The Making of Dragonbound Part 2

Maybe I should have made this the first part, because now I’m going to talk about where the idea for Dragonbound came from. Fans of the Dragon Codex series have probably already heard this story from me, but for everyone else, here it goes.

The original Dragonlance books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman were published in the 1980s. Since then countless books have been published set in the Dragonlance world including the YA series Dragonlance: The New Adventures. After The New Adventures wrapped up, I was invited along with several other authors to submit a proposal for a book in the new Dragonlance middle-grade series. I was to choose a side character from the New Adventures to have an adventure with a dragon. How cool is that? It’s not often one gets to write in a series they grew up loving. The new series was scheduled to  have 10 books, one for each of the types of dragons in the Dragonlance world. Five metallic (good dragons) and five chromatic (evil dragons). I ended up writing Red Dragon Codex and Brass Dragon Codex, with other super-talented writers writing five more of the books. Then the Great Recession hit and the company that holds the Dragonlance copyright made some changes including axing the last three books of the Dragon Codex series, thus Blue Dragon Codex, Copper Dragon Codex, and White Dragon Codex were never published much to the sorrow, and for some outrage, of the Dragon Codex fans. I spent several years responding to inquiries from frustrated fans, feeling powerless to do anything even though I had outlines for those books. I certainly don’t own the copyright for Dragonlance.

Then a revolution happened in the publishing industry brought on by print on demand and ebook technology. Suddenly around 2010/2011 a publishing company could be formed and books produced for a modest capital outlay instead of the investment of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thus Wonder Realms Books was born. The first series it published was the Smartboys Club series, the first book of which hit #2 on the B&N children’s ebook list and stayed there for quite some time just below Alice in Wonderland. Money from the success of the Smartboys Club series made it possible for Wonder Realms Books to look around for another series. I realized even though I couldn’t complete the Codex series, the outlines for the last three books could be changed (drastically) to fit a different/new dragon fantasy world.

Coming Next: Creating a New World.

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The Making of Dragonbound I

Hi all, I haven’t posted anything on this blog for a long time, and some of you may think I have dropped off the face of the earth. Well sort of . . . Ma1f82-blue2bdragon2bsmallany of you already know this, but for those who haven’t heard yet, I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. According to Wiki “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.[1] This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.” I won’t bore you with the full range of symptoms I am currently coping with. I’ll just say that I had a series of MS attacks over the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays at the end of 2016, which made me think it was perhaps time for me to retire from writing full time. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but three and a half months into that, I’ve found I can’t stand myself when I’m not writing. Life is just too boring and meaningless if I’m not making up stories. So I have come up with several ideas for new books, which I’m tinkering with at the moment, however to get those ideas on paper, I’ve got to get back into the habit of writing every day—and somehow convince my physically impaired mind and body that it can do this. As an exercise and just for the fun of it then, I’ve decided to do a series of posts about the making of the Dragonbound series.

Since my own disability is currently on my mind, I figure I should start with Kanvar. Kanvar is the central character in the Dragonbound series. Readers will know that Kanvar was born with significant disabilities. When I was young, I read with horror about the affects of a drug called Thalidomide. Wiki explains Thalidomide “was used against nausea and to alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women. Shortly after the drug was sold in West Germany, between 5,000 and 7,000 infants were born with phocomelia (malformation of the limbs).” The pictures I saw of children affected by Thalidomide never stopped bothering me. Though Kanvar’s disabilities are genetic and not caused by a drug, I based them on some of the pictures I’d seen. It is said that we write to dispel the horrors in our own minds. Or as Stephen King puts it “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” Kanvar’s half-sized left arm that ends in a partial hand of only three fingers and his clubbed left foot are an expression of that. I had seen the horrors of Thalidomide early in my life and now sought a strong character who could overcome that memory for me.

