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08/25/2012
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (8:30 pm)
From Chapter 2, Abby encounters her greatest enemy yet.... breakfast!

Abby woke to Master Idor banging at her door.
“Wake up Abby. Breakfast will be served in five minutes.” Master Idor said from the other side of the door.
“Okay,” Abby said groggily. Then she turned over in her bunk and went back to sleep.
Five minutes later, the door slid open as Master Idor stalked into the room fully dressed, and yanked the covers off her.
“No,” Abby moaned. “Five more minutes.”
“Five more minutes,” Master Idor repeated in exasperation. Then, a mischievous smile spread across his face and his eyes narrowed. Reaching his hand out toward her, he telekinetically lifted her still slumbering form out of the bed, and then dropped her suddenly, and she fell back onto the bunk with a thud.
“Hey!” Abby shouted, pitching forward into a sitting position, “You can’t do that to a girl! This is a lady’s room! Your so rude!”
“Your not a girl, Abby, and your not a lady,” Master Idor said as he grabbed her by the wrist and yanked her out of bed. “You’re my apprentice, and we have a very busy day in front of us, so we don’t have time for any games! Now get out there and eat your breakfast!”
“Hmph!” Abby replied as she thrust her chin out defiantly while she shuffled out into the galley still in her bedclothes and her hair pointing in three different directions at once. She sat down in front of a bowl of something that resembled the consistency of porridge, and arched her eyebrow.
“What is this stuff?” Abby asked as she looked at her breakfast, her distrust etched visibly on her face.
“After the academy, I studied with Master Thalen on Telor. What you hold in your hands is the most perfectly energizing and nutritious breakfast in the known galaxy: Telorin Gruel.”
“Does it taste as bad as it sounds?” Abby asked, lifting the spoon out of the gruel and overturning it. Abby’s face scrunched with disgust as it fell out of the spoon in thick glops.
“No,” Master Idor replied shaking his head.
Abby Braved a taste, and instantly spat it back out, her tongue hanging out of her mouth as if it had been horribly betrayed.
“It actually tastes much worse,” Master Idor explained.
“Blark!” Abby exclaimed at a level of volume that was just shy of a full out scream. “That has to be the worst thing I have ever tasted!!!”
“Eat it anyway,” Master Idor replied. “You’ll thank me later when you feel energized and refreshed.”
“Do I have to?” Abby protested.
“Yes,” Master Idor replied. “It’s either that or go hungry.”
Abby tried to shovel in a second spoonful then immediately spat it back out. “It’s like eating sweaty feet! I think I would rather go hungry!”
“Suit yourself,” Master Idor said taking the bowl from her. “Go get dressed. And if I catch you back in your bunk, I’m going to hang you by your toes over the edge of the building until you cry. Do you understand?”
Abby scrunched up her face and stuck her tongue out at him, then shuffled into her cabin.
Master Idor watched her go, then curiosity got hold of him, and he tasted the Telorin Gruel. His face blanched in disgust.
“She’s right. It does taste like feet,” he said, dropping the spoon into the bowl.
08/17/2012
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (10:40 am)
Proofreading on Volume I: "The Initiate's Crucible" is proceeding. A couple more sweeps and it should be ready. The front cover is completed, and the back cover is nearly complete. The only thing holding that up is getting a good quote. I will be submitting the book to freeonlinebookreviews.com once it is complete and fully in Kindle's format, but then there will be a 6 to 8 week wait for the review to be done. Once it's completed I will post the book for sale in the Kindle store, which gives "The Initiate's Crucible" a preliminary release date of November 8, 2012, if all goes according to plan.
08/12/2012
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (1:30 pm)
From Chapter seven of "The Initiate's Crucible," Abby and Qaeli travel to the heart of the Cauldron of Melandros to find the Oracle Stone:

