Kindel

In a world where a hundred year war takes place in the north and aggressive conquerors roam the east, The Three Kingdoms stand tall against them all. Bound together by an agreement of friendship and cooperation, Printan, Gatlin, and Manchester form one of the most innovative and powerful kingdoms of their time.
But that was then and this is now.

When an army of Mongrels perfectly execute a plan to conquer The Three Kingdoms from the inside out, Elsthin, the young Prince of Gatlin, finds himself stuck between two bad choices; agree to ambush Printan or die. Hoping to save the Three Kingdoms, and his best friend Kindel, the Prince of Printan, Elsthin puts his life at risk and agrees to the ambush. Join Kindel as he recounts his unwinnable quest to avenge the attack, win back his homeland, and kill Elsthin who he saw take it away. But the closer Kindel comes to discovering the truth, the closer he gets to his true enemy waiting in the shadows, and the closer Elsthin comes to running out of time. Here is a story of friendship, betrayal, swords, and Kings, and their strength will determine the fate of the legendary Three Kingdoms – and beyond.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520581114/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdo_x_ydyYybX7QJ0AS

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My journey into the unknown.

Ok. Maybe that is a little dramatic, but I did want to share some of what I’ve learned being a self-published author. It is not an easy thing to do, and no, it doesn’t matter how good you think you are, or how good you think your story is! We all think we have a great story, and that there is no one better to write it.
First, a little about me. I’ve always loved books and good stories. I grew up wanting to live in The Shire and walk the hallways of Hogwarts. I wanted to chase bad guys with Sherlock Holmes, and uncover mysteries with the Hardy Boys. That led me to try and write a story of my own. Well, to be honest, I always wanted to try writing a novel but it wasn’t until the first time I heard, The Story of My Life, by One Direction that I knew I had to do it.  Every single time I heard that song I would envision a character I called Kindel, who would have everything, lose it all, and wrongly blame his best friend, because Kindel was trapped in a more serious and evil plot then he could ever imagine. From the song, “Written on these walls are the stories that I can’t explain.”
It all started from there. Characters came to life and kingdoms were created, but the original premise and events of the story never changed much from my original idea. They got better, and I connected dots I never knew existed until I was in there, living and walking in the Three Kingdoms, if only in my mind.
After spending a couple years on the book I hired an editor to give me his thoughts. I saved up and sent off my manuscript to be dissected by someone I did not know. Scary! I did a lot of research though, and knew I had hired one of the best. That’s why I didn’t think he would take on my project, but not only did he take the job, he loved the book! I was on cloud 9. I had done it. Hollywood, here I come!
Not really. After making all the changes he suggested, I started sending it off to agents. And I waited, and waited, and waited, only to hear nothing. Wow! What a roller coaster ride. I went from cloud 9 to somewhere near Mordor is the best I can describe it. Dark and eerie. Was it my lack of experience and a following? The query letter? The story? My writing? Well, I am convinced now that it was a little of all of those.
That sent me on the journey of being my own publisher and agent. I tweeted, posted pictures on Instagram, created a Facebook page, set up my book on Goodreads and much more. It has been a little over 6 months since I’ve done that, and I have had some success, but if you take the hours and divide them by the results, it is obvious you will spend a lot of time feeling like your efforts are wasted. You will feel like giving up, but if you’re like me, that’s when I really get mad and try even harder. One final note on that. Do not think that following a bunch of authors means something. 99.9% of them are out there doing the same thing you are, and will never read your book. I thought the expose I would get from their readers would be all I needed. Steal off them so to speak, but look at their followers. They are all authors too. It is a waste. If it isn’t a reader who follows you, don’t get excited. It is just a follow, not a sale.
That leads me to why I decided to write this blog post. At the end of the day I have learned one lesson I will never fail to live by again. Write because you love it. Write because it’s an escape from reality. Write because you are a dreamer, but never write for others. Never write for the purpose of making money. You will be the most miserable person on the planet. Write what you love and if others like it, even better! I know that sounds simple, but you wouldn’t believe how many writers I’ve come across that still don’t get that simple fact. I didn’t get it for a long time. Writing a book is the best thing I have ever done. My kids tell all their friends that there daddy wrote a book. That is all the recognition I will ever need. Writing went from a habit to a full blown addiction for me, and I will never stop. Never! Kindel 2 is well on its way to completion. So don’t let rejection or bad reviews get to you. That is all part of the experience. Just remember. You wrote what you enjoy and you like it. Does anything else matter? You’ve accomplished what only 10% of those who try ever finish. You are a superstar!
Thanks for all of your support on this journey! And if you like medieval fantasy stories full of friendships, betrayals, swords, and kings, check out my debut novel, Kindel: The Crowning Of Our King! It is available on Amazon, and free on Kindle Unlimited!  I would love to hear your feedback!

