Thanks for joining us for coffee and book talk.
We've been privileged to follow Kirstin Pulioff's Madeline from the beginning of her adventures as a young woman approaching her adult years in The Escape of Princess Madeline. Today, her creator Kirstin Pulioff is here to talk about what happens now that Madeline has made that transition and achieved her happily ever after in the final book of the trilogy.
Welcome, Kirstin! I'll pour us both large cups of black coffee while you remind readers of your bio, and add a little something about yourself that we haven't heard before.
And that extra something: I recently had a fun experience hiking up in the Portland woods. My kids and I were hiking at the Portland Arboretum, and as we were heading back to our car, we saw filming trailers. Intrigued, we investigated, and found them shooting an episode of Grimm. What a fun experience. The kids had fun building a fairy house around the trees while a friend and I watched part of the episode be filmed, and met the cast. It was probably the most random run-in while hiking... and I was glad we didn't see the bad guy on the trail!
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Kirstin-Pulioff/e/B00A2498Z2/
Ally: Now that we're settled with coffee in hand, shall we get started? This book is the last in a three book series. How does it feel to say goodbye to these characters? Were you ready?
KIRSTIN: Surprisingly I was ready. I have loved being inside Princess Madeline's head these last few years, struggling with her challenges, and enjoying each adventure, but it felt time to let the additional adventures go unwritten. I was able to tell the story, tie the trilogy together, and create the happily ever after that I envisioned for her. It's hard to describe that feeling, like when you put the last piece of a puzzle together, or hear the door latch behind you. It felt complete, and the right time to say "The End."
Ally: What's next on your writing agenda? A new series? A new genre?
KIRSTIN: I actually have a few ideas in mind. The first new story is going to be a YA Fantasy adventure, geared for the older teens, tentatively titled Dreamscape: Saving Alex. I also have ideas rolling around about a middle grade fantasy adventure series for boys. It's always exciting to see where the muse will take me.
Ally: What are your best marketing tips for fellow writers?
KIRSTIN: I struggle with this as well. I think the best advice is to be consistent. Be consistent with the amount and type of media you do. Different venues feel more comfortable for everyone, and I would suggest that you find that one that works for you, engage with other people, and have fun.
Ally: Put on your reading hat for a moment, and tell me what book or books are at the top of your TBR pile.
KIRSTIN: Oh... I just finished this great urban fantasy, wink wink. No, I have a couple new books that I plan on reading. A YA fantasy by Alyssa Auch, Inito, and the Hunger Games. Yes, I am hanging my head in shame. I put it on my list months ago, but I plan to start reading it very soon!
Ally: Let's finish up with some quick answer questions:
- a. I am my own worst critic. True or False? True
- b. I love winter. Bring on the cold and snow! True or False? False
- c. Will you be watching the Olympics' coverage on TV? No
- d. I have a secret addiction to ___________ . Coffee (ok, not so secret... so how about peppermint bark)
- e. favorite actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Ally: It was delightful to have you, Kirstin. Do come back and tell us about the next book - whatever it turns out to be. :)
KIRSTIN: Thanks, Ally! Always a blast.
Ally: Now let's take a quick look at the conclusion of Madeline's story, Princess Madeline and the Dragon.
After a season of battle and rebuilding, the Kingdom of Soron is exhausted. With the return of the exiled wizards, the Spring Faire, and her upcoming wedding, Princess Madeline is looking forward to a peaceful season of celebration.
When the mysterious green dragon reappears, threatening the kingdom and the king, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden won’t rest for long. Faced with this incredible new danger, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden must find a way to lead their kingdom and secure their future.
Can they find the answers hidden within their mother’s cryptic messages from the past, or will the dragon destroy everything they hold dear? Follow Princess Madeline as she embarks on a dangerous new adventure to save her kingdom and her family.
Princess Madeline and the Dragon is an exciting and thoroughly satisfying final chapter in this fantasy/adventure series. As she did with books one and two, the author has created a fantasy world in a rich medieval setting that we can believe in--and want to visit, over and over.
Confronted by a terrible foe and a puzzle to unravel, the determined heroine and her brother race to save the kingdom with a little help from her very own charming prince Daniel.
I won't give you more of the plot for fear of revealing spoilers, but along with adventure, a sweet romance, and a theme that centers on the power of love, you may find a surprise or two!
Don't let your young readers miss this one! The entire trilogy would be a fantastic gift!
A new voice called out, causing Madeline’s heart to skip. Madeline recognized Elias’s face hidden beneath the scowl, and saw his white knuckles tightened around a scroll.
“Elias, what is it?” she asked, running through the crowd.
His eyes darted around as he spoke. “It’s the king. We need to stop him. Where is your father?”
“Elias, what are you talking about?” Daniel asked, trying to grab his arms and calm him down.
“There’s no time to lose, it’s right here,” Elias shot them a warning look and unrolled his papers, pointing to a specific line.
Madeline and Daniel leaned over to see what he was pointing to. Her stomach dropped as she read the words.
“The red dragon dies?” Madeline questioned, looking up to Elias for answers. “I thought you said we already captured the red dragon.”
“We did, a long time ago. There is only one red dragon left,” he said forcefully, pointing directly to the banners waving in the wind above.
“The red dragon of Soron,” Daniel whispered, looking up at the red dragons displayed on the golden banners.
“It’s the king; we need to find him now. Where is he?” Elias asked, pulling at her wrists with urgency. “Your Highness, we need to protect him.”
“I don’t know,” Madeline said looking around frantically, trying to find his crimson robe in the crowd. Her heart leapt in her chest and tears welled in her eyes as they ran between the booths, leaving a trail of fallen bread, flowers, and scarves in their wake. People hardly had time to move to avoid the princess in her race to find the king.
“Father!” she yelled, seeing his robe in the distance. Engrossed in conversation, King Theodore admired the woven blankets Prince Elliott and his vendors displayed. The sight of him eased the worry on her heart, and she slowed to a walk, composing herself as a princess.
“Father” she said, walking towards him. Her feet stopped in shock as her neck pulsed with heat. A new feeling of dread filled her, as she watched the green dragon rise above the edges of the stadium, digging its talons into the newly rebuilt wooden thatching and stone columns.
Without warning, the dragon lurched forward and shot a burst of flame directly towards the king. Madeline screamed, watching her father disappear beneath the fiery orange flames.