Author Interview with Darrel Blair

This week my guest author is Darrel Blair, author of The Dragon King Rises. Check out his interview and read more about this great book!


10873025_1018152938211345_8634388086414585333_oIn a time long past, two brothers fought for supremacy. Legend tells of how Sarlon, the Earth Keeper, stood against his twin, Zorlon, the Earth Speaker. Thousands died before good won out. The birth of a second set of powerful twins versed in earth magic, however, is imminent, and the world trembles.

Two Ko’daighan Rangers, Jalyn Sasher, and his cousin Van have a mission: locate the long-awaited twins, and transport them to Dragonfall, where they’ll be taught to use their powers and fulfill their destiny.

Da’ghan, a Landian Hunter, has his own task: locate the twins, and kill them before they ignite a second great war. Skilled beyond his seventeen years, Da’ghan would be a perfect killer were it not for his distaste for wanton murder.

Jalyn’s and Da’ghan’s destinies are about to intersect. Forced to work together despite distrust, the two find themselves standing between the newborns and those who would harm them—or use their power for their own ends.

An epic fantasy in the vein of David Eddings’s Belgariad series, The Dragon King Rises introduces readers to a vibrant new fantasy world where good and evil aren’t as clearly delineated as some would like Da’ghan and Jalyn to think.  An epic fantasy in the vein of David Eddings’s Belgariad series, The Dragon King Rises introduces readers to a vibrant new fantasy world where good and evil are not as clearly delineated as some would like Da’ghan and Jalyn to think.

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Dec 10, 2012 1_19_28 AMDarrel Blair’s wide-ranging education spans six universities, including two years at Georgia State and an additional two years of microbiology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Blair lives in Carrollton, Georgia, with four of his ten children and his wife, Beth. He has seven grandchildren and four more on the way. Retired from a career in sales, Blair writes children’s books and composes music. The Dragon King Rises grew out of the stories Blair told his children, influenced by the thousands of fantasy books he has enjoyed.

Author Interview

Tell us about your book and what inspired you to write it.

“The Dragon King Rises” comes from ideas I had years ago when I would play role playing games with my children. It tells the story of a land that is decaying due to the damage done to it by the last set of twins endowed with earth power, and of a new set of twins who will be born shortly. Depending upon how they are handled, they could either save or destroy the land. My children inspired me to write the story down, and so, here we are.

What is your writing routine like?

As for my writing routine, Currently I write about three hours per day. Then I write poetry or music for a little while. Next I home school my children, and finally I spend some time with marketing. I sleep odd hours, two or three hours here and there, so I work around the clock doing something.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for many years. I had a wonderful seventh grade teacher who started me on a path which led to my becoming an author. So, in answer to the question, I have been writing for forty-five years.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite authors tend to be older fantasy authors. I particularly like David Eddings, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen R. Donaldson.

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing the second book of The Blood Moon Trilogy. It should be a bit longer than “The Dragon King Rises.” I am also working on a children’s book, and I am composing the final songs for my cd. I have some of the music on my website, It is free to listen to, as well as to download.

Tell us about your main character. Is there a real person who inspired him/her?

My main characters are somewhat modeled after people I have known, or possibly to some incarnation of myself. I’ve done so much in my life. It gives me quite a bit to draw from.

What do you hope your readers get out of your story?

I hope my readers enjoy my work, and perhaps are even inspired to write something themselves. Writing is so much fun, and I hope they see that in my work.

Connect with Darrel online on FACEBOOK and on his website

Emerald Barnes Cover Reveal!

Back in June, Emerald Barnes released her Christian novel, Entertaining Angels, and it is with great pleasure that she will be releasing the the follow-up story to it, Before We Say I Do. Today, she reveals the cover for the story set to release on January 13, 2015.

Finding that she couldn’t leave her characters from Entertaining Angels, she decided that their story wouldn’t end there, so she wrote Before We Say I Do. And now, here is the cover:

Before We Say I Do Cover

About Before We Say I Do:

Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.

It’s been one year, and Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?

Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.

Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.


**Please note that in order to read this short story when it’s available, you will need to read Entertaining Angels. It isn’t a stand-alone nor is it a prequel. This is the story of Chase and Mads after the ending of their first book together.**
Cover by RocStarr Art & Design
Emerald BarnesEmerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She tries her hardest to write novels that appeal not only to young adults but to those who are young at heart as well.

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!

When she isn’t writing or proofreading novels, she’s spending all of her time with her nieces and nephews. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd, avid reader, and TV watcher. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

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Sherri Wilson Johnson Book Tour

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Today I’m participating in the book tour for Sherri Wilson Johnson, author of To Laugh Once More and To Dance Once More. Check them out!

To Dance Once More

Romance. Scandal. Desperation. Hope.

Stripped of her future, will she concede or fight?

Debutante Lydia Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. While her sisters happily prepare for their traditional roles as women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independence. She counts the days until she can leave home to explore the world, to dance with cultured gentlemen, to explore politics and art, to leave behind the confining expectations of her family and community—and her God.

Even her friendship with handsome Hamilton Scarbrough isn’t enough to hold her back…until they dance, and her heart considers love.

Confused by her heart’s betrayal, Lydia struggles to gain her independence. Then she overhears a private conversation about a business deal that has everything to do with her future. Now she’s faced with the biggest decision of her life—to concede or to fight. Either choice will require great sacrifice…and, perhaps, countless rewards. In an attempt to escape her imminent destiny, Lydia scrambles to find a solution—at all costs. Amidst the trials that follow, as Lydia runs out of time, she learns the meaning of sacrifice, forgiveness, hope and faith.

