Hope in Hopelessness

A lot of my narratives deal with protagonists in extreme or seemingly hopeless situations. I’ve been told by some that my narratives have perhaps dour sensibilities, and lean towards darker adventures and struggles for their heroes. The thing about the thing, as I like to say, is that while some of my narratives for older readers certainly fall into the “dark fantasy” genre, I prefer to view them as “Psalm 23 narratives”.

Psalm 23’s arguably most famous line comes from verse 4; “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” I really like how verse 5 goes on to say “thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

The purpose of narratives like “Kill All Christians” and “Tribus Dulce” as well as several completed but not yet released novels is to take heroes who are in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death, or as John 1:23 says, “John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'"

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Big Words for Small People ~A Nora and the Eternal Waterwheel Spotlight~

Eugene the Author a.k.a. Gentleman Raptor a.k.a. Xeawn Cross here to talk about my upcoming All Ages fantasy epic novel Nora and the Eternal Waterwheel.

This novel follows the exploits of a young girl by the name of Tanielle Travers as she finds her ordinary, if difficult, high school life interrupted by a league of shadow monsters and a quest that flings her not only to a different world, but a whole other dimension!

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Spotlight on Tribus Dulce

Available now on Amazon with a limited time sale price of $4.99 for the Kindle Edition!

What is it about?

The name Tribus Dulce translates to “Three Sweets”, and represents the distinct flavors of each short story in this novel. The first narrative carries the taste of “Bitter”, and follows the struggles of seventeen year old high school senior Abra Ostberg and her best friend Judith Lee. Abra has endured a violently abusive household at the hands of her father from the time that she was very small, and takes refuge in Judy’s house whenever the maelstrom of her life grows too much to bear on her own. Abra remains in this environment, hoping that by serving as a lightning rod of sorts she can protect her mother and younger brother, even though her mother has never intervened in her father’s abuse.

One night, Abra experiments with a drug known as Hyperion, and what follows is a whole new world of horrors as the drug awakens Abra’s latent power to World Walk into the depths of the soul.

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On Writing Badass Female Leads

A lot of the protagonists in my retinue are female leads of varying age and ethnicity. To be quite honest, this was somewhat accidental. I consider my novels to be broken up into four primary "ages" in history. The True Mythology series encompasses the warriors of legend that helped forge the world the protagonists live in today. The Era of Conflict is how the high holy orders that stand above all the others were established. The Modern Age is where you dear readers come in, with such fascinating reads as the upcoming Murder the Citizens: HungerTribus DulceOchre AlleycatPretty Little WhispersIn Defense of the Heart. These stories take place in or around the bubble of 2017, plus or minus ten or so years.

Well, when I began writing all of these narratives, I realized that I had a bit of an abundance of male leads and not enough female leads. What's more, an over abundance of narratives that seem only to know how to sell a female lead by stripping her of her clothing and having her defined by little more than sexuality and ambiguity cemented the necessity for a higher caliber of heroine.

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A Rondo of Tales...

Salutations et all! Welcome to the new official website of me, Eugene the Author. I thought it best to begin with a post that introduces you to who I am, and what I'm about.

As my intro stated, I am a minister and a Christian fringe ministry novelist, but, what does that really mean? Well, perhaps the best way to explain it is to begin with a few things you'll find in my books that you won't in other Christian artists.

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