Fate

now browsing by tag

 
 

The Immortal King available for pre-order now

announcment

THE IMMORTAL KING – Book two of the Utopian Saga NOW AVAILABE FOR PRE-ORDER https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0KUSAK

The first part of the prophecy fulfilled, Alastair and Lisa should be happy upon their return to Scotland. Yet too soon reality catches up with them.
While Lisa struggles with the sudden gain of power and the possibility of being pregnant. As if that wasn’t enough the man who raped and brutalized her is still out there and worse even, he knows she is back.
While helping Lisa to adjust to her new power, Alastair has to deal with the fact that they need to find and resurrect Arthur, his half-brother. Most would think a reunion like that a joyous occasion, but not for Alastair who deeply believes Arthur to be a rapist and a traitor.
Yet there is no way around it, only Arthur can bring forth Excalibur, and they need the Sword of Light to fulfill the prophecy.

One day only deal… The Immortal Druid for free today

freeby sunday

Get The Immortal Druid for free, toady only….

I’m not doing this often, so don’t waste time thinking, just get your copy and add it to your reading list. Embark on an epic journey as Lisa takes her first step down the road of destiny. Don’t wait any longer to acompany the young, fated couple as they explore love, friendship and danger along the way, with only one goal, to save mankind. https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Kiefer/e/B00MCZZ1M8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

The Immortal Druid, book 1 in the Utopian Saga coming soon

Promotion publishing dateThousands of years ago events were set in motion to save the human race from extinction and lead them into the future. Fate wove and entwined bloodlines, so in the end there would one powerful woman and one powerful man, leading her children to Utopia.
Lisa Longshire is the last in a long line of courageous and powerful woman, and when her unusual dreams lead her to Toronto, she takes the first steps towards a destiny that will either make her the most powerful woman alive, or destroy her.
Alastair McScath has long given up hope of finding his fated mate, and stopped looking centuries ago. If not for his brother Condan and his endless meddling, Lisa would have never crossed his path.
A net of intrigue, romance and danger is set in motion, the only guidance a prophecy promising them dark times and horror before they can reach their goal. If they survive that long.

Embark on an epic journey on April 27th, and keep Alastair and Lisa company as they discover love and what it takes to survive destiny. Pre-Order Available here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CN8QLWM

Update Utopian Saga

The Utopian Saga, is born of my love for old legends, myths and history. So many things in our history are unclear, hidden in the mists of time, sometimes making what we know, seem blurry. If it is the Templars, King Arthur or gods and goddesses from mythology. Sunken city’s like Eldorado, continents like Atlantis, or the mystical island of Avalon.
Creatures like the Hydra, that couldn’t have existed, but sprung into existence somehow, ending up in our legends. Something must have inspired it, or was there such a thing, and it’s simply gone without a trace?
Human history has many proven facts, but at the same time is pliable because of its mythology and legends. And there is nothing more fun, then rewriting History as we know it, simply by making what seems to be a myth, a truth.
The Utopian Sage tells not only the love story of Alastair and Lisa, but History as we don’t know it. It tells the story of Atlantis, the many believe systems throughout the ages, the story of the Holy Grail, and King Arthur.
Alastair tells the story of the Celts and their religion, of Avalon and the Druids, because he is the last Merlin, and the first, immortal yet still human.
You will find Arthur resurrected, to fulfill his destiny, finding his wife again, and trying to make right what once he did wrong.
Gods and Goddesses in danger, yet hero’s at the same time.
Find out what happened to the Spear that killed Jesus, and what really happened to Atlantis.
History is amazing, if you take only one part of myth and make it real, all we know, all we believe to know, changes.
And it all begun with one prophecy.

I hope to share in the not all too far away future the stories of Alastair and Lisa, Arthur and Gwen, Danu and Bail and Asclepius and Amun Ra. As four couples, (yes one of the gay) not only try to hold on to love, but to save the world, before darkness and evil dominate without a hope of saving.

Tomorow is the announcement of the Novel Suite 1st chapter competition, where many of you helpt me through your votes to make the first place in the first part of the competition. If I would win, my wish to share this wonderful story with you would come true sooner then I hoped. If not, well, then it will simply take a little bit longer.

 

The Prophecy that will safe the world

The Prophecy that will safe the world, If Lisa survives trying to fulfill it.

1st Chapter competition

druid 8It’s not perfect yet, but with a good edit and some patience it will be soon. The Immortal Druid is the first of five books of the Utopian Saga, and you can help me get it edited and published. At the moment it’s taking part in a first chapter competition, where the winner get’s a publishing contract, edit included. I know it needs one, otherwise my dyslexia would suddenly be cured and I forgot to notice. So please considere that when reading the first chapter, and deciding to vote or not.

