Monday, October 24, 2011

Donita K. Paul's "Dragons of the Watch"

Title: Dragons of the Watch

 Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah

 Cover blurb: Trapped in a forgotten city, bound by secrets, Ellie and Bealomondore must enlist the dragons of the watch to find freedom.

Ellie knows exactly where she is going. She just wants to experience the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding, then settle into a simple life with a country husband.

With too many choices, Bealomondore’s future is a tangle of possibilities. He is respected, well-known, and admired among the elite of Chiril, but Wulder demands he narrow his focus and follow his Creator, one step at a time.

Both Ellie and Bealomondore’s plans are thwarted when they find themselves lost in an isolated city. As they discern the needs of a group of wild children and a very old man, clues began to surface and a bigger picture is revealed. With the help of the dragons of the watch, can the two tumanhofers find the way out—and perhaps discover their connection to something greater than themselves?

1.      How did this story come to you?
My son is a literature nut. This is a good thing, because he is getting his doctorate in medieval English with an emphasis on theatre. He and I were talking one day, and he mentioned bottle cities. These are enchanted places where the inhabitants are more or less stuck inside the boundaries. The two that come to my mind are Brigadoon and Shangri-la. Modern readers are more familiar with Kandor, a bottled city in the Superman series. 

2.      Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This is the third book in the Chronicles of Chiril. Bealomondore had made a good impression on my readers and many of them were disgruntled that he didn’t “get the girl” at the end of the first book. As I read the letters from readers, I realized I had a hero worth developing for the last book. That required a new heroine and a unique problem for them to solve.

.      Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I make jewelry. I have a very decent voice, but can never remember the lyrics to the songs I belt out while vacuuming. I’ve never been to Europe.

4.      What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m taking a couple of old manuscripts from my Christian romance writing days and putting them out as e-books. Taming the Wild Wind was a story I wrote for my mom right before she died. She had always been fascinated by Native Americans. We are part Cherokee. Wild Wind is a story about a free spirit in a very restrictive society, who goes to the Indian Territory to open a mission school. I love the message of that story. The heroine discovers so much about herself and God as she experiences some fun and exciting adventures.  You can find it here:


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I’m still writing fantasy. I have five books planned for the Sage Street Wizards. These are characters from the Christmas novella, Two Ticket to the Christmas Ball. My daughter and I have two new Roger and Padraig picture books that are looking for a publishing home. And I am working on a new story world that has dragons and quests, two of my favorite things.

.      Where can fans find you on the internet?; and for my children’s books:

      Parting comments?


  1. Please add me!


  2. This book and its' story line sound very
    eclectic! Please count me in...
    Many thanks, Cindi

  3. I have not heard the term 'bottle city before'. I would love to read DRAGONS OF THE WATCH thank you.


  4. Oh, can I register for this one? I have a nine-year-old son who loves dragons. In fact, I think I bought one of the earlier books in this series as a gift for a neighbor once. dinasleiman at gmail dot com

  5. Bottle city? That's new to me. Thanks for the chance to win.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  6. please include me in this book giveaway this week thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. would love to win.

  8. Donita,
    As a fantasy author, myself, about to publish the second volume in my "The Dragon's Back" Trilogy, I am fasinated with all things "dragon". I would love to be able to read your latest story and post a review!

    Author, Robert Dennis Wilson

  9. My kids love dragons so this book would be a hit! Thank you for the giveaway!


  10. Definitely sounds fun.
    sheiladeeth at hotmail dot com

  11. Thank you for including me in the giveaway! a great day in 2003 at gmail dot com

  12. Hello Donita ... I make jewelry also, mostly glass beaded necklaces & just finished a bunch for some 'Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes' for the mid aged and older aged girls. You must be so very proud of your son & how wonderful that he is truely following his dreams. The mysteries of your book sound fascinating! I've not heard of bottle cities & will try to learn more about them. Thank you! I would love to read your new book 'Dragon of the Watch' !!! :O)
    ~Dawn Adams

  13. My boys love your dragon stories! I'd love to be able to give this to them.
    Suzanne :O)

  14. I have every single one of Mrs. Paul's fantasy novels so far (minus her picture books). I would love to read her newest one. They are SO great! In fact, my username was inspired by one of her characters --thank you so much for the chance to win!