Monday, 27 April 2015

W is for Wyvern, and the Wonderful Patricia Lynne releases Zadekiel

For this year's A-Z Challenge I have selected a word from the dictionary for each day and written a story around it with a 100 word limit. For extra interest I have chosen words that are unknown or unfamiliar to me. All definitions are from the Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus 2007 Edition. Today's word is: Wyvern.

Wyvern: A winged two-legged dragon with a barbed tail.

Wilbur the wyvern had fought to get into Fireclaw’s Training School for Dragons, determined to prove that wyverns were just as good as those big oafs.

He challenged Krarg, one of the biggest dragons, to a duel. His few friends said he was crazy, while most turned up simply for the entertainment.

He couldn’t breathe fire, but that didn’t matter. He nimbly sidestepped every volley the dragon unleashed – until he drew Krarg to a tree he had previously soaked in oil. The dragon ignited the tree in his fury, singing his wing, and the cunning Wilbur was declared the winner.

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W is also for the Worldwide release of Zadekiel, Book 2 in the Path of Angels series by Patricia Lynne! (Tenuous, but I got a W in there.) I've enjoyed getting to know Patricia through the Challenge and reading her dark and thrilling flash fiction, so I was only too happy to help out with her launch. 

The path is lost.

With Michael gone, the mantle of leadership falls to Zadekiel. In this time of darkness, with tempers running short, Zade struggles to guide his brothers. Hope comes in the form of a green haired woman with a unique gift. She represents a way back to the path they lost when Michael disappeared.

Zephyr fills books with cryptic poetry, a powerful compulsion, which is more a curse than a blessing. With no control over her ability, she struggles to live a normal life. When she meets Zade, he insists her ability is a gift from God. Reluctantly, she agrees to join the cause–it’s hard to dispute a man with wings.

Now the path is found, but one question remains. Will it lead to further darkness?

You can also pick up Michael, the first book in the series, here.

About the Author:
Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.



Michael Abayomi said...

Go Wilbur the wyvern! Zadekiel sounds like an interesting read. :)

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Patrica has a lot in common with my girl. She LOVES Dr. Who, wanted to be a vet, and her hair has purple highlights now. It was blue in December. Great job getting that W in there. Congratulations to Patrica!

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - I was going to use Wyvern - I've always loved seeing them around .. good for Wilbur cleverly defeating Krarg.

Patricia .. well done on the W and the Zephyr wind in her story .. good luck to her with the release of her new book ..

Cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clever Wilbur!
Congratulations to Patricia.

Jennifer Hawes said...

A word I have actually heard of before! Cunning story:) Congrats to Patricia.

djinnia said...

Always loved that word since I was a kid. Great story. I thought Wilber was clever in preparing in advance. A strategic plan that won him the day.

Tamara Narayan said...

For some reason, the word wyvern sounds familiar. Could there be one in Harry Potter? Or maybe it's Mine Craft. Yeah, I think that's it. Go Wilbur! That'll do, dragon, that'll do. (I'm mixing my pig stories, but what can I say? It's Monday.)

Vanessa Morgan said...

Zadekiel sounds fun. Congratulations fot Patricia.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

I would read a story about a Dragon school! :)

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Christine Rains said...

Three cheers for clever Wilbur the Wyvern! :) And yay for Patricia!

Anonymous said...

I think I've heard of wyvern's before, but not 100% sure.

Thanks for hosting me and Zadekiel today. =)

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I will avoid Wyverns at all cost. :)

Guilie Castillo said...

Wyvern--never came across it until today, so thank you for that. And for the insight into dragons: who knew there was variety enough to warrant different names and all?

Thanks for the visits over at Quiet Laughter :) Happy last days of A-yo-Z-ing!

Sara C. Snider said...

Wilbur the Wyvern sounds like a plushy toy. In other words--love. I always like it when the underdog wins. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I want to see a Wyvern!

Congratulations to Patricia!!!!! :D

cleemckenzie said...

That barbed tail caught my attention.

Congrats to Patricia! Onward with those books.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Clever Wilbur!

Congrats to Patricia :-)

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

Keith's Ramblings said...

Good on you Wilbur! I enjoyed your blaze of glory!

Keith's Ramblings

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats to Patricia. A wyvern defeating a dragon? Love the underdog.

Julie Flanders said...

Wilbur the Wyvern. This sounds like a title for a children's book! Great little snippet.
Congratulations to Patricia!

J.L. Campbell said...

First time I'm coming across this word.

Wishing lots of success for Patricia!

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks, everyone! I kind of struggled to find a W word. I'd heard of wyverns before, but didn't really know what they were. X is going to be fun!

diedre Knight said...

Never heard the word before but by the description, it sounds a fitting name for an enchanting creature!

betty said...

Wilbur had wisdom to defeat his opponent! I am trying to imagine a 2 legged dragon though!


J E Oneil said...

Now this is a word I've heard before, thanks to many years playing video games. And I love your names for the dragons. One is Wilbur and the other Krarg :)

Jean Davis said...

Yay for victorious Wilber. Congrats, Patricia! Go forth unto great success, hair dye happy fellow writer from Michigan!

Shell Flower said...

This is a great little story. Perhaps you should write a middle grade novel! Congrats to Patricia Lynne on another book release.

Mark Koopmans said...

I forgot how fun your lettery flash fiction was :)

Have fun over the next three days, Nick!!

Anonymous said...

This is a fun little story - always love to hear about an underdog winning a battle :-)

Liz A. said...

Yes, planning and cunning win the fight, not brute strength.

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Well done Wilbur - just shows the biggest don't always win :)
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Mina Burrows said...

Yay, Wilbur! Wonderful done. :)