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The Sun God's Heir: Return (Book One)
by Elliott Baker

Kindle Edition published 2017-01-02
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For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century Bordeaux two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, steals a life determined to continue a brutal incarnation begun long ago.

Under the guidance of Pharaoh, two brothers grew strong in knowledge and power, one a physician, the other a general. With the pharaoh’s untimely death, a deep hatred blossoms. One remembers, one does not.

The year is 1671. René Gilbert’s destiny glints from the blade of a slashing rapier. To protect those he loves he must regain the power and knowledge earned in an ancient lifetime. From Bordeaux to Spain to Morocco, René is tested and with each turn of fate he gathers enemies and allies as the memory and power of a lifetime as physician to Pharaoh returns.

Determined to continue a reign of terror that once caused the Nile to run red, Horemheb takes over the life of a young man mortally wo…

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Writers' Cafe / Looking for a Developmental/Content Editor
« on: May 05, 2018, 12:48:52 PM »
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for a Dev/Content editor for a Young Adult Urban Fantasy (on the cusp of PNR) novel. First in a series. I'm looking for somebody who has worked in the UF and PNR genres, and with YA.

I'm looking to book late July--early august.

If you are an editor and feel you might be a good fit, or if you are an author who could recommend me an editor you've worked with, please post below.

Thanks guys!

Writers' Cafe / Domain/Webspace Providers?
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:43:52 AM »
Hey all.
I hope it's okay to post here.

I'm looking for recommendations for domain and webspace providers. I am currently with one that gives 50GB webspace (not that I need that much), and is located in the UK, making easy acess for technical support.

Their prices are going up again, and their reliability can be flakey. For the second time in the last few months, there's been some days where my emails aren't getting through to people.

I was wondering if anyone could recc me any companies? Based in the UK would be helpful.

Edited: Typos. Ooops!

Writers' Cafe / Calling fantasy authors with maps in their books
« on: August 06, 2017, 06:00:43 AM »
A couple questions for those who write High/Epic fantasy.

1) Ive almost finished the first book in my new S&S Fantasy series, and soon Ill be commissioning somebody to create me a map. Im looking into that now. Thing is... I dont know how much of my world I should have on the map as standard. The first two books take place in the protagonists home kingdom, the third takes place in the kingdom to the west, the fourth takes place in the snowy no-mans-land to the north, the fifth takes place to the kingdom to the east and desert no-mans-land to the south, and the sixth takes place in the protagonists home kingdom, the kingdom to the east.

Ive seen some series just have a map of the kingdom/area that book is set in. Ive seen some series just have one complete map, with less detail. And Ive seen some that have two maps per book.

The reason I was a little worried about having one single map of the three kingdoms and the north and south areas, is because I would have to have much less detail on them, because, well, obviously Ive yet to write the rest of the series... if that makes sense?

Any advice?

2) On some maps, Ive seen the protagonists path/route marked out. Is this a good idea? Bad idea?

3) If you have any map maker recommendations, Id be very grateful.

Thanks for your time.

Writers' Cafe / Stock! Help?!
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:08:39 AM »
Hey all,

Does anyone know where I might find some good stock images for Medieval times? Tunic and pants for both males and females?
Ive checked the regular stock sites, and periodimages.com. If anyone has any links, please feel free to share. Im getting pretty desperate, lol.
Thanks for any help you can provide.

Writers' Cafe / Back Matter for Book 2?
« on: April 07, 2016, 01:48:11 PM »
Guys, I just wanted to ask what you do as far as back matter promo for the next book in the series?

Do you:

1) Have a title page with book 2's title and coming soon, etc, as text.
2) Image of book 2's cover.
3) Book 2's blurb.
4) A short excerpt. Maybe the first chapter of book 2.
5) None of the above.
Obviously, there's acknowledgements, about the author, mailing list, etc. But my question is regarding promo for the sequels and others in the series specifically.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Any 2015 News?
« on: October 07, 2015, 09:36:25 AM »
Hey all.

I'm in desperate need of a new kindle. Pretty sure mine has had it. I have the Kindle Touch. The last model that came with sound.

I wanted to pick up either the new Paperwhite or the Voyage back in late Aug, but then remembered Amazon normally anounce their new devices in Sep, so I waited it out. But as we all know, nothing happened.

My question is, does anyone have any idea if new models will be realeased this year?


