Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Christmas Wishes

I had a wish for Christmas, that Sins of the Father, Book Three of the Song of the Elves saga, would be ready for a Yuletide release. Yet again I’ve dug myself in to a hole with promising something I cannot deliver (something similar happened with The King’s Blades). I’m going to move the relase of the novel back by a few weeks, to allow myself the time to do a final edit of the book. It will definitely be in your hands by Easter…

Sins of the Father is a large manuscript, almost as long as Books 1 & 2 put together, and as such there is quiet a lot of tidying up to be done. I had hoped that my last edit would be it, but on reading the paperback proof there are several elements that I’m not happy with. I will never release anything for purchase that is less than professional – you, my readers, deserve the best.

So, following a seasonal sojourn, I wil be launching back into the manuscript to iron out a few kinks. Rest assured, the wait will be worth it!

I would like to finish by wishing all my readers a very merry Christmas. You have made 2011 an exciting and rewarding time for all at SOTE HQ.

Until next time, up the elves!


About The Author

Writing has been my main form of escape since a child. Before teaching, I earned a living on a little known national newspaper, before discovering I also had a calling for the classroom. The first embryonic scribbles for Song of the Elves emerged in 2000. I began writing the first trilogy as one continuous manuscript entitled The Summerlands, which I finally completed in the Winter of 2007. In the intervening years, I've been transforming this first draft into three distinct instalments of the saga. "A Shadow Falls" and "The King's Blades" have already seen the light of day. "Sins of the Father" will follow shortly. There will be a second trilogy to complete the saga, which I intend to commence work on in 2012. Book four is entitled "The Lost, The Lonely and the Damned". I have also written a series of short tales entitled The Wolves of Winter, set in Rhoderica before the elves invaded the continent. This is now available through lulu.com as a paperback and via amazon kindle as an e-book.. My second, 'Tale of Rhoderica' will be a fantasy version of the great John Ford western - The Searchers. Entitled, To the Ends of the Earth', the novel will be out for Spring 2016. I am also half-way through a manuscript for a science fiction novel, entitled The Mirror of His Soul. Time and health permitting, these will all eventually see the light of day.

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