Jan 13, 2012

{Author Guest Post + Giveaway} Janet Lee Carey of Dragonswood

Today’s guest, Janet Lee Carey award-winning author of DRAGSONSWOOD apart of The Teen Book Scene Tours

One Girl. Bound by Fate. Breaks Free In a dark time when girls with powers are called witches, Tess escapes the witch hunter and hides with a mysterious huntsman until magical voices draw her deeper into Dragonswood where she learns the secret of her birth. Caught between love and loyalty, Tess chooses the hardest path of all – her own.

It’s great to celebrate the book release here with you today, Amanda. Thanks for inviting me to talk about one of my favorite topics -- Author Outreach. Each story can raise awareness and make us feel more closely connected with ourselves and our world. Because of this closer connection through story, I like to celebrate each new novel by linking the book launch with a charity that highlights an aspect of the book. Here’s how it works.

Outreach begins with Story: First I search the novel for hints regarding the right type of charity to match the book. Take Dragonswood, for example. 

On a small, little known place called Wilde Island, Queen Rosalind set aside Dragonswood forest, providing a safe place for Dragons and Fairies to live. Her story is told in the first Wilde Island book, Dragon’s Keep. By the beginning of the next Wilde Island novel, Dragonswood, the forest sanctuary is threatened.

The fairy, Onadon, tells Tess: “We’ve come here from every corner of the world. The fairy folk have been driven out of every land no less than the dragons. If this sanctuary goes we will be scattered to the winds.”
Dragonswood is still protected by the monarchy. It is against the law for people to enter the sanctuary, but that doesn’t stop them. Battles over land use are fought along the woodland borders. People want to cut down the trees for firewood and building materials. They’re set on hunting the wild game in Dragonswood. Many islanders want to and take back the forest which they see as “rightfully theirs.” Sound familiar?

From Fairytale to Fact:
Fairytale: Already in medieval times the Dragons and the Fey face extinction. They need their protected wilderness to survive.
Fact: In our day many wild animals face extinction. They need protected wilderness areas to survive.

Finding the Right Outreach Organization: Considering the Fairytale/Fact link, I looked for the right charity for the book launch. After a long search I found Defenders of Wildlife (http://www.defenders.org/index_v2.html )

Queen Rosalind saw the importance of setting Dragonswood aside for the endangerd dragons and fey. Defenders of Wildlife sees the importance of maintaining wilderness areas for threatened wildlife to survive. I encourage readers to swing by and see the great work they’re doing. They offer lots of ways to help. You can adopt an endangered animal and help save it and its habitat from destruction. Readers can also find out more about this organization on the “giving back” page on my website http://www.janetleecarey.com . Our family chose to adopt a snowy owl. Snowy owls depend upon threatened places like Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to survive. We couldn’t resist adopting an Arctic Fox as well.

Those who read Dragonswood will notice Tess’s fascination with the magical forest. It’s a forbidden place, yet she’s drawn inside night after night to scale the tall pine trees to glimpse the illusive fairies and the dragons. I grew up in a redwood forest. Like Tess, I’m also a tree climber. In my teens I climbed the redwoods after dark and sat in the branches during a rainstorm. I called it “riding the storm.” I still try to climb a tree every year on my birthday, which is in January (a perfectly stormy month!). Did I do it this year? Ask and I’ll let you know.

The Giveaway:Winners of the Dragonswood giveaway contest here at Seeing Night Reviews can win a signed copy of Dragonswood. They can also win a little plush snowy owl a perfect little desk guardian or snuggly toy for a little one.


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Ends Jan 18th
Winner: Linda: Book Ninja 


  1. Ever since I heard of this book, I've had it on my wishlist. Love the cover, love the blurb, love everything about it. Thanks for the chance to read it.
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  2. great giveaway
    follow via gfc

  3. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!
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    Erin L.
    erinberry12 at gmail dot com

  4. Everything about this book screams awesome. The blurb, the cover, oh that cover! I just love it :) Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

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    GFC follower Tiffany Drew

  5. Count me in! I really want to read Dragonswood. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/readerhappy/status/157978125794410496

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  6. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)


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    - Maria

  7. Dragonswood sounds like such a great book, I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  8. Count me in! I've been dying to read this book! Thanks so much for chance to win a copy:)

    +1 tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/jwitt33/status/157997682919604224

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  9. DRAGONSWOOD looks amazing. I have it on my wish list.


  10. Oh wow. That's really cool. Aww! Snowy owls.
    Haha, I remember climbing trees in my childhood. The crazy things I did.
    I'm dying to get my hands on Dragonswood. The plush owl sounds awesome. ;)
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    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  11. am a follower via GFC FairyWhispers




  12. This sounds like such a fabulous book. Can't wait to read it!
    GFC follower Megan
    bookbrats at gmail dot com

  13. Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this one!

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