Crown of Three – Epic Collection

Crown of Three Epic CollectionIt’s publication day for the Crown of Three Epic Collection, a box set of the complete fantasy trilogy for younger readers that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. Publishers Simon and Schuster call it “a Game of Thrones for a younger audience” and I’m cool with that.

The series kicks off with Crown of Three, continues with The Lost Realm, and concludes with A Kingdom Rises. Here’s the blurb:

Family secrets combine with fantasy in this epic tale of battle, magic, strange creatures, power, and fate. Separated at birth, triplets Tarlan, Elodie, and Gulph have grown up knowing nothing about each other. However, an ancient prophecy says that the three will one day be reunited, overthrow the king, and bring peace to the land.

Each of the triplets has a special power that sets him or her apart from other people. Tarlan can speak to animals. Elodie can hear the voices of ghosts. And Gulph can become invisible. But what use are these abilities if they can’t stay alive long enough to claim the throne?

As three new stars shine in the nighttime sky, events are driving them together, but will the triplets live? Let alone rule?

I wrote the series under the pseudonym J.D. Rinehart. Why? Because my contribution as author is just part of a massive effort by a team of editors and storyline writers. It was an rewarding gig and, now that the project’s complete, it’s a real treat to see the whole trilogy packaged up like this.

Book Trailer Tease


Book Trailer Test-1Anticipating the publication of my next novel – out at the end of the year – I’ve started work on a book trailer. All right, I’ll confess, it’s really just an excuse for me to fool around with some new animation techniques – well, new to me, anyway. Before you ask, no, I still can’t reveal what the book is. The best I can offer at this early stage is the above enigmatic video clip that represents my latest animation test. It’s just four second long, so blink and you’ll miss it.

“A Kingdom Rises” – Czech Edition

A Kingdom Rises - Czech edition

I just got author comps for the Czech edition of A Kingdom Rises, the final novel in my Crown of Three fantasy trilogy for younger readers. Check out that gorgeous cover art!

New Fiction Bubbling Under

Book trailer test frame

Yes, I know, you haven’t seen much new fiction from me recently. This year that’s going to change.

First up, in July 2018, Simon & Schuster will publish the Crown of Three Epic Collection. It’s a three-volume box set collecting together my trio of fantasy novels for young readers, written under the pseudonym J.D. Rinehart – Crown of Three, The Lost Realm and A Kingdom Rises. Okay, maybe these books don’t quite fall into the ‘new’ category, but it’s a thrill to see them all smartly packaged up like this.

The real ‘new’ comes at the end of the year, however, when you’ll be able to get your hands on my brand new novel. Call me a tease, but I’m holding off saying too much about it until a little nearer the publication date. So what can I tell you? Well, it’s a fantasy novel. It’s closely connected to some of my earlier fiction. It’s also a little strange.

Right now I’m looking forward to the imminent copy editing process with my publishers – a smashing bunch of people I’ve worked with before – while simultaneously having tremendous fun putting together a book trailer and accompanying website. With the publication date some way off, you might think it’s crazy to start such nonsense now, but with my animation render times going rapidly through the roof I figure it makes sense to get ahead of the game.

In fact, the image at the top of this post is one of the trailer test frames. If you’re familiar with my fiction, this sneaky peek may give you a clue as to what’s in store …

3rd Strike Reviews “A Kingdom Rises”

A Kingdom Rises is the third and final novel in my Crown of Three fantasy trilogy for younger readers, and was delighted to discover the review site 3rd Strike has given the book a healthy 8.5/10 score. Here’s an extract from the online review:

“J. D. Rinehart (Graham Edwards) does a great job keeping the young Game of Thrones vibe intact … The conclusive part of the Crown of Three trilogy offers the same qualitative and exciting storyline as its predecessors … the characters still evolve, the story remains entertaining for young and old and you’ll get a satisfying ending.”

As the review also points out, the book is definitely big on battles, so if you’re in the mood for action on a grand scale, this is the one for you!

A Kingdom Rises This Month

Crown of Three - A Kingdom Rises

It’s always a good day when a new author’s comp drops into my mailbox. Here’s the latest: A Kingdom Rises, the final instalment of my fantasy trilogy for middle grade readers, with yours truly writing under the pseudonym J.D. Rinehart. It’s out in hardback on May 30, 2017, so if you haven’t read the first two volumes now is the perfect time to catch up.

Here’s the blurb from the inside jacket cover:

An ancient prophecy says that when three stars appear in the sky, triplets will take the throne and peace will come to the land. The stars have appeared, and the triplets are Gulph, Tarlan and Elodie. But the prophecy has failed.

Tarlan saw Gulph die during a final confrontation with their undead father. Gulph fell from a burning tower, and there’s no way he could have survived … even with Gulph’s special abilities.

