Rise of the Draman

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#1 in Children’s Folk Tales & Myth Collections

#1 in Teen and YA Sword & Sorcery Fantasy Books

(On April 19 & 26)

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Orphaned as an infant, Croft spent his early years in the harsh confines of the Abbey, dreaming of befriending a dragon. When the day finally came, an accident leaves him utterly changed and bonded to a beast named Rueloo. Facing prejudice and fear, Croft builds a quiet life in the nest among his dragon friends – unaware his unique abilities would soon be needed.

With a powerful foe marching towards their borders, King Augustus appeals to the dragon child for his help. Croft’s example of sacrifice, kindness, and bravery inspire the people of Spiredale to unite and overcome. With the dragons, they forge a powerful alliance and embrace an entwined future neither were expecting.

In this five-story collection, join Croft and Rueloo through a series of adventures filled with intrigue, survival, love, sorrow, and triumph. Their bond is only the beginning…(Suitable for ages ten-adult.)

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See what my readers are saying!

“A well written fantasy with dragons and riders, kings and nobles, and enough action, humor and pathos to craft an enjoyable read. The story works well, with steady, easy world building that has the reader learning along with our young hero and his companions and ends on a positive promise for the future.”

“I found this to be such a happy, light, easy read. I love the variety of dragon characters and the bonding idea. The book was a collection of short stories, each one with a new plot device or adventure without being overwhelming. I would highly recommend this book to children and preteens especially, but I feel all dragon enthusiasts will enjoy it.”

“Croft may have begun his life as an orphan but he’ll end up playing a major role of the destiny of the kingdom of Spiredale. Whether it’s taking on dangerous wild animals or other dragon bonds going completely awry, this complete story bundle delivers an endless series of adventure, tears, and laughter the whole way through. Highly recommended.”

“A well written adventure story that is suitable for all ages. A young boy, Croft, dreams of dragons and has many exciting things before him when he meets them. Very creative, imaginative storytelling that will appeal to any age group. Thanks for the reading pleasure!”

“A great epic fantasy and adventure story mixed with mythology and folk tales. Great for all ages, but younger audiences will love it more. The author’s portrayal of the dragons’ humanity, communication, and feelings is absolutely magnificent! Overall: written with excellence, intriguing, complex, a lot of new dragon elements, and a fun read.”

“Very creative, imaginative storytelling that will appeal to any age group. Thanks for the reading pleasure!”

“Elliott has written a story full of characters who are realistic and relatable. The stories flow together perfectly and you get to be part of a new world as it is being built and developed. I want more!”

“I loved Rise of the Draman. Clean language, wonderful nonstop adventure, and an interesting take on dragons and their bonded. I really hated for it to come to an end.”

“A wonderfully-timed release! In a world of uncertainty, this uplifting saga of triumph was just what I needed.  I also greatly appreciated the strength and wisdom portrayed in very young people without losing the wonder and inexperience of their youth. Something for everyone in here!”

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The writing of 

RISE OF THE DRAMAN

Rise of the Draman launched on April 6, 2020. Here’s how it came to be.

Over a year ago, tired of the series I’d been working on, I decided to take a break and try my hand at a short story. Up to this point, my smallest work came to just under 34,000 words – in the mid-novella range. Could I actually write a short story? I had no idea. Would it be the same as writing a novel? Turns out the answer is a resounding NO!

So, how in the world did my foray into shorts end up as a 109,000 word five-story collection, spread out over 400 days? I’m glad you asked, and as it happens, I have a perfectly reasonable explanation. Hang on – this gets a bit convoluted.

I’d been toying with the idea of a fantasy story involving dragons, which meant a new topic AND genre. The “Grand Experiment” began with Dragon Child, a medieval tale about an orphan boy who accidentally becomes part dragon. I finished it in just under three weeks and quickly realized I had a problem. The manuscript was way too long to qualify as a short story (at nearly 12,000 words!), and there was so much more to say! This wasn’t too surprising, but it left me in a quandary.

My theory has always been to write until the tale has finished telling itself, no matter the word count. Obviously, I was not cut out for short story writing, so I decided to forge ahead anyway with a series of “shorter works”. At the time, I loathed the idea of writing another novel length book, and thought the novelette idea was much more manageable. And so it began, and continued…

By the time books two and three (out of five) were finished, I needed to make a decision about how to market them. The original idea was to publish each one separately, releasing them one at a time over a six month period. All the self-publishing gurus said it would result in greater sales and more recognition for my brand. Exactly what I needed! What I hadn’t figured on was the enormous expense of publishing five titles in quick succession.

With a very small writing/publishing budget, it soon became clear I would never be able to afford the original plan. Instead, I decided to finish the five stories bouncing around in my head and then sell them as a collection. As the months flew by, a number of things (work, health issues, a major move, the holidays) got in the way and slowed my progress considerably. To remain motivated, I decided to serialize the stories and feature them on my blog.

In the end, very few people actually read them, but it gave me the impetus to continue and finish the project. Somewhere in the middle of book four It dawned on me I no longer needed to worry about word count restrictions. This resulted in story number five being three times longer than the others! It also became clear I would have to go back and fix the first four, fleshing them out with all the detail I’d withheld earlier in my quest to keep them short.

It took over two months, but I ended up adding over 28,000 words of new content. In addition, the book now has four beautiful hand-drawn maps to guide my readers! My biggest disappointment is probably the book’s cover, as it is not what I imagined it should be. My go-to cover artist could not even come close to what I wanted, so I went with a pre-made cover site and found one that was workable but not very exciting. Someday, I hope to switch it out for something better.

As I look back now, I recognize how many things I learned in the writing of Rise of the Draman.

  • Creating short stories is talent unto itself, and one I do not have.
  • Fantasy (and dragons) are fun to write!
  • The medieval period is fascinating and I thoroughly enjoyed the research.
  • I consistently underestimate the time requirements for my WIP.
  • Book descriptions are hard to write, especially for a collection.
  • Though I love my books, I’m sick of them by the time they’re done!
  • Characters really do take on a life of their own, and I come to love them.

I don’t know what the future may bring, but I have a sneaky suspicion I’ll be returning to Croft’s world before long. After all, there are a lot more story ideas waiting in my files!