Reclamation Book Three of the Leland Dragon Series by Jackie Gamber
Author: Jackie Gamber
Featured Book Release
Book Three of the Leland Dragon Series
February 24 to March 2, 2014
“Judging a Book” – by Jackie Gamber – Reclamation Blog Tour
The old adage about never judging a book by its cover holds true in the case of people, or situations, or other life lessons. But what about if you really are deciding whether or not to buy a book? Isn’t the cover just about all you’ve got, at first glance?
I’m lucky enough to have a publisher who understands the value of book cover art. Seventh Star Press has developed a stable of artists whose works have held up as a standard; even winning awards for the cover art!
Matthew Perry is the artist who developed my book cover for “Reclamation”, book three of the Leland Dragon series. He’s done each of the books in the series, in fact, and I appreciate his sixth sense for how a whole novel story can be captured in a single image.
For “Reclamation”, in particular, when I saw the first image of the cover, I knew immediately Matt had found the one poignant moment that the entire book is about. That’s exciting!
One of my most favorite experiences with writing the Leland Dragon series, too, has been seeing the interior art, also provided by Matt. It’s one thing to write a character in my own head, and then something else to see that character given a face, and an expression. It’s as if I’m saying, “This is what I see. What do you see?” It’s magical when it works!
I’ve never felt talented as a drawing artist, so I’m doubly impressed with anyone who can use a pen or pencil to make people. I have to make mine with words.
About the Author: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea Store.com, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.
Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.
Leland Province remains in danger. The sinister Fordon Blackclaw has returned from the shadows to strike at the heart of neighboring Esra, killing its Venur and making clear his intentions to retake what was once his: Mount Gore, seat of the Leland Dragon Council.
All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.
Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had imagined.
Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken.
War is here.
Perhaps the whole world.
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