Monthly Archives: September 2009

Another interview with Kelsey Drake

An interview with us is now on Conversations with POD (which stands for Printing on Demand). It talks about why and how we decided to publish Scordril with Matador. (You can find the previous interview here, if you missed the one on the The Crafty Writer blog.)

We are still proofreading Farlkris. We want it to be perfect. And we are still haggling a little bit about the exact colours on the cover. If you’ve been in library and school sessions with us, you will have seen a manky example of how the first cover of Scordril didn’t come out quite right and we asked for it to be changed to the one you know.

The problem is the designer has done a brilliant set of colours, but Farlkris needs to be the same as Scordril but different – or no one will know they are in the same series. I mean, that’s how we find the next book we want in bookshops, isn’t it? So we’ve asked for some slight changes. We’ll put a cover up here when we have the final version.

I wonder if JK Rowling had this bother?


Six weeks to go

Just 6 weeks to go until we see Farlkris in the flesh – well not quite, unless you visit Musselburgh and get an invite into the dragonlayr under the town. But the book’s the next best thing. So to help you wait, here is a taster of the beginning of Lothian Dragons Book 2 Farlkris:


Dragonclaws! Scordril cursed the loud rustling of his chocolate-veined wings as he stooped and entered the curved room. He’d disturbed Threah.

In the glow of the brushwood torch, he watched her blue-grey form shift a little as it lay curled round the hatchling egg they were protecting as it matured. He reached towards her with his mind.

»Not so long now,» he said, sending his feelings of pride and joy down the link to his mate. »Are you comfortable?»

»With our son ready for his own layring, it will be good to have a smallone around again,» Threah answered.

They remained still for a long moment, aware of how precious it was to share every dragonscale of time before Scordril must go, and everything would change.

Suddenly, the strong mindspeech of the dragonmaster Ygdrann broke the spell.

»The council is to meet urgently, Scordril. The menace is spreading and the danger now grave. We must send the youngone to live overground to find out the cause of this threat to our layr. Only then can the mages hope to find a solution.»

Scordril rose heavily to his feet. »I must go, Threah,» he said. »This is the first time anything has endangered the Musselburgh layr in all the sun-rounds since the Great Split from Traprain Law. Maybe it was a bad idea to live so near the overgrounders, but be they dragonfriend or dragonfoe, we are all now at risk… The mages must not fail.»

You can pre-order Farlkris from here and Scordril from here. But if you’d like us to sign your copy and can get to the north of England, hang on and we’ll be happy to do it for you. You can get signed copies of Scordril already from Amazon, of course.