New Year, New Book, New Blog!

Happy New Year, friends and fans and readers of Ye Olde Dragon Books.

I’m delighted to announce the release of a new book today — in paper, ebook, and audio. The 11th Neighborlee adventure.

Only TWO more Neighborlee books to be published, and … that’s all, folks!

Just when the guardians of Neighborlee believe they can relax and enjoy the results of their labors, a new enemy makes a strike, aiming at some newcomers who have come to town seeking shelter. Is this another, roundabout attempt to break down the defensive shield around the town, or a more sinister plot?

Are the attacks aimed ultimately at Angela?

Clues indicate this isn’t a new enemy at all, but an old enemy making another attempt to get a foothold in Neighborlee and perhaps steal not just magic, but break open the gates that Divine’s Emporium and Angela keep securely closed.

What type of magic is this that seems to be active only at night, and disintegrates with the coming of dawn?

We are launching a new BLOG today for our friends at Ye Olde Dragon Books. www.TwoOldeDragons.blogspot.com will give you a chance to ask questions of the characters in our stories, and have our characters respond. We’ll also have previews of cover art, snippets from upcoming stories, behind-the-scenes information, and other fun opportunities as we think of them. So hop on over and subscribe, so you keep updated, and think of questions you’ve wanted to ask about the books you’ve read so far, or books you’re thinking about reading!

For those who are tight on money, or want to try out a book before adding it to your personal library … you can request our books be obtained and available at your local library. Plus, every once in a while we’ll make books available through a Goodreads giveaway. Or to celebrate the release of a new book in a series, we might be offering a free download of an ebook at the start of the series. So stay tuned and keep reading.

And ask those questions, okay?

Ready to Hunt Some Vampires?

Hey, did you notice that Deborah Cullins Smith, the other half of the dragon team, has a NEW BOOK out?

If you read our wolfman-themed anthology, MOONLIGHT AND CLAWS, then you’ve already met her heroine, Mina Harker, widow of Jonathan Harker and member of the team that took down Dracula!

Check out her book on Amazon in paper and ebook. (That means click on the link to be taken to the page where you can buy this wonderful new, dark adventure!)

Mina Harker allowed Dracula to change her, believing that he held answers to life’s questions. But God brought her back from the edge of the abyss through the love of her husband and her friends. Now she’s not quite a vampire, but she’s definitely something more than a human, and she must face what she has allowed herself to become and what it will mean for her life from now on. Can God truly still have a plan for her, in spite of her many mistakes?

When she discovers that there are still vampires in London, Mina launches into a training program to face this evil head-on and vanquish it, even if it means facing her worst nightmares over and over again. But can she succeed at fighting evil AND keep her marriage to Jonathan intact at the same time? Especially when a very powerful vampire comes to town and targets the people around Mina–including Jonathan.

Join Mina Harker for the first book in a brand new series of faith-based adventures!

Black Friday to Cyber Monday: SALE!!

Buy TWO or MORE books — either print or ebook — and you’ll get a code for an audiobook.

Two or more Neighborlee books: Your choice of Confessions of a Lost Kid, Living Proof (that no good deed goes unpunished), or Allergic to Mistletoe.

Two or more Defender books: Your choice of Friendly Fire or the NEW (releasing December 1) middle-grade tie-in to the series, Cadets.

Two or more of any fantasy books (our anthologies, or The Kindness Curse): The audiobook of The Kindness Curse.

Two or more inspirational books (the Sarai books, Tabor Heights, Quarry Hall, For Sale, or A Match (Not) Made in Heaven): The audiobook of A Match (Not) Made in Heaven.

A writing book (Do Yourself a Favor or To Eternity (and beyond)) matched with any other book: Your choice of any audiobook.

If you already have one of these audiobooks (thanks!), let me know when I contact you after your purchase, and we’ll pick ANOTHER audiobook for your listening pleasure.

Ready to Order Your Christmas Book Box?

Check out the storefront, where you can order your Christmas gift box. You’ll get:

  • A print copy of ALLERGIC TO MISTLETOE, Neighborlee Book 10
  • Candy canes
  • A Wishing Ball ornament, like you’d get if you attended the decorating party at Divine’s Emporium
  • Hot chocolate
  • Gift bag
  • Other goodies (still shopping and having fun!)
  • Postage included

Christmas in Neighborlee means magic. This year more than ever. The Fae have come to visit. And hide. And seek true love.

