The Lost Dragon
The Dragon Hunters Book 1
Genre: LGBT Paranormal Fantasy
Andreas was born a Spartan warrior, long before human history even records Sparta existing. He served directly under Ares, until the day his lover was killed on the battlefield in front of him. On that day, he met his father, the mysterious Black Dragon God known as Jarel. From then on, he served his father faithfully, enforcing the laws of the primordial embodiment of black fire and father of the paranormal. Now, in these modern times, he hunts the rogue vampires and their leader. Little does he know, there's more to this than vampires simply turning against his father.
While protecting the lovely Cassandra Odele, Andreas must battle forces he doesn't know as he attempts to stop the resurrection of the Titan king, Cronus. Added to his problems, he now has two teenage nephews to see into adulthood. Of course, there's always a twist when dealing with the gods, and Andreas will come face to face with his past, leaving him to decide which is more important, his soul or the world?
Andreas was lying on his stomach on his bed, unable to bear the pain of lying on his back. It had been ages since he'd been hit with a shot of energy from a god. With where his mind was, he was lucky she hadn't killed him. Honestly, he hadn't realized just how angry he'd been until he saw Kalos. Then he’d felt this surge of power, a power he knew was fueled solely by rage. He knew better than to let emotion rule him. Emotion was a bit of a problem for all dragons, but he'd thought he had it under control. He'd always been the level-headed one. But he'd never had the same attachment to any other mission.
Andreas sighed. Seeing Kazarian again was like a blow to the gut. It brought back so many memories, of the good times after battles and of the last battle they were in together. He'd wanted to ask his father to see Kazarian so many times, but he was afraid to find out if Kazarian had been reincarnated. He was afraid to find out he'd been missing him out in the world. But now he knew. Kazarian had been left in the Elysian Fields and had stayed there all this time. But why? Why hadn't he been reincarnated? He'd deserved a real life, a happy life with a family and friends and someone who loved him.
Andreas let out a low growl at the last thought. Perhaps that was pushing it a bit far. Kazarian was his, damn it, but he still deserved to have lived a full life at some point.
Speaking of Kazarian, Andreas could actually smell him as he came into the room. That was strange. He could have sworn the dead had no smell in the real world. He turned his head to look towards Kazarian and winced in pain. Kazarian held up the vial.
"Your father told me to put this on your burn," he told him.
Andreas softened his gaze. "You're acting shy, Kazarian. You were never shy before."
"Well, this is weird. I've been gone a long time."
Andreas turned to lay down flat. "I can't put it on myself."
Kazarian made his way over to the bed and sat next to him, then opened the vial and poured some of it down his back. The liquid was cool, definitely the desired effect. Andreas' skin across his back was red and raw from the burn and Kazarian hesitated to touch it.
"Don't worry, it won't hurt me," Andreas assured him. "My father gave you this, so it's a healing oil. As you spread it, it will begin to repair the damage."
Kazarian began to spread the oil across his back. He noticed that Andreas had actually gotten bigger since they were together. His muscles were far more defined and a different type of heat radiated from him. As he ran his hands across the broad back, he could practically feel the power in Andreas.
"Don't you have questions?" Andreas asked him after a while.
"I have lots of questions. I want to know so much, but some things you probably don't know the answer to."
"Why you never tried to move on. I mean, you knew I was gone. You never looked for love. Only sex. Why?"
The Dragon Witch
The Dragon Hunters Book 2
Victoria Damone is the daughter of the Black Dragon God, Jarel, and the goddess of magic and witchcraft, Hecate. Quick tempered and impatient, she strikes fear into the hearts of the rogue creatures rebelling against her father as well as the warlocks, servants of Prince of Darkness, Lucifer.
Ares, the god of war, is often misunderstood. Known only as a brutal god with an insatiable appetite for blood and destruction, as well as passing flings, the son of Zeus and Hera has spent most of his time defending Olympus from any and every threat.
Now the two meet and must combine forces. The Titan King, Cronus, has been resurrected by Lucifer and is quickly resurrecting his brethren to launch war against Zeus and all that stand with him. Not only this, but he's even joined forces with the legendary beast Typhon, the only creature to ever come close to toppling the Olympian god king. As the gods prepare for an unavoidable war, Victoria must hunt one of the most powerful and cunning warlocks to serve under the Prince of Darkness and simultaneously train her nephew Brandon in her craft. Her pride demands that she do this alone, but Ares is not a god to be denied. Ares clearly has his eyes on Victoria, but can she trust the notoriously wild and unpredictable god's intentions?
Odele, the goddess of Healing, has returned to Olympus, once again the direct servant to Hera, queen of the gods. Yet even after the defeat of Eris, her work is not done. The war of the gods is imminent now, with Cronus restored to life and the Titans back at his side. But before the battle can begin, Odele must find her mortal twin brother, who had been captured by the forces of the vampire Kalos years before. She asks Hera for her brother's whereabouts, and the god queen allows her to attempt to rescue him, but under the condition that she's accompanied by Apollo.
