Creating Life can now be pre-ordered at Amazon! Other retailers will follow soon. The official release date is May 2, 2017. Newsletter subscribers (for The Art of World Building) will receive the free templates in April ahead of the release.
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.
Here’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.
You 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!
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?
The 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!
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.