Weekend Warriors – A Seer Excerpt

Fantasy-Dragon-dragons-27155090-2560-1600Mirandra is a talented fortuneteller.  In this scene she faces one of her greatest challenges –

 

“She will agree to wed,” the soothsayer spoke slowly. “The knight will be captured,” Mirandra added a small gristle for the man to chew as she wrested her hand from his strong hold.

Knowing it would not be wise to remain in concealment with this assassin, Mirandra slipped blithely backwards returning to the monk’s court.  She had earned ten gold pieces— no point in now losing her life.  The Seer quickly joined the throng of mourners gathered in the cathedral.  She followed the chanting procession toward the closed coffer, camouflaged by the excessive number of people in black clothing.  Along with the multitude of mourning citizens, the gypsy  princess offered her prayer for the lost king.  Approaching the remains, Mirandra felt the tingling of a vision. Dear heavens, not now! Her steps faltered as she saw King Sert, his arms outstretched to her.  The King of Kareth pleaded to her… a mere gypsy.  In that instant there was no doubt in her mind that he had been murdered, and she alone could identify his killer.

 

Seer, Book 2 The Chronicles of Marithe, will be available August 31st on Amazon!

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Read It Or Eat IT!

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Today is a rather unusual day for the Dragon…He has devoured much of his own work and finds his stomach very full.
The cook pot is boiling and Seer lies upside-down by the Dragon’s bloated tummy. “Enough!” He is heard to growl loudly. “The book is almost ready to share!”

The story is a dual theme of reality and fantasy.  Xavier, a young gamer with a curse, must find a way to survive as a knight in a world filled with demons and dragons. There is only one thing he truly seeks–the love of a princess.
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A Steaming Cup of Baya!

Pros and Cons of cooking–

  1. It has plenty of Dragons.
  2. It has tasty gypsy dancers
  3. Baya, a Glahee Gypsy drink sounds a lot like coffee
  4. the story really works up a hungry appetite
  5. the insane mind of Patrick O’Scheen flows clearly in each line

the Dragon says: “ROAR!!!!  Don’t even think about eating it! You will enjoy this book!! It will be on sale soon at Amazon and all the other fine gypsy eateries places books are sold!!!”

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The Dragon can be found  right here!!! Roar!!!

Sometimes I Can’t Quite Stop the Smoke

are-dragons-real-bones-history1@0b88ee7b10ba437684384a88ed995e09Funny that sometimes I am angry deep down inside. It really isn’t like me – not my personality. I think maybe it is the side effect of illness or medication, but I am responsible for my emotions and my life. A little bit of the Dragon slips out and before I know it I am spitting fire and can’t quite stop the smoke or the collateral damage.

Lately I have become a very quiet person.   I do at times wonder if my silence fuels the anger, but the idea is irrelevant. I will not explode.

I can do what all Dragons must—  find my internal center, say my prayers, look for calm. Otherwise we are out burning down villages, ruining lives and making things unpleasant for everyone. Anger has no place ruling a dragon’s life.  Give it up.

Monday is Not My Favorite

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERATo be honest Monday should be like any other for a Dragon. I get up, snarf coffee, do a chore or two, take meds and plan my day. Only thing that makes it different is that other people are on their way to work…

Yeah, that’s right. On Monday there are fewer things to distract me. Most of my friends have or will have jobs and when they get home its the inevitable “I’m tired.” I wear out fast. My days start great, but I miss all of you.

Solutions:

  1. We cancel Mondays altogether. This makes almost everyone happy.
  2. You all become Dragons and we fly around on Mondays and everyday
  3. You all become fantasy writers and we can have coffee together
  4. I go back to my day job and we are all miserable together

Personally I vote for number 1… What do you think?

Read It Or Eat It!

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The Dragon is hungry and he considers the possibility of food – Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette lies out a little too near to the cook pot to go unnoticed… Should he read it or Eat it? Loud noises from his belly indicate his interest.

Let’s consider the tasty contents. The setting is rural Crater Lake in Canada. There is a bakery owned by two of the characters that supplies many mouths. Lisa Marie is a troubled teen who goes to live with her aunt. The descriptions of the area give vivid backdrops to a difficult story of the
young girl’s growth. The people who inhabit the tight-knit social climate all
change during the summer. The devastating loss two years ago of Caleb, a central figure to the inhabitant’s circle of friends, finally plays out as his closest
associates emerge from their grief to deal with their lives.

PROS and CONS of Cooking –

Pros-

  1. The characters are amazing and very real
  2. the story flows smoothly
  3. the plot holds the reader’s interest throughout
  4. the relationships are detailed and well developed
  5. there is a bakery filled with yummy breads
  6. there is a garden filled with yummy flowers and vegetables

Cons-

  1. There are no dragons in the story…
  2. while the main characters seem tasty, the Dragon is too caught up in the plot top eat them

The Dragon says save this book for reading. Although a tasty treat, it will be much better consumed by the mind. This is an entertaining novel. Buy it! !!!!ROAR!!!!  It can be found at Amazon and where all delicious towns  books are sold.

You can find Francis at all her usual island rendezvous, facebook, twitter and blog.

Was Hungry Today…

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Yes, I was hungry. I ate spaghetti, waffles and oatmeal – not on the same plate. Sometimes I have no appetite at all. I’m not sure which is worse because now my stomach hurts and I regret eating quite so much.

I think that I will never be normal. Mostly I have no desire for food. A great deal of nausea recently has kept my interest minimal.

Dragons like to eat…EVERYTHING!!! Why the baffled expression? You knew I was big and red and scaly…

Tea With the Dragon and Eric Asher

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The fiery kitchen whistles blow and the Dragon reaches for the kettle. Its time for Tea with the delicious looking delightful Eric Asher.

Dragon: Tea? I have Earl Grey or apricot herbal…. A scone?
Eric: Does the scone have bacon? I have this thing about bacon …

(For just a moment the Dragon thinks it smells like bacon in the kitchen and he draws in a deep breath savoring the possibilities. the Dragon likes bacon. The old adage comes to mind “you are what you eat.” The Dragon wonders if Eric’s toes taste like bacon…)

Dragon: (clearing his throat loudly) Many of us are not truly familiar with your furry Worrible friend… and his genetic heritage. Is he edible? Does he have a name? What is his story?
Eric:  I haven’t heard of anyone trying to eat a Worrible. I understand they’re not very flammable. Worribles are the glorious creation of artist Andrew Bell from “the Creatures in my Head”. I’ve had a few folks ask what Worribles have to do with my book. That’s a simple answer. Nothing. They’re just so cute and fluffy.

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(A worrible might taste good and is possible very easy to catch…)

Dragon:  Tell us a little bit about your writing method. Do you plan things meticulously? Or do you let your characters dictate the action?
Eric: I usually (emphasis on usually) have a rough idea of where I’m going. There are times the characters will argue about going there. Sometimes they’ll decide to take a different path altogether that they think I obviously should have seen while plotting, but that’s how some of my favorite scenes came to be.
Dragon: Who was your favorite character in Days Gone Bad? Why?

Eric: Tough question from the dragon. As much as I love Foster, Sam, and Damian, at the moment I’m going to have to go with Zola. I can’t particularly say why, as it would include some spoilers, but I really enjoy learning about the time period she grew up in.

(Zola might be too old to eat…————————————- we should eat a few pastries instead)
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Dragon:  You created a world containing Fairies that can grow from tiny creatures to giant dangerous sizes. Included zombies, necromancers, vampires, demons and ghosts…Why no Dragons? Have we yet to see all the types of creatures in Damian’s world?
Eric: You’re quite a perceptive dragon. There are far more creatures lurking in the shadowy corners of Damian’s world. Some of them are variations on creatures we’ve already met; others are not.

Dragon:  Tell me a little bit about your blog… Do you plan on doing interviews? Writing stories? Tell us about the contents if you will.
Eric: I usually post about once a week, or every other week. I’ve thought about getting better about that. I may continue thinking about getting better about that. 😉 I will absolutely be posting stories on the blog in the future. I post information about giveaways, book-related trips I’ve taken, and occasionally some thoughts on writing.

(Yay! The Dragon likes stories almost as much as bacon!)

Dragon:  When can we expect the sequel to your novel? Is there a release date in sight? We are all looking forward to more. Can you tell us a little about what will happen?
Eric: I can tell you we’ll soon have a new cover for Days Gone Bad and book two from the wonderful folks over at Phatpuppy Art. Claudia does some amazing work with Teresa Yeh, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what they’ve done.

I’m actually working through book two with my editor as we speak. We are aiming to wrap up the editing process sometime in September with a release date soon after. We’ll have an exact date as we get further along. What will happen? Stuff will explode. Edgar will not be happy. 😉

(Maybe Edgar will be roasted… with a few onions would be tasty.)

Dragon: If you could be a Dragon like me, what color would you be and why?
Eric: Blue and gray. There are a few reasons—like blue being my favorite color—but if you’ve read the book, you may have an idea about some of the other reasons.

The Dragon thinks this “blue and grey” thing is a not-so-veiled reference to a time period in American history.. After all who with any real sense would want to be anything except red? He sniffs at Eric suddenly realizing that the proverbial bloom is off the rose and the man indeed DOES NOT smell like bacon.

Such a disappointment! He will not devour Eric or his toes today but allow the next story to be written and await it anxiously.

the book? O yeah… Days Gone Bad
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Days Gone Bad is a great story!! You will enjoy it!  You can find Eric hard at work and smelling of bacon at facebook, twitter and his blog.
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