The Leland Dragon series means a great deal to me. When book one came out I was contacted by the publisher Seventh Star Press asking me if I wanted to review. It was the first time I had been asked to review by a publisher. I felt like I had hit the big time as a blogger and by saying yes I got to meet so many wonderful authors at SSP. Back when I reviewed I also got Jackie to write a guest post it was one of her awesome book tastings. A tea drinker, Jackie matches teas to books. She kindly did the same with the second book in the series and now here we are at the final book.
This has been quite the journey with many adventures and I’ve enjoyed it so much. Jackie is a lovely lady and her books are entertaining and yet noble, kindhearted message YA reads. The kind you want young people reading but are fun reads for us adults. I appreciate Jackie being on again and I hope to feature her work in the future. I will be buying Reclamation as soon as I can. I’ve got the signed and numbered hard cover editions so I look forward to adding the final one to that set. My reviews of Redheart and Sela
All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.
Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had imagined.
Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken.
War is here.
Perhaps the whole world.
BookTasting the Leland Dragon Series by Jackie Gamber
For those who know me, it’s no secret I’m a tea fanatic. And since I’m also a bibliophile, I realized long ago that a book and a cuppa, together, is just about the best combination since sugar and cocoa beans.
I’ve spent a lot of time sampling Darjeelings, Assams, Oolongs, Ceylons, you name it; in leaves or knots or bricks or pearls; unique and traditional Estate teas, as well as new-ish teas that aren’t really teas, such as Rooibos and herbal tisanes (Oh, what a hardship!). And I’ve done a lot of reading (I make such sacrifices)! I love the classic science fiction novels, but I’ll read just about anything – and I’ve come to discover I’m pretty darn good at pairing just the right tea to enhance or complement my current reading selection.
For example: “Frankenstein” and maple tea; “We” and ginger peach green; “Island of Dr. Moreau” and Yorkshire gold; “The Hunger Games” and berry/oolong. It’s a fun challenge, and once I got started, I began to discover all sorts of things about teas and books I’m not sure I’d have found any other way.
Did you know one of the components in “old book smell” is the fact that lignin, the thing that helps prevent trees from weeping, is a polymer closely related to vanillin? Aging pages break down and release the scent, among other interesting chemical comfort-inducers.
It took someone asking me to booktaste my own works to encourage me to being searching for a tea for “Redheart”, book one of the Leland Dragon series. It turns out, the tea works well with the whole series, “Sela”, book two, and most recently, “Reclamation”, book three. The tea is Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, found easily online (www.englishteastore.com) or at Barnes and Noble, where they sell Harney and Sons teas.
The real key is in the preparation. Steep it a good five minutes, at the least, and add a dollop of cream and honey. It’s a brewsome blend of the best of sweet fantasy literature, with a cinnamon sting of dragon flame.
But that’s not all. I’ve got something extra to share with Jess and her readers, especially for the “Reclamation” tour! In honor of the fact that, contrary to some people’s belief, plenty of grown-ups read YA fiction, I have an adult beverage version of booktasting for my Leland Dragon series, too!
Thanks to John Hartness (www.facebook.com/JohnHartness?fref=ts) for helping me discover this gem at our shared BookTasting/Liquor and Lit panel at a convention.
Take a cup of the same Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, add the cream and honey per usual, but then also add a healthy splash of amaretto liqueur (we used Disarrono). Voila! The drink we dubbed Dragon’s Breath; the adult version of the Leland Dragon series booktasting.
I haven’t figured out how to get the drink as a standard choice at any local watering hole, but it’s certainly worthy! Give it a try (if you’re 21 or older, of course) and see if you don’t think it’s a real treat.
And sip while reading! Double the pleasure, double the fun!
Jackie Gamber is the award-winning author of many short stories, screenplays, and novels, including “Redheart”, “Sela”, and “Reclamation”, Books one through three of the Leland Dragon Series. For more information about Jackie and her mosaic mind, visit http://www.jackiegamber.com
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