New Release Dragon Fyre by Sandie Bergen

The Release has Begun!
Dragon Fyre
Musings from the Dragonlady

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Marion Margaret Press is pleased to announce that we are releasing another wonderful book by Sandie Bergen!

Originally due on March 17th, this book was delayed thanks to a family emergency on my end. I’m leaving for the funeral tomorrow, so the release is happening in segments rather than all at once.

The anthology is called Dragon Fyre: Musings from the Dragonlady.

Nine of Sandie’s stories are in this book, each with an illustration from the cover artist, Ilsie, to match the story.

Sandie’s books continue to be a labor of love by her friends and family to honor her memory and to fulfill her last request to us. Her fans and characters meant the world to her and she wanted us to keep her books available.

One of the toughest jobs of preparing this book was figuring out the title. I rummaged through nearly ten years of saved conversations between Sandie and I to find a good title. As some of you may know, we spoke everyday, unless she or I was sick or off on the road somewhere.

This was an emotionally tough assignment, even after two years. But it paid off. I found a conversation from our private friendship forum discussing possible anthology titles.

Of all the ones we came up with, Dragon Fyre was Sandie’s favorite. And since Sandie was, and always will be, THE Dragonlady, it seemed perfect.

The collected stories are a mix of new and old releases. A few have been published before, although I cannot specify exactly where and when.

There are a few special never seen before stories, and a special story she wrote for her husband, Charlie, which appeared long ago through our press. Another one, The Legend of the Vale, is actually the backstory for a novel she never got around to write.

She sent me The Legend of the Vale as part of the complete outline for the book many years ago. I’d like to say this will be another book by Sandie that we’ll bring out, but I fear that may not happen. But, then again, no one ever knows what the future will bring.

The royalties from Dragon Fyre, and the royalties from all her books, will now go to the kidney foundation that helped her so much. Both Marion Margaret Press and her family have decided not to take royalties and truly make her books a labor of love.

In addition, MMP is now adding a long stem yellow rose to the back covers of book releases from this point on in her memory. You’ll even start to see at least one yellow rose on my future book covers.

To see the changes and updates as they happen, visit SandieBergenBooks.com, and sign up for Marion Margaret Press’s newsletter, which I hope to make happen next week after I’m done with the funeral trip. May your day be bright and remember to hug your loved ones, as Sandie’s final words encourages.

Find DragonFyre: Musings From The Dragonlady at Smashwords here. This is our main ebook distributor and through here, the book will show up at Kobo, Barnes&Noble, iBooks, and many more places over the next few days.

Check out this page on Smashwords site to see how you can download the right file for whichever device you use.

We have to do Kindle separately and I hope to get that processed end of this week. It should be live on Amazon by Monday.

The print book edition should be available within 3-4 weeks, depending how long it takes to get the full cover from artist after I return, and how long the proofing takes.

Friends of MMP Sherry Ficklin

This is a weekly notice which will feature a few words about a friend of MMP and an ad for their books. I’m a bit late for this one, so this week there will hopefully be two. We’ve been distracted by preparing for a loss in the family that’s in process now. And the iceapocalypse we just survived through…

I’ve chosen to highlight an internet friend, Sherry Ficklin, this week. An all around great person and fantastic story teller. Entertainment seems to be her middle name and she brings fun to everyone’s life around her and through her books.

I met Sherry many years ago, when we were both involved with the same publisher. I was in the office and she was one of the authors. Said publisher didn’t work out for either of us. For many writers, that would be the end of things, but not Sherry.

She kept going. Found things that didn’t work to finally succeed at this book author thing. Probably including a deal where we almost formed our own publishing company together. Okay, maybe not. With her at the helm with me, we surely would have succeeded.

But not like this…fate stepped in and cancelled the deal at the last minute, with the best results. Sherry found a terrific home for her writing and a great following, in a way that allows her books to be found without getting taken for a ride.

I do believe I have all of Sherry’s books now. Current and I’m thinking a few older ones. I must say, she has never disappointed me. I can say honestly and wholeheartedly that her books are entertaining and worth giving up the time to read them.

Great characters. Great stories. You’re IN her books’ worlds and settings.

This week, I’m featuring her Stolen Empire Series, historical fiction written about Catherine the Great. The books kept me hooked from page one, I didn’t want to put those books down at all! I was so anxious to get to the next in the series, and in mourning when the series ended.

They’re rated in the Young Adult Mature section. This IS taken from Catherine the Great and her life was pretty mature. If you don’t know what I mean, you should study up on her. You’re missing out.

Grab Sherry’s Stolen Empire Series today, starting with the first book that’s free to download today!

P.S. She’s also the featured author for our anthology Confederacy of Steam Vs Zombies.

http://www.sherryficklin.com