“A grower of turnips or a shaper of clay, a Commot farmer or a king — every man is a hero if he strives more for others than himself alone.” ~ The High King by Lloyd Alexander
My book, Night of Shadows, is out!
For those of you who don’t know what it is about, here:
Ninja are hired to depose tyrants and protect kings, but they aren’t just assassins. The ninja have a sacred covenant, by which they guard the world from shadows.
Isamu Raiden’s family have been the keepers of this Covenant for thousands of years and the time approaches where this task will fall to him. He has one last mission as an apprentice. He sets out, with his partner Amaya, but when he returns home, things have gone terribly wrong. His clan and family are dead. The ninja responsible plans to break the Covenant and free the Shadow Warrior, plunging the world into darkness.
With Amaya at his side, Isamu pursues the ninja in hopes of catching him before he can reach the Shadow Warrior’s prison. All the while knowing, if he fails, there is no hope for world.
If you are interested in getting my novel, it is available in softcover, hardcover, and at the moment, Amazon Kindle, though I expect it to also be on Nook and other eReaders soon (so I am told, anyway).
Here are the links to find it:
Thanks, and I hope you will help me spread the word about my first published book!
September 21, 1937
The Hobbit is published.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
In the early 1930’s, J.R.R. Tolkien found a blank page on one of his students’ school papers he was correcting and wrote this first line…
This work by J.R.R. Tolkien, along with the Lord of the Rings has, I believe, has had more impact on me than any other fiction ever written, alongside, perhaps, the Chronicles of Narnia.
The Heroic quest and tale of adventure came to life for me. High Fantasy became my ‘niche.’ And I’d forever be a Tolkien fanboy.
I’ll never forget the first time I read the Hobbit. I was sitting in the backyard of my best friend’s house. He owned The Hobbit and The Return of the King. I owned The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. So I brought over The Fellowship, and he gave me The Hobbit, and we went out into the yard to read some.
I was laughing in moments. And swept away, never to return, a moment later.
What will never cease to amaze me about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is how clean they feel. How complete. How when you finish reading them, you have this sense of certainty, and a feeling of satisfaction.
Today is the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. It changed my life, in many ways. Did it change yours?