About The Tales of Tyrennia Book II

I’d love to say that book II is finished and announce a release date. But no. I’m still in the process of getting this manuscript ready for beta readers. However, I can state that the first five chapters are ready for those readers.

As of today, I’ll start revamping chapters six through ten. The opening of book II is certainly ‘full’ but not to the point of overwhelming the reader. It’s action-packed with a detective type mystery to keep readers immersed and interested.

Despite the word ‘mystery’, remember, The Tales of Tyrennia is first and foremost a fantasy series.


You may have noticed that this blog now has a Classic Rock category and I’ve been making posts concerning the anniversaries of my favorite albums. Chalk it up to a new method to my madness.

P.S. We’ve all been ‘under the weather’ lately and that is the reason why I’m late with posts concerning classic rock releases.


I’ve written two more short stories as well. I’d like to release a small collection of seven shorts, we’ll see which ones will make the cut. As it stands, I’ve got twelve shorts done and I simply do not want to release all of them at once. But, as you know, having a written draft is one thing and being ready for publication is quite another thing.

Storm of Divine Light contained many veiled cinematic references and shout-outs. Guess what? Book II has references to classic rock bands / songs / musicians. Remember, I once made an entire series of posts which listed my favorite films from each decade.

I believe that burying the references can make even a fantasy novel a much more enjoyable read.

How many WIP’s do you have at the moment?

Names in Fantasy Novels

Naming Conventions Can Be Quite A Sticky Problem

From the Seven Seas of R’haquirkh to characters names like Ma’charlkh, and the city of Shavartanshiquilltengshui, the naming conventions within Fantasy novels can be veritable tongue twisters. Such discombobulated names that almost contain every letter of the alphabet with apostrophes can aggravate and disorient readers much like a jump cut from a French New Wave film.

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If any of the above names have actually appeared in a Fantasy Novel…well that’s just dumb luck.

Of course, from the other side of the coin comes an equally viable point of view. A main character named Paul, with his trusty sidekick Tommy, and love interest Lucy, from Milltown, could also serve as a means to prevent reader immersion. These names are too close to the real world and can block out your world-building efforts.

Names I’m Using

In my forthcoming fantasy novel, the first in the series called The Tales of Tyrennia (were you able to pronounce that?), I use the following names. I suppose I tried to be somewhat exotic without being too far-fetched.

Main Character: Dagorat – Secondary Characters: Cyril; Katrina; Liberon – Tertiary Characters: King Baldomir; Brother Maynard; Craicwyth; Magda; and Lhinthel (the Elven Queen). Villains: Lamortain and Xantasia.

Kingdoms: Ravenna, Quintalia, Easterly

Cities & Towns: Mentiria, Jalken, Ethelton, Dun Targill

Of course I’ll ask my beta readers too, but I’d to like to have it all fixed before I send them anything.

Did any of these names make you stumble? Got any suggestions or changes?