The Darkest Gift
A dynamic, enthralling tale of love, jealousy, rage, and the Supernatural!.
Story: When a self-loathing Gay man—Jack, meets an elegant yet incredibly mysterious Laurent Richelieu, he thinks his stroke of bad luck with men and women has come to an end. Or is it the beginning of a nightmare?
As the two begin their courtship—Jack encounters horrifying experiences involving paranormal experiences, vampirism, and possible reincarnation, making him question his sanity. The more time Jack spends with his mysterious European love interest, the more revealed about the dark secret awaiting Jack. Are they destined to be together? —does Laurent honestly care for Jack? Or is there a much more sinister plot involved?
Meet Len Handeland
I’ve always enjoyed writing and drawn to being creative—as far back as I can remember. Back in middle school, when my classmates and I were assigned a book report, and the others groaned, I cheered—not only being given an exciting novel to read but also to compose the essay assignment as well. Everything had to be perfect, the spelling, grammar, and accuracy regarding the subject matter. Later on—in my late teens, I attended FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in Manhattan studying illustration; years later, I decided to pursue a career in the hair industry using my artistic training at FIT and creativity to excel in hair owning three hair salons, one in San Francisco’s Union Square and two in the town of Sonoma; I am now retired from my former profession and have decided to pursue writing full time which has always been a life-long passion of mine.
My first novel, “The Darkest Gift,” is being well received and was written with my affinity and passion for the vampire genre. Its a Vampire story of my own, in my own words. This Vampire story is different then others—where love is the only thing that matters. My second novel that I recently started writing, is a crime, drama, murder, mystery, which is quite a stark departure from the genre of vampires but deals with many of the same issues and feelings as in my first novel, which is love, rage, jealousy, deception, and a character who returns from my first novel.
Len Handeland wrote “The Darkest Gift” as he felt no other author had written an enthralling vampire romance novel since Anne Rice, which was a breakthrough in featuring two vampires of the same gender as a couple. Being a life-long fan of vampires starting when he was a small child and into his adult years, Len wanted to write a compelling and enthralling book where the characters are complicated (both humans and vampires) and where the same-sex couples are far less ambiguous about their sexual orientation than in vampire books of the last century. Where the emphasis is on love, whether human and vampire or two vampires (of the same gender), it was vital for the author to avoid anything graphically sexual, but instead, the focus is on the sensual aspect of two men together. Also noteworthy was addressing stereotypes regarding vampires and some of the gay men in Len’s book. That all vampires are evil and unfeeling creatures, that all gay men are effeminate, couldn’t be further from the truth. He utilized the classic tale of good versus evil (in this case, vampire against vampire) and how one of the human characters, Jack, despite his struggles with sexual orientation, finally learns to accept and embrace who he truly is. The message the author is delivering is: do what is right and be true to yourself. In his novel, that applies not only to humans but vampires alike.
The locations in my book are places the author has an affinity for, having spent time in each over the years. Rich in history and culture, and each with an exquisite beauty of their own. The settings include Paris, Haiti, and New Orleans, which all share a French connection.
Len Handeland feels his work stands out from other “Gay vampire books” which may be too graphic sexually and reduced to being dismissed by most by being just that. At the same time, writing about the same-sex couple, whether that be two vampires or a human and a vampire, he wanted the focus to be on each character, feeling as if they had met their soul mate and were meant to be together forever.
The Ghost’s Legacy
The Ghost’s Legacy ~
The old world has died.
In the frozen wastes of a new ice age, a boy must become a man. Having forgotten who he is, this youth must accept his destiny to lead, fight, and die if necessary for what he believes . . . or a magic from a lost era will destroy them all.
As a tyrannical empire rises, he and his childhood companions must band together as warriors to battle against savage creatures, an army of zealots, and an evil they are only just beginning to understand . . .
Heirs of BjornsGaard ~
A thousand years ago, on the Day of Cataclysm, the world changed. Mountains rose from plains, continents fell into oceans, colossal tempests obliterated civilizations, and jotun, creatures of legend and superstition, rose up. The New Ice Age began, blanketing the world in snow and an army of draugr, dead warriors, walked the earth destroying every remnant of the old age.
From the ashes, the Church and the Clan BjornsGaard united humanity behind their banners, rallying knights and heroes to face this new world. Under their leadership, mankind overthrew the draugr and retook control of its destiny.
