Monday, 15 August 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Dragon Sphere (Nation of Dragons #1)- EXCERPT + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY

This is my stop during the blog tour for The Dragon Sphere by Abel Gallardo. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 8 till 21 August, you can view the complete tour schedule here:

The Dragon Sphere (Nation of Dragons Book 1) by [Gallardo, Abel]
Title: The Dragon Sphere

Author:Abel Gallardo

Genre: Fantasy

About The Book: Landon Brown, fifteen year old high school football star, is always on the top of his game. That is until he receives a visit from an uncle he's never met with information about Landon's father, who disappeared without a trace thirteen years before. Landon learns that the life he's been living is a lie and that his true nature is powerful and dangerous. He's half dragon and a threat to the delicate balance that has kept dragon society hidden from humans for hundreds of years. 

Landon now must learn about his dragon heritage and train to control his incredible abilities with the help of the Elder Dragons, a bizarre trainer named Alpha, and other dragonoids like himself. 

He quickly realizes that the mysterious world of dragons, spirits, and secret societies are not for the weak. Tasked with finding the Dragon Sphere, an ancient relic harboring a terrible power that could destroy the world, Landon recognizes that he just might be way in over his head. Will he be able to control his new-found power in time for the fight of his life?


“I can see him,” she said in disbelief. “I can make out his form. It’s as if the air is bending around his body. He’s about twenty yards straight ahead, and about ten feet off the ground. It looks like he’s waiting for something.”

Just then I heard a loud rush of wind swirling towards me. The force knocked me to the ground. I picked myself up right away.
“WATCH OUT!” yelled Aurora, as I felt the full force of a fist against the left side of my face.
The wind demon swirled towards Aurora. She rolled to the side, then put her hand up and blocked a blow from above. With a clenched fist and eyes closed, Aurora pounded the air, hoping to hit the demon. It was a powerful blow that summoned a strong gust of air with its force. I noticed dust and small fragments of rock blast off from the ground as the demon’s invisible body landed on them. I ran to the spot where the demon had hit the ground, hoping to hit him while he was down. Before I could even swing, though, I was lifted ten feet in the air and dropped straight down.
As I was about to land, Aurora pushed a pocket of air towards me to break my fall. Unfortunately she missed, and I ended up hitting the ground. I landed hard on my back. Nothing was broken and my head didn’t hurt; I took it as a good sign.
“Are you okay?” shouted Aurora.
I nodded and asked where the demon was. Before she could answer, she shot a powerful gust that blew me away.
“What the…?” I called to her as I rose angrily to my feet. Then I suddenly realized what she had done. The demon had been right above me and had smashed a crater into the ground where I was lying just seconds before. If she hadn’t pushed me back, he would’ve tackled me deep into the earth.
“He’s down!” she yelled.
Dust, pebbles and other debris slid into the deep crater created by the wind demon. I felt an intense rush of energy flow through my body as I willed the freshly made crater, where the demon had landed, to collapse onto itself. I compacted the rocks, dirt, and branches into a spherical shape and enclosed the wind demon within it.
“LET ME OUT!” called the demon. “I am Soldier the mighty. I will destroy you stupid kids!”
“We should let Alpha know that we trapped him,” Aurora suggested.
I nodded in agreement but was speechless. I was astonished that the earth listened to me. The energy that ran through my body actually moved the ground. Aurora waved her hand in front of my face and snapped me out of my shock. She looked exhausted, even though we’d only been out here for a few minutes.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
“Those wind blasts drained me,” she said, her warm smile assuring me she was okay.
We turned back to the cave to inform Alpha of our success.
“AAARRRGGGHHH!” screamed the wind demon, as he exploded the rocky sphere he was trapped in. The demon was furiously gasping for air. I could see him now; his body was covered in dirt and other debris. He was about six feet tall, with a muscular build, and he was wearing… was that a toga?
“Where did you get the dress?” I mocked.
The demon howled in anger and swirled towards us. Aurora and I evaded his attack by rolling away from each other. I got up quickly, sprinted towards him and punched him in his midsection. Before I could get another punch in, he blasted me with a gust of wind that knocked me on my back. But the dusty figure was holding his gut with his left hand and wincing in pain. Aurora shot a blast of wind at him that pushed him face first to the ground. Instinctively, I raised my right arm and willed a patch of earth below his face to rise up and strike him.
The demon roared.


Q: Can You give us a brief overview of your book?

A: The book is centered on fifteen-year-old Landon Brown, who discovers that he’s a dragonoid, dragon/human hybrid. If being a human teen wasn’t hard enough, Landon sure has his hands full learning about his dragon heritage and the new abilities he’s starting to develop. Landon needs to find himself, develop his powers, and search for his father, who has been absent most of his life. Landon learns that his father is an Elder Dragon and was searching for a powerful orb, known as the Dragon Sphere, when he was last seen. Landon volunteers to search for this ancient relic but soon after realizes that the world of dragons, spirits, and secret societies may just be too much for him to handle.
Q: What gave you the inspiration to write the book?
A: I have always been a huge fan of dragons. Couple that with my love for mystery books and all of a sudden I had a drive to write something that I would enjoy reading. I loved writing my own fantasy/mystery stories as a child so the motivation to write my own novel has been with me since then.  

Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: I’d like to say I’m bi-polar when it comes to my favorite authors. I love beautifully written and philosophical adventures such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I just thought Mary Shelley’s work was one of a kind for its time and that is always inspiring. I also love the fun, fast-paced writing of Pittacus Lore—I Am Number Four, and Rick Riordan—Percy Jackson and the Olympians. R.L. Stine also had a great influence on me as a child and I still love reading his Goosebumps books to my son.

Q:How long did it take to write the book?
A: Being inspired is a magical thing. In college I would dread writing papers more than ten pages and I had to do that quite a bit. Once I got out of college though, I had a strong desire to write but now I had more time to write about the things that really interested me. It took me one full month to write my manuscript and that was usually at night, as my day job and social events still needed my attention during the day-time hours.

Q:Who is your favorite character in the book?
A: This is a hard question to answer. I love all the characters and they all play a very special role in my book. Even those characters that have a minor role still hold a lot of weight in my mind. I’ll answer this question by saying that Alpha, Landon’s trainer, was the most fun for me to write. He’s serious. He’s funny. He’s crazy. He has a split-personality. What’s not to love about him?   

About The Author

Abel Gallardo

Abel Gallardo was greatly influenced by Greek mythology, comic books, and the fantasy/mystery novels he had read as a child. Shortly after graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, he began writing stories that reminded him of the adventures he cherished growing up. Abel Gallardo now lives with his wife and children in Albuquerque, NM.  

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