Friday, August 31, 2018

Dragons in Film and Television: Part One

Dragons in Film and Television: Part One

Christina Weigand


Dragons in film and television have for the most part followed the path of dragons in literature. See that post here. The fun thing about dragons in film is that we get to see them instead of imagining them. So I tried to find some of the dragons that have graced the screens over the years.

The earliest dragon that I found was an unnamed one in Die Nibelungen filmed in 1924. In this film, the dragon was an evil beast inspired by Fafnir. To portray him the filmmaker created a big puppet that took seventeen men to operate. Needless to say, the beast was a little awkward.


So now we jump forward to 1958 and the dragon in the Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. Again we encounter an evil dragon that must be destroyed by the hero Sinbad and his gang.


Our next installment is an animated dragon from 1959 named Maleficent. Maleficent was an evil queen that turns into a dragon for the final battle with a prince, who of course destroys her. Maleficent seems to have a staying power, as she appeared in a couple of more movies over the years.


In 1978 and 79 dragons become more benevolent as seen in Puff the Magic Dragon and Eliot in Pete’s Dragon. These two dragons are animated although Elliott will later go on to star in an animated/ real life picture made by Disney. Elliott and Puff are less lethal and friendlier. Both dragons befriend young boys and help them deal with issues in their lives. Elliot breathes fire and can turn invisible. We also see the advent of talking dragons.











Now we move into the 80’s. I’ll start with Vermithrax Pejorative from Dragonslayer. This is another Disney film with great effects guys. This is one of your hero stories, where virgins are sacrificed to keep the dragon happy and a young hero who smashes an amulet to save the virgin and the world.


The early 80’s brought us Dungeons & Dragons. The animated show featured the five-headed dragon Tiamet. Each of his five heads makes a different sound and breathes or spews different things. He is a frightening but benign dragon the fights the evil enemy.


Also brought to us in the early 80’s was Quetzalcaotl in Q: The Winged Serpent. Here we saw an Aztec deity ravaging Manhattan after being prayed into resurrection.


Children’s programming had their contributions in 1981 with Spike and Whimsey Weatherbe from My Little Pony.  Both were friendly, cute dragons that helped children navigate through life with some serious life lessons.











That brings us 1984 and Falkor in The Never Ending Story.  Falkor is a luck dragon that combines a dragon and a dog. He breathes blue fire and swims through the air. He is one friendly and fierce dragon. He is modeled after a Chinese dragon.


The next one I found was released in 1991. The film and the dragon were named Ghidora. Ghidora was a three-headed dragon from outer space that breathed gravity beams instead of fire. He was Godzilla’s biggest nemesis, coming from Earth’s Cretaceous period and then spending 130 million years in space before returning to terrorize Earth.


We can’t leave the 1900’s without taking a look at Draco from Dragonheart. Released in 1996, Draco was a talking dragon that interacted with humans for good. He was depicted as a wise, ancient race as opposed to a mindless monster.


There are many more dragons than I could cover in one post so I just highlighted the ones I felt were most important. Come back September 27 to see where dragons have gone in the 2000’s. Bensvelk Thurkear (good night in dragon) until we meet again.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Book Spotlight: Sweet Surrender

Rebecca Tran

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Sweet Surrender is the second book in the Dragons of the South series. It follows the leaders of the Southern territories. All of my books are designed as stand alone books. However, the  series is better when read from the beginning. All the the books tie into one another. The previous characters make appearances in Sweet Surrender, not to mention you'll miss all the romance.  

Sweet Surrender is available for presale now. It launches 9/4/18


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Blurb:
After two years Tess is back in Arizona. Her father and her tribe needs her help. As much as she wanted to stay away, she can’t deny them. Some good came out of it at least. Dean is the local werewolf alpha and her current boyfriend. She was beginning to think he was part of the reason she was suddenly pulled home. Then Tess ran into her in a coffee shop. Tess’ world tilted. Mac the reason Tess left Arizona in the first place. She is every bit as beautiful, and she comes with a delicious partner Paxton. Tess’ neat little world is about to get very complicated. Will Tess walk away again or surrender to her desire?

Mac is the new leader of the dragon’s Southern Territory. So far she and her partner Paxton has had one problem after another. They were thrown in the deep end from the start and are barely treading water. Sorting out the problems on the territory is a huge headache that’s left the pair exhausted. The bigger drain on Mac most days though is her relationship with Paxton and their non-existent sex life. She is at her wit’s end until she sees her ex. Tess, the one that got away. When Paxton meets Tess, he finally shows interest in their love life. He is falling for the wrong woman, and Mac is desperately trying not to do the same. Tess broke Mac’s heart once, now she’s worried the same will happen to Paxton. However, both their beasts are pulling them helplessly towards Tess at every turn. Can Mac resist her past love? Can she keep her partner from the same heartache she felt or will they both risk it all for love?

