Written by Matthew Feldman and Rachel Norman
First of all,
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY EVERYONE!
A time to remember our troops, and our soldiers, who gave their lives valiantly for this country. So we’re going to take a minute, instead of cooking steaks, to wish the veterans of this country and their families a great day, and a sincere thank you to the soldiers who gave their lives for this country that we are privileged to live in.
Now with our moment of silence passed, it’s time we gave everyone the skinny on what’s been going on. As we noted last update, we’ve begun a huge collaborative effort. Currently, MFG and Abyssal Books will be working together to produce the “End of the Line” Web-series. The premise has remained the same, but we have a definitive working date of when we will be releasing the pilot Episode for the first season. That will officially be on Friday, June 17th, 2016. We will be releasing the full volume I of the first season after the first season is released, and based on reception from you as the readers. However, please know that we are doing this also to help give you guys something other than the typical normal style of reading. We are involving you in a world that’s been created so in-depth by the writers at work, that we hope you truly do enjoy it.
We also want you to know that the science that is found in this story will largely be 95% real, with 5% embellishment roughly due to creative license. We are doing this not because we want to get sued, but we want to give you that real edge of your seat feeling when you’re reading a horror story. We want you to be able to put yourselves in the minds of the characters and see what’s happening.
If you are an intendent writer who is looking to get their work out to the public, or at least get their names known, we are accepting writers to do that, as this is a collaborative project. Please note, that there are no plans of anyone being paid, this is a contribution and collaborative project to get everyone’s writing and name out there to the public, while also giving readers a world they can fully immerse themselves in. Once we have the page up for it, you will be able to contact us directly about writing for the web-series.
Also we have officially begun the development of the game Coalition Against the Darkness, a Fantasy-Steampunk themed game in which we will be utilizing our own lore, plus that of the very steam punk genre to deliver an exciting, story-driven table top RPG. We will have more news about this game as it unfolds. We will also give snippets of information along the way, as well as some glimpses into the lore.
Well, that’s all for now. So please, continue to check out our authors Mariah Lynde, Raz T. Slasher, and Jayson Zwimmer for their books, and the epicness that they bring our readers. MFG would also like to thank Abyssal Books for its collaboration and participation in this effort, and we welcome them aboard whole heartedly.
For everyone involved in this project, we will be releasing the web-page and subsequent pages for each episode under the soon to be added “Web-Fiction” tab that will be added to the website. We will also be removing the Sci-Fi Themed submission from our site, however, the hundred theme challenge does in fact, still remain. We do apologize for those minor inconveniences. We will update our open submissions page within the coming week.
That’s it for this Mouth Off!
The indie-scene has seen its very fair share of authors promoting their books in social media groups that have usually the one post per day limit, and as we’ve talked about before, these posts get lost so easily due to the sheer volume of indie authors trying to get their work out there. Now we have created several groups where you’re allowed to post a maximum of three times per day, however, we’re also doing something new here at MFG that may not exactly be new everywhere else, however, we’re doing this on behalf of our authors, as well as our editors.
MFG is proud to announce that it will be launching an internet based web-series that is narrative, story-driven, yet an actual written story that you as the readers can read online for free. That is right, we are not charging a single penny for this story. Why is that, you must be wondering?
Surely, there is some kind of ulterior motive for the Publishing company to be doing a collaborative project that seems no strings attached. Well, the truth of the matter is that we are merely doing it to hear back from You as the readers, and to keep us well-informed. While the project will not be able to vote on endings, you can at least tell us what you like or dislike about the project The End of the Line (Please bear with us, this is the Development title of the project). This project is a collaborative one, which means not only are our authors participating in it, however, we are inviting all members of the indie author community that is interested, to join us. What’s the reason? So you may all showcase your fine writing talents.
That’s the seriousness of it. There is no sarcasm, no strings attached. Even if you are not published with us, if you participate in this project, which, will have each episode written by a different author for our first season, scheduled to be released in a total of 12 episodes (per season if you all enjoy it enough), and will show case their fine writing talents. For those not published with MFG, this means that you will reach a much wider audience, gain a much larger following, and you are getting your work (if it’s accepted, we’ll explain further on how this works), that you will also get it reviewed, published, and edited for free, no charge by MFG or its editors. The purpose for this is also to provide the proof of quality of our own editors’ skills, and their ability to edit your particular chapter.
