Each year on December 3rd National Roof Over Your Head Day is observed across the United States.
National Roof Over Your Head Day was created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. There are many things that we have that we take for granted and do not stop to appreciate how fortunate we are for having them.
All across our nation, there are many that do not have the things that necessary to everyday life. They may lack a roof over their heads, enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For those who have those bare necessities, it may be insufficient. Sometimes disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or fires take away our homes or things we need.
National Roof Over Your Head Day is about remembering to appreciate what you have. This day follows closely after Thanksgiving, another day to be thankful.
HOW TO OBSERVE
To celebrate National Roof Over Your Head Day you can pick a name or two off of a Christmas Giving Tree, volunteer at or make a contribution to a homeless shelter in your area and maybe someone else will be able to have a “roof over their head” tonight. Use #RoofOverYourHeadDay to post on social media.
THE CARDBOARD BOX EXPERIENCE
When my son was a Boy Scout, one of the early camping experiences was the Cardboard Box Camp Out. Boys were to sleep overnight in below freezing temperatures. This project was designed to raise awareness of the homeless people in any community who often have nothing more than discarded cardboard boxes for shelters.
Oddly enough, the boys reported that once they were in their sleeping bags in these boxes were actually quite warm and one box "iced" on the inside from boys exhaled breath.
When I was looking up the image for this service project I discovered many college, school and church groups had begun to use this project. Another thing people can do about putting a roof over someones head is to donate canned goods to food co-ops, or to donate extra or used materials from a renovation project in your home to Habitat for Humanity. See what programs you can find in your community that will help the Homeless and put a roof over their heads.
Susan Bass Marcus is author of Malevir: Dragons Return and Where Dragons Follow, the first two books of the Malevir trilogy.
today she presents her character.
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
My clan, the Orferans, calls me Draako Geb Lugent, and I am a dragon.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
As chronicled in Malevir: Dragons Return, a malevolent spirit, the Malevir attacked my clan and only five of us survived horrific battles with it.
I spent my earliest years on the far side of the Veiled Valley hiding in a secret refuge cave protected by my uncle Aurykk’s charms.
3. How would you describe yourself?
Like my father Lugent, I am a Silver dragon. A prophecy says I am destined to lead my flokk, that is, all the clans of my world, Dragonwolder.
When I first learned about my future, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think I was that special.
I am a bit bigger than a common Veiled Valley cottage. My scales were blue and dotted with silver when I was a wyrmling, but now I am a true Silver adult. I have two powerful hind legs, a pair of strong, wide wings I fold at my sides when I rest. My two arms are shorter than my hind legs; they each have three fingers tipped by thick, sharp claws and a quite useful opposable thumb.
I have fangs and sharp teeth. My large eyes glow amber when I am happy but turn red if anger floods through me. Otherwise, they are moss green. A webby frill fans out at the base of my neck just above my rider’s hump. I might look scary, but my rider calls me awe-inspiring.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
The Cave of Refuge sits near the summit of a mountain in the Sunsetside Range. For thirty of your Earth years, we lived in seclusion until we were forced to rebuild our friendship with humans and other dwellers of Dragonwolder. Why? Because the Malevir resumed his attacks so forcefully we were sure the creature wanted to destroy us all. We had to forget our past mistakes and unite to save ourselves.
5. How old are you?
I am a young dragon. My kind can live for hundreds of your years barring disease or deadly magic.
6. Did you have a happy childhood?
Yes, as much as I could be, living in exile. I spent my seasons strengthening my powers to fight the Malevir, like a paralyzing cone of flame, the option of belching lightning instead of flames, and fine-tuning my flight maneuvers.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
After the Malevir’s ghostly forces nearly wiped out all of the Orferans, I lost my mother, that is, my remaining family thought she had died to save me; but one day she returned to us and our quest to weaken and banish the Malevir began. In the second chronicle, Where Dragons Follow, you’ll learn how the Malevir sent his thrall to murder my uncle, the Golden named Aurykk. After joining with my cousin dragon and our riders, we tried to save him. That experience only fueled my determination to destroy the beast, whatever it was.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
Peace in Dragonwolder, safety and rest for its creatures.
9. What are you obsessed with?
As the final chronicle will reveal, I am obsessed with confronting the Malevir.
10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
One of my greatest traits has been loyalty, sorely tested as written in the third chronicle. My belief in my rider’s noble cause and my faith in my clan have encouraged me to defend Dragonwolder and help its creatures seek peace.
