You’ve met the seidheirn, so it is only fair to give equal time to the ladies of Cloud Eyrie.
Anastasia – I first met Anastasia of Clan Miller when I wrote a short story for a writing course. At that time, she was a teenager who had lost her mother. The inspiration was a younger girl whose mother was serving overseas. In Dragon Destiny, Anastasia is older than when I first met her and she ages from a young woman to a vibrant adult. The transition finalized in my mind when I received the cover for Dragon Destiny by Fantasia Frog Designs and saw her portrait. The real Anastasia’s great-grandmother looked at the pose and attitude and stated, “That’s Anastasia.”
Glynnes – Are you Glyn or Glynnes? That is a question that made Hatchling’s Mate interesting. The readers learned Glyn’s secret early on, but had to wait for the official reveal–and its consequences. From their birth, it was expected that the only two children born to the dragon shifters would marry. Unlike his female counterpart, no dragons sang a welcome at Talann’s birth. Now years later, even though Lexii’s dragon twin had awakened, there was still no sign of Talann’s. And he needs the power of dragon form to save all dragon shifters, including his parents from the cult lead by the Parant. Pledged to protect Lexii until the dragon lord’s intended mate appears, duty requires Glyn to fight the growing attraction to Talann. A task complicated with the need to keep a secret no one could never learn and the price when the betrayal is discovered.
Mirabeesh, Empress of Eruichin – Although only Mirabeesh’s portrait graces the cover of First Change; she is just one of several women whose tale are told in the companion volume of the chronicles. Three novellas (and two bonus short stories) of duty and honor, love and loss, happiness and despair from the world of the dragshi are recounted in First Change. As with any tale from history and legend, some contain larger than life deeds. Others are the simple story of a man or woman doing what must be done, regardless of the cost.
Since she graciously allowed her portrait, a note about Mirabeesh. She was empress–until the day her token appeared in the lottery and she was chosen as diovi. Her fate? Fire or Ice.
I hope you’ll visit Cloud Eyrie and learn more about the dragshi. Besides the tale that began with Lord Branin Llewlyn’s search for the trader girl, Anastasia, an additional book of the legends of the Dragshi completes the chronicles. The starting point is here for blurbs, excerpts, and free reads of the first chapter.