26 June 2013, My Writing - A Synopsis, Sister of Darkness
Announcement: My novels Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness are about to be published. I write this blog about 2 months prior to its publication. I just heard that the proofs will be here soon--likely before the end of the week. My publisher also wants to put the entire set of novels based on Aegypt on contract--that's 5 more novels for 8 total. They also want to put my other novels on contract. The release schedule should be one novel every 2 months. I'll keep you updated.
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Here are my rules of writing:
1. Entertain your readers.
2. Don't confuse your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
I have two books on contract with OakTara publishing. You can see more about
then at www.ldalford.com and www.SisterofDarkness.com. I already
talked about Sister of Light. Sister of Darkness is the next
novel and follows the main characters from my published novel, Aegypt, through WWII. All my books are
in some way dark. I try to trip issues and explore themes that propel the
characters into the depths of difficult decisions. A novel can only be great when
the theme itself is important. No one wants to read a novel about a trivial
subject or a trifling problem. The problem in Sister of Darkness is the
interaction of Lumiére, their daughter, with the Goddess of Darkness, Leora's
sister and Lumiére's aunt. The Goddess of Darkness has been encouraging Hitler's
actions in WWII. So, you can see the dilemma posed by this book. Lumiére's
entanglement becomes a problem for her parents because to fight the Goddess of
Darkness, they must also confront their daughter. The problem is worse because
Lumiére thinks she has been tainted by involvement in her aunt's actions and
work. This book is action packed and exciting. It builds the intelligence
involvement of the main characters that is further fleshed out in later
Here is a synopsis of Sister of Darkness.
spreads over the world with the beginning of World War II. The darkness is both
a physical and spiritual miasma. Colonel Paul Bolang, a special officer in the
French Alpine Corps, is assigned, with his men, to support the Allied operations
against the Germans in Norway. He leaves his wife, Leora Bolang and their
children Lumiére, Robert, Jacques, and Marie in sunny Hyères, France.
and Leora share a secret they have never divulged to their children or to their
closest friends. Leora is the incarnation of the Goddess of Light, herself
reintroduced into the world from a 4000 year old tomb. Paul, her warrior, has a
power beyond that of normal humans. Unfortunately, when Paul released Leora,
Leora’s sister, the Goddess of Darkness, Leila was also released into the world.
Leila delights in darkness and the deaths of men. 4000 years ago, Leora and
Leila were displaced with the entire pantheon of the Egyptian gods when Moses
led the children of Israel out of Egypt. Now Leila wants revenge—revenge against
the people who displaced her and revenge against the world—“that is her
Paul is still on assignment when Germany invades France. Leora and
her children barely escape the clutches of German troops through the help of
Major Lyons leading a British Special Forces Team. They are shipped to Britain
with only the clothes on their back. In Britain, Matilda Hastings, Tilly,
rescues them, and Leora discovers she was, weeks before, invited to a royal
function. How did Lyons know the Germans were coming for them? How did Tilly
know to help them? Why the predestined invitation? Who knows about Leora and
Paul’s secrets, and who is helping them?
Worse, the Osiris Offering Formula,
a small black tablet Leila desires, lay protected and safe at the house in
Hyères—now it is missing. If Leila gets her hands on the offering formula, she
will be able to influence the world a hundred fold greater with her evil. Leila
controls men through their own dark desires. With the offering formula, her
power will increase.
As war spreads, Leora must deal with Paul’s loss, her
sister’s interference in the world, the violent world around her, and finally,
her daughter, Lumiére’s strange dreams and desires. The novel, Sister of
Darkness leads through the dark days of World War II from its beginning to a
spiritual confrontation at its conclusion. Leora and Paul face enemies and
threats throughout, yet they persevere to the bitter end—an end where they must
directly confront Leila and their own daughter.
For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel, http://www.centurionnovel.com, www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, thefoxshonor, aseasonofhonor.