Thursday, November 1, 2012

The City of the Mirage by Jerome Brooke : Interview & Excerpt



The City of the Mirage
(Books to Go Now-Amazon)
Length: About 49 pages

The City of the Mirage by Jerome Brooke is now on Amazon. The Divine Astarte is one of the last of her race. Her kind seeded many worlds with life. One of these realms was the planet of the Warrior.

The City of the Mirage is a dark fantasy!

Astarte is feared, not loved by her people - she is the Destroyer of Worlds. She is served by a legion of shield maidens. These cruel warriors are feared by all. They commit all manner of atrocities, such as impalement.

The people of her empire are also terrorized by the Beast Men. They are the offspring of members of an alien race and the daughters of men. They feed on human flesh.

The muse stood at the side of the blind bard.  She whispered in his ear, telling him the history of the demigod, of the Conqueror. 
Myth of the Lady of the Myst, II, vii.           
The mirage appeared very close.  I could see the white towers of the city, as they shimmered on the horizon.  I wiped the sweat from my brow with my sleeve, and took a sip of water from my canteen.
I looked over my shoulder.  I could no longer see the enemy chase cars. They had been in pursuit since last night, when my plane went down.  I had parachuted from my wounded craft, and landed in the desert. After I landed, I fled into the empty waste, hoping that my beacon would be heard by our rescue.
I resumed walking.  Perhaps I had come all this way only to die of thirst in this wasteland.  I checked my canteen.  Almost empty.
I tried my radio once more.  Nothing – not even static.
I continued walking in the light breeze.  I soon came to a boulder field.  I walked among the rocks for a few minutes, until I came to the edge of a ravine.  I glanced over the edge, and saw a fast moving stream below.
I climbed down the steep slope to the floor of the ravine.  I filled my canteen, and pulled off my flight suit.  I plunged into the water, and rinsed off the dust.
I sat upon a rock near the edge of the stream, to rest for a time.  I soon pulled on my flightsuit, and began to follow the stream.  As I walked, a strange blue mist began to form, near the ground.  The mist persisted, even tho a breeze began to stir the air.
I came to a large bolder jutting out into the stream.  I walked around it, and saw movement out of the corner of my eye.  I turned, and saw a woman of middle years stepping out of the stream.
“Hello,”   she said with a smile.  She spoke with a heavy accent.
“Hello,” I replied, and smiled.  She had black hair, and dark, olive skin.  She did not seem to mind that she had nothing on, in the strong breeze.  This was all passing strange.
“I am the Lady of the Myst.  Are you lost, Warrior?”
“Well, yes.  I am heading west,”  I managed to collect myself and say.
She pointed down the ravine. “Follow the stream.  It leads to the plain.  If you see anyone else, they may help you.”
I nodded.
“I must leave you now.  But you will see me soon, when you are ready.”  She came up to me, and wrapped her arms around me.  She kissed, and gently bit my neck.  I felt a little dizzy, and also felt a strong attraction to her.
“Am I Enthralled by the Lady, the beautiful Lady Without Mercy?”  I asked myself.



Welcome Jerome.  I'm so pleased you are here.  How did you start your writing career?
I have been writing poems for about 20 years - I

suffered a sever concusion at that time - I am still able to create -

The creation of a poem for me has aspects of the paranormal -

One might say the Muse whispers in the ear of the blind bard...
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I enjoy the works of Homer - in some ways

the art of the Aegean world was better than our own -

even the verse and drama ....
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I enjoy Paris and LA - the lovely women! I sometimes

find myself composing verse as I talk to a lady .... 

Tell us about your current release.

The City of the Mirage (Books to Go Now) is a fantasy eBook. The blog post provides additional insights.

Who is your favorite author? 

Ayn Rand
What was your first sale as an author?

The City of the Mirage
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

sometimes 5 to 10 hours - at random.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
My style has changed as a result of editing and reviews - I

am a quick study.
Where do you research for your books?

I use Internet - I am in Thailand.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

My wife tells everyone she knows.


Jerome the Fair
Prince Consort of Jira, Princess of Nan

Jerome Brooke lives in the Kingdom of Siam. He is a retired librarian. He has written The City of the Mirage (Books to Go Now) and many other books.

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1 comment:

nrlymrtl said...

Ayn Rand is pretty heavy duty stuff. My husband has enjoyed her works for years and I read her We the Living, which still has me thinking years later. I bet the author's appreciation of her works fed into his own writing.