Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Release, Giveaway, and Review: Cora and the Nurse Dragon by H.L. Burke

smallcoracover.jpgCora and the Nurse Dragon is a new middle grade fantasy adventure by author H. L. Burke. It follows the adventures of Cora Harrison in a world where Dragons no longer live in nature but are a resource exploited by humans.
Ages 9 and Up.
The book releases January 31st and is available for pre-order at the special price of 99 cents.

Cora's a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys "egg packs" at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.

Cora and the Nurse Dragon is a wonderful Middle Grade book that adults will also enjoy. Cora wants to be a dragon jockey. When she buys an "egg-pack" at the local pet store, she usually gets some short-lived mayflies. She is finally lucky enough to get a dragon that she names Cricket. Then she and her best friend Abry are off on a series of adventures. The local rich boy Xavian also joins in and they all become friends. 
This is a great book about treatment of animals, but not in a Hallmark sappy way. There is humor and lots of fun as well as some real teaching moments. And it has dragons! What more could you want. 
This is a perfect book for your Middle-Grader. If you're lucky, they'll let you read it too.

Author Bio:
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled "The Scholar and the Dragon", featuring the books Dragon's Curse, Dragon's Debt, Dragon's Rival, and Dragon's Bride as well as the YA/Fantasy Beggar Magic. Her current projects are a young adult steampunk fantasy and an epic fantasy trilogy.

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