If you are familiar with the first book in our Traegonia series, Traegonia the Sunbow Prophecy, you know about the part where a little frog that was thought to be extinct is uncovered in a local forest and becomes the reason that Traegonia was able to be protected and saved. I love it when fantasy becomes reality or at least mimics it. Although the story in this article is not the same it brings to light how there are creatures out there that we do not even realize exist. I just wanted to share this with those who have an interest in our natural world and the wonders and miracles that are right under our noses.
BOOK REVIEW: Traegonia: The Ember Rune by K. S. Krueger as seen on Creating Childhood Memories One Day at A Time
Traegonia: The Ember Rune is Book Two of the Traegoina series and is a Young Reader Fantasy Adventure Fiction.
The story continues with Dino, Juna and Karia almost a year after their first encounter in Traegonia: The Sunbow Prophecy. (you can read my review here.) The three have adjusted nicely from the previous years mishaps; each coming into their own as they explore their forest and continue to bond.
When Dino’s parents announce a family vacation to California for a week, the two Traegon’s feel the need to travel with Dino. Karia has been having strange dreams about fire that has her worried and Juna has always wanted to see the mountains. Between the three of them, they come up with a plan that will enable them to travel to California.
After a few narrow mishaps on the journey, they arrive safely and begin to explore their new surroundings. When the three of them meet Jade, Autumn and Fletch, their vacation is about to take on more than they can handle. Karia is still acting unlike herself as she spends more time alone trying to decipher her dreams and Dino is excited to be able to share his stories with others of like mind.
During their quest, the three begin to realize what is at stake when Karia’s dreams begin to unfold. Will the children have the courage to do what is needed or will they fail the Ember Rune?
I cannot say enough good things about this series, it is fantastic!! I love how the author writes the tale of the Traegons, the world and character building is phenomenal and you cannot help but feel captivated by the events unfolding. The passages will make you laugh and cry as you peruse the situations that the three find themselves in. The airplane trip was nerve-wracking as well as hilarious to read and I couldn’t put the book down until I knew the outcome. There are many instances throughout the book in which you will find yourself quickly turning the pages in order to keep up with the events.
I love Dino and think he is an amazing child, his depth and breadth of himself and his surroundings is remarkable and many children could take lessons from his moral tenets. The underlying message concerning the environment and how we are the caretakers is written in such a subtle way, you don’t realize your being reprimanded for not doing your part. There are many life lessons to be learned from Dino and his friends.
I would give Traegonia: The Ember Rune a five out of five stars. This book delivers fun, excitement, chaos and dilemmas, all designed to keep the reader moving forward and you will want to. From beginning to end this book is full of entertainment and is a must have series to have in any library. I cannot wait to see the next adventure…very excited to read more and K.S. Krueger has the ability to make you fall in love with her words, her characters and their lives.
What if the answer to the end of the world was simple? What if it was within our individual control? Would you step up?
Would you be excited and positive and eager to do what it takes?
What if you were told today, that all you need to do to save the world is put aside your ego and think and act in a positive way toward every living thing. All you need to do is put aside your belief that you are all that is important in this world and look at each person or animal with kindness, compassion, tolerance and openness. Humans have warred over religion, race, gender equality, and age, among other things, since the beginning of time, but forgotten one simple fact; we are all human, living, breathing, loving human beings. And because we have forgotten, or chose to overlook this fact, we find it easier than not to be selfish, individualistic, ego centered and self-centered. Now although this may sound harsh, take a look at this simple scenario.
A woman of any other race but your own, steps onto a bus, she is overweight and has mild body odor. She walks with a slight limp but has a smile on her face. There are no seats available, as the bus pulls forward she stumbles a bit but catches herself, giggles a little and makes a comment out loud to whomever wishes to listen about being clumsy. Did you smile at her? Did you offer her your seat? Did you wonder about her circumstances or send a positive thought her way. Or did you do nothing? Or did you think a negative, hurtful, inconsequential thought.
Regardless of religious background, any kind, tolerant and compassionate person will tell you there is power in prayer, and prayer to some is thought, to others it is called meditation or the process of manifestation. And when positive thoughts are sent outward into the universe they are picked up by others; humans, god, angels, whatever you call your creator and that is because thought is energy and we choose, every moment of every day to put out positive or negative thoughts, without ever giving it much… thought. Every thought has power and power amplified by the number of people thinking and acting in a particular way can cause change in the world, good or bad. Now, what if I told you that all everyone had to do was be kind, honest, and compassionate, smile at one another and think positive thoughts about everything and everyone, every day. What if I told you that was all it would take to save the world from certain end? Some would say, “That’s not hard I already do that most of the time; when I think about it.”, or some might say, “That’s a load of @#$%, it cannot be that simple.” And yet others might say, “Sounds like a hippie love fest, it won’t work.” Or “Even if I do it others won’t; and then it wouldn’t work anyway.”
How do we think positive about the world and our lives when everything is a mess, the economy, unemployment? There is always some way to take a negative and turn it just a little to find something positive. Every rejection is one step closer to acceptance. A heavy rainstorm is a free car wash. There is a reason and a purpose for everything, find the positive, but try. And remember you never know who you might be talking to, so always be kind and considerate, gentle and positive. Remember the woman on the bus, what if she was your creator or a messenger to your messiah, just checking in to see how you are doing, asking nothing of you, just checking in. Now ask yourself; How are you doing?
