Rage and Retrogratitude.

The Weird and the Wyrd

It’s hard to get angry where I work.

As soon as you walk in the door, a sentient cloud of olfactory satisfaction weaves it’s way into your nasal cavities, each thread of your clothing, strand of hair, down to your spirit. There are singing bowls being meticulously balanced and played, the slip-and-plop of book pages being perused and the occasional gasp or tone of wonderment as someone discovers something they may have never heard of before; Ideas that harmonize so perfectly with the song their heart is and has always been singing that it can’t help but eek it’s way out the only way it knows how.

No, I’d like to think that in the scope of things, I am at least well within the “Well, you smell the part.” portion of the Dalai Lama waiting-list (Which comes just above “All of the Buddhists on earth have instantaneously attained nirvana…

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REVIEW: Shadow of the Rose (Adversarius, book #1)


Rating: 2 1/2 stars

I had great difficulty getting into this story. As an avid fantasy reader, my attention is not that difficult to grasp. However, I found my interest in this book waning soon after the first page. The presence of fantasy tropes became quickly overwhelming. The writing was bland and choppy, the action was not thrilling, and the plot was vague. About 1/3rd of the way through the story I found little things were beginning to grate on my nerves, such as the typical fantasy name construction (multi-syllable with too many vowels), and the distracting use of dialect. The characters themselves were not much to write home about.

I think what really pushed me over the edge were the characters such as “Black Rose” and “Nightshadow”. They serve as a perfect indication of how unimaginative this world is.

I feel as though the writer has potential. If more time were spent on character development it could do a world of good for this story. If I could make one recommendation to the author, it would be to work on world and character building. Fleshing out your character’s voices is imperative to constructing a riveting tale.

I do not usually like to dole out such heavy criticism, but I honestly could not bring myself to enjoy this book. I really did try. But I never managed to become fully immersed in its world, which felt more like I was dabbling in a college D&D session. Actually, if I could compare this book to anything, it would be the Zarryiostrom series by Steven Plagman. Cliché and unimpressive.

This review is actually in conjunction with http://roomwithbooks.com/ – head over there to check out other reviews, excerpts, and much more! 

The Hollow Living – I need YOUR help!

Hello my darlings,

The Hollow Living is very close to its intended release date (November 1st) and I would like to, over the next few weeks, market it as aggressively as possible. But to do so I need YOUR help!

Here is what you can do!


– Like and share my FACEBOOK page! https://www.facebook.com/cnfaust

– Direct people towards my website for the other books in the series – http://cn-faust.com/

– Share links, covers, reviews, testimonials, pictures of you with a thumbs up, on Reddit! http://www.reddit.com/

– Create a featured post on your blog! Do you want to host a giveaway? Email me at cnfaust@outlook.com and we will talk!

– Tweet about it! (I am still trying to make #pharunswag a thing, lol). https://twitter.com/Glitzkrieg_King

– Add The Hollow Living to your to-read lists on Goodreads and / or recommend it to friends! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18652761-the-hollow-living

– Reblog this post!

– Do you have any more ideas? Feel free to share!


– I suppose this could count as ‘online’ also, but I would love for you to read and review The Hollow Living!

– Ask about my promotional package! It arrives in your mailbox with coupon codes, bookmarks, and business cards ripe for the handing out.

– Spread the word to your friends!

– Again, if you have any more suggestions, let me know!

I really appreciate every bit of help I get from you! Together we can make this a really successful launch!

Your most adored,


Book Review: The Dragon’s Disciples

Such an amazing review! It touches me deeply and puts a big smile on my face!

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This review is for The Dragon’s Disciples by C.N. Faust, Book 1 in The Age of Walking Death series.

Book – The Dragon’s Disciples (Book 1, Age of Waking Death)
Author – C.N. Faust
Star rating – ★★★★
Would I read it again – Yes.
Plot – well written, good imagery/expression
Characters – nicely explored, unique, interesting
Movie Potential – ★★★★★
Ease of reading – easy


First off, I loved this book. The covers are great artwork, that really nicely express the book and it’s imagery. Secondly, this book was simple, elegant and well written. The plot was easy to follow, nicely intricate and the web of mystery and secrets kept me guessing.

There was one thing I truly hated about this book – The End.

I came to the last line, just about crying…

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A Quick Look Into “Cherry”

Copyright C.N. Faust 2013

It was silent on the way home. Neil didn’t like quiet drives, but the car radio was busted and Cherry wasn’t being talkative today. Usually she would be chattering about her latest macaroni masterpiece or who stole her crayons. Her crayons were stolen pretty often. Neil had a hunch that she was just ditching them as soon as they lost the points.

Home was fifteen minutes away. He had to come up with some way to fill up the void.

“So, Cherry Berry,” he said, tossing her an easy smile. “I don’t feel like cooking tonight. How about a little McDonald’s?” as soon as he said it, he cringed inwardly. “You know, because they have…milk and apple slices and stuff.” He was a terrible father.

“No, thanks,” Cherry sighed.

“Oh?” Neil was relieved. For a minute all he could picture were those shiny, terrifying nails clacking together in disapproval. “Then what are you up for? We can go anywhere you want.”

“I think I just wanna go home,” she said, picking at the flaking fake leather on her door handle.

“Are you sure?” he prodded, hoping to get something out of her. “You’ve been acting kind of downy-dumps, kiddo, are you sure nothing is wrong?”

