Archive | March 2014

Successful book marketing is not luck

Boudicca facebook bannerSuccessful book marketing is not luck I found this blog post this afternoon on twitter and i absolutely have to share it with you.

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It applies “The Secret” and speaks to the power of being positive.  If you have not watched Bob Proctor’s “The Secret,” you can find the links, along with some commentary I wrote, at


Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends

Library of Erana

It is a wonderful feeling when a new book is released. It is somewhere between terror that no one will like it and utter elation at the beautiful creation.  I am not sure other writers feel this way but I suspect it might be the case.

So what is this one about?

Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends features five short fantasy/fantasy romance stories set in the world of Erana, the world of my novels. It is a dark world where magic is illegal and elves are enslaved but it was not always so. These are tales of the gods and elementals who walked the lands when the magic was wild and free before the Plague decimated the mortal races and magic waned. One of the stories is entirely new – and features some lore and history for the Trollkind and a teaser about a relic which will appear in…

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Fantasy Character Interview #11

Lord Knight Elendir emerges from his resistance cell to talk with Olga Godim

Olga Godim writing

DragonReading_Logo4 Today, my guest is Elendir, knight of Ten-Ar, the protagonist of Laurel A. Rockefeller’s novel Ghosts of the Past , #2 in the author’s Peers of Beinan series. The genre of the novel is medieval science fiction murder-mystery.

1. Tell me a little about yourself—your name, profession, where you live, do you have a family, the usual.

My name is Elendir, knight of Ten-Ar. Born on BE 6767, beinor 50 in the capital city of Hejing, I am an older brother to Lady Althea, our new Ten-Arian abbess. When my sister was just three beinors old, our father, Lord Healer Devon, perished when terrorists bombed Nan-li Central Healing Center. Our mother, Lady Healer Keelia, tried to raise us both as best she could, but in the end brought us to the Ten-Arian monastery, where we grew up. She herself perished when she returned to work at Our Lady Healing Center…

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Book Review: Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, Book 1

Review of a friend of mine’s book

Welcome To My Worlds

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, Book 1, by Alexandra Butcher
**** (4 stars)

A long time ago, I thought it was unfair that in the fantasy books I read, wizards never got to have personal lives. Kings and princes and ordinary village guys and everyone else, yes, but not wizards. “The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles” certainly makes up for that.

Aside from the sex scenes (which are not frequent, but are very explicit, occasionally bordering on kinky), The Light Beyond the Storm is an intriguing tale of a world where elves and mages are oppressed, an elf woman, Dii, who decides to fight for her freedom, and the powerful human mage, Archos, who assists her and becomes a force for helping elves and other oppressed people against the cruel, decadent nobility and the ruthless Order of Witch Hunters. It also involves two very sweet love stories.


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A little about the Dobunni

Hello everyone.  As many of you heard, I am starting a new series besides the Peers of Beinan:  historical fiction stories for children about inspiring women in history.


The first volume of five stories will cover ancient and medieval British history with a target audience of age seven and up.


The first of these stories has no title yet, but is about Queen Boudicca and is told by a Dobunni woman by the name of Keita to her daughter Moira as she and her daughter make cheese, a food the Roman soldiers particularly disliked about the British diet.

Here is the little historical blurb about the Dobunni that will appear at the end of the story — along with bibliography (of course)


Did you know?

The Dobunni were dark haired, not light haired like most native British peoples, suggesting they came from ancient Spain.  The name is believed to mean “dark people.”  They differed culturally from their neighbors in many ways, including their preference for peace instead of war.  The Dobunni were brilliant crafts people, as well as farmers like their neighbors, who chose to accept Roman rule in 43 CE.  They maintained a sizable territory in southwest-central England, including the communities that became Bristol, Bath (known as Aqua Sulis by the Romans), and their capital of Cirencester in Gloucestershire. In the 5th/6th centuries the Dobunni were slaughtered in great numbers by the invading Saxons with many of the survivors fleeing to Wales.  Dobunni lands became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex, both which played key roles in creating the English national identity.


Read more about Queen Boudicca, the Iceni, Celtic Britain, and early medieval British history