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The Revenge Masquerade – Motivations and Inspiration-.

Inspiration Ten days ago I posted  my inspirations behind The Dragon Legacy. This week I’m sharing my motivations behind my current  release The Revenge Masquerade.

DSCN1092When I wrote my debut novel I didn’t think past the initial story.  I wanted to write about a dragon in the twenty-first century searching for the last dragon egg. His motivation? To save the dragon race and ultimately the human race from domination by evil. I wanted my fantasy/paranormal characters to have a human appearance in our world but also be part of a secret paranormal world, not normally seen by us.

When people started to read my first story most commented on two of the secondary characters JasmineJasmine, an independently minded young woman, destined to be guardian witch and Zane, the street wise wolf shifter.Zane

They were together in several scenes of  ‘The Dragon Legacy’ and people wanted to see how their fledgling relationship played out.

Readers were the main motivation behind ‘The Revenge Masquerade’ , it was great to know I’d created two characters they wanted to know more about. 🙂

Having decided to write Jasmine and Zane’s story, what came next? Defining my characters is important to me but I’d already done this with Jasmine and Zane, as they featured in my first story.

The Setting  where my characters travel on their emotional journey is an important part of what motivates me to write a story.

DSCN0763 Sometimes it’s somewhere I have visited often and love, like the  English Lake District in ‘The Dragon Legacy’. This time it was a combination of somewhere I’d visited and enjoyed and a place that epitomised several themes of my story; romance, historical and mystical worlds impacting on contemporary society.

Lakeside Path heading north towards Bardolino Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.)
Lakeside Path heading north towards Bardolino Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.)

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Lake Garda is somewhere I have holidayed in the past and its beauty and charm stayed with me.  I haven’t been to Venice but it was close enough to Lake Garda to include it in my story especially with its:

 With ‘The Revenge Masquerade’, deciding on the Plot  was the last of my motivations. At the end of ‘The Dragon Legacy’, Jasmine is separated from Zane. I wanted to explore what happened to her emotionally in the months that followed. Zane left to act as an ambassador for the infant dragon with the supernatural world, what happened to him? Does his still think about Jasmine and how he treated her, or is he really the player he appears to be?

Lost love,  Reunion and facing one’s destiny are all explored in the story.  The story starts one year after Zane leaves. Jasmine is in the Lake District with a new companion and strange mystical dreams.Whilst Zane reaches the final stop on his mission – Venice and  is confronted with a new evil. Can he save Larna (Lukas’ the dragon lord’s sister)? Should he contact Lukas and risk the safety of the infant dragon Tarriannah? Has he really seen Jasmine in Venice?

After the first couple of chapters I let the characters tell their own stories whilst I buckled up for the ride , peeking through my fingers whenever it got too scary. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed sharing some of my motivations  for writing and thoughts about ‘The Revenge Masquerade’. If you want to know what happens next it’s available at the following outlets:

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The Revenge Masquerade - Excerpt

The English Lake District: Just over a year ago in Hallows House’s garden.

Zane shook his body until his fur lay flat against his broad back. His shift into his wolf completed, he padded across the silent garden, eager to be on his way. He paused and looked back at the house. A movement at a downstairs window drew his predatory gaze. He stood transfixed as the artificial light illuminated Jasmine’s titian hair. Jasmine leant against the kitchen window and stared into the moonlit garden. His silvery-eyed stare moved lower and devoured her hourglass figure’s perfection, barely concealed by the emerald robe she wore.

His ears flattened as a shrill whistle assaulted his acute hearing. Jasmine disappeared. Instinctively he edged further away from the house to where the garden merged with the dark hills. He waited. A turquoise streak of light momentarily dazzled him. He followed its progress and recognized the baby dragon as it flew into the room occupied by its guardian, Fleur. Zane assumed Lukas, his friend the dragon lord, was there too. He growled softly, pleased by Lukas’ happiness. Jasmine’s image flashed into his mind. Zane shook his shaggy head–she wasn’t for him.

The shrieking noise quieted and the unmistakable creek of the heavy door alerted him of someone’s approach. His hackles rose and then flattened in recognition of the scent: a mixture of flowers and spice unique to Jasmine. He resisted the urge to shift into his human form. As a wolf, their encounter would remain platonic. His mind and heart warred over the morality of his desires. He couldn’t stay. His mission necessitated he leave immediately. Was it fair to take Jasmine’s heart and leave her alone with needs mere memories wouldn’t satisfy? The wolf ignored his human conscience. Time was short and the instinctive need to brand the flame-haired witch with his mark too strong. He shifted back into his human form.