11. Biggest fear?
Weakness in the face of evil.
12. What line will you never cross?
I hope never to betray my own kind nor my rider.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
The reunion with my mother, or was it the day I claimed Nnylf as my rider? The worst? It’s yet to come.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
When I was just past my wyrmling stage and learning to fly, I fell—often.
15. Biggest secret?
You’ll learn more about that at the end of the second chronicle, Where Dragons Follow.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
Daring. Some would say, “foolhardy.”
17. What is your current goal?
I imagine a better world where Dragonwolder’s creatures live together in peace and harmony.
Youtube video link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgUIzinjZGv6DCB8Z2SlEw
And here is the blurb from the back of
Where Dragons Follow:
The world of Dragonwolder is in turmoil. Its nemesis, the Malevir, has survived past defeats. He now works his dark magic to destroy the world’s dragons and their allies by inhabiting an amulet, which a young man named Kurnan has stolen. The amulet controls Kurnan’s spirit and puts him in great danger. Will a team of dragons, their brave riders, and other magical creatures catch the thief and stop the Malevir from destroying them and all of Dragonwolder?
Where Dragons Follow was first published 4/30/2018 and has reviews on Amazon.com for the Kindle and paperback version of both books, and Malevir: Dragons Return has several reviews on.
“I hope the author plans to write a sequel to Malevir: Dragons Return because I love so many of the characters in this fantasy novel, especially the dragons. It takes place in an imaginary world, where a terrible creature threatens the lives of everyone who lives there. A group of teen friends become dragon riders and discover the thrills and danger of their new-found roles. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy fiction.”
And from J.B. Richards:
Author Susan Bass Marcus hits the mark for ultimate Fantasy reads in “Where Dragons Follow: Return of the Malevir” with a wondrous world of magic and folklore populated by elvish-folk, sprites, giants, and... Oh, yes—dragons!
This second chapter in her Dragonwolder Series takes us on an amazing trek across various lands with a group of comrades searching for a former dragon-rider whose mind has been taken over by a charmed amulet controlled by the evil Malevir. Even as the magical folk and creatures who reside in Dragonwolder suffer horrible curses brought upon their lot, they come together in a heroic struggle to save their friends and families as they go above and beyond the call of duty and bring together their beloved dragons in an ongoing battle to cleanse the land of evil and restore their lives once and for all.
Marcus’ writing is engaging and her plot line flows well. Like a roller-coaster ride, there are dips and curves that keep readers on the edge of their seats as they hold on tight waiting to see what will happen around the next bend. Dragonwolder’s fantasy characters are fully-fleshed, with lots of history behind them. They are also highly-relatable to readers with personalities that are reminiscent of everyday people one would meet in real life.
“Where Dragons Follow” comes across quite well as a stand-alone read for ages 12 and up. I highly recommend this book whether you have read the other chapters in this series or not. Once you’ve engaged in this delightful, compelling, and action-packed story, you’ll yearn to delve in and read much, much more.
“A complex world of human creatures and fantasy creatures, all vividly drawn from deep wells of imagination and rendered in crisp and lucid prose. A fabulous tale spun from ordinary longings and desires, both benevolent and malevolent. I particularly like the pair of weasels who dart in and out of the story, adding touches of humor that reminded me of the characters in Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. I'm already imagining the animated feature the Disney people should make from this lovely book”.
Now let's meet Greg Krojac (Greg Taylor)
Hi Greg! What made you want to be a writer?
I had gone through a traumatic life experience and thought that writing about it would be therapeutic. It wasn’t. But I discovered that I enjoyed writing and decided to try my hand at writing fiction.
Then, I became hooked and now have six science fiction books published.
Tell us your book’s genre?
Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)
At the moment it’s available to pre-order as an eBook from Amazon. I may release it to other distributors later on. I shall make it available in paperback through Amazon.
How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?
As I’m not exactly the youngest rooster on the farm, I’ve read a lot of books. Along with life -experience, reading others’ work is very important in igniting the imagination.
How did you come up with this fantastic idea?
I saw a video on YouTube by the astrophysicist, author, and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, whilst researching something else. The video was the inspiration behind this story.
Which character do you identify with most in your novel?
I suppose it would be Detective Inspector Karen Chambers. I think we both have similar moral and ethical outlooks and would probably get on well if we met in real life.
