New Cover

When my book was finished and I knew I was going to have to self-publish to go ahead and get it out into people’s hands, I made a cover in Microsoft Publisher for the book that is relevant to material in the book, but also is very simple.  I really want to get a better cover for the book before I get into doing any book signings, so I am looking into having this done now.  My plan is for myself and some other artists I know to each do a cover and then have people vote.  When the voting is complete, the winner will be the cover of the book (I will include the other unused covers on the interior of the book).  I’m also planning to have each artist, myself included, do artwork of two or three scenes to place in the back of the book to give a visual bonus to my readers.

Also, I am beginning work on a glossary to put in the back of the book to give pronunciations and information about the characters and places in the story.  This shouldn’t take long to do, but it won’t be added to the book until I have gotten the new cover.  Once I have the glossary, art, and new cover ready, I’ll be re-uploading the book onto Amazon, so if you haven’t gotten the book yet, keep an eye out for this.  I hope to have this done by August/September and then get fully focused on book 2 (which I am writing right now).  Thanks for the support!

Book signing?

I’ve looked into doing a book signing and have met with the manager at 2nd & Charles in Augusta.  I can set one up, but before I can do that, I’m going to need to purchase a lot of books to have on hand.  I’m working on having the money to afford that, and once I can get about 30-50 books, I’ll set up the signing and advertise it.  I am excited about the opportunity to hopefully sell some books in person to people who haven’t heard of me or my book yet.  When more information about this is available, I’ll let you all know!  If you’ve purchased my book and would like me to sign it, I’d be happy to do so.  Send me an email at rrcruce@gmail.com and we can arrange for you to mail it to me and I can mail it back to you signed.  Thanks to all my readers for their support!

Another reason I started writing

So I have discussed some reasons I started writing and some of my inspiration, but one thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned anywhere is The Wheel of Time.  Recently it has been on my mind since there have been articles saying that Sony is going to make a Wheel of Time tv series.  I loved Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and thought Brandon Sanderson did a great job writing the last three books after Jordan’s passing.  But I did not like the ending.  I remember finishing the book and just thinking of all the years I had put into the series just to get that for the finale and being dissatisfied.  That’s not to say it’s a bad ending, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.  And I think that is when I first thought how if I wanted a book to end the way I wanted it to, I’d have to write it myself.

Now there are series and individual books I’ve read that have ended in a satisfying way for me, but the Wheel of Time just didn’t.  I don’t know how many books I’ll write in this series, but I know that just like the Wheel of Time, it’s possible not everyone will like the endings of my books.  And that’s okay.  I just really hope the readers love the characters and the adventures.

The World of The Lost Kingdom of Moora

TLKofM Map

While I was writing the second chapter of my book, I realized I should have a map for some reference of where the towns and kingdom capitals were located in the story.  There are other towns within these kingdoms, but they are not pictured.  While this is the only map that appears in the book, I have drawn a full map of the continent (which will appear in the sequel).  Towards the end of the book, the action does take place east of this part of the continent, but I decided to leave it off of the included map.

Astor and Norin are human kingdoms divided by the Norin river.  Jeul, the elven kingdom focused on in this book is one of three elven kingdoms on the continent (one in mountains to the far east and one in a southern desert region).  The dotted line below Aalen marks the border of Jeul.  To the north of Jeul is the empire of Nadara.  I wasn’t sure whether or not to include the location of Moora on my map, but I ultimately decided to so readers would have a better idea of where it’s located, and it is something that is explored fairly early in the book.  The continent, not named in the book (or on the map) is called Maruun.

I look forward to expanding this world, and I already have some of the other continents in mind.  Humans and elves are the only races native to Maruun, though other races appear in the book.  Also, there are more elves and humans in other parts of the world.  When I started to write, I always intended for this world to have all the human races we have in the real world represented.  They aren’t all appearing in this first book, as only two of our human races are native to Maruun (and one character from another country, Areum, also lives there) but more will be appearing, along with more fantasy races as well.

Thanks to all who have read my book so far, and if you like it don’t forget to spread the word.

My book is ready in print form!!!

The Lost Kingdom of Moora is available in print at Amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520796714/

I’m so excited about this, and the process of getting the book posted was much easier than expected.  I hope a lot of copies will sell and that people will enjoy my story, especially since I intend to continue writing these characters in sequels.  I’m still early in the second book but I hope to get it finished much quicker than the first.  When the second book starts winding down I hope to have information about the third unrelated book I’ll be writing (science fiction).

Please feel free to contact me and talk with me about my story and the characters.  I’d love to hear what my readers think.

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I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten, and look forward to hearing from you!

Get my book in print soon!

Right now, my book is only available in ebook format, but I plan to have it available very soon in a print-on-demand version on Amazon.  I was planning for this to happen early April, but it could be as soon as tomorrow!  The book has been selling, and I already know that some of my friends haven’t bought the kindle version but are waiting on a print version.  I also plan to have some supplementary materials posted here at the blog soon, like the map and a glossary as well as some other things I hope you’ll like.

Thanks for the support and be sure to share the book with people you know!

Book Two and other news

I am currently working on the sequel to The Lost Kingdom of Moora, but there isn’t a name yet.  I am sure some time during the writing process I will come up with a title for the book, and when I do, I’ll be sure to share it.  I’m very excited about building the characters from the first book and visiting new parts of the world that haven’t been seen by the readers, yet, but have been in my mind while writing the first book.  In addition to my second book, I’m working on ideas for my third book, which isn’t a sequel in this fantasy series but is science fiction.

I’m looking forward to hearing from readers of The Lost Kingdom of Moora and how they like it.  If you have read the book and enjoyed it, please let your friends know about TLKofM.  I’d love to see it be a great success, of course, but it really is my hope that people enjoy the story and the characters.  Also, I hope to have a print on demand version of the book up on Amazon in April.  My main concern for the book is working on the cover, but I also want to put a map in the print version (and add it to the Kindle version).  The map is drawn in a notebook, but I need to put it on better paper and scan it into my computer.  I’ll also possibly be putting in a glossary of names and places.

I’m very excited about the book and where they will go in the future.  Thank you for your support.