Will she ever experience the freedom she’s so longed for, or will her desires change in light of her circumstances? Will she ever be able TO DANCE ONCE MORE



April 6, 1886, Live Oaks Plantation on the outskirts of Gulf Resort, Florida

The warm sun beamed through the lace curtains covering the whitewashed windows of Lydia Jane Barrington’s bedchamber. A salty breeze blew across Lydia’s porcelain face and called her from her deep slumber. Her curtains rose with the breeze and jerked back against the windowsill.

Lydia stretched with a yawn, and as morning nudged her, languorously she opened her eyes. She slid from her bed, cast the covers onto the floor, and sauntered across the sun-drenched room.

She pushed back the curtains, gazed out her window, and drank in the scenery.

The mourning doves cooed, and the bushy-tailed squirrels scampered about the lawn.

Chickens clucked while they pecked at the ground eagerly gathering corn kernels. In the distance, cows mooed, waiting for the farm hands to milk them, unaware that summer waited patiently for its chance to scorch the land. The sun shone across the property, and the moss draped live oaks and towering cypress trees painted shadow puppets on the ground. Lydia yawned again, no longer entertained by this commonplace sight. What else did the world have to offer beyond this vast estate?

As a child, Lydia had stared out this same window and dreamed, like most young girls, of being the lady of her own manor with many children. However, over the past year, her thoughts had been on something more than being like most women who seemingly disappeared in the shadows of their husbands. Of course, she might not have a say in the matter if Father betrothed her to someone who wasn’t her choice and forced her into a loveless relationship simply to increase his money pouch. That was nothing more than slavery, and slavery no longer existed, thanks to the Civil War.

To Laugh Once MoreTo Laugh Once More is a Victorian Inspirational Romance set in Georgia in 1895.

The War may be over but the battles still rage. A dissatisfied wife. A misunderstood husband. Three tragedies will alter their path forever. Will their choices tear them apart, or will they allow them To Laugh Once More?

Three years after her marriage to Hamilton, former debutante Lydia Barrington Scarbrough is dissatisfied with life. She has yet to have children, and she spends most of her days sitting in a circle of women chatting about homemaking. She thought life would be more than what it’s turned out to be. Hamilton travels on business and never takes her with him. What’s a lonely wife to do when she has no children to raise? She longs for adventure and romance, and really, she longs for the fulfillment of her purpose in life. A purpose beyond being a wife and raising children.

Lydia faces a series of hardships that stretch her faith beyond capacity. Leaving her childhood home in Florida for Georgia proves to be more difficult than she ever imagined, and her marriage may not survive the trials. Lydia’s own personal battles drive a wedge between them. What will it take to make Hamilton attempt to save their marriage and draw Lydia back to him?

As Lydia strives to etch out a place for herself in a new world full of unfamiliar prejudice and attempts to overcome her private battles, she must help Hamilton understand her deepest longings and learn the true meaning of joy. Will she surrender her will in order to find her purpose? Will her future hold a happier marriage, motherhood, and a calling greater than she could ever have imagined?



January 1895

Lydia Barrington Scarbrough had promised herself three years ago that she’d never let the joy of her wedding day fade from her memory. Now if only she could, life would be easier, for remembering it made her daily mundane tasks seem like captivity. She stood at the kitchen sink, scrubbing the utensils she’d used to prepare her stew. She stood here every evening at this time.

She could still see herself that day, the youngest Barrington child, standing in white in the gazebo, her favorite childhood refuge, with Hamilton and the minister. Winter flowers and ferns had adorned the gazebo, and lace bows had encircled every column. The Live Oaks mansion had never looked so warm and inviting. A banquet fit for a king and an evening of dancing had ensured the guests would never forget the long-awaited union between Lydia and her prince.

However, Hamilton hadn’t kept his promises. Promises to forsake ambition for her. Promises to take her with him on his travels. He’d said he was doing it all for her, but his motives mattered not for he was doing it all without her. Once he’d captured her heart and claimed her as his wife, he’d chased affluence and societal acceptance but had failed to include her in his world.

She loved him still. She always would. Did his river of love run as deep?

Hamilton’s buggy ambled up the sandy path, lined with hemlocks and palmetto palms.

Plunging her hands into the dishwater, Lydia pushed her dreadful thoughts away. There was no room in a woman’s mind for regret or doubt. No room for fretting over missed parties and forgotten ball gowns. She’d talk to him soon about her concerns, but today was not the day. After a day in St Andrews filled with appointments and the long chilly ride home, he’d want a hot meal and his warm-hearted wife to sit with him beside the fire. Lydia straightened her shoulders and sighed.

Hamilton opened the back door, and she fixed a smile upon her face.

“Hello, my love.” Hamilton stepped up behind Lydia and wrapped his arms around her waist. He positioned a kiss upon her neck after nudging away with his nose a rebellious curl that had escaped her bun.

“Hello.” Lydia closed her eyes and leaned into him, longing for his touch to soothe the ache in her heart.

“Are you well?” Hamilton turned her around to face him, dishwater dripping on to the floor.

Sherrie Wilson JohnsonSherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist, a speaker, and a former homeschooling mom who’d rather have laugh lines under her eyes than worry lines across her forehead. She lives in Georgia with her husband, her two children and her Chihuahua, Posey.

Her favorite thing to do when she’s not with her family is to curl up with a good book or work on her current work-in-progress. She loves to dream of visiting romantic places and is passionate about the Lord, motherhood, homeschooling, and writing. Sherri is the author of To Dance Once More, Song of the Meadowlark, and To Laugh Once More. She is a columnist with Habits for a Happy Home and Choose NOW Ministries.

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