Powering a Planet!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of creating Eshla was deciding what was going to make the world tick! This type of creative writing is quite unique to fantasy/sci-fi writing and I wanted to take full advantage of it.

Firstly, it was important that Eshla was sustainable. I didn’t see it as a smoky industrial world, but I didn’t want something that felt medieval either. The challenge was; how can I create a technologically advanced civilisation without destroying its natural resources? The answer was to create a kingdom where the humans worked alongside the flora, utilising their natural resources in a way that didn’t destroy or over-use them. Here are some of the special plants that Eric came across:

Ignis – The leaves of the Ignis plant, when pulverised, create a tremendous heat which is carried around rooms by pipes under the floor and blasted out into the air via the trumpet. The crushing process releases pollen which is pushed up and out of the castle via the main duct. The wind catches it and carries it back to Jarmuthe where it takes seed and grows more Ignis.

Goleuni flowers – They give off a strong golden glow that can be used in the same way as an electric light

Hedfan – Little blue flowers that are always trying to fly away, unless cold air is blasted on them, in which case they close. These were used by the inventor Drake Owren to power flying ships

Buwun – Legend has it the Buwun tree was the first plant on Eshla. They grow mainly in Cedwigod and supply light and energy throughout the forest region, via luminous green tendrils which stretch out for miles.

Cufithum – A plant with pollen that has a direct impact on a person’s auditory senses, enabling them to hear whatever language is being spoken, translated into their own tongue.

Gats stones – Possibly the most important natural resource on Eshla, thanks to the Bradwar family. Gats is used to stop evil tyrants from controlling people’s minds with Bel-Arayba stones.  It is created when you smelt down Bel-Arayba and mix it with Meddul soil. This scrambles the mind-controlling Mennif rays and makes them completely useless.

Kussgull – A flower which grows in Jarmuthe. In powder form, it sends people to sleep almost instantly for at least eight hours. Great for sneak attacks!

A Busgot – A large see through leaf used in fishing. You hold it in the water and when you see a fish swim under the leaf, pull hard on the stem. The Busgot curls up and traps the fish which you can then pull out.

Gwella – A fantastic healing plant, which sends the patient to sleep while their wounds heal.

There are a lot more plants and natural resources on Eshla to discover – you’ll have to read the books to learn about them all!

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Review! Charlie Robot

‘Charlie Robot’ by Benedict J Martin exceeded all expectations. The notion of a man trying to pass himself off as an android promised to be funny, and I was interested to see how he would get out of it in the end. What I actually ended up reading was a witty, intelligent novel that nearly drove me mad as I tried to second guess the various twists.
Unlike some science fiction novels, there were no tedious and inexplicable explanations that you need a degree to understand. Martin manages to be very clever whilst using everyday language. There are moments where the humour reminded me of a British comedy called, ‘Red Dwarf’, which has a cult following over here (and which I love!), and moments where the writing style was reminiscent of ‘A hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy’- Charlie has that everyday-man, Arthur Dent-ish quality that makes the character so appealing and easy to sympathise with.
‘Charlie Robot’ would make a great movie and will be enjoyed by readers of a wide range of genres from comedy to mystery.
Charlie Robot by Benedict Martin http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N9NSVZQ/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_pXD0ub1ABST3M

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A threat and a promise!

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A without naming any names (obviously!) I find myself drawing far more on real life people for the bad characters in my book, than I do for the nice ones! Does anyone else have this experience?
Both of my current villains, Lowick and Galed, draw off the idea that appearances can be deceptive. They can be charming and appealing until their inner motives surface. I’ve known a lot of people like that over the years, male and female! These two characters are a bit of a homage to those special folk!

‘Mr Bickward had never stood out in any way or struck him as anything but ordinary. He was strict and had a glare like medusa, but most teachers did. He certainly didn’t fit the idea of the power hungry despot that Joel and Chase had described, but then again, how would a power hungry despot masquerading as a teacher behave? Eric thought back to a lesson of his that Mr Bickward had covered three weeks earlier. The man wore a suit and a tie, like most of the male teachers at Smith- Chigley, and he had taught them very enthusiastically. Eric and Corbin had sniggered secretly at Bickward’s hair – straight thick brown hair that was supposed to be slicked down in a side parting but sprung back up and waved about excitedly whenever he moved too fast. He had a thin face with angular cheekbones and large hazel eyes. Eric remembered overhearing a couple the girls giggling over how good looking he was but all in all he just seemed like any other teacher.’

‘A shadow fell across the table and answered the question for him in the shape of a girl a couple of years older than the two boys. She wore a cream blouse and lacy waistcoat with a bulky layered skirt and brown boots but most striking was a tightly lace collar around her neck that fanned out into a large ruff. At first glance it gave the eerie impression that her head was on a plate floating above her body! She smiled tightly at Eric nodding her head briefly at Corbin so that the dark red curls piled up on top her pixie face wobbled about dangerously.’

Buy online at Amazon to read more:
The Lost Heirs: The first story of Eshla by A. Moran-Soley http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NJX2DQY/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_gk4Wub0S38793

Playing with the blurb…

How do you find a key that’s hidden in history itself? How do you defeat an evil tyrant, if he’s your own headmaster? How do four modern teenagers blend in to a 1920’s British boarding school?

Eshla is a steampunk, fantasy world of flying machines, mechanical contraptions and gleaming copper pipes, divided into four diverse regions and struggling to deal with its past.

Eric Grayson is an ordinary fourteen year old school boy, oblivious to the dangerous adventure waiting for him at the bottom of the school field.

The incredible request made of Eric sends him, his three close friends, and a fluffy blue sausage-loving creature from Eshla, searching through time on a mission of mercy.

A five star Amazon.com review: “Her writing reminded me of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and even Dr. Seuss”

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NJX2DQY