In the Author Spotlight – Judy Griffith Gill

Sometimes fate decrees that given paths cross. My meeting with Judy Griffith Gill was such an occasion. Journey to a place of refuge to learn more about this talented author whose world building skills a reviewer said took you to a future sci-fi world that “rivals the likes of Herbert’s DUNE and Clarke’s SPACE ODYSSEY.”

 

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Tuesday Title – Kundaris: Storm Dragon

Karin doesn’t believe in metaphysical nonsense, but her best effort at skepticism isn’t making the dragon any less real. 

Title: Kundalis: Storm Dragon

Author: Frances Pauli

Date of Release: June 19, 2014

Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Humor
Publisher: Zharmae Publishing Press

Blurb:

Karin knows she’s gone completely insane-nuts-absolutely batshit crazy, when she spots an insidious blue dragon twining through the trees at a rest stop in the Cascade Mountains. Despite agreeing to join her roommate at a psychic fair, she’s never believed in anything metaphysical. She’s pretty sure the Reiki treatment she succumbed to has brought on a frighteningly realistic hallucination-until they roll their mini-van in the middle of I-90, and she is rescued from the vehicle by the same monstrous blue figment of her imagination.

She awakens to find that she’s been delivered to a cabin high in the mountains instead of to a proper hospital. The “doctor” looking out for her is more of a new-ager than a physician, and the people who own the house, including the urban highlander version of Fabio, don’t have any intention of letting her leave.

 

Behind the Scene:

The Kundalis series spawned out of my relocation to Central Washington. As a lifetime coastal resident, the dry side was a major adjustment. I might not have soggy feet any longer, but suddenly and terrifyingly, I was on constant fire watch. Considering we’ve had four wildfires cross our property in less than ten years, it was only a matter of time before I started seeing dragons. The metaphysical nature of the Kundalis manifested as an outgrowth of my own studies, and the idea for their structure is based on Kundalini energy which is often portrayed as a serpent that rises up an individual’s spine. Despite this legitimate foundation for “belly button dragons,” the idea of a dragon tail in the navel, still manages to give my mother the willies. 


The Kundalis might not be your classic, fantasy dragons, but they definitely know how to put on a show. The abilities a Kundalis gives to its host are wide and varied, but even more powerful is the transformation that living with a dragon can have on a character’s life… in particular if your dragon, like Karin’s, has a nose for trouble.

About Frances Pauli:

Frances Pauli writes across multiple genres. Her work is speculative, full of the fantastic, and quite often romantic at its core. Whenever possible, she enjoys weaving in a little humor. Once upon a time she was a visual artist, but she’s since come to her senses. Now she fills her minuscule amount of free time with things like crochet, belly dance and abysmal ukulele playing. She lives in Central Washington State with her husband, two children, a pair of hairless dogs and five tarantulas.

Find her on the web at http://francespauli.com.

A Postscript: If you liked Storm Dragon,  check out the newest tale about the Kundalis dragons, Shadow Dragon.

Tuesday Title, Dragon Soul

Destiny calls, as worlds collide.

Title: Dragon Soul
(Book 2 of the Dragon Clan Series)

Author: Diana Green

Date of Release: October 2015
Genre:
Fantasy Romance
Publisher:
The Wild Rose Press

Buy Links: Amazon

Blurb:

Valla, a powerful dragon-shifter warrior, has never been lucky in love. Returning home after a failed mate-bonding, she hopes to find greater fulfillment in her life. Instead, she is drawn into an unlikely quest to rescue a captive she-dragon.

As events spiral out of control, Valla plunges into an alien world, populated by nightmarish monsters and potent magic. She is forced to match wills with a ruthless sorcerer, a man driven by dark obsession, who threatens all she holds dear.

In the face of such challenges, can Valla prevail? And is it possible she might discover her heart’s desire along the way?

Author Bio:

Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed an autoimmune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become an award winning, Amazon bestselling author.

Diana’s books are mostly romance, in the fantasy and science fiction sub-genres. She has placed second in the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Awards, fourth in the International Digital Awards, and been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the Chatelaine Awards, and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest.

Find Diana online at author website  Amazon Author Page  and  Goodreads

Success or Embarassment – What Do You Write About?

Even dragons can have a red face.

 

“If we write about our blunders, we’ll never run out of material!

It’s scary to do this sometimes. Anytime we post to our blogs, we open ourselves up to public critique. We are putting ourselves into the hands of friends and strangers and telling them, “I trust you with this piece of me.” Blogging is already a brave activity, without the addition of opening ourselves up to ridicule. Being candid and genuine is a far more impressive feat than putting forth the perfected version of ourselves.”

 The above quote is from a post titled, Boy, Is My Face Red. It contains considerations about us as writers sharing the part of ourselves that is not so glorious as our successes. 

 Read  the full post at Boy, Is My Face Red  for one writer’s take on the life’s not-so-glorious moments. 

~Till next time, Helen