Zane leant against the jagged stone wall. His naked body barely registered the rough-hewn rock, which imprinted his skin. His abrupt shift into human form didn’t include clothes. The cool night air soothed his fevered body as Jasmine appeared. A faint blush stained her pale skin everywhere his gaze rested.

“I saw your wolf through the window,” Jasmine said, perhaps to explain her presence in the garden.

“I wanted to talk to you.” Zane enclosed her small hand in his. She offered no resistance.

“Just talk?” Her gaze darted away from his erection, taunt against his abdomen. He sighed and pulled her tight against his hardness, enjoying the contact with her soft curves. “This isn’t talking, Zane,” she said, her voice breathless.

©Jane Hunt 2014 Crimson Frost Books.

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The English Lake District: Just over a year ago in Hallows House’s garden.

Zane shook his body until his fur lay flat against his broad back. His shift into his wolf completed, he padded across the silent garden, eager to be on his way. He paused and looked back at the house. A movement at a downstairs window drew his predatory gaze. He stood transfixed as the artificial light illuminated Jasmine’s titian hair. Jasmine leant against the kitchen window and stared into the moonlit garden. His silvery-eyed stare moved lower and devoured her hourglass figure’s perfection, barely concealed by the emerald robe she wore.

His ears flattened as a shrill whistle assaulted his acute hearing. Jasmine disappeared. Instinctively he edged further away from the house to where the garden merged with the dark hills. He waited. A turquoise streak of light momentarily dazzled him. He followed its progress and recognized the baby dragon as it flew into the room occupied by its guardian, Fleur. Zane assumed Lukas, his friend the dragon lord, was there too. He growled softly, pleased by Lukas’ happiness. Jasmine’s image flashed into his mind. Zane shook his shaggy head–she wasn’t for him.

The shrieking noise quieted and the unmistakable creek of the heavy door alerted him of someone’s approach. His hackles rose and then flattened in recognition of the scent: a mixture of flowers and spice unique to Jasmine. He resisted the urge to shift into his human form. As a wolf, their encounter would remain platonic. His mind and heart warred over the morality of his desires. He couldn’t stay. His mission necessitated he leave immediately. Was it fair to take Jasmine’s heart and leave her alone with needs mere memories wouldn’t satisfy? The wolf ignored his human conscience. Time was short and the instinctive need to brand the flame-haired witch with his mark too strong. He shifted back into his human form.

Zane leant against the jagged stone wall. His naked body barely registered the rough-hewn rock, which imprinted his skin. His abrupt shift into human form didn’t include clothes. The cool night air soothed his fevered body as Jasmine appeared. A faint blush stained her pale skin everywhere his gaze rested.

“I saw your wolf through the window,” Jasmine said, perhaps to explain her presence in the garden.

“I wanted to talk to you.” Zane enclosed her small hand in his. She offered no resistance.

“Just talk?” Her gaze darted away from his erection, taunt against his abdomen. He sighed and pulled her tight against his hardness, enjoying the contact with her soft curves. “This isn’t talking, Zane,” she said, her voice breathless.

©Jane Hunt 2014 Crimson Frost Books.

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The Revenge Masquerade – Jane Hunt – Snippet – #2 The Dragon Legacy

In the spirit of the season here’s a snippet from The Revenge Masquerade my latest release…

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‘Zane stood motionless. Jasmine stepped into the room, surprised Zane’s protective hands didn’t reach out to stop her. She looked round to make sure the destruction’s instigator wasn’t hiding in plain sight. The room appeared empty except for the body slumped in the middle of the floor. She picked her way over the damaged antique furniture and knelt by the body. She drew a deep breath. She touched an arm visible amid the tangle of threads. The bluish skin was cold and clammy but lacked the stiffness associated with a corpse. She pushed aside the debris covering the body and revealed raven colored hair with turquoise and blue highlights.’
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‘Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.
Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?
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The Revenge Masquerade – Jane Hunt – #2 The Dragon Legacy

THE REVENGE MASQ-LARGEThe Revenge Masquerade – #2 The Dragon Legacy Series
Charismatic Jasmine and Zane, intrigued readers of ‘The Dragon Legacy’, when they helped Lukas the dragon lord find and protect the last dragon egg, from demonic Xavier. I’m so pleased to share their adventure and passion in picturesque Venice, Italy.

