A is for Adana – Picture Books from A to Z

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Hello everybody and welcome to Paws 4 Thought. I’m Adana the Earth Dragon and I’m going to be your host throughout the month of April for Blogging from A to Z.

The theme of this month is indie picture books and I have oodles to introduce, plus I’m really excited because my own book ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON is releasing this month on Earth Day, April 22.

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So do you want to know a little about me and my story? Well I’m Adana and I’m small and brown and really not that interesting. I’m also the only Earth Dragon in the world of the dragons and don’t have the special skills of other dragons. I can’t fly like the air dragons, or swim like the water dragons or make flames like the fire dragons.

So what can a little earth dragon do? I guess you’re going to have read my story to find out.  You can preorder my story today on this blog or on Amazon.

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Come back tomorrow when I’ll introduce some awesome picture books beginning with the letter B.

Urban Fantasy Reads and A Very Busy April!

Hi folks – got a very busy April coming up, both on this blog and out and about. So what’s up? Well starting April 1st I’ll be participating in the annual Blogging from A to Z challenge. You may remember last year I did an A to Z of P.A.W.S. characters in April and in fact you can still check these out.

This April I’m releasing a new picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon, on Earth Day (April 22) and so decided to devote this year’s A to Z to sharing the awesome picture books from a bunch of indie authors.

But that’s when it gets complicated. Every year for the last several I’ve applied to be part of the YA Scavenger Hunt, but sadly have never been accepted – until this year that is. So between April 3 and April 8 I’m excited to be hosting YASH on this blog. I’m part of purple team – and purple is my favorite color. Come by and enter and you’ll have a chance to win a whole bunch of books from a number of YA authors PLUS I’ll be running a separate rafflecopter giveaway on this blog.

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So what of A to Z you ask? Well for the days I’m hosting YASH my A to Z posts will continue over at my sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles – and then after YASH they’ll be right back here.

But wait, there’s more … From April 6th to 8th I’ll also by participating in Brains to Books over at Goodreads and I’m going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and trying to finish the first draft of Cotula (P.A.W.S. 5). AND for the whole month of April I’ll be celebrating the release of Adana the Earth Dragon at two release events in St. Louis – at The Novel Neighbor on the 21st and at the Book House on April 28 plus if you preorder the paperback directly from me you’ll be entered into a giveaway for an cute little dragon of your own.

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Just one more thing. Do you need something good to read this weekend? I’ve got together with a bunch of awesome Urban Fantasy authors for a special promotion. All of our books (including my P.A.W.S. Saga) are on sale this weekend for either 99 cents or FREE. Check it out.

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Blogging from A to Z – Theme Reveal

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Hi everyone, my name is Adana the Earth Dragon and I will be hosting a very special Blogging from A to Z right here on this blog this April.

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I’ve got together with some of my friends from picture book land and each day in April we’ll visit with some of my favorites from A to Z. Plus come by on Earth Day for the release of my book, Adana the Earth Dragon, now available on presale.

Join the FB event to follow along with Picture Books from A to Z.

Preorder your copy of Adana the Earth Dragon today.

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New Release – Heshayol The Blood of Dragons Book 2

Hi everyone I’m happy today to help the spread the word of Joshua Robertson and J.C. Boyd’s new release,

Heshayol The Blood of Dragons Book 2

Over a millennium ago, at their father’s command, Tyran and Drast sent the Horned God to the Netherworld in hopes of gaining everlasting life. Instead, they sparked a chain of events that led to the near destruction of the Ash Tree and the liberation of the old gods. Now, with the world waning, the two brothers are freed from Anaerfell to travel to the frozen realm of the dead and resurrect their enemy with hopes of restoring balance. Tyran and Drast journey between time and space with limitless magic at their fingertips to face demon legions, forsaken immortals, and the realization that the malevolence of their father is not yet done.

They knew killing a dragon wasn’t going to be easy. Especially not one that was also a god. But they never expected to be punished so brutally, or for so long. Death is no escape when you’ve already slain the Horned God to the Netherworld.

 

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Isn’t that an awesome cover?

Pre order only $2.99 and for a limited time you can get the first book Anaerfell for only $.99.

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Introducing Adana the Earth Dragon – The Small Brown Dragon Who Can Do Big Things

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This is Adana. Adana is an Earth Dragon and Adana is very sad. The other dragons don’t want to be her friend. Adana thinks it’s because she’s “small and brown and boring.”

Adana the Earth Dragon will be released to the world on Earth Day – April 22, 2018. I’m so excited about this one. I wrote the story several years ago but only recently found my awesome illustrator, Tina Wijesiri, who brought my little dragon to life.

