Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Runaway Brides and Dragon Empires

It's a busy day here today as brides are on the run and dragons are building their empires. And computers are driving me crazy. But I'll start with the good stuff!

I'm excited to be participating in Shelly Arkon's launch party and giveaway to celebrate the release of her novel, Secondhand Shoes.

Shelly is inviting everyone to cheer on the runaway bride as part of her giveaway, so visit her here if you would like to enter.

If you know Shelly, you know she is always very generous with both hugs and chocolate, so today I am sending both back to her! Congratulations,  Shelly!

I'm also excited to be part of Heather McCorkle's blog tour for the release of her fantasy novel, The Dragon Empire. Congratulations, Heather! 

For today's stop Heather is answering the following question:

Why write from a dragon's point of view?

Heather: Dragons have fascinated me since I was very little. They are well covered in literature but it's rare to find a story written from their point of view. I wanted to give voice to the creature that has captured my imagination so completely.

Here is a bit about it:

On Yacrana dragons are the advanced species. But advanced doesn't always mean civilized...

There's trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist.

Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden factions have their way, these people won’t live to fulfill such a destiny. With a reluctant seer at his side, Grendar must leave his precious Empire for the outside world to save those that will one day save his kind.

While The Dragon Empire is for ages young adult and up, it does contain mild violence and some difficult subject matter. 

Finally, I've been having problems with my Internet at home since before Christmas, and last week it finally died on me for good. I'm hoping to get my new modem set up today and have everything working again but, as we all know, sometimes computers have a mind of their own when it comes to this sort of thing.

I know I haven't been able to keep up with visiting blogs and connecting on other sites in the past week, but I hope that will change after today and I can get back to a more normal routine on Friday. Please keep your fingers crossed for me! I may end up in the psych ward if my new modem doesn't fix the problem. ;)

See you all on Friday (I hope!) for big cover reveals from Alex J. Cavanaugh and Annalisa Crawford, and for another celebration of the small things with Vikki. 


  1. Yay and congrats to both Shelly and Heather. Looks like great books. :) Will have to visit their sites. Hope all comes together with your network and computer- best :)

  2. Woohoo! For Shelly & Heather. :-) Love that 'Dragon' cover btw ... reminds me of The Wizard of Oz for some reason.

  3. Losing your internet or computer is as bad as losing a phone.

    Thank you for helping me.

    As for the dragon story, sounds like a good conspiracy was twisted around in that one.

    Good luck to the Dragon Writer.

    And I'm always good for a hug and a chocolate.


  4. Thank you Rebecca and EJ.

    Hugs and chocolate to you both.

  5. Your blog has so much going on this morning that it reminds me of Alex's :)

  6. Great to celebrate so many books.

    And internet difficulties-- make me cranky!

  7. @Rebecca, thanks! And I agree, both books look great.

    @EJ, oh, I see what you mean! It is a great cover.

    @Shelly, my pleasure! Congrats again. :)

    @Johanna, LOL, I don't think I'll ever match the Captain LOL.

    @Julie, yes, cranky is a good word LOL.

  8. Cool idea telling the story from the dragon's POV.

    And sorry about the computer problems, Julie. It must be in the air. Mine's gone all wonky lately too. Trying a new company this week.

  9. Cool, a book of dragons! I want that one. :D

    Best of lucks to Heather and Shelly with their respective books!

    Is this an internet plot that a lot of us are having problems with it?

  10. Thank you for the feature!

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and your new modem!

  11. @LG, I hope the new company works out for you. That's what I am trying too.

    @Al, I thought of you when I posted about the dragons!! I'm sorry you're having internet problems too, ugh.

    @Heather, my pleasure, and thanks for keeping your fingers crossed!

  12. Congrats to to Shelly and Heather for their book releases! And writing from a dragon's POV is so much fun, isn't it, Heather?

    I hope your internet gets fixed soon, Julie! You definitely want to stay away from psych wards. They don't let you get on the internet at all, and it'll really drive you crazy.

  13. Congratulations Shelly and Heather!
    New modems are fun. No, not really. Hope installation goes well.

  14. Congrats to Shelly and Heather! Hope all of your Internet problems are resolved Julie.

  15. @Cherie, I will do my best to stay out of the psych ward LOL.

    @Alex, thanks!

    @Julie, thank you, I sure hope so.

  16. I do hope your internet problems are solved quickly! That's so frustrating. Can you imagine any of us having to go back to the '80s now and survive without our toys? LOL!
    Both books look great!

  17. Thanks for the congrats, everyone!

  18. @Laura, LOL, I know, it's amazing how addicted we've all become to this. I can't even imagine life without it now.

    @shelly, congrats again to you, and best of luck with the book!

  19. Good luck to both Shelley and Heather!

  20. Yay for both Shelly and Heather!
    I hope you get to sort out those Internet problems Julie. I know the feeling. Last week my computer crashed... it was a motherboard problem (or something like that) and very frustrating!

  21. Thanks for the great book tips and good luck with your new magic box. You'll be up and running in no time!
    ~Just Jill

  22. @Annalisa, I second that!

    @Michelle, oh no, I'm sorry about your computer crash. I hope you are able to get it fixed and don't have to get a new one. Mine seems to be working again now, thanks!

    @Jill, I think I am up and running now, fingers crossed anyway. Thank you!


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