Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 6

September 19, 2018

I wonder if novihomidraks get sick. I’ve never asked. I will have to the next time I have the opportunity.

I only think this question now because I have a headache, I’m a bit achy and feverish, and my ear feels strange. I hope I’m not working on an ear infection. Probably just me being tired. If I would get more than six and a half hours of sleep a night, I’m sure it would help.

Sleep is important. Don’t be like me.

Don’t sleep your life away either though. That’s bad too. Be like Goldilocks — just right!

Well, since I’m not on top of my game today and I know you want to get to the chapter, we’ll keep this brief.

Happy reading.

P.S. No, it’s not “con crud” — many convention vendors swear that “con crud” is a thing. I’m not one of them. If your immune system is healthy, then you should be fine. Keeping your immune system healthy is not something you start when you start to feel sick. It’s something you do when you feel well. It starts by taking care of yourself — yes, eating right and not putting toxins (i.e. drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, vapors, etc.) into your body. I also highly recommend DoTerra’s OnGuard formula and Sun Source’s Wellness Formula (the capsules, not the tablets which are flat out nasty). Speaking of which, I’m going to go kick up an extra dose in my system now just to make sure I don’t get knocked down. I have way too much to be doing.

Onto the chapter. Charge!

Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 6 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Previously: Moonhunter was born and his novimather (dragon mother) left him in the care of an older man named Balthier. Years later, during one of there missions, Moonhunter believes that Balthier’s informant has sabotaged them and they barely escape. Not that their lives were ever in any danger (maybe – depends on who is after them) because they are novihomidraks — new humans born of the dragon. After they get off the planet, Balthier begins to believe that Moonhunter is hiding something from him, but what could the kid be doing? Moonhunter, meanwhile is secretly trying to use his wings. It’s rare for a novihomidrak to have wings, so Moonhunter is afraid of what it’ll mean if someone finds out.

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 6

by Dawn Blair

From the outside, the soot-encrusted windows of the bar didn’t look like they’d been cleaned in three years. Inside didn’t look much better. Smoke hung in the air like the discordant twangs of the band tuning their instruments for this evening’s entertaining. Wooden slats of the floor creaked, giving way to the occasional crunch of a nut shell or two as Balthier walked in.

A few of the tables were occupied, but hardly anyone looked up at the novihomidrak. Most people in here wanted to mind their own business, which suited everyone else just fine.

Balthier dropped down onto the stool at the counter and signaled the barkeep for a round. Getting a nod in response, Balthier turned to the man sitting beside him.

Teryn sighed as he glanced down at his drink and stirred the liquid inside the shot glass with a toothpick. “Aren’t you a bit in a hurry today? Usually you let me move down the bar to you.” Read the rest of this entry »

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One does not walk

September 18, 2018

As a Lord of Dubinshire

I am often asked which of my books is my favorite.

Unfair question! (grin)

For starters, it’s akin to asking which of your children is your favorite. Secondly, the excitement is always tied up in the books a writer is currently working on, not the ones that are published. Once I’m satisfied with an adventure and its released, I’m moving on to the next one. Now, since I usually write 3-5 different stories at a time, yes, I do have a favorite at that point — it’s always the one being the easiest to write!

However, when pressed for an answer, at this moment in time, my favorite is To Birth a Destiny. Granted, one has to read the first 2 book in the series to get there, but it is the book I love.  Read the rest of this entry »


One more than you had yesterday

September 13, 2018

While I was at FanX, I had someone (Cody) ask if I could say a few words for a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. I laughed as I asked him if he’d read my blog; why sure, I can say a few words! I’ve been cheerleading the creative entrepreneur for years.

Then, of course, the instant fear set in. What would I say? I’m a writer, not a speaker.

