Tuesday, 28 August 2012

From the Diaries and Poem's of Lord Talon

I could feel the blistering Degain sun burning my flesh from my body.
When the wind blows it is like a thousand knifes passing over my raw skin.
This land is truly the land of the cursed...
everything about it I hate.
Lord Talon in the the barren land of Degrainia


Monday, 27 August 2012

Zachania Official FB Page has launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of our official Facebook page, please add us as a friend or like our page.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

about the author JH Gaines

I have just updated my author page on Amazon (no punches pulled)

If I am brutally honest I would say my writing style is unique. I probably break every grammar rule in the book as I like my stories to flow as if alive.

When I write a novel I structure it like I am building a house. First I begin with the foundations of the characters; I try to create them as human as possible with all the common frailties and traits that we all possess. Then I start on the frame, or the outline of the story and then it is a race to build the walls, plaster the walls, put in the electrics and gas and then CRASH! The house explodes into life.

In Zachania I sometimes have five or six different events running beside each other but all going to one direction, it is like five separate forest fires building in intensity until they burst into each other and become one.

I also love ‘dialogue’ I would say that my books are 70% conversations. I love how you can flow with speech, you can argue..teach..shout..be sincere..angry..cold..callous..loving..wicked..scary..calm....you name it, we can discuss it!

If you are after a novel that is the intellectually perfect then I am not for you but if you want to read something which will make the hair stand up on the back of necks and fill you with passion and excitement which will rouse your spirit then I could just be your ‘cup of tea’.

Friday, 24 August 2012

A speech from 'The diaries of Lord Talon'

Who amongst you brave men would rather be elsewhere.
Who amongst you would not be by my side as we face death?.
Who amongst you would swap consequence? .
Who amongst you would exchange such creation of honour?.
Who amongst you would exchange this day for safety.
Who amongst you would wish not to be the envy of our Zachanian kin?.
Who amongst you is not going to be remembered as a hero of Zachania.
Who amongst you would swap glory for slumber?.
I look into your eyes and I see fire...
I see the Zachanian spirit soon to become ravenous.
This party of men...this army of zachanians will make history.
Together we stand at the precipice of immortality.
Forever to be remembered as the bravest of the brave.
Forever to be the envy of those men who were not here.
Forever to be the standard of how men are judged.
Our bravery will be written about for centuries.
Men will say your name with honour and admiration.
Scholars will write about you...actors will play you..Women and children will dream about you.
Now who amongst you would wish to ELSEWHERE?.......

Zachania the diaries of Lord Talon the Zararhakzar
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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Zachania the Diaries

Excerpt from the Diaries and poems of Talon the Zarahakzar

Tomorrow I will make them pay
Tomorrow I will show them the Zachanian
My sword will be my instrument of revenge
My mind will be its guide
And my heart will be the oil that burns the flame

Lord Talon of Tallasian

Coming soon......

Friday, 17 August 2012

Coming Soon.........

Zachania The poems and diaries of Lord Talon
Lord Talon since childhood documents his life and fears. from his feelings before battle to the emotions he feels for ones he loves.
Discovered by the Pangkor monks five centuries after his death, the diaries of Talon 'the zarahakzar'  reveal the man behind the warrior... the truth about the boy who became a nations saviour and hero.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Zachania Quote of the day

It troubles me that I love the battle
Can I live without it…I don’t know if I can
On that horror day when we lost fifty thousand of our men
On that day when it looked like all was lost
Only now do I look back and see that I was alive
Only now do I realise how much I loved that day
It was the time of my life
A time where my life hung by a thread
I was living…I was breathing.. My army and I were making history
Talon of Tallasian

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

ZACHANIA quote of the day!

So they give us no choice….let it be noted that on this morning we shall give the empire what they ask for….they bring unto themselves the wrath of the Zachanian…there will be no surrender…there will be no retreat……by the afternoon this battlefield will be swamped with imperial blood.
Lord Talon



Zachania Chapter one excerpt

Back in Tallasian, the past month had passed painfully slow for Tallonus, he knew that the great insult was on every ones lips but he tried to hide his feelings of betrayal through the pride of Kleg’s victories.

