Monday, February 11, 2013

New Book, Kissing, & Dragons!

Happy Monday, reader- and writer-friends!

I'm fresh off a weekend, mini-writing retreat with great writer-friends Susan Quinn (link) and Magan Vernon (link). I'm sure there's a post coming from that.

In the meantime, the Romance is in the Air giveaway hop, sponsored by Inspired Kathy (link) continues!

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You can WIN a shiny, copy of my new book The Truth About Letting Go (link), which releases Feb. 21! Enter to WIN and see all the participants (who are also having giveaways) here~ (link)

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Reminder: On Thursday, Valentine's Day, we'll all be posting kissing scenes for IndieKissing! More info here (link)!

Now, what's all this about Dragons? Well, let me tell you...

Today I'm also celebrating the release of Heather McCorkle's fantasy novel, The Dragon Empire! On today's stop, Heather is answering the following question:

The world you created in The Dragon Empire is very elaborate. How did you keep track of everything?

Heather: I created a notebook and put everything about the world in it. I wrote up pages on each type of dragon, each island, each character, the different creatures and cultures, and even drew maps of the world. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!

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. 
So exciting!

Have a super, loving week, reader- and writer-friends! I'll be back Thursday~ <3


S.A. Larsenッ said...

I heard about your writing weekend, and I am so jealous! That must have been so awesome. Gosh, I'd love to do that.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm with Sheri. Your weekend sounds awesome.

And a big congrats to Heather!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome weekend! Good luck with everything. Cool cover art too!

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww! Happy blog-hopping lovely LTM and yay for your mini writerly retreat! Sounds fab!!

All the best to Heather and her emerald dragons!!! yay! take care

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like a grand weekend indeed and dragons are always great.

Matthew MacNish said...

You went on a writing retreat? Lucky you!

Anonymous said...

Love these updates. Glad you had fun on your writer retreat--would love to do one of those someday, LOL!

Congrats to Heather!

Barbara Watson said...

I have yet to take a writing retreat with writing's on my to-do list. =)

I can imagine creating 'the world' notebook was a fun thing! I adore books that include even a little map at the beginning because it helps readers see that world more clearly.

Carolyn Abiad said...

A writing retreat sounds like heaven. Lucky you! <3

Kelly Polark said...

How fun (and productive) to have a writing weekend! My best friend and I have had a couple in the last five years, but I need another!!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, LB,

SO great you an Sue got together for a "power writing" retreat. I wish I was there! Sue is so sweet and talented.

Congrats to Heather and her new book!

Wednesday is coming fast... are you ready to see your name on the list at ABNA?! Should be very exciting. LOTS of nail biting tomorrow.... LOL.

Tracy Jo said...

Your writing weekend sounded like it was awesome! Can't wait to hear more about it. Have a LOVELY week! xoxo


Janet Johnson said...

Can't wait to hear about your retreat. What an awesome idea! I am on the verge of starting to draft the next book, and could use something like that.

And Heather's Book sounds awesome. Best of luck to her!

Heather said...

I'm uber jealous of your writing retreat. That's sound fabulous about now! And thanks for having me over. Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments too!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Hey! What happens on retreat, stays on retreat! Except for that clarinet music thing. That's gotta come out somehow...

LTM said...

@Laura--Thanks, girl! Hope I'm not wearing everybody out. :P I tell you, that retreat was a SUPER idea. We got a lot done--highly recommend! <3

@Carolyn--And it was really very low-key. We stayed at a Hilton, no frills, just a suite room--we all split the cost, and WROTE~ <3

@Heather--BIG congrats to you! Good luck with the Dragons~ :o) <3