 

The Immortal Druid, is the story of Lisa Longshire and Alastair McScath, as much as his brothers Condan. Lisa is a 24 year old woman from a small town in Manitoba. Having had dreams of battles long past since her parents were killed, she studied History, Mythology and American Litrature. Her dream is to become a author, and at the same time to discover why she has those wiered dreams. A trip to Toronto, to participate in a seminar with the infamous Professor McScath is supposed to help with that. If only she knew that by stepping into the plane, her whole life was about to change.

Alastair is not just an unusual History professor, he is a 1500 year old druid, immortal and Lisa’s fated mate. He wandered the world for no other reason then to find her, to be her lover, friend, protector and guide. He knows her destiny, knows her powers, what he didn’t know was how much he would love her.

When they meet, the atraction is instant, overwhelming and scares Lisa to death. For years she has avoided deeper intangelings with man, not wanting to explain why she woke, screaming and bathed in sweat in the middle of the night. But with Alastair all bet’s are off, and when she finally acepts that there is more, she falls for him hard and fast.

Knowing that Lisa is in danger now that she met him, he tries to protect her, and to find a way of telling her the truth. If only it would be easy. How do you tell the woman you love that she is destined to save the world, but only after going through some sort of hell, after being broken, and after sacrifices he can’t even imagaine? Before he can find a way, Lisa finds herself under attack, and in her desperation finds power inside her she can’t explain.

Please vote for The Immortal Druid here https://novelsuite.us.launchpad6.com/contest/1/entry/34 every vote counts.

Beginner mistakes

I have been asked a little while ago what being and author actually means, what gives me or anyone the right to call ourselves that. Well I thing that the difference between someone who writes for their own pleasure and an author is that the author shares the story written and goes through the process of getting it into a shape that will cater to everyone speaking the language it’s written in.
What I mean is, there are many writers out there, with many good stories, but only a few out of those are willing to go through the process of getting it publishing ready.
Since my first two books where published with a publisher who took care of things like editing, cover design and the publishing process it was quiet shocking to learn what I needed to do to self-publish, and like many others I stumbled and fell and needed to learn from my mistakes that were mostly caused by being overly confident.
So I decided to let you in on my mistakes, maybe you learn from them as I did, or maybe you laugh at me for making them.

Mistake No 1
No listening to the advice from those who know.

There is lots of info out in the world wide web, advice over advice from authors that made mistakes and share them, including tips of how to avoid them.
Well I flat out ignored all of it, thinking since I had been discovered by a publisher I must be a great author.

BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER!

Mistake No 2
Not taking time to gain distance

Most authors, and I belong to that group now as well, will tell you to step away. Meaning to edit so long until you think you are done, then close the file and step away for a week or two or three. Gain some distance.
I didn’t.
Instead the moment I thought I was done I handed it to some friends, asking one of them to do the edit while the others read it. (Another mistake more detailed in the next section)
The second I got it back I just run through the comments and corrections and then right into publishing.

Big mistake!

Mistake No 3
Using a friend as editor

Even after reading the warnings of others not to use a friend as editor, I thought that’s just stupid advice. Whoever wrote it must have had bad friends, or was just out of luck. So when I thought I had the best story ever, I gave it a friend who was A- native Canadian, B- and English teacher and C-as I believed totally honest.
I was totally wrong on the last account. My friend knew I’m dyslexic, knew I wanted to publish the story but didn’t know that I was serious to make money with it as well.
She meant well but did only correct the most obvious mistakes because she didn’t want to hurt my feelings by sending the document back riddled with red all over.

The result was that I published a story with so many mistakes that those who read it had a hard time concentrating on the story, while trying to figure out what I actually was writing.

Don’t use friends for the final edit. Advice I should have listened to.

Mistake No 4
Ignoring hints form fellow authors

When I put my first excerpt up other independent authors commented, hinting that it was riddled with mistakes. I ignored them. Why? I don’t really know, mostly because I didn’t want to hear it. Still I went through the story one more time (still too close to it to see anything) and found nothing amiss. I promoted the release date, thinking all those who hinted just feared the competition. (Yes, sometimes I’m really full of myself.)

Don’t ignore fellow authors when they tell you that something isn’t right!

Mistake No 5
Not taking the time to check the end product.

When self-publishing it’s important the end product is readable, not just in the way of spelling and grammar, but also in the way the text flows throughout the pages, how it looks.
I read this, and it was said on every publishing platform but I just wanted the book to be out there and I had set myself a date and was going to stick with it no matter what. Yet when choosing the date I hadn’t expected it to be so much work to actually get an e-book together.
In the end the page layout was horrible, there were pages only half filled, then empty ones in between and sometimes not more than two sentences on a page.
It’s easy enough to correct those with an e-book and I did, but I made the same mistake with the print version. Not waiting to actually hold the real deal in my hands I already hit the publishing button. Now I’m just glad nobody ordered.

