“Intensely felt, ravishingly decorative and movingly personal . . . the motifs ring with authenticity and heat . . . an authorial feat both timeless and transient.”
“Though a swashbuckling, action-packed read with literary pretensions that may accurately render some of South Florida in the late ’70s, The Lords of Powder should in no way be construed as a true depiction of Palm Beach, its residents’ taste in architecture, or its property values. . .”
East Palm Beach Evening Times Gazette
“I hadn’t thought to see these episodes of my life brought back. Nonetheless, it all happened just as written here. Perhaps it can serve as a cautionary tale for others.”
Luciana Palacios, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida
“Whatever else you want to say about Bradan, the man knows his cars. And his cognac.”
Connie (currently haunting a Tesla Model S)
“The author made us buffoons. Also, I wouldn’t be caught dead in a mint-green tie. That’s a fabrication.”
Evan Standish, Senior Realtor and Investment Adviser (ret.), Bisset and Weaver Treasure Coast Home Services and Real Estate, Riviera Beach, Florida
“I remember Xanadu, the parties, the craziness. This is presented well in The Lords of Powder. The author must have interviewed Bradan extensively to get details. Those memories keep an old man warm in prison. But a parole meeting is coming soon. Bradan should understand that I may yet have a chance to continue my discussions with him . . .”
Pedro Schneider Moreno, United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility, Florence, Colorado
“This Bradan guy is someone I’d like to meet again and not in a good way. I didn’t realize how old he was . . . he looked thirty at most.”
Richard Abrahamson, Detective Sergeant (ret.), Miami Police Department
“I always said Bradan was the right kind of smuggler . . . good that his story is finally being told, but the magic stuff must be made up.”
Paul Altman, Jupiter Island, Florida
OK, so all of the above is as fictional as the novel itself. I had great fun fabricating ‘praise’ for The Lords of Powder in which the novel’s characters offer up their thoughts about the book. I also threw in quotes from a fake fan website and a non-existent Palm Beach newspaper.
The novel is now available ( https://amzn.to/2HqdqU5 ) and you can decide for yourselves if you agree with the comments above.
I write modern fantasy novels that are hopefully both exciting and literate. These novels include an on-going series about a near-immortal magician who grew up in Camelot and grew famous in San Francisco's 'Summer of Love'. He's still having adventures to this day described in The Lords of the Summer Season, The Lords of Powder, and The Lords of Oblivion. The books can be read in any order.
As author S Alessandro Martinez has stated about the series:
"Lords of Oblivion
A 1500-year-old wizard. A pair of savage druids raised from the dead. Modern day San Francisco. A wolf that takes no gruff. Blaisdell creates a fascinating world in this magical realism novel with smart writing, complex characters, and clever use of history and mythology. I was sucked in from the very beginning. I look forward to more of Bradan and Tintagel's mystical adventures.
Lords of Powder
Merlin's former apprentice, Bradan, is back! The 1500-year-old wizard, who is sometimes too smart for his own good, returns for another exciting adventure, this time in 70s Miami as he takes on the criminal world of drug trafficking. Blaisdell's smart, fast-paced writing and use of fascinating history and mythology keeps you on the edge of your seat as Bradan uses his wits, charm, and illusions to navigate the modern era and get himself into plenty of trouble.
Lords of the Summer Season
Being Merlin's former apprentice and living for 1500 years is bound to make you a few enemies. Travel back to the 60s with Bradan the wizard and his otherworldly wolf Tintagel. As Bradan juggles careers as a professor and musician, he must defend himself from his greatest threat yet: a literal god. Blaisdell continues with his clever, skillful, and imaginative writing that will keep readers eagerly turning the next page. My favorite of the Bradan books, Blaisdell dives deeper into the Arthur mythology, and brings the reader even more elements of magic and folklore, all the while weaving an entertaining tale of gods, wizards, ghosts, and 60s acid rock. Thoroughly enjoyable!"
Besides the literary side of my life, my background includes membership on a scientific advisory board for a non-profit professional organization promoting the biomedical and digital health business community in the greater Los Angeles area.
I’ve authored both basic research publications and business management articles focusing on the bio/pharma industry. My Ph.D. is in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota where I also conducted post-doctoral research in microbiology. And my BS is from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a double major in chemistry and cell biology.
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