Dragon Airways

Dragon Airways - Like other airways, only dragonier.

Dragon Airways – Like other airways, only dragonier.

What happens when you let the dragons loose on Twitter? Author Brian Rathbone has been experimenting, and the results have been both heart-warming and humorous. Recently, Brian has taken to Kickstarter to empower other authors, and turn the dragons loose on the world.

Brian Rathbone hasn’t always been an international best-selling self-published fantasy author with 145,000 Twitter followers. Starting out as a horse trainer, he struggled during his teenage years and made some bad decisions. Reading fantasy fiction helped save him, and now his #1 International Best-selling World of Godsland fantasy series spans nine books.

Over fifty-million times a year people see one of @BrianRathbone’s tweets. Telling what he calls ‘dragon jokes of questionable quality’ on Twitter changed his life. “Suddenly I had the platform I’d been searching for. By interacting with people on Twitter, I’ve developed relationships with writers, publishers, artists, readers, and fans.”

“What goes around will eventually pass a dragon and stop coming around.” –@BrianRathbone

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Ascension by Morgen Rich and Brian Rathbone is a stand-alone prequel to the Dawning of Power trilogy. Having reached the age of decision, Gwendolin Ahlgren finds she has no viable choices, or at least none her family will agree to let her pursue. Life and love aren’t always what one expects, and neither is destiny.

Onin by Jack McCarthy and Brian Rathbone tells the tale of Onin, a character Brian always felt deserved more time. When the young man distinguishes himself in battle, he is invited to study at the prestigious Scaleback Academy. There, his true destiny unfolds. Onin is book one in the Protector trilogy.

Dragon Airways: Emmet is a boy with special needs and unusual talents. His ability to sense magic makes him valuable to both sides of the war. Fleeing those sent to capture him, he and his sister board Dragon Airways, not knowing friend from foe. Some betray him, others risk their lives trying to save him. Never would he have guessed the impact an aging dragon would have on his life or the adventures they would have together.

When asked if Dragon Airways was as steampunk as the cover Brian answered: “Definitely. Steampunk, Deiselpunk, Dragonpunk. Written for adults but clean enough for younger readers.” What is undeniably both steam and punk are the rewards for this campaign include signed books and cover paintings, hand-made glass art marbles, 3D printed dragon rings, pendants, gaming dice, and more.

Dragon Rings. You want one, you know you do.

Dragon Rings. You want one, you know you do.

Rathbone wanted to give back to the community that helped him so much. Teaming up with emerging writers whose work he enjoyed, Brian collaborated on two new prequels. While he had known co-author Jack McCarthy since high school, Brian met Morgen Rich on Twitter, giving further evidence to the power of social networking. In order to get the books out to the widest possible audience, the trio launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of hardcover editions. In less than two weeks they reached their primary goal of $4,000. Ending May 8th, the campaign is currently nearing stretch goals to fund the creation of free audiobooks.

Support the Kickstarter here.

Follow Brian on twitter here.

Read a previous interview with Brian here.


Katie Lynn Daniels is the author of Supervillain of the Day, and the mastermind behind Vaguely Circular. She blogs about science and things that are peripherally related to science. You can read all her posts here.


 

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