Now how the project works, before we explain the project is simple: Including the original creator of the story, each individual will, based on a summary of the characters, events that take place that are major and vital to the storyline, will periodically write in a designated order (which will be handed out once we have all collaborators on board), and each author will get credit for that episode. Each episode will have background music attached to it, that, at the end of each season, we will be selling the Music, because our wonderful up and coming musical composer and indie artist that has agreed to work with us, and agreed to donate their time and talent to this endeavor (due to the volume), ensures that we each get an equal portion of income from sales of the Official Sound Track that will be released upon the first season’s completion if we get that far ahead (again this comes down largely to the reader, which is largely you guys)! That said, while each important moment is set in stone, the writers themselves can take the story in new and exciting directions, while keeping to the true nature of the characters, the setting, and the story.
Now, what is this End of the Line project that MFG is blathering on about? Well, inspired by the real life events that take place, and the modern day horror/action procedural cop show, the premise of this online series is that a Psychiatrist, formerly an FBI criminal Profiler with a somewhat checkered past is blissfully, if not dully, passing away his retirement from the FBI as a private Psychiatrist and does his best to help his patients. He has a family, with an eldest daughter, a younger daughter, and a newborn baby boy on the way, with his wife. He occasionally does consultant work for the New York’s 45th Precinct, located in Queens and the FBI located in Manhattan, however, he is largely a man that works and lives out of his home in Sheepshead Bay, New York. However, after a particularly long day, one day, our Psychiatrist snaps, and begins killing his patients in the very way that they suffer from on a psychological level. How does he not get caught or suspected? Our former FBI profiler does understand the loopholes in the law, and how to not get caught, if he so truly desired. However, his murders are far from perfect.
Enter Detective John Ackerson, who will be assigned to hunting down the soon to be labeled by the media Mind Hunter (Working Title). This detective, while decorated, has his own inner demons however, and after succumbing to his alcoholic tendencies, losing his fiancée due to his obsession with his job as a Homicide detective, and a case that has pushed him over the age before being assigned, he is assigned by Internal Affairs to see a court ordered psychiatrist, which, happens to come in the form of our Psychiatrist, Adam Crenfield.
The story will focus on the fact that while Adam is committing these murders, we also see the perspective of the man that is supposed to be hunting him. How will this game of Hunter and Hunted turn out, when John finally begins putting the clues together that his psychiatrist, and a man he eventually comes to admire and respect as a friend, and realizes he must bring to justice the man that knows more about him than even his own fiancée?
That all said, if you are not a published author with Meztrailov Fantasy Games, or not part of any collaborating Publishing Company that is working with us on our project, if you wish to submit an entry for an episode, all you need do is click the contact us page with your episode idea. From there, the Editors, and the Collaborating Authors will vote on whether or not the story idea fits. If it is not accepted, you will receive an actual email confirmation (one way or the other), explaining why it was not submitted, or why we did in fact accept your submission, and will be welcoming you to the project. All we ask is that your storyline idea be kept two 10 (ten) sentences. That’s two paragraphs, and we will be updating the series one episode every two weeks, long enough to give you all time to read the plotline, as well as leave comments on what is going on.
Now, we’ll give you the basic details, so those of you at home with small children don’t have to worry about any warnings:
End of the Line is considered an Adult Action/Horror Novel
-There are mature scenes (however, any explicit love scenes are immediately written in a fade to black scenario).
-Violence while written in some detail, will not be written in its entirety (except for the Uncut edition of the first Season which will be released the completion of the season, to which all sales will be split equally amongst the contributors to the story).
-Children can read this book, but it should be at the parents’ discretion, as MFG is a family friendly company, however, we also do produce adult fiction that is horror and action themed. Please keep this in mind.
-The Series is written in the first person present in every episode. You must understand that while this is action/horror, it is also Noir as well.
-Lastly, the End of the Line Series is something that is spread by word of mouth so to speak, and advertising from the readers. Your input is incredibly important to us, because it does have the power to shift how we as the writers decide to twist and turn the story, while keeping to the Outcome (which, will have you all shocked)! Or at least, we hope so anyway.
So that said, the following is the list of individuals who are currently going to be involved in the project, and we will have a more updated list by the end of the month, and here is the overall project:
End of the Line: An MFG Collaborative Production Series created by Matthew Feldman
Writers: Mariah Lynde
Raz T. Slasher
Musical Composer(s): Raven Fuscia
That said, if you would like to contribute to this, all you will need to do is use the contact form that will be located on the Series Page, and we will get right back to you as soon as possible. If you want to stay up to date, please join one of the many groups that we are in, found on Facebook, simply by searching the names Oh the Horror!, The Laws of Robotics, Authors Assemble, Society for Indie-Publishers.
