Greetings and Salutations

I’ve spent the last twenty years putting this series of books together, so it’s only fitting that I spent about 15 minutes putting this website together.  I’m not exactly sure why I thought a blog necessary — it’s not like I don’t spend enough time writing.  Still, I thought some of you would enjoy or appreciate reading about my progress on the books, and the associated headaches of completing them.

The first installment in the Unwilling Kings series, The Iron Crown, is targeted for release on June 8th (OMG – only 4 days left!).  Originally, I’d hoped June 1st would be the day, but I’m still neck-deep in final edits, and my cover artist is still working feverishly to complete the “book jacket.”  I’m publishing it on SmashWords.com and CreateSpace.com, and it will be available for $1.99.

Why two publishers?  The answer is simple: coverage.  SmashWords works with several large e-book sellers, like Apple, Barnes & Noble, etc., not to mention themselves.  What’s missing?  Amazon.com.  That’s where CreateSpace comes in.  I also like the idea that they do on-demand printing, for those of us archaic-types who still prefer to hold a book in their hand.

So, more about the books.  As I mentioned, I’ve spent twenty years putting this “world” together.  That includes everything from maps, to characters, to races, and even religious beliefs and mythology for the land of Eörlond.  (For those who might have a difficult time reading the map that will be included in the novel, I’ve included it here for you to peruse at your leisure.)

I will confess, I didn’t start all of this with the idea of writing books in mind.  As a testament to my geeky beginnings, I created a lot of this material as part of a table-top roleplaying game in the 80’s.  I was fed up with Dungeons & Dragons’ rules and content, so I wrote my own game.  In fact, the main protagonists, Aragus, Edderic and Eliander began as characters my friends and I played, and they’ve stuck with me ever since.  In some ways, I consider these books a bow to my friends and fellow players from those days.

You might ask, “What’s next?”  Well, aside from wrapping up this first book (it’s only taken two-and-a-half years), I’ve already begun working on its follow-up, that I’ve tenatively titled, The Pride of Lions.  I have no expectation that I will be changing the title anytime soon.  For those of you who have/will read Crown, Pride will focus heavily on the Holy Knights you’re introduced to in the first book.

What you may (or may not) find interesting, is that I nearly completed a sequel to Crown in several weeks after I finished it.  As a matter of fact, I put 95,000 words towards the sequel — then scrapped it.  Why?  Simple: I hated it.  Don’t ask me why, because I don’t have a logical answer for you.  And even with all that material and character development I did for it, I include none of it in Pride.  Still, I don’t consider it a waste, just practice (at least, that’s what I tell myself).

Well, I rambling enough for now.  Welcome to my site, and I will post updates about my progress as things evolve.

~T~

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  • About the Author

    T.M. Lennon currently lives in North Carolina. His passion for science-fiction and fantasy was influenced by Star Wars in 1977 and The Lord of the Rings novels, which he read at an early age. He created the world of Eörlond in his teens for a fantasy role-playing game, and it has grown ever since.

    The one-time a soldier, systems engineer, and software developer, now adds author to his list of credentials. He continues to work during the day as an information technology consultant, but spends his precious little free time evolving the land of Eörlond and its inhabitants in front of his trusty laptop.