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My name is Dan Wright. I'm a author of Fantasy novels that usually have an Anime/Disney spin. I like to talk about writing, movies, comics, animation - or just anything else that interests me. This is my blog where you can find out about my work and all that jazz.
Well this happened a lot faster than I thought it would - but I can now reveal that Amanda Moonstone: The Darkbane Sorceress is now out on Amazon! You can download your copy of it at this very second!
And don't forget you can still get Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince, the first in this magical series. I'll leave a link to that below!
Paperback to follow shortly, I'll put out a notification when that happens!
Thanks for your patience guys - hope you enjoy reading it!
Keep on reading and writing!
Last week I revealed a sketch of the front cover for Amanda Moonstone: The Darkbane Sorceress. I'm pleased to inform you that the cover has now been completed! And I can reveal it to you guys now!
Here it is in it's coloured glory, along with the blurb and everything!
A huge thanks to Kirsten Moody for this, I think she did an amazing job capturing the dark aspects that this novel is sure to throw your way!
All being well, I should have it out this weekend - just have to do a couple more things and it's ready to go!
Thanks again for your patience in this and I hope that you're as excited as I am!
Have a great week guys! Speak soon!
Here's an update on the release of Amanda Moonstone: The Darkbane Sorceress guys. I've just finished the final edits of the book! (Phew! Took me long enough!). Now I just need the final artwork (should be done anytime now) and we are good for this bad boy to be published!
All being well, I should have this book out either by the end of the week or the start of October. Apologies for not giving exact dates - September has been tough for me with work and other things, but we're on track!
To keep you sated, here is yet ANOTHER sample chapter! Here the heroes meet with the Great Shadori Warrior - but is he all he seems?
Thank you for your patience in this guys - hope you're excited for this release!
In the meantime, if anyone is interested in reviewing an advanced copy of the book, send me a message via any of the contacts above.
Thanks again guys - keep reading and writing! More info to follow soon!
Preparation for the release of Amanda Moonstone: The Darkbane Sorceress is moving along now! Won't be long till the book is released!
But to get you guys just that little bit more excited, here is another sample chapter from that book! This is what will be chapter 2 in the novel.
More updates to come soon. Enjoy reading!
Wow! Two updates from me in the same week! That has to be a new record for me! XD
Still I wouldn't be posting this if it wasn't of super-special-awesome importance!
My artist, Kirsten Moody, has recently just turned over a sketch of what will be the front cover for Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince - and whilst it IS only a sketch, I really like what she has done here! Check it out for yourselves!
This is both the front and back cover of the book (right side and left side respectably). The front cover features the villains of the piece. Saevitia Darkbane sits on her throne looking all kinds of evil. To her right is Vladrac The Butcher General, the most notorious of assassins - note the large number of weapons stuck in his back! To Saevitia's left is Zephyr, the greatest assassin of the Singing Screams. She may also have ties to one of the heroes in this story...
Speaking of heroes, to the right we see Amanda, Wilfred and Luthar meeting up with a mysterious shadori. Who is he? Why are they looking for him? And will he ultimately be able to help them?
The finished cover should be finished this week and I'll have an update for you guys then. In the meantime, let me know what you think!
More updates to come. Until then, peace out!
Wow, I haven't posted a blog update in ages! Sorry about that guys. I've been hard at work with writing based things!
Hopefully it has paid off because very soon, I will be releasing the second Amanda Moonstone novel, The Darkbane Sorceress. Hope you guys are as excited about this one as I am - it's turning out to be one of the darkest books I've ever written. In a good way of course!
I've been busy editing my work and I'm pleased to show you a sample chapter from it! Some of you may remember this chapter from the end of The Missing Prince, but with one or two changes to it! You can read it on my website now - link is below!
Let me know what you guys think! More info is to come over the next couple of weeks. The novel will be released end of September (still yet to set a date). And hopefully, all being well, there may be another novel in the pipeline. I'm saying nothing XD.
