The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton: Takeover Week Kick-Off Flash Q&A + Contest


Today kicks off a fantastic takeover week featuring The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton, the sequel to The Vanishing Island and the second book in the amazing fantasy/alternate history adventure series, The Chronicles of the Black Tulip.

I am a HUGE, huge fan of this series — and I have LOVED both books, so it’s a true honor and joy for me to be hosting The Dragon’s Gate Takeover Week here at Novel Novice. The Dragon’s Gate comes out tomorrow in stores everywhere, but we have some really fun posts for you EVERY DAY this week — including your chance to a win a copy of this fantastic book.

*** There is a new chance to win EVERY day — so be sure to tune in to each day’s post for your chance to win!!! ***

To kick-off the takeover week, we thought we’d start with a fun flash Q&A with author Barry Wolverton, to get to know him a little better. Then, keep reading for more about The Dragon’s Gate and your chance to win a copy!

interviewBarry Wolverton Author PhotoGryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw?

Ravenclaw! (mainly ’cause I like the name)

Favorite childhood TV show?

This Week in Baseball

Scented candle: what’s it smell like?

Autumn Leaves

Favorite villain?

Judge Holden

What’s on your pizza?

Pepperoni and mushrooms

Favorite emoji?

The Easter Island head

Something that makes you laugh.


Book you’d like to read “for the first time” again?

The Left Hand of Darkness


Dragon's Gate - Cover FinalAn engrossing fantasy, a high-seas adventure, an alternate history epic—this is the richly imagined and gorgeously realized second book in acclaimed author Barry Wolverton’s Chronicles of the Black Tulip, perfect for fans of The Glass Sentence and the Books of Beginning series.

A magical white jade stone and a map inscribed in bone that may be the key to an even greater mystery—this is the treasure Bren and Mouse have found buried on the Vanishing Island.

Mouse is determined to follow the map to a place called the Dragon’s Gate, convinced it will explain who she really is and the powers she possesses. Bren has had enough adventure for one lifetime and would like nothing more than to return to his father in Map. But nothing goes according to plan when the survivors of the Albatross are rescued by Lady Jean Barrett, a charismatic archaeologist with a sense of destiny.

Barrett is on a quest for the Eight Immortals, ancient artifacts she believes are buried in the tomb of China’s first emperor—the location of which has been hidden for nearly two thousand years. The only way for Bren, Mouse, and Barrett to all get what they want is to work together on a dangerous journey into the heart of China, a kingdom long closed to outsiders, where the greatest secrets about Mouse and Bren are waiting to be unveiled.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

contestWe’ve teamed up with our friends at Walden Pond Press to give away at least THREE signed copies of The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton, and you’ve got chances to win EVERY DAY this week. And the more people who enter, the more prizes we’ll give away.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Visit every day this week, and check out our latest post featuring The Dragon’s Gate.
    (HOT TIP: New posts go live every morning at 8am ET/5am PT)
  2. Read that day’s post, and then comment on each day’s post with your response to the comment prompt.
  3. Then fill out the Rafflecopter form below to tell us you’ve commented, and earn additional chances to win. (We’ll post the Rafflecopter form on each day’s post, to make it easy for you!)
  4. BONUS! The more people who enter this contest, the more prizes we’ll give away. That means MORE signed copies of The Dragon’s Gate, and even copies of book 1, The Vanishing Island. So ENTER & SHARE, share, share!

The more posts you visit & comment, the more chances you have to win!

Also be sure to complete the Rafflecopter completely for your entries to be counted. (We also require you provide us with your U.S. mailing address up front. This information will not be shared or sold; we’ll use it ONLY if you win to mail you your prize!)

Ready? Here is today’s prompt:

MONDAY’S CONTEST COMMENTS: In The Dragon’s Gate, Bren and Mouse visit China on an incredible adventure. Tell us in the comments below what place you’d want to visit for your own adventure.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
This contest is open to the U.S. only, and runs through midnight (PT) on Friday, November 18th. Please see our contest policy for complete details. 







3 thoughts on “The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton: Takeover Week Kick-Off Flash Q&A + Contest

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: