Dragons: Myth or Science? – by Melissa Berg

  Since the dawning of man’s ability to dream and imagine, Dragons have been in existence. And like many other mythical beasts, it has played a huge part in understanding the oft times cruel world our forebears lived in. Dragons, in whatever form they take, have always been a symbol for the real and unexplainable. …

Of Fates and Men – by Melissa Berg

  Usually when a man wants to ponder the intricacies of his life, he seeks the serenity of a peaceful loneliness. A walk in the woods, a boat on a lake, his garage or the manly decorated riches of a finished basement. But on a night such as this, I was thrown into a moment …

About Melissa Berg

Welcome to my website, The Shifting Balance. I can tell you more about my fantasy series, but first a little about me. My name is Melissa Berg, and I am the author of The Shifting Balance Series, which has been my passion for the past ten years. I also work as a freelance illustrator and studied art and design at Madison Area Technical …

Prologue

We were waiting in the cold, hiding in the dark; yellowed sandstone and aged, oaken barrels our only shelter. Outside those close walls was the clean air, the ocean, the rich soil. Outside it was life. Surrounded by suffocating darkness, she breathed in deep of the damp, sheltering cold and clung to the hope, amidst …

The Story

Prophecy of the Stars: Part 1 – Revelations is the first book in an adult Speculative Fiction series called The Shifting Balance. It is an action/adventure paced, character driven story that leans toward fantasy, with elements of Romance and Science-Fiction. Part 1 is just the beginning of Mahren, Raiff, Sam, and Johnquil’s journey. There is …

A collection of excerpts related to writing action – by Melissa Berg

If you are here from Epic Fantasy Writer, WELCOME! If not, check out my article called 6 Tips For Writing Engaging and Tension-Filled Fight Scenes Below are my example excerpts taken from my first two books in The Shifting Balance Series. Two are smaller sword fights, one is part of an epic large scale battle, and …

Fantasy Maps, and a Tutorial on how to make your map look like Google Earth!

Here from John Robin's Epic Fantasy Writer Blog? Scroll down to get straight to the tutorial! What is an epic fantasy novel without a map? Just like we need Siri to tell us how to find the closest café or, if you prefer, the closest wine bar, a properly built fantasy world should have a …