“Legend” by Eden Lucas-Eraquam

I just had to share this with everyone. A 5th grade student in Denver, Colorado was so inspired by the Cnut series that she wrote a short story for her class involving Cnut. I am incredibly happy that my stories can impact others and inspire them to write. Below is the story “Legend” by the future best-selling author Eden Lucas-Eraquam
Once upon a time there was a girl named Er. She was a villager and then a jarl and this is her story.

PS. Er is a nice, kindhearted and understanding girl.

When Er was young she was a thrall for her parents. Her parents disapproved of her and were mean to her. Her dream was to be a shieldmaiden, but they did not believe in her. One day Er went to see the seer!
“I was waiting for you and visited by a goddess with a black dog named Angel, they spoke to me in my dreams,” the seer said to her. “Great things will come forth, just wait the gods have spoken.”

“What do you mean by, ‘great things will come forth, just wait the gods have spoken’?” “What do you mean?” She asked sternly.

“You will know when it comes child, off, now go!”

So, Er left, but she did not go home. Er went into the woods and made camp in a tree. Er tried to go hunting, but she was having problems. Luckily, she spotted a rabbit and attacked it. She went back to camp and started a fire to stay warm. She skinned the rabbit and started to cook it. After eating, she climbed a big tree and gazed at the stars until she fell asleep.

The next day Er went foraging for berries. After she went home to think about what the seer said.

“So you finally returned,” asked Er’s father, “how come you didn’t come home?”

“I didn’t return home last night because of this place. You are rude and I will never forgive you. I will make my own life.”

Er went back to the woods and ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, and ran into the deep woods. She didn’t stop until she was breathing heavily. She was lost.
“I’m lost, I’m lost. What do I do? I don’t know what to do. Think, think, Think…. I know!” said Er out loud. “I will make camp and tomorrow I will start my journey to Cnutton, it will take me about a day to get there.”

Er found a small stream and caught some fish it looked like plaice, flounder and a dab. She took the fish back to camp, made a fire, and went to bed by climbing a tree and gazing at the stars.

The next day she went fishing again and started her trip to Cnutton. It took her all day. It was a hard journey. Er finally reached Cnutton at dawn, there were fires started at the mead hall. Two warriors came by and asked, “Who are you?”

“I am Er Unfrid, it means the one who gives peace.”

4 Years Later

Er was 15 now. The jarl of Cnutton, named Cnut, took her in as his own. Er was going on her daily walk when she found a medium sized egg.

She was trying to decide to take it or not to take it. She looked up for the nest, but she could not find it. So she went back home and took the egg with her. On the way back Er was attacked by a big Phoenix, well the Phoenix attacked the egg, but Er fought back. Then she ran until she reached the mead hall and ran straight into her room. Jarl Cnut followed Er to her room.

Knock knock, “Come in,” said Er.

“Are you ok?” asked Cnut and Hild.

“Yes, why?”

“We thought something happened in the woods.”

“No, except that I found this egg.”

“Oh ok, what kind of egg?”

“Yea, just an egg,” Er commented.

8 Weeks Later

“Mom, Dad, hurry!” shouted Er.

“What honey?” asked Hild.

“Are you ok?” asked Cnut.

“Yes, I am ok, but look the egg it is hatching!” Er said excitedly.

Instead of a bird coming out of the egg, it was a little black dragon.

“I will name you Legend and I will always love you,” Er whispered in Legends ear.

To be continued…

Distractions

I hope the new year has been treating everyone well. I can’t believe it’s already near the end of February. I have been quite busy reading and writing, and doing everything a dad and husband should do.

 

I have read around 15 books to start the year off, and I have to say I enjoyed Phillip Pullman’s “La Belle Sauvage” the most and I would recommend it to reader’s of middle school age and up, especially if they already enjoyed the Golden Compass trilogy. The most disappointing book was Rick Riordan’s “Ship of the Dead.” It was a poor ending to an already mediocre series. I’m not sure I’ll pick up any of his newer books; instead, I’ll stick with the Percy Jackson series.

 

As for the Cnut series, writing is going well, but I must admit I’m working on other projects, too. I currently have seven stories I’m working on and the final Cnut book is one of them, so that’s keeping me busy! I remember getting irritated as a reader when authors worked on other stories and didn’t immediately finish the series they were currently writing. Now I understand! I want to do the Cnut series justice and not try and force writing, leading to a subpar finale. So when the inspiration comes, I drop whatever I’m doing and write, but I’d rather delay the publishing of the final book and have it be great. I don’t want to publish a disappointing finale in the series.

