Book 2: The Saint of Science

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This is Sweet Blossom’s Story

It’s hard growing up in a long line of Evil Queens and Wicked Stepmothers in the Palace of Saints, the royal family of the Commonwealth of the Pink Sky.  “Sweet” Blossom is a princess in waiting with big ideas on how to change the world, but she must contend with her scheming family, not to mention a sexual, cultural and social revolution happening all over Cadabra.

A woman destined to inherit power has many friends, suitors and enemies hiding behind smiling faces.  She must choose her friends carefully.  Prince Aaron is a nice guy and an old fashioned idealist who struggles with the new wave of feminism.  Tom Callin is a foul-mouthed, two-faced opportunist who hides behind fake mouse ears and corporate promises.  And then there is the Big Bad Wolf, a master of disguise and an actor with an incredible range of false emotion.

Blossom can only choose one path on the road to Sainthood.  Will she follow her morals, her ambitions, or her aching heart?

Although “The End of the Magical Kingdom 2: The Saint of Science” is not an age-restricted book, the story contains controversial subject matter, graphic violence and violent emotional intensity. Discretion is advised for readers under the age of 16.

 

 

 

Characters

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

This character section gives away a major plot point of the book, so if you want to be surprised, avoid the rest of this preview.

Queen Blossom Darwin V 

“Above all else, I simply must believe in the inherent good of all beings.  If we cannot trust each other, what hope have we?  I have always been the type of person to take others at their word.  As a member of the Palace of Saints, and as a woman blessed with physical beauty, I realize how dreadfully unfair first impressions can be. 

Many years ago, I learned that it’s not polite to judge another person by their appearance.  It’s easy to laugh at someone because they’re different.  It’s easy to judge someone because of one mistake they made or to try to make them pay for it the rest of their life. 

Science teaches us that everything is matter, and the mass of an object is a measure of its energy content.  We are all energy.  We are all part of an interrelated ecosystem and we need each other to survive.  So it doesn’t matter what a person looks like.  What matters is what they say, what they believe, and what they are doing to make the world a better place.

I have learned to listen very closely and the rewards for my doing so are wonderful.  I have made so many dear friendships all because I dared not to judge.  I opened my mind to new people, and new experiences.

As a maker of my own candy, I find that candy is the perfect analogy for my fellow Cadabra beings.  Each person is a different flavor, each with unique mind.  But we can all come together for an amazing recipe of combined flavors, which will taste oh so sweet.   

It is little wonder the Palace has named me Sweet Blossom, the Duchess of Candy?” 

 

  • The “Pretty” Princess
  • Loves to make candy as a hobby
  • Is a “Pinkian” and so despises religion, capitalism and bigotry.
  • Believed to be second in line to the throne of her mother, Queen Darwin IV
  • Has a sister named Dusk who is first in line
  • A redhead and the most beautiful princess in all the land
  • A natural leader and charismatic young woman who enjoys giving speeches
  • A feminist and egalitarian
  • She enjoys flirting with men, women, and even Talking Animals
  • A social activist, bohemian artist and rebellious type
  • A little bossy
  • Smells like candy
  • Has probably done more drugs than you have
  • Hasn’t seen her former playmates Princess Mary or Princess Wendy in ten years

Prince Aaron

“I have been dubbed The Good Prince.  Prince Charming, as it were, by many people who know of my lifestyle.

I’m glad to come and finally meet you.  I do hope the walk to our restaurant wasn’t too long.  A lady shouldn’t have to walk all day long just to be meet a prince.  Of course, with an arranged marriage you figure you’re going to paired up with an ogre.  But you are gorgeous, I must say.

When your parents have been searching for you for so many years, matchmaking, negotiating…and I have to memorize corny lines like ‘You’re a priceless treasure!  You are the most perfect of all God’s creatures!’  It’s frustrating.

Honesty is the surest test of compatibility.  If we can be honest with each other and produce an attraction, then we are capable of love.  Most of our lives we are dishonest with our friends, family and enemies.  But a soul mate demands total honesty.  That’s why it’s the most magical relationship of all.”

 

  • The Prince famously involved in a love triangle with Mary Melancholy and Salem the Witch
  • Handsome, smart and generous to the poor
  • Heir to King Amram of the Kingdom of Gold
  • Beloved by the media and most people in Cadabra for his humanitarianism
  • Idealist, Old Fashioned and the Nice Guy Who Finishes Last
  • Wants to create a better world for everyone, fall in love and live happily ever after
  • Doesn’t care about wealth or looks
  • Can’t stand disappointment, personal failure or injustice
  • Doesn’t use safe words
  • The kind of “complex guy” who hides dark secrets

Tom Callin

“Guys like me change the world, you know.  I’m selling life.  I don’t sell objects.  I sell the secrets of the universe, you see.”

