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Welcome Fellow Book Dragons

“You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” – JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit

My name is Drakon T. Longwitten. This is my introduction to you, fellow Book Dragons. Like myself, you may also devour books. I will have a Gem each day, a different facet, a bit of a menu if you will, to help you plan your next literary feast, the next Gem in your Treasure Chest.

Because we Dragons lead such busy lives, damsels to capture, knights to roast, villages to terrify….I am going to give the days of the week monikers, then you can follow at your leisure, perhaps while picking a well roasted highwayman from your canines.

We will also have giveaways and contests on my Facebook page, Tales From The Book Dragon.

Mystery Monday: Dedicated to Mysteries, Thrillers, Suspense

Tea Time Tuesday: Dedicated to Cozies, Light Romance, Comfort

Whimsical Wednesday: Dedicated to Oddities, Journals, Art, Music

Time Travel Thursday: Dedicated to History, Classics, Memoir, and Classic Movies

Freakish Friday: Dedicated to the Macabre, Monsters, Magic

Saturdays Child: Dedicated to Faery Tales,Creatures, Pretend

Sacred Sunday: Dedicated to Our Creator, Faith, Hope, Charity

I hope this brief missive has peaked your interest. I hope you drop by at least once a week or more. The best Authors will be here. . .I will also be opening my Treasure Chest and giving away some of the contents at times.

You can drop me a line and let me know how you like the fare, suggest menus for my feasting or if you are an author (my favorite taste in people) please email me at talesfromthebookdragon@gmail.com

Or follow me on Facebook for author interviews, giveaways and more! https://www.facebook.com/Tales-From-The-Book-Dragon-453462915443808

See you soon..until then fly high and fan your flames!

The Auschwitz Photographer

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Good Evening, My Fellow Book Dragons. You will notice a change to my reviews as I have had Gem Makers telling me they are being told the reviews sound as though they are paid for. Those who follow me know I am honest and have posted my share of books I haven’t cared for. Please know this is the only reason I am adjusting my style.

Our Gem tonight is The Auschwitz Photographer by Luca Crippa and Maurizio Onnis.

This is the story of Wilhelm Brasse, professional photographer, Polish Deportee, and human.

I have read hundreds of books on the Holocaust…this is unusual in the relationship between Brasse and his boss, Walter. Their relationship is different in the sense that Officer Walter respects Brasse’s talent, so much so that he tries to get him to join the NAZI party and free himself from his fate. Brasse’s response will surprise you.

If you are a student of WWII or humanity in general, get this book yesterday! It is that well written and important.

Until next time I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a review copy from Sourcebooks. My opinions as ever are soley my own.

Leaving Phoenix

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Hello My Fellow Book Dragons. Long time no see. I have been writing and decided to take a break to explore several Gems dropped here at the Cave.

This latest is by Gem Maker and Dragon Feeder, Jafe Danbury..of The Other Cheek fame.

Jafe has hit it out of the park with this Thriller. What do a Firebird, a Phoenix and a cryptic letter from a mysterious stranger have in common? They come together to answer the question of an adoptee named Phoebe who is desperate for answers. This was one wild ride back into the past and hurtles you back to present day.

If you are looking for an edge of your seat ride in the passenger seat of one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time, Leaving Phoenix is it.

Don’t delay, hitch a ride with Phoebe today!

Available at fine book stores everywhere!

Nature of the Beast

Good Evening, my Fellow Book Dragons! This evening’s Gem is going to take us back to a place we love to visit. Land’s End. You remember Land’s End, the place that looks so peaceful and yet. all too often, holds great danger?

This Gem was sent to be in the oddest little case…it looks like alligator skin, deep green, bumpy, and very exquisitely made. Expensive. Might have cost someone an arm and a leg. Inside was a dried black rose bud. This is Gem Maker S.W Frontz’s “Nature of the Beast”.

“Nature of the Beast” is S.W.’s fifth book in the Land’s End Series. But this is not the same loving, devoted couple and their friends as before. Something sinister has moved into Land’s End and it has, sadly, ruined somethings.

Sam and Sheriff Andy have grown apart. Kellyn and Sarah are growing passed the pain of losing their husbands. Delaney isn’t growing at all. And just when it seems that Sam is determined to face her past, her Demons crop up in the most unusual places.

I can’t really give you more because I don’t do spoilers, but I can tell you, there is a ‘Gator involved, there is murder and there is, as is so often the case in the South much joy and laughter mixed in with the pain and sorrow.

If you loved the other Land’s End books, this is the one you have been waiting for. It kept me up far passed my bedtime to finish it. If you haven’t started on this series, you are missing out. Wherever you are in this story, please comment, as I’d love to know.

