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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cover Reveal for Book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion"



This is the cover for the 5th installment in the Children of Sophista Book Series, called The Owl from Oblivion. In this book, Tova2 and Stefan begin to assume their roles as rulers of contemporary Earth. We also find out the origin of the wizards' owls---those creatures whose wisdom greatly exceed their appearance. 

For most people, they are simply owls---perhaps a sign of the craziness of the wizard when we see the wizard talk to the owl. But for those who know how to access its wisdom, the owl is more than simply an animal. 

The narrative also talks about how difficult early childhood was for Stefan, when Stefan's intellect far outstripped his emotional maturity---and perhaps the intellect of those around him.

This installment is far more gritty than the previous installments as the culture of the Federation of the Twenty, the fate of Sophista, the strategy and goals of the US Air Force, the attack by the Sun Gods, and the relationship of Stefan and Tova2 with each other and their relatives all swirl together in a crucible of fate and pain, condensing into the Nexus, Stefan. And what of poor little Stefan's (the boy on the cover) life as we see the confusion and pain that shape him in childhood to become the ruler he presently is. But what on Earth does he rule?

The expected release date of this installment is Summer, 2015.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Introducing the Hardcover Version of Book #1



Just in time for the summer doldrums, a new hardcover version of The Saeshell Book of Time Part 1: The Death of Innocents has been released. This version is printed on fine book paper and contains additional illustrations the original paperback does not. Some of the illustrations in this version have been modified by the author, aka me, to more closely match my vision of how the characters in the story appear.

 If you click on the back cover above, it will enlarge so that you can read the book description. 

I've tried to focus the presentation on being more character centric. Even the unused white space has ghostly images filling them.

You'll also find the font of this edition a little larger than the paperback editions for easier reading. This edition is being distributed internationally through the book wholesale network, Ingram. So that means this book will be coming to an online bookstore near you!

As of the date of this post, the following retailers had sales pages for this book. More retailers should pick up this book in the next 60 days.



Everywhere: The Book Depository (no cover displayed): http://www.bookdepository.com/Saeshell-Book-Time-Part-1-Rusty-Biesele/9780990350101
 


 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Meet Paul25

Click on the picture to read a monologue with Paul25 introducing himself. This first appeared on the books' Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenOfSophista


Friday, January 17, 2014

Talent and Destiny

This illustration by Matt Curtis is for a pretty intense scene in Book #4, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 4: The Ceremony of Life". A quote from the book in this scene: "Such is the fate for all Children of Sophista. For as soon as they see how good life can be, they no longer control their destiny."

Not only is this scene an apex for the dramatic tension in the storyline, but it is also a philosophical apex of sorts. Much of the storyline for the serial is metaphoric for the lives of some gifted children. Usually their talents are shackled or limited in some way (there are a lucky few who might be able to claim otherwise) and a gifted child must go through a sometimes convoluted process of self-discovery to find those talents and then a painful process where they become comfortable using and then developing  those talents. But the stinger the book warns about is that once those talents become apparent, the kid may not be the only one interested in those talents becoming well developed. At points in their lives, perhaps, they feel like screaming, "I am not my talent," because they want to be recognized as a living being capable of fully experiencing life even though the way they experience it may seem quite different or unusual.  So the warning buried in the book is that as the kid discovers the pleasure of being able to use their talents fully, that those talents they love using may become a shackle via other people's expectations that controls what they are forced to become---their destiny no longer is theirs to command. In the past, those expectations might have been set by caring and well meaning people. But today, where the ease of commercial exploitation is the value by which everything and everyone is measured, this forcing of the child's destiny is no longer benevolent but simply profitable.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Introducing the LCC Edition, Future of SciFi/Fantasy Publishing

The future of Science Fiction/Fantasy publishing is available now! The LCC Edition of Book #1, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 1: The Death of Innocents" is available today. What does LCC Edition mean? It means 22 Full Color Illustrations and colored text, all printed in crisp high definition (HD) at the incredible price of $13.99. It means a large format book, 8.5" x 11", which provides total immersion into the new world yet is as thin as a coloring book. 

 Here you see a comparison of the LCC Edition next to a standard trade paperback edition. The large format is not heavy or cumbersome because the book is very thin in this format.

As you can see, the LCC Edition is much thinner than a trade paperback. Yet it is a full length Science Fiction/Fantasy novel.The LCC Edition of "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 1: The Death of Innocents" is the inaugural book of the new Children of Sophista Imprint.
If you have never heard of this book before, here is the description of the book: 


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.



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.

 Try the book in this exciting new format. Click HERE to order.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ty's Turning Point


The Saeshells are one of the most evolved races in known space. They have the ability to alter the way people think and their views on things via whispers. Here, Neshalia, the Saeshell Nanny, appears to be doing more than just whispering. One of the things you learn in book #4, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 4: The Ceremony of Life", is that sometimes the Saeshells can take a more active role in modifying the Earth to suit their needs. 
 Neshalia appears to be altering Ty in a major way with the approval of Queen Anishavalia. What is Neshalia doing to Ty and why is the queen just standing by and letting it happen. When you read book #4, you will find out!

These illustrations were done by the Series Illustrator, Matt Curtis and are from book #4.