Novels Updates

By eugena On March 4th, 2013

Hello Readers and Fans,

It has been a while since my last post, hasn’t it?  I have definitely been busy (though you could say I’m always busy) with the lawyer side of my life.  I am very happy I am one now.  So in that vein, I put the writing projects off several weeks.  I did not stop working on them, but I did decide to do some more planning with where exactly they were going.

Most recently, I have outlined the entire Megami series.  Yes, spoilers.  I have officially posted it now, it is a series.  I have not really posted what #1, Pandora, is about because it is just too much spoilers.  I don’t want to give anything away.  More importantly, I really don’t want to say too much and them someone else steal the idea for this series (or other series).  And no, I am not making that up.  It is something to be very concerned about.  That is a piece of advice (note, a writer’s advice, not an attorney’s advice) I would give all of you aspiring writers out there.  Do not put too much out there on the Internet or share your writing too much with others, even your close friends.  Consider filing a copyright your work.  Want legal advice?  Ask a copyright attorney, not me.  I do not give legal advice over the Internet.

In Shinigami Saga, currently working on title TBA book 1, I have the beginning and the end planned.  I also have some scenes in between, so it is a matter of filling in more detail.  I am once again very happy I bought Scrivener software.  It has so much easier to use than Microsoft Office for planning novels, particularly long ones.  I am also looking into filing in more character names.  I will be using most if not all Japanese names in this book.  Yes, like Megami, the book is in English, but I may throw some Japanese phrases in there.

In The Age of Merrik, the title I know most of you are interested in, I am mainly working on the direct sequel right now, Rise of the New Masters.  It begins shortly after the events of The Anointing.  However, I suppose some of you might find it to be directly after The Anointing with the Zsastar scene.  That scene aside, I would say it occurs shortly after.  I have just finished writing about a character death.  This character was not a main character in The Anointing, but did appear in that novel.  I anticipate another direct sequel after this book.  Rise of the New Masters will feature all seven of King Malik’s Generals.  The main antagonist of this story will be Malik’s Seventh General rather than his Fourth General and Son, Zsastar.  Dark Desires is on hold for now, but some of the related content I develop for Rise of the New Masters may appear in Dark Desires.

Under my Miscellaneous series category, under which I also include my stand alone books, I am working on my Phoenix (working title) book.

Those are the books I am more actively working on now than others.

I am considering adding a “Q & A Corner” to the blog.  If any of you have any thoughts about that or other things, send me an email.

For those of you interested in The Age of Merrik sequel, I think you will have a lot to look forward to.  I think you all will enjoy the other books as well.

Have a wonderful and safe week out there everyone!

 

Eugena Moulton

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They All Have Their Own Battles To Fight (Rise of the New Masters)

By eugena On December 3rd, 2012

(Spoilers for The Age of Merrik: The Anointing follow.)

Chapter one begins with Zsastar, Son of King Malik returning home to his father.  He has been defeated, not only in the battlefield, but in the battlefield of the mind.  Little does he know Malik’s newest general may be vying for his position, but that will be the least of his worry.

Chapter two opens with Eleya, deep in a depression.  She fights the ongoing fear that the other masters are dead, and that she is the last.  She wakes up alone, with no idea of the whereabouts of her companions.

Our protagonist Merrik and the other allies with him are ambushed in a short skirmish, one that is over quickly, but will quickly tip the balance of power in a rolling domino effect.  Will Eleya be able to come to terms with some of the demons of her past and aide them in time?

We shall see.

 

More on Rise of the New Masters, and more spoilers:

After some debate, I have decided to keep the cliff hanger ending for Rise of the New Masters that I had written a while ago.  A tough decision, among many, to make as a writer is if and when characters die off.  (No, I’m not telling you all who.  I keep hinting, so you are all welcomed to guess.)

