Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal ( The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, ( and Visit the author's website:

Friday, April 20, 2007

Book II is Ready

It looks like the second book in the Eye of the Stallion trilogy, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, will be coming out soon. The publisher plans on having manuscript proofs and cover art ready in August and then a date for the actual publication can be set.

So what is The Mirrors of Castaway Time all about? It's a fantasy, of course, the sequel to the first, but it will stand alone as a story if you haven't read Book I. You'll find my willful, stubborn, warrior-heroine, Sonoia is still conflicted by her love for the dark and dashing Dag-gar, while Dag-gar cooks up a black-magic, Time-twisted plot to gain absolute possession of her wild soul. Meanwhile, the love battle between these two "small gods" has "upset the applecart of Time," as the eccentric old wizard Scraps would say. This has released into the world an implacable evil bent on destroying life simply because it lives--and it is doing it all by turning the fabric of Time inside out with mirrors--lots of mirrors (Have you ever held two mirrors up so they face each other and looked inside of them? You'll see what I mean.). There is also the wise and ancient sorceress, Mother Mar, and Sol, her young student in the art and science of herbal remedies and life. Mar sends the youthful Sol out into the world with the sad-faced donkey, Admiral Penance, to try to patch things up between Sonoria and Dag-gar and thus save the world. Poor innocent Sol--he soon finds himself caught up in dangers and adventures he could never have imagined including having to try to bring a badly wounded Dag-gar back from the brink of death.

It's a complex, fast paced book and the ending even surprised me. So, keep checking back here to see what's happening with it and I'll keep you updated.

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