Saturday, November 17, 2012

Recipe for Creating a Fantasy World

I've enjoyed reading all the blogs this month about food. I'm envious really. I love to not so much. Don't worry. I called my sister. She gave me a great recipe for an appetizer—wonderful for the holiday season. 

What I can do is create a fantasy world. My creative juices flowed with this series. Now this is something I enjoy. I love writing, but when you write a fantasy, rules that you follow writing other genres are thrown out the window. This world is yours.

Whispers of a Legend saga is an epic fantasy series filled with romance, action, adventure, magic, scary monsters, flying heroes, and a strong female protagonist. Creating a fantasy world comes from an over active imagination flamed by my youth and reading too many fairy tales. My grandmother had a subscription to Reader Digest book club. Does anyone remember book clubs? Do they even still exist? But Grandmother had these condensed fairy tales. They weren't Cinderella, Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, although there was one story with Snow White. It wasn't Disney's Snow White. It was the Grimm Brother's tale of Snow White and Rose Red. I spent a great deal of time with my Grandmother growing up and slept overnights with her. I went to bed reading these stories. 

Whispers of a Legend detours a tad from the damsel in distress scenario. I've just released the next installment in the saga, Time of the Nuxvenom. In most of my other series, the books could stand alone. I'll be honest. You can't do that with Whispers. You need to start at the beginning...but the first book is free.

Whispers of a Legend saga began with

Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny fate has dictated to her. Half Witheleghean and half, Sordarin, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin.

Part One- Shadows of the Past- FREE
Whispers begins Whispers of a Legend saga which follows Kela's battle to embrace her destiny, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

Part Two- The Path Now Turned. Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, Kela believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow. 

Part Three- Vision of Destiny. Trained for only one purpose, to protect the innocent from an evil that threatens to destroy her world, Kela has never questioned her destiny. The enemy has never been in doubt and her path laid clear before her. Now all is blurred. Left with only one choice, she escapes from Yucca in search of the one known as Seilda the Tvopac, the Guardian of the Past…but Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.
The Legend continues…
The Nuxvenom—the time declared by the Arachindaens for their ascension to power…the time of their rule…the time for the annihilation of all who do not submit to their authority. Over the years, the Sordarins have slept well secure in the knowledge that the Great One guards over them and protects them from this Nuxvenom. Now, though, our world has once more been targeted; Asmeodai’s evil looms on the horizon and fear lives in the hearts of the Sordarins for our very existence is threatened.
I, Kela Calledwdele, have been trained for one purpose—to protect my people from this evil threat of Asmeodai. I did not ask for this, but have embraced my destiny. The path before me has never been easy, nor do I expect my tribulations to lessen as I continue my journey, but I hold to this destiny for I hold to my faith in the Great One.
With the acknowledgement as King Edulf’s granddaughter, Kela is swept into a world strange to her. Moreover, Kela discovers the world she now walks harbors its own dangers. For not only does Kela face the looming threat of the evil Cyaika and Arachindaens, she is forced to confront deception and betrayal from within her own ranks. Never have the stakes been greater—never has her world faced a greater danger—never has more been asked of the Euchoun.  The time of the Nuxvenom is now!

Oh...before I forget. My sister's recipe for a holiday appetizer.

Laura's Party Dip

1/2 lb. butter                               Salt to taste
1 c. flour                                        2 cans crabmeat
2 c. sweet milk                             1 lb. cooked shrimp
1 can Pet Milk (small)                 1 large can mushrooms
1 tsp paprika                                1 bunch green onions
1 tsp pepper                                 2 c parsley or 1/2 jar dried
                                                             parsley flakes
Cut up fine the crabmeat, shrimp, mushroom, onion and parsely. In double boiler, melt butter; add flour gradually, Pet milk and sweet milk slowly, then seasonings. Add remaining ingredients. Serve from chafing dish.

   I won't be back until January. Enjoy the Roses stories coming up for December! Have a happy and safe holiday season. See you in January! Keep reading!


Jannine Gallant said...

Best of luck with this new installment, Jerri. You're on quite a roll with the series. Oh, and the cover is spectacular!

Jerri Hines said...

Thanks so much. I do love the cover. I have quite enjoyed writing this series. Happy Holidays!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Sorry to be late. Love the names of your characters. And their destiny. Best of luck from me too.