Monday, August 15, 2016

Alan Black's QUEST FOR THE WHITE WIND Blast & Giveaway

A Swashbuckling Tale of a Captain, a Servant Girl, Magic & LOTS of Dragons
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Quest for the White Wind
by Alan Black


Publisher: CreateSpace (July 4, 2016)
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781535026178
Genre: Fantasy | Action & Adventure
Print Length: 320 pages
 
 The White Wind’s captain looked forward to a smooth, profitable voyage, but mutineers steal his ship and kill, kidnap, or toss his passengers and crew into the sea. Saddled with the ship’s most irritating passenger, he wonders why he doesn’t let her drown, be eaten by dragons, or taken by hostile barbarians. He must find his crew, cross uncharted hostile lands, and fight a magician to take back the White Wind.
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Quest for the White Wind by Alan Black

Quest for the White WindAlan Black proves once again, that he is a master at creative writing, at bringing new worlds to his readers and at giving his all for us. This time out, Alan Black dabbles in the world of fantasy, Yeah, because an orangutan on the lamb is documentary material. Seriously, Quest for the White Wind is a swashbuckling tale with a rainbow of magic, a daring captain and a servant girl who has more surprises than a box of Cracker Jacks. Did I mention dragons?

Come aboard the White Wind as Alan Black builds his world, colors his characters captivating and sets sail for adventure, danger and survival as one non-magical sailor is caught in the political machinations of wizards of the blue, red and green magical realms.

When his ship is stolen by a band of mutinous scurvy dogs, Tanden is “encouraged by a sharp blade and the snap of magic to jump ship and sink or swim to land. Forced to save a screaming banshee of a lady’s companion, he barely makes it to shore. But survive they do, a ragtag band of sailors, including an ogre and an overweight first mate. If they survive, Tanden is determined to get the White Wind back.

Scenes come to life as these characters take over and drive their tale into the realm of magical reading. Filled with humor, heart and unassuming heroes, from start to finish Mr. Black captivated me again with another remarkably entertaining tale!

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Alan Black...is a multi-genre author who's never met a good story he didn't want to tell.

I have been writing novels since 1997 when I started ‘Eye on The Prize’. My writing tastes are as eclectic as my reading preferences. I admit that I love writing much more than editing and the whole publishing process. Marketing of my novels leaves me as baffled as the whole string theory thing.

I was born in central Kansas, but grew up in Gladstone, Missouri, graduating from Oak Park Senior High School and eventually earning a degree from Longview Community College. I spent most of my adult life in the Kansas City area (with the exception of a few years in the U.S. Air Force), but my wife and I now live in sunny Arizona. The dry desert air stimulates my creativity more than the juicy air in Missouri (pronounced here as ‘misery’).

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119 comments:

  1. No I don't think that all Dragons only breath fire !

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  2. Nope. Dragons don't all breathe fire. So many kinds of dragons and I love them! Wow, look at all of his books. Got to read one!

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    1. Laura,
      Thanks for entering the contest.
      I love dragons, too. This is my first fantasy, so the dragons don't play a big role.
      If you like scifi, my series Metal Boxes has an alien race we call drascos because they look like a cross between dragons and scorpions.

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  3. I think only the fierce "standard" dragons breathe fire; there are many types. I love dragons! and I collect them (statues and figurines, that is). :)

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    1. Carol,
      It does sound like you are a dragonologist. Maybe I should keep in touch the next time I create a new species of dragons. This book only references four different kinds (size and ecological functions).

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  4. Nope I don't think all dragons breath fire.

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    1. Kim,
      Then this book should be a good read for you. No spoilers here, but my dragons don't breathe fire.

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  5. I am sure dragons can breathe fire, but it burns their lungs just like it would burn a human if they breathed fire. If you mean do dragons exhale fire, then that would depend on the universe that the author is writing about. I like a good fire-breathing dragon every now and then, but the biology is lost on me.

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    1. So how do they exhale it?

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    2. Don't know. That's why my dragons don't.

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  6. Yes, or at least they should be able to breathe fire, otherwise why be a dragon, lol

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    1. Maybe because of all the big sharp teeth and wings?

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  7. I believe all dragons breath fire..
    That is what makes them mystical..
    Thanks for the chance..

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    1. *Waving frantically!* Feels like a dragon has been breathing fire over Florida, lately, doesn't it?

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    2. Sorry, but the dragons in this book don't breath fire...at least not it this part of the trilogy.

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  8. Do you think all dragons breathe fire? Not all, some breathe ice, and others just breathe air. :-D

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    1. I just thought of a dragon who breathed air....the Great Wind ...

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    2. exceptional thoughts, Bobbi. Thanks for the ideas.

