Blog Tour: Julian Fox: The Dream Guardian

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Julian Fox: The Dream Guardian

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E. J. Miranda

It is said that dreams are just that: only dreams. But believe me, this is not always true. Some dreams are as real as the dreamer.

Thanks to their dreams, dreamers can receive the special visit of eternal wisdom that has inspired the creativity of great inventors, scientists, musicians, and even writers throughout the ages.

This creative wisdom is not always the type that appears to the eager conscience. Sometimes, a Defiler, a destroyer of dreams, is the one who tries to appear before the dreamer. These creatures were once humans, but they allowed their pain and desire for revenge to take over and seek the same miserable fate for the one who dreams.

You must not fear — Dream Guardians, also known as Kelsdrant, will always protect the one who dreams, even with their own life. They are people of flesh and bone, just like you and me, or at least they are on Earth.

The following story is dedicated to the fun, extravagant, and enlightening life of Julian Fox, the Dream Guardian.

Be prepared, dear reader. It is time to dream, laugh, reflect, and even maybe cry.

Welcome to the Land of the Wise Dreams. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J. Miranda is an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveler, and a passionate author. Her great sense of humor and love for nature have granted her a rebellious writing style: her approach describes the adventures of life, but in such a way that each reader can have an individual take on the matter. Her inspiration comes from her curiosity about other countries’ cultures and peculiarities. A few countries in particular which spark her curiosity are Colombia, Italy, Costa Rica, England, Belgium, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Her favorite places to visit are historical sites and museums, locations that allow her to explore important and even overlooked details. She currently lives with her husband in Colombia, but frequently travels to Houston to visit her daughter and son. E.J. Miranda has a degree in tax accounting, but she prefers interacting with people to calculating their taxes. To learn more about her life and work, visit www.ejmiranda.com.

Excerpt: The Fox Family

There is no perfect family. This is a universal truth, but if the imagination of a pair of mischievous minds is added to reality, the result can be an explosive combination that shuts the door to normalcy.

Sonia and William’s marriage is an example of how patience can be extended to the absolute limits. After all, parental love can only tolerate so much nonsense from the ingenuity of their children, especially when they happen to be Julian and Nicholas Fox.

This outlandish story begins at the crazy end of a pleasant vacation. The two brothers, Julian and Nicholas, were enjoying the afternoon heat near the banks of the river that crossed their ranch. They lay in the shade of an enormous tree, listening to the torrent of water as if it were a magical lullaby.

Julian, the eldest, was twenty-one years old. He had just completed his university studies and the memories of experiences with his classmates were still fresh in his mind. Nicholas, the youngest and last of the two children, was twenty years old and he was still studying in college.

They stayed silent for several minutes with their eyes closed, hoping that a miracle would occur and the family vacation would continue for a while longer. But, resigned to returning home in just two days, they decided to make the most of nature’s sweetness.

Nicholas broke the peaceful silence to make an interesting proposal to his brother.

“Hey, Jul! What do you think about the idea of staying another week? We just convince Mom and that’s it. You know that Dad will take our side.”

A slight smile crossed Julian’s lips before he gave his opinion. “Sounds good to me Nico, but when you talk to Mom, even though I support you, I’d rather stay at a safe distance in case she decides to give you one of her maternal speeches about missing classes.”

Nicholas opened his eyes and sought some kind of solidarity in Julian’s face, but Julian was resting peacefully. Annoyed by this, Nicholas closed his eyes in surrender, and told his brother:

“You’re right, I would suffer an eternal telling-off. But, who could blame me? I think we’ve regained our sanity here. We’re almost like angels—no fighting, no insults, and no jokes or pranks.”

He quieted immediately, and bit his lip, feeling sorry for what he had said, but it was too late. Julian’s beautiful gray eyes had become large and full of rage.

