Hey readers! Ethan here with an awesome post for you today courtesy of my family over at Crimson Tree Publishing. Today I am beyond honored to be the blog tour stop for a novel that stopped me in my tracks. One of my all time favorite (and highest rated) authors wrote this one to near-perfection. Today we're hosting A Castle for Dragons by Julie Wetzel. Today's post will feature an incredible Guest Post from Wetzel as well an an amazing giveaway! Here's a bit about the novel and out author before we get to the fun:
Castle For Dragons by Julie Wetzel
Dragons of Eternity, The First Archive
This is a Crimson Tree Publishing Title
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: August 11th, 2015
With a dragon ravaging the countryside, the Prince of Dragons sends out his best man, Patrick Markel. His orders—to secure an abandoned castle and stop the foul beast from stealing more maidens. This shouldn’t be an issue for an Elite of Eternity.
But there is more going on than there seems. When other dragons are sighted in the area, the town sends their maidens to their new lord for protection… and Patrick’s life becomes a lot more complicated. With the dragon he’s hunting acting odd and a castle filled with women distracting him, how is he supposed to do the job he was sent for? And what are the ladies going to do when they find out he’s the other dragon in the area?
Julie Wetzel is a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, and what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling she's crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.
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Fiction! Fantasy verses Paranormal.
Hello everyone. I’m new to this whole blogging thing, so I not really sure how this should start, but the question has been asked and I feel it needs to be answered: Which do you like writing more, paranormal or fantasy?
I wanted to start out with something witty about fiction writing being anything you wanted it to be, but I think that goes without saying, so I’m just going to jump straight into it. Because, when this question was asked, I didn’t know how to answer it.
As a writer, I’ve delved into the realm of fantasy without as much as a life line back to reality, but I hadn’t sat down and made a conscious choice on what form that fiction would take. I build the worlds to fit the story without worrying where it fell in the realms of paranormal and fantasy. It took tearing my two series apart to see the differences. This is what I found.
Vampires and werewolves have been around since the dawn of time… or so that’s how it seems. They are well established in their rolls. Anyone that doesn’t live under a rock knows that vampires suck blood and werewolves get hairy once a month. So when I started writing Kindling Flames, I had already established canon to use as fodder. Even most of the fay had stories that could be used to base characters on. So, while there was a fair amount of world building needed, it was more research and taking what was already there and changing it to fit my vision. But, if you changed it too far, you had better be ready to defend yourself.
I had a lot more freedom when writing the Dragons of Eternity Series. Dragons are one of the classic fantasy creatures, but there’s less predetermined information available. While there are dragon shaped holes, you can stuff just about anything in them and be accepted. No defending necessary. This is how it is, accept it or put the book down.
With going into world building, writing fantasy took more effort because there weren’t set rules to follow. If I wanted magic, I could drop it in without explain where it came from or how it works. Bam! It’s there because I said so. Don’t like it, too bad, because that is how it is. But on the other hand, while the paranormal world was based on the real world and mostly established, anything that stepped outside the lines of excepted reality had to be explained. There had to be a reason it was there, and if that reason isn’t plausible, you had better be ready to catch flax from it.
But that still leaves the question, which do I like writing more, paranormal or fantasy? Well, for me, that question isn’t answerable. An answer would mean that I liked one more that the other and I can’t commit to that. I enjoy both forms of fiction and I write in whatever form fits the story best. And for my next trick, vampire dragons!
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Alright readers, that's all I have for you today on the topic of A Castle for Dragons by the absolutely incredible Julie Wetzel! As you guys well know, I am one of Wetzel's self-proclaimed biggest fans so it's truly an honor to host this incredible novel here on the blog today! I highly recommend this series to any reader looking for a unique read to add to their TBR, I promise you will not be disappointed. Huge shout out to the team at Crimson Tree Publishing for allowing me to participate. Until next time, Happy Reading!