My Horror Novella is closer…

As I sit here, I have started the last death in my horror novella.  It’s been a long trip, but I’m finally turning up the last road toward it’s completion.  Of course, then comes the couple of beta readers, then the editing and cover art, then all the other things that are part of publishing a book.  Then comes the proofs and final examination…and then the final release date…It’s amazing how much of the work of publishing a book comes after the writing….but I’m so much closer today than I was when I started this project.  Then I have to hope people like what I wrote….Back to writing…

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6 Years Ago Today…

It was 6 years ago today that I released “He Walks with Dragons” and introduced the world to Draig and Draco as well as the history of dragons on Earth. May Tiamat guide your paths!

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The First Dragonslayer

The First Dragonslayer, co-written by Johnny Gagne and Stanley S. Thornton, is now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble…Two children go to visit their grandfather in the country…Down the road is a crumbling tower. After they ask grandfather about the tower, they soon find themselves embroiled in a coming of age story that involves a certain dragon. The story also deals with bullying and redemption.

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Horror Novella Started

Well, I’ve started a horror novella.  If I can write 1 page per day, I should be able to finish in about 4 months…I guess that makes it a challenge, eh?

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He Walks with Dragons Book #4

I have completed Book #4, The Dragon on the Hill, for my dragon series, He Walks with Dragons.  I have sent the manuscript to copy edit and the cover has already been with the artist…Release should be before not too long…

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What I’ve been up to…

I know I haven’t posted for a while, but I’ve been busy.  I have completed one book with a friend.  I can’t say too much about it yet, as we are waiting for a possible photo-op.  It is about bullying.  That’s all I can say for now.

I am currently working on Book #4 of my dragon series.  Yes, I know it’s been way too long, but it is finally coming along.  I hope to have it finished in a couple of months.

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Fantasy Meets Reality

I released the first book in my fantasy dragon series, He Walks with Dragons in April 2013.  Most of the books take place in Europe in the past.  For those of you who have read my books, you will remember that Draig went deep into the Earth to meet with his magic trainers.  When he met with Master Condatis, he was standing at the edge of a subterranean lake feeding pieces of bread to blind fish.  The other day, I learned that scientists have found cave fish in Europe for the first time ever.  According to the article, scientists believed it was impossible for cave fish to exist in Europe, even though I wrote a book 4 years ago, where I detailed there were cave fish thousands of years ago.  Does this make me a prophet?  Will people one day compare my book to books like 1984, where parts of the fiction become fact?  I don’t know, but here’s your chance to decide.

Here is the article:


Text from He Walks with Dragons, page 43:

One morning, as I entered the cavern to practice, Berecyntia was waiting there for me. As I approached, I could see that she was holding an orb of stone in her hand. When I reached her, she turned and tossed the orb against the cavern wall. There was a great rumbling and the rock that made up the wall began to crumble. As the rocks crumbled away, a great passage became exposed.

Berecyntia pointed to the passage, “New lessons await you; however, you cannot learn them here. You must follow that passage to learn them. Go now, and seek the new knowledge.”

I followed the new passage as it sloped downward into the distance and eventually opened into a huge cavern. Two thirds of the cavern was occupied by a large subterranean lake. Standing at the edge of the lake was a lone figure. He was tall and slender. His hair was bluish gray and his eyes were like sapphires. He was wearing a flowing blue robe with a white rope tied about the waist. He held a staff tipped with a large sapphire.

He spoke softly, “I am Condatis, master of the magic of the element of water. I will teach you the spells that deal with water.”

As I strolled up to the edge of the lake and stood next to Condatis, I saw that he was dropping bread crumbs in the water. There were several fish swimming near the shore and eating the crumbs that Condatis was dropping in the water. At closer examination, I noticed that they had no eyes. I had never seen fish with no eyes, so my curiosity was piqued.

I asked, “Master Condatis, I could not help but notice, why do these fish have no eyes?”

Condatis shrugged his shoulders, “These fish have lived here in this lake, deep beneath the earth, for more generations than I care to remember. There is only light in this cavern when we are here. Their ancestors had eyes once upon a time, but they have long since lost their eyes. Living in perpetual darkness there is no need for eyes. Do you understand?”

I stared at the fish for a few moments, “Yes, Master Condatis, I think I understand what you mean.”

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A Recent Review on Amazon


It’s nice to take a break from the “fast paced” urban fantasies I’ve been delving into and get back to a more traditional type fantasy that I sincerely enjoy. He Walks With Dragons chronicles the adventures of a dragon (Draco) and his dragon rider (Draig), and yes, it does have tones of Tolkien (or Tolkien-esque influence), but that’s what makes it fun, right? 🙂

I’m not overly familiar with dragon fantasies, but I will say that He Walks With Dragons made me take notice. I loved how the author did not gloss over descriptions, nor did he fumble with these majestic magical animals.

I will say, that the beginning is a little hard to follow (hence the 4 rating), BUT, overall, the story is very rich and deep. You can tell Mr. Thornton did a lot of intricate world-building and added layers of history to bring this breathtaking world to life.

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Being compared to the likes of Tolkien is a great honor!

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What would Draig say about me, the author?

Draig says, “He put words in my mouth, but they were pretty good words.”


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There Be Dragons!

Watching the Rose Parade….and there he is…a magnificent dragon.  And he’s even holding a fiery orb in his right hand, just like Draig learns to do in my book, He Walks with Dragons…Happy New Year!

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