In the centuries since, the Church grew into an empire, controlling most of the continent. Though its origins were noble, the Church State grew based on greed, racism, and slavery. Only two militant orders of knights, the Hospitalars and the Tau, allied with the islands of the BjornsGaard Commonwealth stood against the Church States expanding pogroms. But during the intervening years, the Kings of BjornsGaard had grown corrupt and weak. In one night, the entire family was assassinated, opening the way for the Church to expand spreading its suppression and holocaust.
But in BjornsGaard’s farthest northern island, hope is dawning. In the Hospitalar’s Northern Compound five orphans, physically and intellectually gifted and trained by the Hospitalar knights to fight, to heal, and to reason, grow up together. With a bond tighter than normal siblings and forged stronger by pain and loss, these five will grow to challenge the Church State and accept their destiny as leaders in this new age.
Heirs of BjornsGaard is a clean fantasy adventure series, meaning that there is no sexual content, nudity, or language. However, it does contain some violence and mature subject matter that may not be suitable for younger readers. Discretion is advised.
The Secret of Azuron
What if your boy was the only one who could stop the greatest evil the world has ever known? Eleven-year old Landau discovers a treasure that will have every creature of myth and legend in pursuit of him. With the aid of his company, an odd teaming of a wizard, knight, assassin, gladiator, barbarian, mercenary and amazon, Landau must bring his treasure to the Capital to convince the Imperials who they are currently at war with to side with them and unite before the real enemy destroys them all. But the enemy constantly follows, Landau’s companions despise each other, and all he wants is to complete his quest so he can return home – but what chance does a kid have against the creator of all things evil?
The first book in ‘The Sword Empire’ series.
The Seeds of Akara
“The vast cosmos isn’t what it used to be in this clever SF tale.” -Kirkus Reviews
The universe has died.
It has reached its eventual heat death and no further life processes are possible.
But something has gathered all the sentient life-forms that had ever reached a reasonable level of complexity and placed them in a lattice-work sphere around a final star. The truth of their existence is known to a select few, and the ultimate reason for their existence is known to fewer still.
When a nihilistic, malevolent force releases a pathogen designed to end all life, a young girl and some allies must get to the central world to keep her world from being destroyed to stop the spread of the virus.
Book one of the New Sky trilogy is an epic adventure featuring multiple worlds and characters whose actions will determine nothing less than whether or not life continues. You’ll love the characters and adventure in this novel.
Get it now.
You can read the whole kirkus review at: kirkusreviews.com
The Stagsblood Prince (Book One of the Stagsblood Trilogy)
Tel, handsome crown prince of Feigh, has negotiated an end to the war between his country and the strange queendom of Omela. He looks forward to an easy reign of wild parties and wilder men. The deities have other ideas, however, in this gay fantasy novel of transformation, redemption, and love.
When his father dies suddenly, Tel is outmaneuvered by his brother, losing the throne. Tel’s faith prohibits him from raising his sword and spilling blood, so he accepts the humiliation, working to temper his brother’s baser impulses. But the new king’s reign takes a dark turn, and his collaborators begin to round up undesirables, including those with a magic called the stagsblood.
Tel must decide: Flee or fight? Running means abandoning his people to his brother’s evil whims. Standing his ground means the sin of total war. He has no army and only a few allies—and his magical secret.
Caip, his closest friend and protector, brings military experience and blunt advice. Her right hand, Dar, is the picture of loyalty. Tough, battle-scarred Bin doesn’t suffer fools gladly. And Vared, a mysterious singer-turned-diplomat from Omela, speaks the truth to Tel in ways no one else can.
Ainavel: Episode 1 – The Curse of Two Houses
As the old tale says, two powerful Houses ruled all of Erydan once. Their representatives protected northern borders from the creatures of the Chaos. The unknown evil destroyed this order many centuries ago.
Now the sun is dying and the Mysterious Void is circling around the Five Lands of Erydan. The chaos is rising. However, the most powerful descendants of the Two Houses don’t think about uniting their forces and still quarrel with each other.
If the prophecy is true – only the lost heirs from the noble Houses can change the fate of the world. A man from the House Alvedrion and a girl from the House Lohelin who are connected by a strong bond.
But mysterious curse keepers haunt all living descendants.