Apollo has waited ages for Odele's return to Olympus to heal the heart he'd broken ages before. The process of healing won't be easy, and Odele's heart is not the only heart to be healed. Both Apollo and Odele's lives are at risk, as they join the god of darkness in a battles against two children of Gaea and Odele's own brothers, Cronus and Typhon. Will Odele's heart be healed, and most importantly, will anyone survive this unique healing process?
The servants of Hecate have been subject to persecution for many years. They have been misunderstood, accused of worshipping the devil. And Hecate has had enough. The Devil, Lucifer, has finally invaded the human world and his true servants, warlocks, are growing bold. Lucifer’s influence has spread throughout the world and nothing is the same as it was before he came. There are those that can counter the power of the warlocks, and Hecate may have found one.
Vax King had just graduated high school when the world changed. And unlike everyone around him, he saw through the lies. The world was trapped in the spell of the father of all evil and he seemed to be the only one in the immediate area that could see it. Then again, he’s a solitary witch and no one else knows it. But he’s shocked when the goddess Hecate appears to him with a quest to gain a weapon to help fight the forces of evil. The weapon is the legendary hammer of the Norse god, Thor, Mjölnir, and if he can find this he can lead the forces of Hecate against their greatest enemy. But to gain it, he must survive the Rose realm and prove his worth. Should he fail, death is all that awaits. Can he prove to the enchanted weapon of the deceased god that he is more worthy of wielding it than the original owner, and therein become the leader of an army of witches ready and waiting to stand against Lucifer?
The heavenly war is coming to a head. The gods are ready. All that remains is the final clash between the most dominate forces of nature in existence.
Brandon has come to a decision. He can't deny who his soul mate is. He's the god of darkness and shadows, and his soul mate is a werewolf, Phil, the grandson of the very first werewolf. But things are never so simple. He has to get past the wolf's insecurities in order to give them both a shot at true happiness
Demun wants to fight against his soul mate. He hates having a predetermined mate. And worse, his mate is the phoenix known to be unable to settle down. Vic, the phoenix in question, wasn't fond of the idea either, but he's been around enough to know that fighting against what your soul requires is pointless. He just needs a chance.
The twins lead complicated lives, as they must not only deal with their soul mates but fight alongside the Dragon Witch, Victoria, to protect their children, the new Moirae. As always, a new threat lies hidden in wait, attempting to create a monster out of god that will change the world for the worst. And it may cost them one of their own.
A king's duty never ends, even when his kingdom changes. Vladimir Dracula is one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in all of history. One thing is true, he is a king, and he is a vampire. He is the true king and enforcer of the vampire race. Feared by all of his own kind, he is perhaps the most lethal of the Black Dragon God's mortal born servants. At the same time, he personifies sex. None can resist his charms, save one.
Vax King is the Chosen of Hecate, the Heir of Mjolnir, and has no plans on a mate. When he's called on to enter Fae lands, he's surprised to find the legendary vampire there. Looking to aid the beautiful Fae, Anaya, and her soul mate, Galen, Vax must enter a world of sex of violence with only Vlad to accompany him. Here, there can be no denial, no hesitation. Only truth....and dominance.
A war is brewing in the Fae lands, as the fallen angels rise to lay claim to the power of their goddess, Verlaine and topple their higher brethren. Older than most, Vlad must accustom himself to having a soul mate, and use all his legendary power to stop the forces of darkness long believed to be controlled by him. A new kingdom is the prize, and none knows better than the famed Dracula that the secret to power lies in the blood.
Drako was born in 1987 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is mainly a fantasy writer, though he also writes some poetry and general fiction. He is very active on both twitter and facebook and has his own website at www.drakosden.net which is frequently updated with news on his books and fun extras. When he isn't writing, he's busy helping take care of his nieces, playing videogames, reading, promoting, and spending time with family.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Specifically the county that got some unfortunate but true press Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding counties of Berkeley and Florissant.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I’d love to say something altruistic like with my family, and that would partially be true. But I’d also spend it finding a way to get rid of all of our student loans. You know, to leave a lasting legacy behind other than my writing and my general sense of being here the past 30 years.
Who is your hero and why?
This would definitely be my mother for several reasons. Growing up, she was single, and even after she’d gotten married it was really my mother that got everything done, from providing the roof over my head to encouraging me to follow my dreams. As an adult, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she had surgery and treatments to now be in remission.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
This one took some thought. I’d be kind of hands on. I want certain freedoms to be established, like freedom to love and marry between any consenting adults. Instead of wars, I think I’d institute tournaments to settle major disputes (I may have watched too much anime but it seems like a healthy alternative to bombing places). Making college free would be a high priority to me. No established religions, everyone follows whatever god speaks to them and so long as they don’t infringe on the rights of others, have fun with it.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been writing since the fifth grade when I was assigned a short story and discovered that I liked it. However, I don’t know if I truly considered myself a writer until 2012 when I started publishing my work. Seeing my first book in print, holding it in my hands, is what made me look at myself as a true writer.
Do you have a favorite movie?
