Friday, August 14, 2015

The Unfriendly Dragon Children's Book Release!

It is TIME...once again!

My first children's book is now AVAILABLE on AMAZON!

It is for ages 4 and up...adults included! The characters are based upon the characters within my young adult novels with a great message of finding truth and making friends no matter your differences.

The book is dedicated to my grandson, Avery, who asked me at 4 years old, "Grandpa, can you write me a book?"

I responded, "Why yes I can!"

That is how it all started. I wrote the story but didn't have the pictures to go with it. God arranged that part when Jill and I went on a missions trip to the Philippines. It was there that one of the team members, who we had never met, worked for over 20 years with Disney, Hasbro, and others. He graciously said, "Yes, contact me when we get back to the states."

Now the book is complete! You can buy a copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retail book stores or you can contact me for an autographed copy to be mailed to you.

Here is Avery and me holding the proof copy of the book!

Seth Weinberg is the illustrator and an amazing man of God. He nailed every aspect of the story with minimal changes needed. Each image he sent me was exactly how I had envisioned it but even better. He took it to the next level.
Here is the process we went through:
Step 1- I gave him the description of the picture for each page. Here is what I told him for page 5 of the book: "Picture of Bridazak’s friends. Spilf and Dulgin walking on a dirt path through grassy field and flowers." I gave him some minor descriptions of the characters to begin with. 
This is the initial sketch he sent me...
When I got this and approved it...this is what came next...the line art.
The final step after approval of the line art is the coloring.
The book is 50 pages. Seth masterfully created 25 images just as breathtaking as this one. He also created the book cover as well.

Here is the link to the Amazon page to buy the book. It is $14.99 on Amazon and it will be sure to please the young ones and also take the adults on a nice little adventure themselves.
The Unfriendly Dragon Amazon Link

You can contact me via email if you would like an autographed copy of the book. I will be selling autographed copies for only $12 plus $4 shipping.

The Unfriendly Dragon has gotten great reviews from several teachers who received an early copy for review. Here is what they are saying:

“You have captured the importance of making friends in Kindergarten or any grade level for that matter; especially the transition years (Kindergarten, Jr. High and High School, college, new school etc.).  I was also able to imagine sitting at circle time and reading aloud to my Kinder/First Grade students, The Adventures of Bridazak and Friends: The Unfriendly Dragon by Brae Wyckoff.” 
Claudia Hamers
Masters of Education, 
Elementary School Teacher

“What a great book! The pictures are fantastic. They capture what the words are saying perfectly. It's a great way to point out to children that even though we are different we still need to treat others the way we want to be treated. Great read!” 
Rosalie Benedict
Preschool Teacher (10+ years)

“The Adventures of Bridazak and Friends: The Unfriendly Dragon is children’s fantasy picture book that follows the journey of do-gooders Bridazak and friends to reconcile true friendship in the Everwood Forest. With some charm and magical descriptions, young readers will delight in the legendary characters and vivid illustrations. A great read-aloud, especially in a group setting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone teaching the importance of how to make new friends and celebrating differences.” 
Brittany Walker
Licensed Utah Elementary Educator

You can also purchase my young adult novels that are winning tons of awards and getting great reviews!
Paperback, ebook, and audiobook

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Vampire King Book Cover REVEAL Exclusive

Hello Citizens of Ruauck-El,

It is time! Time to reveal the 3rd book in the Horn King Series---


The Vampire King is due to be released August, 2015! Get caught up with the series by getting your copy of the first two books.

Book #1: The Orb of Truth

It has won numerous awards since its release in late 2012. It has over 75 reviews on Amazon.

"Fans of Tolkien should lap up Brae Wyckoff's book. Can Wyckoff actually write? Yes he can."
-San Francisco Book Review

"Two thumbs UP!"
-Peter Berkos, Academy Award Winner

"Readers in this genre will not be disappointed."
-Terry Ambrose,, and Author

It is available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook
Amazon Orb of Truth link- click HERE

Book #2: The Dragon God

The Dragon God (sequel to The Orb of Truth) has been voted "BEST New Epic Fantasy" and rated "TOP Fantasy Book".

