Bring on the Heat – Dragonstone by Paula Millhouse
Hello Dear Readers. I’m delighted to welcome my writer pal and chapter mate from RWA-FF&P Paula Millhouse to my blog for another visit. Paula writes romantic suspense, fantasy, and paranormal romance. She joins us today to share her latest release Dragonstone, a High Heat Fantasy Romance.
Hi Paula! Where did you get the inspiration for Dragonstone?
My writing friend Lynn inspired Dragonstone. I found her through a writing class sponsored by RWA’s FF&P group, Edit the Life Back Into Your Story, where we studied stimulus/response units, and emotional impact. That writing class changed my life.
Then I read her book. Faery’s Bargain is fast, hotter than Hades, and filled with an emotional punch that inspired my characters into action. She writes under the pen name Madeleine Drake.
I’ve maintained a love affair with dragons since childhood. They’re the perfect anti-hero, so misunderstood, and maligned (well…there is all that princess eating and knight bashing). Okay, so dragons have a rep. I like that. To me, they represent a magical force that only the savviest characters in literature can tame. I’m very picky about my dragons. Check out my Pinterest page for examples of dragons I love.
What I’ve done with DRAGONSTONE is impart an intelligence to these creatures and made them significant to the elves in the story.
Yes, I played D&D in high school. Maybe that sparked my love of world-building?
My favorite dragons: Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Temeraire, from Naomi Novik’s His Magesty’s Dragon, and Smaug, from The Hobbit.
Do you have a favorite character?
Magnus, the dragonlet is my favorite character in DRAGONSTONE. (I’m kinda partial to Kort, too. Have you seen his chest?)
Do you have a least favorite character?
Yes, the Vicar and his angry mob.
Tell us about the world you’ve created.
Somewhere north of Middle Earth and east of Westeros the Kingdom of Chalvaren lies carved out of mysterious mountains, and Castle Elias waits by the sea. In that castle a royal dragon egg hatchery is maintained, and watched over by elves, dragons, and their wizards.
In DRAGONSTONE, a mercenary with a cause fueled by elven legends, steals the egg. Kort Elias, heir to the throne, travels to an alternate dimension similar to Earth to give chase. Along the way, Kort realizes the dragonlet has hatched, and his quest intensifies. If he doesn’t find the dragon child, and return him home to safety, devastation looms.
Magnus, the horse-sized baby dragon leads him straight into an impending disaster: he’s located the lost princess of Chavaren, Mia Ansgar, who guards an artifact of immense value to Kort’s people. When Kort’s discovers Mia harbors the Dragonstone, his plans change radically, and he realizes he must return them all to Chalvaren.
The one thing standing in his way is his princess.
**This story is intended for mature audiences, BTW**
Oh, and the novel follow-up exists as my current WIP. Fingers crossed.
Elf prince Kort Elias travels to medieval Earth in search of a stolen royal dragon egg and discovers a lost elven treasure and the missing princess assigned to guard it.
In order to save their future realm, Kort and Mia must blend their auras and wield a spell of carnal magic to release the Dragonstone…and set in motion a prophecy of happiness for themselves and their dragons.
Where To Find Dragonstone
Dragonstone Book Cover Design / Image Credit:
Cover copyright 2013, Boroughs Publishing Group. Used with permission of author.
Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Georgia where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal chapter, the Mystery/Suspense chapter (Kiss of Death), and a member of Savvy Authors.
In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters in thrilling romantic fiction.
She lives with her husband at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies.
Paula & Three Wishes
Want more fantasy romance fun? Paula chats about leprechauns and more during a previous blog visit. Enjoy!