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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Tour Stop: The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Foretold by Ron Hartman


Welcome to stop at The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Foretold Book Tour,
hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.
I have a guest post from Ron Hartman, the author of the novel.


World-Building
by Ron Hartman

The Prophecy Chronicles occur in another world, primarily on a large continent called Enialé. So…where do I go from there? World building can be quite a challenge when you are starting a trilogy from scratch. You want the world to be believable, so you have to invest a fair amount of time in describing the topography, geography, and political environment. You have to explore the economies of your nations—are they self-sufficient, or do they buy or sell for the goods they need? Then you have to look at the societies themselves. Where do the people come from originally? Are they a single nation, homogeneous in most ways, or are there regional differences, weighted by the cultures of different societies?

Early on, I knew I’d have to share a lot of information about Enialé, so I thought about all of these things before writing much of Prophecy Foretold. The nation at the center of the story is geographically and culturally isolated from the rest of Enialé, so naturally I needed some barriers. I wanted them to be big, daunting. Only the hardy or the foolish would even consider risking the journey to Naphthali!

So let’s make it isolated. Imagine a vast mountain range that cuts off the eastern-most shores of Enialé from the rest of the continent. The mountains are big, and by that I mean BIG! They’re too tall to safely cross in most places, and so they are given the sufficiently-daunting name of the Cloudspeaks. To the north of the Cloudspeaks is the Great Northern Swamp. It is filled with insects that can kill with one bite, enormous moor cats…and dragons (but we’ll save that for later). In the south is the Darjeen desert. It’s just as deadly as the swamp, but for different reasons. Arid hardpan stretches for untold miles, the only inhabitants the fierce warriors of the Wandering Tribes.

Now we need a people that are different from the rest of Enialé, just to make it a little more interesting. Imagine a people that have come by ship, crossing the Azure Ocean to reach the fertile lands of Naphthali. They’ve come in four waves of migration, each wave spearheaded by a different clan, landing at different points along the rocky shore. These people are all the same nationality, so their names sound similar, but they are as different from the rest of Enialé as Vikings are to Englishmen. Naturally, being different clans, there is a fair amount of turmoil within their own ranks, even before the Empire comes.

Oh, didn’t I mention the Empire? It is a conglomeration of most of the other once-free nations of Enialé. It’s led by the Emperor, a fearsome man that is said to have supernatural strength and abilities, a man that is bent on controlling the entire continent. Using treachery he’s forced his way into Naphthali shortly after the death of the Naphthalian king, bringing armies that are just as diverse as all of the countries he’s enslaved.

The Emperor has overrun Naphthali using the only two passable routes through the Cloudspeaks, Iron Gate and The Pass of Perfundi. Unlike a lot of the other nations he’s captured, though, the Naphthalians refused to submit to his will. A Resistance has sprouted up, and it battles his forces at every turn. All the while the people hold out hope that a Prophesied savior will come to set them free…

Add to this mix Daniel Marten, a man from our world that is trapped in Naphthali, unable to remember his past and powerless to help a nation that looks to him for salvation. Does that sound like a good story? I sure hope so! That is the world you’ll enter in The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Foretold. It is the first of a trilogy that will further explore the world of Enialé, as well as the lands beyond the Azure Ocean. Read on and learn more about their people and lands, rich in lore and culture. I hope you have as much fun exploring Enialé as I did creating it!



Title: The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Foretold
Author: Ron Hartman
An accident made him a savior. Now Daniel Marten struggles to find himself and a way home while the armies of Naphthali battle to control him.

These are dark days for Naphthali. The king has been murdered, the land invaded by the Imperial Army. It will absorb Naphthali into an Empire that stretches across all of Enialé at any cost. The ravaged people cling to an ancient promise, an assurance that a Prophesied savior will come to set them free…Daniel Martin is trapped in a life that hasn’t gone as expected. His pharmacy is struggling and he is losing all hope of making a difference in his patients’ lives. His family is the one shining light in his disenchanted life, but he is torn from them when an accident draws him to Naphthali. The people need him but Daniel is driven by his need to return to the family he loves. Is he the Prophesied One? Only time will tell as both the Empire and the Resistance battle for Daniel while the fate of Naphthali hangs in the balance…



Author Bio

Ron Hartman has had a life-long passion for the written word and is an avid reader. The Prophecy Chronicles are his first written works. Ron graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2000 and lives in Ottumwa, Iowa with his wife and three children.

Links: www.prophecychronicles.com

To purchase book: www.roguephoenixpress.com; www.bn.com; www.amazon.com



Giveaway
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15 comments:

  1. Goddess Fish PromotionsDecember 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting today! I'm very happy to be here, and I'd love to hear anything your viewers have to say. Any thoughts/comments/questions? Let them fly!

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  3. Wow. World building sounds hectic yet exciting! It must be so cool to make a world that others will "discover" as they read. How do you pronounce Enialé?


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  4. Sounds like a great read.
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  5. Thank you so much for your comments, you vividly painted a picture in my head of this new world. In there anywhere real in the world you draw inspiration from or is it all imagination?

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  6. No, there wasn't really a real-world location that I had in mind when I created Eniale, I just knew how I wanted it to be isolated and started thinking of HOW to isolate it...I pronounce it En-EE-all-ay...it's actually my wife's middle name spelled backward (Elaine)! :)

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  7. I've always been intrigued by the concept of world-building.


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  8. No, I didn't really have any real-world idea in mind when I created Eniale...I knew I wanted it to be isolated, so what was left was to determine HOW it should be isolated. I pronounce it En-EE-all-ay...It is my wife's middle name spelled backward (Elaine)! :)

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  9. No there wasn't any real-world location...I knew I wanted Naphthali to be isolated, so all that was left was to determine HOW it would be isolated...

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  10. I pronounce it En-EE-all-ay...it's actually my wife's middle name spelled backward (Elaine)! :)

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing, Ron! Your world sounds really fascinating-- I'm so looking forward to reading your book!
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  12. I see that Christine asked about a pronunciation for Eniale. Do you include a glossary with pronunciations in your book? As a reader, I like to have a pronunciation guide so I'm not mentally stumbling over words and names.

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  13. From pharmacy to fantasy, that must be an interesting story :).


    Thanks for the info!

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  14. You have created such a facinating world.

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