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Author Q&A with Josh de @Lioncourt | The Dragon's Brood Cycle Book Tour and $25 Amazon GC \ Audiobook \ Swag Bag #Giveaway | #EpicFantasy

 The Dragon's Brood Cycle Series by Josh de Lioncourt is on virtual book tour. The epic fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author int...


 The Dragon's Brood Cycle Series by Josh de Lioncourt is on virtual book tour.

The epic fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card, an Audible audiobook copy of Treasures and Trinkets, or a swag bag of Dragon’s Brood Cycle merch (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).




Q: Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell us something about yourself and how you became an author?


A: I think becoming an author starts with being a reader, and I've been a voracious reader for my entire life. Whether it was Dr. Seuss as a small child, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, Anne Rice, or a thousand other series or authors, I can't remember a time when I wasn't a reader. Telling stories, whether that was through fiction, music, or what have you, grows out of that for a lot of authors. It certainly did for me.


Q: What is something unique/quirky about you?


A: I love toys! I collect Masters of the Universe action figures and enjoy building Lego/Mega Construx sets! Some of my love for these things is born out of being blind, I think. Fantasy fiction, comic books, and science-fiction lend themselves well to amazing artwork. I remember reading Masters of the Universe comics, (and others), watching Star Trek and Star Wars, and so on, before I lost my vision at age six. Now, I experience the artistic elements of the genres I love through more three-dimensional formats, like action figures.


Q: What inspired you to write the Dragon's Brood Cycle?


A: I had the basic idea for the series bouncing around in my brain for the better part of twenty years. During that time, I had a number of false starts—versions of the story that didn't quite work and generally fizzled out. Even as I wrote other things, I kept thinking about it.


At some point shortly before I started writing the novel that became volume one in the series, a few more things clicked, and I realized that Emily Haven (now the hero of the main series) was the character I really cared about and wanted to focus on. So, with the story's lens focused on Emily, everything started to fall into place.


Q: Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? 


A: Harmony's Song and Treasures and Trinkets are two novellas that focus on the backstories of Daniel and Maddy respectively. They can be read with or without reading the main series, although they are meant to connect with and enrich the series as a whole. Treasures and Trinkets, in particular, is one of the things I've written that I'm most proud of. Exploring the characters, their motivations, and their histories is uniquely satisfying, and really helps flesh out the universe.


Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the main character in the Dragon's Brood Cycle?


A: Emily Haven is the protagonist of the main series. She is a high school hockey prodigy whose home life is horrific. She's managed to hold herself together for years through her love of hockey and her best friend, Casey. Her talents on the ice are partially fueled by something she called "the knowing", a kind of sixth sense that she trusts implicitly—until it fails her at a pivotal moment. As her story unfolds, she begins to discover that there is much about "the knowing" and her history that she doesn't understand or even suspect, and all of it is tied up in the destiny of another world.


Q: If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? 


A: It's so hard to choose, but if I had to pick one, it might be Lessa, who appears in Treasures and Trinkets. She's a fun, mischievous sort of person, and she's a marvelous storyteller. I would love to just sit with her and listen to the stories she knows. I suspect she has a great many stories to tell. 😉 


Q: Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? 


A: I imagine that this is a tough question for any author. None of my characters are ever intentionally based off of anyone real, although sometimes, going back, I can see how there are hints of certain people in the characters. For the most part, though, characters are who they are, and they let me know what they think and feel.


Q: Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins?


A: Oh, my characters absolutely hijack the stories! I think that is absolutely how it should be, too. Stories are meaningless if the readers (and the writer) don't connect with the characters, and the characters have to be given the space to breathe. That can sometimes make life difficult for the writer, but there is nothing better than when one of your characters surprises you along the way.


Q: Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?


A: Stephen King, for sure. He's just an incredibly talented storyteller, and of all the advice I've read from various authors, his (offered in the book On Writing) has always been the most valuable to me personally.


Q: Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

A: It's a bit of both. Usually, the main characters of a story are more or less fully realized before I actually start writing. This was very much the case with Emily, Celine, and Michael—three of the main characters from the main series. Very often, though, new characters arrive in the book as I'm writing and demand a more prominent roles that I'd expected. Both Maddy and Daniel ended up this way. I ended up exploring their backstories in Treasures and Trinkets and Harmony's Song respectively, and they've become even more crucial to the series than originally planned.


Q: What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?


A: Whatever is necessary. The Dragon's Brood Cycle plays with (and often subverts) history and mythology from around the world, with a focus on that of Britain and Ireland. While I will sometimes research something specific, it is actually more common for things to happen in reverse; I'll be reading about something interesting from history or mythology, and it will spark an idea or concept that makes its way into the series.


