It’s time for another post! If you’re wondering what book number three of the Search for the King’s Staff series is about, here is a sneak peek! Will Cierra be able to collect the third map piece and make the next step that will bring her that much closer to finding the staff and saving Asrial from the darkness! It looms closer to claiming everything she knows and loves. I’ll say nothing else about the plot, and let these wonderful illustrations speak for themselves.
A huge shout out goes to my amazing artist, Alex Clark, for drawing these.
Hey folks! Sorry about not posting in a while! I’ve been busy punching book three of The Search for the King’s Staff into the keyboard! The Caper Triangle is coming along nicely, and I am still aiming for the end of the year.
Here’s a little unedited paragraph that I’m quite proud of. It’s the description of giant sea serpents called water drakes that will be making an appearance. I hope you enjoy.
Keeled sheets of cold blue scales shimmered like ice across long bodies. Flapping on their backs, transparent dorsal fins ended in sharp spines, while snake-like grooves stretched in bands along alabaster bellies. Fanning around the equine-shaped heads and behind four piercing horns, their frills studded sharply. Crusted with what could have been glittering hoarfrost, their lunate tails curled like that of sea horses.
The Search for the King’s Staff: The Caper Triangle is coming soon!
I’m aiming to have this published by the end of the year, but at the rate I’m going, it could be sooner. Cierra, Leo, Anara, and James’s journeys are getting more intense as the stakes rise higher and more problems spike up in their paths. Will our heroes and heroines be able to retrieve the third map piece? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.
There she is! Cierra, Keeper of the Key, protagonist of The Search for the King’s Staff. Isn’t she pretty? Growing up on the Island of Nimbra, Cierra was raised by her beloved Aunt and Uncle along with her cousin James. Gifted with a magical key by Shomina, the Spirit of the moon Azul, she was chosen to find the King’s Staff, an ancient artifact that can stop the darkness, that is devouring the spirit realm, from invading the world she loves.
Growing up, she was trained by the wise Seer of the Torrancean Emperor how to wield the blade and to speak Masiann, a language of old that has been kept alive through the many magic users around the world. If I do say so myself, Cierra is a bit of a bad ass (mind the language). Rough around the edges, she has a caring heart, tends to be a loner thanks to some trust issues, and is a bit of a hot head. Reckless could be her middle name, but her greatest strength is her ability to hope, which pulls her through her many failings and wounds. I thought I’d share her with you right here in the blog, but you can also check her portrait out in the “Art” tab above, along with portraits of the rest of the cast: James, Anara, and Leo.
You can read about Cierra’s journey starting with book one, A Song of Hope, and follow that up with book 2, the Scarlet Phantom.
The Search for the King’s Staff has had a makeover, furnished with new artwork and reformatted text. If you have purchased either Ebook, a Song of Hope or The Scarlet Phantom, they will update accordingly. As of today, you cannot only purchase both books in paperback but hardcovers! That’s right—hardcovers are now available, and they look great!
In other news, if you have ever wondered what Cierra, James, Leo, and Anara look like, their portraits are being brought to life. I will post them as soon as they are in my keeping!
Good things are ahead for The Search for the King’s Staff, and that includes the continuation of the story in book number three. Thank you for your patience, and I cannot wait to share the rest of Cierra’s journey with you. I still do not have a date for its publication, but I’m aiming for the end of the year. Fingers crossed!
Wanna know a little bit more about me, your favorite fantasy author? I know, I know, I’m totally flattering myself! But serious, go check out this interview I did with a fellow fantasy fiction author, Olivia M. Creed → Author Interview–Sophia Davidson (olivemcreed.blogspot.com)
And while you’re at it, go buy her book, Fallen King. I gave it go myself and think it’s well worth the read!
He’s mischievous. He’s frighteningly huge! With piercing talons and a mouthful of teeth, he’ll knock the knees together of any enemy, sending them wobbling to the ground. And yet, his mannerisms, cat-like trills, and innocent dilated eyes have earned him more than one squeal of delight from Cierra. How can something be so big and terrifying and yet so adorable all at the same time? It doesn’t make a bit of sense. Garni is truly a living paradox.
A huge thanks goes out to Alex Clark for drawing this amazing sketch of Windsong’s good old dragon, Garni. This image will be featured in the newly formatted “A Song of Hope.”
Here it is folks! I’ve waited two years to see Torrance brought to life through a map. Thanks to the efforts of the amazing artist, Alex Clark, Cierra’s journey in “A Song of Hope” can be seen on paper. A huge thanks goes out to you Alex for your hard work.
Book number three of “The Search for the King’s Staff” series is well underway! I have an idea for the title, but since it’s subject to change, I don’t want to disappoint anyone and tell you. 🙂 I’ll give you a hint about what happens. Pirates and serpents and plunge boats—Oh my! Book three will be published hopefully by the end of this year. That’s at least the goal!
In other goods news! “A Song of Hope” and “The Scarlet Phantom” are both getting reformatted by a professional. I’m also hoping to get them both fitted with a map of Asrial, and I’ll be publishing them as second additions. “The Scarlet Phantom” is also getting a few tweaks to the text. Nothing big! I’m not changing the story, so there isn’t any need to purchase it if you already have. There were just a few things I wasn’t satisfied with.
One last thing before I head out. A few writer friends of mine have inspired me to start publishing book reviews for books I like on my blog! You know who you are. That means I need to get reading/writing. I am willing to take requests; however, I won’t read anything with excessive gore or any sex scenes. I won’t be reading anything that outright mocks my faith, either. These reviews won’t be published if I don’t like the book. (I’m too nice) I plan to be brutally honest on these reviews.
Have a blessed February everyone!
The darkness is bubbling hot on the horizon, seeking Cierra out so it can reclaim the first map piece and stop her from searching for the next one. Time is not in her favor, and neither is the unfriendly environment she’s forced to push her way through. No one can be trusted, except for the most unlikely friends.
In this second installment of the “The Search for the King’s Staff” can Cierra reach her destination before the King in the North, Rasheme, can destroy all hope of ever finding the King’s Staff?
What is his motivation, and why does the mysterious vigilante, the Scarlet Phantom, keep showing up everywhere she goes?