Dwarven doors slamming shut,
The mine-fires dying down.
With troll breath boiling
Dwarf-kind make no sound.
"Bar the gates, brick them fast
We cannot hope to leave.”
In their brothers they must believe.
Pounding gates, crumbling stone,
Jeers from the other side.
Ax heads sharp,
Dwarf-kind shall not hide!
“Throw the locks, tear down the bricks,
We shall not die as so!”
“Charge forward, greet thy foe!”
Feet fall fast within dwarf homes,
Trolls are toppled down.
This day of blood,
Of death, of fire,
Foul fools shall not have the crown.
The enemy comes again with orcs,
Dragon men breathe fiery breath.
Dwarf beards burn,
Ax heads break,
In that hour no coward left.
Then came the calls, sounding horns,
Bellowing in the deeps.
With all his kind,
On the battleground family meets.
“Nigh this day we faltered yes,
Now our enemies flee.”
But even running,
With pride thrown down,
Little peace will we keep.
I wanted to inform anyone interested that my fantasy novel Winemaker Of The North is available in paperback form on Amazon. Follow this link to buy it! Also, if you buy the print version you get the ebook version FREE!
In celebration of this, I've temporarily reduced the price of the ebook to 0.99 for a LIMITED TIME! If you've wanted to read the story but was waiting for a deal, this is it!
In the coming week I will be doing a cover reveal for a new short story! Until then, I hope you will enjoy my novel!
I wanted to share a few bits of news tonight and also take the time to thank everyone that has purchased Winemaker of the North! Since release, it has spent much of its time on two hot new release lists and has gained TWO five star reviews! I appreciate everyone that has supported me now and before! If you haven't checked it out, follow the link above or the cover image to the right!
In the coming two weeks there will be a cover reveal of a new short story! This one will be directly related to the Saints of Wura world and can be enjoyed whether or not you've read Winemaker of the North! (If you have read it, you will gain some interesting knowledge on two prominent characters!
Arcane Awakening, the next book in the Saints of Wura series, is in the editing stage now. The preorder is on Amazon at this time.
I'm busy right now working to finalize not only the upcoming short story but also two others. I WILL be offering these stories to those on my mailing list first. So if you've not joined yet, do so above!
Have a good night everyone!
Interview of Slatnichor, a dwarf of Harrodarr.
The door opens proceeding the heavy clumping sounds of iron rimmed boots. The chair scoots out and above the height of the table I can barely make out a scruffy face. At the table now is Slatnichor, a dwarf of Harrodarr.
Me: "Welcome, sir dwarf. May I get you a drink? I know your journey was a long one."
Slatnichor: "No, no. If you can only direct me to where I can get you a drink. I will get it for you. I am thankful to have journeyed to your world for but a time. Never have I read of such an occurrence in all the books of the Estate! At least not the ones Brethor has for me to read!"
*the dwarf scuttles off, finding a nearby pitcher of water before pouring each of us a glass*
Me: "Well now that my thirst is quenched, let us talked about you. Slatnichor dwarf of ---"
Slatnichor: "Call me Slats. It is what they call me at Elinathrond."
Me: “Slats. Got it. So tell me how a dwarf has helped the city of Elinathrond. What defenses against outside forces have you taken part of? Any smithing?”
Slats: “Smithing! Ha! Now there is an assumption I would expect! I love to take a hammer and pound out some roasting hot ore but alas, this dwarf has not done such a task in some time. I chop wood and if not chopping wood, Cusis has me making pies aside from my normal servant duties. Although, I dare say I am any good at pie making.”
Me: “So you are a servant, pie-maker, woodsman?”
“Wood-dwarf. I am no man. I do not care for many men, nor does the elf. She and I had quite the ordeal the last time those bastard men of the Legions were near us. A lot of good dwarves and elves died.”
Me: “You speak of the tragedy in Taria. I believe readers of this will learn soon of that travesty.”
Slats: “That is a sad memory and I wish not to remember it right now. There is already too much sadness in the city to think of what happenings were before our time. Elinathrond was suppose to be safe. I digress from our topic, of much history I do enjoy and of lately my reading has taken me to the subject of wine-making.”
Me: “Are you preparing for the arrival of the new winemaker?”
Slats: “Yes, I am. I am to be their assistant.”
Me: “Have you been an assistant before?”
Slats: “I have had interest but Loria, the previous winemaker, had a less than patient times with dwarves. He was of the old thinking, he fought against the dwarves many times. I am too young to remember such happenings but I know of them. He was a good elf but stubborn, if I can say without dishonoring him.”
Me: “I understand he died in a fire?”
Slats: “Died is one wording of it, Cusis and I believe he was killed but we are not sure who did it. I am wary of being in the winery for that reason no doubt!”
Me: “Wine in the north, an odd choice don’t you think? Grapes that far north? Is Elinathrond not very cold?”
Slats: “You must understand that our wine is much more than a fine drink. I dare say it is a life-force, and one that has run out--- oh dear, I must get going!
*Slats leaves the table and head towards the door*
Me: “Wait! I had a few more questions!”
Slats: “Sorry dear sir, come to the estate and we will share some wine and talk of it! I must hurry, I left pies in the oven! Cusis told me not to burn the pies again! He is going to kill this dwarf!”
*The door slams shut and I am alone again*
Another interview with a character from Winemaker of the North is available! Click here to meet a mage and decide yourself if he is for good or ill.
Read more of Slats and the city of Elinathrond in the sword-and-sorcery novel Winemaker of the North!
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If you missed it last week, Winemaker Of The North went live on Amazon and quickly took to two Hot New Release Lists on Amazon spending time in the top 10 for Fantasy sub-genre categories of Nordic/Viking and Greek/Roman. I am very excited to share this story with you and can promise that there is more to come!
I am looking to publish a short story that will give you a more detailed glimpse of the Saints of Wura world. The story is set well before Sviska's time at Elinathrond, at a time when the curse of the Order is at full strength. Confused yet? Catch up on the story here!
Aside from book two of the Saints of Wura coming in just a few weeks, I intend to share more fiction and poetry on my website. If you've read any of my work, you know that I am a fan of poetry. I tend to tweet a lot of #vss and #micropoetry on Twitter. However, 144 characters is restrictive... and some of my poems can be much longer. I will be adding a new section to my website soon!
If you've purchased my work in the past few weeks, THANK YOU! I hope you enjoyed the first installment in the Saints of Wura series! I would appreciate if you would review it too so that others perhaps on the edge of buying can know that will enjoy their journey into the north!
Take care and may the Lights of Wura watch over you...
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