Dragons, Lakes and Murder Mystery are the main inspirations for ‘The Dragon Legacy’.
Dragons are my favourite mystical creatures. They are powerful,intelligent, a source of ancient knowledge and magic.
Lukas Draco, my hero in The Dragon Legacy is the embodiment of all these things. One of the ancient dragons. He exists in two dimensions; our world in his human form, whilst his true dragon 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.
The Lake District has always been popular holiday destination for me. A few years ago I visited Lake Ullswater. In the surrounding hills, it’s easy to imagine paranormal creatures hiding in plain sight. This setting inspired me to write the first book.
My fascination with murder mystery is the final inspiration for this story. I love the drama of these events, the dressing up and adopting a new character. My shy Fleur becomes the street wise business whiz, Megan and manages to ensnare herself a dragon.
The original draft of The Dragon Legacy contains more scenes devoted to the murder mystery event. I intend to rewrite and post these as flash fiction on #wattpad soon.
Readers inspired me to write ‘The Revenge Masquerade’ about Jasmine, an independently minded young woman, destined to be guardian witch and Zane, the street wise wolf shifter. It’s great readers wanted to know what happened to these characters after they met them in The Dragon Legacy.
The setting for their adventure is Italy. Lake Garda is somewhere I have holidayed in the past and its beauty and charm stay with me. Venice is a romantic city with historical palazzo and piazza ,which provide the perfect setting for mystical worlds to impact on contemporary society. Its hundreds of canals are the perfect media for dragons and it’s famous for masque balls and masquerade that feature in my story.
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? There’s lots of fast paced action, mystical occurrences and romantic heat.
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In the spirit of the season here’s a snippet from The Revenge Masquerade my latest release…
‘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.’
‘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?
This weekend I am going to sub ‘The Revenge Masquerade’. It’s five months since I started writing the second book in ‘The Dragon Legacy Series’ two months longer than I originally envisaged. If you have followed this blog since the beginning of my writing journey you will know that I’m easily distracted and find it difficult to concentrate on a single project. Too much blogging, reading books and writing reviews has contributed to the delay 🙂
I don’t see this as a bad thing since I enjoy the on-line writing community and like to take the time to read other writers’ books and review them. Sometimes writing about an unrelated subject using a different style helps me to return to my work in progress refreshed.
Writing a book is more than just the typing of words onto a screen for me. I thought I would share the stages I went through to complete my second book. I would be interested to know how these differ from other writers.
This includes the setting, characters and their adventure. I wanted to continue my watery theme with the second book as dragons are often associated with water. I also love Italy so the Italian lakes and Venice were an easy choice. Book two is all about Jasmine and Zane who are so popular with readers of The Dragon Legacy. Even though a second book wasn’t at the forefront of my mind when I wrote the first book. I couldn’t wait to write their love adventure.The adventure element was not immediately apparent. I don’t want to spoil the story but let’s just say some of the things Jasmine and Zane experienced were a surprise for me too.
The Obstacles to True Love
I knew some of these at the beginning.Zane the hero was an obstacle right from their first meeting. Geography was another and then there were other characters both good and bad who couldn’t wait to spoil Jasmine’s dreams of her and Zane together forever.I include suspense and mystery here too as I don’t like my stories to be too predictable.
The Paranormal /Fantasy Ingredient
This is truly what makes a story unique. For me the fantasy evolves without too much conscious thought it comes straight from the heart.
The Love Scenes
For me this is the easiest and most enjoyable part of writing a romantic story. The physical expression of emotional feelings. I don’t have to think to hard about this part of the story I just let my fingers fly over the keyboard.
After the creation comes the editing. As I didn’t have a definite structure for this story I edited each day before I wrote the next scenes. This allowed me to think about what was going to happen next, as well as checking what I’d written the previous time made sense.
I think this worked and my two writer friends who have read ‘The Revenge Masquerade’ seemed to like it too. Just hope the publisher does 😉
So what’s next… You’ll have to wait for my next post on Saturday to find out. 🙂
The poll to help me decide the title for #2 The Dragon Legacy is now over.
The results are:
75% of people voted for The Revenge Masquerade.
25% for Witches Wolves Magic and Masquerade.
As The Revenge Masquerade is my favourite I am happy to accept the majority decision.
The working title for Jasmine and Zane’s adventure will be The Revenge Masquerade.
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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.
‘ ”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
I am running a poll until 28th February to help me decide on the title for the second book in The Dragon Legacy. So far my suggestion ‘The Revenge Masquerade’ is most popular.
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If 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.
Don’t forget to enter the poll to help decide the title of #2 of ‘The Dragon Legacy’ Jasmine and Zane’s Adventure.
This post was re-blogged and edited from my post on the Crimson Frost Blog