Saturday, 25 March 2017

Title Reveal

It's been three weeks since I began studying my LLB (Bachelor of Laws) at university. I have also been busy polishing the manuscript for A Canticle of Two Souls, as well as writing a good part of the sequel. The first draft is rough and messy, but I am in love with the characters and their mission. No spoilers, as I really want everyone to come in fresh after the first book is published.

As I query agents for A Canticle of Two Souls, and you all sit in either extreme anticipation or lacklustre disinterest, I thought I should offer the title for the sequel. So here goes nothing:
















I will be completing the trilogy (and all drafts) by the end of 2018. The publishing game will play alongside that, and I will definitely keep you updated. Please head over to the Facebook page if you want to comment or message me directly. I love meeting new writers and helping everyone build positive goals.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Free Art Giveaway

Interested in winning a beautiful print of this artwork for A Canticle of Two Souls?


Head over to the Facebook contest and join in!

It depicts the opening scene of A Canticle of Two Souls, painted by the award-winning Amit Dutta. His art has always captured my attention and admiration, and I knew he would be the one to paint my vision for this scene perfectly. The book opens:
  The blood on his palms was in that intoxicating stage where it wasn’t quite dry, but not wet either. Raziel remembered a time when only disgust and nausea had accompanied the sight of blood, the heat of someone’s life spilled on his skin haunting his frantic dreams. However, he had overcome that. It had helped him overcome that.

That cursed sword. That lovely sword. The sword that would damn his soul to hell before long, if it hadn’t already.

For more of Amit's work, check out his website and facebook.

Monday, 8 August 2016

A Quick Update

“At last,” a voice said, seemingly in his mind. It wasn’t like the voices he used to fill the stories he acted out here in the forest. The cold wind from the north, combined with the most freezing rain and icy winter, would still not match the chill in that voice, the complete and utter lack of warmth. At the same time, there was some kind of fury in it, and a deep terror took root in Raziel’s soul, even though it had only spoken two words.

Raziel knew that voice only meant death.

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I am working hard on the final touches for A Canticle of Two Souls. Submitting to potential agents is a terrifying prospect, but a necessary leap to take. Thank you all for your undying support and patience. I hope to bring you good news soon!

I am also going into study next year (for my second degree), but rest assured my writing will only become more intense a goal. I have a series planned after the Aria of Steel which is incredibly exciting! I have made a hundred notes for it, and it's scale and depth is intriguing. I hope to share more on that once Aria of Steel is complete.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Aria of Steel Map


After many hours of hard work and revisions, here is the map for the Aria of Steel trilogy. The text was all hand-written by a close friend of mine, and the rest was drawn and coloured by myself. I hope this helps you understand where the first chapters of the book take place.

Each section of the border marks (approximately) 6 miles. For a higher-quality version, click here.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Three Kingdoms

The novels in the Aria of Steel trilogy have three major kingdoms. Arasha, with it's black and white banners. Rhotia, with it's gold and blue emblem. And Renas, with a solid wooden shield. Renas is the focus of the trilogy, with almost all of the stories growing there. Here's a little description of each, though reading the novels will hint at most of this.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

A Canticle of Two Souls ~ Chapter Two: An Accident

The immediate hunt for a small boy who had assassinated a general of the Rhotian army didn’t last long, for two reasons: it was impossible to find one child who wasn’t in threadbare rags or underfed. Secondly, the Rhotian government kept the matter as quiet as possible. The last thing the peasants needed was a miracle story of a Renar child killing fully trained military generals, especially when the witnesses (summarily executed in the dungeons that morning) had already spread the news like a plague of rats.

Friday, 11 March 2016

A Canticle of Two Souls ~ Chapter One: Death by a Child

The blood on his palms was in that intoxicating stage where it wasn’t quite dry, but not wet either. Raziel remembered a time when only disgust and nausea had accompanied the sight of blood, the heat of someone’s life spilled on his skin haunting his frantic dreams. However, he had overcome that. It had helped him overcome that.

That cursed sword. That lovely sword. The sword that would damn his soul to hell before long, if it hadn’t already.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Book Review: Hedge King in Winter



Book Review: Hedge King in Winter, by Michael Dellert.

The first novella in the 'Matter of Manfred' series, Hedge King in Winter is a well-written story about a man named Eowain. Set in a Norse-like world of small clans and tribes, it revolves around politics and battles. The reader isn't burdened by dense political intrigues, but the system of government is captivating, with strong characters and dialogue. The political boardgame of Fickle was absolutely incredible, and I hope it becomes an actual boardgame some day!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Final Edit


And so begins the final edit of A Canticle of Two Souls! I will be delving deep into the characters, bringing out their little quirks and details. The goal is to edit one chapter a night, so three weeks will do nicely!



Monday, 7 September 2015

First Draft Complete!

The first draft of A Canticle of Two Souls is complete, and it will now be sent to my editor. As I wait for the edit, I'll begin working on my next novel, which takes place in a very interesting world. It's been a long, convoluted journey for this novel, taking over two years to write. My next manuscript will take a shorter time, so stay tuned for updates at https://www.facebook.com/stevenraaymakersauthor

Thanks again to all my friends and supporters! I couldn't have done this without you!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Emperor Adran

'Have you ever heard of vaniah, Scribe Shakran? Have you ever heard of the red drug, the smoke of hell which rose in my Emprie, in my homeland, twenty years ago? It rose for a long time, and it spread it's noxious fumes throughout the aristocracy and bureaucrats. Lit by a fire of vice, it poisoned the air for half a hundred nobles. I extinguished that fire before the annexation of Archehan. Three years ago, Shakran'.

~ Emperor Adran, A Canticle of Two Souls.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Raziel's Thoughts

'You acted like a child just removed from his mother's breast when the darkness took you. You began with confidence, but then you missed the teat, and you cried in the night of your isolation. And now, with the faintest glimmer of returning to freedom and light, you grasp at something you cannot comprehend. You mistake a demon for an angel, and run toward it with arms outstretched.'

~ Raziel, A Canticle of Two Souls.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Wyverns' Way

The Wyverns' Way climbs the steep cliffs of the Western Coast. Carved centuries ago by an ambitious king, the Way was originally used to post sentries to watch the Western Sea. Legends and myths held no information about what lay beyond, and the ever present threat lurked over the king's mind. After a decade or so they fell into disuse, the wind and rain corroding the stone and rounding the steps. Now it lies abandoned.

Raziel and Alicia face this perilous climb, one of the most difficult moments in their journey.



Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace took Archehan's stoic citadel and embellished it with Rhotian design. With towers rising far above the city, and flying buttresses swooping down on all sides, it is truly a symbol of the Empire's wealth and power. The supports are filled by stained-glass windows which bathe the new hallways with a veritable rainbow of light.

Archehan is the capitol of Renas, a small kingdom in the West which, two years before A Canticle of Two Souls takes place, was annexed by the Rhotian Empire. The war ended quickly and quietly, yet there are still those who refuse to submit.