Title: The Revenge Masquerade.
ASIN: B00R5JNXBW
Publisher: Crimson Frost Books.
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
Series: #2 The Dragon Legacy.

JasmineZane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.
Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?

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Open mouthed she stood rooted to the spot. Zane walked towards the palazzo, his animal grace discernible even in human form. Jasmine breathed deeper and fought to master her temper. The calm state she sought proved elusive. How dare he dismiss her as insignificant? She was descended from a dynasty of powerful witches, and the wolf would do well to remember that if he wanted to keep his silver hide intact. His long strides took him to the palazzo’s entrance before she could unleash her verbal assault against his arrogance. Without thinking, she raised her hand in the direction of the beautiful flowers planted in terracotta and colorful earthenware pots. The largest started to shake and then spun until it hovered, gyrating madly several inches from the ground. Zane took a step inside the elegant doorway and Jasmine clenched her fist. The huge pot exploded and crashed to earth. Thousands of sharp shards of pot littered the terrace. Zane stopped and snapped his head round in the direction of the noise. Jasmine noted with satisfaction his expression was a comical mix of surprise and shock, his facial expressions a perfect map of his thoughts. She straightened her shoulders and stared into his angry silvery gaze and waited.
“What are you playing at, Jasmine? This isn’t the time for parlor tricks.” The largest piece of broken pot took flight and swooped over his head, almost slicing through his silver blonde hair. Zane stepped back and sidestepped several times to avoid the ceramic missile. “Fuck, Jasmine! Stop it. We haven’t time for your temper tantrums.” The shard of pot floated to the ground and lay harmlessly among the debris.
“That was a parlor trick wolf. The explosion was to get your attention, which it did.” Zane took a menacing step towards her.
“So what’s so important? My instructions were crystal clear.” Jasmine’s fingers itched. The urge to rearrange that handsome face into something ugly beckoned, but she resisted. Abusing her magic would have far-reaching repercussions. Guardian magic stemmed from nature’s balance; it was intended to maintain the status quo and promote positivity and goodness. Using it for self-gratification would lead to an imbalance, which wouldn’t be tolerated. She would be punished by the loss of her powers until she learnt the important lesson. She buried her hands in her trouser pockets. “That’s just it. You decided. You issued the instructions. I’m capable of making my own choices. I don’t need you to think for me. Or protect me.”
“Perhaps, but you were happy for Lorenzo to act as your protector,” Lukas countered, shooting a hole in her argument.
Jasmine kept her face impassive and made sure her barb reached its target. “Everything comes back to you, doesn’t it, Zane? Since Xavier and the demon snake, I’ve made a study of demons, memorized spells, which will thwart and destroy them. I could help you in there, especially if there’s a demon. You should acknowledge my skills unless you’re threatened by me.” Zane watched her intently but remained silent. It felt good to let go of the resentment she had bottled up since Zane used her and left her. She’d opened Pandora’s Box and didn’t want to close it. Not until Zane appreciated the pain he had inflicted and how she had used it to mature and grow. “Do you want my help or not?”

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Author Bio -1
I have enjoyed my first year as a published author. The Dragon Legacy was published in December 2013 and now The Revenge Masquerade, Book 2 in The Dragon Legacy Series is here.
As an only child and animal lover, my imaginary friends were horses. I loved creating adventures for us to enjoy. Now as a writer, my vivid imagination creates romantic, paranormal, mystery and suspense stories with larger than life characters and fantastic scenarios.
I love strong heroines, sexy heroes and scenarios that are not what they seem to be. There is always a strong romantic thread in my writing because I believe in soul mates, love at first sight and happy ever after.
When I’m not writing I enjoy reading, book reviewing, social media and walking in the countryside. I am also passionate about animal welfare. I have been married for over thirty years and have two children, my greatest success. I live on the edge of a country park where I love walking my beloved dogs and dreaming about my next story.
I enjoy talking with my readers and you can contact me via my website: Jane Hunt Writer or on any of my social media sites which are listed below.

