Here’s some more fun from Return to Walandra: Book 2 – The Dragon’s Blood Key
Donna and Steve leaned forward and looked closer at the stone. It was quite beautiful, but upon closer inspection, they noticed a spark of light glowing from its center.
“I don’t understand. I’ve seen this necklace around her neck for months, but I don’t remember it glowing like this,” Donna reached up to touch the stone.
“It is glowing now to give her the strength she needs to stop the Evil Queen in her plan to destroy Walandra. We are on the verge of a great battle, and I fear many will not survive,” King Ashlym’s voice was firm and unyielding.
For those of you who don’t know, I drove team over-the-road with my husband for ten years. He would typically drive during the day, and I drove at night. I spent many a long, lonely night driving the interstate highways of this great country. However, I could always turn on our satellite radio and listen to Coast to Coast with Art Bell, and the miles would seem to fly by. His show was always interesting and managed to challenge his listeners to think outside of the box.
The subjects were intriguing, at times a bit silly, while other times they were just plain out scary. I remember one Halloween night during his Ghost to Ghost show where callers would share their ghost stories; I sat in the driver’s seat of our Peterbilt truck scared shitless. It didn’t help while driving across the desert in Arizona, I drove into a pocket of cold air. This, of course, caused the windows in the cab of the truck to fog up just when he was talking about how ghosts create cold spots at that VERY same moment. Yep, you couldn’t have pealed my hands from the steering wheel. Heck, after that, I was WIDE AWAKE for the remainder of my shift.
I even remember the time my stepmom, who was a huge Art Bell fan, talked my dad into to taking her to edge of Area 51. Dad said, “There were several groups of UFO hunters, all sitting in lawn chairs and looking up at the night sky waiting for a UFO. We sat there ALL night long and never saw one. Well, some thought a shooting star was a UFO.”
However, things don’t last forever. I no longer drive that big ol’ truck, and Art Bell is no longer with us. He passed from this existence and on to the next, on Friday 13, 2018 in his Pahrump home at the age of 72. I find it ironic he would pass on Friday the 13th, don’t you?
Bell was best known for his unsettling conspiracy theories and paranormal topics on his radio show, Coast to Coast AM. He was fascinated by paranormal and unexplained subjects, such as Bigfoot, UFO’s, crop circles, and those things that go bump in the night.
Coast to Coast was syndicated nationwide on roughly 500 North American stations in the 1990’s. He left the show in 2002 and turned the reins over to George Noory, who continued with the controversial show. Bell broadcast the show from Pahrump’s KNYE 95.1 FM, a station he founded. He was his own producer, engineer, and host.
Bell retired several times in his career, which included a short-lived show on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2013.
Returning to terrestrial radio afterward was not a difficult decision, he told the Pahrump Valley Times in August 2013. “That’s easy because I love it,” he said at the time. “It’s my life, and that’s all I have ever done. I went through a lot of family problems, so that interrupted things, and I was overseas for four years, and that certainly interrupted things. I went back into radio because I love it.”
In 2006, Bell was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, and then the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008. He also held the Guinness World Record for a solo broadcast marathon, logging in more than 115 hours of airtime while working as a DJ in Okinawa, Japan for a while.
Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina on June 17, 1945, he was the only child of a military family and moved around a lot as a kid. I can relate because I’m the only child of a military family. Huh, maybe that’s part of why I enjoyed his show as much as I did; we were kindred spirits. LOL
According to the Coast to Coast AM website, Bell was an FCC licensed radio technician at age 13. He then went on to serve as a medic in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. However, this did not dampen his love for radio, and while in the Air Force, he created an on-base pirate radio station.
Though, it wasn’t until the mid-1980’s talk radio captivated Bell. He had joined KDWN-AM in Las Vegas, where he mastered his blend of the contemporary and unsettling.
In 1996, Bell, then 50 years-old, Bell told the Pahrump Valley Times, “I want to bring topics on the radio you otherwise might not hear.”
Well, I must say he did just that, and millions of his fans tuned in each night to learn about those things the MSM refuses of cover. Thank you, Art Bell, for making my long nights on the road entertaining while expanding my understanding of this grand universe we call home.
Please share your memories of listening to Art Bell below.
Here’s another tease for Return to Walandra. Enjoy!
“Demlins are dark, evil creatures that live in the Land of Shadows. These two are servants of Alona and were sent here to earn Cassy’s trust so they could use her to destroy the Royal family.” Keira glanced at Cassy and gave her a knowing look.
“Oh, no, is Frier okay? They haven’t harmed him, have they?” Cassy’s heart ached at the idea of Frier in the hands of Alona.
“No, he’s safe for now, but if we don’t stop Alona, I fear the entire Royal family will be lost.” Keira did not want to frighten Cassy, but it was important she knew the truth.
