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Jasmine and Zane’s Story – Update and Excerpt

I’ve been writing Jasmine and Zane’s story for a few weeks now and whilst I still have some way to go I wanted to share an extract from the first chapter.

Love to know what you think.

Excerpt
”Run Zane. Warn Lukas. I got this.”

He couldn’t risk replying. Shifting back to his wolf would make him faster but the city streets were full of chattering voices as people hurried to work. He must keep his wolf identity secret from the human world. He backed out of the room with reluctant steps not wanting to leave Lukas’s sister in danger but her message repeated itself in his head, a litany he couldn’t ignore. He must find Lukas. As he crossed the landing and ran down the stairs he considered the best method of communication with the dragon lord; unsure of Lukas’ current whereabouts since he last saw him in the Italian Dolomites.

Outside the sun had climbed higher in the sky, the previous deserted streets now teemed with humanity, fortunately all preoccupied with their own thoughts. It was still a little early for the tourists who sauntered at a more leisurely pace. He walked towards the canal. Using the water as a communication medium would be the quickest way to reach Lukas’ dragon. He walked briskly, his long legs eating up the short distance between the palazzo and the water. As he turned into the square he sensed someone close by. He scanned the crowd, no one seemed interested in him but a supernatural wouldn’t be overt. He looked over his shoulder the titan hair betrayed her, Jasmine.

Zane attributed the multitude of butterflies in his abdomen and his quickening heartbeat to Adrenaline produced by his need for flight rather than sexual excitement at seeing his witchy lover. No time to find out why she was here the demon could be in pursuit. To acknowledge Jasmine’s presence would put her on the demon’s radar. First contact Lukas. No distractions. His hair fell over his eyes as he shook his head to clear Jasmine’s image and the memories it evoked from his mind. She couldn’t be real just another illusion from his fevered imagination. Jasmine dominated his torrid dreams as he relived their passion on a nightly basis. Despite his resolve the timing of her appearance disturbed him. Perhaps the demon picked her out of his subconscious and taunted him? The other explanation bothered him more. If Jasmine sensed the danger he faced she would reach out to him telepathically. Given Jasmine’s clairvoyance and empathy it would explain her appearance. He cleared his mind. Whilst her presence was poignant and worthy of investigation time was short it would have to wait.

The shimmering water dazzled him. This would only work if he became the wolf; the risk of drowning much greater in human form. He searched for a quieter spot away from the waiting gondolas and their ever-present gondoliers. Flies buzzed around the bags of rubbish awaiting collection behind one of the numerous alfresco cafes. There between the bins was the only place. He dived behind them gagging at the odour of rancid food and the scattering of rodents who sensed a predator in their midst. He tore off his clothes mindful of his need to redress later when he regained his human form. He embraced the pain of muscles stretching beyond their human endurance, bones cracked and reformed as he shifted into his true form. The silver wolf sniffed the air, no human scent in the immediate vicinity. He crept from his smelly hiding place and ran towards the water. A sharp gasp curtailed his dive into the water. His gaze locked with Jasmine’s watery, emerald stare. Her hand reached out to him he hesitated but before he acknowledged her his hackles rose as he sensed danger close by, somewhere behind Jasmine. He must go. If he lingered he risked himself and Jasmine who would be collateral damage in the demon’s pursuit. He dived into the dark, still waters of the canal with Jasmine’s screams ringing in his ears.’
©Jane Hunt 2014

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Valentine’s Day In the Italian Lakes – The Dragon Legacy #2 A Date With Jasmine and Zane –

So its Valentine’s Day and I am spending it writing more of my next book in The Dragon Legacy Jasmine and Zane’s adventure now loosely titled ‘The Revenge Masquerade’. For regular readers of this blog you will know my new story is set in Italy predominately the Italian lakes which I have visited and Venice which I haven’t.

To give myself a break I thought about what Jasmine and Zane could do on a romantic Valentine’s Date in Lake Garda my favourite of the lakes. There is so much going on. Here are a few things they might try 🙂

Kitesurfing on Lake Garda looks fun as this Kitesurfing school video shows:

Then perhaps a little sightseeing around one of the beautiful towns around Lake Garda. Which one would you choose?

 

Finally a romantic meal in Garda at the edge of the lake at one of the many lakeside restaurants and watch the sunset over the lake perfetto.

Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

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

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The Italian Lakes The Perfect Setting For A Sexy Fantasy

The Dragon Legacy coverIf you’ve already read The Dragon Legacy you will know it is set in the picturesque English Lake District an area I know really well and love.

If would like to read about the setting for The Dragon Legacy read my guest post on Mac Rome’s Blog Stories of Romance.

The next book in the series features two characters from The Dragon Legacy; Jasmine and Zane. I loved Jasmine a young witch and Zane a shape-shifter whose alter ego is a beautiful silver wolf from the moment I created them for my first book but I had to play down their role because The Dragon Legacy was Fleur and Lukas’ story.
When creating a story I  first decide where the story will be set. I love lakes and mountains and I can easily imagine dragons flying in the skies and hiding in mountain caves and wolves roaming the woodland that clings precariously to the hillsides.
I decided on the Italian Lakes and Venice for Jasmine and Zane’s romantic adventure.

Lake Garda is a beautiful dichotomy of rugged often snowy mountains and clear calm lakes bordered by pretty villages and towns.

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

Bardolino  is a town close to Lake Garda famed for its wine. The grapes used in the wine grow on the surrounding hillsides.

( (Bardolino Taken by A W Macfadyen Released to public domain.)

Venice will also feature prominently because of its romantic ambience and the mystique it creates in my imagination. Steeped in history it will make a lovely setting for my paranormal characters. I think this picture illustrates it perfectly.

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This post was re-blogged and edited from my post on the Crimson Frost Blog