Trevor and the Dark Rider – Chapter 1

Chap 1 – Dark Rider

The Dark Rider rode out in front of the legion of devilish men that formed part of the army amassed on the fields near Borodino.

“I will not tell you that you fight for God and Country, because you do not! You fight to satisfy your bloodlust and to overtake new lands for your master. No prisoners today! They had their chance to give their allegiance without pain, but they refused. So here today on the battlefield, they will give their allegiance through their deaths. Kill all. Leave none standing!”

The Dark Rider reared his horse upward and then lunged forward into battle.

“AAAAAHHHH!!!” came the roaring response from the dark soldiers assembled, surging forward as one mass.

Trevor heard the Dark Rider’s speech from a covering near the front line of the monstrous horde. At the same time, a dark guard was patrolling the area where Trevor was hiding.

Realizing he was about to be discovered, Trevor jumped out from the bushes and reversed the potential ambush. By surprising the soldier, he had an extra few seconds – always precious in battle – to attack and gain the upper hand. That was earlier.

Now he was in the midst of battle, to one of the far sides of the field. Smoke, fog, and death filled the air. The smells disturbed his stomach as they entered his nose.

“Aaaahhhhggg!” came the guttural sound from one of the dark soldiers. He swung his sword toward Trevor’s head. Trevor sidestepped it and moved out of the way.

“No you don’t!” Trevor yelled. At the same time, he crosschecked the soldier with the flat part of the broad sword. The soldier dropped to his knees and fell over.

“Ha! Take that,” came out of Trevor’s mouth almost automatically.

He turned, straightened himself, and readied for the next attacker. The battlefield was littered with dead and dying soldiers. It was a heinous scene. He tried to grasp the purpose of so much fighting and anguish. There was no purpose – not that he could see, at least.

Just then, ftth! An arrow came out of nowhere and struck him in the left shoulder. He staggered backwards involuntarily from the energy that had propelled the arrow across the field through the air.

“Aauugh!” Trevor cried out. He dropped his sword and grabbed at the rough wooden shaft of the arrow sticking out of his shoulder. Things started to seem blurry.

Trevor and the Dark Rider:

Finding a Literary Agent

Over the past few weeks, I’ve queried 45 literary agents ( about TREVOR AND THE DARK RIDER, Book 1.  It’s been an interesting experience.  “Grinding it out” is the best way I can describe getting them done.   Now, the wait.

Have any of you done similar?  I’d love to hear your stories.

As the process of finding a traditional publisher progresses, I’ll still keep moving forward by sending it to print soon at CreateSpace.  It will also be available for Kindle.

When someone eventually puts it under contract, then they can make any changes desired to title, cover, page count, font, etc.  Until then, I’m still working toward getting it on the shelves and in the hands of kids around the world.

Book Synopsis:
High school student attempts to stop a mastermind that’s been secretly causing wars throughout history.  Think “Artemis Fowl” crossed with “Home Alone” and “The Librarian”.  A completed Middle Grade / YA novel at 41,000 words.  Ages 10+.

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Philip’s Time

Hi – Here’s a the beginnings of a short story that came to mind tonight.  Enjoy ~

“Philip’s Time”

For homework, the students had to write a creative story.  It could be based on reality, or it could be totally made up from their heads.  Philip wanted to write about the time he was swimming in the Caribbean in the winter and how a shark almost bit him in half.  Lucky for him, he had a homemade knife strapped to his leg with vines he had found on the island.

As he remembered the time in the water, he started writing down the events of what happened.  Resharpening his pencil three times, he finally finished his mini-epic with all of the glory and fanfare of a Tolkien trilogy.

Before going to brush his teeth and going to bed, he found a stapler in his father’s office.  He stapled his report together.  Walking back into the living room, he handed the joined sheets of words and lines to his mother.  It was three pages long, but he had covered everything that he was needing to express.  His mother looked at the report in amazement.  She didn’t know what to do.

“Read it,” he said.  “You’ll like it.”
“Ok.  I’m sure I will,” she replied, still in surprised-mode.

Philip turned and went upstairs to brush his teeth.
His father put down the newspaper he had been reading and looked at his wife.  “Are you okay,” he asked.

“You need to see this,” she replied.
“What is it?” he asked.
“It’s his homework.  A creative story.”

