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Guest Post – Deb Sheldon – Devil Dragon

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BOOK TITLE:           DEVIL DRAGON

GENRE:      MONSTER-HORROR NOVEL

PUBLISHER:             SEVERED PRESS

RELEASE DATE:     LATE NOVEMBER

Today on Tales From The Scribe, I have author Deb Sheldon as a guest. Deb is dark fiction writer from Melbourne. Her latest book is called Devil Dragon and it looks fantastic! If you are interested in horror, monsters, and of course Australia – then this is the book for you. Give me a message if you would like to review or host an interview with Deb on your blog.

 

From to inspiration to completion: how I wrote Devil Dragon

devil-dragonBack in late 2014, I was making headway into the horror genre after a few years of publishing crime fiction. I had just learned that Kaaron Warren, guest editor of Midnight Echo magazine, had accepted my short story, Perfect Little Stitches, for publication. That sale boosted my confidence tremendously. Perfect Little Stitches had supernatural elements; for my next story, I wanted to feature a real, flesh-and-blood monster set in Australia. But what kind? The obvious subjects – sharks and crocodiles – didn’t interest me.

So I delved into our natural history and explored the Megafauna age. Prehistoric Australia was occupied by huge beasts like something out of a nightmare. Ducks the size of emus, the precursor of the emu three metres tall and weighing over half a tonne. And then the apex predators, chief among them Varanus priscus: a huge Komodo dragon.

Hooked, I decided to write a short story set in modern-day Australia starring a living Varanus priscus.

Except that the more I researched, the more plot possibilities I found. This was by far the most research-intensive tale I’ve ever written. I jumped from one fascinating piece of information to another. The learning curve was so steep as to be almost vertical: I spent weeks learning the ins and outs of hunting, firearms, Komodo dragon biology and behaviour. I discovered that the Australian bush teems with dangerous, feral animals. How could I resist including wild boars in my story, when they can grow to over 200kg and would kill you as soon as look at you? By December 2014, Devil Dragon had asserted itself as a novel.

The plot centres around Dr Erin Harris, a scientist who has an unscientific obsession: to find a living Varanus priscus. Cryptozoologists call it the Devil dragon. This giant Australian reptile became extinct some 12,000 years ago but like Bigfoot or Nessie, there are occasional sightings. Spurred by a credible witness, Erin cobbles together an expedition party consisting of herself, the witness, and his deer-hunting neighbours. They travel into the unexplored heart of a national park. Erin, believing the Devil dragon to be a larger version of the Komodo, is confident she can outwit a specimen. However, the monster that lumbers out of the bush is a savage and unpredictable predator the size of a campervan. Erin must transform herself from genteel university lecturer to die-hard survivalist.

Though I loved every minute of the writing process, creating the Devil dragon itself was the most fun of all. There is scant information on the actual Varanus priscus, so I created my own monstrous version. However, I wanted it to be as realistic as possible within the novel’s fantasy framework. I turned to various experts, including herpetologists, who checked my manuscript for technical accuracy and offered valuable suggestions.

The novel has suspense, action and gore, but it is Erin’s character arc and her relationships with the three members of her expedition that tie the story together. Thematically, Devil Dragon is about intellect versus physicality, ambition versus humiliation, rationality versus fear, and humanity versus the brute force of nature.

Erin will do anything – risk everything – to find a living specimen of the reptile that has been her enduring fixation. She knows that finding the Devil dragon would be more important than the discovery of Archaeopteryx (a dinosaur with feathers), the missing link that bolstered Darwin’s theory of evolution. New species are found all the time – insects and fish, in particular – and no one but experts gives a damn. But the entire planet would go crazy at the discovery of a living, breathing 10-metre killing machine with a mouthful of teeth like butcher knives. Erin wants fame, immortality, to rewrite a chapter of reptile palaeontology – and to put to rest, finally, the ghost of her dead father, a mean drunk who begrudged her any success and gloated at her failures.

But things don’t turn out the way Erin wants or expects…

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Deborah Sheldon is a professional writer from Melbourne, Australia. Her short fiction has appeared in well-respected magazines such as Quadrant, Island, Aurealis, Midnight Echo, SQ Mag, and Tincture Journal. Her work is also found in various anthologies. Upcoming titles include the crime-noir novellas, Dark Waters and Ronnie and Rita, the horror collection, Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, and the contemporary crime novel, Garland Cove Heist. Other writing credits include television scripts such as Neighbours, stage plays, magazine articles, award-winning medical writing, and non-fiction books for Reed Books and Random House Australia.

Visit Deb at http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com Sign up for her monthly newsletter and receive a free ebook of literary short fiction, 300 Degree Days and other stories.

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Silk Road Memoir

I am sharing this post with permission from David Farland

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You may have heard about the Silk Road scandal in Time magazine, Wired magazine, or any of a hundred other places.