As for his sister, Elodie, Tarlan is convinced that she’s a traitor who betrayed the rebellion and her family just so she could have the throne to herself.

With nothing left to believe in, Tarlan is abandoning both the cause and his pack of wild animals and is heading north.

But appearances can be deceiving. And in a world of magic and deceit, mistaking lies for truth can be deadly.

3rd Strike Reviews “The Lost Realm”

Crown of Three: The Lost Realm - Dutch EditionHaving devoured Crown of Three, my fantasy novel for younger readers, review site 3rd Strike has tucked into its sequel, The Lost Realm. Here’s an extract from the online review of the Dutch edition:

“J. D. Rinehart (Graham Edwards) shows he can come up with an interesting plot that still runs very strongly in this second installment of the series … The Lost Realm is an exciting continuation of the story that was slowly being laid out in the first issue. In this book you’ll see how the powers of the [triplets] evolve and how their arduous quest truly kicks off. If you were into the first book, this one will surely push you to the edge of your seat in this constant struggle to finally liberate Toronia from the evil that runs amok.”

I would be failing in my duty, however, if I did not share this warning from the reviewer:

“Before you know it, the casualties are piling up, again invoking that Game of Thrones for teenagers vibe, which actually works quite well for this series. That being said, perhaps for some ten-year olds this series might be a bit too violent, as some gory scenes are described in detail.”

You have been warned!

The Lost Realm Cover Choice

 

The Lost Realm - German and Czech editions

I’m spoiled for choice. Having just received the German and Czech editions of The Lost Realm, my fantasy novel for young readers, I just can’t decide which cover I prefer. Do you have a favourite?

The Lost Realm is the second volume in the ongoing Crown of Three series, written under the pseudonym J.D. Rinehart. The final volume in the saga, A Kingdom Rises, will be published by Simon & Schuster on May 30, 2017.

Sledge-Lit 2016

Sledge-Lit 2016If you want to hear me blathering on about dark tales, fantasy moviemaking, and many of the strange things that fill up my head, book yourself a place at Sledge-Lit 2016.

This one-day convention is the Christmas special edition of the ever-popular Edge-Lit, Derby’s ongoing celebration of science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction. Guests of honour include science fiction author Justina Robson, novelist and screenwriter Stephen Volk, and British Fantasy Award-winning writer Sarah Pinborough.

You’ll find a host of other literary guests lurking on a wide range of panels throughout the day. If all that’s not enough, you can take part in workshops, attend book launches, visit the dealers’ room, and generally hang out with a bunch of like-minded folk eager to kick off the Christmas festivities early with a healthy dollop of speculative storytelling.

As for yours truly, you’ll find me on Shadows Lengthen, the first panel of the day, where I’ll be debating the topic “Has fantasy becoming darker been good for the genre?” with my fellow panellists KT Davies, Mark Latham and Freda Warrington.

Sledge-Lit 2016 takes place on Saturday 26 December, from 10:00am–6:00pm, at the Derby QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS, United Kingdom. Your £25 ticket will earn you a goodie bag and access to all events on the day.

The Lost Realm – Review Roundup

The Lost Realm by J.D. RinehartThe reviews are stacking up on Goodreads for The Lost Realm, the sequel to Crown of Three – my fantasy novel for middle grade readers. In fact, the book has a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating on the popular bibliophile’s website. Here’s what a couple of readers have to say:

Somewhat darker than the first, but an excellent read. Full of action, adventure and magic, and intrigue, this is truly a great series for kids who want a Game of Thrones like read.

I need more of this series now!! So glad it turned out to be such a good read.

And Homewood Public Library rates the book as:

Highly recommended for grades 4-6.

Want to know more? Here’s the blurb for The Lost Realm:

The kingdom of Toronia is being torn apart by civil war. The only hope comes in the form of illegitimate triplets, who are prophesied to kill the king and rule together in peace. Separated at birth and scattered throughout the realms, the triplets face a desperate fight to secure their destiny. Will they survive long enough to rule?

The resurrected King Brutan and his army of the dead control the city of Idilliam. Outside, Elodie and Tarlan are trying to hold their own army together and find a way to rescue their brother Gulph who is trapped inside the city. Or is he? Gulph has found a passageway to the lost realm of Celestis, which lies beneath Idilliam. Meanwhile, Tarlan and the wizard Melchior set out on a quest to restore the wizard’s powers, leaving Elodie and her army to keep watch. But Elodie is betrayed, her troops slaughtered, and she is taken captive by Lord Vicerin, her former guardian, who is determined to use her to get to the throne.

Seemingly further from the throne than ever, the triplets will need to use all of their strength and abilities if they are to survive—let alone rule.

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