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Above is a picture of John Lenahan; magician, comedian, and the author of the Shadowmagic series.  Born in Philadelphia, he decided to take a short trip to the UK when he was 23.  That short trip turned into 27 years and is still going on (surprisingly, he never adopted a British accent).  As a professional entertainer, he has many accomplishments which you can read on his Wikipedia page. I would like to talk about the 2 out of (I believe) 3 novels he has written; Shadowmagic and The Prince of Hazel and Oak.

Shadowmagic is a book that first caught my eye through iTunes.  I am a big fan of the spoken word and was perusing for free audiobooks to download.  His exaggerated voices and hilarious characters, coupled with a colorful and imaginative story, had me recommending the book to friends before I was even half way finished.  Once I did complete it, I purchased a paperback copy for 2 reasons; to support the author and to lend to my friends who refuse to listen to audiobooks.  I was very pleased to hear that he had sold his book to Harper Collins and was moving forward in writing a second book.  Here is the description the author gives on his website:

“Hi, my name is Conor.  Other than my father being a bit of an eccentric lunatic, my life was pretty normal until I got attacked in my living room and whisked away to Tir na Nog, the mystical land of the ancient Celts, where it turns out Dad is the usurped heir to the throne and everybody wants me dead because of some prophecy. Don’t you just hate when that happens?”

As I write this I am half way through listening to the second book (also available as a free audiobook read by the author), The Prince of Hazel and Oak.  It’s a continuation of the story and so far holds up to the first.  It’s hard to find a straight answer, but I believe the second book will be available for purchase sometime this month or next.  I highly encourage you to buy both books, or at least listen to them.  They are definitely worth it.

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His Will by Maja

I have recently been inspired to write an entire book about a song done by an amazing artist, Maja (www.majatron.com). The song His Will is an amazing story in itself, but I have just been struck with enough so many to make a full book. I’m going to leave the lyrics on here, both for my reference and for everyone to appreciate:

His Will AKA The Wordsmith

(Verse I)
Once upon a time lived this Wordsmith MAJA
He lived in the woods by himself, harshly graded
By the scholars in the town, man they hated
The air that MAJA breathed
The sights that MAJA see’d
They banished him outright, sent him livin’ with the trees
All because the nigga said he wanted to be
His own person, when he left the church cursin’
The town worsened, so they blamed MAJA’s person
So when MAJA built a house; they up and tore the fucka down
He sang to make it better, but they took away his sound
He tried to hide his treasure, but everything they found
They robbed him, spat at him, leveled him to the ground
With laws they kept him bound so MAJA just vanished
Without proper provisions, the Wordsmith famished
Severely damaged, he was at a disadvantage
So he crawled to the edge of the earth, his soul dispersed

(Hook)
His will, demised
Color left his eyes
His breath entered the sky
Commenced to alchemize (x 2)

His breath entered the sky
Commenced to alchemize
His will, demised
Color left his eyes

Color left his eyes
Commenced to alchemize
His breathe entered the sky
His will, demised

(Verse II)
His soul rose up in confusion, fusion
Between the unsaid words he refused to try usin’
But in this state the slate was too blind from contusions
He misconstrued the truth, and he did so in profusion
This had his mind set on abusin’
He opened his eyes, and they were pointed to the sky
The clouds started gatherin’, darkness started latherin’
And black rain fell in the vale, somethin’ was happenin’
He rose to his feet, the rain like oil ran fast down his cheeks as he started to speak
He spoke the word “cloak” and he was draped in the finest
When he spoke the word “king” the trees named him “Highness”
And so he marched to the town in subliminal blindness
And on his way he vowed never again to be spineless
And on this day, the Wordsmith shunned all his kindness
And spoke the word “staff” as he aligned with the violence

(Hook)
His will, reprised
Fire in his eyes
He marched in slow strides
Admirin’ his guise (x 2)

He marched in slow strides
Fire in his eyes
His will, reprised
Admirin’ his guise

Fire in his eyes
Admirin’ his guise
He marched in slow strides
His will, reprised

(Verse III)
The townspeople looked at the sky as black rain fell in they eyes
They prayed hard and they cried;
But their tears dried as they eyed the black cloak
Like black smoke, They knew an anecdote was the antidote
MAJA raised his hood and they knew who he was huntin’
They headed for the hills but before they started runnin’
They legs grew weak, they couldn’t even speak
Energy was drained from they systems, they felt the heat
Leavin’ they bodies quick
Makin’ they stomachs sick
They dropped like fiddlesticks,
But that wasn’t the end of it
MAJA walked slowly through the streets, quite amused
Laughin’ out loud at the damage that they’d ensued
He lifted his hands, with the wind at his command,
And leveled each buildin’ heedless of the children
Lightning struck the ground with a sound so profound
That the world was deafened down as the fire laced the ground

(Hook)
His will, defined
Stronger than the shine
That was seen by all eyes
And dragons in the sky (x 2)

That was seen by all eyes
And dragons in the sky
His will, defined
Stronger than the shine

That was seen by all eyes
And dragons in the sky
Stronger than the shine
His will, defined

For my first post, I thought I’d talk about my first book. Instinctual was an amazing experience that I started on a whim. A person who became a really close friend really quickly, Summer, was participating in an event called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). So I decided in the middle of October that I would spend all of November writing a book. Recently unemployed and living with my mother, this was the perfect time to give it a try. To be clear, I’d known I had the potential to write things, but hadn’t done anything previously that wasn’t a school assignment. This new project would only give me a month to write a 50,000 word book. That’s 1,667 words a day. I undertook the challenge and, even with a few bumps along the way, reached the 50,000 mark on November 30th at around 6:30 pm. Amazingly Summer made it as well. After meeting the goal, I took most of December off of writing and didn’t pick it back up again until January 2010 when I finished late in the month. As quickly as I wrote the book, It still finished with a word count of 58,468.

Setting aside HOW I wrote the book, I’d like to talk a little about the book itself. I won’t give any endings away, but I would like to give you a brief synopsis. It starts off with a little back story about the main character, Derek Adams. To be honest, he is loosely based upon my own life. Derek is pulled into a world that normal people unconsciously avoid and discovers many astonishing things. Firstly, his best friend, Dale, is a magical bounty hunter and his cat, Johnny, can talk and has been protecting him almost since birth. After being attacked several times by magical creatures, his younger brother, Chi, joins the fight and they find out their sister is behind it all. Now, after constantly manifesting new abilities, hopefully with the help of the magical government called The Council, he can stay alive. New characters come and go. Friends are gained and lost. In the end, It’s all about the struggle for survival.

That is my first book, Instinctual, in a nutshell. As of today, one person has read it (Summer) and it has not been edited even once. Many things will be changed, including the first 4 or so chapters, which were written in a completely different voice than the rest of the book. Hopefully, after making those minor corrections, I can submit it to a few publishing companies and get picked up. Here’s hoping…