Take personal responsibility for your thoughts and actions; don’t let your choices depend on the actions of others. If enough of us decide to ” just be good, be kind, be compassionate, be positive, think positive and think of others in a positive light”, who knows, in one year we just might be able to change the outcome of 2012.
Remember, once upon a time a man built a big boat because people were unkind and selfish and the world needed a good toilet flushing, let’s not watch history repeat itself. Take personal responsibility; “Be the change you wish to see in the world and others will follow.”
By Kim Krueger
I believe that everyone is amazing and special, in their very own way. What if one day you opened your eyes and you could see the wonderful talents that everyone possessed just by looking at them? What if you could see the beauty in everyone regardless of what they looked like on the outside? How do you think it would make you feel inside?
I believe that each of us has awesome and incredible talents, that most of the time we don’t give ourselves enough credit for. Because it comes easy to us we tend to take it for granted. It is only when someone else who doesn’t have that same talent, is awed by what you have accomplished, that we notice ourselves a little more.
I also believe that when someone puts another person down it is because the person saying the hurtful things, in some way feels better about themselves when they do it. Or at least they think they do, or it makes them look cool, or they think it does.
I believe that we can live in a world, where each of us can respect others for who they are and what they can do, no matter how small or big, without feeling threatened or inferior.
Why is it easier to say I can’t than to try?
In 2012, let’s, try something. Let’s be kind, every day, to at least one person. Compliment someone on something they have done or something about them. Seek out being able to see the beauty and uniqueness in others and if you have nothing nice to say…say nothing at all.
Let’s notice the awesomeness in ourselves. We don’t have to brag or be boastful, just notice it and the things you are good at. Maybe even try something you have always wanted to do but never have. Find your talent, your passion and believe in all that you can do.
Talk to another person about bullying. Start a dialogue, with your friend, your mother, your child, or even the person sitting next to you on the train. Stand up, hold your head high and make a difference in this world, today, tomorrow and always. We will always live on this planet with others. You can choose to hate and be angry and frustrated or you can choose tolerance and love. It is of course your choice, I know what I will choose, do you?
I believe that life is a fascinating, wild rollercoaster ride full of new experiences, awesome people and lots of adventure and when things get crazy and overwhelming I hold up my arms and say “WEEEE”. I believe in me and I believe in you. Now it’s your turn…
What do you Believe?
Join me each day on a new stop on my Virtual Book Tour. Stop by these blog sites and discover new things about myself and how the World of Traegonia, the books and the sculpture collection came to be. We look forward to seeing you there.
I invite you to join me on two virtual book tours in December. The first one will be for Traegonia the Sunbow Prophecy and run from December 5ththru the 16th and the second for Traegonia the Ember Rune which will run from December 19th thru the 30th. This is the first time we are doing something like this and would love for some of our friends to join in on the comments thread. I hope to see you there. Below are the links to the pages. I will also be interviewed on a pod cast “Stories from Unknown Authors” on December 8that 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central. I will post a direct link on our Facebook page as soon as I get it. It would be great if you could pass these links on to anyone you think might be interested.
The interest in our custom sculptures has been wonderful. Following our appearance at Wizard World Comic Con in August, we have created and sold 3 additional sculptures. One was a reproduction of Sir Antar and the second a new oracle with a Halloween Motif who we decided would represent our Oracle in Traegonia the Ember Rune Oracle Qendrim. We welcome Scotty Gerhardt to our friends and collectors. Follow the link to see these two new sculptures.
Dino met with our sculpture winner, Sylviette Young, recently and delivered the newest sculpture and character in our third book, Sylverna. If you haven’t already seen her head over to our website or our Facebook page and you can see this beautiful Traegon. The newest sculpture and collector will be posted soon on our facebook and website, so watch for him. This one is being created also in the collector’s likeness and is adorned with a few items of his owner. The sculptures name is Kailash and his bio will be posted along with upcoming photos. Dino will be using the long winter months to create several new sculptures that will be offered at our shows for next season. He is working on a new smaller, more affordable, limited edition series collection. Full size Traegon sculptures will still be available by custom order.
COMING SOON: AUDIO BOOKS
We will begin recording the audio book for Traegonia the Sunbow Prophecy early December. Both Audio books should be available later next year in an MP3 file and on cd. We will keep you updated as we move forward with this project.
Count down to the selection of winners for our ‘Start Seeing Traegons’ writing contest. If you want to join you need to get your sightings in to us ASAP. We hope to see some more entries come in. For details please check out our contest page at http://www.worldoftraegonia.com/contest/
World of Traegonia Blog
For those of you who do not have a Facebook and anyone else who would like, you can subscribe to our blog at http://worldoftraegonia.wordpress.com/. I am going to try and keep up with this a lot more; I will post our newsletters and updates. Hopefully I can figure out how to link it to Facebook so all of those posts show up there. If anyone knows how to do that, it would save me some research. I will also post a link from our website to the blog. Forgive me if you see duplicates as I experiment on this.
Finally we hope that everyone has a Safe, Joyous, Peaceful and Happy Holiday Season. You have all been a huge part in the dream of Traegonia becoming a reality and we wish for you Every Dream that you may Dream Come True!
Peace, Love and Light,
Kim Krueger and Dino C. Crisanti