We can also be reached at MezFantasyGamesMF@gmail.com and MezFantasyGamesRN@gmail.com.
A Review of Wardbreaker by J.A. Cipriano; What's In a Name
Written by M.A. Feldman
Now, it has been a while since we’ve updated the MFG Mouth Off, and with good reason! We’ve been recently enraptured by the Prequel novel written by J.A. Cipriano, their most recent book, Wardbreaker. Why do we call this review Wordbreaker?
Well, first let’s give some context. The Lillim Callina Chronicles follow the story of female protagonist Lillim Callina, who’s a resurrected demon slayer from another world, and was once part of a group of demon-slayers known as the Discouri. No longer apart of this group, Lillim Callina strikes out on her own, and is currently staying away from the former elite group of Demon-Slayers. The series Chronicles her adventures, and with Cipriano’s fluid writing style, it’s hard to not fall in love with this series. A series of action, romance, guts, and tears, J.A. Cipriano brings a story very akin to Mariah Lynde’s own Vengeance of Avalon Novels (Perhaps a reason why it struck a chord with us here at MFG), and it’s very akin to novels like The Dresden Files, and The Nightside Series.
However, Wardbreaker, breaks the mold so to speak, and acts as a prequel, explaining how Lillim Callina got her start on Earth, how she first fell in love, and how her life on Earth truly began. The story overall is fast paced from the get go, allowing new readers to easily pick up on a story that is already written. As stated by Cipriano, “The purpose of writing Wardbreaker was to give fans an insight into what happens to Lillim before the Series Takes Place”, and it does an excellent job of doing so. A small novella, just shy of100 pages, ending at 97 pages in PDF format, the book’s characters, ranging from the Impetuous Vampires like Ralph, to the Hunter that Lillim falls for (no spoilers in this review), we see humor interwoven with a story of fantasy that very few indie-authors have been able to pull off. Written from Lillim’s perspective, we see a very tightly woven story, with excellent word usage, and plays on words that Cipriano employs that not many indie-authors can truly apply. Wardbreaker puts the reader right alongside Lillim in her prequel adventure, and overall is a well written book. Its only short comings are that there are some typical pitfalls, however, these pitfalls have become staples of the Urban Fantasy Genre, and as such are more of an asset to the Prequel novella than a hindrance.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Starts.
WHAT'S IN A NAME
Now many people have voiced their concerns regarding the name of our Publishing Company; “Meztrailov Fantasy Games”. Many questions have been sent to us, such as, “If you’re a Publishing Company for Indie Authors, why don’t you call yourselves, Meztrailov Fantasy Publishing, or Mez Fantasy Studios?”
Well we have a very simple answer for that. The truth is, we are in fact, largely a publishing company. However, like other companies that came before us, we always have had a passion for gaming, and it has always been our goal to produce not just books, but games also. So, our company was named with the idea of eventually moving beyond just publishing books, and publishing games, and producing the games themselves. That said, we are in fact, a publishing company. Our roots began in Publishing, and we’re going to stay that course. However, we will, down the road, be branching off into publishing, and producing, our own games, as well as hopefully selling other indie-companies’ games from our own retail. After all, the indie-community is a collaborative one. However, we wanted to clarify the name of our company so that the readers and consumers of our products know that we are in fact a Publishing company for books, and our genres are action, adventure, science-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi fantasy, urban fantasy, steam punk, horror, alternative fiction, romance fiction, romance/fantasy fiction, mostly any type of fiction so long as it IS NOT EROTICA. MFG is a family friendly company, and while we do produce books that are rated R, or M, in certain cases due to adult content, we are not in any way, in the support of Erotica, as it does not pose any real value to the reader or consumer, other than as sexual gratification, which is not our area. We are a publishing and gaming company.
Which leads me to the gaming aspect. You’ll notice we really only have one game produced for free, based on forum Roleplaying, in a free-form setting. That said, while we do engage in the game on AOL, we are in the works of producing table top games that are RPG based, and that are Card Based, and Even Dice Based. However, right now, our focus is on making our indie-publishing cause us to stand on our own two feet before we begin releasing games to the public. We want to be sure that we’re providing you quality products, before we offer you quality games as well. That said, I hope this clarifies the confusion.
We will be releasing another updated later on this month, about an up and coming project known as “The End of the Line”, a large collaborative online webisode based reading series, that will be contributed to by many different up and coming, incredibly talented authors. We will release more information about that later on in the month.
Until Next Time, Mouth Off with any comments you have or suggestions!
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