Please Write a Book Review

By Wes Penre, October 19, 2021

Dear Visitors,

I have a favor to ask you because it’s important. In the beginning of September of this year, I published the first book in my fantasy series, “Ismaril’s Journey.” The first book is called, “The Book of Secrets.” It can be found on at this address: . It is available in hardcover, paperback, and on Kindle.

Many people bought the book shortly after it was released, and I have gotten amazing feedback from everybody who has contacted me personally. However, there are only 4 reviews on Amazon.

So, my request is for you who have now completed the book, or will complete it in the future, can you please write a review on under the link I provided above?

The reason I’m asking is because the more reviews I get, the higher the book climbs on Amazon’s book list, and more people will be able to find the book and read it. It does not need to be a long review–that’s up to you. If you want to summarize your reading experiences in one short paragraph, that is perfectly fine, too.

Thank you very much for your interest in my book!


Detailed Color Map That Goes With the Book. Download Here for Free!

By Wes Penre, September 11, 2021

I decided to post the enlargeable fantasy map that goes with the book. This may come in handy, particularly for Kindle reader, so you don’t need to flip between pages all the time.

Click here to download a high resolution map with details!

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Amazon Posted my Novel for Purchase this Morning!

By Wes Penre, September 11, 2021

Dear friends!

The first volume in my Fantasy Series, “Ismaril’s Journey,” called “The Book of Secrets,” was posted for purchase on Amazon this morning: .

Thank you so very much for all your support and encouragement over this last year, while I’ve been busy writing and editing! For those who are planning on buying it, will you do me another favor? When you’re done reading it, can you please write a review on Amazon? This is highly important because it’s the reviews that determine the rank on Amazon’s seller list, and it will be easier for the public to find the book the more reviews it has.

I have already started Book 2, and I’m on the second chapter. So far, it’s coming out really well, and the plot thickens. If the first book was a guideline, it will take me about one year from start to finish, including editing and everything else that goes with it. It has been a very spiritually enhancing journey for me to follow the characters’ reaction to their environment in my fantasy world!

The book is also available in Kindle here:

Love you all!

Update on the Novel Progress

Dear All,

I have been very busy lately finishing the first book in the fantasy trilogy. and I think I’m before schedule. I said earlier that it will probably be published as a paperback on by the end of September, but I hope to publish it before then. I am currently working on the last details, and then I’m done.

It’s taken almost a year, and that seems to be reasonable for me when it comes to completing a novel of this size because I’m not working on it fulltime. Then, when Book 1 is published, I will start writing on Book 2.

Have a great weekend!

Update on Book Progress Aug. 20, 2021

I haven’t posted an update on the book progress in a very long time. I have been very busy with working on the book and with other projects, as well. However, now I think I have a fairly good idea about when the first book in the trilogy, “Ismaril’s Journey” will be published on The first book has a final title, which is the same as the draft title, The Book of Secrets.

The editing process takes much longer than to write the actual first draft, something I had to experience to really understand; this being my first novel ever. I must have gone through the draft from cover to cover about eight times by now.

The estimated release will be around September-October 2021. I will post a more exact date as we close in on October. If anything changes, I will also let you know.

Then, it’s time to start writing Book 2, and I have a pretty good grasp of how that is going to turn out. As you realize, these three books build on each other.

Although the final draft is not finished yet, it looks like the book will be about 330 pages long. I guesstimate that the following two book will be of similar length.

Book 2 has the work title, Journeys Between Two Worlds, and Book 3 has the work title, The Battle of Taëlia.

Thank you for your patience!


First Draft of First Book Finished!

by Wes Penre, April 30. 2021

I finished the first draft of my novel yesterday. At its current stage, it’s 350 pages long, but that might change.

Now, the tedious parts remain; I need to edit it. This means I’ll read it, word by word, paragraph by paragraph, and chapter by chapter with a “magnifying glass,” making grammatical changes and rewriting parts I’m not happy with. Then, I’ll read it again, this time in context, as if I was reading the finished book. While doing that, I’ll make changes where I see fit, until I feel satisfied. Then, it’s time for beta readers. This means a few people read the raw manuscript and give their input. The reason for this is because the author (me) is so involved in the process of their work that they sometimes don’t see some of the mistakes and/or inconsistencies. Is the pace too slow? Too fast? Is it engaging? It’s the same even for very experienced authors. I listened to Brandon Sanderson, who is arguably the most famous fantasy author in the world right now. He goes through his manuscript five times before he publishes his books… I think Tolkien went through the Lord of the Rings a couple of dozen times.

Anyway, it’s exciting, and I’ll probably start the editing process tomorrow. 

It’s a trilogy, so there are two books left in the series.

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Update on the Book on 040921

by Wes Penre, April 9, 2021

Hello everybody. I haven’t made an update here in quite a long time, and there is a reason for that. I have just gone through a separation with from fiancé, and I have, since one week back, established myself in a new space–a new apartment.

I am doing fine, by the way, and I am currently enjoying my solitude here. It creates time for me to think and develop my research but also my book. I have, as you can imagine, been very busy the last month or so since my partner and I decided to go different ways. Now, I’m getting comfortable in my new space, and my inspiration is coming back!

This morning, I started writing on the book again for the first time in several weeks. It went pretty well, and I only have three chapters left to write (sub plots) before it’s time to do some serious editing and have beta readers give their input.

The novel will be around 350 pages, as it seems, and it will be the first in a trilogy, as you might already know. There is a lot of work invested in writing and publishing a book if you want to be pleased with the result, and writing the first draft is just the skeleton. Now, it’s time to put meat on the body by editing the whole thing and rewrite whatever is needed. I just saw that Brandon Sanderson, who is one of the most successful fiction writers of our particular time, goes through his manuscript five times before he calls it good. But fortunately for me, I like editing my own work because I can really see how it develops and becomes better and better. The first draft is just a ranting of ideas, really.

So, I’m back on track, and I love working on this project!


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Thank you!

Just Finished First Draft of the Main Plot!

by Wes Penre, February 12, 2021

This morning, I completed the first draft of the main plot, which describes the part of Ismaril’s journey as far as Book One goes. Now, I’m going to go back to beginning and edit it, while at the same time start writing on the subplots that will be inserted as separate chapters into the main plot where it fits and is appropriate. These subplots–at least in Book One–will not be nearly as substantial when it comes to word count as the main plot, so the most extensive part is now already written.

Thank you for your interest in my work!


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February 9 Update on my Novel

by Wes Penre, February 9, 2021

I just want to give you a short update on my writing process.

I love writing this novel, and it goes very well, IMO. I write for 2-3 hours every morning, and I have now written ~95,000 words on my first draft (that’s about 310 pages with the font I’m using). But because it’s the first draft, it will fortunately be condensed and reduced during the editing process, or the novel will be very long. However, I only have one chapter left of this particular linear time narrative.

I’ll explain what that means:

So far, I have written the direct linear narrative pertaining to the main protagonist, Ismaril, on his journey north. This narrative will soon be completed as far as the first book goes (The Book of Secrets). Then, I will write and fill in the subplots that will run in parallel to the main plot that’s just about finished. These subplots, although happening in different locations, will eventually intertwine with the main plot.

Hope this makes sense…