The Softer Side of War: Active Service Inspires New Fantasy Novel

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Naval veteran and journalist Mark Piggott releases next book in fantasy series

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The story for ‘The Dark Tides’ came to me in a recurring dream that happened every time I went to sea, it was my way of connecting back to my family while deployed," Piggott said. "I am very passionate about the story and the characters I’ve created here.

When you dedicate your life to something, it becomes engrained in everything you do.

A 23-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Chief Journalist, Mark Piggott has dedicated his life to journalism and serving America. He continues to serve the Navy as a civilian public affairs officer.

His passion for writing, his love of Dungeons and Dragons, and a recurring dream during his active service in the Navy led to “The Dark Tides,” the second novel in a fantasy series that explores the ties that bind families together, duty to one’s self and one’s country, good vs. evil and magic.

“The Dark Tides” takes the age-old tale of King Arthur, Merlin, and Avalon and provides a “what happened next” approach to the story: Lord Byran MoonDrake, the Gil-Gamesh of Avalon, fights to stop the evil Morgana le Fey and her power called the Dark Tides from claiming the throne of Avalon.

“The story for ‘The Dark Tides’ came to me in a recurring dream that happened every time I went to sea, it was my way of connecting back to my family while deployed,” Piggott said. “I am very passionate about the story and the characters I’ve created here.”

“The Dark Tides: Book Two in the Forever Avalon Series” by Mark Piggott
Paperback, $28.95
e-Book, $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-49174-940-1
Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and bookstore.iuniverse.com

About the author
Mark Piggott enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1983, beginning a 23-year career. He served on three aircraft carriers and various duty stations as a Navy Journalist before attaining the rank of Chief Journalist. Now retired, he is the public affairs officer for Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va. His first novel, “Forever Avalon,” was published in 2009. He and his wife, Georgiene, live in Newport News, Va. They have three children.

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