Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Paperback draws nearer

| September 8, 2009

Ever closer, we are edging towards the release of the paperback version of A Shadow Falls.  Hopefully, by the end of this weekend, we should be ready for a final proof read, after which we will be able to make the book available for purchase. This week I get to see the final version of [...]

Mission Accomplished

| August 31, 2009

I am pleased to report that at long last I’ve finished work on the revisions of A Shadow Falls.  It feels like a major milestone has been reached and I can’t wait to bring you the finished product.  Work will now begin on putting the paperback together.  We are still on schedule for a release [...]

Ray of Light

| August 24, 2009

It occurred to me during the course of this week, just how important it is for the reader to find the pages of a novel turning by themselves, with a minimum of effort required to maintain engagement with the plot. As I make my way through the final amendments of the last chapter, agonising over [...]

Back in the groove

| August 18, 2009

Hi, I’m back, well rested but the only man in the 90 degree heat of Kalkan who managed to pick up a stinking cold – back to the lemsips for me! Thanks to Nick for manning the helm of the good ship S.O.T.E. while I was relaxing…err I mean researching  the next part of the [...]


| August 9, 2009

With Dave mid holidays, he’s left the site in my capable hands. I’m sure, under the pretence of holidaying, he’s furiously gathering inspiration to weave into future works. Either that, or he’s asleep on a beach! With the ever nearing release of the first book, Dave’s been putting in a lot of work on it [...]

Labour of Love

| July 31, 2009

I’m now three quarters of the way through making final tweaks to A Shadow Falls, in preparation for the impending paperback release.  I’m aiming to ‘sprinkle the magic dust’ and hope these final adjustments give the finished product the exact feel I’ve been looking for. If you’re a current reader of SOTE, you won’t find [...]

Ulswater inspirations!

| July 27, 2009

I’ve just returned from my annual walking tour of the English Lakes, with aching muscles and tired feet, but plenty of fresh inspiration for the world of Rhoderica. I’ve mentioned before that the lanscape of the lakelands provided inspiration for a large section of Book Two of the Song of the Elves, The King’s Blades.  [...]

Book update

| July 18, 2009

I’ve finished proof reading A Shadow Falls and I am now embarking on the final stage of preparation for general release.  Aside from a handful of typos, there are several sections that require minor tweaking to enable the narrative to flow as I envisioned it.  All things being equal, I am now aiming to release [...]

Pursuit of Perfection

| July 12, 2009

This is going to sound like a terrible cliche, but writing a book really is a journey.  You begin with the idea, start to flesh out a few plot lines and tentatively begin to put the meat on the bones.  Before you know it you are writing, forging ahead with imperfect passages but getting the [...]

Nearly there…

| July 4, 2009

I wait with baited breath for the paperback version of A Shadow Falls to land on my doorstep.  The first copy of the book has been printed by on-line publishers and is winging its way to Song Of The Elves HQ from the United States. After I’ve proofed the book it will be made [...]