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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Friday, August 21, 2009

ArcheBooks Publishing Releases Choices Meant for Kings
Or...The Dragon announces the release of the second novel in the Choices trilogy today and the bookstores will have their copies soon, but until the book-publishing-industry hoops are jumped through, you can order your copy of Choices Meant for Kings from the ArcheBooks site with a 25% discount now.

Fantasy Author Sandy Lender will post a few excerpts from the new fantasy novel at her Web site this weekend, but early testimonials, information, and a free sample of the first few chapters is up at the publisher's site right now. Get your hardcover edition with the publisher discount or get the eBook format for only $3.99.

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Kindle Declines as eBook Ease Rises Elsewhere
Or...The Dragon brings you Kindle's degeneration with good news attached

As the technorati among us have discovered, you can read electronic books on a plethora of devices. The Kindle from Amazon has its nifty features; the Kindle II gets the paper (newspaper, that is). But a recent article from Fox News shows you how the simple Blackberry or other pda can pick up those electronic versions of novels and bring you up to speed with your fave characters. (The link is in case that anchor text didn't work for ya.)

Keep in mind, all the eBooks from ArcheBooks Publishing, including my Choices Meant for Gods and next week's release of Choices Meant for Kings can be read on a Blackberry, a Sony eReader, a computer screen, etc. And no Big Brother at Amazon or one of their affiliated publishers will rescind the content after the $3.99 purchase...

Bonus Note: How much does a Kindle cost these days? Nothing if you win it from AuthorIsland. Fantasy Author Sandy Lender is participating in their Kindle giveaway this month. Good luck to you!

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Calling All Fantasy (and Sci-Fi and Horror) Readers to Context 22
Or...The Dragon invites you to Columbus, Ohio

Fantasy Author Sandy Lender will participate in a variety of panels at this year's Context convention in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 28-30. Get more information on this inexpensive but jam-packed convention for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror enthusiasts at Special Guests include the Nebula Award-Winner Catherine Asaro. I bring her name to your attention not only because she rocks, but also because one of the reviewers for the upcoming Choices Meant for Kings compared my work to hers. Nice?

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Fantasy Author Sandy Lender Launches the World’s Coolest Fantasy Web Site EVER
Or…Check out Sandy Lender’s new fantasy Web site

So maybe that headline is a wee bit of an exaggeration, but, dudes, I totally have the coolest Web site I’ve ever seen. The gal who created it for me, Rae Monet, rocks the house. It’s at I encourage you to check it out. I encourage you to bookmark it. Come on back and visit it frequently because I update the News and Worlds pages most often. The Books page is going to get updated here pretty soon, too. Hooray!

If you want to be “nudged” when there’s an update at the new fantasy site, you can become a follower here and I’ll let ya know. Easy breezy on your part.

“Some days, I just want the dragon to win.”
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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Hear Fantasy Author Sandy Lender on the Radio
Or...The Dragon talks about dragons, sea turtles, Charlotte Bronte, Amanda Chariss, blogs, companion parrots and the new release of Choices Meant for Kings on the radio

The interview was only 10 minutes, but we covered a lot of ground. You can hear it (and my parrot Daisy) at this link: Just scroll past the Google ads to the gray table--my interview is saved at the top of the list currently (Wednesday, Aug. 5). Enjoy!

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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Monday, August 03, 2009

Petri's Singing Roxanne
Or...The Dragon's exhausted from stress

What do these things have to do with each other? Petri's breathing had an unacceptable "click" sound to it this morning. He panted at me and I heard the "click" once or twice. My vet probably didn't realize she was on speed dial...

So my poor little sun conure had to endure a trip to the vet where we learned that he has a small broken bone. At some point yesterday, he must have fallen off his perch or flown into something when I wasn't in the room...something happened and he broke his keel. I am beyond distressed! The poor little thing! I can't imagine what went through his little bird mind when it happened. And I can't imagine what pain his little bird body was in. I feel so sorry for him.

Luckily, this is all the vet found wrong. His breathing is actually fine. So she gave me an antibiotic (to be sure nothing "sets in" around the break or with any of the air sacs in the area) with a pain reliever mixed into it. I dropped the appropriate dose in a tiny cap of blue Gatorade (Petri LOVES blue Gatorade) and he drank it up like manna from Heaven. Thank goodness! So he's already had his first dose.

He's also settling in quite nicely under a heat lamp, which is the reference to the "red light" in Roxanne. When I first put the regular heat lamp on him this afternoon, it was just a normal heat lamp from one of the reptile cages. (Sorry, Josh.) But I be-bopped out to the pet store this evening and got this nice little night lamp for Petri. He seems to have accepted it with no worries. He's such a well-adjusted little sweetie. I really feel sorry for him and I'm mortified that I didn't notice he'd fallen anywhere hard enough to break a bone.

(The blue thing in the middle of his cage is his cozy hut. The yellow thing next to it is one of his toys. You can't see them all, but he's currently got four toys in there for tonight. I'll add a couple more to encourage him to spend more time resting/napping in his cozy tomorrow. He's supposed to be calm and quiet the next couple of weeks.)

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Sea Turtle Indecision
Or...The Dragon found turtle tracks this morning

In fabulous news, I found sea turtle tracks during my patrol this morning. What's bizarre is I found three. Two were obviously false crawls; quick turn-arounds where the turtle came up on shore, did a fast pivot, and went back out to the Gulf. The third, pictured here, looks like the disturbed sand of a nesting. Woo-hoo!

As I left the beach, I ran into a fellow Turtle Time volunteer (Hi, Chris!) who had two false crawls in her zones. We checked the first one out and it looks like her nightly visitor had a wider plastron than mine, so we may have had two turtle ladies seeking good nesting spots last night. How wonderful is that?
I posted a few extra pictures on my facebook page. You can be a fan of Fantasy Author Sandy Lender there.

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

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