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  9. some dragons breathe out fire, some breathe out ice - depends on the dragon. some, unfortunately, don't have the skill. i believe that dragons can learn to breathe fire but they need to be taught or a spell put on them. i also think they need to be a certain age before they can breathe fire. dragons are amazing creatures, so complex and beautiful, fierce and misunderstood :D

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    1. Smart thinking, wouldn't want a kid playing with fire!

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    2. Lorraine, would dragons who breathe fire get along with dragons who breathe ice?

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  10. I don't think all dragons breath fire, or maybe not just fire I think some can also breath ice.

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    1. I think I would like dragons who can breathe anything they want.

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  11. Ooh! I'm so excited for Alan and his new book!

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  12. I think the expectation is there that all dragons breathe fire.

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    1. I would agree that is a common trope in fantasy novels. It is so common that people have forgotten that dragons can come in all sizes, shapes, and lung capacities.

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  13. Why not? Dragons can breathe anything, although fire is the most common.

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    1. Cynthia, that is very open minded of you.

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  14. don't think they all breathe fire

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    1. bn100, I agree. In a world with multiple sub-species of dragons, we would find all sorts of capabilities.

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    1. What about breathing inert gasses? My science tech advisor says that doesn't work on living creatures. Besides, I think I did dragons that breathe anything in my scifi series METAL BOXES.

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  16. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  17. No, I don't think all dragons breath fire. Otherwise why would you need to specify fire-breathing dragon? It would be redundant. Im sure that many just breath air. ;)

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    1. Emily, good thinking. Personally, I like dragons that can breathe lots of stuff...like chlorine, methane, etc. Wouldn't breathing helium help them fly?

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  18. Great review Di :) I really like the idea of this one being engaging and the secrets becoming a big part of it. I also think dragons can breathe more than just fire.

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    1. Doesn't Dianne write the best reviews? She is the best!

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  19. No I don't think all dragons breathe fire - there isn't enough land or matter in general for the planets to survive if all of them do!

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    1. What if we limit the fire breathing to specific types of dragons instead of just all of them?

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  20. Yes, I believe dragons breath fire. Thank you for the review & giveaway.

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    1. You're welcome, Beth. Doesn't Dianne write wonderful reviews?

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  21. Real small dragons no, in books yes.

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  22. Well if they are anything like my ex mother in law they can do it all, breath, exhale, and distribute the smoke. lol.

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    1. OMGosh! I am laughing so hard! Too bad there isn't a prize for best comment, ever! Thank you, Debra! ~dianne

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    2. Okay, I can see a new category for my next raffle: "Best comment award"

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  23. Quest for the white wind sounds like a great adventure! Love your review. My thought is if can't breath fire you can't be a dragon ♡

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    1. Linda, so what do you call one that breaths ice?

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  24. Yes, all dragons breathe fire, except maybe water dragons, maybe they breathe out water spouts

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    1. Ooooo, water dragons. I hadn't thought of those. Good idea. Thanks.

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  25. I think all dragons breathe fire, perhaps some more than others, bigger rather than small.

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    1. Renee, you seem to be in the majority here.

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  26. Some breathe fire. Some don't. I like the breathing fire dragons better. 😁

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    1. I like them better, too, Megan, but I just couldn't fit the fire breathing kind in this book. Maybe one of the sequels...

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  27. Some breathe fire. Some don't. I like the breathing fire dragons better. 😁

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  28. I think dragons have control over air, water, earth and fire.

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    1. Of course, Chris. As magical creatures they would be able to control the four elements.

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  29. I think whether a dragon breathed fire or not would depend on his species. I am sure there are non-fire breathing types to.

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    1. Thank you. That was my thought exactly. Different sizes and different species.

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  30. They are mythical creatures, aren't they? 🐉😉 So yes I think they all breathe fire!🔥🐲

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  31. No I think there should be all sorts of Dragons some that breathe ice, or water or magick not just fire but fire is cool!

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    1. Nice conundrum, Cathy. "Fire is cool" Yeah. I like that.

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  32. If all dragons breathed fire, they would soon be extinct knowing their temperament. The right to breathe fire is gained by alpha-type males and females.

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    1. Sort of a hierarchy of flame? The higher up the ladder the hotter the fire?

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  33. No, I do not believe all dragons breathe fire.

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    1. I agree, Katie. I believe that some small few do, but they are rare even among their own kind.

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  34. It's funny; all dragons I've ever read about do breathe fire. But ones that didn't would be very interesting!

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    1. Claudette, I looked at them like there was a series of species of dragons. All sizes, shapes and capabilities.