Young Ainavel, who sails with his father, an experienced Guardian of the Sea, lives like ordinary Sea Man. He doesn’t know yet that he will have to face these evil creatures one day. He also doesn’t know that he will be forced to embark on a dangerous adventure – a death game that will change him forever.
SECOND EDITION. First 40 pages of this episode were earlier published as a novelette. But now it has become a part of a new, longer episode 1.
Shadow Eclipse Voyage
From 21st century PhD student to 23rd century vampire space mercenary, Clarke’s had a busy week.
Discovering you are a vampire would normally be the most notable thing in someone’s day. For Florentina Clarke, it gets narrowly edged out when an experiment traps her 200 years into the future. Enlisting as a mercenary on a smuggling vessel that seems to spend more time seeking fights than actually smuggling is an unusual career move for a PhD student. But when you have no money, no ID and the yakuza want a quiet word about a completely honest misunderstanding then perhaps poor life choices are the only life choices.
Okay, so you do have to deal with pirate attacks, a surely captain that refuses to meet you, a ship’s armory that seems to have far too many stakes in it, Orcish squad-mates who keep drinking the illicit coffee you are trying to smuggle, more pirate attacks, your own (future) self who is involving you in her own machinations and an irritating, but magnetic, vampire lover whose personal quest for vengeance has already gotten him killed once.
Shadow Eclipse: Voyage is the first book in the Shadow Eclipse series, following the adventures of Florentina Clarke across time and space.
‘Star trek, but with time-travelling space vampires.’
Dragon Heart: Stone Will
“Dragon Heart” is one of the top-rated Wuxia LitRPG novels in Russia.
The author has been writing the story for only one and a half years, however, it already has 1200 chapters spanning 13 books. The whole story is planned out and will have over 2000 chapters and 20 books.
The Russian version has been read over 10,000,000 times.
This story has made Mr. Klevanski the #1 author on the 4 biggest self-publishing sites in Russia.
From December of 2018 till now, “Dragon Heart” was being translated into English and published chapter by chapter on several American sites.
Within a month, the story became popular with foreign readers and caused quite a stir.
On Royal Road, it was holding the top spot in trending fictions and gathered more than 2000 followers.
On Creative Novels, it’s being followed by over 1500 readers.
Webnovel received the book warmly and the readers are eagerly waiting for new chapters. Hope you’ll like the story, too.
He was born anew in a world where martial arts were indistinguishable from magic.
He only received a neuronet and meaningless desires from his past life.
What lies ahead?
He dreamed of adventure and freedom, but those dreams were taken away from him.
The same way his mother, father, and sister had been taken away.
They took the Kingdom, they took his own destiny.
But he is willing to wage a war, against the whole world if need be, to bring everything back.
Even if the army opposes him, his sword won’t waver.
Even if the Emperor sends the legions, his step won’t falter.
Even if demons and gods, heroes and enemies alike are to unite against him, he won’t bend to their will. His own will is iron itself, unstoppable.
His name is Hadjar and he heeds the call of the dragon heart within him.
The novel contains noncensored scenes of battles, that may or may not include scenes of violence and gore.
Open it on your own risk.
P.S. If the abovementioned arguments aren’t enough for you to read this story, there are great illustrations in the book, you can just list and look them through))
P.S.S. The Dragon returns in the chapter 22)
The Dragon Wakes
A world built on the tales of dragon kings. Powerful brothers at war. An orphan girl sold as a bride.
Long ago, the Kingdom of Estala was a place of dragons and sorcerers. Those with magical powers were more than human, they were Menti. But now Menti sorcery is outlawed by the capricious king, and those who wield it are hunted down by the fanatical Order of Insight to be made into slaves, or worse, executed.
Two young heroes find themselves unwillingly thrown into the centre of these uncertain times. Prince Luca, King Davead’s second son, has always been the sickliest of the royal children, but in a shocking turn of events, Luca finds himself at the heart of a magical power so great it may consume him forever. If he fails to control those powers, he could be put to death by his own father. Reva Avalon grew up believing she would marry her childhood friend, Prince Luca. But after she is orphaned in the Menti uprising, the King of Estala sells her to his most feared general instead. Young and frightened, but still strong-willed, Reva must survive a harsh new life away from the palace.
And in the realm rebellion looms, as do the return of the mighty dragon shifters. Some long for the return of the dragons… others fear it will be the end of the world as it is known.