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New to the scene author, Jonathan Moch hits it out of the park with this sci-fi thriller that can be compared to the likes of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
This is a book series, revolutionizing fantasy with fast-paced action adventure fiction. In the tradition of books like "Narnia" and "Lord of the Rings," "Emanation" stands out with new types of creatures, new types of powers, and a whole new world. It's a wonderful story, for both the young and the old.
Will one leader be able to unite the kingdoms?
There is one who lived in isolation and shunned by all, who must accept the charge to help his persecutors.
There is one who, though left behind, started a new life.
There is one who was given a great responsibility at a tender age, and another who holds powers beyond their own understanding.
There is one who must deny their own blood, and one who must make the ultimate sacrifice.
There is one who has mastered the ways of the mystic to levels thought to be unattainable.
These individuals stand at the crossroads of light and darkness. Based on their choices, their mastery of emotions, and their commitment to honor the principles of love and courage; an entire world will rise or fall.
|What would it be
like to be able to visit a completely new world?
And what if this new world has leaned to use biology and nature as we have with technology? What if when you went to an airport you got into a cabin lager than the inside of a 747 airplane, roomier and even more modern looking, but it was attached to a massive hawk like bird, instead of metal wings and jet engines, feathers with the rhythmic sound of a heart beat. Imagine if you can hundreds of these birds flying in and out of their launch pads as there are planes coming and going from a large airport.
To be able to visit cities that would rival even that of our greatest ones, maintained and run buy the use of natural power where fire fly lamps light these massive places?
What if you cold look into a sky with the most breathtaking moons, and planets ever seen? What would it be like to be able to use your emotions as real power? Imagine having the ability to actually be able to harness all your love to heal someone of a physical injury, or disease, or summon a deep feeling of hate that instantly brought down your enemies with fire from the sky. And what if during all this you where witness to one of the most epic battles between good and evil?
If you can imagine all that you are getting close to a small part of what is awaiting you in this epic saga of Emanation.
I have an amazing family. My mother has helped me to understand the value of hard work and perseverance. My Father has been a hero to me. He is a good man as well as a Vietnam vet who saved many lives. His hardy laugh and simplistic look at life is such a breath of fresh air. I very much enjoy the time I have spent with them especially as I grow older and have children of my own. I had a wonderful education up to 4th grade. My mom and dad couldn’t afford it, but they put me through private school. I didn’t know it at the time, but years later I found out that my dad worked a graveyard shift as a janitor at a bowling alley so they could afford the extra costs. My mom pointed it out one day and to this day he has never told me about it, only that he is proud of me
… again a true hero.
mom did her best to help me with school but I was a slow reader and had
a very difficult time with anything that involved reading. Being
clever, I found that if I did book reports on books that were movies, I
could skate by a little easier. However it would be years later until I
understood the only person I was hurting was myself.
When I was going through school from the 5th grade on, I had many teachers tell me I was stupid. Although my mom always believed in me and thought I was a very bright young man, I thought it was only because she had to, I mean she's my mom, and that's what moms do.
I remembered in High school one of my teachers made fun of me in front of the class when I told her I wanted to write a book. I had a 4th grade reading level in high school, and it wasn't until one very special teacher got a hold of me that my ability changed. Because I did sports and was good at them, I needed to have my English class moved around. The only class that would work was an honors "AP English" class so with a lot of fuss I was placed in the class.
Mrs. Waldron saw that I was a hard worker but extremely slow. She held me after school one day and offered to help me. To make a long story short she stayed after school and helped me to complete reading my first novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." She would read a page out loud to me and then I would read one to her. By the end of the semester my reading level went from a 4th grade level to a 12th grade level.
I would like to make sure I start my first novel off by thanking her as well as my mom and dad. Another educator that needs a little mention is Tony Garcia from Chapman University. Without his further development of my writing skills, this book would not have had as many wonderful plots. He helped me to understand how to write conflict as well as motivations for characters in a war.
This work of art was a result of the hard work and passion of several people. The original story started out with dwarves, elves, and other standard fantasy creatures. Statements were posed that those things had been overdone, why not do something original? That was something I had not considered, but the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea. This little suggestion had me spending time developing new creatures and characters for the book. I did a physiological profile on each one to make sure they could really exist. Then I developed their cultures and gave them all their own histories.
