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Blog Tour: Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke

Deborah Cooke is here today as part of The {Teen} Book Scene tour for Flying Blind. Please join me in welcoming Deborah here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  The first book in her debut YA The Dragon Diaries series, Flying Blind, was released on June 7, 2011.  You can read an excerpt here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Flying Blind.  Details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

Deborah Cooke has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels and novellas.

She has also been published under the names Claire Cross and Claire Delacroix.

Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

You can visit Deborah around the web here: Website | Blog | Facebook

Welcome Deborah!

Using Mythology in Fiction

by Deborah Cooke

I like to include mythology in all of my stories. I think that using real human stories makes my fictional world more grounded and more compelling for readers. It adds another dimension to the worldbuilding, making the fictional world more rich. So, every time that I start a book or a series, my first taskis to dig through my extensive collection of mythology books. I can get lost in there for days, and it’s just wonderful.

One of the great things about writing about dragons is that there are so many stories about dragons in human culture. Virtually every society has told stories about some creature which is like a dragon. Although the western ones tend to be destructive, the eastern dragons are associated with weather, like making rain. So, for Dragonfire, I read a lot about dragons before deciding what my dragon shifters would be able to do. They shift shape to dragon form, they breathe fire, and they fight. They hoard treasure, and have “hoards” in their “lairs”. They breathe dragonsmoke as a perimeter and boundary mark to defend what is their own. They are passionate and hot-tempered, loyal and clever. They live a very long time and age quite slowly, although they are not immortal. They can slow their body rhythm in sleep, like hibernation, if they so choose. They have scales and when they lose one involuntarily, it’s a sign that they love someone – love makes them vulnerable, not just emotionally but physically. Finally, like most shapeshifters in mythology, my dragon shifters need to hide their clothes from prying eyes when they shift to their dragon form, in order to ensure that they will be able to shift back to human form.

My dragon shifters also have affinities to the elements, which links to that Asian story about dragons. Niall can whistle up a wind or summon a storm because of his affinity to air. Rafferty, with his affinity to earth, can both cause earthquakes and stop them. The Slayer Chen can summon a heavy rain when it suits him.

Next step is to make links between the fictional worldbuilding and the world we know. My idea about dragons in Dragonfire is that these dragon shifters have always existed. They used to live openly amongst humans, which is why so many human societies have stories about dragons – they’re real and we knew it. The Middle Ages was a big era of dragon hunters, according to our stories, so I used that in Dragonfire as well. Because humans nearly hunted the dragon shifters to extinction, they went into hiding – and because of the actions of humans, some dragons decided that humans weren’t a treasure of the earth worth defending. Those dragon hunts created a schism in the world of my dragons between Pyr (good dragons) and Slayers (bad dragons.)

Next, I’ve used specific stories from mythology in individual books. The dragon story from Greek myth of the founding of Thebes is behind the story of the Dragon’s Tooth Warriors, who were introduced in KISS OF FURY, and multiplied in KISS OF FATE. The linked story of Cadmus is told from those warrior’s point of view in my short digital story “Harmonia’s Kiss”.

Finally, I like to develop specific traits of my dragons as a story focus in individual books. Dragons are supposed to be able to charm humans, and this manifests in my worldbuilding as “beguiling”. The dragon shifter can summon flames in his eyes. The human stares at the flames, intrigued by them, and the dragon then hypnotizes the human. This talent, its power and limitations, plays a big role in FLASHFIRE, coming next January.

I also like the persistent idea in our stories of dragons loving riddles. I made riddles an interest of Zoë in The Dragon Diaries paranormal YA series – little does she realize that her fascination is a reflection of her dragon nature. There is a lot more mythology about dragons in Zoë’s books, because she is the Wyvern and the Wyvern traditionally has access to an alternate realm of dreams and visions. In this place, Zoë is instructed and helped by Norse mythical characters, and talks to the dead, although she originally thinks she’s just dreaming.

About the Book:

The next generation of shape-shifting dragons from the popular author of the Dragonfire novels.

Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal, except she’s been told she’s destined for great things. Zoë’s the one female dragon shapeshifter of her kind. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL, so she’s sent to a Pyr boot camp.

Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday, because the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap. The Mages want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line-unless Zoë and her friends can work together and save their own kind.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Flying Blind.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Do you like to have mythology blended into the books that you read? If so, why? If not, why not?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Monday, July 11th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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26 Responses to “Blog Tour: Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke

  1. Cassandra HernandezNo Gravatar
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    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).
    I like mythology to be blended into books it makes them seem more genuine. It completes the magic.

    2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.
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    Following as Cassandra Hernandez-Ruiz
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    Hope I win. Hardly have read books with dragons. This book looks good! I might become a dragon lover before long. LoL.
    Thanks, for giveaway.

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  2. StuckinbooksNo Gravatar
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    I think it adds a lot to have the myth blended but I don’t like it when it takes over the story. There needs to be a balance heavy on the story side.

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  3. Heather McCorkleNo Gravatar
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    I love having mythology blended into books because it ties in the old stories, those that have been with us since the beginning. There is something very powerful in that!

    Blog Follower, Twitter Follower, Facebook Follower

    I’ll be tweeting about it @HeatherMcCorkle

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  4. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I love the mythology mixed within the story. I’ve loved mythology since I was a kid so I like to see it brought into the present. +1

    Follower of blog, twitter, and Faceook +3

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Jovial_1/status/85409071628423168 +3

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  5. VivienNo Gravatar
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    I adore mythology period. When it’s woven into a story it makes it even better. I love seeing how different authors twist the same myth. Really fascinating.
    +1 comment
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    +3 spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/123347-blog-tour-flying-blind-by-deborah-cooke

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  6. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    YES! I love mythology of all kinds and so to have it blended usually makes me want to read it even more.

