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November 29, 2018

Blog Tour: Bane of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our tour stop for

Bane of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford

presented by Month9Books!

We have Jenny on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

Fallhollow is at war. The sudden deaths of the only two heirs that could have saved it has plunged the entire land into chaos. Despite all the magic thrown at him, the Dragon King still lives. Hope for any sort of victory seems faint until Charlotte discovers a secret that could change the course of history.

Armed with the power to set things right, Charlotte embarks on a perilous journey with the sly and cunning Prince Izmayel Ascatar Venniver IV, Lord of the peaceful Edryd dragons. But her journey of peace is thwarted, and Hirth’s most fearsome enemy plans to use Charlotte to destroy the kingdom and claim the universe as his own.

As Fallhollow and the Kingdom of Hirth descend into a battlefield of bloodshed and death, David, Trog, and the warriors of Hirth march toward war with an impossible plan to bring down the Dragon King, destroy his armies, and return the kingdom to its former glory. All they need is a little faith, a few extraordinary surprises, and a lot of magic of the most unexpected, generous kind.

This book is the final dramatic and magnificent conclusion to the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy.

Bane of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford
(Chronicles of Fallhollow #3)
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thank you! It’s a pleasure to be here.

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

The warriors of Hirth march toward war with an impossible plan to bring down the Dragon King, All they need is a little faith, extraordinary surprises, and a lot of magic of the most unexpected, generous kind.

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

Inspiration for this trilogy came in many forms. The first was my dad. He was career military and always my hero. He had physical battle scars that always fascinated me, but he rarely spoke of them. He had a great and deep love for our country and all the things our founding fathers stood for. His patriotism and first hand experience with war served as the primary focus for a book I knew I had to write from a very early age. The older I got, the more I saw the horrors of war. I met soldiers returning home from Iraq and Iran in the early ‘90s and then again after 9-11-2001. Their stories touched my heart. Their pain they experienced was and is real. I wished I had a magic wand to take it all away. It was after 9/11 I grew serious about writing my books, but I knew I had to do something to honor them and my dad. The story originally was centered around fairies – they were the ones to save the day – but after talking to several people, I decided to change the main character, David, to a human boy, living a carefree, happy life when all of a sudden he’s taken from that life and shoved into hell. The story takes David and his friend Charlotte and a squire by the name of Eric, through all the tests many teens face daily: will people like me? Will I perform this task to the satisfaction of my parents or caregivers? I talked to kids about how they would feel if all of a sudden they were shoved into a war with little or no warning. The result was the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy. Bane of the Dragon King wraps everything up and grapples with love, honor and sacrifice. Some people will love the ending. Others will hate it. Just know I wrestled with it for the longest time, and the way I ended it proved to be the only way I could end it.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).=

David Heiland is 17 and comes from a rich family. His parents died when he was very young and was raised by his godmother. He’s been sheltered for way too long and all he’s ever had to worry about was school, track meets, archery tournaments and figuring out what new gaming toy or t.v. he wants to buy. He’s also crazy about his best friend, Charlotte, and would do anything to protect her.

 

Charlotte is independent. She doesn’t like David ‘protecting’ her. She has a strong mind and wants to be in charge of herself. She hates people making decisions for her. She is logical in her thinking and that independence is put to the test in Bane of the Dragon King.

 

Trog is a knight, and according to many readers, he’s their favorite character. Think Sirius Black on steroids. He is loyal to his kingdom, his king, his family and those he loves. He carries some pretty big unseen battle scars that he has pushed aside for a long time. In Bane, he finally has to come to terms with his demons. Doing so will either kill him or save him.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

There are so many scenes that I love, but one that continues to haunt me is when Trog is talking to David about losing someone close to him and how it has destroyed him. The quote is;

 

“And does this God you believe in have some glorious plan for me, because if he does, He’d better do it quick. I’ve run out of faith, and I’m short on patience and time. The silence of a grave is becoming more appealing by the second.”

 

I think this truly captures his pain, his depression, the sadness, and I just want to wrap my arms around him and tell him everything will be ok.

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

The ending. There is a big battle at the end and I didn’t want it to sound cheesy. The massive scene brings together two worlds. Doing so was difficult to make them ‘fold’ correctly into each other. There was so much going on and I was afraid I was going to leave something out or I was going to repeat something. I also wrestled a lot with the very end. If I took it one way, what would happen? If it went the other way, would I do the characters justice? I decided to go the way I did because life isn’t all about perfect endings. Sometimes it’s about making things perfect for the characters. Their hopes, their dreams. Sometimes life throws in curve balls and we have to step back and evaluate things. While I like Happy Ever Afters in romance books, The Chronicles of Fallhollow was never meant to be a romance novel. It’s gritty and harsh and tough decisions have to be made. There is a HEA for the characters, but it’s bittersweet at the same time. It’s the only way I could stay true to the characters and their wants and needs. Which leads me to my editor. I have to take a moment to thank her a million times over for collecting the written garbage and throwing it out while forcing me to write better. She pushed me and challenged me and I am forever thankful. Cameron Yaeger, you are a goddess and I am forever in your debt..

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I am currently working on what I call my Fae Hunter series. I am trying to finish three stand-alone books in the series before shopping it out to agents/publishers. I’m hoping to have at least one of them published in 2019 or 2020, but the publishing world is such a fickle beast. We’ll have to see how it goes, but I will tell you I’m really excited about all the books I have planned and they are coming along well.

 

 

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you so much for having me. I’m always excited to hear from readers, so please feel free to reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and my website – www.j-keller-ford.com.  I look forward to hearing from all of you. Thank you, everyone, for your support and making writing such a joy for me. I hope you enjoy the books.

 

About J. Keller Ford

J. Keller Ford (known to all as Jenny) is a scribbler of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction. As a young Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights and wondrous magic that permeated her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love.

When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, swimming, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. Jenny is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring, and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a quirky knight who was silly enough to marry her, and a menagerie of royal pets. Published works include short stories, The Amulet of Ormisez, Dragon Flight, and The Passing of Millie Hudson. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is her debut novel and the first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Mary Preston
    11/29/2018

    This does sound exciting. A great post thank you.

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  2. Jenny
    11/29/2018

    Thank you for stopping by, Mary.

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  3. Lori Faires
    11/30/2018

    I enjoyed the Q &A. It’s a great series. Blessings

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