WindRunner is at the Printer!

WindRunner – Book 2 – The Dragon’s Children

I sent WindRunner to the printer yesterday! It should be available by next week. I can’t wait to get it out to everyone.


 The WindRunner resembled a warhorse, but twice again its size. He gazed imperiously over the assembly. A toss of his head sent an impossibly long forelock and mane floating about his head and neck. The WindRunner fastened his glistening black eyes on Owen.

Owen sucked in a breath. The book he was carrying slipped from his fingers and thudded on the stairs.

I have come for you. The WindRunner’s voice echoed in the minds of everyone.

Murmurs rippled around the great hall. The WindRunner paced into the room and up the aisle between tables and benches. Owen turned as if to run back up the stairs but hesitated.

What if it follows me up? He stood rooted on the fourth stair from the bottom.

Owen felt he was shrinking as the giant creature approached. He began to tremble with a combination of fear and anticipation. His throat turned dry and his breathing increased, making him light-headed.

I choose you. Gather your things and come with me.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Guess Who Has an Author’s Table at StarFest ~ Scroll down to see Authors/Artists

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Multiple Award-Winning Red Dragon’s Keep Book Signing

I’d love to see you if you’re in Denver March 16 at the Arvada Center Books and Arts Festival! 12 – 4 pm
I’m signing copies of Award-Winning Red Dragon’s Keep.

Get a picture with a Sword and a Dragon!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Red Dragon’s Keep is Finalist in the Best Book Awards

November 14, 2018   by Natli VanDerWerken, Zenith Star Publishing

Red Dragon’s Keep, by Aurora, Colorado author Natli VanDerWerken took a Finalist Award in the Fiction: Fantasy category of the Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

There’s one winner in each category and six finalists. 2,000 books were entered in the overall contest.

The full book listing is available at

A major publicity campaign by American Book Fest announcing the award results is underway and will continue throughout the holiday season. A national press release will be sent out next week to media outlets and publishing industry contacts.

Natli said “I’m delighted to be honored with this award. It’s the fourth award that Red Dragon’s Keep has received this year.”

“It’s the story of a very young man who must master the magic in his blood, learn to wield his Sword of Light, and find the Talisman that will call the Dragons to help save his home and his world,” she said. “If you like Tolkien, Harry Potter or Percy Jackson’s books, you’re going to love Red Dragon’s Keep.”

“The book was inspired by a story I told to my five grandchildren one Christmas Eve. We’d finished with opening presents and dinner. The kids were tired and a little whiny and I could hear their parents getting testy. I sat down in the living room and said “I’ve got a story for you.” The kids were putting on boots and coats by the front door. “Once upon a time, there were three families with five children who lived in a castle. The parents had to go to help the King, but they didn’t have anyone to watch the children. The parents decided to ask the Dragon who lived in the basement if she would watch them.” The story grew from there, with magic swords and bandits attacking the castle and something scary living in the dungeon.

I’m telling the story and pretty soon I notice that all five grandkids are sitting in a semi-circle at my feet, listening with rapt attention. I continue on, finally realizing that quite a bit of time has passed. I look up and my three girls and their husbands are sitting around the room, listening just as attentively as the grandkids. Oh boy. How do I finish this? I did, with the grandkids and the Dragon capturing all of the bad guys and the parents returning from the palace. I realized right then that I needed to write this story.”

Natli has a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, designs websites, shows Shetland Sheepdogs, creates quilts and writes fantasy and science fiction. She served in the Navy as a meteorologist and anti-submarine warfare specialist.

For more information, Natli can be found at,  and on Facebook at .

You’re going to love this book.






Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fall Authors Tea is Here


 You are cordially invited
to a relaxing Saturday afternoon Authors Tea

The leaves have turned and are floating to the ground. There’s a little nip in the air, a little chill that makes me want to curl up with a good book and a warm cup of tea, my dogs at my feet.

It’s time for the Fall Authors Tea

When: SATURDAY, October 27th
Time:   1 – 4 pm
Where:   Judith Briles’ home:
Heritage Eagle Bend – gate code is #2315
8122 S Quatar Circle, Aurora CO  80016

Colorado Authors do a “show and tell,” offering their wonderful books on a perfect afternoon surrounded by interesting people and delectable food. And it’s FREE.

The catch: you need to RSVP … and you can bring friends.

RSVP by Email …Invite your friends to come as well—the more, the merrier! We just want to make sure that we have plenty of food.

You can email your YES and the number of guests you’ll bring to Natli at
Put October Tea in the subject line.

The Holidays are coming … select the perfect gift and have it personalized. There will be books for everyone. Books are the ideal gift—think kids, your friends … how about YOU? There will even be new free books given away.

The Treat: Fifteen authors sharing their books and who they are in 30 seconds each. All books will be displayed on tables to “check-out”. All will be priced for less than you can buy them on Amazon. Authors will be signing—some books even come with ribbons! We have books for guys, gals and kids! And, we always have free books while they last that are donated by some of the authors. Plus, tables laden with tasty goodies. YUMMY!

Genres: There are lots to choose from including Mystery, Inspiration, Kids, Cookbooks, Memoir, Military History, Women’s Fiction, Adventure, Health, Humor, Writing-Publishing, Fantasy, Self-Help, Humor, and more.

RSVP by Registering … it’s FREE and a perfect way to spend a few hours as Autumn continues to share its colors.

I’d love to see you there!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“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,  and on Facebook at

You’re going to love this book.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

New Cut from Red Dragon’s Keep

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment