Monday, June 10, 2013


Hello, Eric. Welcome aboard the Muse train.
Please tell us about your upcoming first novel.

Releasing in November

"Unveiling the Wizard's Shroud"
 Thank you, Lorrie, for having me as a guest on your blog today. My first novel, Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, comes out in November from MuseItUp Publishing. I’m excited to let everyone know what to expect.
In this young adult fantasy, King Kendrick’s son, Owen, must set out to find a cure when the king falls ill. His only companion on his journey (or so he thinks) is a man he despises. The man he holds responsible for the death of his mother—the magician Cedric.
 To save the king, Owen must join forces with Cedric. They, along with Owen’s best friend, Yara, must seek out the aid of an older, more powerful magician.
They will have to travel the continent of Wittatun in search of the cure. On the journey, Owen will learn more information about the death of his mother, testing his own beliefs about magic, and his abilities as a leader. The three will battle strange beasts and harsh climates, befriend extraordinary magicians, and meet a dragon before returning to Innes Castle–where much has happened in the days since they departed.    
As a type of ‘teaser’ for the book, I have written a series of scenes which are not excerpts from the book, but additional scenes showing the thoughts and actions of characters just before they become major players in the book. This is the second part in the series. It shows Yara as she learns King Kendrick has fallen ill and Owen has left the castle with Cedric in search of his cure without telling her.
You can read part one and the rest of the series here as it becomes available. Enjoy!
Yara Learns of King Kendrick’s Fate
Even the crickets seemed to wait in anticipation as the winded woman tried to catch her breath. The crowd around her remained silent anticipating the story. Yara inched closer to make sure she heard every word.
The woman put a hand to her breast as she heaved one last time. “I’m sorry. I ran here as fast as I could. It’s King Kendrick. Something’s happened to him. He’s sick or something. I thought for sure he was dead."

Yara stiffened, but she didn’t interrupt.
The woman continued. “Owen ran to his side. So did the magician who’s always lurking around the castle, Cedric. I think that’s his name. I couldn’t see what happened for a while. After a bit the king’s body lifted into the air and floated out of the room. Magic I suppose. The magician and Owen followed the king.”

A short man with round spectacles asked the first question. “What did you do then?”
“Well, there wasn’t much I could do, was there? The Sentry showed up and barred the doors. They said we couldn’t leave until a proper investigation was conducted. I don’t know how properly we were investigated. I didn’t see the guards asking anyone questions. We just waited.”
She put her hands on her cheeks and pulled them down, giving her plump face an elongated look. “Just when I had made my mind to confront a guard, Cedric came in and whispered to the King’s Shield. Then he left, just like that.” She snapped her fingers. “He didn’t even stay long enough to talk about the weather. In, whisper, gone.” She snapped her fingers again.
A tall, skinny man spoke up. He wore a bushy, long moustache concealing his lips. He annunciated as if he were trying not to get a mouthful of hair. “How did you get out? Where’s the king now?”
She grabbed a tuft of her graying, wavy hair. She let go leaving a mound of hair. The western breeze blew it back into place.
She shook her head and stared at her audience. “I don’t know how the king is. Not well, I suppose. We stayed in the dining hall a while longer until Queen Andrea came in. She told us not to panic. She said everything would be fine. She would be in charge of Innes Castle, and the Central Domain until King Kendrick recovered. She said Cedric and Owen had to leave to get an herb needed to cure the king.” 
More questions followed, but Yara didn’t stay to hear.
Anger made it hard to think. How could he leave without telling me? I would have told him if something happened to one of my parents? And where did he go? As the furry subsided more rational thoughts came to mind. He may need my help. If I leave now, I may be able to catch them.
She sprinted to her hut.   The familiar smell of coal cinders greeted her at the door. She grabbed her bow, 

a canteen, and threw some clothes into a pack. As her fingers wrapped around the door handle she hesitated. Mom and Dad will panic if I’m gone in the morning.
Her parents had to be awake early, so they had already gone to bed. She grabbed a piece of parchment and a quill and scrawled a quick note. She told them what she knew of King Kendrick, she said she had to leave, and she’d probably be gone a few days. They’d still be angry since she left without permission, but the note would help.

She strung her belongings on her back, her bow over her solder, and took one last deep breath. The smell of the blacksmith shop would always be home to her, no matter where her travels took her.
 Meet Eric Price

Eric lives in northwest Iowa with his wife and two sons. He started to seriously pursue publishing in 2005, and published his first works in 2008 (a newspaper column and a short story about a paranormal bed and breakfast). He has gone on to publish three more short stories and a poem—all science fiction, and more than thirty articles/columns. The three science fiction stories have all won honorable mention in the CrossTIME Annual Science Fiction Contest. Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud is his first novel, and his first publication in the fantasy genre. You can follow the progress of Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud and Eric’s other publications, as well as find links to his available published work at
That presentation was great, Eric. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for three days on your blog journey to announce your novel.
As always, folks, we love comments. Let's hear it for Eric.


  1. Great teaser, Eric! Congrats on the upcoming release.

  2. Thanks Mary,

    I'm learning I can count on you as a consistent commenter.

  3. That's an interesting promo device. I always do a bunch of topic posts, but the idea of mini-scenes not in the book, but could be shall be added to my bag of tricks.

    Congrats on your upcoming release.

  4. Love this idea for teasers! Looking forward to reading the rest!

  5. Thanks, Marva and Meradeth. I decided to do these teaser scenes when this particular scene kept replaying in my head. I have a lot to learn about promoting my own work, but I thought this would be an interesting way to introduce potential readers to some of my characters. And if I start something other writers duplicate, all the better for my confidence level.

  6. Plenty of action and intrigue in your off-stage scene Eric. You on-stage presentation must be terrific. Congratulations on your MuseItUp contract.

  7. Thanks Wendy. I've certainly spent more time with the on-stage presentation, by that rite it should be better. I'm excited for everyone to read it and let me know what they think.