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About

Welcome to The Merlin Chronicles project on Kickstarter. I started this fundraiser is to help defray specific costs related to the publication and promotion of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which is the second volume of The Merlin Chronicles, a trilogy of adventure fantasy novels. The first volume in this trilogy, Revelations: Book One of The Merlin Chronicles was first released in December 2012 to whooping critical success. Here is just a tiny sampling of what the critics and reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic had to say:

I have to say this is a bloody awesome book!! I was gripped from the start and can't wait for MORE. – Orchard Book club (UK)                           http://youtu.be/-pGZuAqH4Dg

Daniel Diehl has created an adventurous blend of Arthurian legend, biblical prophecy, classic wizard fantasy and contemporary urban fantasy. – SpecFic Daily http://youtu.be/y6nNuu-W6ZA

The next big Fantasy read is here. – Black Caviar Book Club (UK) http://youtu.be/aJFDxrVZgAg

I couldn't put it down. This is such an awesome story. – AskDavid.com http://youtu.be/4XOC0pUe8RI

Can’t help but entice the reader. The storyline is complex but accessible [and] Morgana le Fay is a brilliant baddie. – RabidReaders.com http://youtu.be/YmgUTOmOd8E

Revelations will satisfy the expectations of fantasy enthusiasts and demand the attention of lovers of thrillers. – Fantasy Book Review (UK)

Revelations - Book I of The Merlin Chronicles
Revelations - Book I of The Merlin Chronicles

Unfortunately the original publisher was not a good fit for the fantasy Genre so sales were less than I might have hoped for, but I have transferred publication rights to the entire series to GMTA Publishing and the first book in the series: Revelations: Book One of The Merlin Chronicles will be re-released on September 25, 2013 and I have completed the manuscript for the second book, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

I don’t want to spoil the story thread by telling you how the first book turns out so here is a very brief explanation of the plot line of books one and two:

Jason Carpenter, a grad student studying archaeology in York, England, inadvertently brings Merlin the Magician into the present day. Once in the open, Merlin is afraid that he will be hunted down and killed by his ancient enemy, King Arthur’s half-sister, the sorceress Morgana le Fay, who has spent the last 1,600 years building a criminal empire that includes every corrupt enterprise known to man. Merlin’s goal is to permanently close a portal that Morgana has discovered which connects our world with another existence where a hoard of dragons waits to gobble up human civilization.

Embarking on a mad international chase that runs from a swanky museum opening in Liverpool England, to the windswept wastes of Mongolia, Jason and Merlin alternately pursue, and are pursued by, Morgana.

By the end of book one they have inflicted severe damage on Morgana’s evil conglomerate but as is true with all good baddies, Morgana is hard to kill.

In book two the wild chase continues with Jason traveling to Ethiopia to discover the secret of how Morgana contacts the dragons while Merlin and Jason’s girlfriend, Beverley McCullough, try to catch Morgana off guard as she prepares to release the dragons from her new headquarters deep beneath the English countryside.

The end of book two is guaranteed to be an absolute shocker that no fan of Merlin will be prepared for.

                                                   ~ ~ ~

Following on the heels of twenty successfully published nonfiction books I have found working on The Merlin Chronicles to be an absolute delight and hope you will enjoy reading it – and becoming a part of the process – as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

For those of you who want to know more about my previous books, coauthored with my good buddy Mark Donnelly, please go to http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Diehl/e/B001KIQASC/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1377715462&sr=1-2-ent – and all of my books will come up. If you just want to see a short list, here it is:

Pirates of Maryland • Medieval and Renaissance Furniture Compendium • Pirates of Virginia • Medieval Celebrations • Death & Taxes • Pirates of New Jersey • Haunted Houses: A Travelers Guide • Inventors & Impostors: How History Forgot the True Heroes of Invention and Discovery • The Big Book of Pain: Torture & Punishment Through History • Management Secrets from History • Eat Thy Neighbor: A History of Cannibalism • Tales from the Tower of London • Elbert Hubbard: The Common Sense Revolutionary • How Did They Manage • Medieval Celebrations • Medieval Furniture, Plans and Instructions • Siege: Castles at War • Constructing Medieval Furniture

I have now completed the manuscript for the next installment of Merlin and Jason’s adventures – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Book Two of The Merlin Chronicles. Once it has been edited the manuscript will be sent to GMTA and join Volume I in bookstores and on Barnes & Noble and Amazon sites everywhere.

So where, you might be wondering, is all this money going to go? One big chunk of it will defray the cost of another great piece of Will Lavender’s fantasy art for the cover. Another piece will go to my editor (Hi, George) and then there is the slice that goes to Kickstarter, and the fist-full that I will need to buy the donor’s rewards and mail them out – have you mailed a package with 2 or 3 or more books in it lately? But the lion’s share will go to my most excellent publicist Renee Shaw. Chances are it was Renee’s hard work that drew you to this site and she, along with the nice people at GMTA Publishing, will see to it that enough people find out about this series that I will continue to eat.

The Merlin Chronicles bumper sticker
The Merlin Chronicles bumper sticker

Risks and challenges

All literary projects are a gamble – even some of Dean Koontz and J. K Rowling’s books have failed to sell through no fault of their own or of the publisher. Stuff happens. The only absolute guarantee I can give you is that every penny funded through Kickstarter will be as wisely and carefully doled out as is humanly possible.

Whether The Merlin Chronicles trilogy is a financial success remains unknown, but it is already a critical success and I give you my word that, barring my untimely death, all three books in the series will be published.

I like a good challenge, and hope you do as well, and I also hope you decide to take the plunge and work with me to help bring Merlin and his wonderful magic back into the world.

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