Here's the press release I sent on June 22, 2012 to Phoenix, AZ's daily newspaper, The Arizona Republic, about Dragontamer's Daughters.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
First-time author Kenton Kilgore releases his two-part young adult novel, a new take on the fantasy and Western genres.
Stevensville, MD -- Kenton Kilgore has lived on the East Coast since 1979, but it was his childhood in Arizona that inspired Dragontamer's Daughters, a two-part young adult fantasy novel, available in softcover and for Kindle on Amazon.com. Wanting to set his story apart from others, Kilgore set his story in the Old West of an alternate Earth and deliberately went against the current of what’s hot in kids lit.
“It’s like Little House on the Prairie…with dragons,” Kilgore said. “It’s not your typical fantasy novel. No castles, no wizards, no vampires, no zombies, no demi-gods or superpowers. The dragons don’t breathe fire, and they don’t lie around on treasure. It’s also a western, but without any of those clichés, either. Dragontamer’s Daughters defies a lot of conventions that seem to be driving young adult fiction these days. It’s not like anything else currently out there.”
Set in the year 1884, the book centers on two sisters—Isabella and Alijandra—who live in a desert shack with their parents in the land of the Diheneh, the native people. Years before, the family was rich and respected because the girls’ father caught, tamed, and trained dragons for their country, Ysparria. Now the dragontamer is an outlaw and the family is in exile. Finding a small, severely injured dragon, the girls take it home and begin tending it back to health: Alijandra calls it “Pearl,” after its tiny white eyes. While Pearl heals, the family begins to learn how it got hurt, where it came from, and the strange and terrifying powers it possesses. Others find out about Pearl, and soon, competing forces converge on the dragon—and the family—for their own ends.
Dragontamer’s Daughters is Kilgore’s first novel. He lived in Phoenix from 1971-1979, and among the schools he attended were Solano Elementary and Grandview (replaced by Osborn). “Mrs. Richards at Solano spent an entire school year teaching my class about Native Americans of Arizona, and Mr. McQuade at Grandview strongly encouraged me to write fiction. Without those teachers, this book wouldn’t have been possible. My family moved from Arizona a long time ago, but part of me has never left.”
Dragontamer’s Daughters, Part 1: Pearl and Dragontamer’s Daughters, Part 2: Stormcaller are available on Amazon.com and through www.kentonkilgore.com. Dragontamer’s Daughters is also on Facebook.
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