Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Author Kevin Gerard Announces Release Of ‘Diego’s Dragon, Book Two: Dragons Of The Dark Rift’, Second In Fantasy Dragon Series Featuring A Hispanic Youth As Hero

Author Kevin Gerard writes Hispanic books for young readers. ‘Dragons Of The Dark Rift’ is the second book in the Diego’s Dragon Adventure series. Gerard’s award winning unique fantasy dragon book series features a young Hispanic boy as the central character

Award winning author Kevin Gerard today announced the release of ‘Diego’s Dragon, Book Two: Dragons Of The Dark Rift’. The book is the second in the Diego’s Dragon Adventure series, following the release of ‘Diego’s Dragon, Book One: Spirits Of The Sun’. ‘Spirits Of The Sun’ recently won an award for best YA fiction at the 14th International Latino Book Awards in New York.

Kevin Gerard’s award winning books are unique in that the central character in the fantasy dragon series is a young Hispanic boy named Diego. The series is targeted to middle school and young adult readers.

In ‘Spirits Of The Sun’, young Diego Ramirez, an 11-year-old Hispanic youth, wins a writing contest. His prize is a statue of a handsome, glistening black dragon. After hearing the name Magnifico spoken aloud by family and friends, Diego awards it to his new dragon. If he only knew how fitting the name was, he might have known what lay ahead. Magnifico is the leader of the Sol Dragones, an assembly of dragons that live within the magical fires of the sun.  As Magnifico comes to life and grows to his mature size, he becomes quite mischievous, playing tricks on Diego to embarrass him. As he discovers his bloodline, however, Diego assumes greater control over his dragon and his destiny.

"Readers will enjoy these books," states Mr. Gerard, "because it is the first fantasy adventure epic series with a Hispanic boy hero. This is a story Hispanic children will love because the main character 'looks like them'."

‘Diego’s Dragon, Book Two: Dragons Of The Dark Rift’, expands the story, as Diego and his girlfriend, Racquel, and their dragons, Magnifico and Estrella, fight to see the true Mayan prophecy come to pass, a time of peace and renewal for all creatures. Vipero, Magnifico's enemy, wants the earth to be destroyed in a galactic upheaval, another interpretation of Mayan folklore. There are three more books in the planning stages, and each will focus on some aspect of Hispanic/Latino history, with fantasy adventure providing the background.

Kevin Gerard is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at Kevin@cryingcougarpress.com. Both books are available at the website and from Amazon.com. More information is available at the website.


Kevin Gerard lives in San Diego, California. Along with writing fantasy novels for young readers, he teaches statistics at Cal State San Marcos. When not writing or teaching, he enjoys walking the grounds at the San Diego Zoo and hitting the waves at Cardiff State Beach. When students ask him why he became a writer, he responds by telling them he wanted to do something spectacular with his life by making a contribution to the world.


Kevin Gerard