Excerpt:
Mac sat down and turned on some music. She hoped the noise would distract her. A minute later she heard the water run in the kitchen and she smiled. Paxton couldn’t help himself. Mac set her wine down and closed her eyes. Paxton’s magic relieved a lot of her stress. She was going to enjoy it for now. 

Paxton came in a short while later and massaged her shoulders. Damn if it didn’t feel good. She hadn’t had a male dragon touch her, aside from the one disastrous night with Paxton, in almost four years. Mac melted into it. Her dragon was nearly purring. She had to stop now before this got out of 
hand.

Mac got up. “Alright, your turn,”

“Mac, I don’t need it” Paxton protested.

“Let me do something nice for you.” Mac pleaded.

Paxton relented and sat down. Mac moved behind him. She rubbed his shoulders trying to ignore how broad they were. Then she moved down his back overlooking the muscle that covered it. Mac was trying not to get turned on. She wasn’t succeeding. Female dragons gave off a scent when they were aroused. As a lead, she could hide it for a time, but even a lead had limits. 

Mac yawned and stretched. “I didn’t realize how tired I was.” She moved off towards her room.

Paxton caught Mac’s wrist stopping her. She stared down at him unsure “You always forget I can sense your emotion, Mac. Why are you trying to hide this from me?” 

“You don’t want this Paxton,” Mac explained. 

Paxton pulled her onto his lap and kissed her. Mac wasn’t sure what was happening. Paxton wrapped his arms around Mac holding her close. His hands moved along her ribs leaving a trail of heat where ever they touched. Paxton’s tongue slid past Mac’s lips darting in and out of her mouth teasing her. One of his large hands found her breast. It squeezed gently dragging a moan out of her. 

Mac broke it off just as quickly as it began. She got up heading towards her room. “Mac, it’s not that I don’t want this. I don’t want to ruin our partnership.” He called after her with a growl in his throat. Mac smiled as she went in her room.

Other books available in this world: Dragons of the North: box set & Hunted Dragons of the South

                   




Rebecca is an award-winning author, and blogger. While her first works were fantasy novels, she has branched out into other genres ranging from paranormal to sci-fi. Although, it wasn’t until Rebecca wrote her first dragon shifter series that she fell in love with writing paranormal romance books. 

When not writing Rebecca is a full-time pharmacist and mom. She has two rambunctious girls at home and a spoiled Boston Terrier. When she has free time, Rebecca likes combing antique shops and flea markets for unique teapots to add to her collection. She also enjoys sewing and quilting. For more information on her or her work visit her website  or her page on Our Author Gang.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Author's Day at #OurAuthorGang

Meet Our Authors and Guest Authors


Today we celebrate authors
It's not a National Author Day but today, we're celebrating authors on our blog.
We celebrate those people who have strung together words, forming sentences that weave tales of imagination, leaving us longing for the rest of the story.


 Writing a book is easy, right?

Let me tell you a story. A friend decided to write a novel. I encouraged her and a few months later I asked her how the story was going.
"I'm done. I'm finished!"
"Great!" I replied, thinking that she had finished the book. "Send it to me, let me read it, and then I'll help you to publish it."
"Right! Let me send you what I have. Check your email in a few minutes."
She hung up but what she said and how she said it didn't sound like a happy writer who just finished a book, so I was anxiously waiting for the bling of my email alert.
When the email arrived, instead of a manuscript, she sent me this picture as an attachment:


"What happened? The beginning sounds great, why don't you continue writing?"
"Why?" she shouted. "Why? Because I wrote three pages and then I changed my mind about the plot and deleted it. Then I wrote five pages but I had another idea and deleted that one too. I've been doing that for six months nonstop. Write, delete. Write again, don't like it, delete again."
"Yeah, just... write your stories and let me read them. And, never, ever mention it again that I should write a book. Okay? I saved this on my computer as a reminder to never, ever attempt to write a book, ever again. And don't you tell me that writing is easy, okay?"
"Well, I never said that writing is easy. All I said was that writing a book is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've ever done."
~Erika M Szabo
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Although writers enjoy writing, they put countless hours into writing, rewriting, and rewriting again. Self-published authors also invest a lot of money into editing, formatting, book cover, and publishing. Traditional publishing is not free either, the publishers invest money into getting the book ready and to publish it.
The authors deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else, don't you think?


