Fantasy Author R.T. Kaelin to Publish a Series of Short Stories Inspired by His Critically-Acclaimed Novel, Progeny

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The Terrene Chronicles is a series of short stories illuminating past events mentioned in R.T. Kaelin’s high fantasy novel, Progeny. In an effort to respond to fans of the fantasy series, The Children of the White Lions, R.T. Kaelin will offer each short story for free at the fantasy author's website or for purchase in bundles as eBooks for under a dollar.

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The Terrene Chronicles will be an opportunity for fans to get a peek into the past, as well as hopefully pull new readers into the world of Terrene. I will also be dropping a few hints as to what is to come in the tale.

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The success of R.T. Kaelin’s first high fantasy novel, Progeny, has prompted the author to write and publish a set of standalone short stories inspired by historical events referenced in Progeny. Fans of the first volume in the Children of the White Lions have stated their desire to know more about the expansive world of Terrene and its rich history. The Terrene Chronicles will give old and new readers alike a chance to see what shaped the people, countries, and events of the world.

R.T. Kaelin recognizes that any author who hopes to be successful in the shifting book publishing environment must meet the demands of the marketplace. Beyond full-length novels, readers today desire compact stories and affordable options for when they read. For this reason, he has chosen to offer each of The Terrene Chronicles for free via his website as well as bundle a number together for different eReaders – such as the Kindle – and make them available for under a dollar.

"I am extremely pleased," stated Kaelin, "with the critical success of this fantasy novel. Progeny was written to draw the reader into a vibrant, vivid world full of characters as substantive as any living person. When a reader finished the last line of the first entry in The Children of the White Lions series, I wanted them to demand to know what comes next. I was not expecting them to ask what came before the events of Progeny. The Terrene Chronicles will be an opportunity for fans to get a peek into the past, as well as hopefully pull new readers into the world of Terrene. I will also be dropping a few hints as to what is to come in the tale."

Progeny, the first installment in the Children of the White Lions series, has garnered rave reviews, drawing parallels to the writings of top fantasy authors Brandon Sanderson, David Eddings, Scott Lynch, and Jim Butcher. Many believe it is among the best fantasy books released recently. The scope of the world in Progeny has been compared to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.

The latest review from Her Book Self Book Reviews states: “Progeny by R.T. Kaelin is a stunning work of epic fantasy. The story is wonderfully told and full of action and adventure. A single village or kingdom is not enough to contain the story, so the setting is an entire nation with multiple terrains, laws, races, and cultures. Along with a pantheon of gods - good, neutral, and evil - the story refers to seasons, history, education, politics, ancient prophecy, customs, and legends of the land, all of which contribute to bringing the world to life.”

From Clover Hill Book Reviews: "Anyone who enjoys adventure stories or magical and paranormal I would suggest you give this a try. For me, Progeny is in league with both The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings and far better than Harry Potter - Progeny has a wealth of depth to it that I haven't seen in many books. From the first chapter I was completely hooked. Progeny has many layers of stories within its pages, and I found it totally awe inspiring as a read, with each character that is developed really coming to life and adding weight to the story telling."

The author has been touring high schools, talking with over a thousand students about creative writing and the power of the written word while sharing his love of reading and writing. A ten-day Authors Chat with R.T. Kaelin was held at LibraryThing.com where the reading community interacted directly with the author, asking him questions about his high fantasy book.

Kaelin has also been involved in a number of high profile media interviews, the most recent appearance being The Authors Show, where listeners were able to hear what went into writing the epic fantasy story. He shared where the ideas for his top selling book came from and why the writings of certain bestselling fantasy authors like Raymond E. Feist, Christopher Paolini, and Robert Jordan inspired him to write.

Kaelin is available for media interview and can be reached using the contact information below, or by email at rtkaelin(at)terrene(dot)info. More information, including links to full reviews, is available at his website, http://www.progenythebook.com.

Each installment of The Terrene Chronicles will be available for a short time for free at his website, and bundles of the stories will be available for purchase for the Kindle for $.99. The first story will be published on March 8th at http://www.RTKaelin.com.

R.T. Kaelin grew up in Cincinnati and now resides in Pickerington, Ohio with his wife and two children.

Representatives of traditional publishers are welcome to contact R.T. Kaelin to discuss acquiring national publishing rights to Progeny and the remaining books in the series.

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