Find your dragon!

When I started working on A Dragon’s Destiny, I never thought about the category. To be honest, it was the first time that I started a story using first person POV, but Jasmine just appeared. And this new adult, time travel fantasy romance was born.

And the more she talked, the more I started to realize that this young woman has a story to tell, and she’s chosen me to bring it to life.

I like Jasmine (Jaz), and she reminds me of how I’d question everything but also be quick to believe anything that offered a glimmer of hope. She’s sort of touch, a cynic sometimes, but she is searching for a better way to experience life, and trying to crawl from under the existence she’s been able to create.

Well, throw in a handsome man that wants more than a friendship; a mother who can somehow or another perform magic tricks, and tons of people talking about the supernatural and pantheons filled with Norse deities, and that is the path this story took me on.

When I started this book, I thought I was crazy.

The idea seemed to be too big — Norse Mythology, add a dragon, a necromancer and some theology in there to mix it all up. I thought for sure I was biting off more than I could WRITE.

Writing mystery is different from romance and fantasy. For mystery, it is about making sure the clues are there; but for romance, it is about the emotions. I needed to make these people in my head come to life. How could I do that?

I was inspired by the character of Alistair from Dragon Age. You see, Alistair, although a hero, is quite tortured. But at the end of the game, if you play it correctly, you might just end up falling in love with the character you’ve spent hours getting to know.

When I finally typed the end, I realized that I wasn’t ready to let these people and their world go … I want more, and so I’m starting on the second book in the series — A Dragon’s Desire. You see, I feel that if I keep writing these two people (and creating their time traveling tales, filled with Magic, Norse mythology, dragons and a lot of emotion),m you too might get a chance to fall in love with them too! So, download your copy of the excerpt (the first 4 chapters), which is around 50 pages!

I hope you will enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed crafting it. Not only because I’m a hopeless romantic and believe that in all of us a dragon is waiting to be unleashed, but also because I’d like to think that part of growing up is embracing hope, and letting go of life’s curse to reach one’s true destiny.

 

Monday Magic: All about the research

Today, I’m starting a new blog series about my research. I’m quite hands on, and to help make A Dragon’s Destiny pack a punch, I wanted to make sure toe include some church history. Don’t worry — what’s coming up is not a sermon, but some interesting facts from Church History and how magic was regarded in the Middle Ages.

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Why Vikings?

Like many, I am completely enthralled with history. I find the tales of history to be filled with great examples of heroism as well as tragedy. The Viking mythology inspired A Dragon’s Destiny because of my interest in its intriguing history and culture, especially one of its goddesses, Freyja.

Freyja plays an important part in my Dragon series. She (also recognized under the name of Frigg) is the wife of Odin, and is celebrated as the goddess of „love, fertility, battle, and death.“ With such a strong goddess in their pantheon and a society that recognized women’s rights, I had to dive right in.

One thing that I found quite interesting is the role of women in that society. Unlike others at the time, the women of the society had certain rights, including the right to divorce a man if he mistreated her. That is shocking considering that even later on, for example in the middle ages, that of a gender equality was not so much recognized.

I believe that much of this equality stems from their pantheon, in that the society, although patriarchal, still possessed an understanding of the importance of women. Although much of what we read is based on the writings of those outside of the Viking way of life, and understood under as seen through their perception and religion, that women could be not only warriors, but also had legal rights — well, that is a background to set a great story in.

I can’t wait to share more tidbits from all that I learned in researching the Vikings and creating this wonderful tale.

A Dragon’s Destiny (Dragons Series)(Book 1)cover-reveal

The Past…
In the kingdom of Keel, the Norse gods watched in horror. Dragons unleashed to remove the threat of Ragnarock were rampaging, destroying everything in their path. But one goddess, Freyja, offered a wager: all the dragons would be captured except one, who would be an exile on earth. Until she was recalled to find her dragon other half, and fight the battle between good and evil, that would determine the fate of the gods.

The Present…
Jaz has never fitted in.  Is it because she’s a cop, a woman in a man’s world?  Or that any guy she’s ever had feelings for has met with an accident?  The only lovers she has now exist in the pages of romance novels, and she’s lonely.

Pursued by dreams in which Erich, her room-mate’s hunky brother, appears as a Viking warrior, and confused by time-switches where she dies but is brought back to life, Jaz seeks psychic advice. Her destiny is revealed: she’s not of this world but another, parallel place. She’s the Dragon, who must return if she’s to find the love and freedom she craves.

Back to the Future…
But Keel is a dark, dangerous kingdom, torn by civil war and the forces of magick as Christians seek to extinguish pagan religions.  Erich is there—the Dark Knight, famed for his ruthlessness in banishing the Old Customs—and Jaz’s attraction to him is as potent as ever. Is he the beloved she’s tasked to find?  However, a twist in time has Erich believing she’s nothing more than a woman of easy virtue!  How can she win his respect and trust, and free her dragon heart?

A Dragon’s Destiny is currently on pre-order.

 

Upcoming release: A Dragon’s Destiny

coming-soon_placeholderI am sitting on the edge of my seat, super excited about my upcoming release, A Dragon’s Destiny —  the first in my romantic fantasy series called Dragons.

Currently making the line edit corrections, thanks to my wonderful editor, Tessa Shapcott, I am on schedule for the October release (yay!).

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For the love of Castles: Marienburg Castle

Photo Courtesy of Beate Beate Boeker.
Photo Courtesy of Beate Boeker.

Due to this posting being so close to September 11th, I thought it best to provide an article depicting something beautiful instead of delving into that of crime. As such, welcome to Castles, my monthly column where we explore different historical castles, fortresses, and palaces. „For the love of Castles: Marienburg Castle“ weiterlesen

For the love of Castles: Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany. Creative Commons, Photo courtesy of Anisha Sreddy

When a castle is involved, there cannot be a better time or place to meet one’s own prince charming. Welcome to my newest column on castles and the history surrounding them. On today’s journey, we travel to Germany.

As a prior expat, living abroad in Munich, Germany, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited was Neuschwanstein, better known as the Cinderella Castle. Built by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a respite, Neuschwanstein is a must-see tourist destination in Bavaria Germany, and it receives 1.4 million visitors per year. Located in the village of Hohenschwangau in the Alpine foothills, the picturesque views combined with the castle’s sheer beauty  make this castle the perfect location and setting for any romance novel. „For the love of Castles: Neuschwanstein“ weiterlesen