Robert Treskillard

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I am the author of the Merlin Spiral book series based on the legends of King Arthur, published by BLINK YA Books.

Book 1: MERLIN'S BLADE
Book 2: MERLIN'S SHADOW
Book 3: MERLIN'S NIGHTMARE

MERLIN'S BLADE won the 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award in the YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi category, as well as the 2013 Grace Award.

Here is the website for my series:

http://www.KingArthur.org.uk

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Robert Treskillard I just saw your question for the first time ... sorry it took me so long!

I'm approaching 40% finished with ARTHUR'S BLADE, book 1 of The Pendragon…more
I just saw your question for the first time ... sorry it took me so long!

I'm approaching 40% finished with ARTHUR'S BLADE, book 1 of The Pendragon Spiral ... no release date set, but I am working on it!

Oh, and it's going to be really fun, more like Merlin's Blade than the other two. Arthur's romance with Gwenivere will also take some fun twists and turns, and a new character is introduced ... a shepherd boy named Brastias who will play a major role in the novel.(less)
Robert Treskillard I tell people the books are for ages 12 to 112 ... but that of course depends on how sensitive someone is. The Merlin Spiral can be dark at times…moreI tell people the books are for ages 12 to 112 ... but that of course depends on how sensitive someone is. The Merlin Spiral can be dark at times (especially the last book). They are clean in all respects except for violence related to the era, as well as some focus on the evil pagan practices that Merlin is fighting against. Some kids as young as 9 have read them with parental involvement and had no trouble. I hope that helps!(less)
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Les StobbeI began writing MERLIN’S BLADE in 2006 and finished it in 2008. I thought I was done, but I was far from it as thirteen more drafts of the novel awaited as well as the unenviable task of cutting it down by over 45,000 words … almost 1/3!

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Robert Treskillard Giveaway of FOUR paperbacks of MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE!

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message 49: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Breaking News! Sample chapters of ARTHUR'S BLADE are now available!
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message 48: by Robert

Robert Treskillard This is the last day (I'm told) to get the ebook copies of THE MERLIN SPIRAL for 99¢ each!!

For Kindle:
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message 47: by Deborah

Deborah O'Carroll Robert wrote: "QUESTION FOR THE READERS WHO'VE FINISHED MY FIRST TRILOGY:

Did you see the twist at the end of Merlin's Nightmare coming? (By this, I mean what happens in the cave with Merlin and Dybris watching)..."


NOPE! It was definitely an awesome surprise to me!! :) (view spoiler)


message 46: by Robert

Robert Treskillard QUESTION FOR THE READERS WHO'VE FINISHED MY FIRST TRILOGY:

Did you see the twist at the end of Merlin's Nightmare coming? (By this, I mean what happens in the cave with Merlin and Dybris watching).

Note to readers who haven't finished it: SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS!!!


message 45: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Day Two! THE FATAL TREE <-- Get this book! Read my thoughts at the link below.

And, yes, I'm posting a day late. Mea Culpa! I had an emergency at work yesterday that zapped me.

(Don't forget, this is DAY TWO solving puzzles for the book giveaway!)

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message 44: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Last chance to get Merlin's Blade, Merlin's Shadow, and/or Merlin's Nightmare for 99 cents ... THE SALE ENDS TOMORROW!

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message 43: by Robert

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message 42: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Announcing FREE MERLIN SPIRAL SIGNED BOOKPLATES for Christmas!

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Robert Treskillard BIG NEWS! Someone has won EXCALIBUR in THE MERLIN SPIRAL promotional contest!

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message 40: by Robert

Robert Treskillard The GRAND PRIZE WINNER of your very own EXCALIBUR with the handle hand-made by the author will be known in 5 days!

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message 39: by Robert

Robert Treskillard MERLIN'S BLADE WON THE 2014 SILVER MOONBEAM AWARD FOR YA FANTASY/SCI-FI!

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Robert Treskillard Day TWO of the CSFF Blog Tour ... including photos of me pewter casting the prizes for the MERLIN'S SHADOW CONTEST!

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message 37: by Robert (last edited Aug 27, 2014 06:33AM)

Robert Treskillard Today is day one of the CSFF Blog Tour ... upon which I announce that the MERLIN'S NIGHTMARE CONTEST #3 IS OPEN!

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Robert Treskillard I penned a blog post over at SERIOUSLY WRITE titled "Good News—Your Book Idea Is Not Special!" containing some advice from my long path to publication.

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Robert Treskillard The sale is also running over at Amazon...

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Robert Treskillard St. Louis book signing for MERLIN'S NIGHTMARE at the West County Barnes & Noble on Saturday at 1pm!

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Robert Treskillard The ebook of MERLIN'S BLADE for FREE? And MERLIN'S SHADOW FOR $2.99? This sale won't last much longer!

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Robert Treskillard This is the LAST DAY to vote for the Clive Staples Award! Don't forget!

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Deborah O'Carroll Robert wrote: "The Clive Staples Award had to reboot their voting due to a technical issue ... so if you voted before YOU NEED TO VOTE AGAIN! And if you haven't voted yet, go and do so!

http://rebeccaluellamille..."


