Book: Blue on the Horizon (Legends of the Aurora Book 1) by Rebecca Ferrell Portercategories: Book, Fairy Tale, Magical Adventure, Dragon, Young Adult, Epic Series, Legends, Troll, Norway, Historical, Norse Mythology, Action Adventure, Fantasy
Rebecca Ferrell Porterabout this book: Have you ever woken from a dream, hyper-alert, maybe covered in sweat and thought, I Have to Get to a Pen, NOW! That is where Blue on the Horizon and the larger trilogy of Legends of the Aurora was born. My writing grew out my love of nature, photography, and history, but that dream gave me a path to follow through the dark, scary woods. I invite you to follow.
It should come as no surprise that my biggest fans are women, who like myself, are past the age one would normally associate with a twisted fairy tale. Women in their 30's and above instantly attach to the protagonist, Gaven. Her kindness, desire to learn, vulnerability … each reader sees something different, but all want to comfort and protect her from the cruelty of her early years, and support her as she grows more confident. To be sure, Gaven has a difficult path, but with the help of the loving Uredd and a know-it-all dragon, she faces her greatest fear to find redemption.
Like any fantasy book, Blue on the Horizon required careful world building. Hundreds of google searches and countless hours went into creating a believable world, one that fit right along our own in the Norway of the late 1800's. I found a wonderful resource in my own family. I owe a great debt to distant cousins who have worked for decades to assemble memories and antidotes from my Norwegian family tree. I took those memories, and wove them into the human characters. My mother felt she was reading an actual adventure of her long dead relatives. It was a gift to able to do that for her, and for you.
I started a week after that dream, still so vivid even today. The words rushed onto the pages during the first draft, and even stronger scenes appeared during the endless rounds of editing. When I finally sent Blue, as I like to call it, out to my beta-readers I used my own graphic skills to design the cover. That is my blue eye glaring out at you, or is it that of the blue fairy of Torv. You decide as you read a fairy tale adventure full of trolls, dragons, and fairies—magic, sadness, and humor—distant memories of a time and place nearly forgotten in this push-button world. Some have compared this work to The Wizard of Oz, others to Shrek, but it is a wholly new legend. I even dare to set the record straight on that troll v. goat nonsense. Go ahead, befriend a troll, you will not regret it.
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