Architects of Illusion (Echoes of Olympus, #1)

Castle in the Mountains by Gray Artus

Castle in the Mountains by Gray Artus


Embark on an enchanting journey through Architects of Illusion (Echoes of Olympus, #1), a YA fantasy novel series inspired by my backyard neighbors, Biltmore Estate, in honor of George Vanderbilt‘s extraordinary legacy. Each excerpt features actual details of the Biltmore House and grounds, spun with a unique fantastical twist!

Join me, and a cast of brilliant film composers, as we awaken your imagination to the magic of the mountains for the 2014 international A to Z Challenge (representing #TeamDamyanti).

The future is paved with the empty promises of the powers that be. Each right we surrendered led not to our prosperity, but to our undoing. The arts, regarded as irrelevant, were cast aside casually, edging the essence of humanity closer to extinction.

The goddesses of inspiration and artistry, their influence fading from the face of mankind, chose to challenge the Fates. They scoured the earth for children who still possessed a rare spark of creativity. The treasured youth were wrapped within the walls of Olympus, where their gifts flourished under the influence of the Muses.

It is here, in the birthplace of legends, where our salvation lies. Our hope lives in the heart of every child who remembers how to dream…



Architects of Illusion Storyboard

Architects of Illusion (Echoes of Olympus, #1)


Appalachian Mountains featuring composer Mark Petrie

Bowling Night featuring composer Florian Bur

Chariot of Aurora featuring composer Valentin Boomes

Diana, Goddess of the Hunt featuring composer Ryan Taubert

Elevator Music featuring composer Ed Watkins

Fountain of Hippocrene featuring composer Hendric Bünck  

Gargoyles, Grotesques & Bears featuring composer Deane Ogden

Hearthstone featuring composer Rahman Altin 

Indoor Swimming Cetus featuring composer Jo Blankenburg

Joan of Arc featuring composer/soundtrack vocalist Julie Elven

Knight of Stone and Steel featuring composer R. Armando Morabito,

                                               Tina Guo & Julie Elven

Lions of Nemea featuring composer Benjamin Zecker

Muse of Music featuring audiomachine

Naiads featuring composer Jochem Weierink

Observatory featuring composer Nick Murray 

Pythia  featuring composer, cellist & vocalist Tina Guo

Quill of Gryphus  featuring composer Petteri Sainio

Ravens and Roses featuring composer Scott Glasgow

Secrets of the Sphinx featuring composer Ryo Ishido

Tale of the Tortoise featuring composer Daniel Suett

Urania, Celestial Searcher featuring composer Ivan Torrent

Visions of Venus featuring composer Renan Javier

Wishteria ▶ featuring composer Sandro S. of MikroMatique

Xanthe featuring composer Michael Maas

Youth of Legends Lost featuring composer Steve Jablonsky

Zenith featuring composer Hans Zimmer


the-biltmore-estate-gray-artusCastle in the Mist by Gray Artus

21 thoughts on “Architects of Illusion (Echoes of Olympus, #1)

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  2. Hi Writerly Sam-I-Am. Yes, it’s Penny the dog, at your blog. Almost four in the morning, a new day is dawning. Yet, have no fear, I am here. The Biltmore Estate, isn’t it great. Castle in the mist. I get the gist.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny, the friendly host of the Alphabark Challenge! :)

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  10. You couldn’t have a more inspirational neighbor! I loved that place and would return, especially to see it in all its December splendor.

    I sip my morning coffee from my Biltmore mug and savor it and the memory of my visit. Thanks again for the gift. It was perfect.


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