Peace out for the time being! Keep writing, reading or whatever you like to do. Hey, I like that, that should become my new catchphrase!
WARNING: Spoilers and results of matches ahead!!!
So I already did a review for Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania this year, and since we're here at Summerslam, I decided to review that.
It's been a turbulent few months for WWE since Wrestlemania. Amongst other things, we've seen Jinder Mahal rushed to the top to become WWE Champion (though to his credit, he IS doing a good job at being a bad guy), Shinsuke Nakamura made his debut in WWE and he has been immensely entertaining, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman have been crushing each other and burying the other in ambulances, the first ever women's Money in the Bank was won – by a man (damn you Elsworth!) and we've also learned that Jason Jordan is Kurt Angle's son... sigh.
Oh and Enzo and Big Cass broke up – but no one cares about that.
So anyway, Summerslam was set to be a stonker with some big matches. Sadly I didn't get to stay up late to watch this one this time, but caught up with it on the Network, hence why this review is so late. So let's dig in and see if this lived up to the hype.
I didn't see the pre-show, but the results for the matches were as follows. The Miztourage beat the Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan. Neville defeated Akira Tozawa to get his championship back (really, so soon?) and The Usos defeated The New Day (guess they didn't feel the power!)
So up first we had Baron Corbin against John Cena. Considering Cena cost Corbin his Money in the Bank contract against Jinder Mahal, I would have thought that Corbin would tear into Cena. Unfortunately, this was pretty much like every other Cena match – Cena wins for a bit, he gets beaten up, then powers through to victory. Disappointing; and it seems that Corbin's once great momentum has screeched to a halt. Maybe the rumours about Management being upset with him are true.
We then had the Smackdown Women's Championship against Natalya and Naomi. Like many, I though Naomi would win and Carmella cash in her Money in the Bank contract – but imagine my surprise when Natalya won the match. Cleanly as well! It was pretty solid with some savage moments – and Naomi's look of devastation as Natalya threw her victory in her face was kinda sad. One has to wonder when Carmella will come through with thatMoney in the Bank contract though.
The next match was Big Cass against the Big Show with Enzo Amore suspended in a shark cage. Prior to the match, Enzo did another one of his promos and... I'm just gonna say it, Enzo is REALLY pissing me off right now! His promos go absolutely nowhere and he just seems to spout random BS. Plus, he's been seen as really weak in his rivalry with Big Cass, who pretty much just curb stomps him everytime he fights.
Anyway, onto the match and boy was it GODAWFUL!!! Between the slow pace and Enzo not shutting the **** up, the crowd were less than impressed, even chanting “Boring”. There was one moment when Enzo tried to escape the cage, only to be knocked out by Cass. Thanks for coming, Enzo. Seriously, this match was a contender for “Worst PPV Match of the Year”. It almost made the Bayley VS Alexia Bliss Kendo on a Stick match look good!
Still, at least I can call it a match – which is more than can be said for the Rusev VS Randy Orton encounter. It starts off promising, with Rusev beating the **** out of Randy before the match starts. But as soon as the bell rings, Randy does an RKO and ends the match. And this was on the main show why?
Our second Women's title match included my girl Alexia Bliss against Sasha Banks. Personally I would have prefered Nia Jax in this match – but hey ho. The match itself was decent, and for a moment it looks like Bliss might just have the edge on Banks. But a Bank Statement ends the match kinda prematurely for my liking, feels like it could have gone on longer. I'm disappointed Bliss lost, but the girls gave it their all so I can't be too upset.
The next match was one I was looking forward too – Bray Wyatt verses the Demon King Finn Balor. Boy have I missed this! We haven't seen the Demon King in action for over a year and he didn't disappoint. His entrance was kinda like he was trying to “out creep” Wyatt and it seemed to work. The match itself was, somewhat upsettingly, not as intense as it could have been, but it was by no means a bad match. And the Demon came out on top. It was a match for the gimmick fans. Hopefully they'll have more of the Demon King in future events.