Nicholas’s last remark felt like an unpunished mocking memory to Julian. His heart raced and started running towards the inevitable. He felt like demanding they forget about this shameful situation, and even more so, requiring a fair rematch to Nicholas’s last prank. Shrewdly, Julian cautioned self-control to his heart to avoid hinting its intentions to his recently condemned brother.  He mastered his instincts and decided to wait. The gray gems hid again, and a slight sideways smirk appeared on his lips, presaging the beginning of a new battle between the brothers.

Nicholas closed his eyes so Julian wouldn’t see the nervousness erupting in them. He knew he had awakened a sleeping monster and, from that moment on, he should be careful.

For more information about E. J. Miranda visit her WEBSITE, GOODREADS, and AMAZON.

 

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New Release: From Frights to Flaws

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About the Book

Title: From Frights to Flaws

Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Originally published in 2013, From Frights to Flaws has been updated to its full potential, while keeping the story-line the same.

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy longs for a better life. She lost her parents at age seven, and her aunt at nine. Her uncle also enforces unfair rules, but Alyssa discovers something she never thought existed before…magic.

A wicked sorcerer hunts her down and kidnaps her to Yanowic: an enchanted island in Fiji.

Alyssa is trapped in the country due to a giant shield covering it. She must defeat dangerous creatures and the evil wizard in order to leave. But with sorcerers and enchanted technology getting in her way, can Alyssa succeed?

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Author Bio

Sunayna Prasad has published a few books between her late teens and her mid-twenties. She has won a Pacific Book Review Award for her novel, Wizardy Goes Wild, which will return as a new edition, like From Frights to Flaws. Sunayna also has a blog on different creative and entertaining topics, including writing and fiction. It is called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.

Aside from writing, Sunayna also likes to cook, do art, and watch videos online. She has graduated from college in May 2017 and is looking to continue more writing as well as hold a graphic design job soon. Sunayna lives on Long Island, NY.

For more information about Sunayna, please use the links below.

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Author Interview – Rose Castro

Author Spotlight

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Rose Castro

Today I would like to welcome author Rose Castro to the Desu Beast Blog. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I’d always dreamed of writing something that others could enjoy. So, yes, I guess I have.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

Life. My health challenges one of which is losing my eyesight. This reality has pushed me to aspire for what matters.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

Young Adult Fantasy & Contemporary Inspirational Romance

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Elemental Linx of The Tetrad Prophecy series

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

Jesus Helguera was a Mexican painter. His work possibly among the most reproduced and or reprinted throughout the homes of Mexican descendants, especially popular in the Chicano community.

The ‘Grandeza Azteca’ fueled my curiosity as a child. I’d often see this print in calendars; many in which my family owned, and didn’t even realize the impact it had on me. Then I came across ‘Caballero Aguila.’ This painting sealed the deal for me. I was determined in learning more about the people depicted in his art, about the civilization, the Aztecs.

Through my limited research, I found out of the artist, and I’d come to know ‘La Leyenda de los Volcanes.’ There are many wonderful pieces he created, but these three were my official foundation.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Viviana is the protagonist of the story, and for reasons, you’ll learn as you read the series, holds a special place in my heart. I don’t want to reveal too much too soon.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Mr. Anderson. His role isn’t a breakthrough in Elemental Linx, but, the seed is there. Those who are reading between the lines might grasp it. In the next book, Five Pendants of Creation, I think many readers will find Mr. Anderson as detestable as me.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Zoe. I know she’ll be someone many will find insufferable in book one. And I’m OK with that. But as the series moves forth, Zoe inadvertently lets you in, and readers will catch a glimpse of the very guarded teenager. Underneath it all, she’s just a girl who’s had to deal her entire life with serving as a reminder of something she had no control over. Rejection has always clouded her, and I find myself, personally, akin to the feeling.

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Everyone has a story. Although this series is of the fantasy genre, it serves as a reminder that at every moment of every day our fellow humans are dealing with highs and lows.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This story of Santiago’s journey spoke to me on a deeper level that I’ve never experienced from any other book. It was very transforming and liberating in so many ways.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Paulo Coelho, of course. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Dan Brown, and Pearl S. Buck. There are others, but these take the top spot for me.

