Mar 16, 2015
Author: Janet Lee Carey
Pub. Date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Kathy Dawson Books is pleased to announce a rich medieval fantasy novel from an author whose work has been called “TRULY ORIGINAL . . . FANTASY AT ITS BEST.”
In the Time of Dragon Moon
A perfectly crafted combination of medieval history, mythology, and fantasy, set on Wilde Island, featuring Uma Quarteney – a half Euit and half English girl, who has never been fully accepted by her Euit tribe – and Jackrun Pendragon – a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood.
Beware the dark moon time when love and murder intertwine
All Uma wants is to become a healer like her father and be accepted by her tribe. But when the mad queen abducts her and takes her north, Uma’s told she must use her healing skills to cure the aging infertile queen by Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake. Uma soon learns the queen isn’t the only danger she’s up against. A hidden killer out for royal blood slays the royal heir. The murder is made to look like an accident, but Uma, and the king’s nephew Jackrun, sense the darker truth. Together, they must use their combined powers to outwit a secret plot to overthrow the Pendragon throne. But are they strong enough to overcome a murderer aided by prophecy and cloaked in magic.
Can you tell us about your book?
In the Time of Dragon Moon is a tale of love, magic and murder
The story begins on Falcon Moon in the year 1210, when the young Euit healer, Uma Quarteney is kidnapped by the mad Pendragon queen who is desperate for a child. Held hostage in the castle, Uma’s told she must cure the infertile queen by Dragon Moon or be burned at the stake. But the infertile queen isn’t the only danger Uma faces in the book. A killer out for royal blood slays the Pendragon heir. The palace murder is made to look like an accident, but Uma, and Jackrun, sense the darker truth. Someone is trying to overthrow the Pendragon throne. Uma and Jackrun work together to catch a murderer aided by prophecy and cloaked in magic before time runs out and Uma is burned.
Did you draw inspiration from any tribes when creating the Euit Tribe?
I researched tribal life and traditions in many areas of the world, but the passion to tell the story of an indigenous healer formed when I flew to Maui for a “Maui Immersion” with indigenous healers Lei’ohu and Maydeen. (insert this link into names Lei’ohu and Maydeen (http://www.leiohuryder.com/ )
I learned of lost traditions and the power of the earth’s healing. I was profoundly changed by these women’s ancient healing practices and knew I wanted my character to be a keeper of this type of precious knowledge.
We are losing touch with the old ways, losing the indigenous healers in our fast paced world, losing their knowledge of the kinship between us and the earth.
So the girl, Uma, emerged: an indigenous healer with a story to tell and a voice to tell it.
Learn more about the background to this here (insert this link http://janetleecarey.com/save-the-rainforests/ into the word here)
Do you have a favorite character?
You have to get inside your character’s skin to write about them with authenticity. Once you’ve done that it’s hard to play favorites.
Do you have any routines that you do to get into the writing process?
In the mornings I do yoga, prayer, meditation, then I journal. Once the words are flowing into the journal, I fly upstairs to the office and begin my workday. If I’m not in the mood to dive in and write (and often I’m not) I reread what I wrote the day before and that usually gets me into the story again. When I’m stuck, I walk to a small pond nearby and listen for the next story thread. Or sometimes I go downstairs and kick a box.
Will there be any more books in the Wilde Island Chronicles?
I hope so. But that’s partly up to the reading community. What I mean by that is authors can sell more books in a series as long as the series has enough of a following. So in that sense, readers have a say in what’s published. Of course I’d love to write more Wilde Island books. It’s such a lush world. Publishers Weekly said this latest book is full of “rich traditions and political intrigue.” And the Voya review calls the new book “a story of courage and romance that readers will not soon forget.”
These books are all entangled with interesting characters be they human, fey folk, or dragons. I’m lucky in this series because the storyline moves from generation to generation. The books are connected through family ties but each book introduces a new central character. Reading them in order gives the reader a richer experience, yet each book can be read as a standalone. This gives me an enormous amount of freedom. Wilde Island is rife with plot potential.
People who read Dragonswood will recognize Jackrun from the epilogue. He’s just two years old then, and seventeen in this new book. And when he meets Uma, well, you have to read the book to find out what happens then.
Praise for Janet Lee Carey’s new Fantasy
“The author’s world-building is detailed and fascinating, and Uma is a strong, admirable heroine. This is a must-purchase for libraries owning the earlier installments and a great choice for where teen fantasy is popular.” –School Library Journal
“Humans, dragons and fey coexist on Wilde Island, but this uneasy peace masks a simmering, mutual distrust that surfaces after the English army abducts an Euit healer and his daughter to cure the aging queen’s infertility—failure is not an option.” – Kirkus Review
~In the Time of Dragon Moon is a story of courage and romance that readers will not soon forget. While Uma’s struggle to help the queen and save her people is intriguing, the depth of her character reaches much further, exploring issues of race, gender, and identity. The politics of Pendragon Castle and Wilde Island offer gripping mystery and adventure, while Uma’s relationship with Jackrun—and even her interactions with her father’s dragon, Vazan—create a rich and insightful protagonist. The text will be a sure favorite of fans of high fantasy. —Meghann Meeusen. VOYA review
Praise for first two books of the Wilde Island trilogy; Dragon’s Keep and Dragonswood
~ALA Best Book for Young Adults
“A remarkable achievement.” –Lloyd Alexander, author of the Newbery Medal winner The High King
« “Nonstop action may keep readers glued to this page-turner, but strong writing and character development are what will make it linger.” –School Library Journal, starred review
« “Stunning, lyrical prose.” –Booklist, starred review
« “Painful, cathartic and cautiously hopeful; a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing in them, but still yearn for happily ever after.” Kirkus starred review
« “The political intrigue, mythology of Merlin, and romances. . . will have readers racing toward the end and then going back to savor the events more slowly.” – SLJ, starred review
Janet Lee Carey grew up in the bay area under towering redwoods that whispered secrets in the wind. When she was a child she dreamed of becoming a mermaid (this never happened).She also dreamed of becoming a published writer (this did happen after many years of rejection). She is now an award-winning author of nine novels for children and teens. Her Wilde Island Chronicles are ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She won the 2005 Mark Twain Award and was finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering youth to read and reach out. She tours the U.S. and abroad presenting at schools, book festivals and conferences for writers, teachers, and librarians. Janet and her family live near Seattle by a lake where rising morning mist forms into the shape of dragons. She writes daily with her imperious cat, Uke, seated on her lap. Uke is jealous of the keyboard. If Janet truly understood her place in the world, she would reserve her fingers for the sole purpose of scratching behind Uke’s ear, but humans are very hard to train. Author photo credit Heidi Pettit.
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2 winners! One will win a Signed copy of In The Time of Dragon Moon and Dragon Moon mug and one will win a Signed copy of In The Time of Dragon Moon and Dragon Moon mouse pad. US and Canada Only.
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