Long before the invention of television or radio, family groups gathered together at night around a roaring fire to keep warm, share a meal and talk. Often the conversations became stories as a form of entertainment – especially when adults were trying to teach their children traditions, customs and values. Tales of Westerford: Dragons, Knights and Kings grew out of traditional campfire stories. Young children, staring into the fire, fascinated by the shapes of the flames and glowing embers, asked their father to tell them a story. From deep within the ring of fire, burning logs and smoldering ash, grows a tale of an adventurous boy and a magical discovery.
Nat is a young boy who lives with his family in Sutter, a small village in the Kingdom of Westerford. Like all children his age, Nat loves to play “knights” with his friends. He dreams of one day becoming a knight himself and serving the noble King Edgar. Nat’s other favorite activity is exploring the nearby forest where, one day, he, quite literally, stumbles upon a giant egg.
When the egg finally hatches so does a series of events that leads to the fulfillment of Nat’s wildest dreams. “The Tale of a Dragon” is the story of two young friends who take on adventures to save the kingdom. Nat falls in love with the princess and must complete a series of increasingly difficult quests in order to win the hand of his true love. With his best friend, Danby, by his side what could possibly go wrong?
King Edgar needs an elite group of knights to take on special missions throughout the kingdom. “The Dragon Knights of Westerford” looks into the process of selecting the best knights to represent the king and kingdom. Choosing the perfect team is a difficult task, especially in a kingdom with many secrets and hidden stories. Nat and Danby must overcome many obstacles to decide on their Dragon Knights. But, their final test is King Edgar’s Tournament where the ultimate mystery is finally solved.
Treachery and magic spells set the stage for “The True Dragon King.” Traveling back to the beginning, and following a trail of dangerous clues, Nat, Danby and the Dragon Knights must hurry as King Edgar hangs somewhere between life and death. Talia, the witch from Tranglam Forest, is out to get the king and seemingly will stop at nothing to end his reign. Only Nat and Danby have what it takes to solve the riddle and break the spell. Saving the king is the only way to save Westerford.
Tales of Westerford: Dragons, Knights and Kings is a collection of stories born in the campfire tradition and meant to be shared aloud with family and friends. Watch as the flames come to life before the children’s eyes with the adventures of Nat and Danby and the Knights and Kings of Westerford.
Darryl Womack’s love for story-telling was spurred from family camping trips and his many colorful tales shared around the campfire in the backwoods of California. A high school english teacher by day, Womack is now bringing those vivid campfire fables to life in his new book, Tales of Westerford. When he is not writing, Womack enjoys the outdoors, traveling, mountain biking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. A graduate of Humboldt State University, he currently resides in Redlands, California with his wife of 27 years, Patty. Together they have three sons, Garrett, Kevin, and Christopher.