Monday, April 23, 2012

Marsha A. Moore ~ Pseudodragons...Wizards Familiars

Hello Marsha, Muse It Up Publishing sister AND also Ravencraft’s sister. I’m so happy you're here as the featured guest author today. Marsha will give us all a fantastic description of what and who Noba, the pseudodragaon, is…and, like me, you’re gonna want one. *smile*

Before Marsha begins, here’s a little about my friend and author:

Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Her creativity also spills into watercolor painting and drawing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transforming into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Crazy about cycling, she usually passes the 1,000 mile mark yearly. She is learning kayaking and already addicted. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and that spiritual quest helps her explore the mystical side of fantasy. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at new stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!

Okay…let’s hear about Noba… 

Noba the Pseudodragon, a Wizard’s Familiar

by Marsha A. Moore

My new release, Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One, is an epic fantasy romance. Opening an enchanted book, my heroine, Lyra, confronts a quest. She is expected to save Dragonspeir from destruction by the Black Dragon before he utilizes power of August’s red moon to expand his strength and overthrow the opposing Imperial Dragon. Lyra accepts the challenge because Cullen, the wizard she loves, will perish if evil wins. Along with magical animal guides, Cullen helps her through many perils, but ultimately Lyra must use her own power to complete the quest.

This is the first of a five-part series and truly epic with a large and wonderful cast of characters. My main characters, Lyra and Cullen, must attempt difficulties that stretch their abilities over numerous quests. But, my secondary characters often serve as sources of delight, bringing laughter and lightening their loads, or encouraging their strengths to persevere. I’m in the middle of writing the third book, and by now those secondary characters have become very close to me. The ones I’m especially fond of are the magical talking animals and plants.

Kenzo, the giant tiger owl and Cullen’s wizarding assistant, is such a dedicated sort with a bit of a Napoleon complex which makes him even more loveable. Bero—the leader of the herd of blue deer—has enough strength and steadfastness to help everyone endure hardships. Baby Yasqu is just a fast-growing ball of dragon fun! But, one of the most special of the talking animals is the wizard’s familiar—a tiny burgundy-colored pseudodragon named Noba who has a heart of gold that makes people melt.

Pseudodragons are not true dragons. They are much smaller, being only three feet long, including their tails. Noba and Cullen’s tiger owl assistant, Kenzo, are actually the same length and continually vie to be the one to help him. Cullen is a fair sorcerer and finds ways to best use each according to his strengths. While Kenzo’s agile flight makes him useful during combat, Noba’s big heart and familiarity with dragons enables him to assist Lyra when she is faced with rearing a bronze dragon hatchling.

Pseudodragons are easily trained and very good-natured. They are very playful and curious. Great fun to have around. So far, every reviewer has wanted one of their own! If you’re considering adopting one for your home, Lyra even found a way to teach Noba to use a kitty litter box. Her only problem was a language barrier, trying to find words for the job she wanted him to do with the box—definitely a comical scene! However, Cullen didn’t find it so funny she had domesticated so much wildness out of his familiar. Despite being the Imperial Sorcerer of the land, his love for Lyra left him without much control over that decision. Love is very powerful!

If you’re worried about safety, pseudodragons can bite, but won’t unless provoked. However, their tails can be a hazard to watch out for, since they are barbed and poisonous. Noba often gets excited and forgets to watch his. Lyra has learned to step aside quickly, without getting upset. Having Noba around is always worth that small difficulty. I’d love to tell you more about Noba’s silly antics, but don’t want to spoil the book for you. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Noba and all the talking animal guides in Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One.

Giveaway Details for Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One

Enter to win one of eight digital copies of Marsha A. Moore’s first book in her Enchanted Bookstore Legends series, SEEKING A SCRIBE.

Here’s the link to enter, once there, scroll down to rafflecopter entry form:

Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One

Genre: Fantasy romance


Lyra McCauley is a writer and loves fantasy novels, but until she opens a selection from bookstore owner Cullen Drake, she has no idea he’s a wizard character who lives a double life inside that volume…or the story’s magic will compel her from the edge of depression to adventure, danger, and love. 

His gift to Lyra, the Book of Dragonspeir, was actually her copy, misplaced years ago. Lost in her pain following divorce and death, she fails to recognize him as her childhood playmate from the fantasyland. Friendship builds anew. Attraction sparks. But Lyra doubts whether a wizard is capable of love. She’s torn—should she protect her fragile heart or risk new love? 

Opening the book’s cover, she confronts a quest: save Dragonspeir from destruction by the Black Dragon before he utilizes power of August’s red moon to expand his strength and overthrow the opposing Imperial Dragon. Lyra accepts the challenge, fearing Cullen will perish if evil wins. Along with magical animal guides, Cullen helps her through many perils, but ultimately Lyra must use her own power…and time is running out.

Marsha, as always, I love for you to stop in and visit…thank you for making my place one of your Bewitching Book Tours stops. Congratulations on the release of Seeking the Scribe…so looking forward to reading the whole series. Keep them coming, Marsha.

Thank you everyone for stopping in and visiting with Marsha. Don’t forget to follow the link and enter the drawing for her book. It’s an excellent, entertaining read.

Until Next Time…Warm Hearts & Hugs,

Kay Dee

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Kay Dee Royal said...

Marsha - I love Noba...and I definitely want one of my own. (smile) My grandchildren would never want to leave my house. LOL

Thanks for being here ~ I'm brewing up some coffee, but was just thinking that isn't really the drink of your choice. So...what would you like, got lots of choices.

I have a question for you...what inspired you to create such an awesome story-star as Noba?

Marsha A. Moore said...

Noba would be an instant hit with your grandchildren!

How he was created...I had a baby dragon with a big future, but Lyra didn't know how to raise a hatchling. Noba was created because Lyra and Cullen needed a helper for this task, one who could be compassionate as well as a bit spunky.

Thanks for finding a day for me to visit you. I know you're busy today, so I'll find my own cup of tea. Wish I could send Noba to help you care for your grandkids!

Kay Dee Royal said...

Ahhh - I can see why Noba came into play...perfect!

Thanks for the offer of Noba...I think that little guy might be the inspiration for some of the tales I tell my grandchildren. We always have a story telling round robin at bedtime...they join right in to the tale-telling.

I'm sure they'll be all over Noba. LOL

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