Make sure the end product looks good and readable. It is annoying when you pay for a book that has 400 pages only because the pages aren’t really filled. The customer will feel cheated.

Mistake No 6
Reviews

Once your book is on the market, there will be people telling you what they think using the review function. And if you made all the mistakes above, those reviews will not be kind. At least mine weren’t. Now most authors are proud of their product, and it hurts reading how much you messed up.
If by the time you get those kinds of review you haven’t started fixing the mistakes you made, they should be you wake up call. Don’t get defensive and act like the reader doesn’t know what they are talking about, I have seen those. Luckily to me this was the point I woke up.

When getting bad reviews, take the book off, make it for free and apologize then fix it.

To summarize this article, and come back to the initial question. An author are those to me who learn not to make those mistakes, who spend the money on a professional editor, (unless they find one working for free) and take their time to make their end product as perfect as possible.

I thought I was one, now I am on the road of becoming one.

To those who had to suffer under my ego, I hope they can forgive me and when the new and improved version of Waiting in the Wings (the book I made all those mistakes with) comes out they will read it again and find me not so lacking anymore. Won’t be long now that I will see if working like a real author will pay of, soon I will be able to publish the professionally edited version and with a new cover I hope the distinction between the first version and the new one will be clear and people will see that I worked on fixing my mistakes.

Advise I can only give like many others and hope you are not as stupid as I was.

 

waiting wings chain3 coming soon

The Immortal King

cover immortal king coming soonThe Immortal King book 2 of the Utopian Saga

is now in it’s first bit rewrite phase.

 

Lisa and Alastair have returned from Avalon, stronger and wiser than before. Yet burdened with the fate of the world and the possibility of Lisa being pregnant. The couple begins with their search for Arthur, the king of old and the only one able to lead them to Excalibur the sword of legends and one of the four relics they need to save the world.
While searching Lisa notices how reluctant and hostile Alastair is towards Arthur only to discover that they are half-brothers and Arthur considered a traitor.
When they finally find Arthur he is unable to lead them to Excalibur, and has woken without memory of his crimes. Yet Alastair can’t simply forgive him, making it hard for Lisa to tell him what the Great Mother had told her while rising Arthur from his eternal sleep.
Things escalate when the Fomorii soldiers find a way through the wards, almost succeeding in taking Lisa away. After a fight where Lisa reveals to Alastair her secret, she takes off in her anger to find the owner of Excalibur’s scabbard.
With Arthur at her side they meet the elusive Gwendolyn Lakelet only to find Arthur’s long believed dead wife.
What will happen when they find the scabbard? Will Arthur and Gwen get back together again, and what is Lisa’s secret? No matter how it ends, it might bring them one step closer to save the world before it is to late.

 

Utopian Saga

The immortal DruidTHE IMMORTAL DRUID is the first book of the five book UTOPIA series. At the moment the book is in the rewrite stage after some very helpful rejections.

The project itself is finished but still needs some polishing, and work. Still I am hoping to either find a bookdeal within the next half a year or to self-publish it if I can’t.

Lisa Longshire travels to Toronto to attend a history seminar, hoping to gain a better understanding of her unusual dreams. The moment she steps on the plane, she takes the first step towards her destiny and her fated mate Alastair. When she meets him for the first time, the sudden attraction overwhelms and scares her, not knowing that it is her fate to be with him.
Alastair who has waited 1500 years to meet Lisa knows he has to move slowly, but his whole being tells him to claim her, to make her his.
While attending the seminar Lisa gets to know Alastair better and after wrestling with her inner conflicts falls in love with him. Not knowing what dangers await her or how much closer she gets to walking the path of her destiny by accepting Alastair as her mate.
When an attempt on her life wakes the genetic memory and deeply rooted magic inside her, Alastair has no other choice but to tell her that she is destined to save the world from damnation. As well as that it is foretold that Lisa will life through hell before she get’s there, but also that she has a choice. She can walk away and let the world burn, living out her life shrouded and hidden with magic but safe. On the other hand, she can go through hell and safe the world with Alastair at her side. What will Lisa choose?

Soon I will post an excerpt of the first few chapters, sign up for the newsletter if you want to be in the group of those who get it first.

Foloowing Titels in the Series:

THE IMMORTAL KING

THE IMMORTAL GOD

TRAVEL THROUGH THE WORLD TREE

ROAD THROUGH ATLANTIS

More information soon as I am in the end stages of those books.

Utopia Series

As some know I started looking for a Publisher, Agent for my Utiopia project. So far I send it out to several publishers and agents, and now I play the waiting game. All five books are done, sure there will be enough spelling and grammer mistakes to make an Editor unhappy, but the story stands, and so far I only got good reactions from my alpha readers.

I keep you up to date, hopefully somone will be interested in it.