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Heart of a Dragon: The DeChance Chronicles Volume One by [David Niall Wilson, Cortney Skinner]

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David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishinghorror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties.  A former president of the Horror Writer'sAssociation and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels includeMaelstrom, The Mote in Andrea's Eye, DeepBlue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You GoThrough Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The OrffyreusWheel, Vintage Soul, My Soul to Keep & Others, Kali's Tale, Heart of a Dragon,The Second Veil, The Parting, Nevermore - A Novel of Love, Loss & EdgarAllan Poe , Killer Green & Crockatiel - the newest novel in the newseries O.C.L.T. David has also co-authored the Stargate Atlantis novel Brimstone, with Patricia Lee Macomber, andHallowed Ground - written withInternational best-selling author Steven Savile. He has over 150 short storiespublished in anthologies, magazines, and five collections.  His work has appeared in and is due out invarious anthologies and magazines, including the upcoming anthology 2113 -stories based on the music of Rush, edited by Kevin J. Anderson.  David lives and loves with Patricia LeeMacomber in Hertford, NC with their daughter Katie, and occasionally their geniuscollege daughter Stephanie, three sons serving in the USN, Will, Zach, andZane, their ridiculous Pekingese Gizmo, their spaz of a Cocker Spaniel, Callie,their not-so-vicious cat, Sid, a never-to-become-a-coat chinchilla named PookDaddy, Bellatrix LeStrange (the cutest cat in the world) and various othercreatures. David is CEO and founder of Crossroad Press, a cutting edge digitalpublishing company specializing in electronic novels, collections, andnon-fiction, as well as unabridged audiobooks.Visit Crossroad Press at

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Heart of a Dragon is the first of the revised, definitive volumes of The DeChanche Chronicles.  In this book you'll find street gangs, voodoo, motorcycles, art - and magic.  This leads into Vintage Soul, book II in the series.  If you want to cheat and jump ahead, Volume III has the origin story for the character Donovan DeChance, as well as other related novellas that flesh out and explain the world I've been building. San Valencez, CA, Old Mill, NC, Random,'ll find all these places, and more in my novels, and in this series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004M8SLV6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crossroad Press; 1st edition (February 3, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 3, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1674 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
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I was born in a very small town in Illinois. Clay County has fewer people in it than your average large city, and Flora , Illinois , is so tiny it barely hits the map. That's where it happened, though. My grandparents lived there, and I spent a lot of happy times with them in my youth -- particularly my grandfather, Merle Cornelius Smith, who was likely the most amazing man I'll ever claim association with. But that's another story, and this one is about me.

My first really clear memories start around my third year of life, when my father left. He took me out for a drive, let me sit on his lap, then went back out for milkshakes and never came back. Things blur quite a lot during that period, but after a period of living with my grandparents, my brother and I were whisked away to Charleston Illinois , where our mom had a job working in one of the cafeterias at Eastern Illinois University , and had married a barber named Robert Leland "Bob" Smith. I could write volumes about good ol' Bob, but I won't. If you really want to meet him, look between the lines of the bits and pieces of Deep Blue where Brandt talks about his father. Think Seagram's 7, Ballantine beer, cheap cigars, Hank Williams, Sr., and Archie Bunker and sort of squash it all together into a 6'4" 270 or so pound frame -- that was Bob. Formative? Yes. Important here? Nope.

I escaped Charleston , family, Bob, and a number of other things in 1977 when I left in June and joined the United States Navy. I headed for San Diego , where I went to boot camp, headed next to Groton CT for submarine school (which I dropped out of because my ears wouldn't equalize) and ended up in North Chicago attending Electronics Technician "A" school. I learned guitar, got engaged, unengaged, taught Bible School , got excommunicated, and moved on to San Diego, California once again as part of the crew of the USS Paul F. Foster.

My time in the US Navy would fill a dozen books. In fact, parts of it can be found in almost everything I've written. Many of my novels were typed on US Navy computers (later on my own, but still on board) and the first two issues of my magazine, THE TOME, were printed and published on board the USS Guadalcanal (thank you Uncle Sam for supporting the arts). I was stationed on a lot of ships, went on a lot of cruises, lived in Rota , Spain for three years, and wound up retired in Norfolk , Virginia . I've worked as a contractor with several companies, and am now the IT Manager and Facility Security Officer for a company in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

We live in a nice, new house now where everything mostly works, but recently I lived in the historic William R. White house in a tiny place called Hertford , NC , where you buy your hardware from a man named Eerie Haste, and you can still get an ice-cream cone for fifty cents. I have a woman who loves and supports me, Patricia Lee Macomber, three great sons, two of which are serving now in the US Navy, and the third of which will be there in June. I have a lovely, talented daughter about to graduate college, and another - 9 years old and smarter than any nine year old ought to be who keeps me on my toes. She is also an author, both the girls are. You can buy Stephanie's "Tales of the Southern Hotel," a collection of girls about a young girl named Mary Lou who has visions of the past, and two children's books by Katie, our nine year old, Perilous Pink PcGee and Mars Need Pumpkins, available for Kindle.

I've sold a small pile of novels to date and published over 150 short stories, been in 32 or so anthologies, countless magazines, year's best collections, won awards -- notably The Bram Stoker Award for poetry, which I share with co-authors Mark McLaughlin and Rain Graves, and a second Stoker for my short story "The Gentle Brush of Wings," from my Stoker nominated collection Defining Moments. I've been President of the Horror Writer's Association, and I'm an active member of both SFWA and the newer International Thriller Writer's Association.

These days, along with writing, I'm CEO of Crossroad Press, an ever growing print, digital and audio publishing company. Now, enough about me...let me tell you a story...

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