Happy writing!

BT

Kindel: The Crowning Of Our King

In a world where a hundred year war takes place in the north and aggressive conquerors roam the east, The Three Kingdoms stand tall against them all. Bound together by an agreement of friendship and cooperation, Printan, Gatlin, and Manchester form one of the most innovative and powerful kingdoms of their time.

But that was then and this is now.
When an army of Mongrels perfectly execute a plan to conquer The Three Kingdoms from the inside out, Elsthin, the young Prince of Gatlin, finds himself stuck between two bad choices; agree to ambush Printan or die. Hoping to save the Three Kingdoms, and his best friend Kindel, the Prince of Printan, Elsthin puts his life at risk and agrees to the ambush. Join Kindel as he recounts his unwinnable quest to avenge the attack, win back his homeland, and kill Elsthin who he saw take it away. But the closer Kindel comes to discovering the truth, the closer he gets to his true enemy waiting in the shadows, and the closer Elsthin comes to running out of time. Here is a story of friendship, betrayal, swords, and Kings, and their strength will determine the fate of the legendary Three Kingdoms – and beyond.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520581114/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdo_x_ydyYybX7QJ0AS

Game of Thrones. Your chance to get it on the record!

So with Game of Thrones season 7 right around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to put my predictions out there. Once season 7 starts I think the ending will take shape quickly, and it will be too late. Now I may be wrong in my predictions, and I’m sure I will be, but if I’m right I will tell everyone, read my blog, I predicted that. If you have a good theory, here is your chance to put it on the record too!

I am going with the predictable. I think we have seen so many twists and turns the ending will be what we expect, but even more awesome to watch!

First I think Dany ends up on the throne she’s always wanted above anything else. Unless the White Walkers win, which they want, I don’t see anyone powerful enough to stop her and her dragons. Not to mention that she is joining forces with Jon Snow, adding the power of the north to go with it.

My next prediction is that Jon Snow dies, again. He cares about the wars to come as much as Dany does the Iron Throne. I think he dies during that battle and Sam somehow kills the Night King. I also believe  Sam is the one telling this entire saga. Sam will immortalize his friend Jon in the pages of history, framing Jon as the true hero, and in my opinion, he is. No one has spent more time worrying about the Night King then Jon.

Here is the one I have the least faith in. Jamie kills Cersei and leads the Lannister Army to help Dany and Jon win the real battle. That way he ends up the knight he’s always wanted to be which adds to GRRM’s prediction of a bitter sweet ending. Oh yeah, I believe Tryion is not a Lannister too. (If you have not read about this theory I won’t ruin it, but I believe it.) That means if only by seconds, Jaime is Cersei’s only younger brother, and when he kills her it will fulfill her prophecy. I won’t get into that one either, but it’s easy enough to find if you want to learn more about what Cersei was told by Maggie the Frog.

As far as Bran goes, I really don’t know where he fits in, and I think he might be the one to ruin all my theories. My best guess is he tells Jon his true past, perhaps Tyrion too, meaning the Starks reunite but after that all I can predict for him is Winterfell. Like I mentioned before, Jon will die leaving Bran the King of the North. What I would like to see even more is Arya, King of the North, but to have that happen Bran will have to die and I don’t see that happening. How many times could he have died already?

That does it. I told you I was going with the obvious. Dany takes Kings Landing and rules like the honest and kind ruler she always dreamt of being. Jon dies, but not before they beat the White Walkers with the help of Jaime, and Bran ends up King of the North. I wish I had more on Varys and Littlefinger but I think the story has gotten to big for them to manipulate like they have everything up to this point. I actually don’t see Littlefinger lasting long into season 7, or Sansa either, but I see a longer life for Varys, Grey Worm, and Arya. What do you think?

 

Games of Thrones: Cersei as a Night Walker

As soon as I saw this picture I was terrified by the idea, what if she did become a Night Walker? What if she became the Night Queen? Wow. She would be so evil no one could kill her. Dragon glass would shatter in your hand from the fear of having to get close to her. Let’s all hope this doesn’t happen. She may indeed become the one thing in Westeros that no one can stop. 

Just a dude who loves reading and was stupid enough to write a book. 