"With magic rocks and dwarf slaves, this is a cross between Temple of Doom and Lord of the Rings."  -Raven Reviewer 

The Dragon God Amazon buy link - Click HERE

Ladies and gentlemen...I present to you The Vampire King!

The Vampire King book TRAILER is EPIC!
Due out August, 2015!
Make sure to get your copy of The Orb of Truth and The Dragon God and get caught up with the epic adventure. Each book gets better and better. Thank you all for your continued support. Please share this post on all your social media pages. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the new cover and also what you think about the book series.

Brae Wyckoff

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Vampire King coming soon!

Well, the long anticipated 3rd book of the Horn King Series called The Vampire King is due out this August! Final edits and look overs of the manuscript are finishing up and then we take it to the printer.

Before we get to that point however, many of you are asking what does the cover look like...WELL, glad you asked because we are having a book cover reveal party at this link provided. It will be on facebook.

Click on this link and join the fun!


Also, I will be presenting the back cover book blurb to entice you all and if that isn't enough then I will be showing you the new book trailer as well.

Here is what the first two book trailers look like. The Orb of Truth has over 14K views!

The Vampire King book trailer is approximately 55 seconds and came out pretty sweet if I do say so myself.

Hope you all have enjoyed the adventures thus far with The Orb of Truth and The Dragon God and for those of you who haven't delved into my epic fantasy books yet then you are in for a treat.

I have a lot of people asking is this the final of the trilogy? Well, let me tell you here and now that I never intended for a trilogy and have full intentions of writing over 20 books or just so happens this is book 3 so people are assuming it is a trilogy and in some respects they are correct at this point until I release book #4 tentatively called The Sword of the Elements.

If anyone of you like audiobooks then here is sample of me reading my book to you. I do over 50 voices and invited a couple special guests to play a few other parts. This sample reading is approx 4 minutes and is the Prologue to the book. It is available on and iTunes.
Orb of Truth AUDIOBOOK LINK- Click Here!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Speak Life Over Your Children

Over my years of parenting and now moving into grandparenting I have learned more and more the power of my words and how they affect children.

Just tonight I was playing bow and arrows with my grandson who is 5 years old. He is all boy and loves to dream of being a hero, of saving the day, of becoming powerful. I encourage his dreaming at all times.

He had is toy bow and arrow set while I was firing real arrows forty feet away from my target into bales of hay. He would talk as we fired arrows together and say, "I'm Robin Hood and your my grandpa." He would then change the story as time went by and say, "You are actually Robin Hood and you are training me to be the next Robin Hood." Yes, he gets it. That is it. It is the time old tradition of passing along what we have learned onto our children...all the good we have learned...all the battles we have won...all the hurts conquered.

Later this same night he came to me and interrupted my reading and started to play a game with me. He said, "Tell me something untrue and then I will tell you if you are right."

I responded, "No. How about I tell you something true and you tell me if it is right."


I then said, "Avery is amazing." His face lit up and then he said, "You win one star. If you get 8 stars then you get rewarded." Basically, he wanted me to tell him more truths about him.

I went on for several rounds saying, "I love you. You are the best grandson. I'm proud of you. We celebrate you everyday. You are a giant slayer. Your mind is brilliant. You bring so many people joy." And so on and so on.

He is just bubbling with joy the rest of the night. I can hear him giggling with his dad in the background. He is so full of joy.

When we speak life over our kids, it changes things in their lives, in their hearts, in their minds. Pray over your children. Bless your children openly...out loud to them. Dream with them before they go to bed. Say funny stories in an accent. Be a kid with them while at the same time imparting your wisdom, your direction, and ultimately, your love.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

24 Days of Christmas Author Showcase: Brae Wyckoff

Today marks day #14 in the As You Wish Tours Author Showcase! 

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So, what should we talk about? Oh, I guess about my books but that is kind of boring since that is what we always do. I want to tell you about my 4 year old grandson named Avery instead. He has a wonderful imagination which I help him explore by telling him fun stories that pop into my head. He knows that I write fantasy books that revolve around adventure but he has to wait until he is old enough to absorb the content.

What does a 4-year old do in this situation? Well, he looks into my eyes and says plainly, "Grandpa, will you write me a book?"

