Aikaterina had remained behind after the dragonlings, Roam, and Alice’s parents had rescued them. She had been curious when the old dragon had turned away from the entrance. She had planned to give his symbiot a touch of her blood to regain its strength so that it could help Christoff escape, but hesitated as a new thought came to her.
While her species normally tried not to interfere with the circle of life, she found it increasingly difficult to stay away from them. She had followed the dragonlings and their friends on their journey. They had each captured a special place inside her with their innocent love. It wasn’t until she saw their gift of friendship and love that she knew she needed to help Christoff.
She had once again been torn when the entrance had caved in. It has been his symbiot’s quiet plea for mercy for it’s friend and companion that had sealed her decision. The flashes of the old dragon’s life had pierced her resolve. She remembered two other dragons, twin brothers who had felt the pull of the loneliness. It was in part her fault that they had never found their true mate. As her consciousness grew for this species, so did the understanding that she needed to help them if she could.
Born prematurely, Christoff wasn’t as big or as strong as his older brother or the other younglings in the village. Unable to fit in, he does the best he can, helping his father and mother on their farm. His life changes when the mountain near their farm awakens. Believing he is the only one who can quiet it, he retreats to the mountain to watch over the village that shunned him.
A hermit for centuries, he dreams of the day he can move on to his next life; a life that he hopes will give him a chance of finding his true mate. He knows his time has come when the mountain begins to tremble again. What he doesn’t expect is a group of younglings who suddenly appear in the hopes of saving a thing called Christmas. When the mountain erupts, he never expects to awaken on a strange planet light years away, or to meet an unusual woman who sees beneath his deformity to the warrior hidden within.
Can the love of a special woman and her family heal Christoff’s tortured soul? Find out what happens when the Goddess Aikaterina gives The Old Dragon his very own special Christmas.
“You know that you have found a one in a million book, when you find yourself laughing out loud one minute and then crying the next.”
“In S. E. Smith’s newest book in the Dragon Lords of Valdier series, The Old Dragon’s Christmas your feelings will run a gamut of emotional responses with each turn of the page. Ms. Smith has created a story that touches the heart and soul of the reader while keeping them entertained with her unique insights into life and love mixed in with alien spice.”
“A Touching and Uplifting Story”
“I really enjoyed reading this short story. The author gives enough back story so you really get to know Chistoff and what he went through growing up and how he came to be living isolated on his mountain for centuries. I think this is the first time I have read a story involving alpha males where the main character is born handicapped and how he is treated by the other males in this alpha dominated society.”
“Love conquers all, even accross the universe”
“I loved Edna and Christoff’s story. It is really a story of seeing the true heart of a person and not just their exterior or their age. I was very pleased to read Christoff’s story since the dragonlings mentioned he was sent to Edna at the end of the Dragonling’s Christmas story. This fits into the Dragon Lord’s of Valdier series without requiring you to have read them all. Since I have read all the other stories, however, I enjoyed getting updates on both Abby and Edna and seeing pieces come together with help from Wyoming. Lovely. I am ready for the next story.”
Author Spotlight – Evelyn Lederman
People often ask how long I have wanted to be a writer. The answer is easy, never. Romance novels were my way to reduce work related stress. Escaping to Regency England or a world populated with vampires kept me sane.
When I retired my plan was to spend more time reading. I had planned to reread the first novel in series I had been reading for years. Novels such as Nalini Singh’s ‘Slave to Sensation’ or Shannon K. Butcher’s ‘Burning Alive’. It is said the best laid plans…
A little over two years ago I was driving to play tennis when a conversation that occurred a decade ago between my sister and a friend of mine popped into my brain. It dealt with String Theory and the existence of infinite parallel worlds. At the time I paid little attention to what they were discussing. I was the one driving through the mountains that flanked Sedona, Arizona when this was occurring. What was unique about this remembrance was five young women started to talk to me.
When I attended my first romance novel convention (Romcon 2010), I was amazed to hear author’s characters conversed with them. Actually, I thought they were nuts, until it started happening to me. Naturally, the girls did not tell their stories in chronological order. They shared bits and pieces. It was my job to place structure around the incredible tales they shared. The ‘Worlds Apart’ series contains the five books that tell their stories.
Could you imagine growing up on Earth, only to find out you were daughters of refugees from a parallel universe? That is what my first three characters discovered. Not only that, but in the parallel dimension their parents were from they would find the soul mates they were destined to love.
My soul mates are telepathic beings who when they finally make love evolve to their next telepathic state. Each of my young women obtain powers that help them navigate what turns out to be a dangerous world controlled by mind control telepaths.
One by one, my female characters make their way through the portal to the Troyk universe. Each finds secrets about their past and the promise of a bright future if they are willing to fight for it.
Now in my retirement I am playing tennis, hitting the beach, and writing about incredible women and their soul mates. So many ideas of worlds that exist on the other side of the portal in Sedona, Arizona are floating in my heard, I barely have time to get them all written. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
Please drop in and say hello at a few of my favorite places and let me know Susan sent you:
By S.E. Smith
In a previous article I talked about the unexplainable need to write a story. I’ve had that happen over the last few years: Gracie’s Touch: Zion Warriors Book 1, Voyage of the Defiance: Breaking Free; Choosing Riley: Sarafin Warriors Book 1, The Old Dragon of the Mountain’s Christmas, For the Love of Tia, and Dust: Before and After. These are just a few stories that hit me and wouldn’t let go.
