The Sword and the Dragon, Book One:
When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.
Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy!
All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.
Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?
Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.
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The jewel you see glowing in the ring in my authors photo isn't really a jewel at all. It is the crystallized tear of a real dragon. In my novel "The Royal Dragoneers" you might find the moment where this wonderfully magical tear drop fell from a green dragons eye. It hardened on its way down to land in a mess of troll corpses that the dragon was laying on.
My grandfather died before I was born, but the ring was given to me by my mother, after my grandmother recently died. My grandfather had apparently won it in a poker game near the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma sometime in the early 1900's.
It has been a boon, the magic of the teardrop, for it brought you here to me didn't it? Now treat yourself to something fantastic and try out the free sample of one of my novels. I hope you enjoy the journey. It will be spectacular.
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The Wardstone Trilogy is every fantasy novel I have ever read all rolled up into one. The whole Wardstone Trilogy is. The Sword and the Dragon is the first part of The Wardstone Trilogy. It is about 700 book pages long, and it is a complete novel that does not leave you dangling at the end. It is not the hack and slash sort of fantasy, where the good guys are perfect, and the bad guys are monsters. It's character driven and the plot is simple yet very complex. If you like fantasy, and you read it, I’m fairly certain that you will enjoy it.
Regarding my journey to becoming a successful writer I have been in and out of jail since I was a teenager. I used to have a serious drug habit. I stole stuff, I lied, and I abused every known drug on the streets. My charges were for drug possession. That is what I did time for. I also did time when I was younger for burglary. I have received correspondence from a major publisher citing my lack of stability as the reason for being rejected for publication. Who can blame them? They have no idea if I will relapse and end up back in prison. If I didn’t have a record I would probably be a published author. But then again, if I never went to prison, I might have never started writing.