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Title: Revelations & The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: The Merlin Chronicles
Author: Daniel Diehl
Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure
Length: 388 pages & 342 pages
Release Date: September 2013 & May 2014
Imprint: Mythos Press
SYNOPSIS BOOK ONE:Merlin the Magician only exists in myth and legend – at least that’s what archaeology student Jason Carpenter thought until he discovered the mysterious orb that had housed history’s greatest wizard for 1,600 years.
Forced into an uneasy alliance, Jason and Merlin are sucked into a web of deceit, intrigue and murder that sends them on a chaotic race to outwit, and out run, Merlin’s ancient nemesis, the evil sorceress Morgana le Fay, her gang of drug smugglers and a 500 year-old Chinese necromancer. Tis a race against time to complete their quest before an army of dragons are unleashed on a vulnerable and unsuspecting 21st century world.
SYNOPSIS BOOK TWO:
After being accidentally thrown into the modern world of the 21st century, the wizard, Merlin teamed up with archaeology student, Jason Carpenter to aid him in his battle against the evil sorcerous, Morgana le Fay.
In this second book of The Merlin Chronicles, Merlin braves the mysterious depths of Morgana's underground lair in search of the alien device with which she communicates with the Dragon Lords.
Meanwhile, Jason is forced to battle his way across war-torn Central Africa in search of a legendary gem that holds the key to closing the dragon gate forever. When Merlin is captured by Morgana's thugs, Jason and Beverley, must risk their lives and the future of mankind in a desperate effort to save their friend.
Guest Post: Merlin and How He Got to Your House
For those of you unfamiliar with my previous work I’m going to risk boring you and tell you a little about my writing work over the past 15 or 20 years. In previous lives I did other things but in 1996 I published my first book ‘Constructing Medieval Furniture’ (Stackpole Books). Yeah, I know, a book on building copies of 700 year old chests seems like an odd place to start a writing career but everybody starts someplace and this book must have worked because another one followed in 2000 and just this year my writing partner, Mark Donnelly, and I brought out a bigger and better 3rd medieval furniture book. So between 1996 and now Mark Donnelly and I have written 20 nonfiction books including a lot of fun history stuff like our biggest hit ‘Eat Thy Neighbour: a History of Cannibalism’ which is now out in 10 foreign translations. Together we also wrote more than 170 hours of documentary television for places like History Channel, History International, Biography, Discovery, National Geographic, and on, and on, and on. But I always wanted to write a novel – something really fun – something people could sink their teeth into – or does that sound too much like Eat Thy Neighbour? Anyway, around 2005 I started work on ‘Revelations: book one of The Merlin Chronicles’ and talked to some of my publishers. Problem was, they all only published nonfiction. So I talked to other houses and they said “Oh, we can’t publish that, you’re a nonfiction writer.” Then after the crash of 2008 the worldwide marked for books plummeted by 40%, ebooks started eating into publishers’ profits and publishers were too scared to do much of anything. By the spring of 2012 I had decided to publish myself as an ebook only when I was approached by Sunbury Press who, as they say in the ‘Godfather’, “made me an offer I couldn’t refuse”. So here it is ‘Revelations: book one of The Merlin Chronicles’ and it only took me 7 years to get it published, but I’m glad I stuck with it and I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
Daniel Diehl has been an author, writer and investigative historian for thirty-five years. For nearly twenty years Diehl has been involved in writing for publication and documentary television production. Mr. Diehl’s work has won awards from the Houston (Texas) Film Festival, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US) and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Arts Foundation. Working alone and as a part of the multi-award winning team of Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly, Diehl has produced work in two main categories; trade publication and television documentary scripts. His canon of work includes twenty non-fiction books (which have been translated into ten foreign languages), one previous work of fiction and scripts for more than one hundred and seventy hours of documentary television primarily for A&E Network, The History Channel, History International, Biography Channel and Discovery Network.