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I love living where I do, in the mountains of south-east British Columbia. Even though I hope you Americans have a great Independence Day, I don't wish I was one of you. However, I must say I wish I was visiting the American east coast next week. I would SO LOVE to meet the Fantasy Four authors in person. How cool would that be?
The next best thing, I suppose, is winning an autographed set of books from one of the authors, and I have done just that. Rebecca Miller set up a contest a couple of months ago that I participated in; I just discovered yesterday that I was the grand prize winner and will be receiving a set of books by Bryan Davis.
I've been hearing about Bryan Davis for the past couple of years as I've familiarized myself with Christian fantasy, but never had the opportunity to read one of his books until now. He writes for young adults 10-16 years old.
The series I have won (thank you, Bryan!!) is called "Dragons in our Midst" and begins with Raising Dragons. Here is what Bryan's site has to say about this book:
Raising Dragons is a contemporary fantasy novel that inspires young people to dig deep within to find their God-given strengths and use them to overcome any obstacle. It is both a hair-raising, modern-day adventure and a glimpse into another world—a world of knights, dragons, and fair maidens.
A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome evil, a slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.
The kids at school call Billy "Dragon Breath" for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn’t the normal, morning-mouth bad; it’s the hot-as-fire, "don’t-you-dare-get-near-me" bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys’ restroom at school, and his parents learn that they’ve kept their secret for too long.
Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon! Now that’s a piece of news a guy doesn’t deal with every day! Billy feels betrayed, alien, lost. When the dragon slayer traps him on a cold mountaintop in West Virginia, Billy learns to battle with weapons of steel and spirit while relying on a power he doesn’t understand, a power that helps him learn to trust again.
Bonnie, an orphan, tries to find a home, someone to love her, even though she feels like a freak because of a body feature that she calls a deformity. But this unusual feature becomes a life-saving attribute as she discovers that her love for others and her faith in a creator hold the answers she’s looking for.
If you'd like to read the first chapter in Adobe Acrobat Reader format, click here. Me, I'm going to be reading the first chapter plus a whole lot more in just a week or two when my new books arrive. I'm really quite excited to read them and to find folks to loan them to when I'm done.