An #EnterTheFantastic Cover Reveal w/ Notes | A new voice in #dragonfiction has created “Under the Lesser Moon” by Indie Publisher Mythos and Ink!

Posted Friday, 21 August, 2020 by jorielov , , 4 Comments

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

By now, you will realise how smitten I am with dragons as this is a favourite topic of mine – except to say, you also know I’m a discerning reader of #dragonfiction wherein I am quite particularly particular about the kinds of *dragon stories!* I will read. So far, lightning has only struck twice to where I have found myself so wholly enthused and wondrously enthralled by a series involving dragons and their societies wherein their worlds were brilliantly realised by their writers to where it heightened my own interpretation of their world through my mind’s eye. Honestly… after reading a glimpse into this new world… I felt redeemed a bit more because I always feel like I’m in the minority about the kinds of dragon stories I love to read.

I have only previously found two series and authors who write #dragonfiction in a style of narrative and scope of their world which resonates with me as a reader. Those authors are Jackie Gamber with her Leland Dragons series and Elizabeth Foster with her Esme’s Wish series both published by fellow Indie Publishers (Seventh Star Press, Odyssey Books). These are the kinds of dragon stories which lift my bookish soul to new heights in Fantasy because of how the authors have developed their worlds!!

Despite my longer journey into the world of Dragon Fiction and the many different routes of discovery I undertake to find dragons agreeable to me as a reader (ie. I am not an appreciator of the evil dragons and/or dragon fiction which is explicitly violent or bent towards the darker side of a dragon world; I can take adversity but leave some Light to permeate the Darkness!) – I am quite often wholly surprised when I uncover a ‘new’ story which features ‘dragons’.

The last time this happened was during #WyrdAndWonder (@WyrdAndWonder) this past May, 2020 as we celebrated our 3rd Year co-hosting this lovely fantastical book blogosphere, booktube, book Twitter and bookstagram event which also has some followers on Litsy and other routes of social bookish communities. My co-hosts Imyril @ Always Room for One More and Lisa @ Dear Geek Place are as passionate as I am about Fantasy (as a genre, as an expression of music or art; as style of fashion or a niche of the gaming world; to name a few entries of fantastical realms) and I have the tendency to take the Indie route of highlighting authors who are publishing their fantastical stories by Indie Publishers. This past May, I had the pleasure of hosting a series of features by Odyssey Books – this August, it is my pleasure to introduce you to *Mythos and Ink Publishing* of whom is equally as new to be discovered as an authoritative voice in Speculative Fiction.

I hope my excitement for having discovered a new Indie publisher *and!* a new dragon fiction author will whet the thirst of interest from my Wyrd And Wonder community as well as those readers and book bloggers who follow me who share my passion for the fantastical realms!

Without further adieu, here is today’s featured release,…

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An #EnterTheFantastic Cover Reveal w/ Notes | A new voice in #dragonfiction has created “Under the Lesser Moon” by Indie Publisher Mythos and Ink!(Cover Reveal) Under the Lesser Moon
Subtitle: The Marked Son : Book One
by Shelly Campbell

“Dragons once led our people across the wastelands, away from storms, and toward hunting grounds.”

That’s what the elders say, but Akrist has squinted at empty skies his whole life. The dragons have abandoned them, and it’s Akrist’s fault. He’s cursed. Like every other firstborn son, he has inherited the sins of his ancestors. In his camp, he’s the only eldest boy left. Something happened to the others. Something terrible.

When Akrist befriends Tanar, an eldest boy from another tribe, he discovers the awful truth: they’re being raised as sacrifices to appease the Goddess and win back her dragons. The ritual happens when the dual moons eclipse. Escape is the only option, but Akrist was never taught to hunt or survive the wastelands alone. Time is running out, and he has to do something before the moons touch.

Genres: Dragon Fiction, Fantasy Fiction

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 978-1-989423-18-9

Also by this author: Under the Lesser Moon

Also in this series: Under the Lesser Moon

Published by Mythos and Ink Publishing

on 7th November, 2020

Published by: Mythos and Ink Publishing (@mythosandink)

Converse via: #Fantasy, #DragonFiction and #MythosAndInk

About Shelly Campbell

Shelly Campbell

At a young age, Shelly  Campbell wanted to be an air show pilot or a pirate, possibly a dragon and definitely a writer and artist. She’s piloted a Cessna 172 through spins and stalls, and sailed up the east coast on a tall ship barque—mostly without projectile vomiting. In the end, Shelly found writing fantasy and drawing dragons to be so much easier on the stomach.