The book is now available on presale directly from me for $15 including shipping. You can also pick up a companion coloring and activity book for just $5 more and for another $5 I’ll even throw in a copy of Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip. All signed of course.

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Order your copy today and I promise you will have them before release day.

Prefer to read on Kindle? Preorder your Kindle copy here.

Add Adana the Earth Dragon to your Goodreads TBR list.

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Calling All Picture Book Writers

Do you write picture books? Then I have an offer especially for you. This April I want to feature your picture book on this blog in a special feature, “Picture Books from A to Z”.

Here’s the deal: on April 22nd – Earth Day – I’m going to be releasing ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON. This is a story about a small brown dragon that can do big things. It’s been illustrated by Tina Wijesiri, the same awesome artist that brought Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip to life.

I want to tell the world about Adana, and here’s where you come in. Fill out the handy dandy form below and promise to share ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON on your social media (newsletter, blog, FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc) and I will feature your picture book on this blog on one day in April.

P.S. If you want a sneak peak at the cover for ADANA, click on the form.

Want a signed copy of ESMERALDA GRUNCH AND THE RED TULIP or CECILIA’S TALE? I can do that. Click here for details.

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Meet Tiger Hebert

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome fantasy author, Tiger Hebert.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Tiger.

Give me pie and nobody gets hurt! Just kidding—sorta. I do like pie though; Apple, cherry, or even blueberry.

Okay, all kidding aside. Debbie, thank you for having me.

My name is Tiger, and I am the author of The Chronicles of Aurion & Dragon’s Fire. More importantly, I am a husband, a dad (3 kiddos & 2 kitties), a veteran, and a Christian. I have often been guilty of getting lost in my own imagination, and I don’t feel bad about it either. I try to live with no regrets, but I do wish I started writing 20 years ago. By now I would probably be in a position to make my living from it. Instead, I burn the midnight oil to make it happen!

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  1. When did you first start writing?

I think I always wanted to write some grand epic fantasy novel. I never really knew exactly what it would be, just that it would be chock full of awesomeness. Throughout the years, I sat down to start my novel probably half a dozen times or so, but I had no clue what I was doing. So I don’t think I ever got more than a paragraph or two before giving up. I was so afraid of failure, that I wouldn’t allow myself to even try.

Fast forward to 2001. I had just finished basic training in the Air Force, and I hated it. I needed a way vent, so I finally turned to writing. What started as song lyrics turned into poetry, but I still didn’t start writing what would ultimately become Dragon’s Fire until Christmas of 2012.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I must start with the obligatory Tolkien mention, because it was Middle Earth that I first fell in love with. I know that modern fantasy has evolved a great extent, but he laid such a magnificent foundation for us to build upon.

My favorites among the living are currently Brandon Sanderson and Steven Erikson. The sheer scope and meticulous attention to detail in their worldbuilding is a marvel to me.

  1. What inspires you to write?

Making the impossible possible.
The grand adventure. The impossible odds. The unbeatable foe. Unlikely heroes. Light in the midst of darkness.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent release?

The Chronicles of Aurion was released last summer. It is a short fantasy novella which is set in the same world as my series, Beating Back the Darkness. It is actually a prequel to my first release, Dragon’s Fire.

One of the things that sets TCoA apart from other books, is that it is written in this historical framework where you follow the journey of these two dragon-cult priests. Their journey is only part of the tale though, as the reader soon finds there are stories within the story. So as the reader, you get a history lesson, without feeling like you had a history lesson. Plus, it’s full of war and malevolent sorcery!

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  1. What attracts to writing fantasy?

I guess I have just always preferred swords to guns, castles to sky scrapers, and dragons to jets.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I am working on three projects at the moment.

The first is The Halls of the Fallen King, which is the next installment in The Beating Back the Darkness series. The heroes from Dragon’s Fire embark on an quest to uncover the source of a magical disturbance that is emanating from an abandoned dwarven kingdom. I expect it to be out this year.

Tales from Darkness, my second project, is a small collection of short stories from the same world as TCoA and Dragon’s Fire. These small vignettes serve as an introduction to some new faces that will appear in the series. Tales from Darkness is not required reading for those who want to read the series, it’s just a collection of fun little side excursions—besides, it’s going to be free for all my subscribers. I also expect it to be out this year.

