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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Dead Magic

Balthazar
The Dead Magic is a powerful force indeed. It has the power to corrupt everything and everyone it touches. It can transform even the most benevolent person into a twisted, distorted version of his former self. I have seen it before, and I have tapped into that power on so many occasions.

Even the creatures I summon from the abyss are twisted and distorted. Goblins, trolls, ogres, and other creatures with the spark of the Dead Magic are driven to spread that dead magic wherever they go. In the natural world, enough creatures could transform a majestic forest into a desolate wasteland. Imagine what would happen to the natural world if the Lords of the Dead - like Jhophes and Skree - could have the freedom to spread their desolation with little resistance. If the wizards of the light magic were to die - all of them - then that allow the Dead Magic to have its day.

It is only a matter of time before another dark and desolate period occurs for the natural world, and I guarantee those dark times will be spawned by the Rise of the Dead Magic. And it will not be spawned just by some wizard and an army of goblins and zombies. No, it will be spawned by a wizard with an army of Lords of the Dead Magic. It will be spawned by transforming the normals in the natural world into twisted, distorted versions of themselves. It will be spawned by the inability of the light magic to protect the natural world.

Want to learn more about Balthazar? Download Rise of the Dead Magic now.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Practice Makes Perfect

Wizard Reece
All this talk of gloom and doom by Balthazar makes me want to change the subject on this blog. So, instead, I would like to talk a little bit about the most fundamental part of being a wizard: Practice.

I'm sure you've all heard the expression, "Practice makes perfect." While I would be the first person normally to tell you I hate to practice anything (I get bored easily), when it comes to being a wizard, practice really does make perfect.

You see, every time we use our sparks - for anything - it makes it easier for us to tap into their power the next time. So every time Nikko makes us spend time training in the Arena, it helps our sparks grow, giving us access to even more powerful magic. It takes lots of time to grow a magical spark, and that's why we spend lots of time practicing. My sisters and I have even gotten to the point now where we can summon our weapons without concentrating much at all - all thanks to our practice. That frees us up to spend our focus and concentration on casting other more powerful spells. And in time, even many of those spells will be much easier to cast.

You see, our sparks don't last forever. We can't just keep casting spell after spell. Nikko likes to tell us they're like a glass of water. Every time we use them for something, the glass gets a little emptier. And to replenish them, we have to eat and rest. The more we practice, the more water our glass can hold. Of course, when we empty that fuller glass, it takes more time to fill it all the way up.

Of course, I'd rather have a half-full extra large glass of water than a completely full itty-bitty little glass of water, so I, for one, plan to keep practicing. Maybe someday, I'll have as powerful of a spark as Nikko.

Want to learn more about Reece? Read Rise of the Dead Magic, available now.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jolie's Right

Wizard Nikko
I read what Jolie had to say about herself and her sisters. And quite frankly, I have to admit that she's right. I would never have guessed that those three girls could come so far in such a short period of time. And while they all still have much to learn, one could say the same thing about me. I'm new at this Teacher and Protector thing, and though I've been sparked for quite a long time, even I'm still learning new insights about the magic.

Heck, I remember my young days as a wizard. I nearly got myself killed on more than one occasion. Thankfully, I had a powerful Teacher and Protector named Burgess to protect me from my own incompetence. It probably took me twice as long (and maybe longer) to reach the same level that Summer, Jolie, and Reece have reached. And while I've already noted that I could never have envisioned a more powerful wizard than Burgess, I also still believe these girls are special. Only time will tell how this all plays out, but suffice it to say that I agree with Jolie. They need to have more faith in their skills and abilities. Their connection to the magic is strong, but self-doubt will only breed mistakes. Now, how to get them over their self-doubt, that is another matter entirely.

Want to read more about Nikko? Check out Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

You Two Need to Settle Down

Wizard Jolie
It appears my sisters are once again being a bit overly melodramatic, though I do think I have much better hair than Justin Bieber.

Unlike them, I worry about Balthazar's next big plan, but so far, we've been able to rise to the occasion. Reece and Summer make it sound like we're inept wizards who luck out every time we go into battle. They sure don't give themselves enough credit, and quite frankly that worries me more than Balthazar's next big plan.

Nikko has trained us well, and he continues to work with us to grow our sparks. On top of all that, we're fighting for more than just the natural world. We're fighting to protect each other. We're fighting to protect family. And that adds a whole new complexion to the battle against the dead magic.

Reece and Summer, it's time you two develop a little confidence in your abilities as wizards. We've got what it takes to keep the natural world safe for the time being. Let's not put ourselves into a panic attack worrying about the next thing that comes to Balthazar's twisted little mind. Let's focus on today and doing what we can to protect the natural world - and each other. We'll worry about tomorrow when we get there. Now please, chill out.

Want to learn more about Jolie? Check out Rise of the Dead Magic, on sale now.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Amen, Reece!

Wizard Summer
Reece said a mouthful! Nikko and Balthazar have done a fine job of getting me more than a bit anxious about things to come. I mean, let's face it, we haven't exactly hit the wizard scene like some kind of Justine Bieber "wannabe popular" act (although we have much better hair).

