Where Are They Now? with Mike Shelton

Posted February 13, 2017 by Jamie in Features, Guest Posts, Where Are They Now // 0 Comments

At Books Are My Fandom, we love debut authors, but we feel as though once they debut, the book community forgets about them as a whole. Where do the debut authors go once they have debuted? What do they have in store for the future? And thus, “Where Are They Now?” was born: a feature for the previous year’s debuts to continue to stay in the minds of the bookish community! You can see our full list of participating authors here! Let’s meet today’s featured author…

Mike published all three books of The Cremelino Prophecy trilogy in 2016, as well as a prequel novella. He’s planning to publish the first book of his next series, The Alaris Chronicles, in March!

Where Are They Now? with Mike SheltonThe Path Of Destiny by Mike Shelton
Also by this author: The Path Of Destiny
Series: The Cremelino Prophecy #1
Also in this series: The Path Of Destiny
on February 11, 2016
ISBN: 0997190000
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 308
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"Forgotten lines of ancient magic and the power of the throne. One will make them both his own if his heart sees the true power. . . " So begins the ancient Cremelino Prophecy.

Darius San Williams, son of one of King Edward's councilors, cares little for his father's politics and vows to leave the city of Anikari to protect and bring glory to the Realm. But when a new-found and ancient power emerges from within him, he and his friends Christine and Kelln are faced with decisions that could shatter or fulfill the prophecy and the lives of all those they know. Wizards and magic have long been looked down upon in the Realm, but Darius learns that no matter where he goes, prophecy and destiny are waiting to find him.


In writing my books it has been fun to create a system of magic in my fantasy world. In my books there are three disciplines of magic that we know of initially. Magic of the heart, magic of the mind, and magic of the earth. Each draws their strength from different sources. In a general sense, they all can do many of the same things, but each discipline allows the user various abilities or skills that another from a different discipline may not have as powerfully. There are tidbits and hints of a fourth power, that comes to fruition in the third book. The magic of the mind belongs to a wizard who thinks things through first. He may be slower at committing himself to a cause. He thinks of what he wants to do, visualizes it, and then his mind extends and makes it happen. The magic of the earth is more solid, more real. An earth wizard draws power from outside of him, unlike the power of the heart or mind, which comes from within. A wizard of the heart are ruled by their emotions. They react to what they feel—either anger, love, frustration, or excitement. They don’t seem to think about their consequences all the time. Their power is an extension of what they are feeling or experiencing at the moment.

In my first series, the Cremelino Prophecy, there are wizards that represent all of these sources of magic. In my second series, the Alaris Chronicles, set a few kingdoms south, the same system of magic exists, but they are referred to by different names. A battle wizard (wizard of the earth), a scholar wizard (wizard of the mind), and a counselor wizard (wizard of the heart). In addition to these three types of magic and wizards there are other creatures such as the Cremelino horses, Dragons, and as yet unnamed creatures who possess a fourth power. The power of Spirit – which is the power to bind.

Magic is an underlying source of power for many of my characters – heroes and villains alike, but the real power of them all is defined in their character. How they determine their course of action, what choices they make, and their aspirations in life – that’s what really makes my characters come alive to me and hopefully my readers.

Where Are They Now? with Mike SheltonThe Dragon Orb by Mike Shelton
Also by this author: The Path Of Destiny
on March 1st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 260
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The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards who couldn't be more different.

Bakari is a brilliant scholar wizard who's more at home in a library than a battlefield. Alli is a beautiful young battle wizard who's grace in battle is both enchanting and deadly. Roland is a counselor wizard with a seemingly limitless depth of untapped power -- and the ego to match it.

As the magical barrier protecting the kingdom of Alaris from dangerous outsiders begins to fail, and a fomenting rebellion threatens to divide the country in a civil war, the three wizards are thrust into the middle of a power struggle.

When the barrier comes down, the truth comes out. Was everything they were taught about their kingdom based on a lie? Will they all choose to fight on the same side, or end up enemies in the battle over who should rule Alaris?


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About Mike Shelton

Mike was born in California and has lived in multiple states from the west coast to the east coast. He cannot remember a time when he wasn’t reading a book. At school, home, on vacation, at work at lunch time, and yes even a few pages in the car (at times when he just couldn’t put that great book down). Though he has read all sorts of genres he has always been drawn to fantasy. It is his way of escaping to a simpler time filled with magic, wonders and heroics of young men and women.

Other than reading, Mike has always enjoyed the outdoors. From the beaches in Southern California to the warm waters of North Carolina. From the waterfalls in the Northwest to the Rocky Mountains in Utah. Mike has appreciated the beauty that God provides for us. He also enjoys hiking, discovering nature, playing a little basketball or volleyball, and most recently disc golf. He has a lovely wife who has always supported him, and three beautiful children who have been the center of his life.

Mike began writing stories in elementary school and moved on to larger novels in his early adult years. He has worked in corporate finance for most of his career. That, along with spending time with his wonderful family and obligations at church has made it difficult to find the time to truly dedicate to writing. In the last few years as his children have become older he has returned to doing what he truly enjoys – writing!

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