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Friday, June 27, 2014

Excerpt and Giveaway: Wizdom and Pandora: The Quest for the Blood Jewel by K.M. Woodard


Wizdom didn't know dragons really existed. He's never ridden a white woolly mammoth or flown on a griffin. He's never known a real king or a princess or been friends with a goblin. Wizdom's never seen elves that glow blue all the time. All he's ever known are his adoptive mother and his aunt Kayden. One day he finds himself in a secret world, face to face with dragons and fire monsters. He meets an interesting girl, Pandora, who he learns is no ordinary girl, just as he is no ordinary boy. Wizdom soon finds himself on a magical journey full of secrets, sorcery, danger and evil. He fights many fierce battles and faces certain death as his quest leads him on an adventure like never before as he discovers his true identity . . . or does he?


At the end of the day as the sun burned bright red in the violet and crimson sky, they reached the edge of Saldor and were entering the Realm of Talagand. The land grew heavier and the ground underfoot was much rockier. There were colossal boulders strewn about, making it difficult for the mammoths to continue on, as they could barely fit between them. The mountains grew nearer and went high above the clouds, their jagged peaks thrusting sharply upward, almost unnaturally.

Wizdom stared up at them having never before seen anything quite like them. They were truly imposing and creepy. As they traveled on, the clouds intensified as the sun tried to peek out between them. 

Suddenly, as they were walking, a loud roar was heard in the sky above them. “DRAGONS!” shouted Pandora hysterically. “Merle!” she yelled desperately. 

Quickly, Merle put up a force field, but there were too many dragons. There were nearly twenty all together. Pandora even recognized some of them. She had seen them in friendlier days, before Lord Bregolien had put them under his evil spell. They flew over head shooting fire and swooping down low trying frantically to grasp them in their deadly claws. One large, fierce, green dragon came very close to catching Rupert’s mammoth in its talons, but only managed to snatch a claw full of white hair. 

“Wow, did you see that, brother?” Rupert said excitedly to Merle. 

“He almost got me!” Suddenly, the same dragon came in for another dive. “Look out!” Rupert shouted to Merle. 

But Merle was ready. He had his force field up like a shield and Puck and Wizdom were right next to him on their mammoth, Puck joining forces to make the force field stronger. The dragon crashed into it with a loud thud before recovering and flying back to the rest of the dragons circling overhead, readying for another strike. 

As Wizdom, Puck and Merle recovered from the sonic boom created by the dragon’s impact on the force field, they realized all the woolly mammoths had turned and faced together in a circle, while their companions were still sitting on their backs. “Hold on!” Willow said to Wizdom silently. 

“Hold on!” he yelled to the others, as Puck looked at him frightfully… 

About the author:
A lifetime resident of the Washington, DC area, K.M. Woodard has always enjoyed the outdoors and loves to travel. After working 17 years with the MetLife Insurance Company, she pursued her career as a Federal Law Enforcement Agent with Homeland Security and has a Masters Degree in Criminology. A true Tolkien fan, her passion for medieval and ancient times and her personal travel adventures often inspire ideas for new books. Her active imagination and fascination with escaping reality to a world of enchantment, mystery and suspense has resulted in a series of novels sure to delight readers looking for fast-paced adventure at every twist and turn, interspersed with a smidgen of humor. 


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