Wow, there are so many different interpretations of the Dragon's Revenge characters. It's going to hard be hard to pick only 10 winners.
This one is the 2nd entry by Ynne and portrays many of Nnarndam's characteristics, including his indigo eyes, grey cloak, staff, and long hair and beard. It is a digital entry and she has used a fire in front of him for the lighting.
Well done, thanks Ynne, and best of luck in the competition.
There is one more entry which I'll show later. I do enjoy creating suspense. Hehe, cheers, Kasper :-)
There were 2 last minute entries for the art competition. This is the first one, 'Grand Mage Nnarndam' by Ynne Black
It's hard to believe that the 3 month competition has ended, but today in the final day. There are just over 7 hours left to enter for a chance to win a slice of the $550 prize pool. Thank you to everyone who has entered. We have lots of great pictures entered and will have a hard time choosing a winner.
The last eight years has been spent running a small business with my husband and raising three young boys and writing in any spare time.
After finishing my first book, it came to light just how much I love writing and I now write a great deal more. My boys are growing up, approaching the teenage years quickly, allowing me more time to write and asking for the next book.
Katrina's books: The Sanctum series
I chose this genre because of my children. I have three very early teen and preteen boys and found myself reading a lot of books that they like and also I like that they can read the books that I write. It turns the experience into a family thing. Many discussions are held around our dining table about what was written about in the latest book of the series and I can ask the right age group up front about what their favourite things are in the book. These discussions help me decide what I am going to cover in the next book.
I love the involvement with your family.
What’s the story behind your book titles, and the basic plot of your series?
‘Jayden & the Mysterious Mountain’ is very much a set up for the whole series. It starts out with taking children off the streets by Avando, a rich grandfather figure who takes them to a hidden school in the mountains. These are children who have not had a good start to life and are on the street for various reasons after being through a lot in their past family lives. Once they enter the Sanctum, which is what the school is called, life seems perfect if they can put in the required effort. However, it comes to Jayden’s attention that there is something else going on in the background and something is not right. The mysteries and plot twists accelerate from there including a suspect government school for geniuses.
As the series continues, these twists and discoveries ramp up to almost an addictive level for the thriller lovers.
It is not all serious though; there are also humorous moments that are not based on corny humour.
Which one of your characters would you like to be?
I would like to be Professor Anna. She is the guardian and hands on caretaker of the homeless children. I feel connected to her as the adult.
Have you used any real events or places as inspiration for your writing?
Scenes of terrorism are mentioned briefly within the book. Unfortunately some are very similar to real life but are not exact.
What song would you choose as the theme song of your book?
Not so much the theme of my book but I always think of it like a song in the credits of a movie, ‘Get Along’ by Guy Sebastian. I hate that there is so much terrorism and war in the world. So think of this song when you are reading the acknowledgements of my book ;).
That sounds like a great message for your young readers.
What do you do when you have writers’ block?
Besides going for a walk, my husband has been great in helping with plot twists etc. If I am really stuck, I will have an open discussion with him. This also helps for seeing if it flows, and yes, if he doesn’t like a scene he will tell me.
Describe your road to publishing your book?
Publishing the first book has been a lot of mistakes and learning curves. A couple of lessons would be: First, how hard it is to get the editing process right. Second, getting the right group of people who like your genre to read and review your book, not people who do not usually read the genre. One person’s honest review is not another persons. Everyone has different tastes. I would like to think that I am getting better at the process with still a lot to learn.
What type of books do you like to read?
I honestly love variety. I love books from late middle grade to adult. I especially love a book with twists in the plot, some horrors but I also like feel good books too.
Who are your favourite authors?
C.S. Lewis, David Eddings, Christopher Paolini, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King—just to name a few.
Who inspires you?
A lot of people. Mainly people who have made it but are humble enough to admit it was not an easy road and that they had many knocks along the way.
I like that. It really is our reaction to our challenges and obstacles which make us who we are.
What’s your dream job and do you think you’ll do it one day?
My dream job is to become a full time author. I love writing and receiving comments from people who love my work and ask me when the next book is coming. Right now I am working hard on more books and will write in different genres eventually. I am also studying a diploma in creative writing to grow as a writer for the future.
Do you prefer ebook or hardcopy?
Haha, the age-old question, hey. I personally love a book in paperback but I do appreciate ebooks with the space saved and that you can take hundreds of books with you anywhere.
Are there any writing styles or genres you dislike?
I am not into Romance (a little romance inside a story is good) and Erotica. Also too much politics and legal jargon in a book has me glazing over. I love good twists and turns but I like it without the above.
What’s your favourite pet?
It is definitely our dog. We have new Siberian Husky, he is only 6 months old. Unfortunately my garden no longer exists but he is so full of love, affection and playfulness that he is forgiven – especially with those puppy dog eyes.
Aww, Dusk is totally gorgeous. I'm not surprised he's ruling the roost at your place.
Thank you so much, Katrina, for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us here today at the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network. It's great to have passionate members like yourself, who write family-friendly stories.
Please check out Katrina's links here to connect with her and her books.
Book trailer: http://youtu.be/tk7s4JSVRVE
Jayden & the Mysterious Mountain
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A group of people, coming from different regions of Reloria and different races – halflings, elves, dwarves, knights, and a dragon too – embark on a mission to fight the Vergai and save the Princess, who carries the Jewel.
What makes this book special is the author's ability to create Reloria's world. The readers can see lush woods, the magnificent elven palace, and small country towns of Reloria as if they were real in front of their eyes.
Besides, all the characters are believable and three-dimensional. From the young halflings, sweet and brave, to the dwarves, funny and stubborn, to the noble knights, all of them embody heroes with timeless values. Only their friendship, bravery, and loyalty can save Reloria. But their mission comes at a cost. Their peaceful lives change for good. They have to face terrible dangers, and they suffer dramatic losses.
My favorite characters are the fairies, tiny and beautiful. They are closely linked to the halflings, and they help them in their mission. The fairies don't speak much but they manage to express their feelings with their behavior and moves.
Finally, the book is wonderfully written. The author's style is simple and flowing, and perfectly goes along with the fast-paced action.
I recommend the book to the lovers of fantasy genre of all ages, from middle grade to adults.
I can't wait to read the second episode of the saga.
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.
By Sara L. - See all my reviews
This review is from: Elven Jewel (Hunters of Reloria trilogy Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
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