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Announcing…”The Chronicles of Amberdrake” by Loren K. Jones

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Folks, I’d meant to tell you about this several weeks ago, when it first came out. But my friend Loren K. Jones has a new book out called THE CHRONICLES OF AMBERDRAKE, and I wanted to tell you a little about it. (I should know enough to do that. I edited it.)

Loren's Amberdrake bookDrake, son of Standral, is a young, impetuous teen. When he sees two higher beings–I’ll call them this because at the time, Drake has no idea what or who they might be–duking it out, rather than run into the house or hide anywhere at all, Drake stays outside and watches in fascination. Because of this, he manages to distract one of the fighters, but gets killed in his original, human form. However, as the other fighter who benefited from Drake’s interference was the God of Chaos,  that Being tells Drake he’ll grant Drake any wish at all, just name it. (Yes, I’m oversimplifying.) And Drake’s wish is to be the most powerful mage in the world, the most powerful  mage who’s ever lived. This seems simple enough to the God, so the God grants Drake’s wish and goes on his way…

…and Drake is now left in dragon-form.

Why? Because the most powerful mage who’s ever lived prior to Drake (now) was Dandershandrake, a dragon…so to grant Drake’s wish, Drake, too. had to become a dragon. (Probably, to the God of Chaos, a human and a dragon aren’t that dissimilar, or maybe the God of Chaos just wanted to create more chaos within the dragon ranks. Who knows?) Dragons live a very long time, and often die only when they get tired of living after a few millenia. As Drake’s dragon-form is yellow-gold, he becomes known as Amberdrake.

Magic indeed comes easily to Drake/Amberdrake, and he gets used to his new circumstances. But he’s lonely for human companionship; dragons, you see, aren’t the same thing at all. (They’re smart, dragons are, and they certainly have relationships. But they think on such a grand scale, you see.) In fact, the dragon Drake becomes closest to, Sahrendrake, takes human form at Drake’s suggestion…but therein lies a tale, and I don’t want to get in the way of your reading, so further editor sayeth not. (Hey, I can’t give it all away, can I?)

So, what can I tell you that won’t spoil your reading?

First off, Drake is a fun character. He’s a lovable rogue, the first one Loren’s ever written. (Yes, Drake has a conscience, but it’s on his time and his terms.) He enjoys life, he enjoys beer (especially the beer he makes himself!), he enjoys women (though he’s not a Lothario; he’s more of a serial monogamist than anything), and he definitely enjoys his food. Drake’s adventures are a blast of fresh air, and he acts just the way you’d think he should; his characterization is true to itself throughout, and that makes the book just that much more fun.

Second, I was encouraged by Drake’s personal growth during his journey in Vernardia. This is when Drake finally meets a woman (a human woman at that) who is up to his weight both magically and mentally, and gives as good as she gets…and the interpersonal journey Drake goes on is very well-drawn, especially considering it’s mostly done via subtext.

Third, there is so much rich detail here to be savored. (Again, I don’t want to spoil your reading, so I will stop…there. Yeah, there.)

In other words, I just adore Drake/Amberdrake, and I hope you will, too.

So do, please, check out the e-book version of THE CHRONICLES OF AMBERDRAKE, soonest…it’s only $2.99 for about 500 pages of pure, reading pleasure. (Is that too smarmy? Well, if it is, too bad. It’s my blog, so I can be as smarmy as I want.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

May 3, 2019 at 3:12 am

Posted in Books, Loren K. Jones

Fighting Disappointment, and Moving On…

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Folks, I’ve written about disappointment before. (Many times, in fact, with my most recent example being here.) But it seems to be a good time to write about it again, and I have a different take on it…so why not?

I have known some other authors besides myself to have intense struggles getting their work before the public. They’ve put their books out there, and gotten no response at all. They’ve slaved over their creations, taken care of the edits, the book covers, tried to get reviewers interested, all that…and still, nothing happened.

Some of success is being in the right place at the right time. I know one author rather well — Loren K. Jones — who put out several novels in late 2009 and early 2010. None of them did much. He was, I believe, extremely frustrated at the time, and thought no one cared about his writing.

Fast-forward to 2018.

Now, Loren has a thriving career as a novelist. He has ten books out, with more on the way. His six books in the “Stavin DragonBlessed” series did exceptionally well, and put him on the map as a fantasy novelist. (Don’t believe me? Go read ALL THAT GLITTERS for yourself; it’s only ninety-nine cents for the e-book version.)

Loren’s not the only one I know who’s had this sort of thing happen, but he’s possibly the best example right now.

So why am I talking about him, when the theme is disappointment? Well, sometimes you have to learn how to roll with the punches, keep your chin up, and keep trying.

That is what Loren did.

It’s what I’m trying to do, too.

Do your best to fight on, no matter what odds you face. Believe in yourself, and your dreams. Work hard, learn much, and keep fighting.

Sometimes, that is literally all you can do. (Because you can’t control the market. You can only control yourself.)

 

Written by Barb Caffrey

September 2, 2018 at 9:22 pm

Two New Books from Friends to Share…

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Folks, it’s Saturday. Time turns to reading, at least for me…sometimes to book reviewing, too (though I’m way behind on that, I do intend to get back to it sooner or later).

Today, I have two great books to share with you, especially if you enjoy military science fiction/adventure stories.

ConfederatedStarSystems_medFirst, my friend Loren K. Jones’s second e-book from Twilight Times Books is out; it’s a short story collection called STORIES OF THE CONFEDERATED STAR SYSTEMS. I edited this book, and it’s a fun, fast read with a lot of great stories…right now, it’s only ninety-nine cents, too! (That won’t last long.) I grabbed my e-book copy right away, and hope you will, too.

