Coven of the Worm

Book One: Estranged Earth

Linda Caldwell attends Putty Hill Senior High with her friends Jane and Candy, where she meets and falls in love with an intriguing young man named David Yeng-Chi.

David seems perfect for her, but he has a dark secret. His father Hamaki had trained him to use a deadly mix of martial arts and magic in the service of his god—Chai'Huon Ju, the Defiler. David is a descendent of the Worm Clan of a long forgotten prehistoric nation called Hunjan. There were other gods and different beliefs among these people, but the Worm Clan had believed in Chai'Huon Ju's legacy of evil.

As the relationship between David and Linda grows, Linda begins to have prophetic dreams warning her to stay away from him. The visions are so insistent and frightening that she surrenders to them and breaks up with David. Enraged, David resolves to have revenge by conjuring his god to Earth.

Linda has a secret too, however—one that might help to save her soul from the Defiler. Prophecy was merely the first of her abilities to develop and—she soon discovers—there were more powers to come.

Book Two: Mystic Moon (in progress)

Eric is the son of David Yeng-Chi, who had unleashed Pure Intensity and wreaked havoc on a Maryland town in 1995—all in the name of revenge. When Eric discovers his true identity, he sets out to fulfill his destiny, which is to assemble a Coven and use it to release his evil god on Earth.

Daniel is an Avatar of the gods, and only he knows how to find the others like him. It is his destiny to gather the Avatars and lead them to battle against the Defiler before he can wage war on Heaven. Together with Dawn Lu, Linda Levinston, and FBI agent Carl Timmers, Daniel searches for Eric and his coven—hoping to find them before they can succeed with their diabolical plans.

Monday, July 23, 2007

I Got a Review!

Okay, so it isn't a professional review, but I'm still glad to get it. It shows that someone has read my story Sanctuary of the Mind (which is still free, by the way) all the way through and enjoyed it. I've also had some very encouraging comments from a couple of other people at the Lulu forums, for which I'm very grateful.

You can read the review by clicking the title at my Lulu storefront, but I'd like to post it here anyway. If anyone's interested, I'd love to hear your comments about it.

A novelette that will make you think... [ No Rating ] 16 Jul 2007 (updated 16 Jul 2007)
by Kody Boye

I'll just start this out by saying that I dove into Sanctuary of the Mind without any recognition of the author or his work. But I must say that I was not disappointed.

Sanctuary of the Mind is about a man named Leslie who--like some of the men and women who live on the outskirts of society--is addicted to drugs. He and his girlfriend have been living off drugs for a while and Sanctuary of the Mind delves into what drugs can do to a person.

I can't say too much about the novelette because--due to its length--I would end up spoiling it, but I will say right now that I really enjoyed reading this. It's a good 36 pages of material and not once does the author let you down.

A thriller, a suspense, a deeply-involved plot that keeps you reading... That's all I can say about Sanctuary of the Mind without spoiling it for the readers. I'd recommend downloading this from Lulu; it's in an e-book format and if you make a Lulu account for anything it should be to download this novelette.

I applaud Mr. Southard on this piece. It kept me reading the whole way through.


Dawn said...

That is exactly the sort of review every author wants. Well done, Michael. I'm sure it will be the first of many.

Thomma Lyn said...

Congratulations, Michael! A good review feels so... well... GOOD. Great job!

Michael said...

Thank you, Dawn and Thomma!

Crabby McSlacker said...

That's a great review! Congratulations, and I hope it's the first of many.

And how's that towel boy job coming? :) Thanks, by the way, for livening things up over at my place while I was gone. You guys totally cracked me up!

Michael said...

Thank you, Crabby, and you're welcome!

Uh...well, they hired me but fired me the very next day...they caught me flirting with one of the patrons!