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An urban fantasy fiction series, with the demigods of Percy Jackson, and the politics of Game of Thrones and House of Cards.
An urban fantasy fiction series, with the demigods of Percy Jackson, and the politics of Game of Thrones and House of Cards.
144 backers pledged CA$ 5,151 to help bring this project to life.

Hidden Houses: Where Game of Thrones meets the Brothers Grimm

Posted by Brendan Myers (Creator)

Good evening,

Two years ago, you supported my effort to create an urban fantasy fiction series: "Fellwater: The Hidden Houses".

Tonight, I have launched a related project on Kickstarter: a tabletop fantasy role-play game set in the world of the Hidden Houses. Please have a look at this new project page, and consider backing it:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1547922245/hidden-houses-the-secret-descendants-of-the-gods

It promises to be a very good project: I'm better prepared than I was the first time, and I'm working with a full team. I am feeling very confident that with your help, we will succeed.

Thank you for your support!

Brendan

Published: "Elderdown", Book Four of The Hidden Houses.

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As promised: "Elderdown", the fourth and final volume of The Hidden Houses series, is ready!

This is the fourth and final book in my “Hidden Houses” modern fantasy series, and my 16th published book overall. And now, it’s done. Here’s the Kindle edition on Amazon, and here’s the paperback edition, direct from the printer. The Kobo edition is in the works. Here’s the cover copy:

As House DiAngelo’s plan nears completion, the Fianna must choose between fighting to reclaim their home, or building a new one.

A bounty goes out for Eric Laflamme, who hides in a safe house in a faraway city. The Fianna, led once again by Miranda Brigand, are on the run, and divided among themselves. Some want to drive House DiAngelo out of Fellwater, and so reclaim their home. Others want to start afresh in the abandoned Voyageur freehold of Elderdown, hundreds of leagues away. Attacking the DiAngelo will require weapons and allies they don’t yet possess. Settling Elderdown may be easier, but the only one who knows its location is Ildicoe Brigand, a pariah whom no one but Eric will trust. The time for deliberation ends, and the time for action arrives, when the head of House DiAngelo murders one of his own men, and declares the final phase of the Magnum Opus begun.

“Masterfully weaving together a rich world of mythos, Myers follows in the footsteps of the great fantasy storytellers of our time—Martin and Tolkien—but he does it on his own terms, bringing new twists and turns… it will nourish your imagination and soul for years to come.” –L. M. Browning, author of The Nameless Man.

I've also posted a personal note about this book to my blog, which you can read here.

Although funding for the editing and design of this book was paid for out of my own pocket, I still wish to thank all of you, the many contributors to the campaign here on Kickstarter, which paid for the production of the previous titles in the series. Your encouragement, and your assistance with promoting the series, kept me going. Independent writers like myself depend on the support of the readers; I am more grateful than I can express.

Brendan

Elderdown -- and a giveaway offer!

Posted by Brendan Myers (Creator)

Two days ago, I finished the second draft of "Elderdown", the fourth and final part of the Hidden Houses series, which you generously financed here on Kickstarter, exactly one year ago today. It's now in the hands of the editor and designer. Want to be among the first to read it?

Of course you do. :-) Therefore today, I am offering to send a free copy of Elderdown to anyone who posts to Amazon a review of any of the previous books in the series, during the months of May and June.

Don't have some of the other books in the series? No problem. If you promise to review it on Amazon, I'll send you one. Paperback or eBook, your choice.

As I've said before, reader reviews are essential for promoting anything in this very crowded indie publishing world. Many companies that offer promotion services to independent writers will not touch a book that has fewer than 20 reviews.

Please, if you can spare a few minutes to go to the books' listings on Amazon or other online retailer, and write a comment, review, or kind word about your favourite book in the series, any time between now and the end of June 2015, I'll send you a copy of Book Four when it is published this summer.

Book One: Fellwater. Book Two: Hallowstone. Book Three: Clan Fianna.

You can also share on your Facebook and Twitter this link to a blog post I wrote today, where I extend this giveaway offer to everyone:

http://www.brendanmyers.net/blog/2015/05/elderdown-and-a-new-book-giveaway/

And thank you for your generosity and enthusiasm in supporting my work.

