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Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. G.K. Chesterton

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

Throwback Thursday: Dedicated to History, Classics, Memoir

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!

April Giveaway! Q #3 4/6

Q #3. In murder mysteries, horror and the like someone is always getting him or herself killed…you are now an author, you have been contracted to write a murder mystery where you fictionalized your worst enemy and kill them off. How do you do it? You may be as creative as you like. Please limit yourself to two paragraphs. I did this once before and someone practically wrote a novel..There are no right or wrong answers. Good luck!

Mystery Monday

5 Flames

Welcome to Mystery Monday, my Fellow Book Dragons. I do apologize for the lateness of the hour, but I was devouring our Gem for this evening and after a rather excellent meal, fell asleep. I’m sure none of you have ever done that! This evening’s Gem was found in the burned rubble of a place called Rose Cottage, a rather pretty brooch from long ago with garnets and diamonds, not fancy, but quite classy. The garnets are blood red and the diamonds, though very small are of the most exquisite quality. It is worth much more than the bare eye would deem. This is Gem Maker Lynda La Plante’s “Buried”.

If, like me, you were wondering when Ms. La Plante would grace us with another tome, you will be delighted to know that this one meets the standard we have come to expect. This is her first new series in five years. And it certainly packs a punch.

It is the story of money, a lot of money, a lot of stolen money. A woman who has a prison record, several women who have records, actually. And how all this money ended up in a cottage burned to the ground with the corpse of a suspected pedophile, when the money was stolen before he was born.

Her DC in this one, Jack Warr, is handsome, sloppy and fully and happily in love with his fiancee Maggie. She loves him back equally. They put her career first and Jack ends up on the force in London. He’s not a city boy, he likes small town, villages. He is not ambitious.

Her side characters are ones you want to work with, go to lunch with, share a morbid joke over a body with, as everyone in such morbid work is wont to do from time to time to keep away the heebie jeebies. It’s the bodies response when neither fight nor flight are allowed. Sarcasm is God’s way of giving us a final tool in the sanity bag.

This is some of her finest work. I am glad this is a series because this means more to read of Jackie Boy. More is warranted. It also means we may very well see these on BBC or ITV or Netflix or Amazon. When it comes to Mystery TV the British do it best, then come the Australians and the New Zealanders. America rates about 6th on the list. And yes that is my opinion and I am not the end all be all on that either.

So, get this book, get it now. It goes on sale 4/7! That’s today. You’ll be glad you did! Remember to watch for the questions in the April Giveaway. Until tomorrow, I remain your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from #ZaffreBooks through a #BookishFirst contest. My review is my own opinion.

Sacred Sunday

5 Flames

Welcome to Sacred Sunday. I do hope you have had a good weekend. Tonight’s Gem is quite fascinating. It is a blue gem, most likely a sapphire, found outside a ruined church destroyed in an earthquake. It was found near the body of the bride and was most likely from her ‘something blue’. It hums with energy and an odd light, as though it captured some brilliance during the earthquake. If you put it up to your ear you can hear faint singing, as though from a choir. This is Gem Maker Suzanne Leonhard’s “The Goliath Code”.

It is the story of Seraphina and the small Washington town she lives in after a huge set of earthly disasters nearly wipe out everything. She has a secret that she has told no one for fear of appearing insane. She saw her mother leave during the earthquake’s devastation at the church during her cousin’s wedding. Not die mind you, but leave. Her mother was hiding she and her brother in the floor under the Baptismal Font and as she was closing the trapdoor, Seraphina saw her mother enveloped in a large bubble of pure, white light and she was gone.

Seraphina cannot just fall apart, the teenager is responsible for her brother David, she needs to find her father who works in Seattle. Her grandfather is the Sheriff and he’s caring for her. Everyone in town is effected in some way. This is no time to fall apart and act like a nutter. She understands this and holds what she knows a secret, pulls on her big girl pantaloons and gets to work, her grief will wait.

This is an excellent post apocalyptic story. Too often these stories are hopeless, angry and ho-hum, not this one. This is spoken of in the voice of a 16 year old girl and it is very well done. I like Seraphina. As a matter of fact I liked many of the characters in this novel. The ones I didn’t like, were clearly unlikeable. Ms. Leonhard does a very good job of world building, character creation and since her premise has a Biblical basis, she does a good job there, as well. She doesn’t read a lot into it, is not tenacious in her theology (one can not be in post-apocalyptica) and she has her characters playing real roles. No one is overly rich, overly confident and most of all no one in this book is a saint but there are good hearted people.

I was curious as to how this particular situation would be handled as I have read at least 9 different books and/or series on the Second Coming. This is extremely well done, and the situations are not far fetched. If you like this genre or are just getting in to it, I would highly suggest “The Goliath Code” and the second book in the series is now out “Prophet”. https://www.amazon.com/Goliath-Code-Post-Apocalyptic-Thriller-ebook/dp/B076VWFJ64 Both books are currently free on Kindle Unlimited.

Please do not forget to check out the April Giveaway! Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

I received this book at my request to review from author Suzanne Leonhard. My opinions are my own.

Freakish Friday

5 Flames

Welcome to Freakish Friday, my Fellow Book Dragons..this has been a very Freakish Week indeed! I do hope you are getting on well! Remember we have two giveaways currently going on..The Tess Thompson Giveaway and The April Giveaway just started this evening! Get in on those! On to our Gem. I am going to take it carefully out of it’s box, which itself is quite beautiful. The box is made of Mangrove, a swamp tree with deep and twisted roots that connects with all the tree roots around it. It has been inlaid with Mother of Pearl and Gold. The box is lined with fine red satin. And here is the Gem, not an actual Gem, so be careful. It’s a Gator tooth, polished and shined and sharp as a razor. See how it picks up the light? When you hold it, you can feel vibrations and a twinge as though it’s reading your thoughts, perhaps it is. Best to give it back before you start dreaming about it tonight in your sleep. This is Gem Maker Kami Boley’s “Birth of the Gator” (Disturbing History Book 1).