You can find it on Amazon..get it today! Extremely reasonably priced (free on Kindle Unlimited), here is your link! https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Nature+of+the+Beast+s.w.+frontz&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Until next time, I remain your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

I would like to thank the author for this review copy, my opinions are my own.

Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress

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Good Evening my Fellow Book Dragons. I have a lovely Gem this evening. Once again Dragon Feeders Patrice Wilton and Traci Hall are returning us to Salem, Massachusetts.

It’s Fourth of July weekend and once again, Charlene Morris’s Inn is full. Her guests are going to be treated to a lovely weekend..including a Revolutionary War play. She’s even going to video the play for dear Jack who cannot leave the Inn.

But this wouldn’t be a Salem B&B Mystery without a dead body. Hall and Wilton do not disappoint! The play is interrupted by a musket shot..or was it something else? The lead actress..a beautiful Bostonian is now deceased and once again Charlene and Jack are on the case. If you aren’t familiar with this cozy series, you are cheating yourself out of some of the best cozy writing in the genre.

I always learn something new about Salem. There is always a guest or two that make a great impression. I was pleased to see two of the nicest ladies I know are guests in this tale!

This is a series, but each book is stand alone. But read one and you will want to read them all! If you are looking for a sweet read for the beach, a new series for those rainy summer days or a reward at the end of a long day..get this series.. you won’t regret it!

Until next time, I remain, your humble Book Dragon..

Drakon T. Longwitten

Many thanks to Patrice and Traci for the review copy. My opinions are my own.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Hello My Fellow Book Dragons and to those of you whose hands rock the cradle – a most happy and blest Mother’s Day!

Our Gem this evening is majestic! Delivered to me by Royal Messenger it is a miniature of the crown jewels. Feel the history, the heartache, the love and intrigue. This is the story of two sisters, princesses, one destined to become not only a mother to her children, but a Mother to her Country. This is Elizabeth and Margaret by Gem Maker Andrew Morton.

I loved this book. At 556 years old, I have known many Kings and Queens, and other royalty, but I have always especially admired Queen Elizabeth II of England. A woman of backbone, grit, and determination she also holds empathy, kindness and a smile among her charms.

I have also admired the relationship she held with her little sister Margaret. Margaret, that quick witted, fascinating fashion plate and playgirl who had the freedom her big sister did not. This book lays out so nicely what made these women tick.

Andrew Morton does a wonderful job (as he always does) of making one feel as though one is there, a fly on the royal tapestry.

He doesn’t make it all sweetness and light and we see the foibles as well as the success.

If you love studying the royal family, British History or the modern era, this is the book for you. Perhaps a belated Mother’s Day for your own Queen Mum.

I will be posting reviews for several women’s literature books all this month and there will be a giveaway.

See you soon! Your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

My sincere thanks to Grand Central Publishing for this advanced review copy. As always, my opinions are my own. #grandcentralpublishing

Romance Week Blind Date With A Book Winner ðŸ†

The Winner of The Author Spotlight with Trish Butler’s Blind Date with a Book is Jane47taylor! Thank you to everyone who participated. CONGRATULATIONS! Jane you have 48 hours to contact me at talesfromthebookdragon@gmail.com and give me your mailing address.

Until next time, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

Trigger Warnings

Twigger Warnings on books and why I hate them: Please stop with the Trigger Warnings! Books are where we can vicariously experience things in a safe environment. Where we learn about the pain and progress of others. Where readers since the printing press have been exposed to new ideas, plights and pain they may never have understood before.
Now we have people who not only avoid in in books but who are offended by chalk drawings, must have diaper pins to denote safe spaces and college students who need rooms with teddy bears, and coloring books and crayons.
Can you imagine telling Dickens’to put a Trigger Warning on “Oliver Twist” or “A Christmas Carol”? Asking Margaret Mitchell to put a Trigger Warning on “Gone With the Wind”? Asking Grace Metalious to put a Trigger Warning on “Peyton Place”..imagine your favorite classic novel with a trigger warning..We need to grow men with chests, women with spines. Not facing our fears, constantly avoiding unpleasantness only allows us to become insensitive to others, thinking we are the only one going through an event. It leaves a person a victim. It leaves us with a world waiting to be offended. It leaves us with an unrealistic worldview. Where does it end? It ends with a Cancel Culture that rips publishing contracts from Authors because someone might be offended by what they write.
It leaves us with libraries that are cleaned out because the books have all been burned.

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

Romance Week! Night 4!

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Good Evening, my Fellow Book Dragons! I hope everyone is doing well. Tonight’s Gem is quite beautiful, a Golden Key, a bit scratched and dented in places, but warm and glowing to the touch. This is Gem Maker and Dragon Feeder Carolyn Brown’s “The Family Journal”.