But, Kanvar’s disability goes even deeper than that for me. I have to say, he is the easiest character I’ve had to get into the headspace to write. I can slide into Kanvar’s mind and body instantly if I want to. Some, even most characters, are hard for me to get grounded into their mindset to write from their point of view. Not so for me with Kanvar. As a toddler, I was severely knock-kneed and had to wear corrective shoes day and night. They were the ugliest most irritating things ever invented IMHO. So much so that even though I was young enough I shouldn’t have any memory of wearing them, I totally do. Stupid, ugly shoes. Eventually my legs straightened out so I looked and walked normally, but my kneecaps were always tilted weird which rubbed the cartilage and caused inflammation etc. As a youngster, I wanted to run marathons and dance ballet and stuff, but my stupid knees, ARG. I learned that those things would have to wait for a more perfect body in another lifetime. But, I wasn’t going to let them stop me from doing other things I wanted to do–hiking, backpacking, climbing mountains, horseback riding, dog sledding. I found that I could do all of those things . . . not as fast as other people, not as well as other people, but I could do them my own speed in my own way. When I was younger, I was accused of being obstinate and determined in pursuit of goals. Kanvar carries that obstinacy and determination to overcome his challenges as well. I think there is a bit of me in all of the characters I write, but Kanvar stands out as being an amplified personification of my own physical struggles and determination to overcome them.

Well, now I have a whole new set of physical struggles to overcome. So I’m saying to myself, what would Kanvar do if he were diagnosed with MS? Darn it, that means I have to get my butt off the couch, stop Netflixing, and get back to work. My next post will be about some other aspect of Dragonbound. If I don’t post it right away, those of you who have my email address should send me taunting emails to help me in my resolve to start writing again. 😀

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Great News. Dragonbound X: A New Day is now available in print

Twisted and scarred by his encounter with Khalid, Devaj seeks a new life hiding as a human minstrel in Navgarod, but his past pursues him. Hated and hunted, Devaj faces powerful forces bent on his destruction and the inhalation of the royal line. Epic Fantasy at its finest. Dragonbound X: A New Day inspires a new generation of dragon fans to live lives of courage and hope.

As with some of the other books, this one is priced for a short time at a discount of only $8.99. To get the price that low, it has to be exclusively on Amazon while it’s on sale. It will stay $8.99 for two weeks and then go up to the regular $16.99 price and be distributed elsewhere. You may have noticed this price is 2 dollars more than the price of the other books in the series. That’s because, as far as word count, the book is twice as long as any of the other books. To keep the book from being twice as expensive, the formatter worked really hard to make a beautiful book while keeping the page count as small as possible. I think it turned out nice, and am still pushing for the print price to be $14.99 like the other books even though it means I’ll make very little on each sale. I guess we’ll see where it ends up in a couple of weeks. But if you want to get it for the really awesome price of $8.99 now is the time. Here is a description of the book.

I hadn’t originally planned to write this book, but after Great Blue Liberator, I had this unsettled feeling that I’d left Devaj in a very bad place emotionally. It haunted me at night, and I realized for the story to have full closure, Devaj’s story had to be told. It is a longer book than the others because of the very basic nature of the character. For the rest of the series, Kanvar has been the overall main character, and Kanvar is a man of action; he makes split second decisions on the fly, fights his battles, and solves his problems as quickly as possible. Devaj, on the other hand, is a thinker, a planner, a quiet man who prefers to avoid confrontation. Too bad for him, everywhere he tries to retreat brings him into greater and greater confrontation. So, there is plenty of action and adventure in this story like there is with the other books, It just takes Devaj a little longer to figure out what he must do to resolve his problems and take the necessary action to accomplish it. For me personally and emotionally, this book is the crowning jewel of the series. I hope you enjoy it.

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Sweet Romance Giveaway

If you’re more into romance than fantasy. Here’s another cool free book giveaway. My sweet romance Aos Si is included along with more than 55 fantastic sweet romance novels. The drawing also includes a Kindle Fire!

Enter the contest by clicking here: http://bit.ly/sweet-fall

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Fantasy Book Giveaway

Have you read my novel, Dragonbound: Blue Dragon? Today you can enter to win the book plus more than 45 fantastic young adult fantasy novels from an amazing collection of authors, PLUS a Kindle Fire!

