuate, represented by the 300-year reign of the House of Sarrêban in Seas, was internally corrupt and isolated by privilege from the people. [The Gangus Political Society] believed that to put authority and power of such magnitude under the control of one person was detrimental to the people. Such power should be delegated, diversified, and divided among several people, each to counter the others. To prevent the interests of a few members from falling into collusion, the minimum number needed as a governing force is determined to be five. [Diert's brother, Toulor and a town adminstrator, Samot-Iadon were added.]

In 1458, Diert-Gangus and Basura-Kanoun married... [in 1460] graduated from the Academy.... [In 1463]... booklet authored by Basura, Diert, and Rasek was published in Selauê...  outlining their political concerns. Support grew for the Society... local authorities called them the Gangus Army... concerned that their numbers would become difficult to control.

In Nomat 1466, the Sorêg town leaders requested, then demanded, that the Gangus Army leave. Authorities used the constable’s militia to evict members from their headquarters, initiating a riot. They protested in Selauê... distributed their manifesto on the streets but were arrested, charged with inciting treason. Diert was sent to the national prison at Trêpolium for six years.
Rasek worked to increase support for the Gangus Army during the interim, especially in the Kamtan district where their new headquarters was established [in 1470].... 

Diert returned home [in 1473].... They had a balanced governmental group and began believing... they could be the national ruling council.... An expanded treatise based on the earlier booklet entitled “The Power of Five” was published in Selauê in 1476. Booksellers shunned it. The Gangus Army protested... supporters caused a riot... two Selauê constables were killed and [others] were wounded. The group was outlawed by the city government... and returned their headquarters to Kamtan.

[In 1477]... setting up their own printing press... continued publishing their book... and works of other writers, philosophers and politicians whose ideas agreed with theirs. Basura wrote [in 1478] a sequel to “The Power of Five”... was published... well received, its political focus thinly veiled by her metaphorical poetry.... Diert was elected to the city council of Kamtan by the town’s majority of Gangus supporters....

In 1479, Rasek and Samot [-Iadon, the fifth member] went to Sorêg and Croxe recruiting... returning with new supporters numbering in the thousands... officially adopted the name Gangus Army.
With the paramilitary role envisioned by Diert... recruited a cadet... recently dismissed from the Selauê Academy. Banar-Traf became the commander of the military wing of the Gangus Army. [Traf] was anxious to prove that what his teachers had said of his natural leadership ability was true....

Alarmed by the [military] training, the city council voted on Gouo-2:1479 to oust Diert from the council. Public outcry resulted in his reinstatement....
More supporters flocked to Kamtan... population from 98,000 [in 1478] to over 150,000 by 1480... city council voted again to oust Diert, on Terpa-11:1480... rioting by his supporters.... The 2d Coraesz was dispatched from Selauê to quell the rioting... five leaders fled the city....

At its new headquarters [south in] Manioug, the Gangus Army continued their activities... preparation for... overthrow of the Mexas government... more confrontations with local folk. The city council requested that the Gangus Army leave... went unheeded... requested assistance from 2d Coraesz... from Selauê... [they] marched on Manioug... same martial action as in Kamtan: guerrilla fighting, house searches... seven weeks.
Gangus advance groups raided Lakuar, anticipating their evacuation of Manioug. The citizens and government became hostages in the battle between the rebel army and the Sekuatean Army. Gangus Army members took control of Yiexe [further south] by the end of Nomat. Forces of the Sekuatean Army marched on Yiexe.... With the Sekuatean army withdrawn, the Gangus Army militiamen recaptured Manioug. The 1s Coraesz in Seas was ordered to arms. On Laliê-21:1480, the Mexas Tomodon-Sarrêban ordered a full-scale, nationwide state of emergency....

—from the legible portions of “A Primary History of the Gangus Revolution” (pamphlet) by Kag-Gangus, member, Council of Five, Seas, 1510

Excerpted from THE DREAM LAND, Book I: Long Distance Voyager

enough time to be warned about the invasion, so don't worry too much...for now.

(C) Copyright 2010-2012 by Stephen M. Swartz. All Rights Reserved. No part of this blog, whether text or image, may be used without me giving you written permission, except for brief excerpts that are accompanied by a link to this entire blog. Violators shall be written into novels as characters who are killed off. Serious violators shall be identified and dealt with according to the laws of the United States of America.