How can anyone refuse that! I said, "Yes, of course I can." Well, that is what set in motion my first children's book of about 46 pages. I remember his face lighting up with joy when I told him that I finished writing his book and now it was time to read it to him at bedtime. I peeked periodically as I delivered each line and watched his imagination go wild because this story had no pictures for him to follow along was just the story, but what mattered most to him was it was HIS story. Someone took the time for him and that made it all that more special...for him and me.

Like my other books, The Orb of Truth and The Dragon God, I took the same characters and placed them into a child friendly format with no violence or weapons. I took the main characters including the loveable red bearded dwarf named Dulgin and came up with a story that delivers a message. The book is titled: The Unfriendly Dragon.

There are big plans for a release party coming soon and a big reveal of the cover which is something you don't want to miss...why? Well, because I was able to get an artist from Disney, yes, Disney, to illustrate the entire book. How is this possible? Well, I went on a missions trip this year to the Philippines and low and behold one of the team members that joined us was none other than Seth Weinberg, a twenty-year veteran with Disney and Hasbro. He is a man of God and now a dear friend of mine. His wife, Sandy, is a gem and together they are dynamic.

When I wrote this book I knew it had to be published not just for my grandson but for all children. Bringing messages of hope and helping kids understand their destiny burns bright within me because that is something I longed for as a child to receive. Getting the right artist mattered and God literally gifted me with Seth. You won't believe what he is doing with the art and I'm excited to reveal it to everyone in the coming weeks so stay tuned on facebook and also follow my blog.

My wonderful Social Media Manager, Aileen Aroma, will be handling the big reveal. You can contact her on facebook. If you are an author then please contact her to help you market your works...she is amazing!
Aileen Aroma (click here to contact her)

The Orb of Truth is currently on sale in December for only $0.99. The Orb of Truth ebook

The Dragon God is the sequel for $2.99 in ebook. The Dragon God ebook

To win a free e-book copy of The Orb of Truth, please leave a comment in the comments section below by telling me your greatest desire in your life to accomplish.  Winner will be chosen by randomizer.

Love you all!

Check out this special giveaway from As You Wish Tours!  From December 1st to the 24th, As You Wish Tours will be spotlighting different authors and their books.  There are so many gifts and prizes in this giveaway, it will make your head spin!  And then there's the big giveaway (insert drum roll here) ...a Kindle! Enter below to have a chance to win the Kindle. Don't miss a day of this spectacular author showcase!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings - I see an EXODUS of people leaving the theater!

Hollywood fails again...why? Because they think by changing what the Bible says to meet their own storytelling ability will make it better. I'm not opposed to artistic license but please make it a good movie. Exodus will cause nothing but an exodus from the theater.

I give it one star out of ten...horrible. I had high hopes for Ridley Scott, the director of Gladiator and other epic movies like Blade Runner. He has the track record of epic movies but this one falls way short. If he had just focused on the story of the Bible then I think it would have done well.

Spoiler Alert!!! (don't read any further if you don't want to read spoilers)

Let me break this down for you.
Moses doesn't carry a staff but instead gives it to his son before going back to Egypt.
There was a burning bush but then a strange child which supposedly represented God shows up to speak instead of the bush. The child shows up throughout the story and comes across as a spoiled, bratty kid that wants to flex his godlike abilities on the egyptians.
Moses never goes to Ramses to say "Let my people go." God never directs Moses to do much of anything actually which was quite strange and comical at times.
There was no staff thrown down to eat the snakes, no Moses telling Ramses of the plagues coming, no Moses fleeing to the desert.
Speaking of the desert...wasn't Moses supposed to be hiding out there for 40 years...well the movie shortens that and has him go back after 9 years.
Parting the Red Sea was a epic failure as well. Moses was just crying on the shore until all of the sudden the tide starts to decrease lower and lower. Moses suddenly tells the 400,000 (which should have been a million) people to walk across with believe in him...which is funny since he didn't do anything actually.
Moses never carried his staff to the water and caused the water to part...What was even funnier was Moses and Ramses meet together in the middle while the wave of water is going to crush them...well, you can guess it...they BOTH survived the oncoming wave of water which really matched the epic failure of the story that Ridley Scott directed...uggg!
Oh, and they kind of left out the pillar of fire to slow the army down so instead they have the chariots going along a narrow ridge and the ridge gives way causing a few hundred deaths. I would have liked to have seen fire instead of an avalanche but who am I...

