Monday, 23 January 2012

This week's word is: HOROSCOPE!

Hello, dragon fans.  We deliberately didn't put up a blog post yesterday, but saved it for today instead when the new Chinese year begins.  For those of you who don't know, the Chinese have an astrological zodiac that uses animals to deliniate its twelve parts.  Eleven of the signs are well known animals such as monkeys or tigers or dogs.  There is only one 'mythical' creature represented, which is the dragon, of course, ahem.  Depending what year you were born in, you fall into one of the twelve signs.  The author you might be surprised to hear, was born in the year of the horse, which probably explains why he likes horse racing so much!  But any of you born in 1976, 1988 or 2000 come under the sign of the dragon.  Interestingly, The Fire Within came out in the year 2000.  You can google up the Chinese zodiac for yourselves if you want to know the characteristics of 'dragon types', but just for a bit of fun, Gwendolen has come up with her own 'horoscope' based on the more familiar star signs.  Enjoy!  Until next time.  Happy reading.  Hrrr!

ARIES: You are so impulsive that you have probably pre-ordered your copy of The Fire Ascending already. If not, what are you waiting for?

TAURUS: You are traditionally good with money, so you've no doubt saved the necessary pounds or dollars to buy TFA the day it comes out.  Well done. But just in case there's a rush at the book store, why not pre-order a copy now?

GEMINI: The sign of the twins. Having trouble working out what the heck is going on with the alternative characters in Fire World? Don't worry, it's all explained in TFA. Why not pre-order a copy now and know that in April/May your mind will be set at rest?

CANCER: The home-loving sign. How you must be missing the atmosphere in Wayward Crescent. Get your order in for TFA today, but be ready for a few surprises at number 42... All is not what it seems.

LEO: No-one hrrrs better than a Leo (except a dragon of course). You are natural leaders. Print out the TFA cover and show it to all your friends, just so they know that you were there first (they'll know, because you'll have written, "I'm cool, I pre-ordered The Fire Ascending. Hrrr!" on your leaflet.

VIRGO: Dependable, solid, hard-working Virgo.  Why not find a Leo and lend them a hand promoting TFA? You'll feel so much better in yourself.

LIBRA: Oh, dear. Love is in the air for Librans, as always. But who should you swoon over, David or Tam (or Zanna or Lucy)? Who are the real heroes of TFA? Better pre-order your copy now. You don't want to hear it second-hand from an Aries...

SCORPIO: Oh, to heck with it. Just give in to those gothic impulses, you know that Zanna would love it if you did.  And guys, you might want to check out the Shadow Prime, Voss. You'll only find him in TFA. Yep, play safe. Pre-order a copy now...

SAGITTARIUS: The most fun-loving, extroverted sign of the zodiac. Why not organise a Last Dragon Chronicles party, where you and all your friends can dress up and act out scenes from the books? Make sure you have a laptop available somewhere - for anyone who gets so excited that they feel the need to pre-order a copy of TFA...

CAPRICORN: Would you believe there are GOATS in TFA? I don't mean people born under the sign of Capricorn, actual goats. They turn up in the bit where Agawin travels back in time and meets... oops, you nearly had me there! If you want to know more, you know what you have to do...

AQUARIUS: You are ruled by the planet Uranus which makes you quirky and into all things mind-expanding, but it's time you stopped trying to imagineer a pre-publication copy of TFA and just ordered it! You won't find out how to imagineer properly until you read the book. Honestly!

PISCES: Ah, Pisces. The most 'out there' sign of them all. Liz's words 'dream it' could have been written for you, couldn't they? Well, stop dwelling on the opening extract of TFA and wondering how on earth it fits into the series, just treat yourself to a pre-ordered copy of the book.  Amazon would love to hear from you!

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