Schism The Battle for Darracia (Book 1) (Volume 1)
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On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V'sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior's heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen's lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia? After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael is fulfilling a dream and creating his own epic fantasy world. Schism: The Battle for Darracia is the first book in a planned series.
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"The writing is smooth and builds nicely; creating an engaging tale with a big bang ending that leaves you thankful it is the beginning of a series. Definitely recommended for fans of dystopian novels in want of a fast page-turning read." - The Children's Book Review
"This coming-of-age fantasy novel with a subtle sci-fi backdrop follows a half-breed prince who's forced to embrace his unique identity when his intolerant uncle - vehemently set against a looming peace accord between antagonistic races - attempts to usurp his father's throne...the briskly paced storyline features a cast of well-developed characters...Well-written...a solid foundation for what could be an excellent series." - Kirkus Review
"...a fast-paced novel that will appeal to lovers of science fiction and fantasy. Set on an alien planet, this is a story about social equality and the struggles faced by those seeking great change....The author has crafted a complex society with a well-defined class system facing a political struggle for social equality. This is the first installment of a planned series, and Cash does a fine job laying the groundwork for future books. Schism is a quick, pleasurable read that is sure to entertain." - ForeWord Reviews
2013 Book of the Year Award
Winner 2nd Place for Science Fiction from Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013!
Michael Phillip Cash
Publication Date: 12/05/2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Binding Type: Paperback (print)
ISBN 13: 9781493572441 No. of Pages: 202
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About Michael Phillip Cash
Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series. Michael’s books are on the Amazon best-seller list and have also won numerous awards. Additionally, he is a screenwriter with 14 specs under his belt. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island.
I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.
In the spirit of the quote from Ella Fitzgerald, let’s steal some wisdom from it. “I stole everything I ever heard.” Similarly we, as writers, can learn the craft — big and small parts — from other writers and their creative output.
Style, tone, pacing, scene construction, personality, feel, atmosphere, structure, character, dialogue, themes, tropes, memes, any time we read a story, listen to a poem, watch a movie, take in a play, we can ‘steal’ from the creators. And I think in the spirit of what Fitzgerald intended with her comment, most of that is unconscious ‘wisdom’, a kind of creative osmosis whereby what we learn settles in as an instinct.
“But mostly I stole from the horns.” What we can take from that is this: While we may benefit by being exposed to a wide variety of creative influences, at some point it behooves us to zero in on a few specific writers and/or stories which become a touchstone for us. Start wide, then narrow it down to the “horns”, those handful of writers or even one writer who resonate most clearly with where our creative impulses are taking us.
Bottom line, we learn from those who came before us, but eventually we should strive to find our own unique voice. Be so damn good at what we do as writers, others will steal from us!
For inspiration, here is Ella Fitzgerald in a haunting 1968 performance of the classic show tune “Summertime”:
Hello out there to all my fellow readers and authors. No matter what our genre of preference, I’m sure none of us will ever forget when we first fell in love with the written word. For me, it was The Hobbit. I still have the first, and only, copy I bought many, many decades ago. The opening line grabbed me and never let go. That’s all it took. I have been a fan of reading ever since.
The love of reading eventually turned me to a new passion, one of writing. I have written hundreds of thousands of words for short stories, poems, and songs. All unpublished and most unread by anyone other than myself. Mainly because I was afraid to let anyone read them for fear of ridicule. Who hasn’t felt the gut wrenching fear of unanswerable internal questions? Is it good enough? Will anyone besides my mother like it? Or even want to read it?
I finally won out over my fears. After spending two long years writing and rewriting, and editing, I published my first completed novel, Written in Blood, in July of 2016. It is the first book in my Christian-based crime series, The Foley Chronicles: Files from the 8th District. While it has not won critical acclaim, it has garnered multiple 4 and 5 star reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads.
I am now ready to choke out those nagging questions and mixed emotions once again. The second book in my series, Root of Evil, will be available by June 15th, on both Amazon and CreateSpace.