John Lunsford listened to me talk about this world as I developed it. One day he said, "I can't take this anymore, you have to write this book and quit talking about it." I explained to John that I couldn't write, and that My English and grammar was very poor. John smiled at me and simply said, "You talk I will write." He explained to me that he edited technical journals and that he would be happy to help me, plus he loved the story and believed with his heart that it was worth telling to others.John became the catalyst I needed to start writing.
John made sure I spent a few hours every week writing the book. I didn't have a lot of confidence in the beginning, but with his constant reassurance my confidence grew. In the beginning, he would write what I dictated. By the middle of the book I was busily writing on my own. I have to say I enjoyed immensely all the time-spent writing with John.
This is a modern world driven by biotechnology. There are giant birds with harnesses and undercarriages that work much in the same way as our commercial airliners. There are battleships and aircraft carriers that would rival our own navy; powered by enormous fish that would dwarf a blue whale. The air force of this world is comprised of griffins and dragons. I made a world that is always exciting to visit, even if all I do is look around. There are lampposts that light with large glowing bugs, taxi drivers that give people rides on giant birds, fish gondolas, and many other fantastic characters that work with or against humans in nature, such as flying leopards, half wolf/lions that can blend and fade into the environment, and dragon whelplings used to deliver mail.
In many fantasies the landscapes are comprised of empty land and castles. The interior scenes are also very drab and plain, which is less than stimulating for the reader. I have gone out of my way to give the reader something much more. I have made a world that in some ways is more modern than our own; they just lack electricity and gunpowder. The cities are true works of art that are more breathtaking than our own. The country is diverse, a world covered mostly by water, making land a valuable commodity.
There is no magic in this world; instead there is hard work, discipline, and the use of emotional powers. There also are no dwarves, gnomes, elves, etc. Instead, all of the characters in the book are new and different races, such as garman, scorpids, and saurians, each with their own unique history, physiology and backgrounds that were developed for the Emanation saga.
I would like to take a moment and say thanks to you, the reader. I enjoy sharing this new world with people. It has been a labor of love over the past years. A lot of hard work research and time went into just making this world become real. I know in today's world it is a hard thing to find even five to ten minutes of time out of the day to do anything extra. I sincerely hope you enjoy this glimpse into a new world and invite you back to visit anytime. If you find that your curiosity or interest has risen, I personally welcome and invite you to the world of Emanation.
Sometimes it is easy to overlook People who are and always have been there for you all your life. My Mom and Dad have always been a great example of what love is. Both tough and comforting, they have been supportive of me and for that I am so thankful. My Mother always told me I could be anything I wanted to be. She taught me to never give up. My Dad has done many things in his life that others said was impossible, but he always found a way to accomplish it with the utmost integrity and persistence. Without them I would have never had the courage to try writing at all. However book 2 and the continuing of the saga in and of itself needs another thanks and dedication to Kate Barnett.
After writing the first book, I realized I had a problem with Venari's characterization. I had struggled for some time to find a voice for her. As I sat down to write the second book, my life was in a whirlwind of chaos. I had a few amazing reviews on the first book and was asked to move quickly on making it a movie and selling the rights to it. I was offered a large sum of money, but that wasn't my dream and it wasn't the vision I had for the stories, so I turned it down.
My wife at the time was very upset and didn't support my decision. She turned on me and also became jealous of the all attention I was receiving. She didn't want John Lunsford to be involved in the second book at all; she also threatened to take my children away and leave me if I didn't give up the books. I remained steadfast with my decision and therefore still retain the rights. During the course of this tribulation, a light presented itself to me.
As I said earlier, I had a difficult time writing Quest. The drama in my life was harsh. I was experiencing extreme physical pain as well. It was thought that I may have had Crohn's disease though, after months of testing, nothing was conclusive. Through all this, I had someone take an interest in my book. Kate Barnett was a friend who loved the first book. She was (and still is) an accomplished actress who understood the importance of character development. I called her for help as I struggled to find a voice for Venari in the book. I would read her a chapter over the phone and she would comment on it. Every time I called, she was so supportive and so excited about the story. Her comments and lightheartedness was something that got me through a rough spot.
Because of her enthusiasm for the story and my writing, I was able to continue writing and complete Quest of the Relics in a very short time. I wanted people to hear this story about Kate because I truly feel with all my heart that when we encourage others, we all can make a very powerful and positive change in what can be accomplished. She made me believe in my own line, "Better to believe in the impossible than in nothing." I do know that without the loving encouragement she gave me, this book series would never have been finished. So thank you, Kate. Thank you for believing in me during a time I didn't believe in myself. I also need to thank my mom, dad, sister and children who were also very supportive during this time in my life.
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