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Product Details

  • Series: The Empyrical Tales (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Comfort Publishing; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098455985X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984559855
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,261,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is something very appealing about Miller's writing. He manages to pump in some kind of magic and surrealism into the story. Very enjoyable, fast paced and packed with suspense and interesting characters." - Mamta Madhavan, Reader's Favorite

About the Author

Miller continues his Empyrical Tales with the aim of creating strong, positive female characters to serve as role models for his own daughters and girls everywhere. Born in Kansas, Miller has been developing his writing for the past several years in Florida. Miller says his wife of eleven years keeps him motivated. Together, they are raising four children for which he writes his stories. With experience in elementary teaching and motion picture production, Miller plans to offer more familyfriendly entertainment as he continues The Empyrical Tales and other stories.

More About the Author

A Kansas Native, Mark currently resides in Florida with his wife and four children. Since moving to Florida, he has pursued a lifelong aspiration of becoming a published author. He believes he has always been a writer and strived to follow in the footsteps of his namesake, Mark Twain.

His education started early as his father was a newspaper writer, editor and photographer for both the Kansas City Star and Kansan. Formal development started in high school writing classes at Sumner Academy where he completed the International Baccalaureate program. Additional teaching came from both Kansas City Kansas Community College and the University of Kansas. It was at KU where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Film. Informally, he was educated by the writings of C.S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander and as he matured, Tolkien. His interest in fantasy did not end on the page as some of his favorite movies include The Dark Crystal, Excalibur, and Star Wars.

Professional experience dates back to the 1990's. Mark has co-written four screenplays, two of which were produced as ultra-low budget direct-to-DVD features by East of Hollywood Productions. Through his relationship with East of Hollywood, Mark also became co-creator of an educational and entertaining children's program. That show used the talents of a local radio personality and a group of child actors to update classic fairytales and fables. Each of the episodes brought a twist to the familiar stories and conveyed a positive message.

On his own, Mark has completed five other novels, a screenplay, three digital short story series and several other short stories. The first three books of his Empyrical Tales have been published by Comfort Publishing, LLC out of North Carolina. Book I: The Fourth Queen, Book II: The Lost Queen and Book III: The Secret Queen are available in print and eBook. Trestle Press published his adaptation of the Christian movie Daniel's Lot, filmed in and around Mount Dora. With Trestle, Mark also heads a spiritual, introspective series called Mark Miller's One and a children's eBook series about to elementary school students that become international spies called Small World Global Protection Agency. This series teaches culture and geography in an exciting way. Mark has another all-ages, faith-based fantasy series that he is co-writing with his nine year old daughter. It is called Sons of the King and is available only on eBook. In addition to his own writing, Mark is currently lending his talents to a faith-based movie production company Lazarus Films.

He believes being a father of four makes him uniquely qualified to write The Empyrical Tales, an eight story series that comes from our collected myths and fairytales. He hopes his writing sends a positive message with strong role models and a beneficial moral element. And every day is an adventure with his children as they continue to teach him as well. His two young daughters unknowingly provided the models that helped create the main character sisters in The Fourth Queen. Many of their phrases and behaviors are shared with their fictional counterparts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Seiver on September 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
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More often than not as story has a tendency to peter out as the tale continues in book sequels. Not so with the second book in The Empyrical Tales. Suspenseful and even a tiny bit creepy at times, like all good fairy tales should be, The Lost Queen is packed with in depth story telling and fast paced action as our little Zandria heads out to fulfill her quest. This book just zips along,never leaving the reader wanting.

The storyline already established from the first book, The Fourth Queen,this one picks right up where the other left off. Im fast falling in love with the creatures and characters Mark Miller has created. From the Skordians to our little "Doc",the dwarf,and even our villian,Raymond Shadaway, its hard for me to pick out a favorite! I guess Ill have to keep reading!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Cano on August 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in series about Empyrean, the complex kingdom that Mr. Miller has created. A wonderful sequel, it is infused with the same kind of magic that the first book in the series had, making it a good choice for all ages.
The characters truly shine in this one. They jump off the page, with Zandria leading the way. We are introduced to the Skiordan people, shadow characters of the Peckwood forest as well as Raymond Shaydaway, a fantastic villain who seems to steal the scenes he appears in. His Carnivale Chaotica creates a great atmosphere, making the book a bit darker than the previous one.
The writing is clear, well-structured, with very few errors, which makes for a pleasurable reading experience. There is a musical quality to the way Miller writes that makes the reader want to pick up more of his books. Something else that should be considered is that these books have very strong female protagonists, none of the wimpy ones we see too often nowadays, so it's a great choice for teen girls.
I can easily and happily recommend this book to everyone who likes a well-thought out fairy tale in a truly magical kingdom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on May 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
When Zandria sees an image of her missing mother imprisoned in a crystal, what should she do? At the end of the first book in The Empyrical Tales series, The Fourth Queen, Zandria and her younger sister Olena finally arrive at the Castle Empyrean, Olena is made the fourth queen, along with Snow White, Cinderella, and Isis, and the forces of evil are defeated. In this sequel, their friends Prince William, who seems to be growing ever younger, and Adam, along with several others including the female warrior Aleta from the south, return to the mines in the eastern kingdom to rescue other children who had been captured by the dwarves, while the elven butler Tym sends Zandria on the female Friesian horse Tihi to the Northern Woods to see if she can find any other clues about her mother.
William and Adam's party are successful in their quest, but are attacked by a party of renegade dwarves under Lord Vanril. From there, Adam, who finds another crystal bearing the image of Zandria's mother, must go on his own quest to help Zandria, while William and Aleta must take the recovered children to Bond, the only village left in the area. After discovering a previously unknown relationship between him and Adam, William then sets off after Lord Vanril. In the meantime, Zandria and her new elven friend Dew Lantisphere, encounter the sinister Raymond Shaydaway and his travelling Carnivale Chaotica who are doing everything in their power to stop her. Shaydaway and his forces even attack Castlewood Castle in the Northern Woods to achieve his ends. Will Zandria be able to save her mother in time and help avert the evil forces that once again threaten to destroy Empyrean? And what will happen to William and to Adam?
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