Now for a match that had everyone stoked. Seamus and Cesaro VS the newly re-formed Shield, mimus Roman. Ambrose and Rollins had their differences leading up to the match, and one had to wonder if past tensions would interfere. In all seriousness, this match was one of the most exciting I've seen. It went back and forth, with Cesaro and Seamus doing everything to keep the two apart and singling out one at a time. Many a time we thought it was gonna be a victory for the champions – but in true underdog spirit Ambrose and Rollins came back to win and become the new champions. What made this even more special is that the crowd felt like they earned it after all the crap their opponents put them through. A real feelgood moment and probably the first really good match of the night.
Oh and Cesaro destroyed a beach ball that was being tossed around in the crowd. Can't say I blame him, I'd be pissed off if fans did that if I was working my nuts off to entertain them or not. Not sure if it was real or a work, but it was pretty funny nonetheless.
Another match I was looking forward to was AJ Style VS Kevin Owens. These two have had some of the best matches I've seen this year – I actually think it's impossible for these two to have a bad match. Maybe a day will come when they do have a bad match – but it was not tonight! With Shane McMahon as the special guest referee, one had to wonder if he would end up screwing AJ or Owens over. But to his credit, he called it down the middle as AJ and Owens laid into each other. There were moments when it looked like it was going to shift one way – and even had a moment where Owens would get a cheap win when Shane counted to three when AJ's foot was on the ropes – only to notice his mistake. It was physical, intense and damn exciting. AJ won in the end, but it could have gone either way.
This next match SHOULD have been awesome – Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE title. It had ALL the makings of a great match, despite not being pushed as much as it could have done. Hell, they barely even met each other before this event. But the end just pissed me right off!!!
It started off great, with Shinsuke coming down with Lee England Jr to play his entrance theme. And the match itself was ok up until the Singh brothers got involved. Shinsuke knocked them out, but then Jinder hit him with the Khallas to win the match in sloppy form, much to the horror of people in the crowd. This wouldn't be so bad – if this wasn't how Jinder won EVERY SINGLE MATCH!!! I get it, he's a heel and they need to use dirty tricks to win, but come on! Doing the same thing every time isn't fun! What's more, it's uninventive. If Shinsuke had just kicked out of this and then Jinder won another way it would be fine – but as it happened this was just crap! Poor show, WWE. Poor show!
With that bad taste in my mouth, we moved onto the Fatal-4-Way for the Universal title, featuring Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar. HOLY ****ING **** THIS MATCH WAS AWESOME!!! It was so intense and heart racing that it almost makes you forget the stuff that happened before. Everyone threw everything at each other, hitting them with everything they could – but the true star of the show was Braun Strowman! It has to be said he's been one of the most persistant performers in WWE this year and his work this time was incredible!
During one part, Brawn powerslammed Brock through one of the foreign announcer tables at ringside. He then did the same with another table moments later. The crowd chanted “One more table”, noticing there was another table at ringside and Braun obliged. But he did so by lifting up the table and literary tipping it onto Brock! I have never seen this happen before in my life and the crowd went balistic! Chants of “This is awesome” filled the arena and they weren't far wrong. It looked like Brock was out of it as he was carried out in a stretcher, leaving the other three to fight it out. But Brock came back and fought his ground. At this point the match went back and forth, with near falls coming out of nowhere. Few matches have gotten my adrenaline pumping and my heart racing that this one. Eventually, Brock stood tall by countering Reign's spear into an F5, emerging as champion.
Brock may have won the match, but the true winner here was Strowman! He has looked more dominating and powerful than ever before and that's saying something! With a Lesnar/Strowman match scheduled for the future, I have rarely been this excited in a long time. I know Lesnar is pretty much a “part timer,” but tell me you don't wanna see these two giants destroy each other!
