(h/t Ron Martinez)
Briefly, it’s an effort to provide clean water to about 250 homes of Navajo Native Americans living near Smith Lake, NM (though I defy you to find an actual lake on the Google photo). It’s being done through the non-profit group DIGDEEP and the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission.
And why do I care? Because as a child, I lived and went to elementary- and middle school in Arizona. Because I studied the Native Americans of the Southwest and have a deep appreciation for them, particularly the Navajo.
Because I used that knowledge and appreciation when I was writing Dragontamer’s Daughters: the story is steeped in Navajo culture in the guise of the “Diheneh,” my fantasy equivalent of them. The characters To-Ho-Ne and Ahiga play key roles; Navajo foods, clothes, homes, and beliefs are featured; there are numerous Navajo words and lines of Navajo dialogue throughout the book.
So what, exactly, is Dragontamer’s Daughters? It’s a two-part young adult fantasy novel that’s not your same-old, same-old. No zombies, no vampires, no wizards.
The premise is that in the Old West of an alternate Earth, teenager Isabella and her younger sister Alijandra live in exile with their parents in the high desert. Years before, the girls’ father caught, tamed, and trained dragons for their country, Ysparria, but now he is an outlaw. When the sisters find a dragon like no other, their lives will never be the same.
Blogger Naomi Blackburn of A Book and a Review said, “This book would be a fantastic introduction to the world of fantasy or dystopian literature for the young reader. I found the novel to be fast paced with likable characters that a pre-teen or early teen could identify with.”
Sun Mountain Reviews said, “Kilgore has taken great pains to develop the main characters within the family and all of them are well-rounded with distinct personalities…. The author has created strong female role models.”
Tome Tender blog said of DTD, “This is young fantasy at its best, combining cultural native heritage and the fantasy of a live dragon to care for.”
So if you need a gift for a daughter, a sister, a niece, or a goddaughter—or if you just like reading YA fantasy lit yourself—please consider buying a Kindle or Nook or print copy of DTD Part 1: Pearl, and DTD Part 2: Stormcaller. I will give 100% of my royalties for sales from December 1-31, 2013…which means I’m already contributing. I hope you will, too.
Thank you for your consideration, and God bless you.