Hi I’m Blue the Fish. I’m a beta, which is a fish, and I’m Blue. Yeah, I know. I’m hoping that my human is saving all his creativity for his Thrones & Bones series, because he certainly isn’t expending it on creative names for pets. I see him most days across the room, standing on those leg things of yours at his high kitchen table, banging away at the keys. Sometimes he giggles and sometimes he swears. I don’t know if it’s any good or not because books don’t do well inside of an aquarium. But the humans seem to like it. I’m told that the books are for kids eight and up—which seems awfully old to a Beta. I’m about two and a half—and they feature all kinds of land-dwelling monsters like trolls, draug, dragons, manticore, and other beasts that don’t, thankfully, get in the water very often.
But enough about that. My aquarium is a ten gallon tank, which was plenty of room for a beta, so they added a Grecian urn, a Chinese lion, a plastic plant, and a tiny house and a tiny castle. Unfortunately, they also added something called a plecostomus. Her name (I think she’s a her, but really who can tell?) is Lilly Pad. She sticks to the bottom eating muck (yuck!) and I swim at the top. Unfortunately, she also sleeps in my Grecian urn. The lion isn't hollow, neither is the house or castle, and the plastic of the plant isn’t really friendly to my elegant-if-I-don’t-say-so-myself fins. So I need some new fixtures, maybe a cool covered bridge or a real castle. Also, Lilly Pad needs some driftwood. Yeah, she eats that in addition to muck. Can you imagine?
So go buy Frostborn, it’s recently out in paperback so it’s cheaper than the filters for my water wheel, and if you're feeling really adventurous, buy Nightborn too. Because this plecostomus is hogging my urn and I want my owner feeling flush. Um, feeling flush but not flushing. Not anyone around here anyway.
Blue the fish enjoys flaring at his reflection in the glass, gobbling fish pellets, and hiding in the shadows. He absolutely does not enjoy the laser pointer and has no desire to chase it, thank you.
Lou Anders enjoys writing children’s books. He drew on a recent visit to Norway along with his adventures traveling across Europe in his teens and twenties to write Frostborn and Nightborn, combining those experiences with his love of globe-trotting adventure fiction and games (both tabletop and role- playing) However, he has yet to ride a wyvern. With the addition of characters Desstra and Tanthal, Anders hopes that his second book in the Thrones and Bones series will continue to appeal to boys and girls equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over five hundred articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at louanders.com and ThronesandBones.com, on Facebook, on Tumblr, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones and @LouAnders.
Personal Website: www.louanders.com
Book Website: www.thronesandbones.com
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