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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

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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

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Alright!

One of my critique group members chastised me for leaving him with too much of a cliffhanger at the end of Diego’s third fantasy dragons novel. “Cliffhangers are good for chapter endings, but not for entire novels.” I liked the ending, but I like a lot of things until good people make strong and correct suggestions that make my books better. Such was the case with this Hispanic book.

It actually turned out really well, and it gave me the ending I wanted, which will either be a brilliant move or a total catastrophe. No hints, but if I was a fan of my last fantasy fiction novel series, Conor and the Crossworlds, I’d be jumping for joy at the end of Diego’s third book.

One more round of critiques from my writer’s group and some comments from individual readers, and I’ll be ready to move forward. I’ll also do one final read through myself.

Benito Gallego, my illustrator, is coming up with some incredible designs. His depictions of Taragon, the fastest of the Sol Dragones, and Icoron, his guide from the Andromeda galaxy, are fantastic. Can’t wait to post them.

A testimonial:

“Another fun little book by Kevin Gerard in the Diego’s Dragon series. This time Diego, Magnifico and company take their adventure to the cosmos in order to save the world. My daughter (who is in the 4th grade, but reads at the middle school level) read this book right after she read the first in this series ‘Diego’s Dragon: Spirits of the Sun. She can’t wait for the next one to come out. Anyone who loves dragons will enjoy reading this book.”

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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Awesome!

I sent a copy of the new hardcover version of Diego’s first Hispanic book to every school in the Humboldt County School District as a gift for their invitation to the Children’s Author Festival. I’ve been receiving emails and thank you cards from librarians at every level, elementary, middle, and high school.

Every message includes a little note about how much the students love Diego’s first fantasy fiction book, Spirits of the Sun. I’m slated to visit two schools, but quite a few librarians have asked me to stop by during the festival.

I get so excited when I hear news like that. I put my heart and soul into every adventure book I write, and instill so much love into each character. Diego is the star of the series, but everyone loves Magnifico, his dragon the most. He is, after all, an amazing creature with an unpredictable personality.

This phenomenon is very similar to the Conor and the Crossworlds series. Conor is the main character, but his big friend Purugama, the flying cougar, is the one readers love. Maybe that’s why Conor landed in Diego’s world in the third Diego’s Dragon book, and why Purugama makes a surprise entrance as well.

Oops! I gave something away!

A testimonial:

“My son bought 2 books, Spirits of the Sun and Dragons of the Dark Rift, and is loving them! We were wondering when you will be at the market off Melrose again and if they are always on special if you buy them in person?”

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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In 90 minutes I’ll be on the road to the Latino Author Summit at the University of LaVerne. Should be very interesting, and well attended, by the look of the location.

I’ll be bringing a poster of Diego’s new fantasy adventure book cover with me. This cover is so powerful, I’m sure the kids who like Hispanic books and fantasy fiction books are going to go nuts!

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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I usually don’t make departures like this, but this is something everyone should see at least once in their lives.

On the first weekend in October, churches all over the place celebrate a mass in honor of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. Everyone is welcome inside the church, with their animal companions. Cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, I’ve even seen horses, cows, and pigs in rural areas.

The service is short for obvious reasons (20 minutes), and afterwards the clergy assembles at blessing stations outside the church. One by one, people bring their animals to receive a personal blessing, a St. Francis medallion, and maybe a treat or two.

The fascinating aspect is that while there might be hundreds of animals of every description, there’s never a problem, an argument, a fight inside the church. I’ve seen these services many times (mostly because I want to pet the animals), and it’s always a wonderfully serene experience.

I urge you to find a church the first weekend in October and witness this amazing event. If you love animals as much as I do, you’ll be glad you did.

And don’t forget to tell everyone you know about the best fantasy fiction books around, Diego’s Dragon and Conor and the Crossworlds!

Onward!

Kevin Gerard

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YEA!

Going to visit a school in San Ysidro in November. Gustavo, the librarian, has invited me down to talk about Diego’s and Conor’s adventure books. I’ll be speaking to roughly 600 students in two different talks, all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Those are my favorite age groups. They’re so full of wonder and awe, and they love fantasy dragon stories.

I’m also talking to a librarian in the Ventura School District about a visit. If she agrees and I can convince another school up there, I can make a day of it. A fantasy fiction book talk in the morning, a quick lunch, and then another author visit in the afternoon.

I love it!

A testimonial:

“The day after you asked if the kids liked the book, I got a voluntary book report from a student on Diego’s Dragon.  He said (in the report) that it was interesting and he liked it, it would make a good movie and he would tell his friends that “it is like the coolest book ever.”  This was without prompting . . . I swear!”

Judy – Librarian – Jefferson Middle School

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds

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AWESOME!

A very nice librarian named Jonathan responded to a query of mine, asking quite a few questions about Diego’s Dragon. He offered to put the first fantasy fiction book, Spirits of the Sun, into their collection if I sent him a couple of copies.

This is great because they have a good percentage of patrons that like Hispanic books. I’m hoping the kids back east go nuts for Diego’s adventure book and spread the word everywhere.

It’s the Eastchester Public Library by the way, part of the New York Public Library system. Maybe they’ll ask me to come back there – never been to New York!

Give Diego your best thoughts!

A testimonial:

“Another fun little book by Kevin Gerard in the Diego’s Dragon series. This time Diego, Magnifico and company take their adventure to the cosmos in order to save the world. My daughter (who is in the 4th grade, but reads at the middle school level) read this book right after she read the first in this series ‘Diego’s Dragon: Spirits of the Sun. She can’t wait for the next one to come out. Anyone who loves dragons will enjoy reading this book.”

Onward!

Kevin Gerard
Diego’s Dragon
Conor and the Crossworlds