Our beloved Gem Maker, Ms. Brown, sends us on another journey of hope, laughter and tears. I do so love her tales. They never disappoint! In this one, Lily Anderson is like so many mother’s these days. Divorced, depressed and distressed. Her Nest-Teens have been caught with drugs and alcohol, and she feels guilty for neglecting them because of her own divorce depression and working so much. Her solution, a little home comfort. Comfort, Texas, that is.

She returns with her children to her hometown to live in a house she owns there. It comes with bedrooms, a bathroom and – a renter. Mack Cooper. He teaches Vo Ag at the high school – for those of you who need an interpreter that Vocational Agriculture ;). Her children are not thrilled with this move. They are not thrilled with leaving Austin. They are not thrilled with leaving their friends. They are not thrilled with their Mother.

It’s a big change for Lily, too. She’s not lived in a small town since she was a girl. Change is good…but it takes getting used to. Mack is going to have to get used to sharing, too. No more quiet. No more bathroom without appliances, a coterie of bottles and four extra toothbrushes.

I loved this book. Ms. Brown takes us on this rollercoaster of emotion through laughter and tears, heartache and frustration. She never hurries her stories. The journey is the thing. Everyone discovers they aren’t who they thought they were and come out liking themselves better on the other side, I believe – but you can be the judge of that.

This lovely Gem is currently on Amazon for just $6.29 in a beautiful paperback. I do love her paperbacks. The covers are divine!

Remember! Check out my Valentine’s Day Author Spotlight and Giveaway – you need to read the Spotlight and Comment using the clue in the SPOTLIGHT to win! Two day left!

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a review copy. My opinions are my own.

Romance Week is Back On!

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Good Evening, My Fellow Book Dragons! I do hope everyone has survived this blizzard! My, not since the last time I stood on the Wall has it been so cold. I am glad you are patient. We are going to continue on with Romance Week. We have 4 more Gems to review! and the Valentine’s Day Blind Date with a Book is still on…please read the Valentine’s Day Author Spotlight for details!

This evening’s Gem looks like Rhinestone, but is really a diamond in the ruff. It is the story of a princess who is broken by her prince and must carry on her journey alone, until a tiny creature in a black sweater and a pearl necklace changes her life.

This is Gem Maker Stefanie Nici’s “The Smoke Tree”. Well written, it grabbed me from the start. This is the story of Tora, who loves her husband, tries very hard to fit in with his friends and make him a happy home. And then it all comes crashing down after his accident.

If you want a sweet romance with a few chuckles and a heroine who finds her spine, this is for you! I have a feeling we will definitely be hearing more from Ms. Nici!

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon

Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a review copy. My opinions are my own.

Romance Week! Tuesday!

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Hello, my Fellow Book Dragons! Tonight’s Gem is quite different, pick it up and it looks like an old fashioned pop bottle cap, but close your claws and let a bit of warmth come on it and open your palm and it transforms to a beautiful piece of crystal, as though the Fairy Godmother touched it with a wand and enchanted it. This is Gem Maker and Dragon Feeder T.M. Shivener’s “A Trailer Park Fairytale”.

This is a sort of Appalachian contemporary ‘Cinderella”. Jenevieve Morrison doesn’t come from wealth, her parents are not jet setters, upper nor middle class. Her mother is a bartender and her father is professionally unemployed. Her baby sister, Hadlee, aged 12, is in 7th Grade and loves her very much. They live with their father’s mother, Murel Morrison, in Murel’s trailer at Bobby’s Trailer Park. This is not a good life.

Jenna, as Jenevieve likes to be called, loves her Mamaw Murel. She loves living where there is cleanliness, electricity and running water because the bills stay paid. As a 17 year old, she also loves her friends. She want’s more than she has. She goes to school and signs up for extra classes because she doesn’t want the life she has now to be the life she has forever. Her father is extremely abusive to her mother, there are no new clothes or school supplies and the only way to get that life is to study – hard. But as so often happens life gets in the way.

I loved this book. I loved it because it’s real. I have known many Jennas and many Mamaws. The trailer park is real and the teens are real. I am glad that Miss Shivener saw fit to put everything in this book and not sugar coat it nor try to make it seem better than it is. She is honest and forthright with her characters without making them seem like victims who need constant sympathy, but who pull themselves up and charge at life and keep going.

If you want a romance that makes you root for a new Cinderella, this is it! I am adding in the Amazon link so you can grab this one for yourself! It’s for everyone 14 and up, so if you have a teenager on your list, definitely grab this one and share. It’s available now for the very reasonable softback price of only $13.99! https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Park-Fairytale-T-M-Shivener/dp/B08DSS7GLT

Also, if you have not yet entered Blind Date with a Book, make sure you check out the Author Spotlight and Giveaway from February 14th!

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a review copy for myself and my opinions are my own.

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