Zebulon Finnegan 

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Follow Zebulon's Blog and read interesting tidbits and facts about The Artifacts of Merlin Saga.  See how the book will compare with other popular books, watch video trailers, learn about the characters, follow author visits, read student feedback, and more.

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Author Visit - Poudre High School Creative Writing Class

Posted by TANorthburg on April 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)


I want to thank Amber Anderson, at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, for letting me come to first period creative writing class and share how to develop characters and create engagning dialogue.  I had a lot of fun working with your students and answering their questions about the publishing process in the Q&A session at the end of class.

Keep writing!

FREE eBook Download: Zebulon And The Sword of Fire

Posted by TANorthburg on March 27, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


From March 29th through April 2nd, 2014 author T.A. Northburg is offering a free promotion of his Amazon Kindle e-book, Zebulon And The Sword of Fire

 


For a limited time only download your FREE copy of Zebulon And The Sword of Fire, and experience the adventures of Merlin's grandson through space and time in search of seven hidden artifacts of Merlin.


YOU DO NOT NEED A KINDLE TO DOWNLOAD AND READ IT!  Get the Kindle reader app on your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet, or on your PC, and download your free copy of this Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi book.

 

I would love to hear what you thought of the book.

 

Thanks.

-- T.A. Northburg

FREE eBook Download: The Decnalab Codex

Posted by TANorthburg on March 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

From March 29th through April 2nd author T.A. Northburg is offering a free promotion of his Amazon Kindle e-book, The Decnalab Codex

 


For a limited time only download your FREE copy of The Decnalab Codex: A Prelude to The Artifacts of Merlin Saga, and learn how the adventure of Merlin's grandson all begins!


YOU DO NOT NEED A KINDLE TO DOWNLOAD AND READ IT!  Get the Kindle reader app on your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet, or on your PC, and download your free copy of this Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi book.

 

I would love to hear what you thought of the book.

 

Thanks.

-- T.A. Northburg

The Decnalab Codex

Posted by TANorthburg on March 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)



The Decnalab Codex


The book that explians The Artifacts of Merlin Sagaand introduces Merlin's grandson, Zebulon Finnegan.


Angels and demons fighting for control of the universe . . . ancient spirits or Greek Gods ruling over the Earth . . . Merlin and magic influencing mankind. What if it were all true? Unlock the secret codex of the supreme rulers of the cosmos. Discover the Decnalab history and lore, as well as uncover the prophecy that foretells of the enchanted one, that will come from humankind. This champion will mark the return of the original utopian order and fight to regain control of the universe and stamp out the evil that has plagued the Decnalab supremacy.


Buy your copy now at THE BOOKS

Author Visit - Fossil Ridge High School Gifted and Talented

Posted by TANorthburg on February 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)


I want to thank Rachel Eaton, the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins Colorado for letting me come to the school today and share the life of an author and the steps it takes to getting published and self-published.  I also shared the different career paths that students can take with a writing career.

Thanks again, it was fun!

Part Two: Who Will Take J.K. Rowling's Throne?

Posted by TANorthburg on October 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 



What Will It Take To Overthrow The Queen?

Many articles focus on Harry Potter's huge success. This one will focus on how anyone will out-do the hit series?

So, how will anyone accomplish this massive feat?

This is a question that is being batted around by publishers, agents, authors and readers alike. I am sure it is a question that Scholastic has asked in recent times. For anyone to challenge the throne of the queen of fantasy they will have to incorporate a number of aspects to even come close to the monumental success of the Harry Potter franchise.

Here is one aspect they will have to incorporate:

ASPECT #2 - THEY WILL HAVE A PROTAGONIST WITH A UNIQUE NAME

The name of the character that will beat Harry Potter will have to be uniquely interesting and something that identifies this new character. When you read a name, what is it that captures your imagination? Harry Potter. Not so unique but in its commonality it has become a widely known, popularized name. Other names that authors have created are: Artemis Fowl, Septimus Heap, Charlie Bone, Eragon and Gregor the Overlander. Some of these names are unique, some are just as common but all capture the imagination and characterization of their creator.
How about ZEBULON FINNEGAN as a unique name for a character? It sounds powerful yet interesting. It is an intriguing first name, yet a more common last name.
 

My #1 Fan!

Posted by TANorthburg on July 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)



Recently I had breakfast with some friends who were visiting from Hawaii--it was great to see them. Their son, Kekoa T. is a childhood friend of my daugher and he is my #1 fan! He read book one on his kindle and enjoyed it.

I had the opportunity to talk with him over breakfast and he was able to give me some great ideas for the next book in the series and some ways to make it even better. He even said he would tell all his friends about the book when school starts up again soon.


Thanks Kekoa!

You are my #1 fan!


Part One: Who Will Take J.K. Rowling's Throne?

Posted by TANorthburg on July 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


What Will It Take To Overthrow The Queen?

Many articles focus on Harry Potter's huge success. This one will focus on how anyone will out-do the hit series?

So, how will anyone accomplish this massive feat?

This is a question that is being batted around by publishers, agents, authors and readers alike. I am sure it is a question that Scholastic has asked in recent times. For anyone to challenge the throne of the queen of fantasy they will have to incorporate a number of aspects to even come close to the monumental success of the Harry Potter franchise.