Cherry slumped in her seat. “I don’t want to eat dinner.”

“No?” Neil stole a moment to look at her. “Why not? It’s five o’ clock already. Usually you like a little something by now.”

“I don’t want to eat anymore,” she said, decidedly.

“Are you sick?” he asked.

She shook her head.

“Are you not hungry?” he guessed again.

“Emmy Clarkson called me fat,” she muttered.

Neil’s mouth fell open. Women were catty twits, even in preschool.

“Wait, wait.” He said. “Emmy called you fat?”

Cherry nodded, looking away.

“The same Emmy who got in trouble for eating Twinkies in class?”

“She said I looked like a big fat monkey,” Cherry sniffled.

“She probably just said that to make herself feel better, Cherry Berry,” Neil said, insulted on behalf of his daughter. “Next time she says something like that to you, just tell her she looks like Kirstie Alley plus a doughnut. Then pack up your chips and go home.”

“Huh?” Cherry looked up at him, confused. Neil sighed.

“Never mind, kiddo. If she calls you a monkey again, you march right over to the phone and call your daddy. I know how to take care of these things.”

“Yeah?” Cherry brightened a little. “Will you tell her that’s she’s fatter than a big fat monkey? You could tell her she’s fatter than a whale!”

“Probably, that sounds like me,” Neil couldn’t help but smile a little.

Author Interview: C.N. Faust

My favorite author interview to date!!

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Welcome, C.N. Faust!


Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

The cover art for the series was actually done by Alexander K. (or alexowo, this is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alexowo/info) I fell in love with their artwork and immediately asked after a commission. I feel like the dark fairytale look captures the essence of Dragoloth perfectly. And while the pictures are beautiful, there is something sinister underneath them that you can see in the subtlest of details.

Definitely. I see the darkness, the hints of mystery and beauty. The covers show the real complexity of the story and the characters.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Spread the word! Or, even better, recommend it / gift it to someone in your life. Like my Facebook page and…

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Cover Exposure – C.N. Faust

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Let’s say a big warm welcome to Indie Author C.N. Faust! We will be having an interview with him in just a few days, as well as reviews of the 2 books in the Age of Walking Death series.

Here are the two fabulous covers for the series so far.

cover 1      cover 02


About Book 1

“He is my heir, but he is not my son”.

Placed by the hands of a god into the womb of Dragoloth’s royal family, Pharun has struggled all his life to prove that he is worthy to inherit the throne.
But now the throne sits empty, with more than one candidate vying for its seat. Violence erupts and corruption is unearthed as a game of gods and thrones threatens to make the greatest empire in the world crumble.
All Pharun ever wanted was to prove he was a worthy son. Now he has…

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Trouble-Made Prince

-This poem is my attempted explanation at what writing is like for me. Maybe that explains a few things.-

Rest atop a crumbling mound

Of black ash and smoldering coals

A destitute slave, the shadow of

A sovereign wretch. The

Sky’s ablaze and smoke blots out

The eye of an uncaring god

And as your subjects cry for you

Their words are drowned in blood

Regrettable, but necessary for

A world made new. Stumble in

The darkness seeking light

Through ruined eyes. My

Trouble-made prince, the thorns

Have ripped your flesh to shreds

Dropping dimes, you drown the

Pain with nectar’s gold, a

King inside, become the towering

God of your new world.

New Side-Project!


Hello my darlings,

I just wanted to take a minute to also talk about the new side-project I am currently working on. It is a Christmas present for my grandmother (that I also intend to publish), titled Cherry. It is the story of an author named Neil who is also a single father. He tries to reconnect with his daughter through the use of stories and fantastical worlds, all the while trying to regain his footing in the real world after suffering through a nasty divorce. It is not my usual style of genre, I know, but I wanted to try my hand at something different. (Not to mention, I am extremely proud of how awesome the cover looks). So let me know what you guys thinks! Comments are always welcome. I would love to have some beta readers / reviewers sign on for this one! My goal is to have it finished by November.

Yes, it is under a different pen name. “J.A. Morgan” is the new spin I put on one of my old pen names.

Your most adored,


It is finished!


Hello my darlings,

I know, no one is surprised that Cy has not updated in a blue billion years. Don’t everyone gasp at once. It has been busy around here! School, wedding plans, novel projects, and life are getting in the way of consistent blogging.

HOWEVER, there is some good news to be had! I finished the Hollow Living! It is now in the editing process, and I have the release date set for a tentative “soon”. I am actually supposed to be doing homework now so I can start on it later tonight, but I decided to catch up on some … important author business instead. (Hence the blog post).

The Hollow Living came out to be about the same word count / size as The Heretic Priest. This surprised me, because I thought it would be much longer, but it insisted upon being fast-paced and easier to read and would not let me linger on the delicate rose that was crushed upon the street. That just means that I will be able to follow through with my plan and begin The Bitch King for NaNoWriMo (if I can indeed wait that long to start writing it!)

In other news, I have had the opportunity to donate a few books to the Greenville, NC Witches’ Ball raffle. This, coupled by the success met by my first Goodreads giveaway, makes me think I should do a more generous giveaway on this blog / my Facebook page come Christmas time. This is the kind of stuff that would be in it. Plus maybe The Hollow Living and some extra swag. We will see. What do you think of that idea?

It has been a pretty fulfilling, if busy, week. I will update more later, I’m off to get that Greek homework out of the way (ugh).

Your most adored,