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08 August 2011

(BLOG TOUR) Guest Post and Giveaway: Author Tens List (HENRIETTA, THE DRAGON SLAYER)

Beth coaches and teaches writers and those who want to write. She's done so in two of her favorite places in the world (so far): the San Francisco Bay Area and Paris, France.

Raised in Sonoma County, California, Beth knew she wanted to be a writer from a young age, and started at age 7 by writing her first book about her family's cats with her brother.

Beth started teaching writing by teaching it to ESL students in Oakland, California. Soon, they were surprised to be writing short stories in their new English-language skills, and most importantly, they were enjoying it. (Well, most of them were.)

Certified as a Creativity Coach and an EFL-instructor, Beth is driven to help writers and authors get their message out into the world, gain confidence in their self-expression and discover how they can get noticed and sell books to their audience.

Determined to get published, Beth published her first journalism article in the Paris Free Voice while she was living in the City of Lights in the early 1990s. It only took four tries and five rewrites!

From working in journalism for 15 years, Beth switched her focus to fiction, and now writes fantasy and science fiction. She currently has a young adult fantasy novel under consideration by agents and editors.

Beth hasn't forgotten her love of nonfiction and is the author of two books on writing, THE WRITER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE and OVERCOME WRITER'S BLOCK.

On her off-hours, Beth enjoys the outdoors, gardens, watches movies, and reads!

Beth is married to singer/song-writer and high school physics teacher, Ezra Barany.

Author bio and photo courtesy of Beth Barany WEBSITE.

Book cover art courtesy of GOODREADS.

I received a finished copy of HENRIETTA, THE DRAGON SLAYER as part of a blog tour arranged by TEEN BOOK SCENE.

I'm excited to have author Beth Barany here today to discuss her Top Ten List of Guilty Pleasures from her book HENRIETTA, THE DRAGON SLAYER. So, without further ado, take it away Beth!

Henrietta, the hero of my new YA fantasy, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, is a hard-working gal. To be the kingdom's legendary dragon slayer and a former army scout, she's been busy.

Okay she was hard working.

At the start of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, she's been traveling toward the warm beaches, so ready for a hard-earned vacation.

But ...

Even though she can't stomach the thought of one more kill, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. And forget laying in the sand of the southern beaches.

But will misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?

To get a taste, read an excerpt of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer here.

And you'll just have to read it the rest of the book to find out what happens.

“When Beth asked me to review her book I was so excited! The book is a beautiful story about friendship, a heroine, and a quest to kill a dragon. Who wouldn’t be excited? The entire concept sounded interesting and I was not at all disappointed.” — Brittany Morrow

What other readers are saying!

While she's adventuring across Bleuve and to the Oro Islands, she definitely has her guilty pleasures.

So here's my list.

Top Ten Guilty Pleasures of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer

1. Holding a wooden mug in her hands in front of a roaring fire at an inn.
2. A well made knife that she either bought or made herself.
3. Her special rainproof leather coat and leather boots that she's worn all along the Traveler's Road.
4. Running the hills around her village in the Skye Mountains.
5. Doing acrobatics atop a horse with her dragon-slaying partner, Sytiphell.
6. Sharing her dragon tales with Jaxter.
7. Singing (Shh! don't tell anyone.) Nobody knows that she loves to sing. She never sings solo around others.
8. Jenever (It's a drink Henrietta discovers in the Oro Islands.)
9. Any homemade meal cooked by Jaxter. The man can cook!
10. Hanging out with her friends around the camp fire

What is your favorite guilty pleasure that you care to share? I'd love to know!

Comment to enter to win a copy of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer. If you comment, you also enter to the Grand Giveaway for the necklace featured on the cover of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer. Winners chosen at the end of August. Giveaway rules HERE.

For more information on Beth Barany, visit her WEBSITE.


Beth Barany said...

Thanks for having me be a guest on your blog during my Teen Book Scene blog tour!

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