    I’m a gfc follower
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  7. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    I do as long as the mythology is correct. I really enjoy it because I feel like I learned something new from the book.
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    +3 spread here http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/123369-blog-tour-flying-blind-by-deborah-cooke

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  8. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I like mythology blended into books, I think it adds to the story, especially if it’s mythology I’ve heard a bit about. If I haven’t heard of it, it’s great too, because I learn something as I’m enjoying the book.

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  9. Bookish in a BoxNo Gravatar
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    +1 I love having mythology blended into the books I read. It makes the story so much richer, and it’s usually a cool modern twist on something old.

    +2 I’m a Twitter and GFC follower.

    +3 http://twitter.com/#!/bookishinabox/status/85489727670730752

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  10. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always loved mythology – I used to read Bullfinch’s mythology for fun when I was a kid, so I’m always happy to see it blended into a story, although those old myths always tended to have tragic endings LOL.

    GFC follower (but I don’t use Twitter)
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  11. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    I do like when Mythology is mixed with a fiction novel, it gives the stories roots and plausibility, I totally dig it.

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  12. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    Forgot my email address: ten.tsacmocnull@99nietskce

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  13. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I love mythology mixed into the stories because it adds the extra fantasy element to the stories. I become even more fascinated because mythology is so foreign and intriguing to me.

    +1 answered question
    +3 GFC follower

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  14. AlyssaNo Gravatar
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    I love mythology, so books with mythology in them are awesome in my opinion. Plus, there are soo many different ways authors can use the mythology in their book that it’s always interesting. I love seeing the different variations.

    +1 answered question
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 twitter follower (@lyssad87)
    +1 like on Facebook (Alyssa Durrstein
    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/lyssad87/status/85879307444039680

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lyssad87(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. debbieNo Gravatar
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    Hi Deb, sorry I’m late to the party, I’m trying to tie up everything at work so they’ll let me go on vacation next week.
    I love your adult series as you know and Zoe is just such a great protagonist for this new series. I love mixing myths and all kinds of fantasy and paranormal to my reading, although to be perfectly honest I read mainstream fiction too.
    The reason I like the woo-woo factor as I call it is for many different reasons, 1 being a reader of a certain age i like my heros to be over 20 and my heroines to be over 18 waaaay over, so the immortal factor helps also I think with so much going wrong in the mortal realm right now it’s nice to read about mayhem other places as well.
    I can’t wait to read the next novel in both series
    thanks
    Deb

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  16. The Loopy LibrarianNo Gravatar
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    I love mythological creatures in the books that I read. They have unique gifts and powers and add to the level of fantasy.

    +1 answered question
    +3 follow on twitter (@theloopylibrary) and GFC (The Loopy Librarian)
    +3 Retweeted https://twitter.com/#!/DarkFaerieTales/status/86441371342348288

    Thanks for the contest! allisonmoyer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Raonaid LuckwellNo Gravatar
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    Yes I do like it when an author blends mythology to their story. It adds a bit more spice, a bit more atmosphere to the story. Now when they do it like Kenyon did, mixing Greek mythology with vampires it turned out well.

    Twitter follower. Do believe I’m a facebook follower +3
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  18. DorothyNo Gravatar
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    I love reading mythology as it melds and unfolds in modern tales. It gives the author complete liberty to tweak tales and rumors in order to explain such happenings in a way that will work with their world-building. It gives the reader an ah-ha moment as to why we are familiar with such tales.

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  19. ElizabethNo Gravatar
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    +1 I love mythology and mythological creatures, so love reading about them in stories as well! It adds a sense of enchantment :)

    +3 Following you
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  20. Katie @ Novel SocietyNo Gravatar
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    +1 yes it makes the stories funner and it makes the stories believable and interesting.

    +3 for following
    +3 for tweeting (http://twitter.com/#!/GirlyKat/status/86918373589528577)

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  21. KiraNo Gravatar
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    +1 I enjoy when mythology is mixed with a storyline, as long as it is the right blend. If the characters/setting don’t portray the original mythology then I don’t feel it should have been placed with that story.

    +3 Follower – Kira (GFC) & @MrsBoswellBooks (Twitter)

    +3 Link on Blog – http://mrsboswellsbookbag.blogspot.com/p/contestsgiveaways.html

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  22. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    I love when mythology is blended into books!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  23. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    I LOVE having mythology blended into the books I read. I spent a good two years in school researching mythology from different parts of the world.

    Liked and shared on facebook =)

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  24. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always loved mythology and this one sounds fascinating.
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    +1 I’m a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
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  25. Missy O'MalleyNo Gravatar
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    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).
    I certianly don’t mind if mythology is incorporated into the story. I find it especially useful if the story is explaind though, and not if I’m expected to just know that particular myth.

    2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.
    I follow the blog. I don’t have Twitter, sorry. and I can’t seem to locate a facebook button on the side.

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).
    I do not have a blog either, sorry.

    Thanks for the contest!
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  26. NicoleNo Gravatar
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    I like when mythology is in books partly cause they make the book have a different style to them than many other books and also just because I’m interested in mythology myself.

    I follow this on twitter.

    moc.liamtohnull@925htimsn

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