 

Thank you you for the patience and all of the support.

Until next time,

Kyle Miller

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a grand holiday season and that, 6 days into the new year, people haven’t already quit on their New Years resolution! Surprisingly, I’ve lived up to the parameters of my resolution thus far:)

 

I have taken some time off from writing, but I will resume on Monday, January 8th, and I hope to have the final Cnut book ready for publication this summer. Additionally, I will still be writing my other books and those publication dates are still a ways down the road.

 

I will try and update more consistently and keep everyone in he loop. Thanks everyone for the support!

 

-Kyle Miller

Fall Approaching

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and I’m excited for the fall. I have been busy moving from Colorado to Wisconsin and getting settled, which has impacted my writing schedule. However, this fall, I have time set aside so that I can continue to work on and finish the Cnut series. I expect the final book, “Cnut: Ragnarok”, to be available next summer!

Additionally, I am working on several other projects, including a series on the Roman war with Germania in the 350s, as well as a modern fiction work (details to be revealed later on this work). I have about 10,000 words done for all three books I’m writing currently (Cnut, Rome, and the modern fiction book). I know I’m a little scattered at this point, but my plan is to focus on finishing the Cnut series this fall, and then working on the other two books simultaneously throughout the winter and spring.

I will update everyone again soon, and thank you for all of your support.

-Kyle Miller

Update

I hope all the fans of Cnut are having a wonderful summer. I know it’s been a couple months since I last posted, so I thought I would update everyone. My progress on the final Cnut book has been delayed, but I will return to writing it soon. I don’t think it’ll be ready by December. I think the “Cnut: Ragnarok” book will be ready by next summer. I apologize for the delay, I know as a reader I get frustrated when authors delay books, or slow down, but I want to make sure that the finish to the series is the best it can be!

 

As for what I’m reading currently, Jim Butcher, a fun fantasy author. I’d recommend him to anyone.

 

Thanks everyone for your patience, and remember to leave a review on Amazon for me!

New Books

I haven’t posted in some time, so I thought I’d share some great reads. I just finished Conn Iggulden’s “Dunstan”, which was a great read! He was a medieval abbot who lived through seven kings of England, helping raise one of them to the throne.

As a result of reading this, I’m finally picking up Ken Follet’s (one review compared me to him) “Pillars of the Earth”. I’ve only just started, but I am loving it so far.

Thank you everyone for your support and please leave a review on Amazon for each book if you’ve read them all. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series thus far!

 

-Kyle Miller

Update

Hello everyone,

I hope all is well as we near the end of February. The fourth and final Cnut book is going much slower for me, but that is alright. I’ll keep plugging away and make sure that the concluding book is as good, if not better than the others.

On a separate note, I’ve been reading quite a bit during my free time, including Jeff Shaara’s book, To The Last Man on the First World War, and all of Mark Lawrence’s wonderful fantasy books. I would highly recommend these if you like fantasy and I’d recommend Shaara to anyone who appreciates military historical fiction.

I will continue to keep everyone updated and please leave reviews on Amazon for the Cnut books. I’d greatly appreciate it.

-Kyle Miller

Working on the final Cnut book

Hey everyone,

First of all happy new year! I haven’t posted in awhile, but since my last post, I have sold books in a 5th country: India. I was very excited about this.

I am currently working on the fourth and final book in the Cnut series. If you haven’t caught up yet, below is a link to the third book on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01NBAERZK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484776372&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=cnut+revenge&dpPl=1&dpID=51pyfyfXsyL&ref=plSrch

Thanks for everyone’s support and I’ll post again soon

 

-Kyle Miller

December 9 release date

Well Cnut: Revenge of a Viking Warrior is almost here. The release date is December 9, 2016, and you can pre-order the Kindle edition now via the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/Cnut-Revenge-Viking-Warrior-Book-ebook/dp/B01NBAERZK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480530413&sr=8-1&keywords=cnut+revenge

I have started on the fourth and final book in the series of Cnut, which will be called Cnut: Ragnarok, though there are endless possibilities for other novels involving other characters from the Cnut books.

Thanks everyone for the support and I will continue to update throughout the writing of the fourth book.

-Kyle Miller