So Summerslam might have had some mixed reviews online, but I kinda liked it. The matches they had were solid enough – with a few exceptions – and the main event was an adrenaline pumping adventure, full of brutality and intensity. The Fatal-4-Way and AJ Styles VS Kevin Owens were the two best matches of the night for me. Worst match was Big Show VS Cass for a large number of reasons. Most disappointing match was the WWE title match. That could have been awesome, but it was such a letdown due to a terrible and uncreative finish.
But in conclusion, I liked Summerslam 2017. It's by no means the best of the Summerslam chronology and certainly not the best PPV of the year – but it was mostly enjoyable and it will be interesting to see how the storylines progress from here!
Overall I give Summerslam 2017 a respectable 4 out of 5.
Hey guys, just a little update from Canterbury Comic Con that I did last week. Sorry for not updating sooner as have been busy, but I finally got round to it today!
Well what can I say? Canterbury Comic Con was AMAZING!!! I didn't think I was going to sell any books, but I had a great time. I sold out of Trapped on Draconica and sold virtually all of Amanda Moonstone and had some amazing feedback! It was a fun experience!
I also got to meet two of my favourite actors – Hattie Hayridge from Red Dwarf and Andrew Lee Potts from Primeval. Both of them were really nice and even posed for a picture with me! Mr Potts even said he was filming something at the moment – but obviously he didn't tell me anything! I have a few theories though...
I also got to meet the other vendors in the area. Had a lovely chat with the girls at Nerds Retreat about Warcraft and Rick and Morty, so that was good! But the best thing about it is that Mum and my girlfriend Penguin (that's what I call her) was there to help! Oh and we had help from Baby Groot as well! XD
You can see some pictures of the day below. In case you're wondering, the costume I was wearing was sorta like my character The Author from Amanda Moonstone. My girlfriend was dressed as Sagiri Izumi from Eromanga Sensei. I think she did a very good cosplay :) My Mum went as – well, My Mum! XD
Thanks to everyone who purchased a copy of my books (or in some cases copies) and thanks to Canterbury Comic Con for making my day amazing! Hopefully they'll do this again sometime!
Updates to follow from the world of Draconica and Amanda Moonstone. Don't forget you can always follow me on Facebook for more updates. Links at the top of the page!
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Well I thought I put something about this sooner, but it turns out I didn't *facepalm*. I guess that's what happens when you try and juggle real life and work with writing!
Anyway, as you probably guessed by the title, I will be joining Canterbury Comic Con a week from Saturday! This is set to be a pretty big event and – to my knowledge – the first time a Comic con has been held in Canterbury. We've had Sci-Fi by the sea in Herne Bay, but this is in my home town, so I am VERY excited about it.
I will be there at a stall, selling all my paperback books that I have released so far – and at a cheaper rate than online. So if you're local to Canterbury, or the nearby area, pop down and say hi! If you buy a book I'll even sign it!
And if coming to meet me isn't enough of an incentive to visit, there's plenty of other stuff there. Special guests include Andrew Lee Potts of Primeval fame, Hattie Hayridge from Red Dwarf (I hope I get a picture taken with her!) and of course, the actor who played Greedo from Star Wars: A New Hope, Paul Blake. So you can finally get to ask him “who shot first?”
Not to mention there will be plenty of other things like cosplay, traders, Q&A's and other things. It is taking part on the 12th August at Westgate Hall, Canterbury, Kent. Click on the picture to be taken to the Facebook page. Tickets are around £6.00 or so.
Hope to see some of you guys down there!
Warning: Contains some spoilers
In my opinion, Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors out there. Many of my favourite films (Memento, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy) are directed by him. In fact, Inception was for the longest time my favourite film by him. That was until I saw Dunkirk.
