Catalyst: Passage of Hellsfire Dragon Interview and Giveaway

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Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 1)

Coverdraft2For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.

Far from home, Alexandria’s princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess—and change the world.

Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.

Now Hellsfire must leave all he’s ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power—power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can’t, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.

In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn…

You can find my review here to see that I enjoyed this book. Today I want to share an interview of the dragon Cynder by Hellsfire, the main character. 

Can a good boy and a bad dragon get along?

HELLSFIRE: Today, I’m interviewing the only known dragon in Northern Shala. Thank you for joining me, Cynder. I know how busy you can be laying around doing absolutely nothing.
CYNDER: Someone has to keep the readers entertained since you’re just a lowly human. Why not grace them with the greatest of all the gods’ creations? It’s not every day they can listen to a magnificent dragon.
HELLSFIRE: Let’s not start this again. Tell the good people, why are you the only dragon in Northern Shala? Unlike giants, your kind are not extinct. Alexandra wears you as their symbol yet there hasn’t been a dragon seen in this part of the world since the War of the Wizards.
CYNDER: And a smart people they are for having a such a symbol. Especially their princess, right, Hellsfire? *winks*
HELLSFIRE: *blushes*
CYNDER: Alexander, the founder of Alexandria, was a great deal for my people. He may have been a normal mortal but my people owed him a favor for what he did for us. The stories don’t capture what truly took place between us although the one where he fell in love with a dragon does make me laugh.
HELLSFIRE: You still haven’t answered my question.
CYNDER: *blows smoke* Nor am I going to, little Hellsfire. What we owed was between us and Alexander not his descendents or this land. Besides, getting involved in a war between the legendary Shala and Renak was more than enough. We don’t want to do it again.
HELLSFIRE: Fine, you stupid dragon. Do you ever miss your own kind then?
CYNDER: *grins* Why would I miss them when I have you as company? Of course, I miss them! But I admit, my people aren’t the explorative type. While Master Stradus may have spent the last few years cooped up in the White Mountain, we did spend a great deal of type roaming and exploring the world. It’s a shame about the Great Barrier. I always wanted to see Southern Shala. I hear centaurs live there. A half-human, half-horse type of creature. What were the gods thinking when they created them? *laughs*
HELLSFIRE:  *smiles* I know what you mean. Sometimes I question the gods’ decisions. They created you after all.
CYNDER: *glares*
HELLSFIRE: Now, I just have one more question that people are dying to know. They want to know—
CYNDER: What’s it like to be able to breathe fire? Or how I ended up with a wizard?
HELLSFIRE: Actually, they want to know what it’s like to fly.
CYNDER: That’s it? Everything from fairies to birds fly though not as gracefully as we dragons do. It’s fun to be able to feel the rush of the wind against your scales and witness how small everything truly is. It’s a shame you tiny mortals can’t feel what it’s like to be a magnificent dragon.
HELLSFIRE: *rolls eyes* That’s all we have for today. Thank you, Cynder for joining us and gracing us with your almighty and annoying presence.
CYNDER:  Anytime, little Hellsfire. Are you sure they don’t want to know what it’s like to live with a wizard or some of the adventures we’ve been on? I remember a time—
HELLSFIRE: No! That’s all we have for today, you overgrown oven. It’s bad enough I’m here listening to you prattle on, but it doesn’t mean my readers have to be.
CYNDER: I’ll show you oven. *Cynder huffs then blows a stream of fire directly at Hellsfire*

Well, that answers the question about getting along! You’ll have to read the book to find out whether Hellsfire can resist such fiery indignation.


Marc Johnson has moved a lot since his parents divorced when he was two. He also can’t answer a straight question and has developed a taste for sarcastic wit over the years. Probably also for the same reason.

He hasn’t won any awards, but he does have a deep knowledge of Transformers, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone–his top three geeky loves. He writes because he loves stories and hopes to one day have written something successful as a movie, TV show, comic, book, magazine, and play.

Marc Johnson also loves to game, whether it be video, card, or board. He loves to test his mind in the challenges they bring…until the zombie, alien, or robot apocalypse comes.

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  1. Magic, Romance, Creatures and Battles. I love fantasy!!

    😀 thanks for this!

    Come visit me sometime–

    Dee @ Dee’s Reads

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