In this eagerly awaited sequel to "Practitioner of the Arts," Zeal, a young Phosfire, and his Shadow Cat, Kit, seek out the cause of Mother Essmee’s distress, only to discover that Master Feneas is dying. Zeal is stricken at the thought of losing his esteemed Mentor in the Arts. And what happens when the bond between Mother Essmee, Feneas’s Shadow Cat, and her bond mate, Feneas, is shattered? Are Zeal and Kit destined to share Feneas’s and Essmee’s fate? Zeal’s close friends and fellow apprentices, Tulip and Tallen, offer to help save Master Feneas and Mother Essmee. The four young adventurers set off to find the mythical Tree of Life, a journey fraught with dangers, obstacles, and threats.To complicate matters, before they leave, Zeal is seized by a compulsion to open a hidden door he discovered in the Repository Archive, a highly restricted area. Ignoring the wisdom offered by his mentors, Zeal takes rash actions that set him on a perilous path and jeopardize his quest to aid Feneas.
In this exciting sequel to "Purveyors and Acquirers," if apprentice Zeal has any hope of learning how to control his explosive Phosfire talent, he must travel to the city of Havensharth and face the difficult challenge of becoming a Practitioner of the Arts. As he leaves behind those he loves, including Iris, the Temple of the Ladies of Life, and the Trade, who have all sheltered and protected him since he was an infant, he is joined by his best friend, Tulip, who decides to accompany him and study the Warrior’s Arts, herself.
Furthermore, Kit the Shadow Cat claims Zeal as her own and surprises him with her decision to travel along. Zeal soon learns the risks associated with his bond to this beloved, intelligent, yet fierce creature.
Zeal and Tulip are taken into the care of strangers: Master Ice, Zeal’s Mentor as a Practitioner, and Lady Mirada, a retired mercenary. While the young apprentices expand their skills and make new friends, their newfound abilities may not be enough to enable them to survive the dangers that await them.
In the port city of Arlanda, Zeal, an orphan with a mysterious benefactor, is an Apprentice in the shadowy organization known as the Trade. Through his training, mentorship, and natural skill, he rapidly becomes adept at procuring possessions and secrets that belong to others.
When one of his fellow apprentices is kidnapped by a group preying on Arlanda’s children, Zeal’s Mentors discover to their surprise that the kidnappers are using the conjuring arts to carry out their nefarious plot. Although the Apprentices are instructed to stay out of the matter and not endanger themselves further, Zeal and his fellow novices cannot stand aside. How can they, when their specific, intensive training can be used to help their friend?
Against their Mentors’ wishes, and in accordance with their lessons, they plan and act in secret. As they fight the threat to their Trade family, Zeal and his cohort meet adventure at every turn, while Zeal discovers he has unusual powers of his own, including the ability to talk to the dead.
James D Macon is an author located in Washington State. James work, "Purveyors & Acquires", is the first in the series, "The Phosfire Journeys". The second volume in the series is, "Practitioner of the Arts". The third volume is, "Opener of Doors".
I wish to thank all who are reading "Purveyors and Acquires", "Practitioner of the Arts" and "Opener of Doors". I hope you enjoy the storys and the characters. Personel reviews and comments have all been positive. Pass the word on for me.
J. D. Macon
Incase anyone is wondering about the status of book 4 Guardian of the Trade, the initial round of edits have been completed. I have received the manuscript and have done revisions and returned it back to my editor. The cover is a work in progress and I think it will be well received. Will continue to update as time goes on. Right now I am expecting a publishing time frame around the end of October or first of November.
Looking forward to participating at the Good Luc Market at the Lake Union Cafe on Sunday 8/25/19 from 11 am to 4 pm. Hope to have interested parties stop by. Will have books available and will be happy to sign them.
Lake Union Cafe, 3119 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
To those who are interested, book 4 titled, Guardian of the Trade, is in the hands of my editor. The hard work has begun!
Purveyors and Acquirers is being featured in the Rogue Skies Book Fair. Information on the book fair can be found through the following link:
To those who may be interested. I have completed the draft of book four and have begun passing copies of the manuscript to my beta readers. More to come as the process progresses. Now comes the creative development of book five which I anticipate will complete the series. I will keep you posted. Thank you for enjoying my stories.
I was revisiting a posting that I wanted to reshare. It is a scene with Qwen being interviewed by Interested Party featured on author Angela Korra'ti's "Boosting the Signal" web site. I think you will find it entertaining. Click on the link below and enjoy.
You can find copies of my books at a location near you!
"Purveyors and Acquirers" and "Practitioner of the Arts" are available at Third Place Books for those who live in the area.
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA, 98155
Signed copies of "Purveyors and Acquirers", "Practitioner of the Arts", and "Opener of Doors" can be obtained at The Neverending Bookshop.
7530 Olympic View Drive
Unit 105 Edmonds, WA 98026.
The phone number Is (425) 415-1945.
Copies of "Purveyors and Acquirers", "Practitioner of the Arts", and "Opener of Doors can be obtained at MillGeek Comics. Go say hi to Russ.
17624 15th Ave SE
Bothell, WA 98012
Qwen's Bread Pudding
1 Dozen Eggs (plus the yolks of 3 others, separate the yolks and reserve
for the sauce)
1 Quart Milk
1 Cup Sugar
1 ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 ½ Cup Raisins
1 ½ Cup Pecans
2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Salt
½ Stick of Butter (cut in pieces and add do not melt)
French Bread (enough to soak up custard, let harden a few days before use.
Cover and bake @ 375 for 50 minutes, then uncovered for 10-15 min more allowing the top to acquire a golden brown.
3 Egg yolks (from above)
1 Pound of Powdered Sugar
1 Pound of Butter
Alcohol of Choice Rum, Spiced Rum, Bourbon, etc. (Hard to find a concentrated form of Spiced Mead in our Terrene.)
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I am excited to announce that "Opener of Doors" has been published on Amazon and Kindle Ebook.
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