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Jan 292017
 

Creating Life (The Art of World Building, #1) has been written and is now being edited by JJ Henke, who’s worked with me for years on various projects. I should have it back in about two weeks. Then it will take another couple of weeks to go through all the suggested changes and format it for release.

In theory I could publish it in about a month, but to do things right, I need more time. I’m hoping to get some endorsements to help with promotion. I also must line up more of what I intend with ads, blog tours, and the like.

In the meantime, I’m hard at work on Creating Places (Volume 2) and making great progress.

 Posted by on January 29, 2017
Jan 042017
 

The Screaming MoragulHere’s the cover for the next Talon Stormbringer book, The Screaming Moragul. The story is named after the ghostly ship that will give Talon and his crew trouble from beyond the grave. It’s my version of The Flying Dutchman. The ship is named after a carrion bird of my invention for Llurien, where all the Stormbringer stories are set. Look for this to be released later this year.

 

 Posted by on January 4, 2017
Nov 212016
 

The Epic of RonynYou know you’re too busy when you forget to announce a new release! Doh.

“The Epic of Ronyn” story from the forthcoming The Tales of Llurien is now available. It’s an over the top adventure that will have you laughing and wanting more stories featuring the lead. I do intent to use Ronny in a series of adventures. He’s too much fun for just one story!

Blurb

There’s no higher calling than suffering for art.

Wanting to impress a woman, the minstrel Ronyn tells the story of how he became the King of All Bards, facing horrors the likes of which few had ever seen. In his tale, neither malevolent creatures nor like-minded adventurers would stand between him and a prize that would make him a musician beyond compare. On hearing his epic quest, kings had welcomed him, lads had become men, and virgin lasses had blossomed into women. It’s no wonder he must tell this new admirer about himself, but will she be as impressed with Ronyn as he is with himself?

 Posted by on November 21, 2016
Oct 032016
 

The Ever FiendThe Ever Fiend has been released today! Hopefully this will be the start of a great career. You can help out by grabbing a copy. Click the button to buy from your preferred vendor, or if you’re smarter, you’ll just join my mailing list and get an eBook copy for FREE!

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Self-Publishing Review had this to say: “Randy Ellefson has really made himself a name to watch with this title as his debut. With strong writing, strong characters, this is a strong introduction to Talon Stormbringer and what to expect in his upcoming series. This is a wholly professional product with a beautiful cover and a great amount of care taken on the piece throughout. It’s great to see a fantasy read with this amount of love poured into it, with the skill and know-how to make it gleam. A stand-out for dark fantasy, Talon Stormbringer brings the thunder in his first proper outing. Let’s hope to see more of his adventures and misadventures very, very soon! 4.5 stars”

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 Posted by on October 3, 2016
Sep 292016
 

The page on rhaikan has been uploaded. Some highlights:

Rhaikan are a race of the jhaikan species. The gods of truth, empathy, peace, and fairness created the more benevolent race using a magical jewel. Rhaikan keep talons on hands and feet shorn, particularly the latter, to appear less threatening. They tend to dress fashionably and neatly to cultivate an appearance of calmness, order, and being non-threatening. Most rhaikan live in joint settlements because they won’t be trusted by other species if they don’t.

Many rhaikan become knights and are among the best fighters. They are good swordsmen but need special rhaikan swords to fig their larger hands. These are huge swords that others must use with two hands. Jhaikan often pretend to be rhaikan to infiltrate settlements.

 Posted by on September 29, 2016
Sep 272016
 

The page on kadeans has been uploaded. Some highlights:

Kadeans are a race of the mandean species. They are the result of a plot by the gods of hate, domination, and cunning to prevent mandeans from having uncontested control of the seas. A group of mandeans were forced to drink a brew that changed their character and those of their descendants forever. Kadeans are physically identical to mandeans and are impossible to tell apart except for behavior, demeanor, and clothing.

Kadean society is based on mutual conquest of the sea for the betterment of kadeans and, more importantly, the interference with mandeans and other species who try to use the sea. To this end, they conspire to track and follow all ships and monitor ports.

 Posted by on September 27, 2016
Sep 262016
 

The Divine Covenant (fully explained there) is an agreement between the gods of Llurien. As a result, the gods created the race of morkais from the daekais species, which subsequently became thought of as a race of the kais species. Magic and healing were given to the species/races, who created religions. Karelia had their sixth sense augmented and were given supernatural skills, and the Orb of Souls was created, along with the Seven Fates.

 Posted by on September 26, 2016
Sep 262016
 

The four gods of the violet sphere, who created the riven species, have been revealed here on Llurien.com. They are:

Blaeykynor, goddess of haste, patron of jesters, a spring and air deity
Mooryndal, goddess of hate, the killing god, a summer and fire deity
Ilioth, god of cynicism, god of doom, an autumn and earth deity
Raekynlor, god of sloth, the sleeping god, a winter and water deity

Hear their names pronounced on their page.

 Posted by on September 26, 2016
Sep 262016
 

The page on dariven has been uploaded. Some highlights:

Dariven are a race of riven and result from abandoned riven being raised by other species. Aside from upbringing and the benefits of a better life, they are physically no different. Dariven are found almost exclusively in joint settlements. They face considerable racism. Dariven are most often the result of riven mothers abandoning the babies, intentionally or not, in the wilderness and someone else coming across them and rescuing them. The riven is raised among another species.

Dariven live in the city where they were raised.  They adopt the laws and etiquette of their host settlement and do their best to fit in, knowing that failure to do so may result in ejection and a reversion to their natural state. In some cases, it causes imprisonment, and rarely, execution.

 Posted by on September 26, 2016
Sep 262016
 

The page on riven has been uploaded. Some highlights:

Riven are one of the seven original humanoid species. Riven don’t value life, including their own. They are known for spreading diseases; all species burn riven corpses. They sleep more than half the day in short naps. They are the greatest danger to those leaving town. Riven are three to four feet tall, thin, malnourished, and carrying sickness. Riven prefer forests because these offer many hiding places. There are no settlements that riven have built. Riven are dependent on other species because they lack the desire or skills to hunt, cook, or farm.

In combat, riven run as a group at their targets, swinging wildly once near. It is known that if their attack doesn’t kill you, a disease you catch from them might. Those enemies who fall to the ground in the midst of a riven swarm will never rise again.. Their society is anarchy. They encourage murder against other species and tribes

 Posted by on September 26, 2016
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