Yes, you heard that right. Birth of Blackheart is now free.

It’s been a month since the book was released, and after an equal amount of review, I’ve decided it would be best to get the novel into you, the reader’s, hands. All I ask from you prospective readers is a fair and honest review! That’s it! I truly hope you enjoy your time reading it!

You will be able to find Birth of Blackheart free in any format on Smashwords.com for free. Other retailers should also reflect the new free.99 price shortly. As a thank you to those of you who took the chance on purchasing the book, you will be receiving the second novel of the series for free. Thank you.

As an update on book two, I’d like to announce that one of the many PoV characters will be Xerxes. Oh, you demonbane you!

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Shant

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This past week has been fruitful for me in many ways, and by fruitful I mean productive. Before the release of Birth of Blackheart, I had worked on its sequel conservatively; mostly outlining. With that said, I am proud to announce that writing of the second novel is underway with the prologue already complete.

My expectation is to have the second novel done within the year. What kind of workload does that entail for me? At least 2000 words a day!

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Shant

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I’m back with another iteration of this language series, and this time, I’ll be giving you a bit more information on the Verisi language. What will we be looking at? The alphabet. As you’ve already been familiarized with the language’s vowels and consonants, it should be a simple reference to the picture below, which is the first letter of the Veri alphabet:

 

VerisiAweVerisiEh

 

The first letter we have on the Verisi alphabet is Awe, written as seen above. The second letter is Eh, written exactly the same way as Awe, but with a strong press of the brush above it. As you will begin to notice with the coming revelations is that each letter has two iterations. One without a dot, as seen with Awe above, and one with a dot, as seen with Eh. They are nearly identical, but are very different.

Since this post was short, I should have the next four letters posted shortly.

Regards,

Shant Karadjian

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It has been far too long since I last posted, and I apologize for the lengthy delay.

I wanted to leave a quick post in the interim as I gather my thoughts for part two of my On building a language from scratch series. The topic of this post? Why, the FIFA World Cup of course!

I’m a big football (soccer) fan, and as such, I can’t help myself from getting excited during these World Cup days! I’ve been rooting for the Stars and Stripes since 2002, and I have no plans on stopping anytime soon. With Mr. Klinsmann at the helm, I feel the USA has a strong foundation when confronting the strong teams within its “Group of Death”. My predictions? The USA takes the games from Ghana and Portugal, and ties against Germany. Round of 16, here we come!

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Shant Karadjian

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For one reason or another, I convinced myself to create an entire fictional language when writing Birth of Blackheart. Has it made my world more rich and exciting? I darn sure hope so.

The first of many languages that came to me was the heavy-sounding Verisi (Veriotz, as the wonderful Shushana would correct me). At first, I really didn’t know how I wanted the language to sound, and much less how I wanted to approach its alphabet. I debated whether to imitate one of the many human dialects, with similar vowels, letters, and pronunciations. I also tossed an idea  around to have it be something never before seen. How did I decide? It was simple. I looked at the Veri objectively, and based on a myriad of factors, I asked myself the following question.

How would these dark-skinned, feline-looking creatures come to life? How would the sounds of their powerfully-projected voices cause others to whimper?

And so Verisi was born, a language far older than any human dialect, was born. I’ll be adding the Verisi alphabet soon, but for now, I’ll leave you with the vowels and consonants.

Verisi Vowels and Consonants

awe | eh | uh | ew

va | fe | ra | la

ee | hee | se | ze

ko | so | en | we

to | do | je

As the title states, this is only Part 1 of my On building a language from scratch series. Each post should go deeper into the madness that is Ashkar.

Regards,

Shant Karadjian

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