V for Vendetta is my favorite movie hands down. No matter how many times I watch it, I enjoy the story, perhaps because I can see some parallels to real life and the way the world around us seems to operate sometimes.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
The way my novels flow, I’m not sure they’d work as well in movie format as they would work in a television series format. My characters tend to recur, and with the advances we’ve made in television shows now, like Game of Thrones, for example, I think my novels would do better in a similar format rather than to try to condense them down into a two hour movie.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Definitely a dragon. That’s why I chose the pen name I chose, and I just love dragons. The shelves behind me in my office space are covered with dragons. I look at them as the symbol of loyalty and honor that they’re meant for, not as random beasts.
What inspired you to write this book?
My favorite advice from my favorite author, Anne Rice, is to write what you want to read. I love mythology and have studied it for years. I wrote this book, and in fact the series, based on my love of mythology and a desire to play with it, add to it a bit.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Well I have several more works in progress. One more in the Dragon Hunters series (at least for now), but I also have a second series I’ve published called the Coven that I’m working on the second book for. I have two other series that I’ve begun writing on but as of yet have not determined a name for because I write first and then think up the names, but they’ll be in the fantasy and young adult genres.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Hard decision, but I’d have to say Jarel. He’s a primordial god, so I have a special love for him and all his knowledge. I’d imagine we’d walk through his realm of Solaris, seeing the sights and listening to his stories. I’d love to pick his brain and see his opinion on historical events. Which ones did he watch and which ones would he claim to have a hand in? At some point there would be dinner and I imagine he’d probably introduce me to all the other characters, mainly his children and grandchildren.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Some are based on real people. Adonis, for instance, is based off a guy of the same name I went to high school with. Brandon and Demun are based off differing sides of myself. Andreas is different. One could say he’s an ideal as far as how he carries himself, the power and confidence he has, and in my head he’s gorgeous. Kazarian actually came to me about half way through the story and I backtracked to write the prologue where he’s introduced.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I wish I had some control here but no, my characters hijack everything in the story. I went in with some pretty set ideas on who was ending up with who and why. Andreas was supposed to end up with Cassandra, Brandon with Adonis, Demun with Vic, and it didn’t exactly go my way. Halfway through the first book, they told me that wasn’t working for them and changed it. So Andreas got Kazarian and everyone else just did their own thing across the rest of the series regardless of what I wanted or had planned. And for the record, I argued with these characters (yes, I argue with my own fictional characters, it’s a writer thing) and they were determined that they knew better than me. They’re kind of right about that, because it works in the end, but jeez they gave me such a hard time getting there. Not so much in the Lost Dragon, but after book 2, the Dragon Witch, it goes a bit different than my original intent. Each character knew they had a better counterpart and they work their way towards them. Just took some of them like three books to get it together.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Depends on the book. With my first book, Andreas came to me first. I knew how he looked and sounded, how he acted and what he was. Next was Jarel, then Cassandra, then the twins. With some of my later works, they came to me in groups at the same time, so I started the book with the main four characters already formed in my head. And with any of my work, some characters just creep in as I write.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I have to have noise. I find silence unnerving. I find that I write best with music playing, preferably music that suits the mood of the story or just soothes my mind. If I’m writing a battle scene, rock music works best. R&B for love scenes or otherwise emotional scenes. I have to have a soundtrack going.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Now I write several at a time. I find this easier because what I write depends on the type of mood I’m in. If I write myself into a love scene but I’m not feeling real loving at the moment, I can jump to another book with an action scene. If I’m not in an action move, I can swap. Sometimes I just need comedy, real life regular comedy and I can write on a different book that’s at that point.
What is your writing process? For instance, do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? What are common traps for aspiring writers?
At the most, I will sit down and write down character names and what I need them to be. For example, the main character, what he or she looks like, their general personality, and maybe who they’re paired with. I hate outlines because I never follow them, so after I have the characters done, I just sit down and write from beginning to end however the story plays out.
A common trap I find for aspiring writers is not knowing their own voice. They fall into the trap of simply writing to be commercially successful. They write what they think is popular at the moment. You have to listen to your own voice, write what you want to write how it comes to you. Don’t start writing specifically aiming to be the next Harry Potter or Twilight or Vampire Diaries. It seems to me that those with that idea don’t do as well long term as they would if they just wrote a truly original story.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I always try to be more original. Sometimes a reader doesn’t know exactly what they want. Sometimes a reader just wants to be taken on a ride. I write what comes to me as it comes to me. I don’t filter it (which is why some character’s language can be a bit lewd and crude) and I feel like that works better than specifically trying to write what someone else wants. My favorite author, Anne Rice, gave some advice to her fans that write, and that was to write what you want to read. I took that advice to heart and what I write is what I would like to read.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
For me, the most difficult part about writing a female character is not making her too much like my guys. My first female was a warrior, so she was easier because she really isn’t soft. She’s dominant and fierce, totally in control of her surroundings and doesn’t back down from anyone. My second female was softer. She was a healer and not a warrior. The third was also not a warrior, just a mother. I love all three, but clearly the first is easier for me to write just because in a lot of ways, she talks and acts like the guys. The other two were challenging because they had the softer side. They aren’t weak by any stretch of the imagination, but trying to capture their feelings and emotions in a situation is a little different.