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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Excerpt from Draft 6 Book #5 about Ty


Here is an excerpt from Draft 6 of the forthcoming Book #5, The Owl from Oblivion, where Ty has just appeared on the reality timeline. This a draft so there may be errors in the copy.



Eight-year-old Ty awakens in his house feeling disoriented, still wearing the black shirt with the Saeshell fairy-looking emblem on the front. His bed, its comforters and sheets decorated with moons and falling stars in a fairytale art style, dwarfs his unusually small body. 


The blinds are closed in his upstairs bedroom, the bright morning light pouring in around them. A three-foot-high built-in bookcase wraps around the room on two walls, filled with fantasy storybooks and bound sheet music collections. On top of the bookcase is a computer-like device with a list of pictures of classical music albums that can be touched and played. A light-colored wooden study desk sits against the non-bookcase wall with a touch panel displaying a logo and the words, “Cambridge University Library Research System”. Ty’s father had assembled the tablet system, software, and dedicated link to the library system to feed Ty’s insatiable thirst for knowledge while catering to Ty’s delayed psychomotor development. Two letters are pinned to the wall behind Ty’s desk. One is a congratulatory letter certifying that Ty is ready for the AS Level exam (end of eleventh-grade exam). It is signed by Professor Alex Kettil, Professor Johnathan Wise, and two other Cambridge University professors. Ty has stuck stickers of different kinds of fairies along the perimeter of the letter, framing it. The second letter is a request to an educational administrator for a self-directed study program for Ty. Ty has covered the administrator’s name on the letter with a Skull and Crossbones poison sticker.


Ty starts; He sits up in his bed and looks around his room. He feels disoriented and confused, having just finished talking to Paul7 and his dad. Ty does not understand how he could be on Sophista one moment and then abruptly in his bedroom at home in a flash. He screams, “Daddy!”


His father calmly floats into his room on quiet feet as if he is still a covert operative, and sits on the edge of Ty’s bed, hugging him. “Did you have a bad dream?” He lays Ty back down on his bed and begins stroking his hair, gently running his fingers through Ty’s blond curls. He reaches under Ty’s long hair and gently plays with the rounded points at the top of Ty’s ears, knowing that to be a key to relaxing Ty. Fredrick deliberately kept Ty’s hair long so that people would not know of his oddity, disguising Ty’s fairy-like appearance as much as possible.


Ty begins chattering rapidly. “I don’t know. I don’t know why I am here. I was on Sophista. Is mummy around?”


“What’s Sophista?” asks Fredrick. “Where did you hear that word? Is this something that you remembered?”


Ty starts crying and hugs his dad. His father hugs him tightly, shedding a few tears of his own. “Don’t you remember?” his father asks. “Dad, uh, found you and took care of some problems you had.” Fredrick had adopted Ty—a child of mysterious origin.  


Ty becomes confused as the memories of this new timeline streams into his mind.


“Do you remember the hospital you were in for a time with all the doctors?” asks Fredrick.


“I don’t want to. It was so scary and it hurt a lot. I remember the big letters ERID on the wall. I was so glad when you decided to take me home.”


“Who wouldn’t want to be the father of a smart, loving child like you? I could never be without you.”


“Me neither.” Ty begins to think… “This is all different. Where did all these memories come from? This is not how it was. I remember mummy, but I remember this too. Here I don’t have a mummy. It’s so scary. Here, I don’t know where I came from. I remember Syon from Professor Kettil’s class, but I didn’t go to his class before. Syon was Stefan’s son from the future. Now Syon is a gutter kid with a mean mum and dad. Father wants to rescue him. Tyco! Where is Tyco? I can’t be alone again. He is the only person that truly understands me—that keeps me safe when I am without Father. Now… Now…” More memories rush in. “No! He only visits occasionally from the States. He stays with Stefan. Why? Stefan doesn’t need him. Stefan doesn’t know how to help Tyco.” He ponders the new reality for a moment. “Do I know how to help Tyco anymore? He is quite different… I am alone and a freak… No kids are supposed to be like me.”





