I am really excited about today’s Christmas post! Kandi J. Wyatt is introducing us to her Christmas book in the Dragon Courage series, and guess what, this is a preview! It’s not even out yet. This is exciting!
Here are the first two chapters of Dragon’s Winter (which takes place after book three). And that gives you plenty of time to read the first three books in the series before this is released!
Ruskya gazed up at the stars, which glowed crisp and bright in the winter sky. “I look like a dragon, Wyeth.”
His dragon chuckled. “A little small, I’d say.”
“Look who’s calling who small. I wasn’t referring to my body, though, but to the way my breath is freezing around my nose.”
“I know, little one. What is bothering you?”
Ruskya sighed and watched his breath turn to ice crystals. “I miss Duskya. It’s almost the anniversary of our choosing, and Ardyn’s birth day is coming up as well. I miss her the most at this time of the year.”
Ruskya shivered and knelt down to gather the firewood he’d come outside for. The door opened to reveal a tussled red head.
“Are you coming, Da?”
“Here you go, Ardyn. Thanks for getting the door for me.”
Ruskya dropped the wood in the wood box while avoiding stepping on Tyler’s fingers. The boy, who’d just seen his second winter, had a tendency to play on the floor in the least convenient spot. Ruskya bent down, picked up his youngest, and gave him a hug.
“Da, can you tell us a bed-time story?” Sylvern asked.
“Please, Da?” Kathryn gazed up at him with pleading, blue eyes.
Sylvern and Kathryn had seen six and four winters. The girls rarely did anything separately.
“If you hop into bed, I can tell you a story.”
With a scurry, Ardyn and the girls rushed to the bedroom. Ruskya realized he’d need to expand the house and give Ardyn his own bedroom. Watching the girls interact made the longing for his twin grow. He pushed his feelings down and focused on telling the story of the dragon who became a farmer.
Carryl tucked the kids in and then sat down next to Ruskya in front of the fire. The crackle of the blaze filled the room. Ruskya smelled Carryl’s lavender soap that she used to wash her hair. He sighed deeply and ran his fingers through her hair.
“I wish I could help you, Ruskya.”
“I know. It’s the curse of Calamadyn twins. Our bond is too strong. Look what happened to Kyn, and he never even knew his twin.”
“True, but I feel responsible for helping you.”
A bed squeaked as one of the kids turned over.
“Do you want a cup of tea?” Carryl stirred.
Ruskya drew her closer to him. “Stay put. You and Ma both think tea’s the answer to everything.”
“Well, it definitely helps.”
Ruskya smiled. “Honestly, the best thing would be to see Duskya, but since that’s not going to happen—”
“Why not?” Carryl looked up at him with sincere green eyes. “Why can’t we invite her and the family to come for a visit?”
Ruskya stared at his wife, hope warring with reality within him. “Look around, Carryl. Kyn moved out so there’d be room for the kids. Where would we put another four people in here?”
“Duskya’s old abode is still empty. I could fix it up for them.”
“Carryl, that place has been empty for the last seven winters.”
“Leave that to me and the kids. We’ll get it cleaned up. You just get a message to your sister.”
Ruskya watched the fire as he mulled over the idea. How could he get a message to Duskya? He couldn’t leave Carryl with the kids, and he’d already left the kids with his ma and Glendyn too much, between helping find Peri and going to Braidyn’s wedding. With a sigh he leaned forward and rested his chin on his fist.
“What about Kyn?” Carryl laid a hand on his back.
“Maybe.” Ruskya contemplated the suggestion. “He just returned from a trip a moon ago. He seemed pretty eager to be home.”
“But, he is your youngling and will do just about anything you ask him to.”
Ruskya stood and reached out mentally toward his youngling. Carryl encircled his waist from behind.
“I would wait until morning to contact him. Let him sleep.”
Ruskya chuckled. “Why should I let him sleep if I can’t?”
“Because he’ll get there faster if he is rested.”
“Fine.” Ruskya chuckled. “I will wait, but it will be difficult.”
Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that’s her own five or the hundreds of students she’s been lucky to teach. When Kandi’s not spinning words to create stories, she’s using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.
Where to find her:
Fellowship of Fantasy: http://www.fellowshipoffantasy.com/directory.html?filterP=Kandi%20J.%20Wyatt
Clean Indie Reads: http://cleanindiereads.com/dragon-courage/
Langlois, Oregon website: http://worldfamouslanglois.com/content/dragons-langlois-local-author-kandi-wyatt
Dragon’s Future: https://www.books2read.com/u/bzpDq9
Dragon’s Heir: https://www.books2read.com/u/47YQE3
Dragon’s Revenge: https://www.books2read.com/u/b5qvGb
Dragon’s Cure: https://www.books2read.com/u/47kxJa
Dragon’s Posterity: https://www.books2read.com/u/4DA8og
Dragon’s Heritage: https://www.books2read.com/u/3neVN6
The One Who Sees Me: https://www.books2read.com/u/mdrRlb
Journey from Skioria: https://www.books2read.com/u/4AwJee
To Save a Race: https://www.books2read.com/u/49PG5k
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