I know, I know, I said the release date for Dragon's Debt would be May 9th, and I meant it. I really really did! BUT DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO SIT ON A FINISHED NOVEL!?!?! ONE THAT PEOPLE COULD READ!?!?!?!
It's really really really really hard.
So tonight I impulsively went and clicked all the approved buttons on Createspace and KDP and boom! The eBook can now be purchased through the link below (the approval process for the paperback can take a couple of days, but expect it to be up shortly.).
Scholar Shannon Macaulay and the Dragon-Prince Ewan have been traveling together for a year when their blissful companionship is interrupted by a cryptic message from their friend Martin.
"Come to Westshire. Edmond needs you."
Drawn to his brother's aid, Ewan finds himself hunting an elusive monster: a winged beast kidnapping young women and stealing their memories. Its latest victim is the Princess Brighid of Westshire, the very girl Edmond has recently fallen for, to the disapproval of her temperamental father, King Riley, and stoic brother, Prince Ryan.
Ewan is determined to rescue his brother's beloved, no matter what the cost. But when Ryan's eyes fall upon Shannon, the dragon realizes the cost might be greater than he is willing to pay.
This book is the second in a Christian SciFi series. I would call it midgrade because it is a little too intense in places for truly young children, but the tone and subject matter are fitting for tweens as well as teens.
In the first book (which you can purchase on Amazon here) Toby, a young boy created in a test tube with cat DNA spliced into his own, leaves his underground shelter to search for answers in a post apocalyptic world. On the way he questions whether he has a soul and discovers that he has a Creator.
In book two, Toby is sent on a new journey, when a strange object falls from the sky and his Creator tells him to investigate. He finds strange and frightening new groups of people, answers to questions left unresolved in the last book, and an important lesson on forgiveness.
While both books in this series are good, this book is slightly less allegorical and more direct in its story. While Toby's first quest was philosophical (a search for meaning), in book two he has a clear goal (find the falling object). While the lessons are still there, this concrete purpose does lead to a quicker, tighter pace which will definitely hold young people's attention.
This is a series that could grow up with the reader. There are some scenes of violence (not graphic, but perhaps too intense for the youngest of readers) similarly to the first book, but overall it is a good clean read with an important message.
In anticipation of the release ofDragon's Debt, sequel to Dragon's Curse, I am using some of my KDP free days to offer my fans/readers/new readers a chance to read the first book before book number two comes out. Click the link above to grab your free copy. Promotion goes until 4/19/2014.
Ah Brighid, among my beta readers and crit partners, the character with the most mixed reactions is definitely Princess Brighid of Westshire.
Now when writing Brighid, the curly haired, fiery tempered, slightly spoiled love interest for Edmond of Regone, I really wanted not to go to Merida. Not because Merida isn't a great Disney princess but because I'm trying to be original (the the best of my ability. I do shamelessly steal from Doctor Who on occasion.).
thanks for the image Disney
In all fairness, Brighid is more of a girly girl. She's a bit eager to wed. She doesn't have a bow, and her hair is "auburn" not orange.
She is also a spoiled teen with a shouting match relationship with her father. She gets melodramatic and while some readers admire her spirit, others just want to slap her.
I'm curious to see where most of my reviewers fall. She's not a perfect character, by any means, but that's okay. I actually kind of like it when people dislike her. It makes her out to be real. Nobody likes everybody and if all my characters were universally likable, well, it wouldn't be right.