Thursday, October 5, 2017

Guest Post with Nicole Conway


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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Series: Dragonrider Legacy 1
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (September 26, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1946700460
ISBN-13: 978-1946700469

Praise for SAVAGE

The narrator's journey of self-discovery feels honest and compelling even in his moments of immaturity and recklessness, and relationships among the characters feel complex and real. A fantasy novel that will have readers wanting more by the time it ends, this is a worthy series opener." —Kirkus Reviews




TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT SAVAGE

1. You do NOT have to read the first series (The Dragonrider Chronicles) in order to “get” SAVAGE.

I took a lot of time and care structuring this story so that new readers would not be alienated from this series just because they hadn’t read the first. If anything, the Chronicles sort of serves as a prologue to this book and series as a whole. There’s a complete shift of focus with SAVAGE, new characters, and a world that feels new because of the changes made in the 40 years that have passed between the two series.

2. SAVAGE is clean.

I took careful note that there were a lot of readers who appreciated the “cleanliness” of the first series in regards to excessive adult content. So while there are more love stories, war scenes, and even some grim moments in this book, I’ve made an effort to uphold the standard of the first series so as not to alienate any of my existing fans.

3. SAVAGE is one of three.

The next two books, HARBINGER and LEGEND, are already in the works.

4. SAVAGE (and the rest of the series) is coming to Audible!

I’m actually super excited about it, too. I love Audible!! With a 2-year-old not allowing me much spare time to read, Audible has kept me sane. And honestly, getting to talk to the narrator and hear them test out the characters’ voices is the coolest thing EVER!!

5. This series has my two favorite characters of all time in it.

My characters are like my kids, and sometimes they drive me nuts. But there are a few in this book (and series) that I have crazy fun writing with. Princess Jenna is like my spirit animal. I love her ferocity and subtle insecurities. And, of course, Reigh is a blast. He’s kind of the Jim Halpert of the series – the one most likely to break 4th wall, look into the camera, and mouth “help me” when something goes wrong.

6. There will be cameos. So. Many. Cameos.

Right, so you don’t have to read the first series to get this one, but if you do you’ll see lots of familiar faces. I can’t even go into it without there being spoilers, though!

7. More gods, more dragons, and more battles!

We’re digging much, much deeper into the world and theologies of Maldobar this time! That means more gods, more cool magical powers, and more epic battles! Of course, there will be dragons, too.

8. I’m obsessed with the cover.

It was love at first sight! I can’t stop taking pictures of it. Sorry (but not sorry) to all my Instagram followers! I’m like that new mom blowing up everyone’s feed with pictures of her baby.

9. Prince Aubren is hot.

I tried so hard not to put this. Really, I did. And failed, obviously. But every time he steps into a scene I have an internal fangirl moment. Commander Cullen from Dragon Age was a big inspiration behind him. I loved that element of unassuming bashfulness (and the fact that he has no idea he’s gorgeous). Hopefully readers will like Aubren as much as I do!

10. This series in my favorite. 

It’s going to be SO hard to finally say goodbye to this world and its characters when the series ends. Writing about it feels like coming home. I just hope that readers will get that same feeling while reading it, too.

TEN QUOTES FROM SAVAGE

“Well if you die, someone should at least be able to explain what happened.” Enyo

“Just when I thought I’d seen everything this jungle could possibly surprise me with, a human teenager pops out of the trees and saves my life by fighting like a gray elf.” Prince Aubren Farrow

Kiran was still gaping at me in disbelief, like he couldn’t decide if he should smack me over the head or throttle me. Reigh

“And if something goes wrong?” I asked.
“Then we fight.” King Jace shrugged like that should have been obvious.
“And if something goes really wrong?”
He smirked. “Then we run away bravely.” Jace and Reigh

“Jaevid tried keeping his abilities from everyone, even from the people who loved him—the people he should have been able to trust. I think that caused him a great deal more suffering. It seemed to haunt him.” His eyes flickered away, back in the direction of the tree. “He didn’t have a choice about what he went through, but he did have a choice about whether to go through it alone. He chose to be alone for most of it. And I doubt he would recommend that path to anyone else.” Jace

“Love is a complicated and powerful force,” Aubren said. “It can either sustain or destroy you. Sometimes both … even at the same time.” Prince Aubren Farrow

I paused, turning in a slow circle to look all around as we walked through a city square. There was a large fountain in the center with a familiar figure sculpted into it. I knew his face now—and not just because it had the same scar over one of his eyes. I’d seen him plenty of times in Mau Kakuri in paintings, engravings, and tapestries. It was the lapiloque, Jaevid Broadfeather. In this sculpture, he was standing tall wearing a suit of armor, holding a scimitar regally against his chest and looking up toward the sky. Reigh

“I was the first woman to ever join the dragonrider ranks officially. I went through the same training as any other rider. There are many people in Maldobar who don’t agree with that. I know in your kingdom, women may fight and become warriors if they choose, but that isn’t the case here. My people despise it, and hate me for it, as well.” Her gaze flicked to Aubren while she explained. “Even more so because of my social standing. They think a princess should wear beautiful gowns, sit still, behave, and always look pretty.” 

“O-oh.” 

Jenna giggled and winked one of her dark blue eyes at me. “But between us, sitting still is overrated and I’d rather wear pants any day.” 
Princess Jenna and Reigh

As I lay there, on my back again, staring up at the sky and trying to figure out why I wasn’t dead, I felt something warm and slimy swipe the side of my face. Dragon spit. She’d licked me. Reigh

Somewhere in the back of my mind, my common sense reminded me that this was an extremely stupid thing to do and I was probably going to die in the next two minutes. Good thing I’ve never been all that smart. Reigh



Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.


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