Here is one aspect they will have to incorporate:

ASPECT #1 - THEY WILL BE AN INSPIRED WRITER WITH SOME TALENT

The author that will take the throne from J. K. Rowling will have to be inspired with a story that will rival Harry Potter. It will have to be a literary masterpiece that has all of the ingredients to succeed on all plateaus. The writing will have to be both simplistic for the young readers and sophisticated for the older readers. It will have to weave humor with sincerity, intelligence with clichés, mysticism with magic and intrigue with adventure. This new writer will have to have the ability to morph their style to transcend the minds of the readers and bring them into the literary patchwork of children's fairy tales of the twenty first century. It will have to stand the test of criticism and the welcome of praise. Will such a story unfold and surpass the greatest of our time?

How about a series that chronicles the adventures of Merlin's Grandson named Zebulon Finnegan? Crafted in an interesting futuristic setting with many historical overtones, it is complete with Indiana Jones like adventure, searching for seven relics that Merlin has hidden for his grandson-Zebulon Finnegan. The high-concept storyline is a mixture of Harry Potter , The Bartimaeus Trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Add to that a sprinkling of Charlie Bone , a pinch of Eragon , and a spoon full of the hit U.S. television show Quantum Leap and you have that potential for overthrowing the queen of fantasy.

Books Like The Bartimaeus Trilogy

Posted by TANorthburg on May 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)



If you liked reading The Bartimaeus Trilogy books you might like The Artifacts of Merlin Saga which introduces Zebulon Finnegan. He is Merlin's Grandson--he just doesn't know it yet.

This New Wizard is Powerful


In The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Nathaniel uses the magic he learned from his master and the books he studied from and conjures a five-thousand-year-old Djinn, called Bartimaeus. He uses the Djinn to work his magic and execute his plan for revenge on the wizard who humiliates him. Zebulon Finnegan finds out he is Merln’s grandson and is given text files to study his magic. However, he does not need a Djinn, to do his work for him—in his world, he is one.

Read more at THE BOOKS and learn about this saga.


Student Feedback Author Visit Werner Elementary 4th, 5th Grade GT

Posted by TANorthburg on April 18, 2013 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Here are comments from students who filled out a comment slip after my talks. (I wrote the comments as they actually appeared on the slips.)  Please enjoy the comments, questions, and answers.  I want to thank all of those who filled out a comment slip.  Your enthusiasm and excitement for this book is greatly appreciated.


“I am very excited to read this book. It sounds like it is full of action, and it sounds like my kind of book. I can’t wait to read it and I hope you will continue with a 2nd series.”


-Josi B.


“The book sounds interesting and I will definitely read it in the future.  I also think the Prezi was understanding and taught us some things we do not know.”


-Sarah C.


“I love the idea of the series!  Please come back again.”


-Tim S.


“This book sounds AWESOME!  It’s really cool to meet and author.”


-Elijah


“Liked your Prezi.  Can’t wait to read your book.  How long would it take to create and publish the book?”


-Faith M.


(The first book took four years to write, and I spent three years trying to find an agent.  I decided to self publish it and it only took me a few months to finalize, format, and upload.)


“I’m looking forward to read your book.  You did a great presentation.”


-Ember R.


I really learned a lot today!  Your presentation made me think more about becoming an author.  It might be something I want to do someday.  I can’t wait to read your book.  Thank You!”


-Ellianna D.


“Cool Prezi.  One of the things he has to collect should be a ring with powers.”


-Macy K.


(Macy, that sounds like a good idea.  I may have something like this planned as a sequel to the series.)


“This book sounds amazing.  I will read it.”


-Luke E.


“I really enjoyed your presentation about the elements and can’t wait to read your book.”


-Aspen W.


“I really want to read the book! Do you write any little kids books?”


-Evan G.


(Not yet Evan.  But I have a few ideas floating in my head.)


“Really suspenseful from what I’ve heard.  Very good idea that allows you to continue with lots of sequels.”


-Grace M.


“I am really looking forward to reading your book.


-J.L.


“Can I have an autographed mug and mouse pad?”


-Sebastian M.


“I really want to read the whole entire series on my Kindle!”


-Elliana N.


“I liked how you did the Prezi project on a map. It was cool how setting was on a volcanoe.”


-Kaylee B.


(Kaylee, you are the first one to mention that.  I did that on pupose.  Very perceptive of you to catch that in my Prezi.)


"I really want to read this book!”


-Cody G.


“This series sounds great!!!”


-Ethan L.


“Thank you so much!  I adored your presentation.  I can’t wait to read your book.”


-Taylor M.


“That was fun!  I will read Zebulon Finnegan next!”


-Ryan M.


“Your presentation was great!  I learned a lot!  I like fiction and mythical stories.  I can’t wait to read your book.”


-Alex


“I hope you come back.  I would like to hear your editing process.”


-Jessica M.


(Maybe I will come back and talk about that.)


“I really liked how he went into more detail than was on the Prezi.  I want to learn how to publish a book.”


-Molly K.


(Maybe I will come back and talk about that too.)


“Great Presentation!  I want to read your books.”


-Lauren Z.


“Prezi was very well organized.  Can’t wait to read the book.”


-Jack P.


“I learned a lot about the process of creating the story.”


-Ayden S.


“Great presentation.”


-Josh M.


“I had a blast with his presentation.  It was so fun.  It’s so cool that he made his language.”


-Madison M.


“I think the decnalab thing was cool!”


-Caleb C.


(Thanks Caleb.  I am glad you think it is cool.)


I want to thank each one of you for your great comments. I really appreciate your interest in my book! I really enjoyed coming to share with your class.

 

--T.A. Northburg

 


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