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The Revenge Masquerade – Jane Hunt – (#2 The Dragon Legacy) -Release Day

The Revenge Masquerade.

The second book in The Dragon Legacy series is  now available on Amazon.

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Jasmine and Zane’s adventure in romantic Italy.

TITLE:The Revenge Masquerade

ASIN:B00R5JNXBW

RELEASE DATE: 17 December 2014

PUBLISHER: Crimson Frost Books

 

JasmineZane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.
Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?

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Jasmine – The Revenge Masquerade – #2 The Dragon Legacy

 

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DSCN0618 Witch – Jasmine lives in the beautiful hills overlooking Lake Ullswater in the English Lake District.  She is destined to be a guardian witch. “The whole reason guardian witches exist is to maintain natural balance. My ancestors won’t let evil dominate any more than they would allow it to be completely destroyed.”

Power

PicMonkey CollageJasmine’s powerful aura attracts supernaturals. Demon – Xavier from The Dragon Legacy was intrigued by  Jasmine.’The dark-haired man appeared fascinated with Jasmine. – All women acquiesced when they fell under the spell of his midnight black gaze. Except Jasmine; she intrigued him. Her potent aura represented a source of usable power.

Attraction

ZaneWolf shifter – Zane fought his attraction to Jasmine in The Dragon Legacy. ‘Zane released her. Did she believe him? He cursed the rush of blood to his groin and growled with frustration. He hoped the feisty witch followed his advice.‘ but it continued into The Revenge Masquerade. ‘His hackles rose and then flattened in recognition of the scent: a mixture of flowers and spice unique to Jasmine. He resisted the urge to shift into his human form. As a wolf, their encounter would remain platonic. His mind and heart warred over the morality of his desires. He couldn’t stay. His mission necessitated he leave immediately. Was it fair to take Jasmine’s heart and leave her alone with needs mere memories wouldn’t satisfy? The wolf ignored his human conscience. Time was short and the instinctive need to brand the flame-haired witch with his mark too strong. He shifted back into his human form.

Destiny

 When ancient evil threatens The Dragon Legacy, Jasmine must embrace  her destiny in The Revenge Masquerade. ‘Although she’d talked her powers up in front of the others, they were essentially untried. Failure in the face of such a dire enemy would mean certain death, unthinkable.

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Find out on 16 December if Jasmine becomes the kick ass witch she is destined to be.

 

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December Release -The Revenge Masquerade – The Dragon Legacy #2 –

Release date:

 The Revenge Masquerade

Tuesday 16th December 2014

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Title: The Revenge Masquerade
The Dragon Legacy #2
Release Date:  16 December 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal/ Romance
Publisher: Crimson Frost Books

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‘Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.

Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?’

 

#Excited

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The Revenge Masquerade — Jane Hunt —– Cover Reveal-(The Dragon Legacy#2 )

I’m excited to share the cover for –

The Revenge Masquerade.

I love it.

What do you think?

Thank you to fabulous graphic designer, Suzannah Safi,for capturing the essence of my story.

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Title: The Revenge Masquerade

The Dragon Legacy #2

Release Date: 16 December 2014

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crimson Frost Books

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‘Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.
Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?’

 

The Revenge Masquerade is the second in-

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The Revenge Masquerade – Jane Hunt – Sunday Snippet

PicMonkey CollageThe Revenge Masquerade,the second in ‘The Dragon Legacy series, is due for release December 2014 from Crimson Frost Books.This adventure features Jasmine and Zane. – a dangerous mystery in romantic Venice Italy.

Sunday Snippet
‘At last her suitcase appeared. She reclaimed it and joined the line of people in the main concourse of Verona airport. Amid the noisy crowds, she looked around for her uncle’s familiar face. Jostled from behind she pitched forward. Jasmine closed her eyes as immediate impact with the hard concourse floor seemed imminent. Instead she was hauled against an unfamiliar muscular chest less painful but still alarming. “Let’s get you out of here Cara.” Jasmine leaned back in her rescuer’s steely embrace. Compared to her the man was a giant. He stood way over six feet and her neck ached with the strain of looking up at him. Her rescuer’s attractive face radiated power and ruthlessness. He smiled briefly and started to forge a path through the crowds with a reluctant Jasmine in tow. Digging her heels in and refusing to move crossed her mind but the momentum, by which he propelled her through the crowd proved unstoppable.’

©Jane Hunt 2014