Edited to add: If you want a copy from OmniLit, go here; if you want a copy from Barnes and Noble.com, go here. I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post, already in progress…

“But Barb,” you protest. “I want to know what I’m getting into, before I buy this book, even for ninety-nine cents.”

Ah. Well, I have you covered…there is a free sample of Loren’s newest up right now at the Twilight Times Books website.

“So, who’s your other friend, Barb, that you’re ‘pimping’ today?”

Hmmm. I’d not use that word, quite…it’s more of an informative thing, really.

“Spit it out, Barb.”

OK, OK. My friends Jason Cordova and Chris Smith recently released KRAKEN MARE as an e-book. It’s about a disillusioned former Marine, who stumbles onto a mystery after taking a job on Titan’s moon. But it’s not a benign mystery; oh, no. (That would be too easy.) Instead, it’s a mystery that will “shock the foundations of the universe…something out of a nightmare,” as the book description says.

I don’t have a picture to add to this one…but I can tell you I’ve read several chapters already, and am enjoying it quite a bit. (No one does military SF/horror hybrids quite like Jason Cordova. And Chris Smith’s influence is felt in myriad ways…this book will not disappoint.)

Hope you enjoy them!

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April 16, 2016 at 11:29 am

Loren Jones’s novel “All that Glitters” now available from e-Quill Publishing.

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NOTE: This is a post from 2010. Things have changed. See the update at the end, and see this post immediately if you wish to buy Loren’s novel INADVERTENT ADVENTURES.

Second note: Loren’s ALL THAT GLITTERS is back out via Twilight Times Books as of July, 2016. Please go here to buy Loren’s novel as an e-book at Amazon.

*** Back to post from 2010, already in progress ***

My friend Loren K. Jones now has two novels available, the first being All that Glitters at e-Quill Publishing.  All that Glitters is a fantasy novel/coming of age story about Stavin kel’Aniston, once the smallest and least-regarded of all the warrior-candidates in his village.  Because of this, he feels he has nothing to lose in attempting to beard a dragon in its den, and ends up with a quasi-friend in the dragon along with dragonscale armor, something no one else in his village has or has ever had.

But this is just the start of Stavin’s problems; he still must learn how to work within the system in order to show his worth.   If he can do so, fame and fortune will be his, but more importantly, he’ll be able to marry the woman of his dreams (a slightly older, and nearly blind, scholar).

All that Glitters is just under 100K words, and is an excellent read.  I urge everyone who loves fantasy, coming of age tales, or simply something fun to read to check out Loren K. Jones’s fine novel.  And better yet, it is the first in a four-book series . . . more reading pleasure awaits, if you only will accept the challenge of buying — and reading — the first book in Stavin’s journey.

Go here to purchase Loren’s novel All that Glitters:

http://www.equillpublishing.com/all-that-glitters.html

Loren also has available another very strong novel, this one through Amazon Kindle’s wireless e-book program.  This novel is called Inadvertent Adventures and is also right around the 100K mark.  Inadvertent Adventures is space opera/humor; Sterling Silver is a veteran who’s been cashiered from his job due to spurious reasons, and now must make shift for himself.  He finds space on a tramp freighter and learns the ropes, all while missing his ex-wife, Ann . . . in the process, this middle-aged man re-learns how to enjoy his life, and that no matter how boxed in he might feel himself to be at the start, there are more options and opportunities available than he’d ever dreamed.  This novel, too, is highly recommended; please follow this link in order to buy Inadvertent Adventures:

http://www.amazon.com/Inadvertent-Adventures-ebook/dp/B0042P5F1I/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287536667&sr=1-4

A bit about how I know Loren:  my late husband and Loren were very strong Internet friends and writing critique partners, and after Michael died, I continued working with Loren (and Loren returned the favor with my stuff).  Loren is a good man and a very fine writer; his writing has been compared to David Eddings and L.E. Modesitt, Jr., as it has freshness, authenticity, and the ability to effortlessly carry the reader into another place.  If the science fiction and fantasy community were not so difficult to break into with all the closed book markets, requiring agents to help you find a way in for the most part, and the few “opens” like Tor, Baen, DAW, etc., being overloaded with manuscripts on the one hand and being understaffed on the other (meaning no disrespect to anyone — it’s simply a fact of life), Loren would’ve broken in years ago.  And so, no doubt, would’ve my late husband, Michael, me, Jason Cordova, and many other good writers without major publisher book contracts I have the privilege to know.

Please do not let the fact that Loren does not have a major book publishing contract fool you, in short.  This man can write.  Give him a chance, and you will enjoy your reading experience.  Thus ends today’s public service announcement.

*** UPDATE FOLLOWS ***

As stated earlier, things have changed.

Since 2010, E-Quill Publishing has folded. Most of Loren’s novels are now out-of-print, though he’s working to change this as I understand it.

But INADVERTENT ADVENTURES is again available as of February 5, 2016, and is even better than before.

Why? Well, Twilight Times Books liked INADVERTENT ADVENTURES, bought it, and it’s now out in e-book form. It has been comprehensively edited, it has a great cover, and the formatting is pristine…it is a thoroughly professional edition, and readers should enjoy it immensely.

Please see this post about how you can get INADVERTENT ADVENTURES right now…then meditate on the virtues of persistence in this business.

As you see, I’m not the only author out there who refuses to give up.

 

Written by Barb Caffrey

October 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm