I hope that 2023 has started out well for you. It surely has for me. Several bookstores have placed orders for more books because they’re running low on all four Dragons of Nibiru Series titles. A great way to start the new year!
I am busy writing book five, Dragons of the Future, and I’m having a blast. I hope to have it ready for you later this year.
In the meantime, I will be holding more book signings, so come on down to say hello if I am in your area. Here are the signings scheduled for the next few weeks:
In the meantime, I’d love to share some drawings from a talented young reader from Nelson, BC. I think Cameron has a terrific imagination and a fine drawing talent. Thanks for sharing these with me, Cameron! I love the colours!
I wish all of you the very best in 2023. May it be a year filled with love, happiness and joy!
We Have a Dragon Winner!
I am happy to let you know that our latest winner of one of my “Dragons and More Dragons” gift boxes is a delightful Kelowna resident, four-year-old AB. She filled out her own entry form and correctly spelt her name — which is quite impressive for such a young Dragon lover.
AB and her mother visited my table at the recent Kelowna Immaculata School Christmas Fair. It was special to see them out enjoying the festive day, along with so many other families.
The "Dragons and More Dragons" box AB won features the first four books in the Dragons of Nibiru Series, along with three charming dragon figurines.
Ready for a chance to win? Come on down to any of my upcoming book-signings and enter!
As you might have noticed, my book-signing calendar has been a bit empty recently. But with the new year here, it’s filling up fast with signing events in the coming months. So head back here regularly to see if there’s going to be a signing near you.
And remember: If it turns out there is no event coming to your area, you can always enter through this website. Just go to my "Contact" page and use the form there to send me your name.
I wish you all a happy, flourishing and prosperous 2023. And I surely look forward to seeing many of you at my upcoming signings!
All my best,
Another Milestone Reached!
Things have been going well since bookstores re-opened their doors to book-signings, post-covid. I have been keeping busy, usually doing two signings per week. That’s slowing down a bit now, since stores hold few such events during the last couple of months of the year.
The good news is that despite only three signings booked in November, we’ve reached a major milestone! On Friday, November 11, at the signing event held at the great little Coles store in Vernon, a reader bought the 7,500th Dragons of Nibiru book sold since mid-2017, when I began this exciting adventure!
In the photo you can see young Cash with the milestone 7,500th copy. With him is his younger sister Emerson, ready to cast a spell!
One might think that 7,500 books is not very many. But did you know that the great majority of books sell just 250 to 300 total copies? I can tell you I was surprised to learn that! So, needless to say, I am quite proud of achieving this milestone in just a bit over five years.
Next goal: 10,000 books!!
All the best wishes, and happy reading!
We have a draw winner! Congratulations to Brandon Stobert of Penticton, B.C., the winner of one of the Dragons of Nibiru Dragon boxes, Dragons and More Dragons. Many thanks for entering the draw, Brandon.
The next Dragon box draw will be held on December 15, 2022 — just in time for Christmas. You can enter today, right on this website, by going to the "Contact" page and sending me your name and email address. You can also enter at any of my upcoming book-signing events, listed in the blog post just below this one.
Good luck to every one of you!
Prize Drawing and Signings Update
The draw for the “Dragons and More Dragons” box pictured below will be held on Oct 15, so there are just a few more days left to enter. The box will be on my table at the next two signings, so come on down to either Coles in the Lougheed Mall in Burnaby, or in Penticton at the Coles, Cherry Lane Mall.
There will be a new draw on December 15, so come down to one of the signings below to say hi, see the box and books, and enter to win!
I hope you all had a great summer, and are geared up for a super awesome fall. I look forward to seeing you soon.