“Oh, I see.  So you’re a negative thinker.  I see.  Well, okay that’s fine.  See, I don’t understand your world.  I am a positive thinker.  I am a big swelling ball of positive energy that brings balance to our universe.  So no, I can’t afford to be around losers.  Or negative thinkers.  Or girls that sit in hot tubs and just take up space while the world passes you by.  No, no.  I’m a winner.  I don’t really know what it’s like to constantly live in fear like you do.”

“No, I don’t need your name.  All I need is The Look.  The Look that says, Yes you are correct.  Regardless of how much I personally hate you, I still feel the energy.  I know what you say is undeniable and true.  I am attracted to you sexually, Mister Tom Callin, because your energy, your confidence, is eviscerating.  Your domination of the conversation, TOM, is so powerful and alpha-male it’s putting me into a hypnotic trance.  That’s what you call gut-level attraction, secret of the universe, the law of like attracts like!

 

  • Total douchebag MLM marketer and real estate agent
  • Likes to brag about himself, makes Donald Trump look modest
  • Seems to be coked up all the time
  • Has an alternate persona he calls “TC Mouse”, a lovable character who speaks softly and tells people what they want to hear.  Whenever he’s in character of TC Mouse he wears a Mouse Mask
  • Multinational hedge fund villain who makes deals with all four kingdoms in Cadabra
  • Has a dark side and bizarre sex life that NO ONE wants to know about
  • Has the ugliest human face in Cadabra, or so they say
  • Not only claims to be evil, but brands himself as the Most Evil Man for commercial purposes
  • Sponsors scientific and genetic experiments that challenge the limits of science and all that is decent and good in the world

Galileo de Wolf III

“The name’s Galileo de Wolf the Third and if you ever want a good show all you have to do is ask. If you slap me five times I’ll stop being your friend.  Six times and I file for divorce!  Seven times and I might even stop trying to sleep with you.

Finally a laugh!  I was starting to think I was an entertaining a cemetery.  I hate playing cemeteries too because the crowd is so dead.  What a bunch of stiffs, I tell ya’!

My name is Galileo de Wolf the Third.  The Third I say.  Don’t confuse me with those poor schmucks the Second and the First.  I never heard of them.  It’s all coincidence!  They weren’t even wolves I tell ya.  They were donkeys.  My mudda never made it with no donkey, I tell ya!  And that lil’ bastard Galileo Junior!  The kid ain’t my son.  He looks like a walrus not a wolf.  I told that chick, ‘Honey, your baby has no dick and two giant fangs.’  You’d know if it was my son because he’d be walking on three legs.  Awoooooga!”

 

  • A Talking Animal, a Big Bad Wolf, with shapeshifting abilities – but only when it’s FUNNY!
  • Loves to crack dirty jokes, applaud pretty ladies and make people laugh
  • Vaudevillian in his old timey slapstick mentality
  • Loves to sing, dance and party with human girls
  • Beyond his singing and joking, he really desires to be politically active and help stop the exploitation of his animal cousins from the cruelty of human beings
  • A loner, a rebel, a thief and a drunk; the notorious “Animal Banned Across Cadabra”
  • So talented he can play the piano with his tail; superior to human beings in practically every way
  • Shapeshifter sex – got its perks for sure!

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Author L. M. Warren Says…

“Princess Sweet Blossom eventually evolves into Queen Darwin V, the heir to the throne of Queen Darwin IV, her mother, who is also self-professed Evil Old Queen.  Half of the book is about Blossom’s journey through adolescence and then slowly becoming a political activist.  Times are changing in Cadabra with the advent of gay rights, talking animals, war, sexual revolutions, and advancements in science. It may well be her destiny to be an Evil Queen some day, but she is fighting it and trying to balance her slightly violent-minded solutions with understanding.  She makes it a point to try to see multiple points of view, and to become empathetic towards others, even though it may be beyond her ability.

The fact that she tries so hard is what makes her ultimately run the gamut of Good, Neutral and Pure Evil.  As she descends into madness, she recalls the mindset of ADOLPH HITLER AND JOSEPH STALIN.  My goal was essentially to have a “Hitler Disney Princess” character; a woman so lovely and cute, but basically one that advocates genocide.  In her own eyes, she fits the mold of the PRINCESS JASMINE OR BUBBLEGUM archetype, a powerful woman who seeks to change the world for the better.  The interesting thing about the worst despots in history is that they didn’t really see themselves as ‘Evil’.  They saw themselves as the hero and yet the world labelled their actions as Evil.

It’s quite a scary thought when we realize that any one of us could be called a Saint or a gruesome Sinner at any given moment, by our peers.  There are certainly cloaked criticisms in the story of Democratic Socialism, Liberalism and Leftist Media, which I feel was deserved, since the first book so vehemently criticized Conservatism, Religion and Right-Wing Politics.  The fact that Blossom DOES accomplish so much good in Cadabra, is a nod to MOTHER TERESA, a woman associated with sainthood but whose mistakes could certainly overshadow her charity in the eyes of critics.  Blossom’s pansexual enthusiasm, her advocacy for the LGBTQ community in a fictional universe, also merits comparisons to LADY GAGA.

Ultimately, I would not call Sweet Blossom a villain, or even “Pure Evil”, but a victim of circumstance and a failure of her own self-chosen standards of perfection.  Idealists are usually the first ones to turn violent and her moralistic crusade serves as a cautionary tale as to our own political aspirations, which are oftentimes (if we’re honest with ourselves) so misguided.”

Author L. M. Warren Says…

Prince Aaron was such a pivotal character in the first book, and served as a “Secret” antagonist to Salem and Mary.  But in this book, the audience already knows what kind of man he is.  So the goal this time was to present Aaron as an ideological villain to Blossom, not a bad guy who was intent on hurting her.  He simply wanted to control her, wanted to impress her and basically halt her feminist evolution.  Aaron is not a villain in my mind, but the fading “PRINCE CHARMING” archetype that we have practically retired in recent years – due to the fact that we associate Old Disney Princes with chauvinism, arrogance and even rape connotations such as in Snow White or Sleeping Beauty.

Aaron thinks he is the hero, or even a Nice Guy man child like SETH ROGAN, but doesn’t seem to understand why people dislike him and his antiquated political and social views.  He is therefore a nice caricature of JOHN LENNON, who was such an amazing idealist but such a flawed man in real life, and one incapable of carrying out his own goals.  When Aaron meets Blossom he kind of suspects that she doesn’t trust him, and he plays that to his advantage, fitting the JR EWING type character, a charming man who just happens to be manipulative, egocentric and a bit amoral.”

Tom Callin is loosely based on the ‘Godzilla Troll’ personality that I observed at many writing forums over the years – the egomaniac caricature that would talk down to his audience and just insult everyone he could, all the while building up his own ego.  The idea to make him a Successful Marketer seemed like a natural progression, because nobody actually buys that these MLM type guys are nice human beings.  They’re all kind of douchebags and so in the spirit of JORDAN BELFORT, DONALD TRUMP and FRANK MACKIE of Magnolia, Tom was molded.  Tom is self-admittedly Two Faced, since he assumes a wholesome Mickey Mouse / WALT DISNEY persona to sell his products and brand, and his personal psychosis and professional presentation is certainly reflective of the Disney Company itself, which represents unrestrained, multinational capitalism, the natural opposite of Blossom’s Utopia.  Lastly, his mad science agenda I could only compare to CHRISTOPHER LEE’s classic Gremlins villain, the modernized Dr. Frankenstein who knows no limits, only possibility…and naturally has no empathy for his poor subjects.”

Galileo de Wolf is a Talking Animal, and a sort of shapeshifter being that is an in-between species of human and funny animal.  He’s a ‘toon’ in the style of ROGER RABBIT or the TEX AVERY BIG BAD WOLF, including his genetic tendency to be ‘funny’ at all costs.  He has a Chaplin-esque artistic demeanor about him and a very active political consciousness that most of his loony contemporaries lack.  I wanted to give this goofy character a touch of MALCOLM X or CHE GUEVARA, because we have to assume if animals ever developed the ability to speak our language, many of them would be outraged at our cruelty and demand social justice for their kin.  He doesn’t really see any difference between cartoon talking animals and regular animals either, just a language barrier.  This obviously puts him at odds with most of the human beings he encounters.”

Confused about the Kingdom of who and the Kingdom of what?

You won’t be after consulting our Cadabra Island Travel Guide, a Wiki page that includes maps, kingdom descriptions and tour concierge tips for staying alive as you enjoy your dangerously unsafe wonderful adventure touring Cadabra Island. You’ll learn all about staying in the wonderful Kingdom of Gold, the amazing Diamond Empire, the majestic Commonwealth of the Pink Sky, and…all the other places, if you must.

Continue on in the series with The Watchmaker’s Child.