Abby pressed on the doors, and they slid open with a rumble. Within was a great hall, lined with columns on either side all the way to the back of the room. As they proceeded, they spied a raised dais carved into the stone at the far end of the chamber, and on it was a stone casket. Ascending the steps onto the dais, they saw that the casket had the image of the Oracle carved into it, and apparently, she had been a beautiful woman, with high cheekbones, and smoldering eyes, which stared up to the ceiling. Her hands were placed upon her chest, palms facing inward toward one another forming a sort of cup, and resting in them was a glowing green stone.
“They must have buried her here,” Abby said.
“This is some resting place,” Qaeli replied, “inside an active volcano. But somehow the Oracle being buried in the heart of the Cauldron of Melandros doesn’t fit.”
Abby reached out, and taking the stone from its resting place, she held it between her gauntleted index finger and thumb as she looked deep into it’s depths. But nothing seemed to happen.
“Okay, we have the Oracle Stone,” Abby said. “Now what?”
“I have to say, I was expecting more,” Qaeli added. “Dancing lights and heavenly music, or at least some sparkles or something. Maybe Ganis can tell us what to do with it now that we have it?”
“Or maybe this isn’t the actual stone.” Abby said, her eyes growing wide as they shot down to the casket.
“What do you mean?”
“You said it yourself,” Abby explained, tossing the glowing green stone to her companion. “The Oracle being buried here in the heart of the Cauldron doesn’t fit. This isn’t her casket, look there’s no seam where the casket was closed; it’s one solid carving like a statue! This is the Oracle Stone!”
“Great,” Qaeli replied, looking at the green stone as it rested in her hand. “So again we must ask the question: now what?”
“Ganis said this stone contains the Oracle’s memories, her knowledge, her wisdom and her prophetic essence,” Abby said, removing her computer gauntlets. “It’s like a telepathic repository which she literally poured herself into.”
Abby placed her hands on the cold smooth stone, over the Oracle’s temples on either side. “I’m guessing that to pull that out, I have to contact it telepathically, like I would contact the Oracle if she was still alive.”
Abby closed her eyes and concentrated, and Qaeli’s eyes grew wide as the eyes of the Oracle Stone began to glow with divine power.
08/07/2012
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (12:00 pm)
By now, you have probably seen the new front cover on the home page. I was originally unsure whether I wanted to use this one, or develop another option, and I went to my Facebook friends for feedback, but I got nothing from them. I don't think they're very enthusiastic about my book to be honest, but that's okay.

Anyway, if anybody has any feedback for me on the cover, I would love to hear it! But you will have to register to leave a comment. Unfortunately, restricting comments to site members is the best way I can think of to keep out the spammers and the trolls.
08/06/2012
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (5:14 am)
Just finished up Chapter 3 of Volume III. It is looking like this is going to be a really dark, gritty, desparate struggle for Abby fought on an ancient and sinister battleground. I'm fairly pleased with how it's shaping up so far, and I can't wait to get Volumes I and II onto the Kindle Store so you guys can read them!
08/03/2012
Category: Other Stuff : 
Author: Brett Baker (6:50 pm)
So I've been watching the Olympics, and remembering how when I was a kid the Soviet Union was always dominant in the medal count. Seriously, every Olympics it was the Soviet Union, then the United States finishing one-two in the medal count.

And now, Russia - pretty much the same country minus the Ukraine and a bunch of countries ending in "stan" isn't even ahead of Great Britain in the count, while China beat us in the medal count in 2008, and is trailing one medal behind in these 2012 games. So does this all just come down to whoever spends the most money on training wins?
07/28/2012
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (6:50 pm)
From chapter five of "The Initiate's Crucible," Abby Ashford confronts the Doomsayer army at Qi-Yaram bridge:

Two men remaining…. Abby looked at the bridge, and she knew she had no other choice…..
Reemerging from the tree line, she walked out onto the bridge, and came to face her remaining soldiers.
“General Ilua will have marched from Qualthas by now.” Abby instructed. “Take the transport, ride back and find her. Tell her that the defense of the bridge has fallen to me, and me alone.”
“We will fight with you!” the soldiers offered.
“No” Abby replied, shaking her head. “If Qualthas is to be saved, then General Ilua has to know to hurry. Now go!”
The two men nodded, and then retreated from the bridge to the treeline where the transport waited. Then Abby stood and faced Xanthas and his army.
Xanthas walked forward, stopping just at the mouth of the bridge. “Do you yield?” he asked smugly.
“No,” Abby replied, her aetherial saber appearing in her hand, “I command this bridge. You may not pass.”

