Claudia Rhyes wrote a thoughtful review of Dragon’s Fall: Bondage for the Manic Readers Website. After summarizing the story, she says, “The first thing I noticed while reading this story was how well written it is.” She goes on to say, “The suspense is very good and I kept finding myself wondering what Theron was and why Alexandria kept having these strange feelings about him.” You can read the entire review at Manic Readers.
In the review, Ms. Rhyes notes that there was relatively little sex for a book marketed as erotica. Of course “erotica” is different things to different people and how a book is marketed is ultimately the purview of the publisher. In my mind, Dragon’s Fall is a series that interweaves history, adventure, and sex to tell the story of three vampires and their relationship with one another. My guiding principal was that the sex scenes should feel natural in the context of the story and not be gratuitous.
Ms. Rhyes also expresses a desire to know more about the vampire Theron’s motives. It’s a fair point and in retrospect, I could have spent more time allowing Alexandra to learn more about Theron. However, looking at the big picture, Dragon’s Fall is not a story of Alexandra and Theron, it’s a story of Alexandra and the vampires Draco and Roquelaure. In fact, in the first draft of Dragon’s Fall, the story of Bondage was told in only two paragraphs. After looking at that early draft, I felt Alexandra’s story deserved more than that!
As for Draco, we’ll meet him and even learn a little more about Theron, in The Dragon’s Quest. Roquelaure will show up a little further along. As for exploring Theron’s motives in more detail… hmmm… I’m beginning to get an idea for a short story…
Dragon’s Fall: Bondage has been reviewed at Romance Junkies. The reviewer, Chris, gave the novella 4.5 out of 5 blue ribbons. Chris calls Bondage “A thoroughly engrossing, fast-paced and laudably well-written read” then goes on to say, “Happily obsessed with this series, I am waiting on tenterhooks for the next installment!” Read the complete review at the Romance Junkies Website.
Thanks, Chris, for the great review! A nice way to kick off the new year!
Last night, I received the galleys for The Dragon’s Quest, the second installment of the Dragon’s Fall series. This section tells the story of Lord Draco’s origin and the role he played in the quest for the Holy Grail. If you’ve already read Vampires of the Scarlet Order, you’ll know that Draco becomes the leader of a band of vampire mercenaries called the Scarlet Order. What’s his relationship to Alexandra, the vampire we met in Bondage? You’ll learn about that in The Dragon’s Love, part three of Dragon’s Fall.
Also, yesterday, I received contributor copies of a fun-looking anthology called The Hungry Dead published by Popcorn Press. My contribution is the story “City Project”, which first appeared in Blood Sampler. The book also features poems and short works by other writers I admire including David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Terrie Leigh Relf, James S. Dorr, F.J. Bergman and many more. You can learn more about The Hungry Dead at: hungrydead.com
This past weekend, I signed a contract to be a participant at Wild Wild West Con in Tucson, Arizona. Tucson is a city near and dear to my heart and I have to pause for a moment to say that my heart goes out to the victims of Saturday’s tragic shooting in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was injured and Judge John M. Roll and five others died. My prayers go out to the families of all the victims and I wish those injured a speedy recovery.
It looks as though Wild Wild West Con will be a wonderful event, and I hope it will prove to be a bright spot for a city healing from tragedy. I will have copies of Vampires of the Scarlet Order and Blood Sampler on hand at the event and will be happy to sign them for you. Likewise, I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts about how Dragon’s Fall is progressing. You can learn more about Wild Wild West Con at wildwildwestcon.com
All my very best to you and yours in this new year.