Title: Diego's Dragon, Book 1: Spirits of the Sun | Author: Kevin Gerard | Publication Date:September 30, 2011 | Publisher: Crying Cougar Press | Pages: 186 | Recommended Ages: 8+Summary: An eleven-year-old Latino boy wins a district-wide writing contest for sixth graders. When an author visits his school to award his prize, Diego Ramirez has no idea how much his life is about to change. Nathan Sullivan hands Diego his statue, a handsome, glistening black dragon. He shakes his hand and leaves him to his friends. The students crowd around Diego, asking for permission to hold it.
After hearing the name Magnifico spoken aloud by family and friends, Diego awards it to his new dragon. If he only knew how fitting the name was, he might have known what lay ahead. Magnifico is the leader of the Sol Dragones, dragons that live within the magical fires of the sun. Nathan Sullivan is the earth's connection to the mysterious creatures. It is his task to find Magnifico’s guide.
As Magnifico comes to life he becomes quite mischievous, playing tricks on Diego to embarrass him. As he discovers his bloodline, however, Diego assumes greater control over his dragon and his destiny. In the climactic journey, he frees his people and suffers a terrible loss by guiding Magnifico to their goal.
"Every book by this author is amazing. My son, who is very picky has bought every book. He has read them without putting them down and even asked me to organize having Kevin come to his school. Kevin, the Author is a person doing what he loves to do and it shows in his work and his interactions with the kids. You will not regret your purchase!" ~ 5 Star Review, Adina F., Amazon
"My 4th grade daughter is obsessed with dragon books. When I discovered Diego's Dragon, I jumped at it--and now Kevin Gerard is her new favorite author! For a voracious reader like my daughter, that is the highest of compliments, especially considering her love for Erin Hunter's Warrior Cats series. Her enthusiastic commentary about book one, and her pleading for book 2, had me eager to read it for myself. All I can say is . . . my daughter was right. For any fans of middle grade adventure or fantasy or dragons or boy books or epic awesomeness, this is the perfect story." ~ 5 Star Review, S. O'Donnell, Amazon
"Kids who like dragon stories will love this adventure series. Those who liked Harry Potter, kids and adults, will like this series. I truly believe the Diego’s Dragon series will have readers anticipating new releases and then devouring the books immediately upon release. Spirits of the Sun is a great book for boys, and girls—and adults. Without gushing too much, I believe Spirits of the Sun is one of the best books I have read. If the series holds up, I will be its number one fan, though many others will claim that title. Kids, get this book." ~ 5 Star Review, Sue M., Amazon
About the Author: Kevin Gerard
Kevin Gerard lives in San Diego, California, with two feline friends, Jesse the WonderCat and Little Man. When not writing or teaching statistics at Cal State San Marcos, he enjoys walking the grounds at the San Diego Zoo, hitting the waves at Cardiff State Beach, and hanging with his brother, nieces and nephews at the local Pizza Port. He also enjoys playing Halo on the internet; look for him in the rocket games as one of the characters from Diego’s Dragon or Conor and the Crossworlds.
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Senior year should bring fun, friends, and
happiness. Not portals, treachery, and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Mia Taylor, gatekeeper to an interdimensional portal, wants
nothing more than to heal from her romance gone wrong. Illegally falling for
her co-worker Regulus had been a huge mistake. But when Regulus goes rogue to
hunt down a murderer, Mia must forget her broken heart and use her unique
abilities to save him. Traveling across dimensions, she enters a strange and
hostile world where a rebel faction holds the key to their escape. Her gift of
synesthesia is in high demand, and a secret organization of the otherworldly
kind has her in their sights. But sabotage and murder may be the least of her
worries. Her ex-boyfriend wants a relationship. Her dad wants her to act
normal. Her friends want her to stop moping. Who knew faking happy would be the
easiest part of senior year?
In a perfect world,
I’d have three things: a lifetime supply of Skittles, a part-time
job that didn’t include extra-terrestrials, and an unbroken heart.
But I never expected
perfect. I did
wish for life closer to normal.
I crossed my arms
and listened to my friend Arizona. He could charm me into anything
and today he wanted me to accompany him to the woods. He’d come
alone and that had been a good move. There were things I could handle
and things I couldn’t. I could
Arizona’s current modus operandi: train, capture, and train.
facing our team leader, Regulus. The guy had owned my heart once.
Then, he’d returned it—fractured in a zillion pieces of
“I’ve made a
decision,” I said. “I think you need to replace me. I don’t
plan on leaving you guys without an option. If my brother and I were
born with synesthesia, that’s two of us in Whispering Woods. Two
from the same family. High percentage. There has to be more.
Statistically, I’m positive that there are more people who have it.
I’ll find someone else who can be your portal gatekeeper.”
He cocked his head
to one side, presenting me with his sad-puppy face.
“Oh, come on.” I
resisted the urge to add ‘pretty please.’ Begging was not my
Arizona had the
audacity to give me his heart-melting grin. “Now Mia. You can’t
be replaced. It’s rare to find a synesthete who can sense portals.”
He reached over and placed an arm around my shoulder. “You’re
special.” He crushed me in a side hug.
By special, he had
to mean that I didn’t have a backbone and could be coerced into
this life that had gone from passably comfortable, to
“Stop with the
hugging. I’ll go.” We stood on the front porch. Winter hadn’t
made up its mind if it wanted to let fall hang around, or not. My
hoodie would be a little warm for Arizona’s favorite class, Torture
Mia 101. “I need to put on a T-shirt. I’ll be back in a minute.”
Inside, I grumbled
as I went up the stairs to my room. I understood the whole “Slips
can be dangerous” and “This is serious business” and “You are
more than a dowsing rod for portals” mentality that Arizona kept
throwing at me. But I just wanted it to stop. Teens were supposed to
say no to drugs. Why couldn’t I just say no to him?
Wait a minute. I had
About the Author
Brinda Berry lives in
the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in
English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She's terribly
fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She
doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working
the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no