Book: The Adventures of Phippen Abercrombie, Book I - The Dragon Egg Curse (Complete) by Craig Miltoncategories: Book, Fairy Tale, Princess, Magic, Alternate Worlds, Knights, YA Fiction, Witch, Magical Realms, Juvenile Fiction, Dragons, Children's Fantasy Adventure
Craig Miltonabout this book: "Phippen Abercrombie is a collector of adventures and he keeps his collection in sealed jars in his pantry."
My name is Craig Milton, I am a 42 year old Architectural technologist from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. I have four school age children who share my love of fairy tales. I wrote this novel as a bedtime story for them.
This is my first novel. I studied English, and creative writing in university before going into Architecture. I have no professional experience writing but I have enjoyed writing stories ever since I was a child.
Here is my synopsis.
"Phippen Abercrombie is a collector of adventures and he keeps his collection in sealed jars in his pantry." The timeless and mysterious Professor Abercrombie stores countless jars in his enchanted pantry each containing the unique past, present or future adventure of thousands of children.
Fourteen year old Cameron Tate is preparing to make the most of the last couple days of summer holidays before returning to school. A bookish, imaginative loner, Cameron is dreading returning to school where he struggles to fit in. When he reluctantly goes on an errand for his mother he is surprised to find himself following a talking weasel through the woods near his home to a mysterious mansion. The mansion's sole human inhabitant, Professor Phippen Abercrombie, presents Cameron with the opportunity to enter the pantry and seek out the jar with a label bearing his name and age, containing his adventure. Cameron retrieves his jar and twists the top off releasing a magical journey beyond anything he could ever have dreamed.
In an instant he is transported to the cursed kingdom of Krotan. Accompanied by the King Aodhan, his brave knight Brogan, the knight's warrior daughter Phaelan, and three young farmers, Cameron must confront the evil witch Dagma and the vengeful dragon Tiarnach. If Cameron is to defeat the Witch, save the Princess, and bring to an end the curse that has plagued Krotan, he must trust in his new friends and find the courage in himself to stand up for what he believes is right.
Filled with monsters, magic, acts of great heroism and sacrifice; The Dragon Egg Curse is a fantasy adventure for the young and the young at heart.
About the Book:
The Adventures of Phippen Abercrombie, Book I: the Dragon Egg Curse is my first novel. I believe my target audience would be middle school to early young-adult readers.
This story is the first in a proposed series using the pantry and the collection of sealed jars, as the framework for each unique story. My idea is that each book will use Phippen Abercrombie and his collection to set the children on their adventures but the books can have completely a different subject matter, settings, time or place.
I have had the desire to write a fantasy/fairy tale ever since I was a child and discovered Narnia. I had the basic idea for this story floating around in my head while I attended university in the early 90's. then one day while driving with my family across the Saskatchewan plains i saw sign for two roads, Phippen and Abercrombie. I thought of the first sentence and I couldn't get it out of my head.
It took me 8 years to write the first draft and about 4-6 months to edit it (with my limited editing skills and some more skilled family members). I published the complete book on kindle this month. I am very excited to have it out there but at the same time it is terrifying.
Anyway if anyone out there chooses to read it I really hope you enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed writing it. And if you could take the time to write a review on Amazon that would be really appreciated.
Watch my website for updates on the second book.
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