Writers' Cafe / Journals within a Novel
« on: September 12, 2015, 12:59:33 PM »
Hey all,
Hoping for some advise. Its craft, so, I hope its okay to post here.
So, for my new (YA PNR) WIP, Id like to mix journal entries with regular first person past tense.
The journal entries are a sort of family saga. They start in the 1850s and lead to present day (well, late 1990s/early 2000s) with my protagonist (deceased) fathers writings.
Im hoping to have a seven book series, with each generation focused on per book.
My protagonist will be reading them alongside main series story plot. Although she knows the basics of most aspects of her family history, she will be learning of specific events and how exactly those events transpired. As will the reader, obviously.
So, really, its like Im telling two stories in one book. The protagonists story, and the family saga story. If that makes sense?
The thing is... I have no idea how to weave the entries into the regular narrative story of the book...
Ive read books that are entirely made up of journal/diary entries, and Ive read books that have at most three or four scattered letters, newspaper clippings and such, but what I want to do is roughly 30% journal entries, 70% protagonists story, and Ive not come across anything like this.
The reason Im trying the journal route is because Id like to explore the familys history, and not have the protagonist know every detail. Because thats impossible.
Does anyone have any ideas on how I might handle it? The mechanics of it, I mean. Or has anyone had any experiences with mixing journal/diary entries with a regular story? If so, recommend any books to look at?
I had thought of alternate chapters, but Im not sure if thatll work. The other way I can think to do this is have them spaced out throughout the prose, but Im not sure if that would become too info dump-y...
Thanks for any help/advise you can give.

Writers' Cafe / Characters in the Public Domain
« on: July 16, 2015, 01:14:39 PM »
Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone could help me out?

I've had an idea for a new story, which basically involves a modern day descendant of Van Helsing as my protagonist. My question is: are Van Helsing and Dracula in the public domain? Google suggests yes, but I thought I'd ask here.

If so, are there any things I can not do with characters in the public domain?


Edited: for typos. That'll teach me to use my phone instead of my PC.

Writers' Cafe / A Call For YA Pre-Mades
« on: July 11, 2015, 01:26:33 PM »
Hey all.

Cover Designers, do you have any Young Adult Urban Fantasy/PNR type premades for sale at the moment? The type with kick-ass looking gals with weapons?

Authors, those who frequent Pre-made sites, have you spotted any recently, or can link me to sites which might have something I'm after?

Thanks for your time everyone. :0)

The Book Corner / Recc Some YA Post-Apocalyptic Reads?
« on: May 30, 2015, 12:14:21 PM »
Hey all,

Can anyone recc me some Post-Apocalyptic books? MUST be YA. Protagonist 15-19 years old. Male, female, I really don't mind. I'm not looking for dystopian. Books must also be a series, but the series does not have to be completed yet.  Full novels, novellas, short reads, seriels, I am open to all formats. Of course, Indie books welcome.

Thanks!  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Question for KBs computer Techies
« on: May 12, 2015, 01:51:00 PM »
(Mods, I hope its okay to post this here.)

Lately, I'm finding myself moving from the desktop to the laptop for various reasons during my writing time. This often requires me moving my everyday files from the desktop, to the thumb drive, to the laptop, and back again. And so, I got to thinking, would it not just be easier to buy myself another external portable HDD (at the moment I use portable HDDs for backing up my files) and use this for my main drive, instead of my main drive being my desktops internal drive?

Now, I dont mean running windows off the external drive, I simply mean placing all my data files on there; docs, pngs, pdfs, gifs, jpgs, etc and editing them as normal. All my editing software, Office, Photoshop, etc would remain on my desktop and laptops internal main C drives. Id just connect the external drive via the USB to whichever workstation Im logged onto and my files would always be in the same place. Does that make sense?

So, my question is: is editing data off an external HDD rather than an internal HDD safe? As far as wear and tear, the software (MS word, for example) being on another drive when working/editing, and reliability. (if it makes a difference, I buy the seagate brand)

And if it is safe... should I keep the drive plugged in 24/7? I mean, when I have it plugged into either the desktop or laptop. Or should disconnect (safe remove) every time shutdown? I buy the kind you connect via a single USB port.

I did try googleing this, but I couldnt find the answers. I could be entirely possible that I wasnt asking the right questions, of course.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Writers' Cafe / WordPress For Authors?
« on: March 06, 2015, 11:16:26 AM »
Hey all.

Im in the process of setting up my self-hosted WordPress website/blog. Totally new to WordPress!

I was wondering if those of you who use WP (.org) would mind sharing some of the plugins you use, and any that are geared toward us authors?

Would you mind telling me which contact form plugin you use?
And also which mailing list signup form plugin you use? Ill be using mailchimp for my mailing list.

Thanks for any help and wisdom you can provide.

