Discoucia by Nicholas Lovelock
Revolution, romance and technological wonders are all in a day’s work for the decorated hero of Alavonia, Sir Arthur Pageon.
An acclaimed explorer and inventor, Sir Arthur Pageon takes his unofficial role as defender of the realm of Avalonia very seriously. A fantastical world, Avalonia is home to the Discoucian Monarchy, as well as monstrous creatures and secretive academies for the highly gifted.
Upon returning from his most recent exploits aboard on his personal flying galleon The Nostradamus, Pageon is treated to a hero’s welcome and celebratory procession through the streets of Avalonia’s capital, Evermore. Little does Pageon know he’s being followed by a mysterious group known as the Purple Guard, whose devious leader is his estranged sister, Queen Lily Pageon of Harrha Island. Fiercely intelligent, Lily specialises in dastardly technological inventions with the aim of bringing down the Discoucian Monarchy so that she may reign as its dictator. However, the heir to the throne is one Princes Josephine Oladine, whose youth and royal position masks her role in the Discoucian Secret Service.
Joining forces, Princess Josephine and Sir Arthur’s adventures will take them across the whole of Avalonia — from the fog-bound shores of Karga, to the secret underground shanty town beneath the frozen prison of Icester, south to the verdant city of Proceur and from there to the affluent Starfall Academy — in their quest to foil Lily’s revolutionary plans.
Gemenicia by Nicholas Lovelock
The second part of Arthur and Jo’s strange adventures throughout the land of Discoucia, and a time when Archie the Water Goddess has made the ultimate sacrifice to rid the world of her nemesis, Cordelia Paradise, the Fire Goddess.
However, things rarely go to plan and Arthur finds himself at war with Archie’s hidden agenda rather than the insane task that he has to help Archie complete.
Hidden around Discoucia in its sixteen major cities are sixteen gems that Archie must collect before a year is up. If she wins then Cordelia will disappear to another dimension and not return until she agrees to stop causing forest fires, volcanic eruptions and droughts.
Team Archie has Arthur and Jo, who both have the understanding that by collecting these gems a natural order can be brought back and maybe Jo’s father will get well again. Team Cordelia has Alicia May, who has a talent for becoming anyone and a deep malicious streak; and Iren, who has a fanatical hatred for Archie, which Archie herself doesn’t like to talk about.
Along the way they meet old friends and old enemies, as well as Archie having to perform miracles without the use of divine power. From the murky ruins of Tanalos to the haunted corridors of Ashin Dance Academy, the frozen caverns of Icester and the verdant streets of Proceur, the adventure will take them around Discoucia and beyond, unless Cordelia and Alicia May can stop them first…
MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I first knew that I wanted to be an Author when I was standing on top of Brill Hill in Buckinghamshire and I looked out across a vista of the valleys and hills, wondering what it would look like if airships flew from city to city and there were Steampunk castles dotted around the countryside. This made me wonder if Britain was the size of The United States, and how the continent would have been shaped in that event. There would be straight roads like we had from the Romans, then winding country roads with thousands of villages all over. Thus Discoucia was born, and it all went from there.
What inspired you to write this book?
Gemenicia was inspired when I needed some kind of closure for the epic questing style that was introduced in Discoucia. I had a horrible feeling as in the beginning it was going to be one big quest after another but now I want things to go differently. Arthur and Jo need to do something proactive that will give them cause to want to abandon the adventuring lifestyle for a while and live in peace somewhere else with their children. As such Gemenicia is called ‘A Farewell to Epics’, not just a Hemingway pun, but it’s literally the last big adventure that spans an entire continent, and paves the way for the surreal soap opera on Seraphale Island that will follow in Book Three.
If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
The Wild Wild West meets Twin Peaks.
What are you up to next?
I’m working on Books 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 and beyond, in a note capacity as the ideas are all over the place. I put them into different sections in my Household Objects Notebook and will come back to them when I plan the final draft. For book three at the moment I have a notebook that details each chapter as if it was an episode of a television series, so I am able to work on the book in cross sections. I am also working on the illustrations for all those books which take a lot of time as they are in black and white, and in the absence of colour it takes more effort to add detail to an illustration.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration can be pinpointed to two main people, Guillermo Del Toro and Leonardo Da Vinci, both men who weren’t or in the formers case, aren’t confined to one type of study. The two are known to keep amazingly detailed notebooks, and they try their based to make their imagination a reality as well as their dreams. The idea to note down any little thing is a lesson I listened to, as I was always told when I was at school that I had a lot going on in my head but was getting nothing down on the page, now I have more notebooks than I can cope with. If I ever reach even half of their standard I feel I’ll have used my creativity to its full extent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicholas Lovelock lives in a small village in Oxfordshire and has already published Discoucia, the first part of the Alavonia Series which spans multiple novels set to be released in the future. He enjoys riding around the countryside as well as illustrating his own works, as can be seen in his second novel Gemenicia. These Illustrations in stark black and white provide a glimpse into the world of Alavonia and how he sees it, as well as showcasing the different locations and characters that make up the Alavonia series universe.
He is a keen musician capable of playing the electric guitar as well as the acoustic and the piano, often trying to play like his musical heroes David Gilmour, Jimmy Page and Jeff Lynne. His coin collection has transformed from a hobby to a passion and obsession as he attempts to collect one of every issued coin in Great Britain. He is over halfway in that respect collecting such treasures as a 1675 Charles the Second Crown and an extremely rare Edward the Seventh Half Crown of 1905, and has begun metal detecting in an effort to tick some boxes in the Hammered Coinage section.
His love of Steampunk literature and cinema has been with him from a young age when he first saw the film ‘Wild Wild West’, sought out the original series and discovered a world of fantasy that he has painstakingly tried to pay homage to in his novels, to bring the wild west to an English setting and to create something that has never been done before.
History has always been a major passion of his as he makes many references in his literature, from characters whose personalities resemble those of eccentric historical characters or monarchs. The ability to change history through literature was one of the things that attracted him to become an author in the first place, to create similar timelines and put a unique spin on the mundane.