Sunday, January 18, 2015

Writing Update 1/17/15

#amwriting Book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion", draft 6, 141,124 words. Working on the "Horizon of a Dream" chapter. The book is building in intensity at this point. I'm writing a lot of new stuff for that chapter. The editor comments every page or so about what, as a reader, they think is going on in the plot. This is very useful because I can then see whether the reader is on the right track on every page. The editor started wondering about few things because they were getting confused so I had to write in a whole lot more detail than I originally planned. The editor also talked about ways to eliminate the Paul7 character so it became clear to me that I had not involved Paul7 in the story enough. So a Paul7 strip is being added. To keep mind from becoming to bogged down in the intense story or the intense edits through this section, I listened to a bit of motivational music while working on this section: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP37kl2wk-0


5 Star Rating for Book #4 on Goodreads

#5Star #Review of Book #4 on #Goodreads. I love hearing that kids were excited by the book series. With reading under attack by other forms of media, I love to show that kids can be won back to reading by simply NOT writing more of the same but giving them something that's a completely different kind of experience to stimulate their minds and make them think. (Click the review in the center to enlarge for viewing)

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Beautiful Hardcover Book #1 for Sale




Want to buy a SIGNED copy of the beautiful Hardcover of book #1, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 1: The Death of Innocents"? Well you can buy it direct from the author and help keep the author afloat to write even more books! The cost is $16.00 plus $6.30 US 3 day shipping. The link accepts credit cards or PayPal. There are a limited number of these books available at the moment, so don't delay. Click to buy:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KSKDQYZ6E3UE2
If you are in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand and wish to buy this, please go to the Facebook page for the book at: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenOfSophista and message me for a custom link and shipping prices.





The Saeshell Book of Time Serial Novel (4 Books)

Magic is an advanced science that humans don't understand. Two young people are betrothed at birth and forced by alien races to serve as the secret King and Queen of contemporary Earth: from the UK, Stefan, a seventh-grade artistic prodigy and from the US, Tova, a nineteen-year-old life sciences genius. Both were raised as humans and left to discover that they will be immortal at age nineteen. Using their emerging magic, they must protect the kingdom of Earth from unwanted alien intrusions. Shy, reclusive Stefan is ripped from his childhood and has eight weeks to learn to rule. Tova must do more than love Stefan — she must keep him sane or kill him to protect humans from his irrational use of his powers.

Book #1: The Saeshell Book of Time Part1: The Death of Innocents

In this first part of the four part serial storyline, Elof, an abused Tibetan-American science wizard must teach the magical children, Ty and Tyco, to use their talents ethically. Otherwise, Tova will destroy them to protect Earth. Ty, the mysterious, fearful third-grade son of a British Prime Ministerial aid, has an ancient knowledge given to him by ‘ghosts’. Tyco, who is the fifth-grade son of a Mayan astronomer, must learn to keep his warrior impulses in check and protect his friend, Ty, from harm. While teaching these kids, Elof reconciles his own childhood with his sociopath father. Does he have a magical inheritance he has yet to discover? Far grittier than Harry Potter, this story is an intellectual puzzle of mysteries and surprises for readers ready to meet the challenge.

To read the Indie Reader review of book #1, go here: http://indiereader.com/2014/12/saeshell-book-secrets/
The book is Indie Reader Approved

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Book #1 Giveaway on Facebook

This giveaway of book #1, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 1: The Death of Innocents" will last until Sunday, Jan. 11th at midnight California Pacific Time. To participate in the giveaway, go to the book series Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenOfSophista





Indie Reader Review: http://indiereader.com/2014/12/saeshell-book-secrets/

Description of the Books of Children of Sophista

The Saeshell Book of Time Serial Novel (4 Books)

  Magic is an advanced science that humans don't understand. Two young people are betrothed at birth and forced by alien races to serve as the secret King and Queen of contemporary Earth: from the UK, Stefan, a seventh-grade artistic prodigy and from the US, Tova, a nineteen-year-old life sciences genius. Both were raised as humans and left to discover that they will be immortal at age nineteen. Using their emerging magic, they must protect the kingdom of Earth from unwanted alien intrusions. Shy, reclusive Stefan is ripped from his childhood and has eight weeks to learn to rule. Tova must do more than love Stefan — she must keep him sane or kill him to protect humans from his irrational use of his powers.



Book #1: The Saeshell Book of Time Part1: The Death of Innocents

  In this first part of the four part serial storyline, Elof, an abused Tibetan-American science wizard must teach the magical children, Ty and Tyco, to use their talents ethically. Otherwise, Tova will destroy them to protect Earth. Ty, the mysterious, fearful third-grade son of a British Prime Ministerial aid, has an ancient knowledge given to him by ‘ghosts’. Tyco, who is the fifth-grade son of a Mayan astronomer, must learn to keep his warrior impulses in check and protect his friend, Ty, from harm. While teaching these kids, Elof reconciles his own childhood with his sociopath father. Does he have a magical inheritance he has yet to discover? Far grittier than Harry Potter, this story is an intellectual puzzle of mysteries and surprises for readers ready to meet the challenge.

