Welcome to the Name That Dragon Blog Hunt! This blog event is a mini-celebration of Melissa A. Petreshock’s debut NA Fantasy Romance novel becoming available for pre-order.
As the 3rd stop in the Name That Dragon Blog Hunt, this post contains a clue. It is your job, as the reader, to identify the dragon described. Please remember your answer to this puzzle, as well as any past and future ones within this tour. You will need to know ALL the answers to enter for the chance to win the Grand Prize of a sterling silver Celtic triquetra on a 16in chain and a pre-order code.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Fire of Stars and Dragons
Series: Stars & Souls Trilogy, #1
Author: Melissa A. Petreshock
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Following the death of her vampire uncle, twenty-one-year-old Caitriona Hayden finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.
Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America’s monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.
Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband in seven days, knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.
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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
I am really excited to have author Melissa A. Petreschock drop by my blog today. Her debut novel, Fire of Stars and Dragons, is filled with so many fascinating characters this will be sure to please all fans of fantasy romance. You will meet the First Brother of the 1st Dracopraesi House, personal dragon to King Corrin. He can always be found wearing a three-piece suit, and values manners as a very high priority. But today Melissa is here to talk to us about the mysterious Claaron.
Please tell us more about Claaron
Claaaron is the First Brother of the House of Graywyne, Second House of the Dracopraesi, which in dragon culture is a ranking of high honor among the brotherhood. The human form he chooses to take is roughly early to mid-forties due to his work primarily guarding wards who are Oracles (similar to Seers), wanting a physical appearance that would be taken seriously and command a certain respect. Like all dragons, there are aspects of their human form they cannot control, can’t change, and relate to their dragon appearance, most notably their hair and eye color.
He has a rough edge to him, the irreverence and attitude making him a “bad boy” type, but to look at Claaron, he’s elegant and refined. The first time Cait meets him, he’s wearing charcoal slacks, a crisp white shirt, a silver tie, and a long gray tweed coat with shiny black Oxfords. His style belongs on the cover of GQ, but sometimes his mouth belongs in a back alley bar.
There’s a definite sexiness to Claaron, yet not in your classical sense. He’s not for everyone, but if you fall for Claaron, you’ll absolutely adore him.
Claaron is described as a bad boy with a heart of gold. Does this cause problems with the other dragons?
It depends on the dragon. Claaron’s loyalty is unquestionable. He certainly hasn’t earned the rank of First Brother in his house for no reason, but not everyone agrees he should hold that place, and certain dragons are a little confrontational with him. The Dracopraesi may have a divine purpose in the world, but you can’t put 396 “brothers” together and not expect some conflict. They have egos and opinions of their own. Claaron’s irreverence and snarky mouth ruffle feathers. He’ll always get the job done, and he’ll kick ass doing it, but he toes that line of their rules a bit closer than some believe he should.
What was the hardest part of writing this character?
I’d definitely say with Claaron, the hardest part was not letting him steal the show, because he totally would if you let him. He would upstage the rest of the book’s cast of characters and win the girl because he’s too cool to hide in the shadows as a quiet secondary character.
What do you love most about Claaron?
What’s not to love? Lol. Claaron is lively and has great (not always positive) interpersonal relationships with other characters to keep things interesting. My beta team already has declared him a “fan favorite”. Each of the dragons in the books is different, and Claaron has one of those personalities that are so fun to write. I loved scenes with him. He’s not a forgettable background character by any means.
Who was your inspiration for Claaron?
I didn’t consciously write him based on anyone, but when I was finished doing the character write up for him, I realized he sounded exactly like one of my best friends, only my dragon had an exceptional sense of style. The one thing I had left for this character was to name him, so I took Gary’s full name and anagrammed it, which gave me Claaron Graywyne. Thus, the House of Graywyne was born and so was the completed character of Claaron Graywyne.
Who would you cast for playing his role in a movie?
The only actor I’ve seen with the right look for Claaron is Norman Reedus, best known as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. Of course, Claaron has access to running water and electricity, so his hygiene is much better than Daryl, but certain photos I ran across online of Norman were perfectly suited to the character. He has the right “cleaned up roughness” look to him. Plus I love his kind of gruff voice. Claaron has a different type of sex appeal, and I think Norman does too.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa A. Petreshock is a full-time writer and member of the Romance Writers of America with past experience in the medical and educational fields, though she has primarily devoted her adult life to raising a family. Born and raised in Kentucky, Melissa spent a number of years in Massachusetts, living outside Boston and in Springfield before returning to her home state where she now resides on a small farm. She enjoys quiet married life and the silliness of her three children, indulging hobbies of music, Zumba, and a minor television addiction in what little free time she finds. Melissa’s interests include causes demanding social change such as mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention. FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel.
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