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The Dragon Legacy – The Inspiration Behind The Pages.

The Dragon Legacy  Blog Banner The Revenge Masquerade Cover  October 26 14With the release last month of The Revenge Masquerade,the second book in The Dragon Legacy series I’ve been thinking about the next book in the series,working title is Egyptian Chaos.

If you read my author interview on Tracey Rogers’ blog last week you will know I am undecided whether to continue with the series. I still have two more stories to tell but it’s so hard to get your books noticed by your potential audience. Should I write something more mainstream, in the hope of catching a well established publisher’s attention, or self publish the remaining two books? I’d be interested to know what you think. 🙂

The Dragon Legacy Series
The Dragon Legacy Series

So all this introspection made me think back to how optimistic, (some would say naive) I was when I wrote The Dragon Legacy and what inspired me to write, what turned out to be a quirky, fantasy romance set in the English Lake District.

Three things inspired me to write this story:

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  1. Dragons are my favourite mystical creatures.

  2. I have loved the lake district for thirty years , since I was first introduced to it, in my early twenties by my first boss.

  3. My fascination with murder mystery.

Photo0027 Dragons are usually portrayed as evil in English fairy tales, something to be feared and slayed but this isn’t how I see them at all.

They are powerful,intelligent creatures, a source of ancient knowledge and magic.

From this viewpoint it was easy to create Lukas Draco, one of the ancient dragons. He exists in two dimensions; our world in his human form, whilst his true dragon form survives in a parallel world, living in deep still water until Lukas requires his powers. The dragons  are champions of good and fight against evil demons to protect humanity.

DSCN0617The Lake District has long been a favourite haunt of mine and it was on one of my holidays when I visited Lake Ullswater and the surrounding hills that I imagined how paranormal creatures could hide in plain sight in such a setting.  Combined with  my love of dragons, The Dragon Legacy began to take shape.

Murder Mystery at Hallows House  The final ingredient was my love of murder mystery  games , parties and weekends. I love the drama of these events, the dressing up and taking on a new character.  My shy  Fleur  became the street wise business whiz, Megan and managed to ensnare herself a dragon.

The original draft of The Dragon Legacy contained far more scenes devoted to the murder mystery event but these scenes were cut from the final story as they didn’t move the tale forward. Still I loved writing them and they were among the first words I wrote of The Dragon  Legacy’s first book.

I hope you found this look behind the pages of The Dragon Legacy interesting.

 Have a lovely weekend.

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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.

THE REVENGE MASQ-LARGE

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?

ZaneAmazon UK

 

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The Dragon Legacy – The Players

Fleur and Lukas  The Dragon Legacy

Fleur and Lukas

The Dragon Legacy

The Dragon Legacy is the first in  a series of  fantasy/paranormal romance books about  supernatural dragons who  protect the natural balance of the world.  We meet Lukas Draco, the dragon lord in the first book. The leader of the ancient order of dragons Lukas’ mission is to find and protect the last dragon egg from  evil in the form of the demon, Xavier.  At a quintessentially English Murder Mystery weekend Lukas meets shy,naive Fleur Curwen. The attraction  between them is instant and powerful and makes him question his way of life.  

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‘When emotionally fragile Fleur Curwen decides she wants excitement in
her boring life she signs up for a Murder Mystery Weekend in the wilds of the English Lake District. She enters a paranormal world where danger and death are common occurrences.’

Lukas



‘Demon slayer Lukas Draco is a loner. He lives by two simple rules: No
emotional entanglements and duty must remain his first priority. His beliefs are challenged when he’s inexplicably drawn to Fleur, a human woman with an unusual psychic aura. Sparks of sexual attraction ignite threatening both his search for the dragon’s egg he buried a thousand years ago and Fleur’s life. Under the cover of a murder mystery weekend an apocalyptic hunt begins’

Xavier

‘Xavier Serpente clenched his manicured nails into his expensive Italian silk trousers, amazed Jasmine dare leave him in mid-conversation. She didn’t realize his importance. He mentally ticked off his attributes. Successful Milanese financier and good looks guaranteed him the undivided attention of most beautiful women. He also possessed the fast car, city penthouse, and lakeside retreat associated with his ilk. The threat of danger, which simmered under the surface of his urbane respectability, was his greatest attraction. 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. Fleur’s importance to her troubled him. Xavier let his gaze roam over the slender blonde-haired woman across the room. The innocent, vulnerable aura she projected didn’t fascinate his jaded palate.’

Read the first page of The Dragon Legacy on Books Go Social

Snake ring DSCN7297Jasmine and Zane  who we first meet in book 1 of The Dragon Legacy have their adventure in book 2 The Revenge Masquerade which will be available December 2014 /January 2015.

Jasmine

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 in the hope she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by a Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.

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?

Zane

 



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 by Jane Hunt

Available from:

Crimson Frost Books
Amazon.com
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
SmashWords
All Romance E-books

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The Revenge Masquerade -Sunday Snippet – The Dragon Legacy #2-

In celebration of finishing my second book in ‘The Dragon Legacy’ series I’m posting a snippet today.

‘The Revenge Masquerade’ set in Italy features Jasmine the witch and Zane the wolf shifter.

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Sunday Snippet – The Revenge Masquerade

Odd behaviour for a dog even a supernatural one was her last rational thought as the violent pain blurred the line between reality and fantasy and pushed her over the edge into nothingness…

Where was she? The expensively furnished room looked vaguely familiar but Jasmine didn’t know why. The thump and echo of beating drums filled her senses and made her head hurt. She couldn’t concentrate but there was no clue to the source of her discomfort. A sudden movement in her peripheral vision drew her gaze, the noise and pain faded as the scene unfolded and absorbed her.

A woman she recognised leaned against a large table and stared at the stranger opposite; a tall dark haired woman lithe and expensively dressed in a white silk creation. The stranger took a step forward an obvious invasion of the first woman’s personal space. Jasmine noted the aggressive gesture and raised voices. White silk woman spoke in a heavily accented voice her speech difficult to decipher. The other voice lighter was Larna’s, the room’s familiarity fell into place.

“I can’t help you I don’t know where the dragon lord is.”Larna rigid body belied her slightly bored tone.

The stranger backed away and vanished. Jasmine blinked and scanned the immediate area for any trace of the woman. Nothing, in her place swayed a snake like creature. Her assumption that white silk woman transformed into the serpent the only logical explanation. Jasmine’s sharp nails pinched her bare arm ‘ouch’ the nail marks visible against her pale skin but the snake remained this nightmare was real.

The creature spat venom at Larna poised to strike at the diminutive woman. She drew a sword and struck out at the monster. Unaffected it coiled round Larna’s upper body and pinned her up against the wall. Venom like droplets dripped from its open mouth onto her face and mouth as she struggled against the snake’s hold. The death like grip relaxed. Larna jerked like a marionette .The snake disappeared.

The dark haired woman raised her hand. Larna’s jerky steps propelled her towards the centre of the vast room. The woman lowered her hand. Larna hit the floor hard like a discarded puppet devoid of human reactions. Satisfied the woman slashed the air with random hand movements and the furniture and ornaments collided and smashed before crashing to the ground damaged like Larna… The images receded and only darkness remained…

The pain melted away too tired to think Jasmine drifted into unconsciousness.’

©Jane Hunt May 2014

This story was inspired by the gold snake ring, Egyptian Cat and snake brooch.

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