Sunday, April 8, 2012

Lore Trilogy by Chad T. Douglas


About the Lore Trilogy

The Lore Trilogy is an action, adventure, romance epic, spanning the course of many years beginning in the late 1780s.  It is a bold and exciting mesh of fantasy and historical fiction.

Chad T. Douglas weaves together factual history with many myths and legends born from every culture his characters encounter. Whether in the Caribbean, the British Isles, Spain, Eastern Europe, Morocco, East Africa, India, South America or China, Lore immerses readers not only in setting but also in mythical and historical context.

Fantasy readers' favorite myths and legends, including vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, pirates, and merfolk, are covered and much more. As the adventure unfolds, the journals of scientifically-minded magician Geoffrey Mylus guide the reader through the science and the folklore behind every twist and turn.

Lore is the story of two young lost souls, drawn together by love and moved across continents and oceans by fate. Molly Bishop, a young girl of strong will and honest heart wishes only to find the truths hidden in her famous father's legacy, her place in the world, and to be happy. The young man she loves, Thomas Crowe - a roguish but lovable pirate - is stricken by the pains of a wereworlf curse, persecution by mortal kind and a longing to absolve himself of his misfortunes and to be human again. The pair would be unoriginal if not for the beautiful and deep web of mysteries surrounding their pasts and their futures; she, a beautiful yet simple girl destined to be the greatest sorceress that ever lived; he, a charismatic outlaw who will literally travel to the afterlife and back in order to find solace for himself and protect the woman he loves.

Though Douglas wrote Tom and Molly's love story for the teen and young adult crowd, the pair has already won the hearts of readers of all ages. The entire trilogy, Lore volume I: A Pirate's Charm, Lore Volume II: East and Eight and Lore volume III: The Old World, is published, and
Douglas is currently working on his new project, a work of science fiction.

Lore has been honored in international contests including the 2011 New York Book Festival, the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival and the 78th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition.


About the Author

Chad T. Douglas was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina in 1989, and studied English literature, creative writing and anthropology at the University of Florida. In December 2009, he published A Pirate's Charm,  the first novel of the Lore trilogy. One year later, he released his second novel, East and Eight and the third, The Old World, in November 2011.

Chad's first novel, A Pirate's Charm, came to mind when he was a junior in high school. He and a friend began a club called "Creative Writing and Comics". A small band of artists and writers, it at most included only a few other members. One day, a few of the members were casually discussing vampires and other popular fantasy subjects. It was then that Douglas decided to apply his love for history and culture to the subjects and combine popular figures of fantasy into one series.

He began writing the Lore series for fun, mixing in everything from pirates to werewolves to vampires; magic, mythical creatures, merfolk, mythologies, foreign folklore and more. When he began college in 2008, he majored in architectural design, leaving the program in less than two weeks and immediately moving into the College of Liberal Arts to become an English major. One year later, in love with English and writing, Douglas picked up his Lore  material and worked for six months to self publish the first installment.

His first book signing took place two months after publication. Since then, he has traveled to several festivals in Florida, including the UCF Book Festival in Orlando and the Ft. Myers Book Festival. A Pirate's Charm was a hit in two out-of-state festivals in Georgia, including the Tybee Island Pirate Festival and the Decatur Book Festival.

In 2010, Douglas was the keynote speaker for the Marion County Library's CREATE program. He signed books and shared personal stories of travel and self-publishing with 150 young writers who all received copies of A Pirate's Charm, courtesy of the library. Since then, Douglas has returned to large festivals like Decatur and unveiled The Old World for the first time at the 2011 Miami International Book Festival.

Douglas writes for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Since February 2010, he has visited Honuras, Kenya, the Galapagos Islands and Mexico many times. Travel has become an integral part of his writing process as he brings home both tales of the tropics for avid ecotourists and for his own personal stories. Currently he is working on an illustrated children's series based on characters created by a high-school friend, as well as a science fiction novel.

Douglas is a guitarist by hobby and occasionally performs locally with long-time band mates and friends. He also illustrates some scenes and characters from his stories with the help of artist and friend Niza Jaramillo.

To learn more about his books or to purchase them, visit his website at http://www.loretrilogy.com


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