So far, I will let you all in on this: there are 2 parallel tracks that are the main story.  The first, beginning in chapter one, centers on Sethane, King Malik and his Generals.  The Son of Malik, our antagonist Zsastar from book one, must go home to has beloved father in disgrace.  But the ashes of his failure are a spring board for our new antagonist, Nathan.

Track 2 is the story of the protagonists, focusing mainly on Eleya’s perspective.  Why is that?  Some of you might ask, considering Merrik is the protagonist of the series.  The subtitle of the book, Rise of the New Masters, should hint to that answer.  Eleya is the Regina, the leader of the Sword Masters, and any incoming army of new masters would undermine her authority.

Eleya must come to terms with a secret of the Sword Master history that has remained hidden from the outside world.

 

Former antagonist Jonas will appear in this book as Eleya’s ally.

 

I am considering posting a short Eleya-centric scene from chapter two on this blog.

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The Anointing Sequel to Feature at Least Five of Malik’s Generals

By eugena On August 29th, 2012

There. I’ve said it for you Age of Merrik fans (whom I all thank dearly).

King Malik of Sethane has seven generals, numbered in order of rank. The five in Rise of the New Masters will be:

General 1: The only female general

General 2: Biological father of Nathan

General 4: Zsastar, Son of Malik

General 5: Male, other details unknown

General 7: Nathan

 

Thank you to my fans who look forward to more of my work!

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Nathan’s Backstory Fleshed Out

By eugena On August 2nd, 2012

(I’m putting on my armor in preparation for wicked flammie from an FBer who is very – offended (understatement) – that Nathan of Anthama is returning from the dead.)

Nathan of Anthama, what a tragic hero.  He saves the day and was tormented by the demons of his past.  Well, of his father to be exact.  Nathan is the son of one of King Malik’s henchmen, a product of an unwilling union.

I’ve fleshed out some of his teen years.  Yes, he was older when he died, but the teen years were formative and were abusive times in his life.

I did not have much to say about the Western Region or the Western Sword Masters before, but this will become important in Rise of the New Masters, since Anthama is a main Western city.

For Nathan fans out there, see his heroic deeds in the Dark Desires prequel and his bid for revenge in Rise of the New Masters, which follows The Anointing.

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New Masters and Dark Desires Simultaneous Development

By eugena On March 26th, 2011

I am writing more of Dark Desires than Rise of the New Masters, but New Masters will be a “bookend” to may of the events of Dark Desires. It will provide closure and return The Age of Merrik series to a more lineal development.

I originally planned 6-8 novels but right now here are the definites in reading order:

Dark Desires
The Age of Merrik: The Anointing
The Age of Merrik: Rise of the New Masters

It will probably be a very short “Rise” and although I will try to have it stand on its own, reading Dark Desires will give the reader a better understanding of the small details.

Killing off the Cast

For Dark Desires, I will have to create a lot of swordmasters. And most of them will die off. They are having a massive war, after all. So here is a list of known masters.

**Spoiler Warning**

Anara, Elenas, and Children — Historical figures, featured in DD, TA, ROTNM
Areya – TA, ROTNM
Eleya, Regina – DD, TA, ROTNM
Merrik – TA, ROTNM
Nathan – DD, TA, ROTNM
Zaedrif – DD, TA, ROTNM
Zibiah – DD, TA

And for the “floater” awards: Skye, Zaelen, Nemara

The characters get last names in DD and ROTNM.

I suppose King Malik has to get defeated in one of these books, but I might give him a long reign for now.

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Plot: Rise of the New Masters

By eugena On February 12th, 2011

Following the end events of The Anointing, Eleya, Merrik, and others, including Jonas, Brianna’s childhood friend, seek their lost comrades. Unbeknownst to them, the Swordmaster hero Nathan of Anthama has been resurrected from the dead and now works under Malik as his Seventh General. Nathan desires revenge against his enemies and Eleya’s enemies even if that means destroying the balance of sacred order.