Ooh, thanks for the update! Re-voted. :D


message 29: by Robert

Robert Treskillard The Clive Staples Award had to reboot their voting due to a technical issue ... so if you voted before YOU NEED TO VOTE AGAIN! And if you haven't voted yet, go and do so!

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Robert Treskillard Voting is now open until March 25th for the Clive Staples Speculative Fiction Award ... if you've read two of the books on the list, you may vote!

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Robert Treskillard "Into The Book" is having a give-away of both MERLIN'S BLADE and MERLIN'S SHADOW!

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Robert Treskillard I've got a GIVEAWAY going on for TWO advanced reader copies of MERLIN'S SHADOW !!! Contest ends on March 14th!

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Robert Treskillard Want to win a 7" KINDLE FIRE HD? Calling all fans of THE MERLIN SPIRAL! The second promotional contest is now open!

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Robert Treskillard Want to read a never-before-seen SNEAK PREVIEW from MERLIN'S NIGHTMARE?

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message 23: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Cool, awesome, full color Merlin's Blade T-Shirts are now for sale over at my website:

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message 22: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Glenn McCarty over at Crosswalk.com just gave an excellent review of MERLIN'S SHADOW!

Here's one snippet:

"The novel’s action is precise and thrilling, and its conflicts are cosmic. But what allows ... the book to resonate is the development of the central characters"

http://www.crosswalk.com/culture/book...


message 21: by Robert (last edited Dec 06, 2013 06:42AM)

Robert Treskillard ST. LOUIS-ans: Come one! Come all!

B&N Book Signing on Saturday, Dec 7, 1pm!

The snow will end today, and tomorrow will be clear and cold ... what better place to shop for Christmas gifts than West County Mall ?!

And 25% discount on everything in store for teachers & homeschoolers!

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message 20: by Robert

Robert Treskillard School Library Journal gave a positive review of MERLIN'S BLADE! Here's an excerpt:

"Treskillard crafts a new and unique prequel to the King Arthur legend, one that is rich in atmosphere and detail. Fantasy readers will find themselves beguiled by the young Merlin's story."


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Robert Treskillard Want to find out what an ancient Halloween / Samhain festival might have looked like? Check out MERLIN'S SHADOW!

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message 17: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Deborah wrote: AAAAHHH I'M SO EXCITED!! :D

THANKS! :-)


message 16: by Deborah

Deborah O'Carroll Robert wrote: "Hooray! MERLIN'S SHADOW is released!

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AAAAHHH I'M SO EXCITED!! :D


message 15: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Hooray! MERLIN'S SHADOW is released!

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message 14: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Want to learn more about MERLIN'S SHADOW, book 2 in The Merlin Spiral series? Check out my blog post over at http://blinkyabooks.com/2013/09/merli...


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Robert Treskillard The MERLIN'S BLADE CONTEST is still up and running and it's not too late to join and win some prizes, perhaps FIRST PRIZE! Check out the details here:

http://www.kingarthur.org.uk/feasting...


message 11: by Robert

Robert Treskillard In 90 minutes I'll be participating in a FREE online webinar with the American Library Association's Booklist covering trends in teen fiction. In particular, I myself will be talking about Historical fiction.

Make sure you click on the first big graphic "Trends in YA Books sponsored by BLINK."

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message 10: by Robert

Robert Treskillard Book Signing on Saturday! Come see me and other authors at UMSL's JC Penny Conference center in St. Louis, 7pm-10pm.

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Robert Treskillard Live near Colorado Springs? Come on out Saturday at 10am and meet me and 8 other authors! http://ow.ly/i/2AYfy/original


Robert Treskillard Only 1 more day left for the $1.99 MERLIN'S BLADE e-book sale!

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Robert Treskillard As the author, I am forbidden from commenting on the following thread, but if any fan out there wants to volunteer and give a fair assessment of Merlin's Blade, I will give you my thanks!!!

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...


Robert Treskillard The MERLIN'S BLADE contest has begun ! $250 in prizes !! $1000 sword with a hand-made hilt for a GRAND PRIZE !!!

http://kingarthur.org.uk/feastinghall...


Robert Treskillard If you're attending ICRS in St. Louis, make sure to stop by Tuesday around 4pm at the Zondervan / Thomas Nelson booth to get a FREE signed copy of MERLIN'S BLADE!


Robert Treskillard For all you St. Louis fans, I'll be signing copies of Merlin's Blade - Book 1 of The Merlin Spiral at Six North Cafe in Ballwin Saturday at 10am !!

http://www.6northcafe.com/


Robert Treskillard BIG SALE!!! Merlin's Blade is on sale for Kindle!!! Only $2.99, and I have no idea when the sale will end!

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Robert Treskillard Publishers Weekly finally wrote up a review of MERLIN'S BLADE ... http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0...


Robert Treskillard I wanted to post a link to this video by Jojo reviewing Merlin's Blade ... and say thank you at the same time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5baPF...


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