Preston’s Song

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No, the book isn’t available yet.

12 days!!

But I do have a little treat to tide you over.

Here is a little poem from the book called Preston’s Song:

She walks in beauty like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her features and her eyes.


Fair her silk wraps about the day

Like pearls of sapphire on display

On bands of golden ringlets spray

Grace and elegance on display


What love she has within her heart

None yet has forced her to impart

So who knows where a man should start

From his mind she can ne’er depart


The least he should be brave and bold

Pursue her as a tall stronghold

Where his labors can all behold

And win her heart a thousandfold

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It’s Coming…

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Finally, after five torturous years of longing and waiting and hoping and praying and crying (okay, I got a little carried away with the hyperbole there), drumroll please:

Book 2 of The Stones of Revenge is coming.

That’s right, you asked for it, you begged for it, you lost sleep waiting for news about it, you might have even lost your appetite you were so anxious. (And boy would you be skinny now. I mean, five years, geez!)

Anyway, May 1st.

Yep, that’s the date. Just a few more days away.

13 to be exact.

In honor of Preston’s birthday, you can continue the story!

But not today. May 1st.

Did I mention that? I thought I did.

Okay great, on May 1st, the saga continues…

The Hero’s Journey- The Supreme Ordeal

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Intellectual Credit Joseph Campbell

Last time we delved into the Belly of the Whale, today it’s all about the Supreme Ordeal.

The Supreme Ordeal

This is the seminal moment in the story. This is where it all comes together. The moment we’ve all been waiting for. This is the moment the protagonist finally takes on the mantel of the hero and has his/her standoff with the main antagonist.

There are four ways in which this occurs:

1. Sacred Marriage

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This type of ordeal can sometimes be named the the “Goddess Meeting”  but this is more of a misnomer. The idea is that the protagonist needs help from the opposite sex. If the hero is a boy he needs a girl’s help, and vice-versa. There could be an actual meeting with a goddess, or this help can come from the female character using her powers to join with the male character’s, or she could simply save the hero from certain doom. Either way, the significance is found in the protagonist needing the opposite sex. A number of examples include Trinity and Neo, Frodo and Galadriel, or Luke and Leia.

2. Father Atonement

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This is where the hero must defeat his father as the main antagonist. Often, it is a reconnecting for the two of them. For a classic case, just think of Luke and Darth Vader. (Or Buzz and Zurg, if you’re a kid at heart.)

3. Apotheosis

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The apotheosis is where the hero must finally become a full master of his powers in order to defeat the enemy. Sometimes he doesn’t become a master, but discovers his powers in victory. Either way, think of it as becoming godlike. A great example is Neo. Once he accepts his true identity as “the one” he can do anything.

4. Elixir Theft

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This is the hero confronting his arch-enemy and in defeat of him, steals a prize possession. Sometimes the hero kills his enemy, sometimes he lets him live, but the focus should be on a stolen item. Classic case: Bilbo Baggins and Smaug.

At the conclusion of this stage we should see a quick unravelling of the story as we speed through our last two stages beginning with, Flight.

Until then,
Peace and Long Reads

The Hero’s Journey- Crossing the Threshold

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Intellectual Credit Joseph Campbell

Last time in our discussion of the Hero’s Journey we looked at The Helper.

Today we will examine the danger of Crossing the Threshold.

The Threshold

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Credit: 20th Century Fox

The point of no return.

Once this line is crossed the hero has only two options: Succeed or Die. The danger gets exponentially higher making option two seem more likely and option one less attainable. But make no mistake, there is a clear distinction now for the hero. His/Her eyes have finally opened, and he/she is not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

A good example of this is seen in The Matrix.

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Credit: Vintage Roadshow Pictures

Neo gets unceremoniuosly pulled from his day job into a trail of mystery leading him to his infamous meeting with Morpheus. Here, he is offered a choice: red or blue. Blue lets him go back to his boring office job (World of Commn Day) while red leads to truth and the “real world”. (or is it just real world?)

Obviously, we know what he chooses. (Or do we? Seriously, it can get too confusing if you really think about it.)

Anyway, the point is that he made the choice and, therefore, Crossed the Threshold.

Now, don’t expect the hero to leave this world easily. Standing between the threshold and the hero most often is a Threshold Guardian.

The Threshold Guardian

This character’s job is simple- keep the hero from crossing the threshold by killing him/her. And usually, this villain is an expendable, one-time use bad guy.