“I don’t understand. What does this all have to do with Cassy?” Steve cleared his throat, trying to calm his nerves.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s teaser from Return to Walandra. If you haven’t read book 1, it’s available on Amazon for only $2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.
As Indie Authors, we are always looking for exciting things to add to our writing careers. While writing books are our first passion, learning exciting new things can make writing a never-ending thrill ride.
When I self-published my debut novel, Next Move, You’re Dead seven years ago this month, I never expected I would discover so many fun things to do which would make my writing career so exciting. Of course, some of them were a way to save money. LOL
Being a bit tight with my money, and wanting my books to get out of the red on the earning scale, I taught myself how to format my books for ebook and print, and then I moved on to learn how to create my own book covers. After hours of pure insanity and pounding my forehead on my desk more times than I want to admit, I may not have mastered the craft, but I can do a pretty good job. Heck, I’ve made the covers for all of my books except for two of them.
Then one day I had the bright idea of doing a podcast. I’d never done anything like that before, but I thought, heck, if others can do it why can’t I, right? So, with my partner, Indie Author, Lisa Vandiver at Dead Reads, we started the Deadly Reads Radio podcast. We started out on Blog Talk Radio, but last year we decided to leave and move directly to Youtube. If you want to check out our little podcast go HERE.
Next, Lisa and I decided to dive into the world of Author Services. Heck, we had learned how to prepare a book for the reading public, so we decided to offer our services for a reasonable price. We’ve had so much fun helping first-time authors get their books ready to publish. If you ever find yourself in need of our services you can find us on our website Author Services page. We offer a wide range of services.
Our Twitter Blast Service
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While doing all that is fun, Lisa and I can’t seem to stop wanting to learn more. Our latest adventure is in the world of screenwriting. I must admit I was a bit nervous at first, but as I go along, I’m finding it to be not only fun but also easier than I had initially thought. Lisa has already finished her short story, The Moon People. which is available as a FREE download on Amazon. She then wrote a skeleton version of my short story, Sacrificing Souls so I could have it to learn. I must admit using the Final Draft software practically writes it for you. I was a little nervous when we purchased it because it’s a little pricey, but as I go on, I’m finding it is worth every penny.
Writing a screenplay is SO different than writing a novel. In a novel, you are supposed to show not tell, BUT in a screenplay, it’s the opposite. Everything is done in present-tense, and you only give the bare minimum description in the action statement. Yeah, I know, it goes against everything we do as authors, but, hey, rules are rules.
Over time, Lisa and I plan to put most if not, all of our books in a screenplay version and see where we go from there. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
The other thing I’ve decided to learn is how to do computer-generated imagery or CGI. I found an open-source program called Blender. While it’s free, it’s loaded with options. The only problem is IT’S LOADED WITH OPTIONS. I found a YouTube channel with some great tutorials, but the learning curve is still tough. Whenever I finish my first project, I’ll share it with you, but until then I’ll keep watching the tutorial videos and stumbling through the Blender program.
Here’s a video created using the program. Who knows, maybe someday soon I’ll be able to create something just as good. Teehee…
Pretty cool, huh? I see some AWESOME book trailer videos and short movies ahead for Deadly Reads.
Well, I need to get back to work. I just thought I’d share what all I’ve been up to lately. Take care, and if you’re a writer KEEP WRITING, and if you’re a reader grab a great book from an Indie Author. That always makes us smile.
You can find my books on Amazon. Lisa’s are available on Amazon, too. Lisa and I have several FREE ones for you more frugal readers.
Yesterday, I told you about my current Work-in-Process, Return to Walandra, the sequel to The Dragon’s Blood Key. I hope you enjoyed reading the tease and watching the Book Trailer Video.
Today I thought I’d share with you the cover I created. I believe it captures the feel of this exciting story. Drumroll…
I’m having so much fun writing this continuation of the Dragon’s Blood Key saga. I love the characters and I’m sure you will too. I have brought many of the favorites from book 1 and have even introduced a few new ones.
I have been neglecting my blog for some time. With other projects and the everyday events of life, consuming all my time this little blog has been shoved to the side. Well, I decided it was time to show my blog some attention.
Between some of the crazy things I’ve been doing the last few months, I’ve somehow managed to squeeze in some time to work on the sequel to The Dragon’s Blood Key: Return to Walandra.
This story holds a special place in my heart. The morning I woke up a couple of years ago with a wild story about Dragons and magical creatures burning in my mind, it opened a whole new writing experience for me.
I had been one to write dark, twisted thrillers, so I must admit the desire to write a YA Fantasy came as quite a surprise to me. That morning, I climbed out of my bed, sat in front of my handy laptop computer and to my surprise two weeks later I had written The Dragon’s Blood Key. I must admit it was a crazy two weeks. My husband was still driving over-the-road, so I was home alone.