It took me a good moment to settle down and get my act together. Then, as Cody and I talked, I was fine as long as I kept my eyes focused on his face. If I looked toward the phone he held to record us, well, things didn’t feel too good.  Read the rest of this entry »


Stonecharmer – an introduction

September 11, 2018

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For several months now, you’ve heard me talk about Stonecharmer in some of my Monday progress blogs. I’ve been pretty closed mouth about it other than that because I didn’t want the story to pop and fizzle on me. I also want to make sure that it was not connected to my Sacred Knight/Wells of the Onesong stories before I started saying, “Oh, yes, I’m working on a completely stand alone novel.”

For me, that would be the kiss of death for it being a stand alone! It would then, undoubtedly, be tied to EVERYTHING for ever and ever!

Why am I telling you this now? Read the rest of this entry »


Field of care

September 7, 2018

A ghost rose in front of me this morning and gave to me a “field of care.”

Yes, this is going to take a little explaining.

It’s apparent to most people who talk to me, follow my blog, or generally interact with me in one way or another that Loki writes the stories through me. I’ve said before that I’m not clever or funny enough to write his stories. I’m glad he chose me to be his author.

And I’ve often said that I trust the process of writing. Again, I’m just not clever enough nor do my plans ever work out as I make them, so there is no way I could have plots come together like they do. I’m always trying to get words down rather than make them up.

With all that out of the way, let me get to what happened yesterday at the convention.

I was talking to a lady about Diane Wynn Jones because she had a Calcifer shirt on. She told me she had ready the book, Howl’s Moving Castle. So we chatted for a bit. (PS come see me today at FanX Salt Lake)

This morning, I was wishing that I’d mentioned Enchanted Glass to her, another book by Jones which was published shortly before her death. It was probably one of the last books she saw. In Enchanted Glass, the main character inherits a “field of care” from his grandfather. Throughout the story he spends time walking around his field and overcoming obstacles. Only once he has full accepted his “field of care” does he come into his full power.

Here’s where the ghost comes in. Read the rest of this entry »


FanX Salt Lake 2018

September 6, 2018

I’m currently out at FanX Salt Lake. We’re still an hour away from the show’s official start with VIP’s entering.

I hope I’ll get out to walk around tomorrow, but for now I’m sitting at my booth trying to get myself psyched up for the day ahead. Yeah, I was ready for this a week ago (grin) and now I want to be out adventuring instead. Maybe that speaks to my vibe being off.

Oh, I’ll get there again. I always do. I’m ready to rock this. I have new titles on my table: 1-800-CallLoki (the Loki Adventures omnibus), Let’s Make A Deal, and Space Ninjas Aren’t Real. I guess Prince of the Ruined Land is new to this show too, so if you have the first 3, you better come get #4.

I forgot my hat. That makes me a little sad. I wonder where it went because it wasn’t with the rest of my show stuff. As I wrote that, I wonder if I had taken it home. I think I did because I’d been planning on re-packing my shirts in there as soon as I had the dry cleaned. After I did that, I went to plan be and forgot my hat. Yeah.

Outside, the crowd cheers. They are really getting worked up. I hope the attendees have a great time.

It’s time to show some fandom love.

Let’s get this game on!


Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 4

September 5, 2018

Yes, I confess to this being a short chapter. It’s actually one that I wrote into the story much later — in fact, I think I wrote this scene back when I was working on Mystery of the Stardust Monk because I always meant to go back in and have Balthier call his ship Rhonda at some point. I apparently never did that because I just checked and it’s not in there. Dang — this is why I have to always make notes, then make sure I don’t lose those notes.

Three years from now, I’ll probably come across a note that says, “Call the ship Rhonda,” and I’ll have no bloody idea what I was going on about. (grin)

I do know this was where I conceived of the scenes alternating in point of view from Moonhunter (who was supposed to be the sole point of view charaters, like Steigan in Sacred Knight) to Balthier. He has become such a fascinating character to me and I’m really excited to see what this holds for Balthier later on in the book.

Right now though, it’s getting to be time for me to be merging in pieces I’ve written and getting part of the story wrangled around so I can share it here. So, short chapter here, but there will be more rolling at you.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

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