Truth or Lie with Crystal Collier Concludes

If you checked out my Truth or Lie post with Crystal Collier last week, where I told two truths and a lie, now you can learn which story was a lie. The stories went like this:

1. I know some guys in a local St. Louis band called Earl. Back stage at one of their shows at the Pageant, they asked me to go out after the break and play bass, which I did.
2. I’ve met Rob Zombie. In a strange sort of creepy, quazi-ironic way, I met him on Easter Sunday.
3. I have a tendency to win front row seats to concerts. I’ve seen Billy Joel, Elton John, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers all from the front row.

Check out Crystal’s blog post this week to learn which is the lie. And congratulations to Susan Swiderski for guessing correctly. She wins a paperback copy of Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud and an eBook copy of The Squire and the Slave Master. While you’re there, you can check out Crystal’s Top 10 List of books in 2015.


Exciting News for 2015

This will likely be my shortest blog post ever.

I’ve signed the contract with Muse It Up Publishing to have my second novel published. It’s titled THE SQUIRE AND THE SLAVE MASTER, and it’s the first of two sequels to UNVEILING THE WIZARDS’ SHROUD. Here’s the tentative blurb:

The award winning Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud (CLC’s Best First Novel 2014) chronicled Yara, Owen, and Cedric’s quest to revive King Kendrick from a dark, magical spell. After the adventure to save King Kendrick, for Yara, everyday life has grown monotonous. The dull work of learning her father’s blacksmithing trade, and the pressure from her parents to decide what she plans on doing with her life, has her nerves so stressed she snaps at her father’s slightest teasing.

Lucky for her, a surprise messenger from the castle brings the king’s request for her to join a collaborative mission between the Central and Western Domains of Wittatun to stop a recently discovered slave operation in a land to the west. King Kendrick and Owen want her to accompany the mission as a secret weapon disguised as a squire.

She has to keep secret not only her magical abilities from any possible traitors, but also her gender. The people of the Western Domain have a superstition prohibiting girls from sailing. But a chill wind carries the distinct odor of sabotage. Can one girl survive to destroy an evil rooted much deeper than mere slavery?

THE SQUIRE AND THE SLAVE MASTER will release August 4, 2015.

The Year Ahead.

First, I’d like to welcome all the new subscribers to I had an internet problem and haven’t made a new post in a while, but a lot of people joined the site anyway. I’d like to think many of you came across Unveiling the Wizard’s Shroud, enjoyed it, and decided to follow my blog.

This year, I plan on continuing the format I switched to toward the end of last year. I’ll read a book, ask the author some questions, and post their responses here. The first few I plan are Jimena Novaro’s Blue Rabbit, Janie Franz’s Bowdancer, J.H. McCarthy’s Detective for the Innocent, and Bryan Fields’ Life with a Fire-Breathing Girlfriend. If this continues to work well, I have many more to read.

Some reviews have started coming in for Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, so I thought I’d close this post by pasting them here; just incase you discovered this site without reading my book.

As the only son to King Kendrick, Owen despises the idea of being king one day. Magician may be the only career he’d like less. He has dreaded the days leading up to his fifteenth birthday, when his father will certainly declare Owen heir to the throne. But at the birthday celebration, his father falls ill. The only person in the kingdom that may be able to save him is a magician–the very same magician Owen holds responsible for the death of his mother.

Owen and his companions will have to travel the continent of Wittatun in search of the cure for King Kendrick. On the journey, they will battle strange beasts and harsh climates, befriend extraordinary magicians, and meet a dragon before returning to Innes Castle–where much has happened in the days since they departed.

Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud by Eric Price

Owen is the only son and heir to the throne of his father King Kendrick. The King becomes very ill and it is up to Owen with the help of Cedric, the wizard to save his father.

A compelling tale of adventure, dragons, magic, secrets and danger. Owen is a fascinating character, I really liked him. I loved the writing style, and the story line. A definite page turner that will grab the attention of Y/A as well as Adult reads. Fantastic read.

Review by  Sheri A. Wilkinson.

Unveiling the Wizards Shroud is a wonderful compelling tale of adventure, magic, dragons , danger and secrets. Owen is the only son and heir to his Father King Kendrick. When the King becomes ill it is up to Own and the wizard Cedric to save his father. Owen is a fascinating character. I loved the story line. A real page turner if you like fantasy adventure I highly recommend for Y/A to Adult readers. I look forward to reading more books by Eric Price.

Review by lady g

Eric Price takes the reader on a breathless journey in his YA fantasy Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud. Owen is the only son of King Kendrick, making him the most likely candidate of heir to the throne despite the fact that his mother never married the king. When Owen’s father falls ill, he must leave the safety of the castle and face the perils of Death Desert and the lands beyond. Worst of all his companion is the magician Cedric, and Owen doesn’t completely trust any man of magic.

Owen fights not only magical creatures on his journey, but his own misgivings about magic and Wizards. He struggles to reach deep inside of himself to find the magic to make it back home to save his father. Along the way he learns the harsh truths of the Wizard Rebellion, including the true tale of his mother’s death. I was swept off my feet as I traveled along with Owen on both his physical and personal quest.

Reviewed by Katie L. Carroll

UNVEILING THE WIZARD’S SHROUD by Eric Price is a young adult tale about a powerful journey through discovery of truths a young prince must learn to move on into his place in salvaging his kingdom.

