Dale R. Boyd

Biography

Dale R. Boyd was born in southern California in the late 1950's. By the time he was ten, he had found a true love of all things fantasy and science fiction, books and comics in particular. Beginning with Robert E. Howard's tales about Conan the Barbarian and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, he read just about every book his parents would buy him or he could borrow. From his early teens on, he created his own characters, lands and plots, filing them away for some promised future date he would actually write the stories down. As he got older he took the traditional route of what most would call a normal career in the corporate world, but never gave up his love of reading nor the creation of his own little worlds. In large part due to the encouragement of a dear and close friend, he finally sat down and began to write. "A Dragon Rises: Mercenary" is his first published work of fiction, the first of a series of stories.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
An easy one to answer. Some of these stories and characters were created by me decades ago. To finally give them life, to share them with others who I hope will enjoy them as well, is a helluva kick. I know the joy I get when reading my favorite authors; if I can come within a million miles of giving someone else that kind of feeling, then it's a good day.
What are you working on next?
Now that I have published the third book in the series, "A Dragon Rises: Magician & Thief", I have begun the fourth story, "A Dragon Rises: Half-Blood Queen." Like "Magician & Thief," "Half-Blood Queen" will be a longer tale. In addition to the "A Dragon Rises" series, I am beginning the initial stages of framing out a story I have been mulling over for a long time. Unlike "A Dragon Rises", which is more in the Sword & Sorcery genre, this new book (as yet untitled) will be more along the lines of fantasy.
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Books

The Scroll
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,280. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Investigating a report of a human body, Detective Thomas Rykker, part of the elite unit known as the “The Boogeyman Squad,” instead finds the horribly mutilated remains of a vampire. Even more surprising, the dead “leech” is carrying an ancient scroll of unimaginably evil power. Thus begins a race against time as Rykker tries to solve the mystery of what killed the vampire.
A Dragon Rises: Magician & Thief
Series: A Dragon Rises, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,830. Language: American English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Renny’s life had been pretty tough so far. First an orphan, then a runaway, and finally an experienced cutpurse by her fifteenth year, one day she finds herself being framed for a crime she didn’t commit. Saved by a stranger, an old sorcerer named Sooliman Arkane, they begin as unlikely a companionship as was ever forged. But their lives are about to change, and in ways neither could ever imagine.
A Dragon Rises: Gladiator
Series: A Dragon Rises, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,100. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The gladiator pens of Thanus were renowned throughout the Southern Kingdoms. A life wearing the iron collar was a life unforgiving and harsh, and often brutally short. There was only one rule within the arena: kill or be killed. It was into such a grim existence a young boy named Titus found himself thrust. To survive, he would need all the help Jax, the master of combat, could give him.
A Dragon Rises: Mercenary
Series: A Dragon Rises, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,490. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Tulag Gor had sold his sword and axe to more rulers and kings in more lands than he could count, but the big northerner had never taken contract with a more unlikely patron than the one who approached him that day in Butistan: an ex-clan chief of the Iloni, accompanied by the commander of the royal elite guard of Urland, hereditary enemies of the Iloni themselves. It was a job he couldn't pass up.

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