The Author Gang Authors


Genres:
Magical realism, fantasy, suspense, children's and health-related books






Erika M Szabo
Founder & Manager of Our Author Gang


Erika became an avid reader at a very early age, thanks to her dad who introduced her to many great books.

She lives in New York and when her daughter moved out of the family nest, she started writing.

Erika writes magical realism, alternate history, epic fantasy novels as well as fun, educational and bilingual books for children ages 2-17 about acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values such as accepting people with disabilities, dealing with bullies, and not judging others before getting to know them.

Genres
Contemporary, Metaphysical and Sweet Christian Romance, Prose/Poetry, Self-help, Romance for the over 50 group, Suspense, Dragon Fantasy






Grace Augustine


Editor and award-winning author, Grace Augustine, was born and raised in Northern Montana. She currently resides in Iowa.

She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2003 and speaks publicly regarding this autoimmune disorder.

Grace has written sixteen books in seven different genres. Her love of writing began in her early teens.

She enjoys acrylic painting, old movies, and promoting independent authors and musicians, hearing from her readers.

Genres
clean adult & children's fiction, many genres 






Toi Thomas
Co-manager of Our Author Gang


Toi is a blogger, fur-baby mom, geek girl, techie, cinephile, bibliophile, and a foodie. Born in Texas but considers Virginia home. A former special education teacher’s assistant, Toi now works as a behavioral therapist.

Toi entertains paranormal fans with her Eternal Curse Series. She dabbles in multiple genres with her short story collection, Legend of the Boy... She educates and entertains young readers with her picture books, and even writes sweet romance as, Glorie Townson. 

Genres:
Paranormal and young adult






Lorraine Carey


Lorraine is a veteran children's reading specialist, teacher, and an International Award-Winning Author.

Her love for paranormal stories and urban legends began at a young age when staying up all night to watch spooky movies or reading a scary book started a lifelong passion.

Lorraine is no stranger to the paranormal, as she has encountered many unexplainable events during her lifetime. Many of those events have been woven into her fiction tales.

Genres:
Fantasy and children's books






Christina Weigand


Christina Weigand's a writer, wife, and mother of four grown children. She is also Nana to four granddaughters.

She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she's working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.

Genres:
Romantic suspense, romantic thriller, paranormal, supernatural suspense, and contemporary romance.






Joanne Jaytanie


Joanne Jaytanie writes romantic suspense, romantic thriller, paranormal, supernatural suspense, and contemporary romance.

She loves to submerge herself in the world of her characters, to live and breathe their lives, and marvel at their decisions and predicaments.

Joanne lives with her husband and Dobermans, in their home located on the Olympic Peninsula with a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.

Genres:
Non-fiction






Ruth de Jauregui


Ruth de Jauregui is a Cali girl, born and raised, and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest. She studied fine art and commercial art.

After an assortment of jobs, she worked as a book designer for Bill Yenne at AGS. While there, she wrote, "Ghost Towns" and "100 Medical Milestones That Shaped World History." She published "The Soul of California - Cooking for the Holidays" and "50 Fabulous Tomatoes for Your Garden" as an indie. She is working on a crime noir meets urban fantasy novel. 

Genres:
Fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, romance






Rebecca Tran


Award-winning author Rebecca Tran’s first works were fantasy novels. Since then she has branched out to other genres ranging from paranormal to sci-fi. Although, it wasn’t until Rebecca wrote her first dragon shifter series that she fell in love with writing paranormal romance books. 

When not writing Rebecca is a pharmacist and mom. She has two girls at home and a spoiled Boston Terrier. When she has free time, Rebecca likes quilting and combing antique shops for teapots to add to her collection. 

Genres:
Dystopian sci-fi






Nicola Mc Donagh


Nicola McDonagh is known for her unique writing style. She is the author of the unconventional sci-fi/dystopian Song of Forgetfulness action-adventure series, and the award-winning short story anthology, Glimmer.

She loves to play around with the written word and the visual image and has been a photographer, actor, director, scriptwriter and other less exciting things, before settling in Suffolk, UK, with her musician husband, and a plethora of rescued cats and chickens.

Genres
Heroic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Space Opera, Sword & Planet, Horror, and Children's Fantasy








Joe Bonadonna


I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where I learned to play guitar and first started writing. 