Brendan.

Book 4: "Elderdown", is finished!

Posted by Brendan Myers (Creator)

Yes, friends, late last night I completed the first draft of "Elderdown", the fourth and final book in the Fellwater: Hidden Houses main series.

At 81,700 words, it's actually slightly shorter than the other three books in the series. But I'm feeling very good about it right now.

What will happen next? I'm going to take a few weeks to second-draft the text, which might make it a little longer, perhaps closer to the 90k word count average of the other three books. I have already contacted my "team", the editor and designer who worked on the previous books, to see if they are available. If they are, then we'll go to work as soon as the second draft is ready.

Here's a few pictures drawn from the 'net which illustrate some of my inspirational sources:

 "New France", the name that early European colonists gave to the land where I now live.

 "Laputa", the flying island described in "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift. In my Hidden World, there's one of these somewhere in the wilds of west Quebec.

 The Kami, a kind of spiritual being in Japanese folklore and religion. With thanks to one of the top-tier backers of the project, for the inspiration!

 The passage mounds and souterrains of Celtic and pre-Celtic culture in western Europe. This is my own photograph of Loughcrew, in co. Meath, Ireland. In my Hidden World, there's one of these in Nova Scotia.

 This 900 year old Yew tree, growing in a churchyard in Wilmington village, England. And that's me, sitting in it.

I haven't yet decided whether to use Kickstarter again, to pay for this book's editing and design work. Kickstarter has changed, since my first successful project, three years ago: it's less of a research & development funding platform now, and more like an audience-building and "advance ticket" selling platform. But for small-time, independent writers like myself, it is still very helpful.

Once again, I urge you to please write a kind word or two about your favourite book in the series on its Amazon listing. This is the simplest and most helpful way that you can support my work. The more good reviews the book has there, the more likely that new readers will find it, and the easier it will be for me to promote the book with online marketers or literary agents. I offer my deep thanks to those who have already done so, and I am also happy to hear any constructively critical remarks privately.

Here are the links to the Amazon listings:

Book One: Fellwater. ~ Book Two: Hallowstone. ~ Book: Three: Clan Fianna.

Spinoff Novella: The Seekers. ~ Spinoff Novella: A Trick Of The Light.

Also, please share the series home page on your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, and with friends of yours who you think might like it: http://www.fellwater.ca

Cheers,
Brendan

A first look at Book Four: Elderdown. And a small request.

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A very merry springtime to you!

By now, everyone should have their copies of the books in the Fellwater: Hidden Houses series, in accord with your pledge level. I hope you've enjoyed reading them: and I'm very curious to hear what you think of them.

At the moment there are very few reviews of the edited editions up on Amazon. (For reasons I don't understand, Amazon ported the reviews of the first edition of Hallowstone over to the second edition, but didn't do the same to the other books in the series.) Reader reviews are essential for promoting anything in this very crowded indie publishing world. Promotion work doesn't have to be aggressive: after all, no one who reads one book is prevented from reading another. But promotion work does have to be spirited and lively, and especially reader-driven. Many companies that offer promotion services to independent writers will not touch a book that has fewer than 20 reviews or an average rating of less than 4 out of 5 stars.

Please, if you can spare a few minutes to go to the books' listings on Amazon or other online retailer, and write a comment, review, or kind word about your favourite book in the series, I would be very grateful. 

Book One: Fellwater. Book Two: Hallowstone. Book Three: Clan Fianna.

You can also post this link to the books' homepage on your Facebook and Twitter streams, and simply recommend them to anyone who you think might enjoy them. If you have constructively critical remarks about the books, I'd be grateful if you would email them to me-- critical engagement with readers is one way writers become better, after all.

Meanwhile, the manuscript for Book 4, "Elderdown", is now around 66,500 words, or two-thirds of my target. I anticipate having a first draft complete and ready for the editor around this time next month. If you would like to read Chapter One, click here.

Finally, just for fun, here's a photo of myself from about a month ago, standing by "The Seven Sisters", a 1,500 year old oak tree in Mandeville, Louisiana, USA. I was there to attend the OBOD Gulf Coast Gathering, where I presented two talks, and promoted the books. 

Cheers, and thanks,

Brendan