This is a story rich with magic, misconceptions, opening to the power trickling within, and ultimately giving up on long held ideals so you can grow into a force evil cannot deflect.

A FIVE STAR STORY, I, as a former teacher, can eagerly recommend to the young of all ages.

Nice Work, Eric Price

Reviewed by Lady Bug Lin

I just finished reading Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud and find myself eager to sing its praises. Fifteen-year-old Owen sets off on a quest (I just love a good quest!) to save his father, the king. Finding help where he least expects it, Owen is forced to rethink some of his long-held beliefs. In doing so, he discovers a strength he never knew possible.

As I read this book, it brought to mind some of my favorites—from Narnia to Harry Potter, with a dash of Dungeons & Dragons thrown in. Eric Price created a fascinating world inhabited by compelling characters. Well done!

(PS: the companion short story, The Best Magic, is pretty awesome, too, in a heart-warming way.)

Review by HFBrainerd

Thank you to everyone who has read Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, and double thanks if you reviewed it. It means a lot to us new authors. I look forward to posting more reviews here in the future.

A Look at Owen’s Personality: One Week Until Release Day

With only a week until Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud’s release, I allowed Owen, the main character, to interview me. You can see the result on Mary Waibel’s blog: Waibel’s World. This is the first real look at Owen’s personality I’ve offered.

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I appeared on Susan Royal’s blog earlier in the week explaining how Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud came to exist. I don’t know exactly what happens when you reblog, so I thought I’d try it.

Susan A. Royal

Author Photo

Today I’m doing a blog swap with fellow Muser, Eric Price. It’s great to have him here. Let’s find out a little bit about him.

Eric grew up in central Illinois. He now lives in northwest Iowa with his wife and two sons. He began publishing in 2008 when he started writing a quarterly column for a local newspaper. His first short story, “Ghost Bed and Ghoul Breakfast,” a spooky children’s tale about a haunted bed and breakfast, came out later the same year. He has published more than 30 nonfiction articles/columns, four short stories, and a poem. Three of his short stories have won honorable mention in the CrossTIME Annual Science Fiction contest. This is his first novel.

A Sci-Fi Writer Becomes a Fantasy Writer
or Why I Wrote Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud
by Eric Price

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Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud: Excerpt 2

Okay, this (relatively) young website/blog reached its 1000 viewer this week (I also hit 300 Twitter followers). Maybe it doesn’t seem like a lot to those of you who have been blogging for a while (or have some natural talent at it), but I’m happy with the progress so far. I still have a lot of work to do, and even more features to learn. So while I’m learning, you can read the promised excerpt from Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud. I’ve also included a single paragraph that appeared on Facebook this week. I’ll call it Excerpt 1.5. Excerpt 2 is a flashback story of Cedric’s. I tell you this to justify why he’s younger in Excerpt 2 than Excerpt 1.5. I hope you enjoy this little double-dose of Cedric.

Excerpt 1.5:

Rounding the corner into a hall that opened to the courtyard of the Keep, he saw someone he tried to avoid at all costs: the king’s magician, Cedric. The man’s thick, black beard with streaks of gray stretched almost to his waist. His black robe had white specks throughout. Is that the color of the material, or filth? He had the hood of his robe lowered to his shoulders, and a nest of unkempt, black and gray hair encircled his head like a wreath. Owen couldn’t even hide in the throng, as the once crowded corridor seemed empty all of a sudden. He pretended to study the stained glass windows lining the hall. Each frame depicted a famous battle from the glorious history of the Central Domain.

Excerpt 2:

The cool night air blew in Cedric’s face. His new beard, now reaching the neck of his cloak, ruffled in the breeze. He hoped the sound of rustling leaves and tree branches would help mask his own sounds as he sneaked behind Argnam’s cabin.

Cedric took his staff and drew the outline of a door on the back wall. He stepped away and the line started glowing faint chartreuse. Within the outline, the wall almost vaporized to dust. It piled on the ground as quiet as a phantom; the chirping crickets didn’t even break from their merry song.

Creeping through the makeshift doorway, Cedric saw the figures of a man and a woman lying in bed. The moonlight cast enough of a glow for him to recognize the man as Argnam. He couldn’t identify the woman; her long blond hair obscured her face.

As he approached the side of the bed, he raised the dagger he brought for the assassination. He took a deep breath before plunging it into Argnam’s chest.

The woman’s leg flashed out of the covers, striking him in the chest and knocking the wind out of him. She sprang from the bed. Her feet met his face in a rapid succession of kicks, topping the skill of a master fighter.

Gasping for breath and unable to stand, Cedric fell to his hands and knees and looked up at the approaching woman. The moon silhouetted her female form. Light reflected on her face, and Cedric recognized Necrose before she raised her leg over her head, and slammed the heel of her foot into his face. Total darkness enveloped him.

Please join me on the YA Guy Blog

Today I magically travel back to Pennsylvania. This time to visit Josh Bellin, host of the YA Guy blog. On his blog, he focuses on promoting young adult literature to men. Please join me to learn more about me, my book, Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, and to read an excerpt. And don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you feel so inclined. Let’s go!


Today I reveal more about my book with Lorrie Struiff

Today I electronically travel to Pennsylvania to visit Lorrie Struiff. Please join me to learn more about my YA fantasy novel coming out in November, Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud. This post includes a new “behind the scenes” segment. In it, Yara (my main female protagonist) learns the king has fallen ill, and Owen has left in search of the cure. How will Yara react to the news? Click here to find out!