Do you know I’m a fan of Dragons? I’m a Welshman after all.
But since I met Shawn MacKenzie, I’ve become a Dragon fanatic. Shawn blogs about Dragons at MacKenzie’s Dragon’s Nest.
Quotes from her books, published by Llewellyn –
From Dragons for Beginners –
In Wales, land of many Dragons, there is a saying: Y gwir yn erbyn y bydd! “Truth against the world!” And nothing imparts truth like a tête-à-tête with a Dragon. It is an experience guaranteed to beat back the darkest night like Dragonfire, and to remind us that, across leagues and eons, Dragons remain the one universal, familiar bit of magic we carry with us. And in return they carry our awe.
In the end, the fight for Dragons is a fight for ourselves, and it is our very need that keeps them with us. From the smallest house dragon to the grandest emerald Queen, Dragons are the sinew that binds us to Earth, to the mystical, and to each other. They are the joy and truth—the inspiration, even—of the universe. We hold on to them, we thrive; we let them go, we die.
It is simple. Without their glory and grandeur, their supernal nobility lifting our eyes, we would still be struggling to see beyond the next hill, not looking to the stars.
From The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook –
Once you cut through the layers of archaic spin, the fact remains that we don’t particularly pique their appetites. If Dragons want something that tastes like chicken, they go for the real thing.
There will always be people who cling to what is safe and familiar, who look at Dragons and see only monsters to fear and slay. The fault, dear reader, is not in our Dragons but in ourselves.
It’s up to us to change. We did it before, we can do it again. It is up to us – Dragons and Dragon lovers alike – to keep the flames of magic, the songs of Dragons, alive.
Here, There Be Dragons, standing with us, alone in one place together. And when we are gone, a Dragon will be here still, shouting to the Universe: I am!
During Shawn’s MONTH OF THE DRAGON in October, I commented on every post. Not because I wanted to win her books – I have both Dragon books already – but just ‘cause I love her MOTD posts.
I said if I won, I’d gift my prize to someone else. And I won!
Now for the re-gifting give-away – one rule
You have to go to one of Shawn’s MOTD posts and make a comment. You should read a few of her blogs, but even if you cheat a little and don’t read the blog, you’ll be treated to some of the most fantastic Dragon art you’ll ever see.
Deadline – post a comment on one of Shawn’s blogs by November 10th at midnight. Winner will be announced November 15th.
The prizes – signed copies of both
Dragons for Beginners & The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook
Here are just a few of Shawn’s Month of the Dragon posts –
Adopt a Dragon Week 2 – Adopt a dragon, AAD
Habitat Loss and Mischief in the Night – Dragons of Madagascar, India, and China, et al
AAD Week – Planet Out of Whack, Dragons in Need – With Dragon flags of the world, Finland, Canada, Russia
AAD Week – Near Eastern Dragons, The Hatchlings of War – With more Dragon flags of the world, Persia, Petra, Egypt
Kid-friendly Dragons and Their Tales – Where Shawn shares some her favorite dragon tales. Did you know How to Train Your Dragon started as a book?
St. Francis Knew Best – Kiss a Dragon Day – “Also, keep plenty of lip balm on hand…”
Keeping the Dragon Fires Burning, Safely – “And be sure to have your insurance premiums current, just in case.”
So go to one of Shawn’s blogs and
make a comment and be entered to win
Dragons for Beginners and The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook.