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message 1: by J.S. (last edited Apr 07, 2016 11:53AM) (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments WELCOME TO MY BOOTH!

To join in the fun please join this group. New to Goodreads? Just click the BRAINS TO BOOKS CYBER CONVENTION 2016 Center. Then click on the Join Group button located under the big Convention Banner. To get back here, Click on THE FAIR GROUNDS and scroll down until you see my booth: Science Fantasy / Adventure with dragons and an undersea world.

Do you love science fantasy? Dragons, adventure, quests, friendship, the sea? Then sit down, lean back in a comfy chair, and spend some time with J.S. Burke and The Dragon Dreamer series.

I'M PLEASED TO MEET YOU!
Help yourself to some virtual coffee and funnel-cakes! Guaranteed to be calorie-free! Dragon rides are available, if the dragon likes you. My undersea shape-shifter, Scree, enjoys a good shark ride.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hi! I'm J. S. Burke, author of The Dragon Dreamer series and other books. I live in Georgia and I'll be here, off and on, from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. EST all three days.

I toss lightning bolts in storms with my dragons, and swim through coral reefs with my quirky undersea shape-shifters. I experience adventures, quests, towering tsunamis, fearsome legends, and the wisdom of Scree.

I've worked as an artist, chemist, writer, and as a marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. The dangers my characters face are often ones that I experienced.

ABOUT THE BOOKS:
THE DRAGON DREAMER series is #YA #ScienceFiction #Fantasy adventure with dragons and an undersea world. It's layered for readers 9 to 99. Available in stores, amazon, and on e-book platforms.

The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke A secret gift. An unlikely friendship. A dangerous quest.

Arak is bullied as a worthless dreamer. Determined to prove himself, he leaves on a quest, flies far over the sea . . . and crashes. Badly wounded, he faces death. A fearless, undersea shape-shifter named Scree finds and heals him, and an unexpected friendship begins.

Arak returns to the Winter Festival, where dragons carve glaciers with fire and toss lightning bolts in the clouds. But a devastating illness strikes the clan. Then an undersea volcano erupts! This triggers a towering tsunami and a deadly chain of events. Can Arak use his hidden talents to save the dragons?

"Black Lightning", the next book in my Dragon Dreamer series, is nearly finished. The ice dragons are not what they expected. I’ve also published five marine research papers, two "Crystal Books" (chemistry activity books with crystal kits), and an art/science activity/coloring book. Available on my website, in museum gift stores, and in catalogs.

The Dragon Dreamer Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Dreamer-...
The Dragon Dreamer Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

GIVEAWAYS:
I am offering prizes for each day of the Cyber Convention. Free prizes include one signed paperback (U.S./Canada) or e-book (international), two more ebooks, and swag.

TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:

1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? What adventures dost thou seek? Comment below to be entered to win a copy of The Dragon Dreamer.

2. Visit my FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-S-Burk...
Find dragons, glowing seas, an octopus that seems part of the reef before he turns blue... The Dragon Dreamer series has flying dragons and a detailed undersea world. I'm a marine biologist, and the sea flows into my books.

For your chance to win, all you need to do is LIKE a Facebook post and leave a comment here, below.

3. CHOOSE A FANTASY SNOWFLAKE. Visit my website at
http://www.jennysburke.com/snowflakes...
The Dragon Dreamer dragons grow these in the clouds for the Winter Festival, using energy to manipulate the pattern. These snowflake mandalas will be part of my next coloring book. Which snowflake do you like best?

Return to my booth here and leave a comment about your favorite snowflake.

FIND ME HERE:
WEBSITE - http://www.jennysburke.com
FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE - https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-S-Burk...
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/TheDragonDreamr
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE - http://www.amazon.com/J.-S.-Burke/e/B...
GOODREADS AUTHOR PAGE - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
BLOG: http://www.jennysburke.com/blog

VISIT EACH DAY and find NEW EVENTS.

ANGELA'S 2016 INTERVIEW:
QUESTION ONE ~
What story has recently inspired/moved you?

I recently re-read Watership Down. The characters are wonderfully different, and loveable. Hazel-rah is compelling as the unexpected leader. I’m drawn to characters who must overcome long odds to succeed, and I welcome them into my Dragon Dreamer series.

QUESTION TWO ~
Characters begin with their strengths and weaknesses. What are some of the strengths and weaknesses that you relate to, and how have these traits influenced your characters?

In The Dragon Dreamer, Arak and Scree are both misfits in their societies. Arak, my young dragon, is an insecure oddball with a secret gift. He's called a worthless dreamer, but he has the inner strength to consider new ideas and persevere against all odds.

Scree is an undersea shape-shifter. She’s fearless, ready to leap into anything despite the consequences. Her motto: “What will be, will be. And then I’ll fix it.” The strong friendship between Arak and Scree develops as they grow, and benefits both.

