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Welcome. Come in. Make yourself comfortable. I think there's room at the back... I'm Lexel J. Green and this is my website. Feel free to have a look around. Get to know me. Check out the books to see if there's anything you like. These are the things you need to know. 1. I write books Who am I? I'm a fantasy author, a rookie in truth, but I've got several books under my belt now and I'm hopefully getting better with each one. (At this rate, book #10 is going to be a masterpiece!) My first book, Once Called Magic, is the best example of what I'm about. It sits in the Sword & Sorcery and Epic Fantasy categories on Amazon, but there are several other things that have shaped it. Fourteen years in the making, the novel brings together elements from all of the fantasy books I've loved over the years. There are Raymond Feist-style magic portals, Chris Wooding-esque steampunk, some Mark Lawrence playfulness and countless bushy Game of Thrones-style beards. It's part of the Oconic Gates series, which runs to three books and includes two spin-off novellas - The Oconic Prison and The Hero of Zegoma Beach. 2. The LEGION Speaking of The Oconic Prison, did you know that you can read this rollicking prison break novella for FREE when you join the LEGION readers group? The LEGION is the best way to follow me. Any announcements about new books, discounts or offers will go out to…

In progress: The Hero of Zegoma Beach

Before I get to work on the Oconic Gates 2 (title TBD), I’ve finished up The Oconic Prison novella and just started work on the second spin-off — The Hero of Zegoma Beach. Anyone who has read Once Called Magic will know that Lokke de Calvas is often described as ‘The Hero of Zegoma Beach’, but what happened that day is never quite explained. I planned to leave it unaddressed, or maybe answer it somewhere in the Oconic Gates Book 2. But an early story I abandoned called ‘Impossible Castle’ seemed a perfect fit, and so the notes for that are being reworked as an oconic tale. As of 18 July 2016, it starts like this: Anybody else would have fled. As cannon fire from a thousand ships rained hot lead upon Zegoma Beach, you wouldn’t have blamed a man for running. But Caster Lokke de Calvas stood his ground, every shot that landed geysering sand and pebbles into the air. No comrades to join him in battle – the garrison lay four miles distant across the headland. Nowhere to run before the first vessels ground ashore. Just one legionnaire bravely facing one hundred thousand sword-wielding warriors, borne on a fleet that filled the horizon. Impossible odds. The stuff of legend… What follows is an invasion story that shows the events leading up to the ‘incident’ on Zegoma Beach and the part Lokke de Calvas played in it. With a bit of luck, and if the writing gods are smiling…

Excerpt: The Oconic Prison

What follows is the opening chapter of The Oconic Prison – a prison break/heist story that’s a companion to the novel Once Called Magic, Book 1 in the Oconic Gates sequence. That said, it's a standalone tale. You don’t need to have read the novel to enjoy the novella… 1. PRISON BREAK “WHAT I’M GOING to ask of you is illegal, dangerous and quite possibly treasonous.” Caster-Sergeant Arron Vellar of the Old Hundredth sat at a rough-hewn table in the Yarborough Inn. An open fire crackled behind him, logs spitting and popping. He beckoned the two casters seated opposite him to lean in closer. “Should we fail,” he said in a low voice, looking each man square in the eyes, “we could be imprisoned, even executed.” The Yarborough’s saloon was dim and hazy, wood panelled walls painted scarlet (‘so the blood don’t show’, its proprietor claimed), mosaic floor patterned with black and white diamonds, sticky with spilt beer. At this time of day, the inn stirred together tanned farm hands and sallow-faced bale-breakers, loudmouth cotton carders and boozy loom winders. A feisty stew of the city’s working classes. That city was the Briar, capital of Mulai, the oldest and grandest city in the Empire. The Empire Vellar was sworn to defend. The Empire he now found himself plotting against. The Caster-Sergeant reached for the jug of ale he’d ordered, a foamy black brew named after some one-legged dog. He topped up everyone’s glasses. “If you need me, Sergeant, I am…

In progress: The Oconic Prison

Now that Once Called Magic is out in the wild, I’ve been busy with stories that follow it up. In between Once Called Magic and the forthcoming Oconic Gates 2 book (as yet untitled), I’m finishing up a novella that is tentatively titled The Oconic Prison. It follows Caster-Sergeant Vellar’s attempt to stage a daring prison break. Of course, the prison isn’t an ordinary prison. The prisoner is no ordinary inmate. Meanwhile, Vellar doesn’t know if he can trust the people he’s working with. Given a fair wind (and no distractions), this one should be ready by June. After that, I’ll get back to editing the second full-length book in the Oconic Gates series, which continues the adventures of Lokke de Calvas and Ember Cobb.

Once Called Magic – Out now!

Looking back, I can see that I started writing Once Called Magic way back in 2013. The original plan was to write a 30,000 word novella, based in a Victorian-inspired world where magic powered everything — cookers, lights, carts, ships, Stargate-style portal travel and weapons. Two years on, several rewrites later, some procrastination, a lot of self-doubt, plus the addition of a whole new story line, and the 85,000 word book is finally finished. Just in time for Christmas too… For now, it’s available online exclusively at Amazon (see below), published by the wonderful people at GCC Books.