Shelly ‘s tales are speculative fiction, tending toward literary with dollops of oddity. She enjoys the challenge of exploring new techniques and subject matter, and strives to embed inspiring stories in her writing and art.

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When I read the description of this world and the dragon society therein – my heart sung!!! 

In the book, tribes view the dragons as Guides sent from the Goddess, but rarely see them. The tribes’ Speakers have each had one encounter with a dragon where it marked them as a leader. Occasionally, people will catch a glimpse of one flying in the distance, but not much is known about them. There is no war with dragons, as people respect the dragons almost like gods themselves. The intelligence level and other details about the dragons only start to be revealed at the end of this book and are explored much more in the next.

It isn’t oft you can discover a wholly new series about dragons which has such an incredible breadth of back-history and the curiously enlightening premise of how in this world – so very little is known about the dragons themselves. It is part of the appeal for me to want to read this story, to feel connected to this world and to take-on the journey towards seeking out the questions and answers regarding how these tribes were able to view the dragons as Guides and how the mythology and of their world has such a strong centering of place in how the dragons are viewed and openly accepted.

Alongside sharing the book cover with you, I am also able to share a reveal video which knits out the mythologies of this new world from the point of creation. It will hope to highlight a bit of what we can expect to find within the book itself and as the series expands further past Under the Lesser Moon. I am dearly curious who is now excited to dive into this world of “The Marked One” series and see what we will root out together as we take-on this new adventure!

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Enjoy this ‘behind-the-book’ video about the Mythology within the world of ‘The Marked One’ series:

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Earth and Sky – this is a creation back-story involving two brothers who reminded me dearly of Cain and Able from the Bible. Uniquely, stemming from that auspicious beginning – there became an interesting turning of events – how humans and dragons became entwined and how the two moons of this world hold far more within them than mere rock. It is a backstory that owns to the cover art – as if you look closely at the artwork on the cover it is a visual reminder of this mythology behind the story and the series in graphic design. It will be interesting to see how the author pulls this mythology of the world through the narrative and to see the repercussions of what happens when two brothers could not resolve their differences and in effect created more than they realised were possible.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Friday, 21 August, 2020 by jorielov in Blog Tour Host, Book Cover Reveal, Dragon Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Folklore and Mythology, Indie Author, Mythos and Ink Publishing

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4 responses to “An #EnterTheFantastic Cover Reveal w/ Notes | A new voice in #dragonfiction has created “Under the Lesser Moon” by Indie Publisher Mythos and Ink!

  1. The cover is great! And the story seems promising enough, I have to check this book out. I appreciated a lot the video, I love to watch booktrailers or behind the book videos and similar, it always add something to the story, and to the reading experience, in my opinion!
    Thanks for sharing it!

    • Hallo, Hallo Susy,

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts and reactions to the cover reveal for “Under the Lesser Moon”!! I loved being a part of this reveal and of finding out more about what is coming within the story itself. Ooh! You and I have the same appeal for book teasers, trailers and behind-the-book videos! I love seeking out author interviews by video as well – anything that helps you navigate if the book or series is a good fit for you as a reader or afterwards, if you didn’t get to seek it out, its a charming after reading treat. So happy to know we share a passion for those ‘extras’.

      Do you also read Appendixes in books? Forewords, Acknowledgements and Author’s Notes?

      I have the tendency of reading those *first!* before I move into the text of the story/book and then, find further inspiration for reading what I have in my hands. One reason why I love the P.S. series by William Morrow as they include quite a bit in the back pages of their novels but others do this as well.

      Let me know if you get the chance to read this one before me – I’d love to know your thoughts! Meanwhile, I’m working out the details for my participation on the forthcoming blog tour right now.

    • Hallo, Hallo Mr Rudge,

      I was wicked thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal team for Under the Lesser Moon, as I had such a profound reaction to the plot and the heart within the story itself when I was asking questions about the dragons within the series. Having the chance to help boost this on social and my blog today has been a heap of fun because it is just as you said – when we were all thrown for a loop this year how 2020 first began and has continued to unfold (speaking of which, there are sister hurricanes next week in the Gulf?!) — it is a bit blissful to think we can cheer and champion a wickedly in-depth new world where dragons have quite the extraordinary story to share!!

      Thank you for including me!! This is the top post of the month now on my blog!! And, I’m getting such positive feedback on #bookTwitter, I have to keep updating my post with all the loveliness coming in about the release.

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