Q: What is your favorite genre to read?


A: I enjoy fantasy of all kinds, from huge epics to urban fantasies and everything in between. Some of my favorite authors in that genre are Stephen King, Anne Rice, Rachel Aaron, Annette Marie, and Molly Harper, just to name a very few. I read a bit of everything, though, with a focus on anything that involves the supernatural or scifi.


Q: What are you currently reading?


A: I'm between books at the moment. I just finished the latest installment in Annette Marie's Guild Codex series, which is a truly spectacular set of urban fantasy novels broken into several subseries. In terms of urban fantasy, it doesn't get any better than Annette Marie.


Q: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?


A: Both growing up and as an adult, I've always had more female friends than male, and I have always tended to connect more with female characters in the books I read as well. As a result, I gravitate far more toward writing women protagonists in most of my stories, so this question made me laugh. I find writing characters of my own gender more challenging and far less satisfying in general. I guess that makes me an oddity!



Haven Lost
The Dragon's Brood Cycle Book 1
by Josh de Lioncourt
Genre: Epic Fantasy 

Legends never die …

Sixteen-year-old Emily Haven, heroine of the girls’ hockey team at Lindsey High, has spent her young life keeping two secrets: her rapidly deteriorating home life and the seemingly supernatural power that makes her a star on the ice. When she begins seeing visions of a ragged boy reflected in mirrors and shop windows, a series of events unfolds that tears her from twenty-first century Minneapolis and leaves her stranded in another world with horrors to rival those she has left behind. Lost amidst creatures of fantasy and legend, she is forced to confront the demons of both her past and future to unravel the riddle of the mysterious boy and embark upon a journey to uncover long forgotten histories and the dark, cloaked figure in the shadows behind them all. Caught between opposing forces of a war she does not understand, Emily must find new strength within herself and, above all, the will to remember her friends.

**Only .99 cents!!**






Haven Divided
The Dragon's Brood Cycle Book 2

Forever is comprised of nows…

Emily Haven and her friends have been given the seemingly impossible task of uniting the worlds—a mission they failed once before, in another lifetime.

But Emily made a promise, and she intends to keep it. A small boy risked his life to save hers, and while Michael sets out to rejoin the Dragon’s Brood, she heads east with Celine and Corbbmacc to rescue Daniel from a band of desert slavers.

Time does not stand still, however, and the dark legends are true. They deal in blue fire; they deal in death; and they travel through the long nights on autumn winds.

Samhain has come, and this year, the harvest will be in blood, gold, and souls.







Harmony's Song
A Dragon's Brood Cycle Tale 


Life is hard for Daniel and the other kids who struggle to live on the streets of Ravenhold, a seaside city allied with the sorceress Marianne and the kingdom of Seven Skies. There is seldom enough to eat, and the nights are cold, but Daniel finds warmth and friendship when he meets the enigmatic Harmony. Their special bond, coupled with the mystery of Harmony’s past, sends Daniel from his life on the streets to the wider world beyond in this short story prequel to Haven Lost and the Dragon’s Brood Cycle.


**Only .99 cents!!**


Treasures and Trinkets
A Dragon's Brood Cycle Tale

Before she was a prisoner in Marianne's crystal mines or just another face among the multitudes in the city of Seven Skies, Maddy had a different name and everything she could want—governesses, gowns, and gold to fill her pockets. And though she wasn't the son her father had wanted, it was inevitable that one day she would inherit his title.

But Maddy's predictable world is turned upside down when an extraordinary servant girl challenges everything she's ever known; there's a wider world beyond the comfortable confines of her castle, full of wonder and magic, and Maddy finds that the one thing she doesn't have is the only thing she really needs.


**Only .99 cents!!**




Josh de Lioncourt is the author of The Dragon’s Brood Cycle, an epic fantasy series. He was born and raised in California and enjoys writing projects in a wide variety of fields, including fiction, music, software, tech articles, and more. He has written on Apple accessibility for Macworld and Maccessibility, hosts or participates regularly on several podcasts, and writes and records music with Molly, his wife. Josh enjoys the works of Stephen King, the music of George Michael, Masters of the Universe, home-roasted coffee, and Los Angeles Kings hockey. He also happens to be blind.


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Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

Three prizes: 

• $25 Amazon gift card 

• Audible audiobook copy of Treasures and Trinkets 

• Swag bag of Dragon’s Brood Cycle merch


2 comments

  1. Love this cover 😀. Sounds like a great book.

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  2. Best of luck with the books and book tour! I included the tour in the Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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