The story for Dust came to me last October when I was sitting in the middle of a conference workshop. The speaker was talking about the Asian market and a bunch of other stuff. It was when he mentioned superheroes that Dust suddenly popped into my mind. It hit with such intensity, that I opened my iPad and began writing the story right then and there. I spent the next several days writing like crazy. My mind and heart fell in love with the character of Dust and the crazy world that he woke up in.
When a story hits you with such intensity, you would be foolish to ignore it. It is one of those times when the story literally writes itself. You become invested in the world and the characters and you care about what happens to them. That is what happened with Dust. I knew it was crazy to start another series, but I didn’t care. All I could think about was what happened next to Dust and the unlikely group of friends he met along his journey.
Yes, I knew readers weren’t familiar with me as a Young Adult author and the sales wouldn’t be all that great should I publish Dust like I intended, but I didn’t care. Writing is not about the money, it is about the passion. If a writer tells you it is only about the money, then their stories are going to lack that touch of magic, that passion, that makes a story move from good to great. I live the lives of my characters when I’m writing them. I feel their pain, hope, and happiness. I share their grief and their joys. I also share this with my readers, pulling them into the worlds with me so they can experience that same sense of passion that I do.
The reason I wrote Dust is simple – I had to share his amazing journey and life with readers. It would have been a travesty to deny his existence because I thought it wouldn’t sale. The story may not be as popular as some of my other stories, but if you take a chance to let Dust, Sammy, Todd, Josie and the others capture your heart the way they have caught mine, then it is worth it. Open your heart, your imagination, and take a journey with a young teenager named Dust. You won’t regret it!
About S. E. Smith
S.E. Smith is a New York Times, USA TODAY, International, and Award-Winning Bestselling author of science fiction, romance, fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary works for adults, young adults, and children. She enjoys writing a wide variety of genres that pull her readers into worlds that take them away.
I asked Michelle why she writes and here is what Michelle had to say:
“When first asked to put together a piece to describe or explain why I write, I panicked. I didn’t know how to put into words the constant buzz in the back of my head telling me all of these fascinating stories about people I didn’t even know. I can, however, tell you where it started.
A couple of years ago, a friend asked me if I had ever tried my hand at writing and I told her no way not happening. (Fear had a firm hold on me.) Then for my birthday, my sister gave me a membership to RWA, a journal and an engraved pen with a note to write the stories in my head. Under this kind of gentle persuasion aka pressure, I succumbed. LOL. I wrote a paranormal wolf shifter story. I loved what I wrote so much that when I read my monthly RWA, I noticed a contest offered by River City Romance Writers so I entered without telling anyone. Much to my surprise, I finaled and went on to win. I know some writers have mixed feelings on writing contests but for me it was so motivating and empowering. The judges feedback was very professional and detailed. Not sure if that always happens or maybe I was fortunate. I only know I appreciated what was provided at the end of the contest.
After that, I placed the story on the side and began another. It was as if a dam had opened and I couldn’t control the ideas streaming through my conscious. I wrote a novella to the wolf shifter, then No Reason to Run and then dived into the National Novel Writing Month. (NANOWRIMO) I know, I know, I was a little manic. The good news is that I went on to self publish No Reason to Run as well as my NANO project which became published as Honor Bound, my sci-fi romance.
I guess, in answer to SE Smith and anyone interested, I write because I can’t NOT write. It’s crazy, hectic and sometimes discouraging but I’m loving every bit of it and owe it to two people who pushed and prodded until I gave in.”
Vin Michaels gave up a lot when he “volunteered” for Project Genesis: a career, a normal life and a budding romance with the career-minded Helen Scott. But what else was he supposed to do when the government offered him no other option?
When a surprise attack on Earth brings Helen back into Vin’s life, he realizes he has a bigger fight on his hands than just getting rid of aliens, because his connection to her couldn’t be denied or brushed aside. But after Vin dumped her without explanation, Helen’s guarding her heart against the Alpha Squad team leader.
With a battle brewing on both fronts, Vin wonders if he’ll ever win either of them.
About the Author
Michelle Howard enjoys a crazy life that involves wild kids, a loud dog, and a husband who tolerates the madness. Like many authors, she’s dreamed of writing since reading her first romance novel many years ago. She loves paranormal and contemporary romances and is a fan of the classic romances, such as Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood.
I love to hear from fans so please reach out to me if you like the book and if you feel like it, leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
Author Spotlight – Carol Van Natta
I am thrilled this month to shine my author spotlight on Carol Van Natta. Carol is a real sweetheart and I love her. I hope you enjoy discovering more about Carol.
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Website & blog: http://author.carolvannatta.com/
Carol Van Natta is an independent author of science fiction, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, and Zero Flux in the Central Galactic Concordance series, and Hooray for Holopticon, a retro science fiction comedy. She has been a swing-shift guard, secretary, actor, voiceover talent, singing telegram performer, non-profit director, business continuity specialist, and of course, an author. She still does some of those things so she can eat regularly and sleep indoors. She shares her Fort Collins, Colorado, home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books are the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist.