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Good news, Conor Archer Fans!  Conor's wondering what's happening to his life, and it just so happens the author is ready to commence telling his tales again.  Rumor has it Conor is going to Ireland--absolutely true!  It takes a w...

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Just last Wednesday, I received a call from my publisher who let me know that ROAN is now published on Amazon. com as an e-book. Within the next few weeks it will be uploaded to all e-book sites and a printed version will be available as well (also from Amazon.com).

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Conor's world is our world. Most of the action in Roan takes place in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. And yet, all things Celtic (that's Irish, Welsh and Scottish for you newbies) are present too, particularly things supernatural. There are selchies, like I mentioned before, but also Native American manitous, demons and shape-shifters. The Celtic Tuatha de Danaan, the People of the Hollow Hills are the oldest of "illegal" immigrants, and their battles, warfare, and legends become our own.

Twenty years ago I walked amid the Indian burial mounds at Effigy Mounds in Iowa. It was a warm July day and I was all alone--so I thought--walking amid the graves of the peoples of the past, a Native American culture little known or understood.

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So why does Roan kick off a different kind of fantasy? Since I was a kid, I was schooled in the fantastic worlds conjured up by C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. In fact, these three authors sketched out the basic rules and infrastructure that true fantasy should have. Those rules didn't keep me from exploring other authors, and to this day, a good fantasy tale, whether it follows the rules that these giants set forth or not, can capture me for days.

And yet, I've found something missing in the past two decades or so of fantasy writing. The wonder is mostly gone, the battle of good and evil has become humdrum and cliché. And fantasy has been hi-jacked by people with issues whether those be environmentalism, feminism, hatred-of-pure-fantasy-ism, etc.

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What if there was a magical world not far from our own?  What if there were wondrous beings and impossibly beautiful places just around the corner from where we live?  What if the struggle to be good and noble wasn't just a part of growing up, but a part of great battle for the heart and soul of our universe?  What if......?  Well, why not come and see that such a place does exist?  Why not become part of the world of Conor Archer?

Many fantasy novels explore fantastic worlds on a mythical earth or some far away planet.  The Tales of Conor Archer takes place here, in our world, in a time contemporaneous with our own, and the name of the first of three novels, Roan, might just give you a hint at what kind of fantasy series this is.

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