“Don’t be foolish!” Xanthas shouted. “You are just one girl! Do you think you can stop an entire army? You have already provided a spirited defense. If you surrender the bridge to me now, I promise you a quick death.”
“You're not crossing this bridge, and neither is your army,” Abby replied, her eyes burning into the Doomsayer leader. “No threat, or bargain that you think you can strike with me, or any amount of soldiers that you send to kill me will change that.”

Xanthas turned, his red cape billowing behind him as he marched angrily back to his ranks. “Kill her!” he raged to a Doomsayer captain, “Kill her and bring me her body!”
The Doomsayer captain drew his vibrosword, and marched onto the bridge to meet Abby. He was a tall, broad-shouldered Menton wearing black plasteel armor. He looked at Abby with dark eyes that were cold and remorseless as the deepest depths of the sea. And as Abby locked onto his gaze, she saw a soul devoid of any warmth or compassion.
Then suddenly, he roared and brought his vibrosword crashing down toward her. Springing into action, Abby sidestepped the blow and pivoted on her heel, spinning around him, and then with a sharp thrust of her saber into his back, she impaled him on her blade….
“Urk!” he cried as he hung there limply, suspended for a long moment on cold steel for all to see. Then with her foot, Abby slid him off her weapon….
And she turned, and looked Xanthas in the eye, and began to pace back and forth across the bridge, eyes fixed on him like some stalking panther backed up against a wall, waiting for it’s enemy to come into the reach of it’s claws.
07/28/2012
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (6:10 pm)
I have begun writing on "The Freeworlds Chronicles, Volume III: Curse of the Corrupter." Granted, I'm still only a few pages into it, but I think this book has the potential to be the best one so far. Right now, I am basically in the midst of scripting a fight in the Prologue. Fights are always fun, but they can also be challenging to make entertaining and unique from one another, especially when you have as many fights in your books as I do.

I've also got to design the front and back covers for "The Initiate's Crucible." While I must say that I really appreciate Amazon and Apple cutting out the publisher as a middle-man, not having to worry about things like marketing and cover design must be pretty nice. Lucky for me I have a background in Illustration and design, so I don't think coming up with a cover will be too difficult, but still, being able to concentrate my efforts on writing would be sweet too.
07/24/2012
Category: Books : Freeworlds Chronicles : 
Author: Brett Baker (4:40 pm)
So I've spent the last several weeks reworking my website, redesigning it, adding this blog, adding artwork and the like. By now your probably sick of me talking about my book, but I'm going to talk more about it anyway, because it's my site, and I can. And nobody is twisting your arm and forcing you to read this -- unless somebody actually is twisting your arm and forcing you to read this in which case, I'm sorry.

So the Freeworlds Chronicles center around the adventures of Abby Ashford, a young psion in training, who essentially gets herself booted out of the Psion Academy, and booted right into apprenticeship with Master Jax Idor. They're sent by the Psion Council to handle a dangerous situation on a planet called Mentallos -- homeworld to the Mentons -- a highly religious and somewhat combative people. Abby faces a number of dangers while she is there, and prevails in the end (of course she prevails in the end, otherwise there wouldn't be a volume II.)

Volume I is "The Initiate's Crucible," centering on her adventures on Mentallos. The writing on it has been completed for about 5 weeks now, and it is curently being proofread by some friends while I work on whipping this website into shape, and designing the front and back covers. Volume II is called "Master of Oceania." To answer two of your obvious questions, yes Oceania is a planet, and no, I'm not going to tell you anymore about Volume II before you've even read Volume I. Suffice it to say that writing on "Master of Oceania" concluded last week, and I am doing an initial proof on it presently. Volume III will be called "Curse of the Corrupter," and I'm hoping to start writing on it very soon. There will be at least 5 books, but I am toying with the idea of as many as thee more depending on how things go.

"The Initiate's Crucible" will be available on the Amazon Kindle Store in e-book format this fall, and I am looking at also getting it on the Apple Store shortly after. I hope you enjoy it!

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