FALCO is the second book in my ‘Gaia’ fantasy series, exploring the magic of the natural world. It is due out in November from Accent Press.
Here is the cover:
More info soon…
I’m delighted to introduce YA author Sofi Croft to my blog. She is here to tell us about the Dragon of Krakow, which inspired her new novel, ‘Indigo’s Dragon’.Her post below also includes an intriguing extract. There are purchase links at the end of the post. Don’t miss out on this brand new Accent YA adventure. Over to you, Sofi…
The Dragon of Krakow is a famous dragon from Polish folklore. He lived in a cave in Wawel Hill, on the banks of the River Vistula, and spent most of his time terrorising the population of Krakow. The cave, located underneath Wawel Castle and Cathedral, is now free of the dragon and has become a popular tourist destination. A metal dragon can be found outside the cave, breathing fire every few minutes.
Stories about the Dragon of Krakow have been told since at least the 12th century, and as with most stories of that age that are many different versions. All of the ones I have found end with the dragon being destroyed; sometimes slain by a prince, but more often poisoned by a tailor or shoemaker using a sheep stuffed with sulphur.
The Dragon of Krakow was one of the inspirations for Indigo’s Dragon. I took the story and thought what if …? I expanded it, weaved in other threads, and twisted it into another tale.
Like living things stories often grow, evolve and reproduce, and I hope by borrowing and changing the story of the Dragon of Krakow I have not done it an injustice, but helped to keep it alive.
Here is a short extract from Indigo’s Dragon, which features the indestructible story of the Dragon of Krakow:
Rue sat and pushed her fingers into the sand. ‘He grew up in Krakow, when the city was young. It was beautiful. Cobblestone streets, wooden buildings, roofs painted gold and blue, willows drooping into the clear blue waters of the River Vistula, and a stone castle on a green hill overlooking it all. The people were peaceful and happy.’ She turned to Indigo and her eyes darkened with anger. ‘That was before Smok came.’
‘The dragon?’ Indigo sat next to her, and she continued.
‘Krakow never recovered from the damage he did. Dragons can be so destructive.’ Rue shook her head. ‘Over time the smoke cleared, the ash washed away, houses were rebuilt, crops grew back, livestock recovered, and trade returned. But it wasn’t the same. Every family had lost a loved one, either killed by Smok, or by the starvation he caused. The people changed from peaceful to warlike. They built armies and weapons. They were scared, suspicious, and selfish, thinking only of self-preservation. Orava was a tailor. He made beautiful clothes for the king and the princess. Smok turned him into a killer.’
‘Orava killed Smok?’ Indigo felt a pang of grief. He had thought Smok was alive – Omi kept pointing to the sky and saying his name, as if she were waiting for him.
Rue nodded. ‘Orava filled a sheepskin with explosives, sewed it up, and planted it near Smok’s cave.’
‘Boom,’ Indigo whispered, remembering the picture on the side of Opi’s book.
‘Orava never forgave Smok for making him do that, or for what he did to the town. He’s still angry about it, and the anger eats away at him.’ Rue looked at Wojtek, who was now swimming towards them. ‘So you see he has good reason to hate him. To hate all dragons.’
‘Indigo’s Dragon’ (Indigo’s Dragon #1) by Sofi Croft is a children’s fantasy novel full of adventure, mystery, monsters and dragons.
It is published by AccentYA on 23rd June
You can find out more about Sofi and her books on her website www.soficroft.com
Leonardo DiCaprio deservedly won the oscar for epic film ‘The Revenant’. Collecting his award he said a few things about the environment.
“Climate change is real… it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species”.
“Let us not take this planet for granted”.
Like ‘The Revenant’ my novel, PICA, explores our relationship with the natural world. Luke is challenged to find a way to save our dying planet, and with the help of his enigmatic friend, Guy, he begins to uncover some of the secrets and ancient magic of nature.
Pollution, deforestation, garbage, over-population and our obsession with consumerism are some of the ways we are killing mother earth. Doing the recycling and not using plastic bags is great, but how can we stop the horror on a global scale?
PICA is a novel set in the modern day, that explores ancient magic and our relationship with the natural world.
“One of the most charming fantasy novels I’ve read in years. Real characters you will come to love and hate and a story you can’t stop reading. An engrossing and original story, beautifully told. Wonderful!” Michael Moorcock
“It’s one of those ‘one of a kind, never read that before’ books … it’s a great read and will change your perceptions of the world and make you think twice about what humanity really is.” Confessions of a Book Lover
Luke hates nature, preferring the excitement of computer games to dull walks in the countryside, but his view of the world around him drastically begins to change when enigmatic loner, Guy, shows him some of the secrets that the very planet itself appears to be hiding from modern society.
Hidden behind the everyday screen of school and family life, Luke tumbles into a fascinating world of magic and fantasy, where transformations and shifting identities become second nature.
THE LAW OF CHAOS: THE MULTIVERSE OF MICHAEL MOORCOCK is now out in paperback and eBook formats.
‘Jeff Gardiner’s ‘The Law of Chaos’ is a must for any fan of Michael Moorcock’s work. Here you’ll find fascinating stories about the author’s life, but also a thorough appraisal of his vast catalogue of work, plus an examination of the enormous influence Mike has had – and continues to have – upon the SF and Fantasy genres. A work of love – and written with colour and style.’ Storm Constantine
From Jerry Cornelius and the Eternal Champion fantasies to Pyat and more recent novels, THE LAW OF CHAOS is an entertaining reader’s guide that explores the life and achievements of MICHAEL MOORCOCK, one of modern literature’s most influential figures. All Moorcock’s works are examined and discussed in detail, from early fantasies to his later philosophical novels.
With an introduction and other material by Moorcock himself, THE LAW OF CHAOS travels the moonbeam roads through the enigmatic multiverse of a celebrated literary icon that is accessible to all.
“Jeff Gardiner’s excellent book has offered me many fresh insights into my own work. I can genuinely celebrate the publication of this book.” Michael Moorcock
Read a sneak peek here:
‘A well-written overview of Michael Moorcock’s complete works. This is an ideal book for anyone looking to get a quick critical grasp on Moorcock … very illuminating.’ Stephen Theaker
I can now finally reveal the fantastic cover.
Pica Pica is the Latin name for magpie. The novel is set in the modern day exploring the awakening of ancient magic and our relationship with nature.
And … yes, that is a cover quote from the great Michael Moorcock!
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