Wholesome, Exciting, Inclusive Middle Grade and Young Adult Fantasy Novel

Wholesome, Exciting, Inclusive Middle Grade and Young Adult Fantasy Novel

Diana’s Dragons: The Awaited, by J.R. Schumaker, is the first book of the Diana’s Dragons fantasy trilogy.

Diana’s Dragons: The Awaited (The New Edition), published in 2022, (originally published 2017) is an exciting, compassion-based fantasy novel. Yes, the characters (human and dragon) experience terrible trials and countless evils, but the powerful resolutions arise from forthright action and insight, born of intuition, connection, and Love, rather than the traditional routes of violence and antimony. This is not to say our hero, Diana Santos, and Clarin, the matriarch of the dragónkin, take the threats to their existence lying down!

Through one electrifying (sometimes literally) trial after another, although Love is always the answer, the tools are magic, strength, vigor, perception, and stealth. And the occasional fire-breathing battle. Because even within Love, Diana, the dragons, and their heroic friends must defend themselves, their hatchlings, and the future of dragon magic from those who seek to abuse it.

Young Adult and Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction Inclusive of Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Ethnic Identities

J.R. Schumaker based her human characters on her own family and friends, making her hero half Hispanic (identifying as Latina/o), like her children, who are of Puerto Rican and Venezuelan descent.

The supporting characters are loosely based on her family and friends, whose backgrounds include mixed-race, Black, Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Mediterranean, and Anglo, among others. The author does not pretend to have any special insights into ethnicities outside her own, and is deeply grateful for all opportunities to expand her exposure.

Diana’s mother is very Anglo, not based strictly on J.R., but written with the most familiarity. (In real life, J.R. did apologize for throwing her daughter “the whitest quinceanera ever.” But the attempt was genuine!)

Any apparent cultural appropriation is unintentional and if any is perceived, the author will immediately respond and attempt to resolve any mistakes. Email is jrschumaker@dianasdragons.com

J.R. herself, her friends and family, and their closest friends identify as many sexual and gender orientations, some of which are evolving. Creating and maintaining safe, healthy space for each to express themselves and be free to be who they are is the only expectation J.R. puts on herself as a parent, mentor, friend, and writer. This space is offered to her characters and readers, in the hopes that it will expand to include the world outside of her novel as well.

Amazon Description of Middle Grade, Y/A Fantasy Novel, Diana’s Dragons: The Awaited:

It’s time to take back the dragon magic.

Twelve year-old Diana Santos and the Dragonkin face a sinister intruder who uses the power of ancient secrets against them. It has been two years since Diana’s father introduced her to Clarin, terra dragon and leader of the dragonkin, who left Diana  an unparalleled gift that makes Diana more than just humankin. But will it be enough? Will Diana be able to help her father and the dragons thwart the corruption of the dragonkin’s ancestral powers?

Diana and the dragons—terras, ghosts, suns, and seas—together with their friends, Nicki, Jake, and a handful of trusted adults, must overcome the evil in their own backyard using everything at their disposal to stop the villain among them. In their struggle for victory, Diana risks unspeakable loss, and the dragons risk a fate worse than extinction.”

Diana’s Dragons: The Awaited, the New Edition, contains updated material that reflects what the author has learned, and continues to learn, from the Black Lives Matter movement. It also expands the presence of LGBTQ+ representation, including non-binary or genderqueer characters.

The novel has received resounding praise from readers of all ages and genders. To purchase the book, please visit dianasdragon.com. Diana’s Dragons: The Stolen is slated for publication in 2023. 

 

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    10 months ago

    J.R. Schumaker
    I finished the initial notes on all 24 working chapters of the first draft of *Diana's Dragons: The Stolen*, book two in the *Diana's Dragons* series! The first draft writing and developmental notes are the "easy" parts. Lots of flow and creative sparks.Now I face weaving it all together into the second draft as a coherent story.I'll then have a developmental editor work through it for elements of continuity, cohesion, plot and character development.Next, I'll rewrite draft 2 to incorporate any of the developmental suggestions I choose; and there will be many changes. This will give me the 3rd draft to be copyedited, which yields a final draft to be polished and proofread. Wow, it sounds so neat and tidy when I spell it out like that. Don't I wish?! ... See MoreSee Less
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    11 months ago

    J.R. Schumaker
    Hello! Thank you for visiting!I'm over halfway finished with my first-round notes on the first draft of *Diana's Dragons: The Stolen*, book two in the series! I finished chapter 14 today (out of a working 24), after a long sabbatical due to family changes (sad ones and wonderful ones!), COVID, and moving! It feels so good to be back with the characters and feel the story unfold. ... See MoreSee Less
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    3 years ago

    J.R. Schumaker
    I'm having so much fun reading my novel aloud over FB Live (link in bio). Before a recent installment, I shared what I'm currently reading: the crazy-good sci-fi fantasy *The City We Became* by N.K. Jemisin. From the start, I've been hooked by her fast-paced yet epic style, and her mind-bending story.....#fantasynovels #scififantasy #fantasyauthor #newyorkcity #nyc #burroughsofnyc #womenauthors #librarians #womenwriters #highschoollibrarians #giftededucation #hugoawards ... See MoreSee Less
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    3 years ago

    J.R. Schumaker
    As we shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced how our physical "social distancing" can turn into too much social/emotional distance and isolation.To help us take back the dragon magic and connect with each other, I'll read my novel, *Diana's Dragons: The Awaited* aloud over Facebook Live. We'll connect my home, your home, and the homes of everyone else who joins us.I'll read the entire book in installments of about 15 minutes each day, starting Friday, April 10th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific.Don't worry if you start late or miss some live reading! Recordings will available in the videos section on this page as well as on www.dianasdragons.com. Or you can just scroll back on this page and find all the installments!I'm very excited to share the adventures of our hero, Diana Santos, and her Dragonkin with all of you. I hope you enjoy the book!Be well and may your dragon heartfires blaze!-J.R.P.S. *Diana's Dragons: The Awaited* is considered "middle grade fantasy," the same genre and audience as the Harry Potter series. ... See MoreSee Less
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    3 years ago

    J.R. Schumaker
    As Wellness Coordinator for a program for folks who live with HIV/AIDS, I report to work during the Covid-19 Shelter In Place order (in California). Still writing the sequel, and currently inspired to mold some of the characters and events according to the ways many are coming together from our separate places during this crisis. #grateful #LoveTheWorld #StayWellEveryone #CreatingDuringCrisis ... See MoreSee Less
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