Out and About – Glyn Gives An Interview

Glyn of Clan Miller, from HATCHLING’S VENGEANCE, dishes secrets about the human-dragon pairings known as dragshi. Stop by Bonnie Phelps to read the full interview. ow.ly/N7kw30fl4Cc

Hope you’ll stop by.

~till next time, Helen

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Cover Reveal – First Change: Legends From the Eyrie

Designing a cover. Do you want a tantalizing scene of the fantasy word? Your name is larger print that the title? Or a half-naked hunk?

These are a few thoughts that went into the design of the cover for First Change: Legends From The Eyrie. 

What made things more challenging was that this was the fifth volume set in the world of the dragshi. For those who haven’t followed them, the dragshi are more than just a man or woman, but two beings—one human, the other a  dragon. The pair share one body in space and time and are able to change forms with the other at will. But be warned, a dragon form comes with more than just the freedom of the sky.

Unlike the four full-length novels which recounted the tales of the trader girl Anastasia and the Dragshi Lord Branin Llewlyn, First Change is a collection of several novellas and short stories. None of the tales are related other than they all take place in the world of the dragon shifters. The events take place in a different era, with different characters. 

A cover design could use elements from all the stories or from just one. In the end, Fire and Ice was used as the basis for the cover design. The setting of the Nerelan equivalent of the Far East, a beautiful empress, and the green token that determined her fate were the elements selected. And so without more ado, here is the cover for First Change: Legends From the Eyrie. And thanks to Fantasia Frog Designs for creating it.

http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/p/first-change_7.html


  
For more information on the legends of the dragshi told within First Change, click on the cover.  

And here’s a list of sites where First Change is available for pre-order.
https://www.books2read.com/u/49PMZp

~till next time, Helen

Volunteers,Tennessee & Dragons?

Join me at Annette Synder’s blog where I take part of in 50 Authors From 50 States. I talk about my adopted state of Tennessee. Come by for a visit. The sweet tea’s cold and the rocking chairs are on the porch.

~Till next time, Helen

Oh yeah, the story includes a picture of a new friend, a water dragon. The camera caught him sunning on the lawn at Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee.

Calling all Night Owls – Dragons Soar on Blog Talk Radio

Ever wonder what the author of that book you’re reading sounds like? Or the hidden secrets behind the story? You’ll have a chance to meet me in the virtual world of blog talk radio. I visited Linda Mooney on her program, Other Worlds of Romance. The best thing, they haven’t figured out how to transmit tomatoes through the internet yet. Yay. So I emerged unscathed.

Stop on by and listen to a live recording where I talk about and read an excerpt from Hatchling’s Vengeance.
And if you haven’t heard them, here’s the links for all the programs on the Dragshi Chronicles.

Hatchling’s Vengeance  Hatchling’s Mate  Hatchlings Curse   Dragon Destiny

~till next time, Helen

 

Celebrate Romance – No It’s Not Winter Already

When you think romance, usually Valentine’s Day comes to mind.  But there is another month that readers of romance books should keep in mind. August is Read a Romance Month – a time for readers of romance to celebrate the genre.

Read-A-Romance Month was conceived and launched in 2013 by freelance writer and romance advocate Bobbi Dumas after she realized there was no one place where the community celebrated romance all together, at one time, in a concentrated way. She says she picked August was chosen because summer reading tends to be lighter fare, and even eclectic readers tend to pick up more romance.

“Why Read-A-Romance MONTH?! I read romance every day!”
Don’t worry. Think of it more as the month when we come together to CELEBRATE romance! A time when readers and writers can come together and celebrate this joyful, awesome genre.

My contributions to romance this year are Windmaster and Hatchling’s Vengeance. Click on the covers or the title links for more on these fantasy romances.

Fantasy, contemporary, historical and more, it doesn’t matter the subgenre. We all need a little romance in our life. Grab a romance and open the page. It’s Read A Romance Month.

~till next time, Helen

New Book – New Playlist


A scan of authors’ posts show how they use music when they write. It can
trigger a mood or emotion or take you to another place and tiime. It doesn’t even have to be an entire song. Sometimes just a few notes of a reprise brings a character to mind. I admit I don’t always have music on when writing. Jotting notes while at an outdoor concert or sitting in a doctor’s office while waiting for your appointment isn’t conducive to headphones or even worse, playing tunes on a cell phone.

But that doesn’t mean that music is not part of my writing life.

Some of the music that inspired Hatchling’s Vengeance have appeared in other posts regarding the world of the dragshi.

  • Celtic flute and harp always send my mind to a fantasy world where magic rules and dragon fly. On the player now is Celtic Twilight by Gabrielle Angelique.

  • “Desperado” from the Eagles set the title characters, Lord Talann Fitheach and Lady Glynnes Janaleigh firmly in my mind.

  • I couldn’t decide on what song to use for Gynnes as her own. One was Brothers In Arms chosen because Glynnes was as much as warrior as any man… and paid the price. Note, the character featured on the cover of Hatchling’s Vengeance is Glynnes in her alter ego as Glyn, bodyguard to the dragon lord Lady Lexii.

  • One song carried over between books in the series. In Hatching’s Mate, Roger Whitaker’s “The Last Farewell” set the tone for the night before a battle. However, combining it with the “Lonely Man” reprise that was used as the theme for the television series, The Incredible Hulk, brings both sides of Glynnes to mind. The one for the years spent in waiting to be able to love, and the other for the world that threatened to keep her away from him.

Coming up next, the cover reveal for Hatchling’s Vengeance, available for pre-order now. Release date July 15th.

 ~Till next time, Helen