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March 30th, 2014


Well, they finally moved Everquest Landmark from alpha to closed beta so the whole family has jumped in with Settler Packs! Cool and different concept as you can create structures, change the terrain in your claim, and more. Think of Mine Craft but with more control though your creations will be contain in your own space (No road building for me! Wahhhh!)

This is me! Right now only humans are available.

This is the Lowlands (Tier 1) area. Materials are rated from Tier 1 to 4.

Map of the area. The cubes areas means someone has laid a claim. Blue ones allow visitors, orange not so much. The other bits are resources. You cannot dig resources out of your claim area. Nice way to keep people from hogging resources by claiming them. :)

Just inside a friendly claimed area. At the top of the screen you see what they've named it and a greeting message. I believe we'll be able to "like" claims we like.

View down from one of the mountains. Dessert on the right, snow covered on the left.

Each zone has a spire. The floating rock is used to teleport to other zones. It also has a mailbox, forge, woodworking station, and a chest for retrieving founder items. LOVE the scrollwork on the pilons.

Me with my ax near a mineral deposit.

Look at that sun! Hubby is the one with the ponytail.

Zone we all plain to put our claims. Grassy with jungle. Near what will eventually be a coast.

Light changes as days move, but it doesn't get terribly dark.

Map of the zone we picked. Already getting claimed like mad. (You can see all the orange flags). We're settling the southwest corner.

Isn't the moon lovely?

I want to decorate with these flowers so bad right now. They are awesome!

Standing outside my claim. Love the gold border that lets you know it's yours. You pay upkeep to keep it going. Can attach more land. But need to improve my tools and get the ones to actually create buildings.

The potential on this is big. Hope I can scrape the time to make something. Don't expect much though! :)

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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