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Friday, March 2, 2012

Xannu - The Prophecy : A Re-Edit

Now that my manuscript of Unicorns (Melrose Part Two) is cooking, shut away in isolation (i.e. I won't be visiting it for a month before I do the first draft edit), it's time to concentrate on another long overdue task. That of re-editing the first two books in my Xannu series (to create Second Editions), ready for the release of the third book in the summer.

So why am I doing this? I wrote Xannu - The Prophecy back in 2002 - I can't believe it's been ten years now - and over the years my writing style has changed and I've matured as a writer. And that's not to say that anything I wrote all those years ago is bad or wrong, it's just a little different. And there are a few things that I'm not happy about in the style of that first book. Rookie amateur mistakes. So, as a precursor to the release of the third book in the series I thought I'd perform a complete re-edit of it and change a few little things here and there. It's not a re-write, just a re-edit. Some people say that a book is never finished, and I guess there's some truth in that. So, the plan is to finish the re-edit in the next couple of days and then release the book as a second edition (along with the new paperback version) at the beginning of May. Xannu - The Healing is due for its Second Edition launch in July of this year.

And if by chance you haven't yet read the book, then why not jump over to Amazon where it's currently available as a FREE read to Kindle owners. To all the rest of you, it's a $0.99 purchase! Still a good price! See you all soon.  (click on the picture to be taken to Amazon):

 For fans of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and The Narnia Chronicles, the first installment in a thrilling epic fantasy series…

Would you wake up in a hot sweat if you lived your night’s dreams as a soldier battling un-earthly creatures, witnessing powerful magic and fighting to save your own life on a daily basis?

English schoolboy Terry West does. Frequently. After digging up some rune coins near a roman road, he has been living in another world inhabited by warlocks, seductresses, priests and prophecy. There Terry is a soldier, Teern Truthbringer, who has been tasked with finding the Xannu - 'he who will lead the people into deliverance.'

If only it wasn’t real; but it is. Very real. When it all began it was even enjoyable, but now Terry’s life is getting very complicated. Somehow he involved his best friend Joe and although it had seemed a good idea at the time, the consequences had been dire. Then there is Susan, the leggy sister of klutzy school-friend Brian. Why does she keep sending him messages?

Terry is struggling to balance the two lives he leads and every day he is losing his grip on reality just a little bit more. He’s been forced to kill enemies; his companion, the magical woman Maria, is scaring him half to death with her abilities; and his parents are on his back about his school work.

How will he balance the two lives he leads, solve two sets of problems, and understand the lessons he receives from both? Only time will tell. But time is something Terry doesn't have too much of, as everything is unfolding in ways he could never have imagined!

Book 1 of 'The Southern Lands' saga
“Listen to the teachings of a wise man. You may not understand all he says but you will surely have nourishment for the future. Be positive and plan for success. Failure to plan is to plan for failure. Worry not at what came before but only prepare yourselves for that which is ahead.” (Pika’Al 10:1-5, The Scriptures of Al’Zaneed)

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