Post by Divides the Waters on Aug 13, 2012 23:47:41 GMT -5
Buried in this dark valley is the grave marker of the gods. Within lies a secret that would freeze the heart of many a brave man, if ever the truth of its existence became known.
The sky turns dark ahead. Everywhere I look, the terrain is ashen, overgrown with gray vines and brambles. I can’t detect a hint of green anywhere. This is not the pewter shine of moonlight; this is a land stripped of color and vibrancy. In the midst of this blighted gorge, stretching far above the mountains around it, a spindly hand reaches up to grasp the moon. As I draw nearer, I see it is more like an antler, or a colossal piece of driftwood, or a tree—yes, that’s it. It is a tree, but leafless, and of prodigious proportions. It rises out of the mists ahead like a silent, malevolent titan. Dark abysses like watchful eyes gaze with the omnipotent gloom of the ages. Life in the surrounding lands withers under its unrelenting glare.
It has stood these long ages as a testimony to their conceit. Concealed from the eyes of the outside world is the forgotten remnant of a once-mighty race.
The mountain-tree of Darkhorn Fell is the home of the Reamar, the vampiric fallen race of this story. It is living stone, a cancerous monument that grows with the power of its inhabitants.
On an unrelated note, the 1st Person Present Tense is used only in the precognitive visions of one of the characters, and is not employed throughout the whole novel.
Post by morganlbusse on Aug 14, 2012 11:09:25 GMT -5
I like the cover
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Post by Divides the Waters on Aug 15, 2012 16:38:33 GMT -5
Thanks, all! Yes, Kessie, I am with you. I put down Bones of Elisha for just that reason. But in experimenting with styles, I found that the 1PPT worked well to set off the dream sequences.
I feel fortunate to have come across the graphic artist who did the cover. After the death of my friend who did the art for my first cover, I realized I was going to have to get a replacement for the rest of the series, and after much cajoling from friends, decided to try for a more modern look. I realized that I would have to make them all consistent, so I decided to put the older one done by my late friend aside, and use it for a special memorial edition. This will be the cover of the book most will buy. Anyway, very happy with the results.
And yes, Bainespal, the titular "gods" rising is not a good thing.
Post by Divides the Waters on Sept 8, 2012 14:14:44 GMT -5
I am trying to get some advance endorsements, and am happy to send out a galley PDF for any authors (self-published or otherwise) who might be interested. Was looking for a fall release, but there have been a few development delays, so there is still time for those who might wish to read the book and "pen a wee testimonial," as it were.
I will watch this book's release with considerable interest. Here's wishing you a smashing success on the sales charts!
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