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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Is Here!

The season I was named after is here! I love this time of year. The grass and flowers and trees are all green and lush. Birds are singing, the skies are blue, and you can feel the power of the earth magic all around. You can see the beauty of the world, whether you are in the natural world or the Realm of Magic. And I love it!

This time of year reminds me why being a wizard is so important. Without wizards of light magic, all this beauty would become corrupted by the Sprites and their dead magic. Death and decay would push away the vibrant colors of life and everything would be bleak and dreary.

I can see some of the bleakness when I peer through the barrier that separates the Province of the Dead from the Province of Light here in the Realm of Magic. I would imagine the land of the Sprites is full of death and decay, though I hope I never have to go there and find out. But what I do know is that the Sprites are determined to see the entire Realm of Magic and the natural world look just as blighted and bleak as their own lands. And that is something I will fight to keep from happening!

Summer hopes she doesn't have to see what it really looks like inside the Province of the Dead. We'll what happens in Book 3: Pure Magic. Until then, make sure you've read Books 1 and 2. You can get them from Amazon.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

This Is A Dream Come True

The look on Cassie's face was priceless when I showed her the pendant. I've never seen someone so excited in my life (save perhaps the time Summer found out fairies were real). But as excited as she was, I was even more excited.

For me, this is like a dream come true - to have someone I love able to come to the Realm of Magic and experience it with me, to see the Realm in all its beauty.

Her first experience bridging between realms, though, went about as well as I had expected. As soon as we appeared inside the Zero Room, she promptly fell to her knees and threw up all over the floor (poor Jolie offered to clean it up). That first trip tends to be a rough one, but I promised her it gets easier with each trip. The body just tends to get a little disoriented the first few times.

We've gotten past that, and she's settled in nicely. There is so much I want to show her, but the fairies made me promise to take her first to the Core. They wanted a chance to meet her. And quite frankly, that was an interesting experience.

I don't think I've ever seen the fairies enthralled with anyone before, but, boy oh boy, they seemed enthralled by the presence of a normal standing before them. They asked her an enormous amount of questions, trying to find out everything they could about her. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it sounded like they were interviewing her for a job. It all seemed a little odd to me, but I can't complain. They were the ones who agreed to let me bring her here in the first place.

So now, Cassie and I have the opportunity to connect inside the Realm of Magic. It can only bring us closer, and it certainly has brought down a big wall that divided us. Things can only get better from here.

Cassie is all moved in to Cloudline. How will that go? You'll have to wait until Book 3: Pure Magic to find out. Until then, if you haven't read Books 1 and 2, you can get them at Amazon.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

An Interesting Conversation

So, I had an interesting conversation with Michael McCoy last week. If you have read the books, you will recall that Michael is the leader of the group of Advocates, members of the Sentinels - normals who know of the existence of the wizards and help them fend off the forces of dead magic in the natural world.

He has had several conversations with some of the Historians - members of the Sentinels who observe and document the battles but never get involved - in our attempts to replace Stanley and Tasha.

However, it seems no one with whom he has spoken is interested in going from neutral observer to gun-toting advocate. I guess I should not be surprised. Most of those folks discovered the existence of the wizards by chance and were immune to the perception-warping effects of magic. Though most people re-interpret magical events so they fit within their common sense of reality (as happened during the zombie invasion), those who are immune to the effect - for whatever reason - often end up as members of the Sentinels.

They typically have no interest in toting around guns and magic-tipped stakes, putting their lives on the line to fight goblins, zombies, and other creatures. No, at best, they typically like to remain in the background, jotting down observations that can be recorded in the Chronicles. And so far, none of them seem to be jumping at the chance to go from historian to combatant. And that means we might be a bit short-handed for a while. I suppose I should not be surprised.

The Sentinels have played an important role in Books 1 and 2, and they play a similar role in Book 3: Pure Magic, coming soon.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

And So It Has Begun...

I was over in the Province of Lightning this last week talking to Balder, the leader of the centaurs. They have been guarding the barrier separating the Province of Lightning from the Province of the Dead. Apparently, goblins have engaged in some feeble attempts to break through the barrier.

Reece posted something a long time ago about goblins and how annoying they are, and quite frankly, their level of annoyance has increased even more now that the Realm is once again united. It seems they aren't quite smart enough to figure out two things.

