We are pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast and a Blog Tour for the middle grade fantasy adventure “Dragon Defender” by J.A. Blackburn.
The Book Blast will take place from December 8th to 10th, 2013. I will provide you with all the HTML for a Book Blast post that will be very similar to this post, but will include additional purchasing information, and a code for a shared Rafflecopter giveaway (Open WW). You will be able to edit the post to suit your personal style, but you must post between 12:00 am (EST), December 8 and 11:59 pm, December 10, 2013. In exchange for posting a Book Blast post for the Dragon Defender Book Blast, you will earn a spot (Twitter or Facebook or Google+) on a shared Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.
The Blog Tour will take place from January 6th to 26th, 2013. The Blog tour will include a shared Rafflecopter for a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash, open worldwide. Electronic copies of the book (mobi or pdf, sorry no epub) will be provided to all blog tour hosts. Print copies are available for this tour upon request. We are looking primarily for review posts, but we will allow a limited number of author interviews, guests posts, or book spotlights.
* Additionally, the author is interested in sponsoring individual blogs if they wanted to include a giveaway for copies of the book and/or dragon t-shirts (with the full face of the dragon that’s featured on the book cover). *
* At the conclusion of the tour, all those who posted as part of the blog tour will be entered into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 3 $5 Amazon gift cards (or PayPal cash). Please consider this a “thank you” for taking part in the tour. *
About the Book
Title: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1)
Author: J.A. Blackburn
Publication Date: October 19, 2013
Publisher: Pip & Grey
Number of pages: 242
Recommended age: 10+
Summary (Amazon): For over a thousand years dragons have existed in secret . . .
Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can’t figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter’s twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother’s disappearance.
What he finds is a reality far different from what he ever could have imagined – where dragons live in hiding, hunted by poachers for their magical parts, and a small group of men and women work tirelessly to protect them. These are the Dragon Defenders. Peter’s uncle is one. So was his mother. Now it’s Peter’s turn.
* Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest *
My Thoughts: The truth is that I read this one recently. I meant to read the first five chapters, but I ended up reading the whole book! It is a fast-paced, page-turning, adventure-filled book. I loved it and I highly recommend it for children aged 10+ (there is some violence). ~ Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews
“We read an advance copy of this book on kindle earlier this year and our 5th grade son read it twice and is anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Great adventure, really kept our interest reading it together at night. This was one of the kids books I most enjoyed reading myself as well. The characters and the plot are well developed, and appealing to a wide range of kids (both genders). The writing is sophisticated but easy to understand, not ‘dumbed down’ like many kids books. The subject of dragons was so well crafted that it’s easy believe that dragons just might exist, after all.” ~ 5 Star Review, Leigh A., Amazon
“Reminiscent of the Fablehaven series (with just the right touch of Harry P.) this middle grade book is both an adventure and a pleasure…Fast-paced and full of wonder, this book takes middle grade readers on a vivid journey from the southwestern U.S. to Mexico; where jungles, ancient ruins and local folklore add to the enchantment that Peter finds when he discovers that dragons are in fact, real. As a former elementary school teacher, my strong feeling is that kids will eat this book whole, and then turn to searching for dragon eggs in their own backyards!” ~ 5 Star Review, Grace W., Amazon
“Dragon Defender was an absorbing action packed read! The author pulls you in from the first page and I’m not sorry to say I read it all in the first day. I’m 33 but still! This is a fun book for a chapter a night with your 5 year old (my son is loving it so far) or for yourself. The characters are well developed so you feel like you’re really there, and the dragon is so believable. I’d venture so far as to say I had to remind myself that dragons don’t really exist…. or do they?” ~ 5 Star Review, MGC, Amazon
About the Author: J.A. Blackburn
J. A. Blackburn lives in Seattle, Washington in a small white house overlooking the sea with her husband, Jason, her son, Camden, and their dog, Bella. Dragon Defender is her first novel.
For more information about J.A. and her books, please visit http://jablackburn.com/
Dragon Defender Blog Tour Schedule (2014)
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WS Momma Readers Nook (Book Excerpt)
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Cassandra Lost in Books (Review)
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