QUESTION THREE ~
What did story mean to you as a child?

We sang songs as a family when we drove together on long trips. Many were short stories set to music. One of my favorite songs was “Faraway Places with strange-sounding names, Faraway over the sea…” I wanted more stories, and found I could also travel in books. I loved to sit high in a tree, feeling the breeze, lost in a book.

LAST YEAR'S 2015 INTERVIEW:
1. Describe your favorite scene in your your book and tell us why its your favorite.

This is one of my favorites. The vivid colors of the coral reef return as dawn light reaches through the water. Scree, an undersea shape-shifter, is faced with a seemingly impossible problem. She stretches the worry out of her arms and says, "What will be, will be. And then I'll fix it."

2. Which of your characters do you relate to the most (or) who is your favorite character and why?

Arak, my dragon hero, and Scree, my undersea heroine, are equally favorites. Arak has a willingness to look beyond and see the possibilities. He's insecure and bullied but grows with the story, learning to use his unique abilities and how to make practical plans from dreams.

Scree is a fearless Healer who challenges convention whenever it conflicts with what should be done. She never gives up.

3. “Story” has always been the center of all human cultures. We need it. We seek it out. When we lack it, we invent it. What does “story” mean to you?

Lord of the Rings has great legends that add depth to the story. I write science fantasy to share stories that grow in my mind, with characters who speak to me. Dragons have ancient legends, are allied with an undersea world, and have a dangerous quest.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING!
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message 2: by J.S. (last edited Apr 01, 2016 06:07PM) (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Like dragons, fantasy, adventure? PLEASE VISIT ME AT:

WEBSITE - http://www.jennysburke.com
FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE - https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-S-Burk...
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/TheDragonDreamr
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE - http://www.amazon.com/J.-S.-Burke/e/B...
​GOODREADS AUTHOR - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 3: by J.S. (last edited Apr 08, 2016 10:35PM) (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments AUTHOR INTERVIEW here: http://www.angelabchrysler.com/featur...

STORY HOP! Read original short stories.
My story is "A DRAGON'S LOVE". Starting link: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

VISIT ME at 2 CYBER CON Facebook Events! PRIZES!

**HELLDAT WITH BRAINS 2 BOOKS
https://www.facebook.com/events/97333...
https://www.facebook.com/events/97333...

**READERS FANTASYLAND Saturday, April 9, 5-6 PM EST
https://www.facebook.com/events/70087...

**LET'S COMPARE BOOKS for another prize.**
1. Visit my Goodreads profile page at https://www.goodreads.com/JSBurke

2. Click on the little arrow to the right of the "Follow Author" or "Following" button.

3. Click on "Compare Books"

4. Comment below with the number of books we have in common.
(This is Chess Desall's event idea. Check out her wonderful fantasy books!)


message 4: by Chess (new)

Chess Desalls (chessdesalls) | 103 comments Good morning! Popped in to say hello. Looks like you have a busy fair schedule!


message 5: by Markie (new)

Markie (httpsgoodreadscommarkie_madden) | 60 comments Hi Jenny! *Waves from booth*


message 6: by Riley (new)

Riley Amos Westbrook (sonshinegreene) | 27 comments Yes! More books with dragons!


message 7: by Lorraine (new)

Lorraine | 53 comments Hi Jenny.
Looking forward to reading book 2 of The Dragon Dreamer series :)


message 8: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Chess wrote: "Good morning! Popped in to say hello. Looks like you have a busy fair schedule!"

Thanks Chess! I'll be making the rounds!


message 9: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Chess wrote: "Good morning! Popped in to say hello. Looks like you have a busy fair schedule!"

Great to see you here! I'll be making the rounds soon!


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J.S. Burke | 73 comments Riley wrote: "Yes! More books with dragons!"

Can't have too many! Good to see you here!


message 11: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Marguerite wrote: "Hi Jenny! *Waves from booth*"

Great to see you!


message 12: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Rainne wrote: "Hi Jenny.
Looking forward to reading book 2 of The Dragon Dreamer series :)"


Hi Rainne. Yay! Black Lightning is nearly finished.


message 13: by J.S. (last edited Apr 08, 2016 11:32AM) (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Want to win a book? Try any or all of these to Enter:

1.Tell us where you're from or ASK ME A QUESTION.
2.Visit my Facebook and like a post.
3.Tell me the Webpage Snowflake you like most.
4.Follow me on Amazon Author Page.