To read the Indie Reader review of book #1, go here: http://indiereader.com/2014/12/saeshell-book-secrets/
The book is Indie Reader Approved.



Book #2: The Saeshell Book of Time Part 2:The Rebirth of Innocents



  Tova2 and Stefan discover immortal love—a new species so lonely, so vulnerable to extinction. The Queen of Sophista’s unbridled ambition twists Stefan’s mind. Will Tova2, the new chief enforcer, kill the Queen to protect her love? Will Stefan’s teen meltdowns drive his enormous power to accidentally kill everyone? Stefan, the bio-battleground for so many races, struggles to understand who he is. Did his mentor and friend, Elof2, steal Tova2’s heart? Perhaps… but perhaps Stefan, with the help of the Great Sophistan and Tova2, will discover the king of all within.

Book #3: The Saeshell Book of Time Part 3: Paradise Lost

  Diabolical plans unfold to force Stefan's ascension. His choice: pass the trials and become King of Earth — or be killed. The corpus of supremely jealous beings would gleefully end his life, save for his passionate mate’s protection. Has a lust for killing been woven into her innocent core? Protection — a two edged sword — she is bound to euthanize him if his mind rips. Fairies are bound to promote love. Will the ambitious Queen of Sophista — The Queen of the Distant Fairies — ruthlessly stab Stefan’s innocence or simply instill Earth survival skills? Will Ty’s father’s dark past break his son’s heart? For the loving couple and their Children of Sophista, has paradise been truly lost? The Federation seeks to dominate. The snakes lurk in the shadows, ready to strike — and so does Atreyeu.

Book #4: The Saeshell Book of Time Part 4: The Ceremony of Life

  True horror: a teen with the power to destroy whole planets? No, Stefan can do more than that. The Ceremony of Life reveals who everyone truly is: they are Stefan, Tova2, and Aleah’s toys. Tyco was born with a genetic flaw that must be fixed by the Lizards— creatures with no primate love who torture Tyco. Tova2 must help Stefan overcome his fears so he may use his Saeshell powers to rescue Tyco. How can Stefan and Tova2 fully use their talents to protect Earth without terrorizing the humans? Magic—magic is advanced science that humans don’t understand. Yet what does the rule of the wizards of Sophista portend for the Children of Sophista, the Fairies, the Saeshells, the Federation of the Twenty, and the humans—all those from which Stefan’s corporeal form was derived? Everyone fears the coming of the Sun Gods. Yet, Stefan and Aleah know something — something about the Sun Gods and Tova2.

Book #5 (Expected Release 7/3/2015): The Owl from Oblivion



  Are dreams the shadows of our lives on another timeline? Stefan’s mistakes in his prior incorporeal life lead Syon, Stefan’s son from the future who is the Master of Time, to shatter time in a universe-shaking catastrophe. They and their friends land onto a new timeline drastically different from their former lives. Stefan arrives as an exceptionally intelligent seven-year-old child that is frustrated and confused. Syon becomes the twelve-year-old son of abusive alcoholic parents. Will Syon’s dad kill him, closing forever for all his friends the portal of time to their supernatural lives — their dreams? As the Earth and the Federation of the Twenty learn completely of Stefan’s supernatural powers and his intent to rule them all, does he want to go back to that life of waiting daggers? How many knives of dissection and conspiring groups of exploitation, both alien and human, await these unusual children on this new timeline? Will these young harbingers of the future ever know happiness?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ty on the Reality Timeline of Book #5


#IllustrationOfTheDay This is 8 year old Ty in book #5 on the reality timeline. Ty always cries himself to sleep every night because of all his anxieties: he can't stand that people eat animals, that people starve, that... But he always wakes up smiling, making those around him happy. On the reality timeline, he is human with some Saeshell genetics, which gives him a bit of a fairy appearance. Fredrick Docherty, the single father of Ty, greatly loves Ty, but he also spends long hours working in the highest levels of the British government. So Ty always has a bit of an unkempt appearance since he spends a lot of time away from his father. Ty is a bit difficult to raise because he has the emotions sometimes of perhaps a 6 year old but the intellect of a high school student. Ty can read a sheet of music and hear the music in his head. One of the games he likes to play during his times alone is to take the notes into his head for a sheet of classical music and modify the notes to create different songs. Due to Ty's physical immaturity, Fredrick has created a tablet interface to the Cambridge Library Research System so that Ty can satisfy his insatiable thirst for knowledge. Ty lives in Cambridge in the UK.

Book #5, The Owl from Oblivion, will be released on July 3, 2015.