Writers' Cafe / Looking for a cover artist/illustratorillustrated realism?
« on: November 23, 2014, 08:55:17 AM »
Hey all,

Im getting close to completing my latest WIP, and so I thought Id try for another search for a cover artist. I did spend a couple days google-ing a while back, but, no luck.
For this project, Im looking for a cover illustrator, rather than a photo-manip artist. Im looking for illustrated realismas in, a painting of the characters (and background, of course) that looks very much like a photo. Something along the lines of the covers seen in the fantasy/urban fantasy genres? Patricia Briggs books, or the YA Throne of Glass series. That kind of thing?
Im also looking for an artist/illustrator that is familiar with book covers and with typography (which is where Im falling short, most Ive looked only do the art itself).

My book (serieslooking for the potential of three more covers) is YA Fantasy possibly Unban Fantasy, I think. Seeing as it takes place in another world within our world.
I realize for an illustrated cover the budget will exceed that of most photo-manip covers, but if I can find the right artist for the cover, I am willing to pay more for what Im after, rather than go with a photo-manip.
Any suggestions welcome. :0)

The Book Corner / YA Novellas/Serials?
« on: September 06, 2014, 08:21:56 AM »
Hey all,

Can anyone recommend any Novella Series or Serials in the upper YA Paranormal Romance genre? I'll take NA as long as there is PNR in it. Paranormal stories are my fave. Indie or trad pub. Makes no difference to me.


Writers' Cafe / Image Stock Licenses?
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:15:23 PM »
Hey all,

Im looking to hire a cover artist who purchases their stock from 123rf, Deposit Photos, and Shutterstock.

I usually use Dreamstime, so I was wondering if anyone (any cover artists on here?) buys from the sites above, and what the license terms are? Anything I need to be careful of/should avoid? (Im overly paranoid)

Thanks for any help you can provide. :0)

Writers' Cafe / Author Swagthose little book charms?
« on: July 11, 2014, 12:25:53 PM »
Hey all,

Im looking for some author swag for give aways/promo etc. I was wondering if anyone here has had those little replica book charms made? The 3D ones that look like your own book? Im looking for somebody who makes the charms, and I would add the key chains myself.

Any recommendations?


Writers' Cafe / Website/blog static landing pages vs blog home page
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:11:40 AM »
Hey all,

Im in the midst of creating my blog/author website. Im using blogger for now. I may migrate later, I may not. Depends on how the site goes and some other factors.

I was wondering what your thoughts are on static landing pages?

Is it better to have a landing page with the welcome to my site thingy, and perhaps a latest release blurb and where to buy etc, or is better to have the first page be your blog? Keeping in mind that the blog inst the sites main feature. I wont be blogging as a frequent blogger, but more so for releases, any news I might have, and occasional book related bits and bobsI will attempt to aim for three or four posts per month, more when theres news.

Writers' Cafe / Custom Blogger Layouts?
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:23:33 PM »
Hey all.

After a lot of thought on the subject, Id like to use Blogger for my blog and author website.

Can anyone point me in the direction of folks who offer blogger layouts building services?

Ive played around with it a little, and yes, I could do it myself, but Id rather pay somebody else to do a better job. :D


Writers' Cafe / UK alternative to Mailchimp?
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:16:24 PM »
Hey guys,

Sorry if this been discussed before. I did search, but didnt find any answers (unless I missed it?).

Has anyone in the UK (or Europe, or Australia, etc) found an alternate to Mailchimp?

I want to set up my mailing list before I hit publish, but I dont like the idea of having my address publically displayed.

Now I understand this is spam-law in the US, but, correct me if Im wrong, this isnt the case outside the US? Therefore, Im looking for a company based outside the US.

Yes, I would have been happy to use a PO Box, BUT unlike in the US, they are very expensive here in the UK; 245 per year (thats about $400 USD), and for a newbie author, thats a ridiculous amount of moneysomething I personally cant afford. Yet.

Any help with this would be very much appreciated. :0)

Writers' Cafe / YA Blog Tours?
« on: October 26, 2013, 08:00:06 AM »
Hey all,

I will be publishing my first novel in the next few monthshopefully (currently at the stage of looking for an editor/s etc). At the moment, whilst trying to learn as much as I can about SP, Im running through a list of things I need to do for when the book comes out. The one Id like some advice on is Blog Tours.

Obviously this is my first novel (and the first in a YA series), so there is no way I would set a hard release even if I was able to, but when is the best time to set up a Blog Tour? Date/or days of release? Or a couple weeks after the book has been out? Or even longer and wait for some (hopefully!) good reviews?

Also, does anyone have any good recommendations for YA Paranormal Romance Blog Tours?

Thanks. :0)

Writers' Cafe / On Writing Katana Swords
« on: August 26, 2013, 07:16:59 AM »
Hey guys.

I hope this is okay to post here.

I'm working on a story where a Katana sword is the weapon of choice for my protagonist.

However, next to watching Samurai movies, I really don't know much about wielding a katana. I've not actually read any fiction books with swords in themwhich is strange, now that I think about it, as I've always been a fan of the Samurai culture. Mostly it's been movies and graphic novels.