They read the first paragraph and stopped.  They were amazed.

“It’s like an old soul describing his encounter with a shark,” said Philip’s mother.
They looked at each other with mouths open and eyebrows slightly furrowed.

Philip was right, his parents would never believe him.  How could they?  He was only eight, but he had already lived two lifetimes prior to living this one.  No matter.  He was here now, and things would prove themselves out in the long run.  They always did.  Just like both times before, they would do so again.

Life trapped inside the body of a child.  How stifling and how exhilarating at the same time.  He would have the chance to live a life again, but this time from closer to the very beginning.

He would have to temper his successes, otherwise he would stand out too much and cause havoc in his life and in the lives of his parents.  They would realize everything going on soon enough.  Besides, it was not his place to correct his parents nor to declare the secrets he had learned in his previous passages through history.

Time would reveal all the things he wanted to express but was afraid to.  It was better that way.  That way, he wouldn’t be directly involved in the issuance of knowledge to mere mortals, but could still be a part of the whole thing.

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Burn of Retina

To see the sun and then turn your eyes is a lasting burn of retina.  Yet, it causes in us the desire to look again – to see into the purity of being that exudes from the burning orb.  The remembered effects pass rapidly from our memories, yet in the moments of looking we swear that will never again attempt something so stupid.

The gracious moments of afterglow cause us harm in that we burn while waiting for the streaks to pass.  The brightness would cause blindness if we continued to look and saw past the center of the glow, both in space and in our sight sockets.  Flesh will melt away faster than the light will.  But given time, the light will pass into oblivion, as well.

Free Copy of “Trevor” for a Review?

I’ll send you a free copy of “Trevor and the Dark Rider” (ebooks 1.1, 1.2)  if you’ll write a review and post it online at Amazon.

Please email if you’re interested:  MartyJReep(AT)

Storyline: Trevor’s quest to uncover the truth about the shadowy figure from history leads him on the adventure of a lifetime!

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Updated Bio

From updated bio page at Amazon’s Author Central:

“Marty has entertained and encouraged people for years via books, on stage, in classrooms, and one-on-one. His writing ranges from fiction to poetry and from motivational to how-to.

What makes him an authority on anything, and why should you read him?

In 1990, Marty was homeless and living out of his truck. He came back from that through real estate. Then, the boom / bust in the early 2000s forced him to start over again.

Those experiences have given him insight into various markets and life in general. Despite the odds, he continues to overcome life’s challenges and turns them into successes!

To date, he has published more than 25 books.

We’re sure that some of them are just what you need to make your day even better! ”

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Writer’s Block? Can’t Finish Writing Your Book?

Need help to finish writing your book?  Need some encouragement or a swift kick in the butt?

Send me an email explaining your situation, and I’ll be glad to encourage you, give you some pointers, and help you bring your book-writing efforts to completion.

Sure you can read stuff online, but sometimes you just need a personal conversation to get you unstuck from the mud!

Don’t worry, I’m not trying to get your story idea or to steal it.  I already have so many storylines running through my head that I couldn’t write them all myself in two lifetimes!

In fact, I should probably hire some other ghostwriters and let them jam in the words.

So, why am I offering to help you finish your book?  I’m paying it forward.

Having successfully written, edited, and published 26 of my own books, I’m trying to repay people who encouraged me along the way by offering that encouragement to others who now need it.

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Trevor and the Dark Rider – book 1

My new fiction action & adventure story is finished!  It’s an e-book at

Brief Description:
Trevor, a sophomore in high school, discovers two photos of the same man (D. Walker) that were taken thirty years apart.  The strange part is that the man looks exactly the same in both!  Trevor starts asking questions about the mysterious man, and in the process attracts unwanted attention from some pretty ugly characters. His quest to uncover the truth about the shadowy figure from history leads him on the adventure of a lifetime!

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You can share it with a friend via the lending feature (enabled for this book).  Or, you can help other readers find it by recommending it to friends and family, reading groups, discussion groups, forums, or similar.

You can also review it on the site where you purchased it.  If you do write a review, please let me know via email and I’ll thank you with a personal email.

It’s aimed at ages 11-adult.  While the main characters in the story are high school students, it’s intended to resonate with readers of all ages.