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 …

World Builders 2.0 –Melissa Berg

I was recently featured on John Robin’s series called World Builders 2.0 where authors discuss the worlds they have created for their novels. Read on to learn more about Ahrune!

 

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Today, we enter the world of Melissa Berg, author of the Shifting Balance Series.

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)Melissa Berg is the author of the Shifting Balance Series, which has been her passion for the past ten years. She also works as a freelance illustrator and studied art and design at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. When she isn’t writing or painting or entertaining her son, she is pursuing the art of 3D computer illustration/animation, as a side project and to feed her fascination in the ever-expanding medium used for storytelling. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, young son, and a crazy Border Collie.

Now, prepare yourself to enter Ahrune!

The Shifting Balance Series takes place in Ahrune. In creating this rich land, I wanted to keep it simple; familiar and relatable. It is a character driven story of love, hope, and sacrifice, where I explore the world…

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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 …