8 – Coles, Lougheed Mall, Burnaby, BC, 11:00 to 5:00
9 – Indigo – Langley, BC, 11:00 to 5:00
15 – Coles, Penticton, BC, 11:00 to 5:00
22 - Indigo, Kelowna, BC, 11:00 to 5:00
29 – Chapters, Chinook Mall, Calgary, AB, 11:00 to 5:00
30 – Indigo, Signal Hill, Calgary, AB, 11:00 to 5:00
11 – Coles, Vernon, BC, 11:00 to 5:00
12 – Immaculata School Christmas Fair, Kelowna, BC, 10:00 to 3:00
19 – Coles, Penticton, BC, 11:00 to 5:00
3 – Bookingham Palace, Salmon Arm, BC, 11:00 to 5:00
10 – Coles, Vernon, BC, 11:00 to 5:00
All the best to you, and happy reading!
Just before I headed out on my recent book-signing and writing workshop tour, I spent some time doing some touristy things in my new community, West Kelowna, BC. I have never really gone on much of a holiday, so this was my first time at trying to be a tourist. I had a blast!
The first few photos below were taken at the local kangaroo rescue farm near Kelowna. I was surprised at how large the farm is, and that they have more than just rescued kangaroos. I met many interesting characters, from their porcupine princess to emus, peacocks, goats, a pot-bellied pig, capybaras and an albino baby wallaby.
The animals are well treated, and it was nice to see they have lots of freedom. The farm is only open for five hours a day, to give the animals a break from visitors. The farm staff truly care about the well-being of all the animals they have rescued.
A few days after visiting the kangaroo farm I headed out on my first book tour since covid started, and I am now safely home. And what a great and fun tour it was! I made it to several stores in the Vancouver area, including Chilliwack. Then all the way up to Prince George, where I did two book signings, one at Books & Co. and the other at Coles in the Pine Centre Mall.
I also had a fun interview with Allan Wishart from CFIS radio station in Prince George, on their show “After Nine”. Thanks to Allan for such an awesome experience and chance to share. And stay tuned, you readers, because I'll be posting an audio clip of the interview here in the not-too-distant future.
After the interview, things got even better. Allan came down to Books & Co. to get his own copy of Dragons of the Past. And then the photo below was taken.
I truly was surprised to see my latest release in the #1 spot on the Books & Co. shelf. The staff at this unique and awesome little independent bookstore are terrific. I always love doing signings at their stores in Prince George and Quesnel. A big thanks to Owen and all his staff for their great support on my last tour and over the years.
If all that was not enough to make a great tour even better, the next day — and the last signing for the tour — put the icing on the cake, as they say. The next wonderful surprise was at the Coles at Pine Centre Mall in Prince George. The great staff there helped me beat my previous record for books sold at a single signing. A record that had been in place since August of 2018. So, a huge thanks and shout-out to Paul and all the great staff. (I’ll be adding a photo of the Coles staff soon!)
I am still keeping busy, with signings at the local Coles stores in Penticton on Saturday, August 27th and Vernon on the 28th. My next tour starts on September 3 at the Indigo store at Signal Hill, in Calgary. I’ll also be visiting a few other stores in Calgary: St. Albert, Edmonton, Red Deer and Nelson. See you there!
All the best,
Cooking Up Some Dragonly Fare!
Hi Dragon Fans!
I have a treat for those of you who love to tinker in the kitchen: “Cookbook for Dragons” will be hot off the presses in a week or so. My Dragon friends and I had a blast putting it together for you. Especially Vin, who is eagerly working on Volume 2.
This first cookbook is fairly short, because Fianna wanted to be sure to get something out to you before the summer ended. Vin promises that Volume 2 will bring you many more pages full of tasty and interesting recipes. Goodies that even those who don’t like to cook should find fun to create — just like those in this first volume!
I hope you’ll try some of these fun recipes and let me know which are your favourites.
You can purchase your own copy of “Cookbook for Dragons Volume 1” from my website: www.dragonsofnibiru.com. Or, if you’re in the area, stop in at the Pizzamoreh in West Kelowna. Patricia would love to help you get your copy. Soon it will be available in several other stores in the area, too.
Those of you who purchase one of Patricia’s great pizzas will get a special discounted price on the cookbook. And those who purchase a “Snack Time with a Dragon” box will receive the cookbook at no additional cost. (That was Ahimoth’s idea, and I think it’s a great one!)
Happy cooking, eating and sharing!
All the best,
Summertime: Dragons on the Road!
Summer has finally arrived! Woot! I hope that you’ve been able to enjoy the season, and spend time with family and loved ones. It’s hard to believe that we are mid 2022 already, but here we are. The weather is still a little coolish here in the Okanagan, but for the July 1 Westside DaZe parade it was just perfect.
Speaking of time, there’s still time to enter the draw to win the book box shown down below, titled “Dragons and More Dragons.” The box will be with me at all of my book-signings and workshops in the next few weeks. You can see my schedule below, too. I’ll have an entry box on my table at the signings, so come on down and fill out an entry slip when I’m in your area!
Every few months there will be a new draw, so if you miss out on this one, there will still be chances to enter later on. This particular draw ends on Saturday, October 15. Good luck!
Saturday, July 2, found me in Salmon Arm, BC, at their Piccadilly Mall. There I conducted my first book-signing since covid restrictions were implemented, way back in March of 2020. Wow! That seems so long ago! It sure felt great to be out talking to readers and book buyers again.
It was a great day and I had a blast. There were coffee, donuts and cookies to share as I celebrated the release of my fourth book, Dragons of the Past.
In the photo above, Nora-Lyn from Kamloops visits my table in front of Salmon Arm’s great little bookstore, Bookingham Palace. Peter, the store manager, can be seen in the background. Peter is a permanent fixture at Bookingham, known by many of the locals and tourists — he has worked there for more than 18 years.
Below is my schedule of book-signings and writing workshops schedule for the rest of the summer. Boy, am I ever going to be busy! Seeing as I am my own scheduler, I don’t have anyone to blame but myself for the full agenda. I still work a day job, so I will definitely be busy.
The book-signing dates and times are all a go, but a couple of the writing workshops may change slightly. So, in a week or so, I will confirm the workshop times.
July 23 - book-signing in Penticton at Coles, 11–5
July 24 - book-signing in Kamloops at Chapters, 11–5
July 29 - book-signing in Chilliwack at Coles, 2–5
July 30 - book-signing in Langley at Indigo, 11–5
Aug 1 - book-signing in Vancouver at Indigo, Granville, 11–4
Aug 3 - book-signing in Surrey at Indigo, Grandview Corner, 3–7
Aug 5 - book-signing in Burnaby at Chapters, Metrotown, 5–7
Aug 6 - book-signing in Coquitlam at Chapters, Pinetree, 11–3
Aug 7 - book-signing in Willowbrook at Coles, 11–5
Aug 9 - writing workshop in Hope at Hope Library, 2–4
Aug 10 - writing workshop in Clinton at Clinton Library, 1–3
Aug 10 - writing workshop in Williams Lake at the Arts Centre, 6–8
Aug 11 - writing workshop in Quesnel at Books & Co., 2–4
Aug 12 - book-signing in Pr. George at Books & Co., 11-5
Aug 13 - book-signing in Pr. George at Coles, 11–5
Sept 3 - book-signing in Calgary at Indigo, Signal Hill, 12–5
Sept 4 - book-signing in Calgary at Chapters, Chinook Mall, 11:30-4
Sept 5 - book-signing in Edmonton at Indigo, Common, 11–5
Sept 6 - book-signing in Edmonton at Indigo, Southpoint, 11–5
Sept 7 - book-signing in St. Albert at Chapters, 11–5
Sept 8 - book-signing in Edmonton at Indigo, Sherwood Park, 11–5
Sept 9 - book-signing in Red Deer at Chapters, 11–5
Sept 10 - book-signing in Nelson at Coles, 11-4
Sept 11 - book-signing in Nelson at Coles, 11-3
Wands are always a favourite with visitors to my book-signing table. The one with the purple crystals is Mutuum, featured in Dragons of the Past. The wooden one (second from top) was made by a friend.