For example, look no further than Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

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As Percy tries to make it to Camp Half-Blood, he is pursued by a Minotaur who wants nothing more than to kill him.

He is forced to battle his way past this mythological creature before he can gain entrance into his world of adventure. Lucky for him, and us, he wins. Otherwise there would be no story.

And once this line has been crossed we celebrate our hero for the accomplishment, but fear for the worst as we know that the danger only grows from here.

We will discuss that growing danger next time when we study The Road of Trials!

Until then,
Peace and Long Reads

Last Chance to Get The Awakening with a Discount!

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Be the first to experience The Awakening!

When Landon receives an inheritance ring engraved with a cryptic riddle from his deceased father, he must set out on a journey to unlock the ring’s secrets that could bring about the end of the world.

The Awakening, the first book in the The Stones of Revenge Series is now available!

Click here to get it!

For Amazon

Promotional Price: $0.00

Coupon Code: 2RTPYQ7Y

Expires: July 22,2013, TODAY!

Unfortunately for the Paperbacks, I cannot offer the book free for the first week as I originally intended. I tried, and Amazon sent their band of trolls after me.

What I can do, however, is provide a coupon code for a whopping 42% off. That’s right, baby! 42% off!

All you have to do is email me at mastersarge7@gmail.com, say, “Please sir, I want some code,” in an orphan’s British accent, and it is all yours!

Okay, kidding. You don’t have to use the British accent.

And you don’t have to say that.

You can just ask for the code.

This just in, I have decided to forgo the email requirement for the coupon code! I’m just going to give it you, (See how nice I am?) but you have to use it by the 22!

Look for it on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords.com, Sony, and Diesel ebook stores.

Or just click here to get the ebook.

For Smashwords

Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: RD59U
Expires: July 22, 2013, TODAY!

Kindle Version here.

The Awakening- Now Available!

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bookcover

Be the first to experience The Awakening!

When Landon receives an inheritance ring engraved with a cryptic riddle from his deceased father, he must set out on a journey to unlock the ring’s secrets that could bring about the end of the world.

The Awakening, the first book in the The Stones of Revenge Series is now available!

Click here to get it!

For Amazon

Promotional Price: $0.00

Coupon Code: 2RTPYQ7Y

Expires: July 22,2013

Unfortunately for the Paperbacks, I cannot offer the book free for the first week as I originally intended. I tried, and Amazon sent their band of trolls after me.

What I can do, however, is provide a coupon code for a whopping 42% off. That’s right, baby! 42% off!

All you have to do is email me at mastersarge7@gmail.com, say, “Please sir, I want some code,” in an orphan’s British accent, and it is all yours!

Okay, kidding. You don’t have to use the British accent.

And you don’t have to say that.

You can just ask for the code.

This just in, I have decided to forgo the email requirement for the coupon code! I’m just going to give it you, (See how nice I am?) but you have to use it by the 22!

Look for it on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords.com, Sony, and Diesel ebook stores.

Or just click here to get the ebook.

For Smashwords

Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: RD59U
Expires: July 22, 2013

Kindle Version here.

The Awakening- Now Available!

Leave a comment


bookcover

Be the first to experience The Awakening!

When Landon receives an inheritance ring engraved with a cryptic riddle from his deceased father, he must set out on a journey to unlock the ring’s secrets that could bring about the end of the world.

The Awakening, the first book in the The Stones of Revenge Series is now available!

Click here to get it!

For Amazon

Promotional Price: $0.00

Coupon Code: 2RTPYQ7Y

Expires: July 22,2013

Unfortunately for the Paperbacks, I cannot offer the book free for the first week as I originally intended. I tried, and Amazon sent their band of trolls after me.

What I can do, however, is provide a coupon code for a whopping 42% off. That’s right, baby! 42% off!

All you have to do is email me at mastersarge7@gmail.com, say, “Please sir, I want some code,” in an orphan’s British accent, and it is all yours!

Okay, kidding. You don’t have to use the British accent.

And you don’t have to say that.

You can just ask for the code.

This just in, I have decided to forgo the email requirement for the coupon code! I’m just going to give it you, (See how nice I am?) but you have to use it by the 22!

Look for it on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords.com, Sony, and Diesel ebook stores.

Or just click here to get the ebook.

For Smashwords

Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: RD59U
Expires: July 22, 2013

Kindle Version here.

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