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Synthesis

Synthesis

by Kyle Harris The biggest lie ever told in human history is that prosperity awaits in the stars… In the slums of a crime-infested Crystal City–the only metropolis beyond the Solar System–every day is a new lesson in survival for 18-year-old Synthia Garland, who faces […]

First Magyc

First Magyc

Guardians of the Path Book 1, by Nicole DragonBeck The Path is fading, and the music of Life is vanishing. Cedar and his fellow Guardians have been entrusted for centuries to protect the Path, the very force of Life itself. An accident traps Cedar between […]

The Storming

The Storming

Full Disclosure Book 2, by Ellis Logan

Ana Alvarsson isn’t a child anymore. She’s done following the rules.

Listen to your elders. Let the grown-ups take care of things. Be a good girl. Be perfect.

Ana’s blood is boiling. Her parents have exiled her to Aeden to meditate with Airmed the Ancient while her boyfriend has been kidnapped by some seriously evil warpers. No one wants Ana to go after him; they say it’s just too dangerous for a newly awakened water fae. Every night, he haunts her dreams.How long can David survive the warpers’ experiments? Ana’s got the perfect plan to rescue him, and it’s only got one flaw… her.

FULL DISCLOSURE is the third YA fantasy series from Ellis Logan, blending sinister alien activities with Logan’s signature fae magic and paranormal excitement.

Bookdragon says: This is fast-paced YA read from Logan, filled with the best of her fae and starseed worlds but written in a different voice. Ana IS flawed, and we love it. We’re really enjoying watching her character make mistakes and grow, just like a real teenager would. She a good girl and she’s intelligent, but she’s mad, sheltered and hormonal and doesn’t always make the best decisions. She knows it, you know, and it’s a beautiful read. Well-written, authentic voice.

A Change In Crime

A Change In Crime

La Famiglia di Mostri Book 1, by D.R. Perry Dragon Award Finalist for Alternate History! In November of 1929, the last autumn leaves started a domino effect in Fall River. At a time when most give thanks, others lurk at society’s fringes, waiting for a […]

Born of Water

Born of Water

An Elemental Origins Novel by A.L. Knorr Everything you thought you knew about mermaids is wrong. Life for a high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward – for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it’s anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky […]

An Interview with YA Author Nicole DragonBeck

An Interview with YA Author Nicole DragonBeck

Hi Nicole! Welcome to BookDragon Club. What are you working on right now?

I am working on book 5 of my 10-part YA fantasy series, The Guardians of the Path, titled Wasteland (said like Ireland or Switzerland, not “Waste”-“Land”).

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is creating the world that the story takes place in. I love world-building, making up the history and customs and languages. Tolkien is one of my great inspirations, and one day I’d like to write my own Silmarillion.

Tell us a little bit about the last thing you wrote.

Book 4 of The Guardians of the Path, series, titled The Other World, was just released. The Guardians have to travel between worlds – not something they usually do – and they’re going to have to get some help from a mythical sorcerer called the Man of Tongues, who delights in riddles. I really enjoyed writing this book because some of the supporting characters moved into the fore, and are going to get their spot in the limelight in the next books, because this is no longer just the Guardians’ fight.

Are you on social media? What’s your favorite writer’s forum?

I am! I am on Facebook and Twitter, and I just recently joined Instagram . I don’t have a preference – I love to connect with readers and writers everywhere!

What do you wish your fans knew about you?

I’d like them to know that I love writing letters! I don’t have a PO box address right now, but I will get one, and I will answer *all* my fan mail (unless I get 100 letters per day – that would be kind of crazy). I also have a wax-sealing kit that I love to use – my seal is a dragon (of course).

Describe your favorite protagonist from one of your stories. Tell us something nobody knows about them, something that’s not in your story.

In the later books in The Guardians of the Path, Death takes more of a front role. He is an immensely powerful being, but He also has this very human side – He knows He has limitations, and has doubts about the rightness or wrongness of what He is doing. Long (long, long) ago, He made a terrible mistake, and He desperately wants not to repeat it, so He’s helping the Guardians as much as His mandate allows. His real name is Northirion Fynstaer, and He has a dry sense of humor that is great fun to write. Something that nobody knows – He shows up in other “unrelated” stories.

Do you have any writing rituals? Describe your process.

I love to make myself a cup of coffee (with cream and maple syrup) or tea (rooibos is my favorite) or hot chocolate (a la the movie Chocolat with Johnny Depp), and sit down, with some epic music going (Hans Zimmer or the like). I have an outline, and I follow that pretty closely. My biggest weakness is trying to rewrite before I’ve completed my first draft, but I try as much as possible to just write and not stop.

What are you working on next?

After book 5 will be book 6, of course! And after I finish the Guardians of the Path series, I want to do a series of novels (or novelettes) on the Origins of each of the Guardians (and maybe a couple of the more important secondary characters), or I have this plan for a five-book series set in the same world called The Legend of the Builders. Maybe I’ll work on both simultaneously?

Anything else you’d like to share with the readers at BookDragon?

I love the name of your group!!

 

Visit Nicole at http://www.NicoleDragonBeck.com

Utopia Dystopia

Utopia Dystopia

Momaya Short Story Review 2017 from Momaya Press Utopia or Dystopia? 2017 was a year of contradictions. Some of the world’s greatest literature have dealt with the theme of dystopia — Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale, Burgess’ The Clockwork Orange, Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Huxley’s […]

Touching Spirit Bear

Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen In his Napra Nautilus Award-winning novel Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant coming-of-age story of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life. After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, […]

Brooding YA Hero

Brooding YA Hero

Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, by Carrie Ann DiRisio and‎ Broody McHottiepants

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist? Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are? Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

BookDragon says: Hilarious! If you write any genre with male leads, this is a must read. Don’t write? Read it anyways! Broody is worth it.