“Red Dragon’s Keep” Wins Silver Awards at 2018 CIPA EVVY’s

EVVY Silver Award

Red Dragon’s Keep, by Natli VanDerWerken, took two Silver Awards in the Fantasy and the Ebook Design categories at the 2018 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards.

Published in 2017, Red Dragon’s Keep (Zenith Star Publishing) pits Thomas Arach, oldest son and heir to the Keep, against evil mages, traitorous servants, conniving squires, Demons and, of course, Dragons. Throw in a Sword of Light, and it’s a recipe for grand adventure. Everyone is in a mad search for the five pieces of the Dragon Talisman.

Red Dragon’s Keep was a finalist in the AuthorU Book Awards in September of 2016 in the Fantasy category. Natli says that she didn’t know any better and submitted the first draft of the book to that contest. “I was thrilled to be a finalist,” she said.  “Then I figured out the book needed a lot of work. I was working and learning every single day. Everything just came together. As I found out what I needed to do next in the publishing journey, I took that next step. It was a very steep learning curve.”

“Winning the Silver in two categories at the EVVY Awards is totally awesome,” she said, “especially with my first book. I’m looking forward to entering more contests. We’ll see how it goes.”

Natli is currently writing WindRunner, the second book in her series, The Dragon’s Children. “It’s about Owen Arach, the second son, who has to deal with a haughty WindRunner, his own Sword of Light, his jealousy at his brother’s success, elves, dire wolves, the Darkened Forest, and Demons.” The search for the shards of the Talisman continues.

Red Dragon’s Keep is available as an ebook and paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold. If your favorite store doesn’t carry it, ask, and they will be happy to order it for you.

For more information, Natli can be found at https://www.natlivanderwerken.com,  and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/natlivanderwerken.author.

You’re going to love this book.

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A Visit to King-Murphy Elementary School

I was invited to visit the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th-grade students at King-Murphy Elementary School on May 3 to talk about writing, publishing a book, and to tell them about Red Dragon’s Keep.



We talked about writing stories. The librarian, Ms. Juliana Reid, has been teaching the students about the important parts of a story: beginning, middle, and end. Conflict, climax,  crisis. I asked questions, and they knew the answers. Good job, Ms. Reid.



My daughter Anne, worked with me to put together a PowerPoint presentation for the beginning of my talk. She did a wonderful job. You can find it under MediaKit/Natli VanDerWerken on the website.




Dream the Dream. Write the Story.




3rd and 6th-grade students at King-Murphy Elementary.





4th and 5th-grade students at King-Murphy Elementary.




It was a wonderful day, despite the May 3 all-day rain and the 5″ of snow at the school. Thank you, Ms. Juliana Reid, Mr. Rick Goben, and all of the teachers at King-Murphy Elementary School. Thanks especially to the students at the school. You were wonderful!

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Red Dragon’s Keep at AuthorYOU Cornucopia Bootcamp

I had the cover from Red Dragon’s Keep airbrushed onto the cake that I’m providing for the AuthorYOU Bootcamp on April 14. I think it turned out really well!

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Red Dragon’s Keep at the CAL Book Fest on March 3

I was at the Colorado Authors League Book Fest at the Denver Public Library on March 3rd. Talked to four librarians, other authors and lots of people interested in Red Dragon’s Keep and writing. On one side of my spot was a horror writer, on the other a women’s fiction author and right near us was a historian. It was really fun and educational.

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New Cut from Red Dragon’s Keep

Check out the new Book Bubble from Red Dragon’s Keep.


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Here’s Another Fantasy Book Worth Reading

Dragon Storm (Heritage of Power, #1) 
by Lindsay Buroker (Goodreads Author)

Natli VanDerWerken‘s review

Jan 04, 2018

What if your country and your friends hate magic, you have it, and the only way to save your country is to use it?
Dragon Storm was lots of fun. I love the new characters in the Dragon’s Blood universe. And new DRAGONS. The main character’s attempts to deny and hide that his “hunches” are actually magic are really funny. The dialog is crisp and the characters carry the plot forward at breakneck speed. Of course, Captain Kaika blowing things up adds a certain spice to the destruction of two main antagonists. Dragon Storm is a worthy addition to Buroker’s stories.

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Happy New Year!

December book signing at Barnes and Noble


Happy New Year! The book signing at Barnes and Noble was a thrilling success. I sold all of the copies of Red Dragon’s Keep that they ordered for the signing. It was so much fun to talk to customers and tell them about the book.



Christmas gift from grandson and a Dragon ornament.


Red Dragon’s Keep took center stage at Christmas as friends and family gave me more Dragons and books for my collection. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful gifts. A huge thank you to everyone who bought the book!

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Need a Book for Christmas? Red Dragon’s Keep Excerpt ~

Here’s a cut from Red Dragon’s Keep. Thomas has chosen his Sword of Light.

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Barnes and Noble Book Signing in Two Weeks

The book signing at Barnes and Noble on December 13 is coming up fast. Just two weeks away. I’ve been asked to sign copies of Red Dragon’s Keep at the Glendale store at 960 S Colorado Blvd, just south of Alameda and north of Mississippi. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. I’ll post the time as soon as it’s finalized. Hope to see all of you there!

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Windward Range or WindRunner – Which One is Best?

I’m working hard on Windward Range, the next book in The Dragon’s Children series. I’m playing around with the idea of changing the title to WindRunner. What do you think?

The Windward Range is the home of the Windwalkers. Their fortified manor is called Aos Si. It is east of the Dragon Spine mountains and west of the Guardian Mountains that separate Talamh from Ard Ri. It’s a rich land of native grasses that feed all manner of grazing animals and the predators that hunt them.

It’s also the ancient lands of the Dana Sidhe – the Fair Folk – the Fey.

Untroubled by humans since the first Demon War, the Fey would sooner keep it that way. Humans are noisy, short-lived and dirty. The human population has increased and they are moving into the lands that the Fey consider their own. A few who respect the land and the Fey are tolerated, but conflict between humans and the Fey is increasing.

WindRunners were created in the far past to carry mages using the power of the wind. When evil threatens, they will choose a rider to help them fight. One of the WindRunners arrives at Red Dragon’s Keep and chooses Owen, the second son of the Arach line.

It’s going to be good!

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