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Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers, #1)Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very sweet, lovable story that I very much enjoyed. Creel’s interactions with the dragons simply reminded me of why I love those tales to begin with. (And why I want to befriend a dragon of my very own.) The simplicity of the writing style added to its charm. I labeled it as YA, but it’s one of those that could transcend to middle grade as well.

It was strange, actually, for the story had many similarities to my own book, Prince of Light. (Which may account for why I enjoyed it so much. It was along the lines of something I would write.) It felt a bit rushed toward the end, something I’m usually guilty of in my writing, and I wished that Creel would have recognized a few things earlier.

Minor quibbles, really. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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The downside to being sick is that…well, you’re sick. The bright side (if you’re an author) is that you have lots of time to write and edit and review. So, whilst I was hacking up a lung this last week, I prepared for a promotion on book one. Prince of Light is available in e-book format for just $.99 for the next two days! Price goes up from there to $1.99, so grab it while it’s still cheap.

Check it out!

I’m so excited to share Evanthe’s story, and I’m really pounding away at book two. Believe me, the extra time for rewrites will make it a much better story in the long run. (Oh, Plot Holes, how I despise thee…)

Just to get you a little more excited, I’ve got another character profile. Even though it’s been, like, forever since I posted one. You were just chomping at the bit, right?

Character Profile #3:

Tak Sakaguchi as Yashamaru in Shinobi. I tried to find a better pic, but Google can only take you so far, I guess.

Tak Sakaguchi as Yashamaru in Shinobi. I tried to find a better pic, but Google can only take you so far, I guess.

Name: Delanor
Age: Unknown, but has served Prince Celestyn for nearly three centuries.
Gender: Male
Physical Appearance: 5’ 11”, 170 lbs. Shoulder-length, straight black hair, golden eyes, gray-blue skin.
Family: Unknown at this point.
History: Was rescued in by Prince Celestyn when he was very young. He was discovered alone in a village, where he was horribly abused because they feared his powers. He has kept to himself for many centuries, until the arrival of Evanthe made him discover a first real friend.
Any nicknames? The members of the Revenant often refer to him as “Snake-mage” because of his unique features and abilities.
What kind of personality does this character have? He’s an introvert, but very loyal. He is devoted to Prince Celestyn, especially since the death of Prince Vladmyr. Not even his feelings for Evanthe can make him sway from his vow to serve.
Likes: Enjoys training for battle and reading/studying.
Dislikes: Confined spaces.
Greatest fear? That Prince Celestyn might be killed in the same brutal fashion as his brother. A servant with no master has no real home.
Favorite Color(s): Doesn’t have a particular favorite, though his robes are usually dark shades of green, blue and red.
Strengths: Is actually a brilliant tactician when it comes to battle strategy. Is capable of controlling all of the elements and is a master of hand-to-hand combat. Also deadly fighting with a staff.
Weaknesses: He doesn’t allow himself to open up to others. While that has saved him some heartache, it has given him a lifetime of loneliness as well. Evanthe is the first person that he’s ever trusted, apart from Prince Celestyn.
What actor could you picture playing this character? It may come as another surprise to people but I always pictured Delanor with Asian features. I could always imagine Tak Sakaguchi (a Japanese martial artist and actor) playing the part of Delanor, especially after I saw him in the movie Shinobi. With that costume and hair, he could be Delanor easily.

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Unfortunately, the last several days I’ve been down with what feels like the flu. So what does an author do with that sort of free time? Well, the main answer is keep writing. (Book two is coming right along!) In my case, you also come up with a giveaway, woot! That’s right, the paperback version of Prince of Light is FINALLY available.

Go to Goodreads to check it out. (Note: Must be a member of Goodreads to enter the contest. Yeah, I know. But it’s a pretty cool site and why are you not on it anyway??) 😀

Good luck!

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