The launch of the Dragon Train is FINALLY here…
RJ reads the first two chapters from DRAGON TRAIN, Sunday April 11, 3:30 pm MDT, as part of the 2021 QuaranCon science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction online convention.To see the schedule of the entire event, details about the authors, artists’ alley, etc. go to QuaranCon 2021.Since the “damnpenic,” as RJ calls it, still has most of our normal activities shut down, you can recreate the “Con experience” online at this great event which will be presented on YouTube.The link above will be your passport to worlds of fantasy and futuristic wonders. Don’t miss it. The entire con starts April 8th and continues through the 12th.See you there, virtually!
RJ’s Panel Discussion, January 9TH
Promoting His Latest Book: Dragon Train
My Story Guy got a positive start to 2021 by participating in a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators panel of New Mexico MG and YA authors sharing their newly published books while they discuss their process, struggles, and successes. Video is available: Visit RJ The Story Guy’s webpage for the details and links.
RJ’s Interview on Treasure House of Books Facebook Page
RJ just finished an interview with John Hoffsis and you can find it on his Facebook page: Treasure House of Books and Gifts–as we discuss Dragon Train. View the interview at your convenience. Thanks, John for the opportunity to talk about Skye and Jaiden.
(Here’s Trixie cuddling her very own Skye the Blue Dragon stuffed toy)
Right now, you can find out more about the Young Adult story which begins the journey through three or more books chronicling the Dragon Train Quest.
About Dragon Train for those interested in the details
(otherwise, visit our other pages on this site for fun info, etc.)
Jaiden, a 15-year-old farm boy, lives near Hilltop, a Medieval-type village and has never been more than a few miles beyond his home. He lives with his widower father who works the boy hard and treats Jaiden rather abusively. In this world, people have enslaved dragons as beasts of burden and as something like guard dogs and soldiers.
There are three kinds of dragons characterized by their various colors: Gold (dog-sized) Dragons trained to hunt and serve as guards; Silver (about the size of a cow) trained to carry gold dragons on their backs and to serve as soldiers and hunters; and Blue Dragons (somewhat larger than an elephant) who are trained to tow Dragon Trains (powered by a low-flying dragon rather than a steam engine).
The Gold and Silver dragons aren’t very intelligent, but obedient to humans and easily trained. The Blues however, are very intelligent and can communicate with each other telepathically although most humans are not aware of their ability to communicate. For many centuries dragons and humans were enemies, but in the last couple of generations, humans have become clever enough to overwhelm and enslave the dragons.
But the Blues long for freedom and escape from human control. Jaiden and Skye, an escaped Blue Dragon, encounter each other and a close, friendly relationship develops as the Blue Dragon with the young man’s help escapes servitude towing a Dragon Train. The pair avoid capture while they are pursued through the forests and caves of the Emerald Forest. Eventually, they travel to Portville, a large city where the Dragon Train camps and training grounds are located.
But can the pair free her family and escape to a far northern land where dragons may live free?