I’m excited to share the cover of my debut fantasy novel, Dragon’s Truth– due out from Vinspire Publishing on March 30, 2019.
To celebrate the reveal, I’m running a #followblitz giveaway. Here’s how it works: Follow my blog Tale Lady here at leannepankuch.com AND follow me on one additional form of social media: Twitter, Instagram, or my author Facebook page (not my personal account) and you’ll be eligible to win the grand prize: a signed copy of Dragon’s Truth, a Dragon’s Truth book bag, themed jewelry, and a bookmark. Two runner-up prizes of e-copies of the book will also be awarded. See the right column here on my site for social media links. Note: if you already follow my blog and at least one social media account–you are already eligible to win!
Deadline to join my #followblitz and enter the giveaway is 11:59pm on Saturday, February 2.
Before Google and Mapquest and TomTom and Garmin, physical
maps were a part of everyday life. They were more than just roll-up monstrosities
hanging on classroom walls, antiques in museums, and decorative office or restaurant
Back in the day, my ten-year-old self would unfold the paper
travel map or open the road atlas in the back seat of the car during our family
road trips. I’d watch for a sign indicating what town we were passing and then
use my finger and the map key to calculate how far we were from our destination.
I’d trace the distance we’d traveled and then the remaining journey, wondering about
the towns we would pass through—bigger printed names meant more people and
I also remember the first time I saw a map in a book. It was
Thror’s Map in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The
The map was so cool–but tantalizingly uninformative. I couldn’t read the runes, and—aside from the Lonely Mountain, two rivers, and the Desolation of Smaug—the arrows all pointed to places and perils that lay off the map—Long Lake, Mirkwood’s spiders, Dale and the mysterious Withered Heath “whence came the Great Worms.” But the promise of the map pulled me into the story and brought me along on the adventure of discovering Tolkien’s amazing world.
My own novel, Dragon’s Truth (due out from Vinspire Publishing in March), will include a map. I was lucky enough to work with a very talented designer—Kara DeMaio at theblueprintstudio.com—to translate my vision and sketches into a truly fantastic map that will complement the text and help immerse my readers in Rhyan’s adventure.