Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Choices Meant for Kings Gets Another Great Early Review
Or...visit Cheryl's Book Nook

Just a quick note here while I continue unpacking boxes from the move this weekend: the industrious reviewer/interviewer Cheryl of Cheryl's Book Nook has posted her review of the upcoming fantasy novel from Fantasy Author Sandy Lender, Choices Meant for Kings! It went up on Sunday so I'll provide the direct link here. Hurray for my heroine, Amanda Chariss! She's getting all sorts of attention these days, eh?

Enjoy the review.
And thank you to Cheryl for the positive affirmation!

If you're in need of the first novel in the Choices trilogy, Choices Meant for Gods is still available for a special price at Amazon, and at a 20% discount on the publisher's site in hard cover. The eBook is also available at ArcheBooks Publishing for $3.99, which I think is a fabulous deal.

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday Update
Or...the dragon hangs her head in shame

I must apologize for neglecting all you visitors. Cancer is a horrific excuse, but the great news is I'm doing well. I'm recovering nicely from my most recent surgery/procedure and my first chemo treatment didn't knock me out. Woo-hoo! So I'll get back to posting with some regularity as we go through this little mess. For today, this is just an update to let you know I have a guest blog for you writing fiends over at Capes and Coffins that you should find "fantastical." He he.

In the meantime, be sure you've got your copy of Choices Meant for Gods! (they've restocked it at Amazon)
The second novel Choices Meant for Kings has been moved up on the production schedule; the reviews and marketing blurbs are comin' in like mad and they're all insanely great! So as soon as I have a release date, I'll shout it from the rooftops and let you know how to pre-order. But get the first book so you're not trying to play catch-up while everyone's talking about the second book. It's going to be like Harry Potter when this thing hits the shelves. ( should read these reviews, people. It's going to be big!)

Have a great Tuesday!
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Wednesday's Inspirational Quote of the Day
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."
— Charlotte Bronte

Fantasy Author Sandy Lender wishes you an independent day to be as creative and free as you wish to be!
Keep reading for today's contest winner announcement.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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We Have a Winner
Mario Acevedo gets the goods from our pseudonym contest

During the month of June, a host of authors and writers shared their views and stories of using pen names here at The Dragon. Each time one of you perky visitors shared in the discussion, you entered the contest to win a couple of eBooks. Hooray for Mario Acevedo, the winner of those books! (He was the first one I pulled from the Duran Duran tour cap that I could track.)

So congratulations Mario!
You get electronic copies of Raven Bower's Apparitions and Sandy Lender's Choices Meant for Gods. (I've read both and I can highly recommend them. Although I don't recommend reading Apparitions close to bedtime...or while seated in a parked car waiting on anyone for any length of time...)

Our July theme is "There Once Was a Dragon" and the prize for participating in the discussion is listed back on July 7th. Enjoy and good luck to everyone!

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tuesday's Inspirational Quote of the Day
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Fantasy Author Sandy Lender wishes you a fabulous day!
Keep reading for today's installment in our dragon theme.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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A July Dragon Theme Post
From Guest Blogger and Romance Author Tina Murray

(During the month of July, Today the Dragon Wins will be dotted with dragon fiction for your reading pleasure. Enjoy and interact with us to enter the contest for the eBooks A Chance to Say Yes from Tina Murray, Choices Meant for Gods from Sandy Lender, and a year's subscription to the financial e-zine from Laura Crawford of Crawford Writing & Marketing. Be sure the follow the rules posted on Monday, July 7, which detail how to "encrypt" your e-mail address.)

There Once Was a Dragon

There once was a dragon named Larry
He was huge, yellow-green, and quite hairy
But he caused no fear
'Cause he was a big dear
Of this dear dragon none could be wary

You can catch Tina's blog on Blogger and check out info about her just-released romance A Chance to Say Yes on Amazon. The publisher also has it available in eBook format here.

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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Monday, July 07, 2008

There Once Was a Dragon
Or...this month's theme is for fun

For the month of July, I've invited writers to submit a story, poem or other creative writing piece that contains a dragon or mention of a dragon to entertain you happy visitors. So far, there haven't been a lot of takers because…well…it's not easy to just pop off a story with a dragon. For those of us who've been writing fantasy for ever and a day, it's like talking, but for others, it takes more effort and meeting a deadline ain't happenin'. So I'm proud to announce that a few of my writer friends have not just accepted the challenge…they've done a nice job with it. You should be entertained!

Because I'd like you visitors to encourage these writers and authors, and I'd like to hear what other writers and readers around the blogosphere think about dragons and dragon lore and dragon poetry, etc., we're holding a contest for commentators to win some coo-el free stuff in conjunction with the "There Once Was a Dragon" story postings. If you follow the commenting guidelines, you could win an electronic copy of the romance novel A Chance to Say Yes by participant Tina Murray, a one-year subscription to the financial e-zine from Laura Crawford of Crawford Writing and Marketing, and an electronic copy of the epic fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods by host Sandy Lender. If I wasn't in the process of moving (SURPRISE) into a new, non-foreclosed apartment by the end of the month and undergoing another biopsy (SURPRISE) to figure out what kind of lymphoma I have, I'd have written a new dragon story for you all as well. As it stands, I have one in the works that I just might share when my divorce proceeding in the middle of the month is finished, but the pre-trial paperwork and prep is taking a little more time than I expected. (Yes, that would be amid the other crap. A writer's life is never dull, let me tell you. I've got enough fodder out of the past two years to write an insane memoir that NO ONE would believe.)

So sit back, relax, enjoy the dragon stories a few of my author and writer friends have prepared for you, and comment on them to enter the contest for the free goodies. But when you comment, you MUST include your return e-mail address. You can put it in "code" if you wish. MyName at yahoo dot com. Or MyName at netzero dot com. Whatever the case may be. I can figure that out. What I can't figure out is who the devil you are if you log in anonymously and set your blogger surfing on "no reply". Then you miss out on winning the cool stuff. I have no way to contact you when I pull your strip of paper out of the Duran Duran tour cap…

Enjoy and good luck!
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