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Author Spotlight: Dragon’s Posterity by Kandi J Wyatt

Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Kandi J Wyatt with her book, Dragon’s Posterity.

Kandi Avatar style smallKandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.”

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When Ruskya and his son Ardyn but heads regarding tradition, Kyn sets out to make peace. What he least expects is to start a new tradition! An illusive vision of a plain on the ocean sets a quest into motion to bring together the younglings from all the dragon colonies into a challenge that will help them gain their independence. Will pride be set aside and younglings find friendships or will enemies be made instead?

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Keep reading for an interview with Ardyn from Dragon’s Posterity:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I was born in the dragon colony of Three Spans Canyon. I was surrounded by family and dragons. What wasn’t to like? Oh, yeah, tradition. For the most part, I’m okay with the traditions around home. It just was when Da told me there was a specific way to braid leather and it couldn’t be changed that I had issues with tradition.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?

Grandma lived a dragon ride away. Any number of family members could retrieve her or I could go visit her by the time I was old enough to fly on my own. Uncle Glendyn doted on me. He lived just a short walk away down one of the other side canyons. Uncle Kyn lived with us until just before my eighth winter. I have two sisters and a younger brother. It seemed like Ma was pregnant every other winter until my sixth winter. I’m sad that none of my siblings have become dragon riders yet. I still hold out hope that one day a dragon will find them.

Ma and Da are the best. Ma’s a healer of dragons. She can communicate with them and help heal their inner wounds. That’s actually how she became a rider. Da, how can I explain him? I guess, the best way is to say that he’s a powerful rider despite his size. His power comes from inside him.

Aunt Duskya is Da’s sister. The two are twins who have a very unique bond. Even though they live two and a half to three and a half days away from each other via dragon flight, their bond has remained strong through the winters. As soon as they are within a half a day’s dragon ride from each other, they can sense each other and communicate together. Aunt Duskya is married to the leader of the dragon colony in Boeskay. She and Uncle Cerulean have two kids, Carryn and Darryn. Carryn is three winters younger than me, but we’ve always been close. Her brother is two winters younger yet.

What is the happiest memory from your childhood?

That would have to be the times spent with my cousins. I had seen eight winters when a friend of the family, Braidyn, came bearing news that Carryn’s hatchling had been eggnapped. He convinced Ma and Da that I could come with them to visit Uncle Cerulean and Aunt Duskya. I was able to spend just over a moon with them. We rode Nube, my dragon, every day.

About a moon cycle later, Uncle Kyn talked Ma and Da into letting me go with them to Braidyn’s wedding. I was able to see the El’shad’n firsthand. Their parties are amazing! They know how to roast a lamb to perfection. Then they have sweets and music, dancing, and fire dancers. I’m not a storyteller. You’ll have to hear Kyn tell about the El’shad’n or even Braidyn. Then you’ll be there and understand it.

Tell us a little about your world.

My world is a world where dragons live in peace with riders. We have lands of canyons, an inland sea that takes a half a day to cross on dragonback, sandhills as far as the eye can see, mountains, ocean, a valley filled with water, farm lands, mountain crags full of ebony, and a deep, dark forest. It’s a world waiting to be explored. People inhabit most of it, except the forest outside Boeskay. I live in the northern canyon country.

What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?

I want most of all to live up to the expectations of others around me. Braidyn once told me that I would become a great leader and honor my family and canyon. I want to become a respected man. A man who lives with integrity, shows mercy, brings peace, and holds no bitterness.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?

Uncle Kyn by far is the greatest influence in my life. He isn’t really my uncle, but he was there for my birth and ever since at any time in my life that I needed him, he’s been there. He’s the one who filled my insatiable questions as a youngling of nine winters when I tried to understand the El’shad’n world Braidyn married into. It was Uncle Kyn who told me stories by the fire as I grew up and inspired me to be the best dragon rider I could be. And it was Uncle Kyn who helped bring peace between my da and I when I needed to stretch my wings and become my own person. When Da and I would argue over my artwork with the leather, Uncle Kyn would listen and help make peace.

Do you have any hobbies? What are they?

I love braiding leather, but not any ordinary leatherwork. I make art. I dye the strips to make them just the right colors to accent the dragon who will use the harness. Then I create special designs that are woven into functional art.

What do you own that would be hardest to part with? Why?

Nube. There is absolutely no way I could part with my dragon. She’s been a part of my life since we both had seen less than one moon. She’s protected me and I her. We are one. If one of us died, the other would have a very hard time living.

What was the most exciting adventure you’ve ever been on?

I’d have to say my most exciting adventure was when Uncle Kyn took me to tell everyone about the first youngling challenge. I was able to see all the different dragon rider colonies, and then help him set up the camp for the riders to come. Then I competed in the first challenge. That taught me so much about myself. I know the other younglings on my team felt the same way.

Author Spotlight: Lovelock Ones: Native One by Tricia Copeland

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Tricia Copeland with her YA novella, Lovelock Ones: Native One. This novella is part of The Butterfly Box anthology benefiting Doctors Without Borders.

trishpicTricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family. Her books include the new adult Being Me series, Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, Thinking You Know Me, and the final installment, Being Me, as well as a YA paranormal novella, Drops of Sunshine. If she’s not on a trail, you can find Tricia at www.triciacopeland.com or on your favorite social media.

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The Butterfly Box LOVELOCK ONES: Native One– a Lovelock series novella

Despite unparalleled global warming and mandatory genetic typing, Jema and Troy’s high school experience in Port Orford, Oregon seems decent enough. But as a second worldwide flu epidemic threatens, their parents send them to a remote Nevada community. At Lovelock, an ancient cave transformed into a base camp, they realize Jema’s sister has contracted the virus. Jema and Troy must decide whether to risk exposing the group to save Nave. Will they jeopardize many for one?

