March 3, 2016
To celebrate the paperback release of
In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey
we have Janet on the blog answering a few questions!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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 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?
~In the Time of Dragon Moon is a story of courage and romance that readers will not soon forget.~ VOYA
In The Time of Dragon Moon
by Janet Lee Carey
Publication date: March 1 2016
Thanks MaryAnn and Gabby for the opportunity to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about the book and the series.
1-Where did you first get the idea for this particular book, and how did it end up growing and changing as you brought it to life?
The passion to tell the story of an indigenous healer formed when I flew to Hawaii 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 was profoundly changed by these women’s healing practices as I learned of ancient traditions and the power of the earth’s healing. I knew I wanted to create a story around a female healer, thus Uma was born.
Jackrun Pendragon’s story took shape at the same time. I knew they would meet and become embroiled in dangerous castle intrigue involving prophecy, magic, and murder. The novel went through many transformations as the characters came to life.
2- Why do you write about dragons?
I didn’t start out wishing to write about dragons, only to write fantasy novels that interested me. The first dragon, Lord Faul, emerged from a winter of reading too many fairytales with perfect princesses and evil dragons. I wanted to mix things up a bit, so I created a princess with a dragon’s claw, in Wilde Island book one, Dragon’s Keep, and a powerful fractious dragon with his own particular history or rather, ‘hisssstory’. From there the dragon characters continued to enter the books. I found them so interesting and dynamic. I loved their majestic, intelligent, wild, imperious, stubborn, delightful, personalities. The red scaled dragon, Vazan, flew into In the Time of Dragon Moon with her own pithy personality and strong opinions about the English Queen who holds Uma’s tribe captive. On page she says,
“This queen will leave the king’s soldiers in Devil’s Boot. We’ll lose all our freedom to these English vermin!”
I’m sure if it weren’t for the current truce between humans and dragons, Vazan would very much like to have the queen for lunch!
3-Do we need to read the books in order?
I’ve gotten this question a lot and the surprising answer is No. Each book in the Wilde Island series can be read as a stand-alone. The books move from generation to generation through the Pendragon family. Each book tells the story of a new main character. (Some of them are the grown children of former main characters.) And while it’s helpful to read the books in order to see the some connections in context, it’s not necessary. A reader who has not read Dragon’s Keep or Dragonswood can pick up a copy of In the Time of Dragon Moon and find the complete story there between its covers.
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