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  35. You know I would like to imagine dragons in all kinds of different climates...ones that can breath fire, ice, wind, and even water depending on their environment. I think it would be incredible to imagine a fantastical world in which a whole variety of different types of dragons existed. I love fantasy! :)

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    1. Trippy, That was what I was going for in this new fantasy book-a wide variety of dragon species. Some big, some small, some with wings and some without.

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  36. No I don't think all dragons breath fire.

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    1. Thank you, Jolanda. Dragons should be allowed to have a variety of qualities, just like people.

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  37. For a creature so large and moody, we sure do love dragons! They are just compelling. :)

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    1. Why do you think that is? We either love them or hate them. There isn't much middle ground.

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  38. I think the older dragons breathe fire and the younger ones just spark a bit.

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    1. Maybe that is because as they get older they generate more methane. I know my grandpa was like that.

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  39. No I don't think all dragons breathe fire. Would be pretty awesome though.

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    1. awesome? Well, not if you're a firefighter.

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  40. Well since Komodo dragons don't breathe fire, then no I don't think all dragons breathe fire :)

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    1. Jan, but aren't Komodo dragons really just big lizards?

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  41. No not all Dragons breath fire. Some can breath Ice or Poison or Acid too!

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  42. Do all dragons breathe fire? Wouldn't that be kind of boring? What about ice, and lightning, and poison, and why not pea soup?

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  43. Well, probably not ALL dragons are fire-breathing. However, my first mother-in-law certainly qualified. She was a dragon straight from Hell, and by smoking four packs of Pall Mall non-filtered cigarettes per day, she assuredly was a fire breather. I could go on, but my therapist advised me not to. So, I shall cease and desist at this point in time. :-)

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    1. Dianne,
      Michael is a professional published author...and quite a good one. Well, certainly as good as I am anyway. However, I must disagree with him. Just because a creature breathes fire doesn't make it a dragon. His ex-mother-in-law may have even descended from reptiles, but that still doesn't qualify her as a dragon...or does it?

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    3. Alan, as always, you have given me something to think about! I hope Michael appreciates the praise you gave him! Have you ever heard of the book about the Reptilians that many humans have descended from? Yes, I do not make this up. I received a copy from my ex-son-in-law...maybe he was trying to tell me something?

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    4. Humans descended from reptiles? Yeah, that would explain a lot.

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    5. Hi, Alan: I haven't' visited for a few days. Thank you for the compliments! Coming from a man of many talents (and genres!) that means a lot to me.
      So, Lady Dii thinks we are descended from reptiles. She might be onto something. I sure have come across a lot of "snakes in the grass" in my time. Some who even breathed fire and expelled a lot of smoke. :-)
      --Michael

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  44. Nope, not all dragons breathe fire. Well, not unless sarcasm counts as fire, which I guess it could.

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    1. Kira, so we are looking for sarcastic dragons? Okay. I'm in.

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  45. I don't think they do but they should be able to

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    1. Amy, you think it should a conscious thing they do when necessary?

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  46. No, I don't think all dragons breath fire, but I do think they all breath something - helium for the silly ones, water for the swimmers, bad breath for those that lack dental insurance.

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    1. Wouldn't magic dragons just breath magic?

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  47. Fire breathing dragons are the coolest.

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  48. No, I don't believe that all dragons breathe fire, yes, some. I am in the belief that there are dragons that are from all 4 elements: Earth, Air, Fire, & Water.

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  49. I'm pretty sure if all dragons breathed fire we'd see something in the fossil record.

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  50. Yes, I think all dragons can breathe fire, but I think they can control it.

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  51. No, I don't think all dragons exhale fire. I believe there are many different types. Just like other animal species.

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  52. They may not all breathe fire, but the ones that do put on quite a show. I like some flash in my dragons. lol That cover makes me think of the Jurassic Park endings. :-) How much input did you have in the final product, Alan?
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  53. This book sounds interesting. Asking whether or not we think all dragons breathe fire makes me wonder what's in store. I will answer, "No, I don't think they all breathe fire."

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  54. Of course not. Only female dragons breathe fire. I suppose dragons take after humans in this case. It must be a genetics thing. :-)
    --Michael

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  55. CAVEAT!!! The above was said with tongue firmly planted in cheek! :-)
    --Michael

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  56. My dragons don't breathe fire at all, not even the 'fire dragons' actually :)
    Though - I'm pretty sure there are other dragons around, and if you p' them off badly enough, they probably do...

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  57. Great book cover! This looks like a good book!

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  58. I accidentally left the wrong link for my Tweet today! Sorry about that! Here is my correct link:

    https://twitter.com/TrippyCusp93/status/772193890468241409

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  59. I think dragons can all breathe fire. Some just choose not to. :P

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  60. No, not all dragons breath fire. Some breath ice or lighting or acid or other things as well!

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  61. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book sounds amazing!

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