LINKS ABOVE


message 14: by Maddy (new)

Maddy | 162 comments Im from the US and this book looks interesting


message 15: by Debbie (new)

Debbie (drpjoyce) | 9 comments I have recorded almost all of my sons' wrestling. My husband coaches wrestling to little children. I use to belly dance and snake charm at a theme park. Then I learned how to work behind the stage. Now I take care of my sister-in-law while we downsize to a small house by a lake. I also love and have rescue pets.


message 16: by J.S. (last edited Apr 08, 2016 10:07PM) (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Maddy wrote: "Im from the US and this book looks interesting"

Thank you! I think we both love the sea.


message 17: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Debbie wrote: "I have recorded almost all of my sons' wrestling. My husband coaches wrestling to little children. I use to belly dance and snake charm at a theme park. Then I learned how to work behind the stage...."

What a fascinating life! A house by a lake sounds dreamy. I'm sending you dragon energy for all you do.


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A.B. Syed (ABSyed) | 29 comments Hi Jenny!
I found this convention on Twitter yesterday!
I'm from Oxford and I absolutely love your snowflakes :)

Um... Scree sounds awesome - I love that attitude, Things happen - and then I'll fix them... Is the character of Scree based on anyone you know?

*waves from booth :) *


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R.J. Mornix | 19 comments Following you on twitter, facebook and amazon ... I like the Dragon Dreamer - "Dragons are Born of Storm" snowflake ... I have booth too come by and say hi!


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Alex Carey (AlexECarey) | 62 comments Hi Jenny, just walked over to bring you some hot tea and a buttered croissant. Have a fantastic day! :)


message 21: by Tim (new)

Tim Hemlin (timhemlin) | 50 comments Hi Jenny, fancy meeting you here! How's my favorite dragon dreamer?


message 22: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Alex wrote: "Hi Jenny, just walked over to bring you some hot tea and a buttered croissant. Have a fantastic day! :)"

Thank you! Would you like to try a dragon ride?


message 23: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments R.J. wrote: "Following you on twitter, facebook and amazon ... I like the Dragon Dreamer - "Dragons are Born of Storm" snowflake ... I have booth too come by and say hi!"

Thanks! I will!


message 24: by Tim (new)

Tim Hemlin (timhemlin) | 50 comments J.S. wrote: "Alex wrote: "Hi Jenny, just walked over to bring you some hot tea and a buttered croissant. Have a fantastic day! :)"

Thank you! Would you like to try a dragon ride?"


Absolutely!


message 25: by J.S. (last edited Apr 09, 2016 11:02AM) (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments A.B. wrote: "Hi Jenny!
I found this convention on Twitter yesterday!
I'm from Oxford and I absolutely love your snowflakes :)

Um... Scree sounds awesome - I love that attitude, Things happen - and then I'll f..."


It's great to meet you! I love Scree! Life has obstacles, and I think it's worth the effort to make things work. :) I have several blog posts on my website with my "rules" for changing things, and how to create the illusion of power to change things. That's particularly fun!

My dragons grow the snowflakes, and I draw what they make. Valerie Hemlin loves to color, and she colored these.


message 26: by Alex (new)

Alex Carey (AlexECarey) | 62 comments I have been dying to try a dragon ride! :)


message 27: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Tim wrote: "Hi Jenny, fancy meeting you here! How's my favorite dragon dreamer?"

Great to see you! How's my favorite cli-fi dystopia writer? I love the politics, so true to life. :)


message 28: by Tim (new)

Tim Hemlin (timhemlin) | 50 comments J.S. wrote: "Tim wrote: "Hi Jenny, fancy meeting you here! How's my favorite dragon dreamer?"

Great to see you! How's my favorite cli-fi dystopia writer? I love the politics, so true to life. :)"


I'm doing all right . . . and, eeiy-gads, I'm beginning to think the politics are too true.


message 29: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Alex wrote: "I have been dying to try a dragon ride! :)"

Arak is the most patient with riders. :)


message 30: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Tim wrote: "J.S. wrote: "Tim wrote: "Hi Jenny, fancy meeting you here! How's my favorite dragon dreamer?"

Great to see you! How's my favorite cli-fi dystopia writer? I love the politics, so true to life. :)"
..."


They are! I love that you understand climate change, and add your own sci-fi spin. :) Sci-Fi rules!


message 31: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Tim wrote: "J.S. wrote: "Alex wrote: "Hi Jenny, just walked over to bring you some hot tea and a buttered croissant. Have a fantastic day! :)"

Thank you! Would you like to try a dragon ride?"

Absolutely!"


Arak has a rider. How about Taron? He's rather mellow, for a dragon.


message 32: by Tim (new)

Tim Hemlin (timhemlin) | 50 comments J.S. wrote: "Tim wrote: "J.S. wrote: "Alex wrote: "Hi Jenny, just walked over to bring you some hot tea and a buttered croissant. Have a fantastic day! :)"

Thank you! Would you like to try a dragon ride?"

Abs..."


