Tuesday, June 20, 2006

THE DRAGONKEEPER CHRONICLES: Second Stop of the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour

An author named Donita Paul,
writes young adults book you may call
the Quest and the Spell
of the Dragons. Pray tell,
Have you read one or two or, hey, all?

Limericks are a sorta in-joke among some of us blog tourmates. Blame it on Lee. And feel free to mock my effort, a mere ice-breaker.

Why am I breaking ice? (No, it's not for my glass of Coke Zero. Too late, or early, for that.) Here's why:

It's time for round two of the CHRISTIAN FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION BLOG TOUR. (We'll come up with some catchy name eventually. Maybe.)

Our blog tour focus for the next three days will be DONITA K. PAUL and her DRAGONKEEPER CHRONICLES. (I will refer henceforth to the series as DC, ok?) The preceding link will take you to the official site, where you can subscribe to the newsletter, enter a monthly prize drawing, post in the fan forum, browse recipes, and LOTS more. Plus, all you literarily creative folks can check out the info on the June 26 chat, where Mrs. Paul will offer insights on writing fiction. Becky Miller has announced a chat tonight, so head over to her blog (see links way below) and get details.

So, why are we focusing on Mrs. Paul, you ask?

Well, first, because the third book in the series releases today: DRAGONKNIGHT.

That's a good reason, eh?

Second, because young folks have responded very well to the books, and that's always a cause for celebration. And some not-so-young folks have very nice things to say about them as well. That's also a good thing.

The three books out so far in the DC series are as follows (blurbs from official site):

1. DragonSpell

One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.
Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins...
A small band of Paladin's servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect...

Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

2. DragonQuest

A New Quest Begins.
A dragonkeeper of Paladin, Kale is summoned from The Hall to The Bogs by the Wizard Fenworth to serve as his apprentice and tend his newly hatched meech dragon, Regidor. But Kale isn't going alone. The Hall is sending a student to monitor her performance and report back to the scholars. Worst of all, it's Bardon -- an older boy Kale finds irritating but who at least can hold his own in a sword fight.

New Friendships are Forged
Meanwhile, Wizard Risto has seized another meech dragon, bringing him dangerously close to gaining the power he seeks. So with only a motley band of companions, Kale sets out on a desperate quest to rescue the second meech, to free those dragons already enslaved, and to thwart Risto's devious plans. It's up to Kale to lead the search and to embrace the role that's rightfully hers. But will her efforts be enough to save the land of Amara from the dark future that awaits at Risto's hands?

3. DragonKnight

Before vowing his allegiance to Wulder as a knight, Bardon heads to the mountains for solitude. His life is suddenly complicated by a woman and her granddaughter, N’Rae, on a mission to rescue the woman’s son trapped in a chamber of sleep. Bardon learns that more of Paladin’s knights are imprisoned–and suspects one of them is Dragon Keeper Kale’s missing father.

The secret is in their hands–and hearts.

The band travels north, uncertain of their destination and encountering numerous perils. When they unlock the chamber, they discover a dozen knights–who cannot be awakened. The journal holding the secret to rousing them is in an unknown language. How can they find the help they need, and overcome even graver obstacles, to rescue the knights?

Novel Journey interviewed Mrs. Paul a couple of months ago. Check it out here.

Visit the following blogs for more on Donita and her books, including an interview and some reviews and, hey, maybe some free books:

Sally Apokedak
Valerie Comer
Johne Cook
Janey DeMeo
Mary E. DeMuth
Beth Goddard
Rebecca Grabill
Leathel Grody
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Marcia Laycock
Shannon McNear
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ MORE TO COME!~ ~ ~ ~ ~



Dwarf said...

I didn't even really know the Christian fantasy genre existed. Well except that Lewis and Tolkien were Christians.

Becky said...

Nice job, Mir. This is a wonderful summary to help acquaint people with Donita and her fantasy writing. Hope many more folks like dwarf discover The DCs.


sally apokedak said...

yipee! I love to see Christian fantasy getting some blog time!

Mirtika said...

Thanks for dropping by, Dwarf. I see you have some creative stuff going on at YOUR site. :)


Rebecca said...

As Dwarf is showing, this thing is working! I found Dwarf's blog fascinating as well.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors (and fans) are a special breed, aren't we?

Donita K. Paul said...

I am getting more excited about this as the day goes on. Wow! You bloggers are warm and wonderful and so welcoming. I pray that many visitors will see the value of the genre. Here is THE place to expose them to something that may be outside their regular reading diet.

Beth Goddard said...

Kewlness, Mir!! Getting some views from outside of our little circle;)

Shannon said...

LOVE the limerick!!

Sandy said...

I too didn't know there was such a variety of Christian Fantasy books out there. I am a true C.S. Lewis fan, an am most excited about discovering other Christian Fantasy books out there. I just started Dragonspell (my nephew suggested it), and love it! I did not realize it was a series. Great! Can't wait to continue! Thanks to Mrs. Paul!