Did the Bible or other spiritual works have anything to do with your idea for this novel?
No. The themes of the novel are ethical in nature but neither religion nor spirituality influenced the novel. If anything, I draw on my humanitarian instincts.
Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?
I hadn’t really thought about that before but, if there is a message, I think it’s probably to be open-minded and tolerant of other people and cultures. Hopefully this will extend to other sentient and sapient life-forms that we may meet one day.
Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
Probably marketing. Don’t get me wrong–there are parts of marketing that are a lot of fun but sometimes it feels like a lot of work for little reward. And it’s very difficult too.
Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
Living in Brazil, I don’t get a lot of choice. The streets can be very noisy with people and loud music. I seem to have gained the capacity to ignore it for the most part though.
What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?
A large beaker of chilled water. I live in the Tropics and you need to drink a lot of water every day (due to the continuous heat–even in winter).
What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.
Probably the same thing as most writers–self-doubt and the imposter syndrome.
When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
I’m in a non-English speaking country without any peers so my membership of a Facebook group ‘the SciFi Roundtable’ is very important to me. There’s always somebody there who can help and encourage you in your writing.
How do you market your book?
Through Facebook and Twitter, primarily. At present, I don’t have any spare funds for advertising campaigns but, when I do, I shall promote through Amazon and Facebook adverts. I’m also always trying to think out of the box. Hopefully, interviews such as this one will help increase my visibility.
Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.
Somebody read my post-apocalyptic romance ‘Reality Sandwich’ and said that it was one of the best books that she’d ever read –and she reads a LOT of books.
Another person said (of the same book) “I think Reality Sandwich is one of a kind, the crispiness of it and the brief nature of the way the tale is spun is brilliant!”. I rather liked that compliment.
Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?
I have some excellent beta-readers who offer constructive criticism and aren’t afraid to point out errors or inconsistencies. A good beta-reader is worth his/her weight in gold.
Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.
Unfortunately, living in Brazil, this is something that’s not open to me. However, I’d like to get my latest book ‘The Girl With Acrylic Eyes’ translated into Portuguese. Then I can think about this kind of event.
Some silly questions! What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?
Watching movies (hooray for Netflix) and going to the beach.
Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is.
My favourite food is bangers ‘n’ mash. For non-Brits that means sausages and mashed potatoes (preferably with baked beans). We can rustle up something similar over here but baked beans are very expensive and difficult to get hold of. Brazilian beans (feijão) just don’t taste the same. Favourite colour? I quite like orange.
Tell us your favorite novel?
That’s such a tough question–there are so many to choose from. Maybe Bernard Cornwell’s
historical ‘Sharpe’ series. But there are plenty of other books I really enjoyed reading too.
A live drama or the opera?
Live drama–I’m not an opera fan.
Chips or crackers?
I assume that this is the American definition of chips–what we in the UK call ‘crisps’. Chips to us Brits are what Americans call potato fries. I would choose chips.
Hamburger or chicken sandwich?
Fries or onion rings?
Fries, although I’m not averse to onion rings
Milk shake or smoothie?
Banana milk-shake–which, curiously, is quite difficult to get hold of over here (in a country that is FULL of bananas).
Thunderstorms or star gazing?
Depends where I am.
Kindle or paperback novels?
Ideally, paperback novels but, for convenience, eBooks.
Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?
My first ever book was a contemporary thriller and is not available anywhere. I think of it as my ‘training-wheels’ novel, as I was feeling my way around writing a book. Now I have six other books written and published–and obviously more experience–I plan to go back and give it a rewrite (placing it within my genre of choice–science fiction). It has a good story at its core but there are definitely things that can be improved on, and I’d like to bring it under the Greg Krojac umbrella.
What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?
At first, there’s a temptation to read every book and article about writing a book you can find. Read some, but be selective. Otherwise you’ll spend all your time reading about writing rather than actually writing. Writing is how you’ll find your voice and your own personal style.
When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?
Fellow science fiction writers.
When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.
‘The Girl With Acrylic Eyes’ It’s a science fiction novel whose themes are human attitudes and ethics regarding humanoid Artificial Intelligence.
Where can we find your author page of your work to follow youand purchase your awesome book?
You can find out about all my books (and find links to their Amazon pages) at my author page at https://www. gregkrojac.com. My latest novel ‘The Girl With Acrylic Eyes’ can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C1N3L5Q
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