Archives for the month of: October, 2013

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In 24 hours I’ll be dropping Little Man and Jesse the WonderCat off at their Mommy’s house. They get to stay with her and their brother and sister while I’m up north at the festival. Poor Jelly has to stay here by himself because Mandy and Toby don’t know him yet. That might be too much to expect from any babysitter. I have a caring neighbor who will look in on him every night, and he’s come to love his new home. I think he’ll be all right.

In 36 hours I’ll be watching the sunset from my room at the Lost Whale Inn in Trinidad. I remember when I was in grad school and I heard about the Lost Whale being reserved three years out for each graduation. It seemed like this untouchable place I would never get to enjoy, but now I’ll be there for a much needed rest.

I’ll formally visit two schools during the festival, and the students are very excited. I hope to give them an experience they’ll never forget. It’s so magical for them to have an author come to their school, even if it’s just little old me!

Thanks Conor and Diego for getting me invited to this awesome festival 🙂

Here’s a link to some incredible books – WOW

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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Awesome!

Benito is working on the next illustration for Diego’s third adventure book. Diego has a vision of traveling back 500 years to Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec empire, where he sees a boy buying a statue of Magnifico from a vendor. When he realizes it really is Magnifico, he steals it and runs for his life. Four Mexica soldiers catch him and take him to the nobles, who will decide the outcome of Diego’s crime. The illustration shows Diego being carried by the soldiers. It’s just a sketch, so keep checking back to see it in its finished form.

This Hispanic book is going to be so amazing! I love writing fantasy, and like Conor’s story, Diego’s story is getting better and better with every fantasy fiction book.

Check out the Diego’s Dragon blog on wordpress.com to see the illustration.

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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Wow!

A fourth grade fan of Diego’s fantasy fiction novels created the coolest shrine to the series. She put both adventure books together on a desk and decorated it with trees, dragons, and more!

I’m honored!

If you want to see a picture of this, go to Diego’s fantasy dragons website (www.diegosdragon.com) and click the Reader Comments link, or go to wordpress.com and search for Diego’s Dragon. I’m putting the picture on the website this morning.

Maybe that will be the next contest – having fans create their own shrine to Diego and Magnifico – but this one will be hard to beat!

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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Congratulations to Starr, Star-Lynn, Taylor-Rae, Tamera, and Jordan, for entering the five best subtitles in this year’s fantasy fiction novel contest. Starr Culwell’s entry, Battle at Tenochtitlan, took first place – check out the cover on this web page:

http://www.diegosdragon.com/buybookthreesoon.html

Many thanks to all the students who entered subtitles for this Hispanic book contest. You are all dreamers, and don’t ever change, for dreaming is what makes life an adventure.

A testimonial:

I love your fantasy fiction books so much! Tanner – Desert Charter School

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

In a week I’ll be jumping on a jet to fly to San Francisco, and then I’ll climb into a prayer plane to fly to McKinleyville, CA for a much needed rest in Humboldt County. I’ll be staying at the Lost Whale Inn for a few days and then at the Eureka Inn during the festival. Here’s the website about the festival.

http://www.authorfest.org/

25 authors and illustrators will come to Humboldt from throughout California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Florida and Indiana. They will travel to 60 Humboldt County schools, talk about themselves and their work to thousands of school children, and spend a day at a public autographing session in the Main Library in Eureka, where their fantasy dragon books can be purchased.

I can’t wait – 2011 was so much fun!

A testimonial:

“Conor and the Crossworlds is the perfect blend of fantasy and adventure.
Action around every corner! Conor is my favorite character for his courage and bravery. People can relate to him.” – Andrew – Portland, Oregon

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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YEA!

Three more schools have signed on this semester for school visits. I’m psyched, and so is Diego, Conor, Magnifico, Purugama, and all the characters in my adventure books.

We love visiting schools and talking about awesome fantasy fiction books that they’ll love to read! Can’t wait to meet each and every student!

The action starts tomorrow at Fallbrook High School – let the fun begin!

A testimonial:

“I got a copy of your first book for my 4th grade class.  I need another copy of the first book because the kids have worn it down.  Let me know how I can get an extra copy. Thanks, Randy.”

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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Here’s the latest illustration for Diego’s next fantasy adventure book. Taragon is the fastest fantasy dragon in Magnifico’s army, and his guide, Icoron, is from the Andromeda galaxy. He’s the best guide in the history of the Sol Dragones. They make an unbeatable pair!

If you want to see him, go to wordpress.com and search for the Diego’s Dragon blog. I’m posting it right now.

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds