Strong Magic

Hey! My book Strong Magic has made it onto the Amazon recommended reads list for Science Fiction and Fantasy! Whoo-hoo! Thank you to everyone who has bought it, reviewed it, and been so supportive! The second novel in the series is coming, but if you haven’t gotten the first yet, you can find it here:


I’d like to be indulgent for a moment, and write about something other than writing or my novels. A year ago I had what they call a ‘serious myocardial event,’ that is a major heart attack. During my time in hospital I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and told that unless I had major, and very risky, surgery that I would die very shortly, or maybe I wouldn’t. They couldn’t say for sure, but I should have the surgery anyway just in case. For certain if I didn’t, I would experience limitations in my physical abilities, as my heart simply couldn’t pump what it needed for physical activities, if not just keel over and die.

After much discussion with my beloved and much soul-searching, I decided against the surgery. The odds did not look good, and we decided that it would be better for me to spend my last days with my beloved in the home we had made together than in a hospital.

As I said, that was a year ago, and well it looks like I’m still here. I’m very glad for that. Very glad. Every day has been a gift. I have grown stronger, and even though I still cannot do many things I used to do, the aid of many, many, friends and my beloved one has made it possible for me to enjoy this beautiful world. I’ve seen my first novel come to print, and am busy writing more. If I have learned anything it is that the power of love can work miracles if you let it.

So, if anyone tells you cannot do something, listen to your dreams. No one really knows how much time any of us have here,so make the most of it and dream big! Me, I intend to keep climbing the tree of life like the curious monkey I am.

Raven Bond – Strong Magic on kindle
Mystery and Magic in the Age of Steam
Published by Impish Press

Research and writing

Research for writing is my idea of fun. You get to spend hours exploring different places and times. For example in the Owen Strong series, doing research lead me to understand that the higher up you travel from the sea-level harbor in Hong Kong, the cooler the climate, leading to the wealthy and the ruling classes making their homes on what became know as Government Hill. Placing the Dragon’s cave on top of Government Hill then became interesting.

In the same way, when I needed a real place to have the dragon hold clandestine meetings away from the top of the Hill, I learned about Hong Kong Park, and had him be responsible for it’s creation, showing to the reader the depth of the dragons political power, as well as his own vanity, that he would have this enormous park created solely for his pleasure.

We’re lucky now in that the internet is our friend, giving every writer the resources of a well stocked University library. Grounding the work in research makes the storytelling much more enjoyable for the writer, and I hope it makes the world more interesting for the reader as well.