Friday, April 18, 2014

Wolf Photographed in the Czech Republic - 1st Sighting in 100 Years


The headline First wolf in a century spotted in Czech Republic caught my eye at Treehugger today because I've always admired wolves and I like to see animals surviving in a difficult world. The wolf image was taken by a motion activated wildlife camera.

The Czech Republic and more precisely Bohemia also happens to be the setting of my most recent novel Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale. That novel is set in 1561 and has a werewolf hero. I chose Bohemia for the setting of the novel because it still has some forested regions to this day and I was able to imagine it being much wilder hundreds of years ago.

You can read the first 4 chapters of the novel right here.


Monday, April 14, 2014

I Got to See The Wedding Dance by Pieter Bruegel the Elder Yesterday at the Detroit Institute of Arts


I spent Sunday afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts and it was a most enriching experience. I had not been to this museum since a school trip in junior high. It was a privilege to have access to the priceless collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. I know that trips here with my family when I was young greatly contributed to my interest in history and especially Renaissance Art.

Just last month during the blog tour for Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale I prepared a presentation about how Renaissance artists aided my research for my historical fantasy novel. I particularly cited the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder for his amazing depictions of common people. His art helped me envision the clothing and attitudes of peasants.

The Bruegel painting at the DIA is the Wedding Dance. This richly detailed masterpiece is packed with bawdy detail and Bacchanalian joy. While studying the painting in person yesterday I overheard the reactions of other people in the gallery. The obvious erections of the men in the foreground immediately titillated viewers who then started looking more closely to see what else they could find in the festive composition.

I highly recommend visiting the DIA website and using its magnification tool to study the Wedding Dance.

See more examples of Bruegel's art and other artists who inspired my writing of Werelord Thal in the presentation below.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hitting the Top 100 Dark Fantasy Kindle Best Seller Rank Tonight

In this final day of the 99-cents sale for Rys Rising: Book I preliminary results of the promotion show that my fantasy book has popped up on the dark fantasy best seller rankings. At the moment of the screenshot Saturday night, Rys Rising was #86 in the Kindle Store for Dark Fantasy.

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