My last project is a brand-new fantasy thriller called The Republic, and it is actually going to be released in an episodic format. The Republic is the story of a young man named Dirjek Harns, and his struggles to take care of his family during the rise of a gilded, corrupt empire. Politicians and aristocrats have subverted the spirit of the of nation’s democracy, locking its people into oppressive poverty. The family business alone won’t feed his family, but stepping outside the law will. The Republic is a story of magic and mayhem, and is a Patreon exclusive. The 1st chapter is free, and will be released this month (January 2017).

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I rarely get the opportunity to do it, but I absolutely love hiking. Being surrounded by nature is so soothing. Hopefully I’ll get to explore some of the mountains here in NC and maybe even in TN this year.

  1. If you could have any superpower what would choose?

When I was a little boy staring up at impossibly tall pine trees in the Maine woods, I wanted nothing more than to be able to fly—well that and to shoot cosmic rays of doom!

Now that I’m older, I’d have to say healing would be my choice. Lame, right? I know. This world needs more healing. So I’d be a healer—who flies and shoots beams of cosmic energy.  😉

  1. How can readers connect with you?

I love connecting with readers!
www.TigerHebert.com
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Twitter
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YouTube
Goodreads
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Meet J.A. Culican – Author of The Keepers of Dragons

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome fantasy author J.A. Culican. Jamie recently released her first debut novel, a young adult fantasy The Keepers of Dragons.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Jamie.

I’m a teacher by day and a writer by night. I live in New Jersey with my husband of eleven years and my four young children. I spend my evenings at home, with my family, watching Harry Potter and Star Wars. When not at home you can find me rooting for my children on the field hockey or soccer field.

My inspiration to start writing came from my children and their love for all things magical. I invented bedtime stories for them featuring dragons and my oldest daughter begged me to turn them into a series. And from this The Keeper of Dragons was born.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. However, I just started writing with the idea of actually publishing a few years ago.

  1. What attracts you to writing fantasy?

The magic! The chance to create a whole new world and share it with others.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

J.K. Rowling! In high school I used to stand in line at midnight to get her new releases J

  1. What inspires you to write?

My kids. They love all thing magical and fantastical! I hope to keep that love alive for as long as possible.

Here’s Jamie’s inspirations along with resident canine, Yankee.

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  1. Tell us a little about The Keeper of the Dragons?

This story evolved from bedtime stories I told my kids.  It is about a boy, Cole who finds out at 18 that he is a dragon, but not just any dragon. Cole is the Keeper of Dragons and is tasked with keeping all true beings safe.

  1. Who is your favorite literary dragon (outside of your own book)?

Elliott from Pete’s Dragon. He becomes a protector and father/mother figure to young Pete.        

  1. What are you currently reading?

A Bond of Venom and Magic by, Karen Tomlinson

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

Read! Believe it or not it’s hard to find time to actually read!

  1. What super power would you most like to have?

To fly for sure!

  1. What are you currently working on?

I am editing a companion novella and writing Book 2 of The Keeper of Dragon series.

  1. Would you like to share a favorite snippet of your writing?

This is from book 2, completely unedited J

“Jericho in full fledge smoky dragon mode frightened me.”

  1. How can readers connect with you? You can find me just about everywhere!!

Website: www.jaculican.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jaculican

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaculican

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaculican

Pinterest: www.pinterst.com/jaculican

Newsletter: https://app.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/r0y0u5

 

 Pick up a copy of The Keeper of the Dragons today!

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A mystical calling.
On his 18th birthday, Cole’s learns that he is a dragon fated to save all that was deemed true.
Destiny.
Cole’s life spirals into an uncontrollable battle for life or death. First, he learns that his family isn’t really his own and his birth parents are dragons. With that legacy comes a special calling; devoting an eternity to protecting all true beings from creatures bent on controlling the Earth and bringing an end to dragons.
Danger.
As the newly-minted Prince of Ochana, Cole is also the Keeper of Dragons and his first task is to keep the nefarious farro-fallen fairies-at bay. With no formal training, no control of his mahier-dragon magic, and fear like he’s never experienced before, will Cole be able to reach outside of his human side and embrace his destiny in time to defeat the farros?
Join bestselling author, J.A. Culican on an epic fantasy adventure fans and critics are calling a world of magic, and comparing to Robert Jordan.

Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour – Day 13 – Jean Lauzier

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Today on Paws4Thought we welcome fantasy writer, Jean Lauzier.

Jean Lauzier started out writing short stories and had quite a few published in online magazines such as Long Story Short, Crimson Dagger, Wax Romantic, Mysterical-e, and many other places that don’t exist now. She’s also won several short story writing contests (once, she took 2nd place in  NETWO’s contest) and placed in numerous others.