I barely slept, I even forgot to eat (which wouldn’t hurt me to do more often. LOL), but it didn’t matter; the voices in my head had a story to tell, so I was held captive.
I must confess the voices haven’t been so chatty with the sequel. They have come to me in bursts. However, as I sit at my laptop, I find myself amazed how so many questions posed in the first book are somehow answered in the second one. I didn’t know there were even questions while writing the first book, but as the voices dictate this next story to me, I find sub-plots filling in the gaps. If you are a writer, I know you’ll understand what I mean. LOL
So, back to the reason for this post. I decided to begin a series of posts titled: The Tuesday Tease. Each Tuesday I will share a few paragraphs of my current work-in-process. While I hope you will enjoy the posts and look forward to the book’s release, I’m also open to suggestions. Writing is a growing adventure, so I feel input from others can be a benefit. Just remember, this is unedited so you may see issues the editor will find later. Okay, let’s get started…
Here is the book trailer video for The Dragon’s Blood Key
Isn’t that a fun video? It sets the mood perfectly for this exciting story. Now that I have your attention, here’s a taste of book 2.
Return to Walandra: Book 2 – The Dragon’s Blood Key
The morning sun shone brightly over the mountains to the east as Frier returned to the castle. The feel of the sun on his wings and the wind on his face was comforting, yet it was unable to help him forget the pain in his heart for even the briefest moment. Since Cassy had returned to her realm, Frier had spent many nights at Roupert’s hut deep in the forest, hoping to force the memory of her from his mind. He knew it was wrong of him to leave the palace, but it was the only place where he could find peace.
While walking to his chambers, Frier heard a voice from behind him.
“Good morning, son. It’s nice to see you looking well this morning. Did you have a nice flight?” Queen Privlana had worried about Frier since Cassy returned to her realm. It seemed he would stay to himself far too often, and then vanish for days at a time.
“Good morning, Mother. Yes, it was quite enjoyable.” He turned to meet her gaze.
“Your father has been looking for you. He has important business to discuss.” The Queen knew this was not welcome news by the expression on Frier’s face.
“I’m sorry; where is he?” Frier hoped this discussion was not the one he had been trying to avoid over the last few weeks. He was in no mood to hear of royal responsibilities and other such things.
Privlana saw the dread in Frier’s eyes. She understood the feelings he had for Cassy, but she had hoped over time he would come to grips with them and somehow find the strength to move on. “He waits for you in the Conference Room. The generals are discussing some distressing reports. He needs you to join them as soon as you can.”
Frier had hoped he could take more time to become acquainted with the Royal responsibilities, but it looked as though he was mistaken. “Thank you, Mother. I will join them now.”
Queen Privlana’s heart broke as she watched Frier walk away with his shoulders slumped. It was as though the weight of their kingdom rested upon the young Prince.
“I’m so sorry for your pain, my son. To give your heart in love only to say goodbye is a pain no Dragon should be forced to endure.” Privlana whispered, fighting the anguish stirring in her heart.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s tease from Return to Walandra. If you haven’t read book 1, it’s available on Amazon for only $2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.
Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s nearly time to say goodbye to 2017. It really was a year full of exciting events for me as a writer. From working with first-time authors to get their book ready for readers to enjoy, to branching out into new and exciting ventures, 2017 has been an interesting year indeed.
I wasn’t able to finish any new books of my own this year, but I was thrilled when my Christmas Novella, Saying Goodbye won GOLD for its beautiful cover. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you get the FREE download on Amazon. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
As the last hours of 2017 tick away, my heart fills with hope for the coming new year. I have several books waiting for me to finish writing them. The second installment of Dragon’s Blood Key, Return to Walandra has been patiently waiting, as well as my paranormal thriller, 4. I had started working on a new series titled Malora Danning which is the story of a woman from a secret real with magical powers. I must admit it’s going to be a lot of fun writing this one. Then as the Christmas Spirit took hold of me, the idea for another Christmas Novella popped into my mind. It’s a shame I just can’t plug my brain into a laptop and have it write the stories swimming around in there. LOL
So, as we enter the new year I wish you all nothing but health, happiness, and success in everything you do. I also pray you have a wondrous 2018, and may all your dreams come true.
This was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It kept me guessing right from the start. As you read you will probably wonder about one of the characters and like me may make up your mind that something isn’t exactly right with him. And like me, you will probably decide what you think he may be. But like me, you will probably be wrong.
As you read this book, tears of joy and sadness may form in your eyes but you will be glad that you took the time to read it. Linda Barton, you are a great author.
Quick and easy read. Completed it in one sitting. Such a magical/spiritual story that will bring you both smiles and tears.
This was an amazing story and an easy read. It put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. It brought up wonderful memories for me and had a bittersweet ending. Take the time to read it and hopefully it will stir up wonderful memories for you too.
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