“ you should have been there with me father, with my own eyes I witnessed Kleg become Golheck, these eyes that I look at you now wept with pride father” sighed Tallonus to his father Zalon who just glimpsed up from his jug of ale looking glumly at his son‘s comment.
“ a winner of the Rion sword contest trained here in Tallasian , at our school and by these hands Father” Tallonus added showing his Father his hands as once again Zalon remained silent.
“ Father what is wrong ? , will you not toast our success with me “ Tallonus said as he held out his jug towards his Father
“do you not feel pride at what this school has achieved , for the first time in three centuries a champion has emerged from the south of Kratos!, from our school , trained by you and I “
Zalon suddenly pushed his jug away from himself and sighed loudly as if in disgust at his son
“How blind can a son of mine be “he sighed surprising his son?
“Your brothers would be turning in their graves as you rejoice for this imperial contest”
He sternly added while emphasizing loudly with disdain the word imperial.
Tallonus leaned back in his chair in surprise
“Why must you speak like this father “ he asked.
Suddenly the jugs on the table jumped into the air as Zalon angrily banged his huge fist onto its wooden top.
“How much more must I hear of this damn contest..... Your admiration for this damn imperial contest sickens me to the pit of my stomach “ 
“Father “
“No! “ Zalon shouted before adding 
“three hundred years , you say , three hundred glorious years of contest you tell me, mouthing it like a romantic yarn, you’re a damn fool my son , you praise the last three centuries for its Rion contest when you should be damning this infernal empire for three centuries of slavery it has imposed upon your people !”
Tallonus rose from his chair in an angered pose
“I will not be drawn into this again “he said reminding his father of past confrontations they had on this topic.
Zalon banged the table again
“Damn it son, you are Zachanian “
“No father I am not!”
Zalon now rose to his feet, a look of disgust and surprise was now on his face
“The empire are your sworn enemy “He growled as the conversation turned into an argument.
“ how many more times must I tell you father , I am not Zachanian , my ancestors were born from that land , both you and I were born Tallasians, my wife is Tallasian , my sons are Tallasian , we work and live in Tallasian, like it or not we are all imperial subjects”
“Enough!” Zalon shouted
“I will hear no more of your words, I will not stand here and witness you renounce your ancestors and heritage”
“My ancestors died centuries ago father “Tallonus pleaded to his father’s now turned back.
There was a slight silence as Zalon rubbed his head in a gesture of frustration
“if your brothers lived they would take your life for what you speak “ he mouthed quietly.
Tallonus rushed to his father and violently grabbed his arm turning him around to face him.
“for most of my life I have had to listen to you preach upon my brothers names !, for years you have abused me on how they would be ashamed of their younger brother, for years I have had to listen to your lies that my life has not lived up to theirs, but one thing you forget father, my brothers died in the gladiator arena and not as mythical Zachanian warriors on some holy crusade that happened centuries ago , they were no more Zachanian than you or I “
Zalon burst into rage at his son’s outburst and pushed him onto the floor; he then reached above the fire place and grabbed the sword that always lay there.
“will your Zachanian honour take the life of his last son “ Tallonus mouthed from his position on the floor which was more said as as a challenge to his father who stood above him with the sword now raised ready to strike.
Zalon bit hard on his lip as he looked deeply into his sons eyes, the old warrior finally accepted that his son was a lost cause as his own eyes filled with emotion.
“We are so alike in many ways my son” he said as he lowered the sword and threw it at the wall before returning to his chair.
“Your stubbornness could only spur from my loins son “
The two men both once again sat down at the table, there was a long silence before Tallonus spoke.
“ I do understand you father, they are after all my ancestors too, but times have changed,  Zachania was a time centuries ago , there is no longer a Zachania nor are there Zachanian’s , this empire that you speak so angrily about is all that exists now , it has been good  to me , given me this school , I am respected throughout the whole of Kratos, my friends are imperial soldiers , everything I have achieved in this life gives me pride , can you not somehow understand this father”
“I would call it shame” his father gasped
“Father is it shame to care for one’s family, is it shame to wish them a happy future”
“And what of Klegs family?, who will now put food on their table” Zalon answered as he reminded his son of the fact that he had returned from Kallick town alone.
“They will in due course be summoned to join him in the north” his son replied
“If you believe that then you’re a fool,  his family will never see him again , wait for the word , it will soon come ..a message shall express the empires great sorrow that Kleg has died by accident , when the truth be hidden that his throat will be cut in his sleep by an imperial blade, they will not allow him to live , a civilian hero is a hero too many for this empire”
Tallonus shook his head at his father’s remark, he merely rose to his feet and retired to his room that was one comment he knew was true. 

Monday, 6 August 2012