First, they aren't quick enough to make it to the barrier before the centaurs will drop them with their bows.

Second, even if they make it to the barrier itself, they won't be strong enough to get through it. But apparently, they have tried several times.

I may have to check with the elves guarding the barrier in the Province of Light and see if anything like this has happened over there. I guess if nothing else, it gives us something to do while we wait patiently for the next crisis affecting the Realm of Magic or the natural world. I was hoping to spend all my time with Cassie, now that she's moved in, but I guess sometimes duty calls...

The centaurs and Balder will play a prominent role in Book 3: Pure Magic. In the meantime, see what you've missing in Books 1 and 2. You can find them on Amazon.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cassie Moved In

A few days ago, Nikko revealed this interesting little artifact he created. It was a beautiful little pendant crafted by the dwarves and sparked with fire magic from Nikko.

My sisters and I were pretty impressed that our Teacher and Protector learned to create an artifact (and of course I asked him when he was going to teach me), but we were blown away when we found out what the artifact could do.

He didn't tell us about the artifact to pat himself on the back, though (I would have, but he didn't). No, he told us about it because he wanted to ask our permission to bring Cassie to the Realm of Magic, to let her live with us inside Cloudline.

The three of us stared blankly at him, wondering why on earth he would think we would have a problem with Cassie coming to Cloudline. It was me and Jolie who first tried to get Nikko and Cassie together. We wanted to see him happy, and we knew there was something there. And, of course, we were right.

We all agreed we would love to have Cassie here. She's funny, she makes Nikko laugh, and quite frankly, things are much more lighthearted with her around. Why wouldn't we want her here? And so, Cassie is going to move in with us!

Want to learn more about Cassie's experiences in the Realm of Magic? You'll have to wait for Book 3: Pure Magic. But in the meantime, learn more about her budding romance with Nikko by reading Book 2 of the Three Wizards Chronicles, on sale at Amazon.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Visit with Belana

I decided to have myself a little picnic in Unicorn Valley this week with my sisters Jolie and Reece. I really wanted to take some time getting to know a few of the unicorns. After all, I owe Belana my life. She is the Queen of the Unicorns, and she saved me when I took on too much magic inside the Hall of Wizards. If it weren't for her, I would be dead.

I find unicorns to be such fascinating creatures. They were sparked with a bit of earth, wind, and water magic, creatures designed to be the healers of the Realm. Most of them can't fly, but instead roam freely inside Unicorn Valley. And once a year, Belana travels to the natural world to tap into some of the pure magic that exists there. She uses that pure magic to replenish her healing powers. It is a connection that was established eons ago, and one that remains to this day.

Though she tried to sound optimistic about the future, Belana is worried her healing powers will be needed a lot more in the future. Though the fairies seem to be unfazed by the unification of the Realm of Magic, the unicorns are worried the reunification is the first step toward all-out war. I hope she's wrong about that, because I'd hate to see this beautiful place torn to pieces, all because Balthazar and Reece reunited the Realm of Magic.

Will Belana's concerns become reality? Find out in Book 3: Pure Magic, on sale soon. In the meantime, learn more about Belana and the unicorns by reading Three Wizards Chronicles Book 2: The Box of Death.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Dragon's Eye View

I decided to take a ride on Swiftwind the other day. In case you forgot, she is the magical white dragon that has saved our butts on several occasions. It was good to see her and to spend some time flying over the Realm of Magic.

We got to check out the beautiful blue rivers, lakes, and oceans of the Realm. We got to see the majestic forests that are home to the elves. We got to fly over the roaring fires that serve as the forges for the dwarves. And we got to see the unicorns roaming about their fields.

And all of this beauty was taken in from above, from the dragon's eye view of the Realm of Magic. It was both breathtaking and a bit overwhelming at the same time. To see the vastness of the realm laid out beneath me was something I will never forget. I've seen some beautiful scenery since I've become a wizard, but nothing compares to the beauty of this realm. I would imagine that in some ways, this is what the natural world looked like before the rise of modern civilizations. So untouched by progress that it is beyond imagination. Unfortunately, now that the creatures in the Province of the Dead are among us, I wonder how long that beauty will last.

How long will it remain pristine and untouched by war? Find out in Three Wizards Chronicles Book 3: Pure Magic, on sale soon. In the meantime, don't forget to read Books 1 and 2.