Alexi and his family are on holidays from Germany, enjoying the beauty BC has to offer. He stopped in to check out and purchase one of my books.
I look forward to seeing YOU at one of these events. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer, happy reading, and as always, dream big!
Scarfing Up a Creative Opportunity
When I posted my last blog post, I was about to head out the door to try my luck at silk scarf making — my first experience with this craft. I had an absolute blast, and recommend it to anyone who is looking to expand their creativity.
The workshop was held at a fabulous winery in Kelowna, BC: Sperling Vineyards. Krista from colourdropdesign was the instructor, and she was awesome. She made the experience fun and memorable.
Of course, I realize most of you reading this probably don’t live close enough to Kelowna to be able to visit Sperling Vineyards any time soon, but with a bit of hunting I would bet you could find similar classes and activities in your own areas.
I was the first of our afternoon workshop to take the plunge, and after watching everyone else brave the paints, I learnt enough to know that I would make a really nice scarf on my next attempt.
I’ve already worn the scarf I made a couple of times, and am so proud to tell people I made it.
I hope you all had a great Father’s Day, and wish all dads out there a belated Happy Father’s Day — and best wishes for the year ahead.
Book Four: Landing at Last!
I am so and happy and excited to announce that book four in The Dragon of Nibiru series, Dragons of the Past, is at the printer! It will be available for purchase starting next week! Woot! I hope you all enjoy the next installment in the adventures of Celine and her friends. I had a blast writing it.
Book-Signings Are Back, and Workshops Too
Some more exciting news: Now that covid restrictions have lifted enough to permit book-signings to resume at some stores, on July 2 I will be doing my first signing since March 15, 2020. The event will take place at Bookingham Palace, in Salmon Arm, BC. I’m so looking forward to seeing Peter and the rest of the store’s staff. They are awesome, and so supportive of me and my writing and signings. There will be refreshments available, so come on down to say hello and have some coffee and treats with me.
My first official tour starts July 23, in Penticton. It will wrap up on August 13 in Prince George. I’ll also be doing signings in Vancouver, Coquitlam, West Vancouver, Chilliwack, Burnaby, Langley, Surrey and Quesnel.
My second tour starts on September 1 in Calgary, Alberta, and ends September 11 in Nelson, BC. Signings will take place at several locations in Calgary, as well as Red Deer, Alberta.
Some other good news: now that covid restrictions have lifted enough to permit book-signings to resume at some stores, on July 2 I will be doing my first signing since March 15, 2020. The event will take place at Bookingham Palace, in Salmon Arm, BC. I’m so looking forward to seeing Peter and the rest of the store’s staff. They are awesome, and so supportive of me and my writing and signings. There will be refreshments available, so come on down to say hello and have some coffee and treats with me.
To my delight, I’ve also started holding writing workshops, so stay tuned for my updated schedules for those. So far, they are scheduled for West Kelowna, Quesnel, and Prince George. I’m so looking forward to seeing some of you at one of these events!
Oh, Yes. And Gift Boxes!
And before I sign off, I should mention that my dragon-themed gift boxes are still available. I had so much fun putting them together and have received great feedback on them. Buyers say they love the fact that each box assists several local artisans to make their creations known. When you see me, ask me about the boxes!
I’m off to do my first attempt at making/painting a silk scarf, so bye for now. I plan on using colors of some of the dragons in book four, including Alika, the little gold dragon on the cover. I’ll post the finished product here on the blog for you. I’m hoping it will be presentable!
I look forward to seeing you at one of my signings or workshops. Email me anytime if you have questions about my books or your own writing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll talk soon. Ideally, in person!
Lorna J. Carleton
Hello! I'm Lorna. I thought I'd let you know a bit about me, as the author of a tale I hope you'll love.