Heck, we're not even as flashy as Miley "bump and grind" Cyrus (I just can't bring myself to call her a twerker. Heck, if that's what we're fighting to protect, maybe it's time for the Dead Magic to just wipe some of that out).

I've been a wizard for a couple of years now, and quite frankly, I'm still kind of getting used to the idea. Sure, I've come a long way in a relatively short time, but heck, I've still got so much to learn. If Balthazar ups the stakes, we could be in for a quick, Lindsay Lohan fall from grace. And I'm not really all that eager to end up in the eternal rehab for wizards. No, thank you!

Want to learn more about Summer? Check out Rise of the Dead Magic, on sale now.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Boy, Men Like to Ramble

Wizard Reece
It's so hard to get a post on this stupid blog now that Nikko and Balthazar have started going back and forth. Sheesh!

All this talk about us having powerful sparks makes me a bit nervous. Nikko apparently sees something in us that I certainly don't see. And Balthazar sees the same thing? That's just absolutely wonderful! I can't wait to see the next big step in his "take over the natural world" plan. If it's not goblins, skeletons, and zombies, what else is he gonna pull out of his little toy box?

I already mentioned that many of our battles could have gone either way. If Balthazar ups the ante and summons something even more powerful, that might turn the tide against us. And although Nikko apparently thinks this whole sacrifice thing is something that could be necessary some day, I'm not eager to see that day come. Pardon me, but he has had a nice long life as a wizard, while I'm just getting started. I would prefer to have a bit more time to actually enjoy this whole wizard thing before I have to sacrifice myself to pass my spark on to the next wizard. I'm not trying to sound selfish here, I'm just not all that eager to be the next sacrifice for our eternal battle.

And now, my sisters and I need to weasel our way back into this blog posting thing to keep our own anxiety lower because otherwise Nikko and Balthazar are going to ramble their way into causing me a panic attack.

Want to read more about Reece and her interesting way of looking at the world? You can download Rise of the Dead Magic for $2.99.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I Gotta Agree with Balthazar!

Wizard Nikko
Balthazar apparently noticed something that I, too, have noticed in the Three Wizards. They have come a long way in a very short time. They have a whole lot of potential, and sometimes it amazed me just how quickly they have developed. Of course, I still worry about them - they're my girls! But I sense in them the potential to become powerful wizards indeed.

And that's saying something, because I trained under Burgess. At the time, I couldn't envision a more powerful wizard than him. But now, I wonder if perhaps these girls have the potential to be even more powerful than he was.

Of course, I have to say that I am now also worried because Balthazar has sensed that I have about those Three Wizards. Upping the ante is not something I look forward to. The last time he did that, Burgess, Arturo, and Devon died. If he ups the ante even more this time, we could all be in trouble...

Want to learn more about Nikko? Check out Rise of the Dead Magic, on sale now.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Their Sparks are Powerful Indeed

Balthazar
When I first encountered Nikko as the Teacher and Protector, I noticed that he had acquired himself three new wizards of the light magic. I was surprised by how quickly they had manifested themselves and perhaps even more surprised by how quickly Nikko had transformed them into wizards who could survive a battle with me and my minions.

The last time Burgess had brought a new wizard into the fold - I do not even know what his name was - he managed to get killed pretty quickly. That had be the wizard who preceded Nikko as the Wizard of Fire. He lasted maybe two or three battles against me, but he was young and did not develop as a wizard quickly enough.

And so, the fact that Nikko had taken three young girls and developed them into wizards so quickly took me a bit by surprise. There seems to be something about them that is a bit unique. Perhaps it has something to do with them being related. Perhaps Nikko is a good Teacher. I have not quite put my finger on it yet, but I sense in them something that I have never sensed before. They have powerful sparks already, and yet they are so young. It makes me wonder if perhaps our eternal war has entered a new phase. If that is true, then perhaps I need to figure out my own way to up the ante. Perhaps it is time to seek out a few more powerful creatures to summon. That might give me the advantage I need against these wizards.

Want to read more about Balthazar? Check out Rise of the Dead Magic in paperback or e-book.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Heroes

Wizard Nikko
Balthazar may think heroes are a dime a dozen, but I guess that means he doesn't really understand the concept of what a hero is. Let me start by saying I don't consider myself any sort of hero. I'm a Wizard of the Light Magic. I was called to protect the natural world with my spark. 

I've seen glimpses of what Balthazar desires for the natural world, and to me, that's just something I'm pretty sure the natural world would not appreciate very much. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you want to live in a world where the dead magic reigns supreme - even if it only lasts for a century - or even a year.

So, I don't do what I do because I'm any sort of hero. I have no delusions about my role in the eternal war. As long as there is no way to stop it - and believe me, I've looked for one - then I have to accept the fact that I am but the latest in possibly a long line of wizards. I am not the first, and I likely will not be the last. I will do what I have to do to keep the natural world safe as long as I am a wizard, and I will make whatever sacrifice I have to make to ensure darkness does not overwhelm the natural world on my watch. 

I don't think that makes me any sort of hero. I am one of the few people who have the power to keep something bad from happening where magic is concerned, and so that's what I choose to do. It's simply a matter of having the courage to do what is right.

Want to read more about Nikko? Check out Rise of the Dead Magic in paperback or e-book.