Dunkirk was hyped quite a bit and the trailers did make it out to look awesome. However, it could have easily just ended up being another overhyped big-budget film that was more “style over substance”. But I must confess that I was blown away by how amazing it was! I remember the first time I saw Inception, I came out of the cinema thinking “I HAVE to tell people about this film” - and that is exactly the same reaction I had when seeing this film. Nolan, you are without a doubt, a genius!
Depending on how you look at it, the Battle of Dunkirk was either one of the most catastrophic defeats, or heroic victories for the Allies in WW2. The Allies had been pushed back by the enemy and they were basically cut off. Dunkirk became a battle of attrition to save what soldiers they could – but the Germans were not going to let them go that easily. This film is shown from three different POV's, each following a different timeline. They follow the soldiers at Dunkirk (in the space of a week), one of many civilian boats sent out to rescue the soldiers (in the space of a day) and three fighter pilots flying in to give air support (in the space of an hour). Similar to Memento, they don't follow a linear path, but rather they cross over with each other at various points, so that you get different parts of the story at different times – and yet it still feels coherent and you can understand what is going on.
I must confess that I don't remember all of the characters names, but they had some amazing actors that all did superb jobs. With a great cast that included, amongst others, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy and James D'Arcy (and they're just the ones I can remember) you had solid performances all around. Even if they are just a background character, you instantly feel their plight and you hope that they will escape. One casting choice that raised a few eyebrows was Harry Styles from One Direction. But, I have to say – and I NEVER thought I would say this – Harry Styles, is a brilliant actor! At least in this film. In fact, there isn't one weak performance that I can think of. Everyone, be they main cast or extra, did a stella job.
Dunkirk is one of the most harrowing films I've seen in a while. The camera cuts back and forth between scenes, capturing the chaos of war. The sound effects are loud as hell, adding to the terror. And the music – oh my god the music! Normally I complain when music is used too much, but here it really adds to the tension. Hans Zimmer's score never lets up for a a second, gradually building until your heart can't take it any more And even when you think there's peace, it's only for the briefest of moments. All these add up to one of the most emotionally draining experiences I had ever witnessed – and I was still shaking for hours afterwards. Funnily enough, I was at the front row of the cinema and I felt that I was right up close with the soldiers, feeling their terror and torment, hearing their screams and cries. It made my heart ache.
There's one thing Dunkirk captures very well and that's the pure terror of war. The soldiers in here aren't fighting for glory, or to gain ground, or even to just push the enemies back. Here they are fighting just to survive. Few films I have seen have captured the raw determination and will to live, especially in war films. There is no glory in this battle, it's just young men doing what they can to escape. Every single second, there are fears of a bomb or air plane coming to strike – and they seemingly have little to no support. Even when one soldier does manage to escape and is picked up by one of the civilian crafts, he is so shell-shocked that he can't even say his own name. Forget about the whole “fight for your country” speech that people were talked into, these soldiers just want to live another day. But that in no way makes them cowards. It's a human reaction to live through horror and that is what makes Dunkirk so heart stopping in places. Even when they do escape and return to England, there is no victory for them. I think Harry Style's character summed up the ending perfectly with his quote “All we did was survive.” Now for some, that is a victory – but for these soldiers, they will be forever struck by guilt because others didn't make it. And worst still, the War is far from over – and though they lived through this, who is to say they will have the same luck later on? It drives home the point that there are no real winners in war – even the victors will come out scathed.
Historical accuracy aside (and there have been a few complaints that French were virtually excluded from this film, when they had just as big a part in the battle as the English), Dunkirk contains all the best things from Christopher Nolan and makes, for me, a perfect film. Terrifying, emotional, profound and captivating with beautifully chaotic cinematography and excellent performances, Dunkirk is quite honestly one of the best films I have ever seen. I know we still have about 5 months of the year left, but I would quite honestly call Dunkirk the film of the year by a country mile. If you haven't seen it at the cinema, go do so – you'll rarely get another experience like it.
Dunkirk gets from me a hugely deserved 5 out of 5. Though if I could, I would give it 6!
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