Hello everyone,

I am an avid reader and lover of fantasy. That led me to try and write a book of my own. What started as a hobby became a passion, and from that passion came my debut novel, Kindel The Crowning Of Our King. When not working I spend all of my time with my three children, wife, and our dog named Superdog. That’s right, Superdog. So let me leave you with a little knowledge -Never let your three year old name your dog.

Don’t worry. I didn’t get onto WordPress to promote myself. This is my first day and I have already spent most of it reading and commenting on all of your great post. I can hear my wife already, “Are you reading more stuff about books and Game of Thrones?” Haha. The answer of course is yes, but I did want to take a minute to introduce myself. I hope to be interacting with you soon!

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As for the book, here is a little information. If you have read it and have questions, feedback, praise, or need to tell me how much you disliked it, please feel free to comment and I will always respond. If you haven’t read it, you can check out the first few chapters for free right here. Just click the free sample pages link at the top right corner of my page!41mqFrCH6GL._AC_US218_

In a world where a hundred year war takes place in the north and aggressive conquerors roam the east, The Three Kingdoms stand tall against them all. Bound together by an agreement of friendship and cooperation, Printan, Gatlin, and Manchester form one of the most innovative and powerful kingdoms of their time.

But that was then and this is now.

When an army of Mongrels perfectly execute a plan to conquer The Three Kingdoms from the inside out, Elsthin, the young Prince of Gatlin, finds himself stuck between two bad choices; agree to ambush Printan at their most vulnerable moment or die. Hoping to save the Three Kingdoms and his best friend Kindel, the Prince of Printan, Elsthin puts his life at risk and agrees to the ambush. Join Kindel as he recounts his unwinnable quest to avenge the attack, win back his homeland, and kill Elsthin who he saw take it all away. But the closer Kindel comes to discovering the truth, the closer he gets to his real enemy waiting in the shadows, and the closer Elsthin comes to running out of time. Here is a story of friendship, betrayal, swords, and Kings, and their strength will determine the fate of the legendary Three Kingdoms – and beyond.

When seventeen year old Kindel – the bashfully handsome Prince of Printan – stands beside his father to kick off The Twenty Third Annual Fall Festival, it_s a perfectly normal day.

Here are a few quotes…

“My family was made of good people who did good things with what they were given. What fairness does life show in a time like this- But life is not fair and that is nothing new, so I b“My family was made of good people who did good things with what they were given. What fairness does life show in a time like this- But life is not fair and that is nothing new, so I b

Thank you for your time and I look forward to interacting with you soon!

B.M. Tolbert

What would you change about your favorite book series?

My brother-in-law and I are both avid readers. We spend most of our time during Thanksgiving, Christmas, or whenever we have a chance to get together discussing books. Most of that time is playfully spent arguing over what we liked or disliked, leading to fun conversations over what we would have changed. As I have started scanning the internet more and more since my debut novel, Kindel The Crowning Of Our King has come out, I noticed many great discussions about the same thing. What would you have changed about your favorite book series? I thought it would be fun to start a blog post dedicated solely to that topic. Here are some good examples I have come across on Goodreads, Instagram, and WordPress.

  • Ron in Harry Potter. Some like him and some dislike him. What would have made him a more universally likable character? Be careful. Somethings you change may contradict where he came from. He had a big family and brothers who loved the spotlight. Just saying. I think that was a big part of who he was.
  • The end of The Hunger Games. Katniss lies to lead her friends into a war-zone, then fails to become a leader, and even votes to keep the games.
  • The Lord of the Rings. Did Tolkien write himself into a corner where the only way out was to introduce an army of the dead at the last minute? He is one of my idols so I find it nearly impossible to get into that one, but I have seen it in other discussions.

These are just a few examples.

To start the discussion, I will talk about one of the hottest topics and give my take. Did Rob Stark have to die at the Red Wedding? This was a moment that upset readers of the series and fans of the TV show alike. As a huge fan of George RR Martins, I will try and defend his decision.

My take is that it was necessary for Rob Stark to die. Sure, it nearly ended the Starks, but what would the series have become if he remained a main character? Would he have eventually joined forces with Stannis? If so, would they have won the Battle of the Blackwater? And if they did, Stannis would have had the more legit claim to the Iron Throne. Where would that have left Rob? Would he accept that? If he didn’t join forces with Stannis what would his next move be? And above all, could you imagine the series being as great as it is if the Lannister’s were defeated? That is why from a story standpoint I have accepted the death of Rob Stark. What do you think? I like how it opened up things for other characters to come into their own like Jon Snow.