 

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LOVELOCK ONES: Bred One (Coming January 2018)

Troy doesn’t especially care for Commander Butler or Lovelock but being assigned to the supply team with Jema made it tolerable. When Jema is kidnapped during a routine pick up, she learns just how high the stakes are for Troy and herself. An elaborate plan for disseminating a cure for the deadly AALC puts them in harm’s way again. Allegiances aren’t what they appear and Jema and Troy must choose who to trust.

Keep reading for an interview with Jema from Lovelock Ones: Native One:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I was born in Port Orford, Oregon in the year 2060. My family and I have lived in Port Orford all my live. We live on a Naval Base because my dad is a lieutenant on a cruiser. Even with the world’s population decimated by an AAL virus, we face worldwide food scarcity due to global warming. Our family is fortunate to be supported by the military.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?

Our house is quite small with only two bedrooms so my sister, Nave, and I share a room. She can be annoying sometimes and teases me about wearing makeup. I’m nearly sixteen and she’s seven. We share a bed too so it’s hard to get much privacy. We are close with our mother because Dad has to be gone for long periods of time.

the-butterfly-boxnative-oneWhat is the happiest memory from your childhood?

My favorite vacation was when we rented a beach house with my Uncle Owen for a week. We fished and found starfish in the tidal pools. It was amazing!

Who was your best friend growing up?

My best friend growing up was Ava. We’d known each other since grade school. She’s a cheerleader and really social unlike me. I prefer to keep a low profile.

Who do you become closest with in the story?

Even though we seem like complete opposites, Troy and I develop an interesting relationship.

Who do you most admire in your world? Why?

I admire my dad. He risked everything to make sure his family was safe.

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?

It is 2076 and I am nearly sixteen. Two weeks before my sophomore year of high school me, my sister, and mom, have to leave our home to go to secluded camp in Nevada to try and escape a flu outbreak. My dad was supposed to drive us to the camp but had to cover our tracks and return back to base. Troy, a guy from my high school, and I must drive the group of twenty three women and children from California to Nevada.

What is your greatest fear? How will you overcome it?

My greatest fear is losing my family and ending up alone. Since my dad trained me to survive in harsh conditions, I will use all my resources to keep myself, sister, and mom safe.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?

My dad and Uncle Owen have had the greatest influence on me. They trained me to be self sufficient and I am grateful for that.

Do you have any hobbies? What are they?

I am a dancer and practice ballet for six to eight hours a day over summer break. I love being on stage dancing. Even though you are in front of a huge audience the lights and music make you feel like you’re in a different world with the other dancers.

Have you ever been in love?

Most of the boys at my school act really stupid. The military guys are so into being in shape and all muscled up and showing off for girls. The townies, or kids from town, get all these weird alterations. I don’t get them either. I think maybe I’m an old person stuck in a young person’s body, like an old soul maybe. So no, I’ve never been in love.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is my mom’s homemade noodles. She makes them in an Asian flavored chicken broth with greens like spinach. It is wonderful on a rainy day.

What do you own that was hardest to part with?

I didn’t even have time to think about what I left behind at home when we fled. Probably a picture of my family at the beach house.

What was the most exciting adventure you’ve ever been on?

Before going to the camp in Nevada it was camping for a week in Montana with my dad and uncle. We took horses and lived off the land. I was twelve and thought it was the best trip ever.

If you had one day left to live, what would you do with your last day?

I would make a big dinner with my family and all my friends and sit and watch the sun and talk with them till the sun set.

Author Spotlight: Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Lincoln Cole returning with the first book in his World on Fire series, Raven’s Peak. I did a spotlight recently for the release of the second book in the series, Raven’s Fall, so check that out as well.

main-author-photoLincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

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ravens-peak-kindle-cover-copy-2A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive. Abigail rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, but also to trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is something hard to have for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger. Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

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Keep reading for an interview with Abigail Dressler from Raven’s Peak:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I don’t remember where I was born. I don’t remember anything before I was kidnapped, and I consider my childhood to have started when Arthur rescued me. He saved me and raised me as his own child, which meant we were constantly moving and spent time in just about every different part of the world.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?

Arthur is my family, even though he wasn’t my real father. I consider myself close to him, but I never knew anyone from my biological family.

What is the happiest memory from your childhood?

Riding a train across country with Arthur is probably one of my fondest memories. We managed to go clear from the East Coast to the West using trains the entire way and I loved every minute of it.

Who was your best friend growing up?

I didn’t really have a lot of friends. We never settled down in one place long enough. I did meet a few kids at school who were nice, but none of them really sticks out as a best friend.

Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?

The Ninth Circle. They did horrible things to me when I was a child, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever fully recover from it. Arthur has always told me I need to forgive them and move on, but how can I?

Who do you most admire in your world? Why?

Arthur. He’s always been selfless and a protector, taking care of everyone no matter what.

What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?

I want to repay Arthur for his kindness in raising me and taking care of me. I never really understood just how much he did when he didn’t have to, and I would like to find some way to repay him for that.

What is your greatest fear?

I’m afraid of letting people get close, because eventually they all leave or die. It’s nothing personal, just a fact of life.

Have you ever been in love? 

Nope. Don’t have time. That isn’t to say I’m celibate, just not interested in anything longer than a couple of nights.

What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?

Something easy to move around in. You never know when you’re going to end up in a fight.

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