Enter the contest by clicking here: http://bit.ly/fall-ya-fantasy

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Under Construction

In preparation to roll out my new Enchanted Hills Collection of picture books and the accompanying Sweet Romance, The Enchanted Hills, which will premier in the spring of 2017, my website will be experiencing some changes. 🙂

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Fans of The Adventures of Leaf Man will be delighted to know that it is finally going to be published in print as well as ebook format with a myriad of new illustrations. This will be the first book of the Enchanted Hills Collection. Leaf Man also makes a comeback in the full length novel, The Enchanted Hills. So much to look forward to in the coming year.

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Dragonbound Update

A new Day cover 2 smallI’m excited to say the first 8 chapters of A New Day are now up on my website. If you’ve finished books 1-9 of the series, this is a great opportunity to be one of the first to read this new book before it comes out in print or ebook. Here are links to the chapters.

A New Day chapter 1
A New Day chapter 2
A New Day chapter 3
A New Day chapter 4
A New Day chapter 5
A New Day chapter 6
A New Day chapter 7
A New Day chapter 8

Update on The Dragon Hunter’s Guide:
I’m sorry to say I’ve made little progress on The Dragon Hunter’s Guide the last few months.I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and the disease has affected, among other things, my hands and sight. Since the guide is a graphics-intensive book, I have not been able to progress on it as I would have liked. But good news, it sounds like in March the doctor will put me on some medication that will hopefully stop further attacks. I’m also crossing my fingers that some of my other symptoms will go into remission once the weather warms up a bit. In any case. I plan to resume working on the guide the beginning of next week.

In further good news. Wonder Realms Books has included Dragonbound: Blue Dragon in a big sale with other publishers of a bunch of science fiction and fantasy ebooks that are discounted to $0.99 or free. Blue Dragon will be $0.99 for this week, so if you have friends or family who have been wanting to read it, now would be a great chance. In addition, if you’re looking for some other fun stuff to read while you’re waiting for me to slowly get the guide done, this is a good opportunity to stock up on sci/fantasy reads. I have all the books for sale and links listed on my website.
https://rebeccashelley.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/fantasy-and-science-fiction-super-sale/

I hope things are going great for you.
Sincerely,

Rebecca Shelley

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Fantasy and Science Fiction Super Sale

THIS SALE BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016 AND ENDS FEBRUARY 21, 2016

Hello, Everyone! Welcome to the Fantasy and Science Fiction Super Sale! All books below are priced at $0.99 or FREE. I’m so excited to get my hands on these so I can read them. My own Dragonbound: Blue Dragon is included for $0.99.

Disclaimer: Authors assigned their own movie ratings.

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Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Genre: Science Fiction

After the world was torn apart by the nightmares of myth and legend, a revenge-filled Caleb and a bewitched Eric find themselves on journeys to hunt down the Dragonlords.

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A New Day: Chapter 3

A new Day cover 2 smallHi all, Chapter 3 is now posted. https://rebeccashelley.wordpress.com/dragonbound/a-new-day-chapter-3/

Hope you enjoy it.

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A New Day: Chapter 2

A New Day: Chapter two is now posted.
https://rebeccashelley.wordpress.com/d…/a-new-day-chapter-2/

Here’s an excerpt:
Devaj rested his hand on the swarabat. “I intend to disguise myself as a human minstrel and travel around Navgarod singing and playing and staying out of trouble until Elkatran returns and is confident that I have made myself into a good enough person to be worthy of his bond. When he invites me back to him, then I will return.”

“Navgarod, hiding as a human,” Kanvar said. “That’s a long way from home.” He didn’t like the sound of it and wasn’t sure Amar would like it either, but his brother was a free man. He had the right to go wherever he wished.

“I don’t have a home,” Devaj snapped, and a fire kindled in his eyes. “Stonefountain is my home. The one place I want to be and the only place in this world I should never be allowed to go.”

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