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Dragon Academy
Nick visits his aunt and uncle in NJ to train the last two teenage Greywing dragons in the country. One small mistake erupts into a conflagration that hurls everyone into a race against time and the overwhelming forces of nature.
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My Books

ireadiwrite Publishing; Pfoxmoor Publishing
eBook: 9781926760407
eBook, $4.99 USD; paperback, $13.99 USD
With high school finished for the summer, Nick looks forward to visiting his aunt and uncle in New Jersey. What awaits him is a heat wave like no other - and the last two Greywings on the planet. Nick has an innate ability to train horses but will he be able to translate his amazing skill to these teenage dragons?

The steaming soup of mid-summer heats up tempers and tests resolve as Nick vies with fellow trainers, Keith and Maxie, for mastery over their new charges. The dragons, Nikita and Michael, typical teenagers themselves, have other ideas.

Nick treads a torturous path through a minefield of competing demands: the expectations of his aunt and uncle, recalcitrant horses, the Academy’s female students and the overwhelming egos of Nikita and Michael. One small mistake erupts into a conflagration that hurls everyone into a race against time and the overwhelming forces of nature.

“Berit, that is all very nice, but what in the world do you plan to do with five dragons? How will you feed them?”

“Nick is out trapping rabbits this morning. The University gave us a grant to begin a small breeding venture at those barracks south of the main campus. The Chair of the Department for Small, Useless, and Obnoxious Nocturnal Rodents gave us a starter crate of hamsters.”

She sighed. “They didn’t pass the maze test and were slowly starving to death.”

Dietrich heard Berit tapping a fingernail against the phone, cataloging her assets.

She continued, her mirth barely contained. “Even better, the Biology Department chipped in with a few white rats that had higher IQs than the department vice-chairman. Their loyal graduate students have followed them, as they couldn’t bear to lose potential thesis advisors. So that gives us plenty of pairs of hands.”

action/adventure, fiction, science fiction, young adult, ebook, fantasy

About Me

Author Portrait
I have been writing for over 30 years across a variety of genres - dark urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction, young adult, humor and cross-genre erotica.

My completed published works include 'Mounted Exercises' (short stories/romance: Night Publishing), 'Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica' (Night Publishing) and 'Dragon Academy' (young adult: ireadiwrite Publishers for eBook and Pfoxmoor Publishing for PB). Additional works include 'Flashes Through Time' (editor: collection of flash fiction, shortie short stories, poetry and essays: eBook by Pfoxmoor Publishing); and two full length novels - 'The Guardian Chronicles: Seduction and Retribution' (dark urban fantasy). 'Sculpting David' comes out 2/1/2011 by Red Sage Presents.

I have started a boutique publishing business that will focus on YA and romance genres: Pfoxmoor Publishing [www.pfoxmoorpublishing.com].


[S]uitable for both adults and teenagers. The writer jumps right into the story, and the action and quick paced dialogue keep this moving from the start. [t]his is a polished piece of work. I like realism, especially when it comes to fantasy. The smart dialogue here, the descriptions of a very real environment, helped me to immediately place myself. The humour was perfectly applied and also believable. Diane Seamlessly blends genres. [t]he read is engrossing, funny, sometimes an edge of your seat thing that is ridiculously entertaining. I certainly recommend it…
Paul Neto
Action, humor, teenage angst, dragons-this one has it all. And [it] isn't just for teens. A lively cast of characters-quirky, entertaining, and downright laughable: Nick and his not-quite-girlfriend, Uncle Dietrich- strong silent type-and Aunt Anna-less silent, excitable type-there's plenty to like. And did I mention BillyBob and BobbyRay, hillbilly truckers with IQs lower than a snake's belly? Pacing is excellent and dialogue crisp. Diane's writing style [is] smooth, easy to read, packed with action and imagery. Dragon Academy is a wonderful story for anyone's fantasy collection.
Mark Marker
An email from a young fan that made my day:

Subject: dragon Academy
just wanted to let you know that I finhised the book. it was AWESOME I loved it I couldnt put it down I read it for 7 hours straight (really im not kidding). Is there a sequel, because if there is I really want to read it when it's finished.
I finished reading Dragon Academy and sat smiling to myself for a while. It captured my imagination and took me on a marvelous journey. Diane appears to write effortlessly,the flow and pacing as near to perfect as it gets. It does indeed cross genres and it does with such skill that the reader loses all sense of time and place. We are there, the characters are causing us to laugh delightedly or in some cases like Billybob and BobbyRay wish we had a gun handy.

A read...not only for the YA market. Older folks with a young spirit and sense of adventure will love it, as i did.
Suzanna Burke
From Joanne Ellis' blog: a lovely review: http://networkedblogs.com/6tF5j

Dancing in the Dark, what can I say except an erotic adventure from talented writers.

I took my time reading this, taking in each story slowly before moving onto the next. Each tale so different from the next and I never knew exactly what I was going to get next.

One thing I do know, I will never look at Snow White or Hansel and Gretl the same way again.
Each story has its own special quality but I had four favourites amongst the collection of eight.
An awesome young-adult book (and adults)! August 11, 2010
By LM DeWalt from Whitehall, PA

Favorable: Uplifting, love story between humans and dragons

"As a teacher, I would definitely recommend my students read this book. It was fast paced and enjoyable. The dragons were quite the characters, In fact, all the characters were easy to know and esay to love. The hint of romance was just enough. I had a few laughs and a few moments of dread wile reading this also. I enyoyed reading this book and will probably read it again in the future. Well done, Ms Nelson."

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I Dance with Words
Romancing Words
Soooz Says Stuff
The Word Count Hallowe'en Special
Dancing in the Dark
Pfoxmoor Publishing

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Greater Lehigh Valley Writer Group will hold its first 'Dark and Stormy Nights' literary program at the Emmaus Public Library, Dec. 11, 2011: http://glvwg.org/darkandstormy.htm

The Shops of Emmaus will hold author readings and signings in conjunction with this event.


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