About the Author
Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines and sweet romances with little to no heat. She has several published books available on Amazon in ebook or print, and available at other book retailers via Books2Read.
Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and 2 cats. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
What do dragons, knights, and romance have in common? Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s medieval fantasy romance!
The Last Dragon
A sorcerer craving dominance merged with a dragon, the power overwhelmed him causing him to split into three dragons. Demora ruled thought, but was lost in time. Yidithe offered protection, shining like the light of the sun. Ayrradex craved chaos, revelling in destroying souls.
Many knights died, attempting to slay the devil beast. One knight, Prince Hawkyns, did not fear death. He’d lost everything. Away on a mission when Ayrradex attacked his father’s kingdom, Penrythe, Hawkyns returned to find his noble father – feeble and defeated. His wise mother – crazed. His beautiful wife and unborn child – dead. Only a pile of ashes remained for him to bury. He knelt before his King and vowed to slay the devil-beast or be slain.
Derry was born with powers that terrified her parents. They delivered her to a nunnery to be raised in secret. Jathe, a wise sorceress, discovered the young girl and trained her to one day use the secret hidden in her soul.
Legends spoken around campfires hinted the sole way to destroy Ayrradex was when the hearts of a knight and a golden dragon became one. But after a vicious battle with Ayrradex, the golden dragon was thought to be dead.
Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?
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Common Traps for Aspiring Authors
There are sooooo many traps; it’s like a minefield out there. I am only going to briefly discuss a couple.
#1 – Agents will reject a book if you____(fill in the blank)
- Used a prologue
- Used an epilogue
- Used a prologue and an epilogue
- Used the word “as”
- Used adverbs
- There’s a typo in manuscript
- Used too many dialogue tags
- Didn’t use dialogue tags
- Book is too long
- Book is too short
If I felt so inclined I could ask my writer friends and probably come up with 10 more reasons, but those 10 were the first that popped into my head.
I have actually asked an agent, “Is it true that any book that has a prologue is automatically rejected?” I think she is still laughing.
No, none of my 10 reasons are true. But people will tell you not to do it. Why? Because they saw it on Twitter/online/in a writers group not to do it. So therefore it becomes the truth.
Write your book. Accept there are going to be rejections, but know that the rejection was NOT because you had the word “as” in your story.
Possible real reasons – Your book didn’t match with that agent. The genre of your story – that agent is swamped with it. The story didn’t pull in the agent.
#2 – Learn the rules of writing.
This topic I could write a 1,000-page tome on. So instead, I will limit myself to 100 words.
Experienced authors pontificate – New writers should first learn the rules of writing. When I was a new author, I’d respond – What are the rules of writing? Response – crickets.
What I’ve learned – there is NO secret book of the rules of writing. I repeat – there is NO secret book of writing rules. It is not locked in some secret vault in Switzerland. It does not exist.
Someone might publish a book about it, but that is her/his opinion. Not THE actual rules.
What does this all mean? Write your book. Stop worrying about what everybody else says. Just write your book.