Wizard's Bane

Dale is trapped on a low tech planet full of strange beings straight out of some fairy tale, completely with spell flinging wizards, unicorns and dragons. His powers aren't working, nor is his high tech equipment. To make matter's worse, a race of vicious, violent aliens have targeted the planet for their next conquest and he must somehow stop them.

Or die trying. More

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Words: 107,420
Language: English
ISBN: 9781936021413
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About Crystalwizard

I am both an author and a graphic artist, though my three cats would tell you a different story. They're of the opinion that my only reason for existence is to feed them, pet them and let them in or out of the house! They're good kitties though, and make wonderful companions.

I started writing in my Junior year of high school. At the time, I'd read everything the school library had that interested me, so it just seemed natural to write what I wanted to read, since no one else was. A small group of us would get together and talk stories, developing characters, plot lines and just in general having fun. My universe, and ultimately the books I have in print, developed out of that.

Being a writer is a lot like living on a wild roller coaster. Sometimes all you can do is hang on for the ride while the story pours out of your fingers, and sometimes you have to fight tooth and nail for every letter! It's a lot of fun, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. It would be nice though if inspiration didn't insist on hitting me after the lights were out and I was half-asleep so often!

Along with fiction, I also write poetry. I don't write free verse often, it's just not something that matches with my inner self. I stick more with specific rhyme and meter. While some people might consider that restrictive, I am very pattern oriented. The words generate in stanza's, and I usually don't have much control over that.

As an example, here's a poem I wrote just a couple nights ago. It's called The Poet's Lament:

The lights are off,
The house is still,
I'm headed off to bed.

The blanket's soft,
The pillow's deep,
Soon dreams will fill my head.

But first there comes
A tip-toeing
A teasing little rhyme.

A single word
Resolves itself
With meter and with time.

Oh Pox! I snarl,
Oh go away!
Why is it every night,

That just as soon
As I settle down
I get the urge to write?

I get back up,
Turn on the lights
And sit down at my desk.

The words which filled
My thoughts and mind,
Now laugh at me in jest.

My mind's gone blank!
I've lost it all!
I stare off into space.

There's nothing there,
The ink has gone,
Just silence in it's place.

I'm too awake
For sleep or dreams.
I'm too asleep to think.

This curse which lurks
With in the dark
Has driven me to drink!

Along with short stories and poetry, I have a large (6 book) sci-fi fantasy series called The Sojourn Chronicles. The books in it are :
Book 1 - Wizard's Bane
Book 2 - Villenspell: City of Wizards
Book 3 - Wizards and Wanderers
Book 4 - Army of Misfits
Book 5 - The Lost Lands
Book 6 - World's End

The story follows an unlikely group of misfits as they journey to unknown lands in a desperate attempt to save the world. Unfortunately, the world doesn't seem to want that salvation and mishaps befall them at just about every step.

All of my books are available on Amazon.com or other online stores.

When I'm not writing, I'm creating art in other ways, mostly digital, as well as a fairly large number of photos each month. As I am also a professional photographer, and always looking for work, if you happen to be in need of my skills, you can find my portfolio online at


I also do a lot of computer graphics, including the covers of my own books, the covers of other people's books, posters, illustrations, email signatures and various other pieces. A lot of my art is created for private individuals, and I don't have it on display any where, but I do have a nice gallery online. If you'd like to take a look, you can visit me at:


What little time is left between writing and creating art I use playing with my grandkids, fixing computers for people and pursuing chocolate ;) Seriously, you can't give a free-range chocolate bar a chance to escape!


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