Mellow is good . . .


message 33: by Alex (new)

Alex Carey (AlexECarey) | 62 comments Thanks, Jenny! I was hoping to get Arak. :)


message 34: by Duawana (new)

Duawana Wilson (goodreadsduawana) | 34 comments J.S. wrote: "WELCOME TO MY BOOTH!

To join in the fun please join this group. New to Goodreads? Just click the BRAINS TO BOOKS CYBER CONVENTION 2016 Center. Then click on the Join Group button located under the..."


I am from Missouri. I liked and visited your fb page.


message 35: by Duawana (new)

Duawana Wilson (goodreadsduawana) | 34 comments J.S. wrote: "AUTHOR INTERVIEW here: http://www.angelabchrysler.com/featur...

STORY HOP! Read original short stories.
My story is "A DRAGON'S LOVE". Starting link: https://www.goodreads.com/t..."


we have 17 books in common


message 36: by Duawana (new)

Duawana Wilson (goodreadsduawana) | 34 comments J.S. wrote: "WELCOME TO MY BOOTH!

To join in the fun please join this group. New to Goodreads? Just click the BRAINS TO BOOKS CYBER CONVENTION 2016 Center. Then click on the Join Group button located under the..."


I liked the butterfly's the best.


message 37: by Nix (new)

Nix (rockie16) | 112 comments Hooray! I found you! There's so many booths! :D I'm from Indiana, I already follow you on Facebook and like your posts quite frequently. I've even shared a few! I like the tree and turtle snowflakes best! I already follow on Amazon!


message 38: by Lavern (new)

Lavern Winters (grandmapeachy) | 10 comments DragonDreamer is on my short list of TBR. I'll probably get to it in a week or so. I've heard good things and I love a good dragon tale.


message 39: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Hemlin | 8 comments Hi Jenny!

Tim asked the Time-witch to drop a portal back to his booth. Mind?


She used the knight instead of her poisoned pawn!

BTW Chess started all the portals! The time-witch just couldn't be outdone!


message 40: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Tim wrote: "J.S. wrote: "Tim wrote: "J.S. wrote: "Alex wrote: "Hi Jenny, just walked over to bring you some hot tea and a buttered croissant. Have a fantastic day! :)"

Thank you! Would you like to try a drago..."


It certainly is!


message 41: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Valerie wrote: "Hi Jenny!

Tim asked the Time-witch to drop a portal back to his booth. Mind?



She used the knight instead of her poisoned pawn!

BTW Chess started all the portals! The time-witch just couldn't..."

Sure! I need to learn how to do this. :)


message 42: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Lavern wrote: "DragonDreamer is on my short list of TBR. I'll probably get to it in a week or so. I've heard good things and I love a good dragon tale."

Bless you! :)


message 43: by J.S. (last edited Apr 09, 2016 06:42PM) (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Kaela wrote: "Hooray! I found you! There's so many booths! :D I'm from Indiana, I already follow you on Facebook and like your posts quite frequently. I've even shared a few! I like the tree and turtle snowflake..."

I truly appreciate your shares. :) You are simply splendiferous! Glad you found me here, too!


message 44: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Duawana wrote: "J.S. wrote: "WELCOME TO MY BOOTH!

To join in the fun please join this group. New to Goodreads? Just click the BRAINS TO BOOKS CYBER CONVENTION 2016 Center. Then click on the Join Group button loca..."


A most excellent choice! Would you like a dragon ride while you're here?


message 45: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Duawana wrote: "J.S. wrote: "WELCOME TO MY BOOTH!

To join in the fun please join this group. New to Goodreads? Just click the BRAINS TO BOOKS CYBER CONVENTION 2016 Center. Then click on the Join Group button loca..."


Thank you!


message 46: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Alex wrote: "Thanks, Jenny! I was hoping to get Arak. :)"

Happy to oblige. Arak says he likes you!


message 47: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke | 73 comments Duawana wrote: "J.S. wrote: "AUTHOR INTERVIEW here: http://www.angelabchrysler.com/featur...

STORY HOP! Read original short stories.
My story is "A DRAGON'S LOVE". Starting link: https://www.go..."


Neat! That's quite a few books!


message 48: by Nix (new)

Nix (rockie16) | 112 comments J.S. wrote: "Kaela wrote: "Hooray! I found you! There's so many booths! :D I'm from Indiana, I already follow you on Facebook and like your posts quite frequently. I've even shared a few! I like the tree and tu..."

Ooh! I like that word. Splendiferous! I didn't think I was ever going to find your booth. There's so many! Silly me should have just used the map!


message 49: by Chris (new)

Chris | 3 comments Goodmorning Jenny


message 50: by Chris (last edited Apr 10, 2016 08:24AM) (new)

Chris | 3 comments I loved The Dragon Dreamer and cant wait for book 2


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