Who am I? Well, I'm the one not going to pay to go see another Ridley Scott movie nor go see any Hollywood movie depicting Biblical stories. It wasn't even entertaining. Where are the Christian directors in Hollywood who will step forward and make something amazing for all to see? We need some go getters in the industry to turn the tables and make an epic movie of biblical proportions.

Okay, enough said, but if you must see the movie can I highly suggest you wait for video? If you can wait for video then I would suggest waiting for it to be free on your money and go see something amazing like The Hobbit or Star Wars. (They changed the book of the Hobbit but at least it is entertaining).

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Guest Blog by Author D.M. Stoddard

Today I have a special guest on my The Orb of Truth blog page and I met this amazing person in Reno, NV at a large book signing event that I was invited to attend and speak at. I read his book The Legend of Jerrod where I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Here is the link to his book for purchase before I let him take over the page: The Legend of Jerrod Amazon ebook for $2.99

Ladies and Gentlemen...I introduce you all to the amazing and gifted Author---- D.M. Stoddard!

Thank you Brae---It is an honor to be here to say hi to all your readers!

One of my favorite articles on the fantasy genre is 10 Writing “Rules” We Wish More Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Would Break by Charlie Jane Anders (available at ). I embrace omniscient narration and descriptions of creative fantasy worlds. Fantasy readers want “to see it”! I also like to character hop within reason. I want to let the readers know what’s going on and how the characters feel about the circumstances. What do Jerrod, Amanda, Drin, and Fraum think when they first see a dragon cub on Nathanial’s shoulder, its tail wrapping under his arm and around his chest?

Fantasy is a mental release from the stresses of the mundane world, as many fantasy groups call reality. Like Tinkerbelle’s pixie dust it can carry us across the world and through the stars to wonderful adventures like Brae’s story of Bridazak. I have been trying to finish TheOrb of Truth while I finish my manuscript of Amanda’s Quest. Hopefully both these goals will be completed soon.

I think that generally fantasy authors love to hear reader’s feedback. We are not always certain what the readers want. I remember reading about a beat made between Steven King and George Lucas, who reported felt at one time, that he (Lucas) had the lesser story. Let us know.

The Kingdom of Torrence Series

The first book, The Legend of Jerrod, was my debut that was release in January 2013 with a revision in 2014.  Jerrod finds himself in love with the mysterious Amanda, who is dress in black leather, and the druid princess, Rhonda. Seeking a lost treasure with a wizard, sage, a knight want-to-be, and an Elvin archer, they fight to survive. Unbeknownst to the group, treachery grows as they race to reach their objective. Readers watch the greenish-blue dragon cub, Rok-lin, grow to become an adult dragon.

“Move over, J.R.R. Tolkien. There ‘s a new fantasy author that’s arrived on the sword and sorcery scene…”  Bruce Barring, managing director of the San Francisco Book Festival.

The sequel, Amanda’s Quest, will be released in 2015. Amanda goes on to fulfill a blood-debt she owes in payment for priests saving Rhonda’s life, but like life, you can’t always do things alone. The book explores tension between the followers of Olympus and a new religion, the Order of One. There are not only dragon battles, but a great war between several kingdoms, including the Fendür who are the ancient enemy of the forest.

About the author…

My bio is at the bottom of my web page, so what don’t you know about me? I love swords and archery. I am an outdoorsman, of sorts. I have spent my entire life serving the people, first in the military and then as an employee for the State of Nevada. I have studied several forms of martial arts which I incorporate into some of my fight scenes. If I had the ability, I would study swords, practice martial arts, and write all day.

Brae, thank you for the opportunity to meet your readers.

Thank you for being on the "show"...what a great blog post. I'm looking forward to your new book coming out. I also have a new book coming out early 2015 so it will indeed be a good year for us both. 

Blessings upon you my friend!