Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Guiamo Chronicles...Soon To Be Printed

All four books should be uploaded to Createspace by the end of today.  All four manuscripts have been uploaded.  We are waiting for the final adjustments on the book covers.  Hopefully very soon the Guiamo Chronicles will be available in print!  If you want to get started now you can download the first 20% of each book free at Smashwords.  Each book is listed below with it's description and book cover.

                             The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo  by Marshall Best

Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best weaves an epic story that portrays the ancient world as it might have been, a world which the ancient historians recorded as fact; a time when gods ruled the earth and strange creatures dominated the land.  It is the era of civilized conquerors exploring distant and primitive new lands. Scant recordings left to us today only touch on the fringe of the fantastic and brutal reality that existed in those distant lands of the west.  Into this age, young Guiamo enters the world stage as the great game-changer, and by his hand the gods and beasts become destined to disappear into myth and legend.

Book 1  

                                       
Guiamo
In 60 B.C., ten-year-old Guiamo Durmius Stoloan exceptionally gifted Roman orphan, is abandoned inGaul.  Left to fend for himself, Guiamo is set onto a path of legend.  Recognized by the gods as having world-changing talents, he is given a weapon that changes his destiny and the world’s forever.

Book 2 


                                  



Cúmóro
Guiamo Durmius Stolo sails in 55 B.C. with Rome’s 7th Legion as Julius Caesar invades Britain.  But Caesar has not before encountered the Fomori, a dominion of wicked creatures which wage war against the human inhabitants and dominate much of Britain.  Armed with his god-made spear, Guiamo joins with the tribal kings against their Fomori foe when Caesar departs.

Book 3 

                                  
Mórlános
Having destroyed the Fomori in Britain, Guiamo Durmius Stolo decides in 51 B.C. to bring the Cruthin people, once slaves to the Fomori, to Ireland, but encounters the Fomori who reside there as well. Guiamo discovers that the gods venerated by the Druids are unworthy.  The gods are displeased with him and begin to work against him.

Book 4

                           
                                                                         



Inis Emain Ablach
In 50 B.C. Guiamo Durmius Stolo finds himself victor over the detested Fomori whose leader, Cichol, is slain and those few who survived are scattered.  Guiamo explores the secret places where Cichol kept his most important secrets and discovers there the treasures of Cichol’s master, the goddess Domnu.






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Friday, January 25, 2013

The author extraordinaire!


                                  Marshall enjoying writing in South Haven, Michigan                        
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Oh Where Has My Blogger Gone?

Updating this blog has been on the list of things to do....was thrilled and saddened to see that several people visited today....alas....to a mostly empty blog.  Getting the news out about The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo is a lot of fun and takes a lot of time.  Marshall Best began writing this series about five years ago and spends a great deal of his free time working on the next book.  He is currently about half way through book five in the series.  In addition to writing, he is the father of six children and a business owner.  He is not a huge fan of technology...not that he thinks it's bad...he just prefers pen and paper and doesn't have the time to learn all the ins and outs of so much of the social media.  He has officially appointed his wife Tracey as his marketing director....remember the earlier sentence about the six children?  Now you understand partly why the blog has not been updated.  We have established a presence on Twitter and are making connections to many other authors.  It's a whole new world to discover out there.  Marshall's wife Tracey has often referred to him as a "walking encyclopedia."  He is a voracious reader and is constantly reading something.  He enjoys many kinds of books...Tom Clancy, Bernard Cornwell, Tolkein, Frank Herbert's Dune Series, Star Trek, Star Wars,  history of any kind and even Loeb's Classical Library.  His wife wonders how he can read some of the things he does.  He often flips from something non-fiction to fiction which he calls "brain candy."  The Guiamo Chronicles started in the heart of a father tucking his little girl in bed.  WHAT? you say.  Well, let's explain a little more.  While putting his young daughter to bed he began telling her stories that he made up.  As he continued, he decided that they were pretty good and he would write them down.  They became known as The Princess Meredith Bedtime Tales and will someday be published as well.  He decided after writing five or six of these stories that it would be a great idea to write a story for each of his children.  He came up with ideas for three story lines and began with Guiamo......NEVER realizing that it would grow into the epic story it has become.  He has the skeleton of the story all mapped out right up to book nine.....it will just take time to put it all on paper so he can share it with you his readers.
   
Marshall has done extensive research in the writing of this series.  He has binders of info he has collected about the actual people of the time, places, legends, Roman calendar, battles that took place.  He has masterfully woven actual places, people and events into a magnificent story.  It truly is right up there with The Lord of the Rings.  The picture he plans on putting on the back of his books once they are available in print is of him sitting on the beach writing....pen and paper in hand.  Wherever he goes whether it be to a family gathering, the beach as you see in the picture, lunch at his favorite hang-out Stake-N-Shake, vacation....his binder goes with him.....he writes all his ideas out longhand and then transfers them to the computer where he prints the latest copy and marks it, changes it, reworks it....  He is often heard to say..."wait a minute, I need to write this down before I forget it."  Whether the world of readers decides his work is worthy of their time, only time will tell.  He has given copies of the book before it was published to many who have enjoyed it.  One fifteen year old who is an avid reader said it was one of the best books he'd ever read.

Regardless of it's success, the story itself has been a gift not only to his children, but to himself as well.  In a world where pressures abound, challenges assail us and there seems not enough of us, our money or our time to go around, his writing has been a true joy, a place of peace, excitement, discovery.....  It will continue to be that for him for many years to come.  I'm sure many other writers out there would wholeheartedly agree that it has been the same for them.

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