This is a tale that will dive deep into your soul’s belly and live there for awhile after you have put this tale to bed. It is the story of a Mulatto woman and her son and their gift of ESP. She understands it, he doesn’t. She will give up what is most precious to her to give him the chance of a lifetime. He will grow up with Hobo’s and Mobsters.

Set in the ’40s and ’50s Boley effortlessly weaves history with fiction. What do Nazi’s and Communist’s have to do with Louisiana Bayous? What does New Orleans Voodoo have to do with the CIA? Her prose is perfect and maintains an edge that kept me on the edge of my tail for most of the book. I wanted to know more of these people. I wanted to know what happened to the children, to Beulah – Mulatto woman and her friend Mouse. I not only wanted to, I needed to.

Beulah will become something she never dreamed..Her son will become “The Gator”. And what is a Gator? A deadly thing, a never completely satisfied beast, but how could a boy so loved, so gentle, so obedient become a beast? You’ll have to read it to find out because I will never tell. We reptiles stick together, you know, professional courtesy.

This is currently available in both paperback and Kindle. Both extremely affordable. I would encourage to get it today. There is a Part II that will be reviewed here soon. Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

I purchased this book for my library after winning Part II in a contest. I wanted to know how all this started and I was not disappointed.

APRIL GIVEAWAY!

Queen Victoria Not Practicing Social Distancing!

Hello My Fellow Book Dragons! I hope this finds you all as well and safe as possible! I thought for April that I would give away a box of goodies…some will be a surprise and some won’t.. I will reveal one surprize each week, but there will be more in the box that someone wins! I can hear you asking, “BUT HOW DO I WIN??”.. Number 1.. We don’t shout in the Queen’s presence.. Number 2.. Be patient.. we build to that..

The first prize to be revealed is a copy of Annelise Ryan’s cozy mystery “Needled to Death”. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? There are an even dozen prizes in all 🙂

Now, that said, I will tell you how you win! Just like in March you must answer a daily question… and just because someone has answered doesn’t mean you shouldn’t answer. Every correct answer is entered in the drawing. READ THE DAILY DIRECTIONS! Some answers may need to be MESSAGED TO ME! Some may be simply tagging someone. See, this won’t be easy, but it will be fun and worth it! I hope you all have fun! I know I will.

Until later this evening when I post my review for this evening.. TTFN!

Your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

MARCH WINNER!!!!!

Winner Receives

Hello Book Dragons! If you answered the Daily Questions in March you know every answer counted towards an entry towards winning either an Reader’s Official Journal or The Book Dragon’s Journal for Bloggers (Winner’s Choice). We had over 250 entries! It was very exciting to see everyone answering questions! I chose a winner by randomizer and the winner is …. Kathy Levernier!! CONGRATULATIONS! Kathy, please contact me within 48 hours to let me know which journal you would like and to give me your mailing address!

Remember Book Dragons, we have more giveaways this month, too and I will be announcing April’s Giveaway tomorrow! Your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

Throwback Thursday

5 Flames

Welcome, My Fellow Book Dragons, to Throwback Thursday, where we examine a Gem that takes us back in time. Tonight’s is quite exquisite, having been found in some wreckage of a cruise ship. It is part of a strand of beautiful pink rosary beads. Perhaps they came apart after being in the water, perhaps they pulled apart by the person praying them, who knows? But hold them and you can feel a bit of panic mixed with hope and a rush of adrenalin. This is Gem Makers’ Greg King and Penny Wilson’s “The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria”.

I have never read so comprehensive a text on this particular event. This is a delight to study. I never felt as though I were reading, but more as if I were learning at the table of someone who had actually been there. Many books have been written on the Titanic and in great detail, but most, I have found on the Andrea Doria were more text like in their presentation and a bit boring.

King and Wilson did a wonderful job of explaining cruise ships both before and after WWII, I felt as if I were on each deck. The people who were on the ship the day of the sinking, and what they were doing was as real to me as if I were onboard.

This is a lovely book. If you are looking for something to widen your knowledge, increase your horizons, or just something quite fun and exciting to read, this is it! “The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria” is definitely different and quite a tale.

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

I received my copy of this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks to #StMartinsPress

Whimsical Wednesday

4 Gems

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday my fellow Book Dragons! Tonight’s Gem is quite lovely, a bit of Topaz, quite old hanging from what is left of a gold chain. It gives off a feeling of, oddly, motivation and charm. I suppose that is left from the original owner. This had to have been a beautiful piece once. The two women who discovered it, were kind enough to pass it on to me for safe keeping. This is “The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen” by Gem Makers’ Ada Bright and Cass Grafton.

You know a book is going to be good when the authors dedicate it to their friendship. This book starts and ends with friendship and it is absolutely charming and lovely, truly whimsical. It is based on one little premise, which, when you think about it, is a rather large premise really. What if one author never put pen to paper? What if they decided or worse, were never motivated to write a single solitary word or no one published what they had written? In this case, it’s Jane Austen (Heaven Forbid).

These two women did an absolutely beautiful job of recreating Austen’s world and incorporating Austen into our own. Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention that. Yes, this book also includes TIME TRAVEL. How’s that for whimsy!??

If you would really like a book that takes you away, that allows you to leave everything behind and just have some good, old fashioned fun…this is it. And the best news is…THERE IS A SECOND BOOK! Which I will be reviewing in June! Until tomorrow, please check out the new Book Spotlight and Giveaway!

I remain, your humble Book Dragon,

Drakon T. Longwitten

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