I know a many of you guys write books with sword fights in them, so I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of some useful research books (fiction AND non-fiction). How to wield a katana, how write sword fight scenes, and anything else which I might find useful. Youtube videos would be great, too.

I realize I need to do a fair bit of research for this, but I'm willing to learn. ;D

If it helps: My story is set in modern times, and is urban fantasy, I guess.

Thanks for any help you can give.

The Book Corner / YA Wolfie books?
« on: August 21, 2013, 02:46:50 PM »
Hey all.

Im looking for some YA (YA/upper-teens/NA, whatever) Werewolf booksor werecreatures, donest have to be wolves. In fact, I'd love to read some other werecreatures books. They seem to be few and far between.

A 'romance' theme would be preferred.

Series or stand-alone novels are both fine.

Ive read quite a few, but hit me with yours or your suggestions.

The only thing I ask is no Present Tense. Ive tried to read it, cant stand it.

Thanks for your time.

Writers' Cafe / Kick-Ass YA books?
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:56:31 PM »
Hey guys,

Im not sure if this is in the correct place, but Mods, please move if its not. :D

Im looking into doing some research for a fresh WIP, and I thought you guys may be able to help?

Im looking to read some kick-ass heroine YA books (upper teens really, 16+), who physically kick ass. So, books with fight scenes, and a lot of them. Paranormal or non. I dont mind.

I would like to see how the pros handle fight scenes.

I do write some action into my stories, but Ive never written a character with a deep action-y type past before. Mostly I write YA Paranormal Romance; the characters fight the bad supernaturals when need be; they know a thing or two about hand to hand combat, silver bullets and stakes etc, but most of their training isnt formal and is stuff theyve picked up as theyve gone along, and use to survive. Theyre normal type kids, mostly grew up in normal society, parents, school, etc. Some have had a little training thrown in along the way before the story starts or their character is met.

However, with this character in my new WIP, things will be a little different from the get-go. Shes seventeen, she and a bunch of other kids have been trained by an organization and used for assassinations, infiltrations, espionage etc. Their services sold to the highest bidder type thing. (Theres some Sci-fi in this story)

So, Im looking at more of a formal type training and way of working with these characters.

I really want to shy away from the Alex Rider type books (even though they might offer some insight and I may have to end up reading the series eventuallyI saw the movie.) Plus, my protag is a teen girl.

Any books come to mind?

Ive downloaded a couple of how to write fight scenes books which have been recommended on various websites. Im currently going through those.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Writers' Cafe / Photo Stock Help?
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:35:17 PM »
Hey all,

Does anyone know any good stock sites for Chinese males?

Im looking for some guys who are roughly 18-23 years old, who look tough and who look like they can kick some ass.

Ive been searching the regular sites for hours with noooo luck. *sigh*

Im contemplating on looking into hiring a realism illustrator, but this WIP is a short, so I didnt want to spend the normal $400-$600+ on a cover.

Thanks in advance.

Writers' Cafe / YA Serials/Series of Novellas?
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:10:29 PM »
Hey guys.

Ive been toying with this idea for a while and I was wondering if I could have your two cents?

Im been thinking about writing a serial/series of novellas for YAs. It would be YA Paranormal (possibly Sci-Fi), with some Romance.

I was thinking about releasing it in the following style:
1.1. Title Of Series: Title Of Story:  Subtitle Of Story (Part 1)
1.2. Title Of Series: Title Of Story:  Subtitle Of Story (Part 2)
1.3. Title Of Series: Title Of Story:  Subtitle Of Story (Part 3)
1. Title Of Series: Title Of Story (OMNIBUS EDITION: PARTS 1-3)

* Id possibly have four parts in some stories.

So, the series would look something like this:
. 1.1: Story One: Part 1
. 1.2: Story One: Part 2
. 1.3: Story One: Part 3
. 1: Story One: Omnibus
. 2.1: Story Two: Part 1
. 2.2: Story Two: Part 2
. 2.3: Story Two: Part 3
. 2.4: Story Two: Part 4
. 2: Story Two: Omnibus
. 3.1: Story Three: Part 1
. 3.2: Story Three: Part 2
. 3.3: Story Three: Part 3
. 3: Story Three: Omnibus
and so on.

Each Part would be about 30k.

The series would have an overall title, like a regular novel series. Then each novella would basically be part of a regular novel split up, and then brought together in the end in an omnibus edition, which would act like a complete novel.

The series would need to be read in order, like a regular novel series which are not stand alones. But the characters would have one adventure if you like, within one complete story (parts 1-3/4 etc).

Do you think this is too complicated? Is there even a YA market for this? Or should I just write the damn novels and release them as complete stories in the regular way?


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