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Track Malik’s Generals

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Track Malik’s Generals using the labels listed on this post.

#1 – Female – desires Malik in every sense of the word hey, some character has to
#2 – Male – as bad as #1 in the lecherous sense. They are both whores and worse so. #1 enslaves males. #2 is even worse in this sense as he rapes many women. Well, he is a bad guy and no matter how much they repent, no rapist will ever be a good guy.
#3- Male – whereabouts unknown – possibly killed by sword masters
#4 – Zsastar – male – “Son of Malik”
#5 – (previous general deceased, Malik seeking replacement)*
edit: as of 8/29/12: Rise of the New Masters will feature a very much alive General 5.
#6 – Male – general sent to different continent
#7 – Male – the new antagonist of Rise of the New Masters

Update:
#1 – Female – Biological mother of Zsastar
#4 – Zsastar – succeeded his biological father whom Malik executed
#5 – Read the update post here: (Malik’s General 5′s Details Changed)
#7 – Nathan of Anthama returns

Generals to Appear in Rise of the New Masters (The Anointing Sequel to Feature at Least Five of Malik’s Generals)

I already know their names, but I don’t like to give out too much in advance. Zsastar is the current fourth general, but for the sake of this blog, “fourth general” (tag general 4) refers to his biological father.

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Zine Article: Eleya, Zaedrif, and The Fall of Nemea

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Eleya has suffered much sorrow in her life. After surviving the destruction of Antham, her home country, she seeks refuge with the Sword Masters and the Wizards of the North. After revealed as the prophesized Regina, Eleya loses all opportunity of a life just for herself. She takes on the mantle of ruler and becomes a powerful figure with the Sword Masters, second only to The Serafin.

Because of Skye’s prophecy regarding Zaedrif and Eleya, she stays in Nemea with Zaedrif and Zibiah. Zaedrif and Eleya grow closer together and eventually become engaged. Zaedrif’s childhood friend, Oroco, is in love with him. Zaedrif cannot let go of his unresolved feelings for Oroco, and this becomes a rift between Zaedrif and Eleya.

Zaedrif abandoned Nemea shortly before its fall, presumably due to his involvement with Oroco. He left Eleya alone to defend it. Nathan of Anthama (who renamed his country in honor of Eleya’s home country) came to Eleya’s rescue and sacrificed himself to save her.

Many Nemeans died in the battle and more became slaves of Malik’s generals.

In The Anointing, both Areya and Cle’an become the voices of the victims of The Fall of Nemea. They both lost loved ones. Edric, Areya’s husband, was the brother of Valerie, Cle’an’s fiancée.

Although Zaedrif dies at the end of The Anointing, his memory lives on in Rise of the New Masters. Eleya must confront her past, including her relationship with Zaedrif.

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Fan Q&A: Why Don’t the Swordmasters Die?

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Fan Q: Why don’t the sword masters die?

Answer: I assure you that they do. There is quite a long list of the dead. Sword masters named in TAOM: TA who die are Nathan of Anthama, Zaelen and Nemara of Nemea (died before TAOM: TA), and (*Spoilers* Zibiah and Zaedrif of Nemea, and Skye is for all practical purposes dead–though Malik would disagree–more discussion on this later when my Reference Library website opens up (when I finish it))and *further spoilers* the problem with Eleya/Merris is explained a bit in TAOM:TA and will be much further explained in TAOM: ROTNM.
Perhaps an easier explanation is to consider The Great Chain of Being.  Humans were lower than angels, which were lower than God.  Non sword masters are like the humans, sword masters are like the angels, and the Serafin is God.  So, what can kill a lowly human cannot kill a sword master (or perhaps certain Malik allies)?  However, since sword masters are not angels, they can die.  Just not as easily as others.

Also, the Regina has a great influence in prolonging the life of the master–including slowing the aging process and being hard to kill in general.  This mainly comes from an early idea from TAOM:TA version one (version three is the published one).

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