Curtis Green took a job working for a company called Silk Road, where (unknown to Curtis) his boss, nicknamed “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was trafficking drugs over the internet.

When the FBI and the DEA got wind of it, they set Curtis up in a sting operation, staging a drug bust using planted evidence.

When Curtis’s boss found out about it, he hired a hit man to cover his trail, but the FBI found out about it and staged Curtis’s assassination. The Dread Pirate Roberts got two life sentences for his crimes, but the story wasn’t over.

The FBI and DEA agents that were investigating the crimes decided to steal millions from Silk Road.  Now they’re also in prison.

Curtis wants to tell his story and clear his name. He needs your help!

Please watch the  Youtube Video Curtis has created all about his book ‘Silk Road – A Memoir.

The webpage to help is HERE

 

Dance of The Gods – Preview

Today I am releasing a preview of one of the stories in my Tales From The Scribe collection. It is from the story called – Dance From the Gods. I hope you enjoy.

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

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Ryukan hurried through the forest, his breath coming faster. He needed to find the holy water before he made his way home. Tonight was an important night for him as Ryukan was making his debut and his mother would never forgive him if he failed to show up without the water gift. The hunter knew he was getting closer, the trees had mossy sections on their trunks, that only water could provide. The sunlight flittered through the canopy of leaves that made the ground seem like it was swirling. Taking a few steps forward, careful not to break any branches or disturb the holy place, he stopped, tilting his head to the side. Very faintly the sound of trickling water could be heard.

Ryukan lifted a tree branch gently and ducked under it, making his way to the sound. Glancing around this area of the forest he smelled the scent of water again, this time slightly stronger. The smell was sharp, with a clear tone that was invaded with the musty and deeply pervasive scent of earth. He took a deeper breath, something inside him loosening in contentment. He could stay here forever. The flap of a wing and the shadow flying towards him on the ground was his only warning of the swooping Magga Bird.

Ryukan swore and ducked, but not quick enough to avoid losing a few strands of hair. Slight pain lanced through his scalp, Ryukan looked at the slight smudge of blood on his hand from where he touched his head. It was no use shaking his fist at the Magga Bird, it only tilted it’s head and stared. The hunter knew it had been a sign from the Gods to get moving, he couldn’t stay here forever. It would be dark soon and he needed to be back for the Great Festival.

Giving the Magga Bird a nod of gratitude, he changed direction and followed his nose and as the trees thinned out he could make out the sound and then shine of the river he sought. Ryukan pushed through the foliage and stopped as he came across a vision he had never seen before, one that could get him into a lot more trouble than just being late.

If you would like to find out what Ryukan sees, then you can get the collection at these places.

Smashwords

Amazon (Kindle & Paperback)

Kobo

Book Depository

Tales From The Scribe Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tales From The Scribe by Tarran Jones

Tales From The Scribe

by Tarran Jones

Giveaway ends September 15, 2016.

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Tales From The Scribe is now LIVE

That is right.

You can now read my collection ‘Tales From The Scribe’ It is officially live on Amazon with the Kindle and print version.

Book Depository available HERE

Kindle available HERE

Amazon Paperback available HERE

Kobo available HERE

Smashwords available HERE

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Time twisting, dystopian, and epic fantasy stories

Tale of Cerdiwen
Cerdiwen of Llyr was thrown into another time. Suddenly faced with the real people and situations she was just reading about, will Cerdiwen be able to do as Taliesin instructed? Can she save her mother?

Life After Death
What really happens to us after we die? A question asked by many over the years. Gillian goes on a dark journey to discover her own life and death.

Dance of the Gods
Looking a noble in the eyes is punishable by death. This is what Ryukan faces when he comes across a noblewoman who is lost in the woods. Can the Dance of the Gods change Ryukan’s fate?

Icons of Power
Australia is in ruins.
Light and Dark are fighting for control of the Icons of Power. Whomever has then, can change the world. The race is on to gain control of the last Icon.

It has started to get some great reviews already!

Jul 15, 2016 Kayla rated it liked it 3 Stars

Tales from the Scribe consists of a collection of four short stories by Adelaide writer, Tarran Jones, and joined by a mystical theme. Each short story is broken into chapters, making it easy to read in small bursts, or as a whole. The e-book version which I read was beautifully typeset and visually appealing throughout.
The first story is Journey of Cerdiwen and centres around a Druid girl, Cerdiwen who time travels during a ceremony to change the course of history. The goddess, Epona, guides
her hand, leading her through time to her mother (from whom she was stolen) in time to prevent a war.
The second, Life and Death, is perhaps the one I engaged with most. It follows Gillian, a woman who commits suicide, through her journey into the afterlife. It speculates about reincarnation, and the beginning and end of life being centred on blood and pain.
Read the whole review HERE

Kathryn White reviews it on her site

Tales From the Scribe by Adelaide author Tarran Jones moves at a fast, though strangely dreamlike pace where the imagery and setting can change in an instant–and it works.

Read more HERE

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