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The Martyr’s Moon rises. The blood of a storyteller is spilled. Hope vanishes.
The Martyr’s Moon rises. The blood of a storyteller is spilled. Hope vanishes.
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April 15, 2014 will usher in a tetrad of Blood Moons - 4 total lunar eclipses roughly spaced six months apart, when the full moon will take on an eerie burnt reddish-brown hue. NASA anticipates these Blood Moons will occur on the April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. The phenomenon of a tetrad of Blood Moons is extremely unusual; about as rare as drawing a four of a kind hand in poker on the initial deal. A single Blood Moon is not common. According to CNN, prior to the turn of the 20th century, there wasn't a single Blood Moon for the previous 300 years.

Prophets and mystics have long ascribed spiritual significance to celestial events, and the rise of a Blood Moon is no exception. "I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes." So writes the Old Testament prophet, Joel.

The bloody hue cast by such a moon takes on a unique relevance in Martyr's Moon, the second installment of the four-volume, epic War of Whispers fantasy series by J.E. Lowder. A Martyr's Moon, as Lowder refers to the phenomenon, announces the death of a Storyteller, one of the most powerful characters in his world - a dire event with cataclysmic consequences.

Martyr's Moon picks up where Tears of Min Brock left off, plunging the reader headlong into the adventures of Elabea, a young girl of 14 summers who follows the call of a whisper from the shining land of Claire; a kingdom that was supposedly destroyed in the devastating Dark War. Outcast from her family and village, and guarded by her impetuous childhood friend, Romlin, Elabea's epic quest to become one of the most powerful beings in the world - a storyteller - is thwarted by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, unspeakable tragedy and even her own fragile faith in a whisper that might offer more than the oppressive drone from the Dark Cauldron.

To honor the rise of the tetrad of Martyr's Moons, WordCrafts Press is offering the ebook version of Martyr's Moon, Volume 2 of the War of Whispers, at the special price of just $.99 from now through the release of The Gor Kings, Volume 3 of the War of Whispers, which is scheduled to release this summer.

Tears of Min Brock, the first volume of the quadrilogy, met with both critical and popular acclaim, and has fans have clamored for the sequel.

"Lowder pulls you into a world of chaos and hope. You can almost feel the breeze and smell the foliage as you walk with the main characters through this well written story. I give it far more than the usual five stars!" says book blog site, Opus 'n' Pen.

"J. E. Lowder has created an intricate fantasy world full of despair and darkness as well as hope and luminous beauty," says Examiner.com.

“Fasten your seat belts," declares Vic’s Media Room. "This is going to be a wild, exciting ride!”

A professional musician by trade, Lowder is no stranger to the creative process. He has played bass for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including country superstar Shania Twain. He credits his time as a musician with giving him the inspiration and stamina to embark on a career as a novelist.

"I have always made up bedtime stories for my kids, but I didn't become serious about the craft of writing, of storytelling, until about ten years ago, " Lowder explains. "I’d suffered a crisis of faith and was struggling through life when friends suggested I journal. I discovered that when I journal, it becomes a story. I remember being on tour as a musician in Europe, taking in the view from atop Edinburgh Castle in Scotland or gazing upon the armory in the Tower of London. I was unknowingly gathering material I’d use years later when writing the _War of Whispers_ series."

For more information on J.E. Lowder or WordCrafts Press, visit WordCrafts.net.