Lori is allergic to mistletoe, thanks to a traumatic encounter with Dickens. She comes to Neighborlee to hide from matchmaking relatives.

Bethany just wants a quiet Christmas with her dad, but her rising stardom is getting in the way. Her double magical heritage just complicates things.

Harry might be able to help her, thanks to a malfunctioning invisibility spell.

Wilfred and Philomena are best friends, have been for centuries, and want to be much more. Do they have the courage to admit it to each other?

Then there’s Maurice. The terms of his exile interfere with his courtship of Holly, the librarian who can only see him in her dreams.

They all need a Christmas miracle.

Do you VELLA?

STOCKS.
JANE STOCKS.
The (slightly) redacted files.

I have a story in Vella, introducing a new character.
Jane is an agent-in-training who thinks she messes up big-time during her graduation assignment.
Then she KNOWS she messed up, when she gets an assignment that is just on the edge of humiliating. She’s waiting for the day the Agency wipes her memories and sets her down in a new, boring life.
Until Dr. Noway, a minion of the evil mastermind B.L. Zebob, shows up at the school where she’s pretending to be a librarian.
I plan to write a large handful of the slightly redacted, slightly embarrassing, majorly snarky adventures of Jane Stocks — license to spill.
(And yes, if you notice a resemblance to a certain well-known British intelligence officer … it’s on purpose. With the titles, anyway.)

Check out my page on Amazon/Kindle Vella, read the first three episodes for free, and plan on getting hooked!

Christmas Book Box, Anyone?

Hey, gang — I’m thrilled to announce that everything is on track to have an AUDIOBOOK ready in time for the release of ALLERGIC TO MISTLETOE, the next Neighborlee, Ohio novel.

What could be better?

How about a Christmas-themed BOX to go with the book release?

I’m working on those details right now, but at the top of the list for this must-have, fun item for you and your favorite fantasy reader is a WISHING BALL ORNAMENT, like they give out at the annual decorating party at Divine’s Emporium.

There will be other goodies in the box, including a PRINT copy of ALLERGIC TO MISTLETOE, and ebook downloads, and of course, Christmas candy.

I’d really appreciate people speaking up now to let me know just how much of a demand there will be for the box, which will be mailed December 1, in time for Christmas gift giving. I’m looking at a price of $35, which includes shipping costs in the continental United States — and if you order more than one package at a time, a $3 discount on each package.

I’m kind of getting excited, the more I work on this special gift package for Neighborlee readers and friends.

So speak up and semi-reserve your box!

Got your WOLFMAN on?

The Wolfman.

Where does the Hollywood version end and folklore begin? What is the truth about the wolfman, the werewolf, the were, the lycan, the skinwalker and shapeshifter?

You know what? It doesn’t matter!

Because between the pages of this new book, we invite you to explore and enjoy and shiver and cry and laugh and cheer and sigh and even fall in love with the amazing imaginations of seventeen authors, who explore their own particular twists and turns and reflections on just what it means — or could mean — to be the Wolf.

Just which version do you believe in? Lost soul — cursed victim — avenger — motherless child — star-crossed lover — lonely heart — healer — music lover — loyal friend — hero?

Which version of the Wolfman most resonates with you?

Open the book, explore, and find out.

He could be someone you know. He could be the “boy next door.” He could be you …

COMING OCTOBER 15 from Ye Olde Dragon Books.

Working on that Filk?