My Dad first got me into reading and into films when I was about 8 years old. I’ve been a fan of fantasy, horror and science fiction for as long as I can remember. I’m a big fan of hard-boiled crime and mystery novels, too.

I also write for Janet Morris’ Heroes in Hell series, have appeared in a number of anthologies, and often contribute to Black Gate online magazine. 

Genres:
YA multicultural fantasy, contemporary fiction, and poetry


Tricia Drammeh

Tricia is an author, editor, and blogger who lives in New Hampshire with her family. She writes a variety of genres including YA multicultural fantasy, contemporary fiction, and poetry. 

Through her blog and her book, The Essential Self-Publishing Guide, she is dedicated to helping aspiring writers achieve their dreams of becoming published authors. When Tricia isn't working on her latest novel, she can be found walking her dog, devouring books, or drinking tons of coffee.





Sandra Bouquet Carslick

A Craniosacral therapist/Energy Medicine Practitioner and creative author of In This Moment…the little book of emotions.  Primarily living in Maine, she spends winter and early spring in Arizona.  Her interests are mind, body, spirit medicine along with cycling and hiking.  Facilitating healing has been her life’s chosen mission, but Sandra’s most important role is to be the “Saint Anne” to her Grandchildren Yassine, Amine, Rylee and Warren.

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We love to have guest authors on our blog to bring a great variety of genres to our readers. Grace is our master at inviting authors to the blog and Rebecca and Joe had brought a few guests too.

 
Guest: David Leask
 
 
 
Guest: Keriann McKenna
 
 
 
 
 
 







Authors we are happy to introduce


Joe Ferguson


Ferguson is an author, poet, and journalist appearing in a small press, regional, and national publications. He wrote propaganda for a variety of entities for 25 years.

His books include two short story collections: Southbound, Shillelagh Law; two poetry collections: Reflections of a Scurvy Bastard, Destination Known; and a job-search parody: Dave Doolittle's Resumes That Work, So You Don't Have To.

Barbara G.Tarn


Barbara G.Tarn had an intense life in the Middle Ages that stuck to her through the centuries.

She prefers swords to guns, long gowns to mini-skirts, and even though she buried the warrior woman, she deplores the death of knights in shining chainmail.

She’s a writer, sometimes artist, mostly a world-creator and story-teller. Two of her stories received an Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future contest.

Teel James Glenn


I’ve had stories in over a hundred magazines from Weird Tales, Spinetingler, SciFan, Mad, Black Belt, Fantasy Tales, Sherlock Holmes Mystery to Crimson Streets, and others as well as tales in close to a hundred anthologies in many genres.

I am also the winner of the 2012 Pulp Ark Award for Best Author and my short story “The Clockwork Nutcracker” won best steampunk story for 2013 and has been expanded into a novel.

Cindy J. Smith
Genres:
Poetry, children's books


As far back as she can remember, Cindy has written poetry. Wife, mother and grandmother, she has a myriad of memories to draw from. Not good at playing the part of "starving artist", she's had many careers.

Recently she retired from being an OTR truck driver with her husband, Dave, which provided different views of the world. 

Cindy has published seven poetry books and a children's book. Her poems also appear in anthologies as well as several books by fellow authors.

C J McKee
Genres:
Fantasy, sci-fi


I have been writing short stories and doing other forms of art since I was very young. 

Math was never my strong suit, but the art of writing? Ah, now that’s what I enjoyed the most. Anything creative appealed to me, and writing gave me so much more than merely painting a picture. I could create anything I wanted using the written word. 

I have done some type of art most of my life and graphics as well as web design for the past twenty years. I love the creative aspect of graphics and art as well as music. Creativity is utmost in my endeavors.

RA Winter
WEBSITE
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Genres:
Magical Realism, Fantasy Romance. Paranormal Romance

RA Winter, began her writing career under her married name, writing genealogy books. However, her love for reading romance novels intruded in on her daily activities.

RA spent many years traveling the world and has lived in many different countries. Turkey, Egypt, Germany, and Jordan, have all been called "home" at one time or another.

Now you can find her quietly living in Pittsburgh, Pa, with her husband, writing her next novel.


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The Author Gang and our mascot, Loki
Loki is our virtual dog. When we held a Book Cover Contest on our blog, we thought we needed a mascot and we had a lot of fun choosing the right name for him. As Joe said, "The best thing about Loki is that he doesn't need to be walked and fed." But Loki tells stories sometimes with his best buddy, Toi. Loki is not particularly interested in books, besides chewing them to bits just like any other dog, but he says, "Woof" which probably means "Hello" in doggy language.
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