Book Talk: Waterdragon-Watching

Many thanks to Kevin Cooper for inviting me to his site for Book Talk. Little did Kevin know I was going to take him Waterdragon-Watching with the Heiress. He ended up being braver than I.

Source: KC Books and Music 

I rush down the ramp to the dock girding Elan-Sia, a tier city drilled into the midst of the glimmering delta. The river and sea are brilliant with luminescence, a sheet of liquid light that draws my eyes.

Kevin’s been waiting for me to talk about my new book, Catling’s Bane, and I’m late. But I have an excellent reason. “Guess what?” I catch my breath as I join him. “Instead of Book Talk, we’re going waterdragon watching!”

“Waterdragon watching?” He props his hands on his hips.

“Can you believe it?” I’m giddy at the thought. “While browsing the first-tier markets, I happened to mention that the heiress is in my book. The next thing I know, she’s offered to take us sailing. I couldn’t very well deny her, could I?”

“Is that her?” Kevin gestures toward the city, and I swing around. Lelaine-Elan, the heiress to the Ellegean throne, approaches with her escort of guards. She appears younger than her seventeen years, petite and pink-cheeked with a fall of blond ringlets. Her jacket brushes her boots, and she’s wearing an azure underdress with a wide belt.

We face her and bow. “Our respects, Heiress.” I point a sideways thumb at my friend. “This is Kevin Cooper.”

“A pleasure.” Lelaine dips her chin. “Shall we depart?” She doesn’t wait for a reply, so we clomp down the royal pier behind her. I imagine we’re taking one of the large cutters or ferries, but she climbs down into a single-masted catboat. I give Kev a nervous smile, and when he shrugs, we clamber aboard. A guard hands down a heap of blankets.

“We won’t travel far beyond the breakwater,” Lelaine informs the guard, and when he retreats, she hauls up the sails. Kevin stows the blankets, and I stare at the alien sea. “Is there anything I can do, Heiress?”

“Tell me about your book.” She cleats the stays and sits by the tiller. “I’ll manage the boat, and Kevin shall scout for waterdragons. I’m in no hurry to return to my duties, so if we wish, we may wrap ourselves in wool for a nighttime view of the sea. It’s lovely, brighter than the moons.”

Kev grins at the idea while I’m rethinking our adventure. The boat’s dinky, and I forgot my Dramamine. Too late to back out, I hold on as the balmy wind catches the sail and the catboat glides from the pier…

(Continue Reading: Book Talk: Waterdragon-Watching)

47 thoughts on “Book Talk: Waterdragon-Watching

  1. Mahmoud says:

    Nice idea with posting choice
    And again thanks for ur likes

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  2. What a fun way to introduce and chat about your book. So creative (and probably a lot less *eek* for you). 😉 Great read!

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  3. reocochran says:

    So much fun, Diana! I would need a bit of warning as although I can enjoy sailing and love swimming, I get sea sick or motion sickness on small crafts (boats or planes)! We have this in common. . .
    How great to have the string willed teen princess, Lelaine be in charge and adventures ahead. . . 🙂 I love the description of her clothing with long jacket, belt and azure dress with cinched wide belt!! I study your details to picture this dramatic beginning, D.
    Heading over to the “rest of the story.” See you there!

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    • That seasickness gets me every time, Robin. Lelaine does have a strong will, but she has a tough time as the book progresses! I’m so glad you pick up on the details too. You must be a “visual” reader. Me too. Have a great week, my friend. 🙂

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  4. I am rarely on Word Press these days but just happened to take a look and found this. Very intriguing!

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  5. Cecilia says:

    What a great reading! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks so much!

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  6. Whoo Hoo! What a fun adventure! But I did start feeling queasy because I didn’t take my dramamine either.
    I just love the way you write and pull me right into your stories.

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  7. I think this really happened, Diana. I love the way you put us right there, from the beginning.

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  8. So much fun and creative! Love it

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  9. staceywilk says:

    Brilliant! You are a gifted writer.

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    • Thanks so much for the kind comment, Stacey. It’s a different way to promote and was fun to pull together. The best part was writing Kevin into the scene without his knowledge! Ha ha. Thanks for the visit. 😀

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  10. This was soo much fun to read! Thank you for bringing the rest of us on your waterdragon-watching adventure. The Heiress could probably make a few bucks if she wanted to guide tours 😀

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  11. How wonderful, Diane! Writing yourself into the world of your story is a great way to promote the book. You do it brilliantly!

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  12. Steven Baird says:

    What a great way to promote your work, Diana. Very creative and engaging. Completely wonderful!

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    • Thanks, Steven. It was really fun to do something different and drag Kevin along with me. Little did he know! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Kevin’s Book Talk is conducive to creativity of all sorts. I hope more writers try it. 🙂

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      • Steven Baird says:

        It’s a really unique approach. And it’s a great way to define a particular character outside the confines of a specific narrative. I think that’s a very cool idea. 🙂

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        • You might try something? A tour of Handsome or something? We could time it with a repost of my review 😀

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          • Steven Baird says:

            Hmm… Coincidentally, I pull out my map of Handsome a few days ago (yes, I actually have one). I’m definitely no cartographer, but it helped to give me a sense of the town’s geography and specific locations. I took me a few days to construct it, and it might be fun to post it with a few details of how the town evolved prior to actually writing anything down. I’ll work on it. 🙂

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  13. Nice visit and the book sounds like an awesome adventure!

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  14. You’ve done it again, Diana! Lured me into another fantastic adventure… xo

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  15. I never expected a lunch break watching water dragons, Diana! Wonderful! Mega hugs.

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  16. What an absolutely fun interview to read!

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  17. Ok you got me. I drop any book for water dragon watching.

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  18. Phil R says:

    Your creativity knows no limits, D. 🙂

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  19. I think I’d enjoy waterdragon-watching 🙂

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