(referring back to the previous blog post — contest to win ebooks or the newest Defender adventure or audiobooks (which are currently in process))

To help you write that filk, with the required title of, “All The Boys I’ve Loathed Before,” below is a sample of the current rough draft of the Defender novel with the same title, to be released (hopefully!) December 1:

M’kar was only eight years old, but she had learned to be definite and certain about many things in her short life. She loathed the brutal storms of late summer, when not even land-cart travel was safe. She loathed nearly all of her cousins. She loathed being the only daughter of the bloodline. And she especially loathed Ke’jor and Ke’niq, sons of the Rissor clan, who had gotten themselves stranded — so they claimed — on her clan’s lands just hours before the latest series of storms stomped across the landscape. Well, maybe she didn’t loathe Ke’niq, but he was a boy, and she rarely had a chance to talk privately with him. She enjoyed meeting and playing with him because he despised her cousins and doing so infuriated his cousin. Ke’jor was constantly demanding her attention and shoving his younger cousin aside. M’kar loathed Ke’jor more than anything or anyone in her short life, because he told her at least ten times every day that she was going to marry him when they were grown up. He laughed every time she said no. He laughed more when her father took her knife away before she could give Ke’jor a dishonorable scar. She loathed him. Simply and fiercely.

Correction. She loathed him equally with the source of the shrieking and wailing and banging that would begin soon on the gates of the main doors of the clan house. Even sitting in the high tower in the southern wing of the clan house, she could hear the growing shrieking and the wailing of doog horns approaching the gates on the northern side of the sprawling house. Fifteen stories high, and ten levels below ground, with nearly one thousand rooms. Doog horns were clear enough indication of who was stupid and stubborn enough to approach the gates while the storm still prevented land-cart travel, forget about air-car travel. Air-cars were grounded until winter had passed. Yet another self-appointed prophet or holy man had decided to earn the favor and protection of the ancestors before the winter storms settled in, and came to demand yet again that the half-blood girl be handed over to him, for the good of the planet. M’kar made a bet with herself on exactly when she would hear the thuds of fists and scrolls, and the clatter of prophecy sticks against the outer gates. She sighed and headed for her parents’ suite of rooms in the western wing, but she didn’t hurry. They weren’t home. The coming visitor probably knew that. She made another bet with herself on which of her many uncles and great-uncles and cousins had let the crazy, filthy old man know her parents were gone, and which ones would be lying in wait, hoping to catch her. “Hoping” being the operative word. She had the scars and resulting honor tattoos to prove that she wasn’t easy prey, not for kidnappers or assassins.

Contest: Can you FILK?

All right — first question: Do you know what FILKING is?

Basically, it’s a fandom thing. People take a well-known tune and then put new words to it, about their favorite fandom, either a movie series, TV show, or book series.

I need YOU to put on your creative cap and do some filking for me.

AFV Defender Book 3, ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOATHED BEFORE, is coming out in December (at least, that’s the plan, I keep getting sidetracked from revisions and editing …)

We kind of go backward in time and show you a few important episodes from M’kar’s childhood and years at the Academy on Le’anka.

If you’ve read HERE THERE WERE DRAGONS, there’s an episode that sort of gets glossed over, during which M’kar has an odd adventure on Nisandros, her homeworld, which she doesn’t want to talk about. She promises to report to her captain later on the details, and refers to it as the “All The Boys I’ve Loathed Before incident.”

10/03/21 UPDATE: Loathe will come out in mid-2022, rather than December. In its place will be the 1st book in the Young Defenders series, a Middle Grade tie-in series to the AFV Defender books — about the children growing up on the Defender.

Well, NOW’s the time.

So what does this have to do with FILKING?

Write me the lyrics for this adventure — M’kar dealing with some really arrogant, misguided, unreliable, disappointing, power-hungry, socially climbing jerks, who have tried to take advantage of either her telepathic Talent or her Nisandrian blood, her royal status, her diplomatic connections, for their own profit. 

What’s your PRIZE?

Your choice of either all three books in ebook or audio (when I get them recorded, of course — which I hope to have done in time for the release of ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOATHED BEFORE), or the new, third book in paper.

Check back herefor snippets of M’kar’s story as I get them refined and polished, for help in writing the song — and for  the rules and deadline. RULE #1: Write it to the tune of “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before.”

Ready?

Set.

Let the silliness begin!

Book Fair at Realm Makers Conference

Are you going to be in St. Louis this Saturday, July 17?

If so, the Olde Dragons would love it if we could meet up, face-to-face, with you.

We’re going to be at the annual Realm Makers Conference, and our BOOK FAIR is Saturday eveningOPEN TO THE PUBLIC, from 7:30 to 10pm in the Versailles Ballroom/foyer, at Sheraton Westport Chalet, 191 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146.

So … can you come? Would love to see you!