Thursday, 15 October 2015

Spotlight on The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke

J. S. Burke has worked as an artist, chemist, teacher, and as a marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. She tosses lightning with dragons, grows fantasy snowflakes in the winter clouds, and quests across the sea in trance-mind. She grows pearls beneath the waves. Burke lives in Georgia with her family and rescue pets. 

The Dragon Dreamer is a science fantasy adventure with dragons, an undersea world, and an unexpected friendship. This novel grew from Burke’s years at sea as a marine biologist, a fascination with the alien, intelligent octopuses, and a love of dragons. She is the author of five research papers in science journals. She also holds master’s degrees in marine science and math/science education, and certification to teach middle grades, high school math and science, and gifted. Two science education book/kits that she authored are used in school systems and sold in catalogs. A third art/science/math activities book uses her dragon-snowflake designs.

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The Dragon Dreamer

The Dragon Dreamer is a fast-paced adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and an unlikely friendship. It's a science fantasy layered for readers age 9 to 99. 

Arak is a misfit dragon called "Dreamer". Determined to prove himself he leaves on a dangerous quest, is caught in a fierce sea-storm, and crashes on ice. Wounded and alone he faces death. Then a fearless, undersea shape-shifter named Scree heals him and an unlikely friendship begins. When an undersea volcano erupts it triggers a towering tsunami and a deadly chain of events. Can Arak use his unique talents to save the dragons?

Excerpt 1

Black clouds rolled silently overhead, devouring stars in the darkening night sky. A sudden barrage of lightning crackled above. Startled by the noise, Arak spun in the air. Again the lightning flashed! In the blinding light he clearly saw the monstrous black claw of the storm. His body shook as powerful waves of thunder rolled through him. His heart beat with the new rhythm. 
The young dragon veered left, toward the weaker side of a storm. But this storm was huge. There was no escape.

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Excerpt 2

Arak awoke to the blackness of night before dawn and looked around uneasily. He sniffed the air, finding no strange odors. He heard no dragons moving. In fact, he heard nothing at all. Where were the crickets?
He crawled out of his small shelter, tucked beneath thick bushes at the base of a tree. It seemed a night like any other. But there were no crickets and the air felt stiff.
Arak closed his eyes and turned slowly in a circle, reaching out with magnetic sight. Far out to sea, beyond the dimly lit horizon, gold sparks shot into the sky. What could that mean? Fear ran up his spine like an icy claw. He had to know. Arak focused through his gem and dove into trance. 
His trance-mind flew far overseas, south of Scree’s village. A huge turtle was frantically swimming away. Below the place of sparks was a circle of roiling water, bubbling like a tea kettle. An undersea volcano! In distant legends, when a sea mountain exploded the sea rushed inland. It would destroy the dragons.
Arak fled back into his body. He opened his eyes and shook off the trance, running to the gathering circle before he was fully awake. He pounded the huge signal drum.
Danger! Danger! Danger!
Dragons crawled out of their various shelters and stumbled bleary-eyed to the circle. Arak stilled the drum with a trembling hand. He stared out to sea. He could almost see the eruption and the fearsome wall of water that would follow.

Reviews for The Dragon Dreamer

I reviewed The Dragon Dreamer
Delightful   April 26, 2015
The author cleverly mixes fantasy with fact in this delightful and original story which is appropriate for all ages, including adults. 
The friendships between the different species are as engaging as they are inspiring. They learn to communicate, respect and trust each other as they experience some tough and demanding adventures.
The world(s) in which they live are wonderfully described as are the creatures that inhabit them. The characters have human qualities and emotions, and are easy to relate to.

Melissa reviewed The Dragon Dreamer
Burke has a wonderful and unique story   September 1, 2015
Ms. Burke has a wonderful and unique story. The characters are so creative and the world in which the dragons and octopi live in is vividly described,
While this is a book written for the young, as an adult the book resonated with me.
Meet Scree an ocean healer who comes upon Arak a hurt dragon on her journey to find healing supplies. The two come from vastly different worlds and yet they overcome their fear of one another and build a friendship.
What a wonderful imaginative world Ms. Burke has created. Looking forward to the next one.

Caleb Norville reviewed The Dragon Dreamer
Wonderfully strange and beautiful.   July 9, 2014
Coming into this book, I never would have thought a book about octopuses and dragons could have worked so well together. The author pulls this unique combination off very well with an imaginative and science based world. I found myself caring about the characters and their adventures, and I sometimes found myself feeling the same sense of urgency as some of the characters. This book would make a great quick read for anyone interested in science and marine biology. One of the beautiful things about this book is that it is just as appropriate for children as it is for adults. I highly recommend reading this wonderfully strange and imaginative story.