Jean plays in many different genres. She has a western time travel serial that is online titled I Wish…, a romance serial (also online) titled Where the Heart is, along with a short, mystery story collection, Six Pack of Murder. Her first novel, Dragons of Jade, made its debut April 1st of this year.

Jean lives in Longview where she is the president of Longview’s East Texas Writer’s Association. At home, she divides her time between hubby, kids, 2 Dobermans, training the cat, bonsai trees, and writing.

Here is an extract from Dragons of Jade:

Even the dragon agrees.

Jade Delaney sat at her desk and studied the note that had been left with her as an infant. The handwritten letters flowed across the page.

This is my daughter, Jade. It isn’t safe for her here. Please take care of her for me. Jade, I hope one day you can understand. I love you more than life itself but cannot protect you here. Even the dragon agrees. Lilith.

Jade ran a fingertip across the signature. Lilith, her mother was Lilith. She reread the last line again, shook her head, and sighed. There’s no such thing as dragons. Even if she did dream of them on a regular basis.

At the front of the classroom, the professor cleared his throat, and scooted his chair across the floor. Jade slid down in her seat, folded the pages, returned them to their envelope, and sat staring at the open textbook. Footsteps approached so she glanced up. Mr. Smithers. And heading her way. He stopped beside her, laid a folded sheet of paper across the pages of her book, tapped them then moved on. She sighed and waited for him to return to his desk before picking it up. Must have done really bad on that test. Why couldn’t anatomy be more interesting? She picked up the paper, opened it. See me after class. Yep, must have done really bad. She sighed, slid the paper between the pages of her book, and tried to concentrate on the canine reproductive system.

Jade waited until her classmates had left before approaching the front of the classroom. She stood before the desk of her professor and wiped a hand on her pants leg. Her stomach churned in dread.

Mr. Smithers looked up from the paper in his hand and into her eyes. “I don’t understand it. We discussed this in class during the past week and yet you still barely pass. You know the material. What am I doing wrong?”

Jade shifted from one foot to the other. “It isn’t you, you’re a great teacher. I just don’t enjoy anatomy.” She cringed as she said it but that was the truth.

He handed her the test paper. A large D minus in red sharpie at the top. “You have a natural ability with animals. I’ve watched you in the clinic; it’s almost as if you can read their minds. But you need more than an affinity for animals to become a veterinarian.” He shook his head. “You’re a bright girl, good student, intelligent. I hate to see you wasting your potential. But maybe you need to change careers.” He dropped his sharpie in the desk drawer, shoved it closed. “Today is Friday. Think about what you want out of life this weekend.” He ran a hand through his thinning hair. “I’ll see you Monday.”

Jade picked her denim backpack off the floor, swung it over her shoulder. “Have a nice weekend.”

“Think about it Jade, you’re much too intelligent to be wasting your time like this.”

“I will.” She turned on her heels and strode from the room.

The classroom door closed behind her with a quiet click as she shifted the backpack filled with books. “That was fun, Jade.” She brushed back a strand of hair from her face. If she knew what she wanted to do with her life, she’d be doing it instead of being here. Her footsteps echoed down the empty hallway as the light grew dim. She gazed around. A single light shone from the ceiling, illuminating a small spot on the door leading from of the building. In the light, an image shimmered on the door. Jade stepped in front of the door and gasped. She glanced around searching the hallway, saw no one, and turned back to the door. Her backpack slid off her shoulder and thumped to the floor as she stared at the image of herself standing before Mr. Smithers’ desk. Reaching up, she tentatively touched the scene. Her fingers warmed as they merged with the image then chilled with contact of the metal door. The picture shifted around her fingers to show her dressed in a cap and gown, diploma in hand. Jade sucked in her breath. So she would graduate. But how could this be possible?

She glanced around the darkened hallway again but still saw no one. The image shifted and swirled. A man appeared next to her, a small boy joined them. Her image-self reached down, picked up the child and smiled. The picture blurred, and Jade wiped a tear from her cheek. She would be a mother one day.

A breeze played with her hair as the wall beside the image shifted and shimmered. Another door appeared in the wall, wavered, and became solid. Jade ran her hand across the wood. Gazing around at the empty hall, she brushed a stray strand of hair from her eyes. She turned back to the new door, watched it shimmer as an image formed. With a gasp, she stepped back from the door shaking her head. “That’s not possible. There’s no such thing as dragons.” Jade swallowed hard, touched the dragon in the image. Her image-self stood before the dragon, hand extended.

The dragon turned toward her, met her gaze. It’s your choice.

Connect with Jean on her blog or Amazon page.

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