  1. With what author would you love to have a conversation?

Probably Dan Brown. He does a lot of research for his stories, and I’d like to know what if any formula he uses to sift through good and bad research for his books.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I’m currently wrapping up Anika’s Way, which will be my second contemporary inspirational romance novella. Then I start on Five Pendants of Creation, book two of The Tetrad Prophecy series.

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

No. I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason. It’s all part of a learning process, and although I have more than my fair share of cringe-worthy moments, I accept these because without them I might not appreciate the process as much as I do.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

“I sat pensively trying to form a correlation between the Lummi tribe and Aztecs. Both had myths or legends centered around the sun and the moon which I found quite interesting. I’d have to give it more thought later, as Ollin’s eyes were now open and staring right at me.”

  1. Do you have a favorite quote from one of your novels?

This is a small excerpt from A Shining Star. I love it.

She took the crystal in her hand once again, recalling the first time she’d set eyes on the shining star—the very day she’d almost lost her life and, oddly enough, the day that had allowed relationships to mend and begin to heal.”

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  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Stay the course. If you are anything like me, you’ll have many ups and downs and people doubting you. But you owe it to yourself to do it.

  1. Are there any future events you would like to announce?

I’ll be sharing events via my website and Facebook page. I have a speaking event happening in April, but the details of this are still being worked out. Just stay plugged into those two sites to be in the know.

You can learn more about Rose Castro by visiting her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER.

Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog. I enjoyed reading A Shining Star, and cannot wait to read Elemental Linx of The Tetrad Prophecy.

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Author Interview – Angelique Anderson

Author Spotlight

Angelique Anderson

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Today I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming Angelique Anderson. Angelique is a extremely talented cross-genre author. You can find her numerous novels on Amazon or visit her Facebook author page.

Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight. Can you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself?

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I have always wanted to be a lot of things, author, singer, actress… I just pursued them all until only one worked out!

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I was a songwriter in Nashville at the time, pursuing singing and a music career when the idea for Redemption of the Changed came to me. It was a dream, and in the dream, I was a wolf in the woods fighting off an attacker. When I woke up, I thought ‘that would make for an interesting story.’ I have always loved all things Chronicles of Narnia, and it struck me as something that could fall along those lines. I grew up on Narnia, and then fell in love with Lord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games trilogy, the Twilight Saga, etc.. so I wanted something that encapsulated all of my favorite things.

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  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Twisted Intentions

It’s about a young woman who is an outcast, and it’s not until the end of her senior year she meets someone that she clicks with. (Or so she thinks.)

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

My newest novel is paranormal, and it has elements of demons and angels, etc.. Some of it is based on a friendship that ended not so well, and the rest of it is just based on my love for paranormal. 😀

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character ever is Adam Carpenter from Eden’s Serum because he starts out as kind of an unlikable wimpy bachelor, who is self-absorbed, and a bit of a jerk. I think towards the end of Eden’s serum, as we watch him grow and change, and fall for the love of his life, he changes. He becomes braver, less selfish, and someone that I think anyone would like to be friends with. He is my favorite because of his growth because in essence he is a little bit me. I had to do a lot of growing over the past ten years…transitioning from my 20’s into my 30’s and I learned a lot of things about myself, and have tried to become kinder and braver. I think he tries hard to do that too.

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  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

My least favorite character is Lilith from my new novel “Twisted Intentions” she is manipulative and controlling, and Willow doesn’t have the guts to stand up to her really, so it seems like she is going to get away with how she treats Willow. She’s narcissistic, and I can’t stand it.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Evie from the Redemption Series. She is me; the Redemption books are completely allegorical to my life and things I went through growing up. Though not in a way that you could figure out unless you know my story well, which both delights me about her, and bothers me too.

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

A reoccurring thing that I hope my readers are picking up is that everyone has a story…and we have all gone through things at some point in time that makes us react and respond the way we do. Everyone deserves a chance, and most importantly, everyone deserves compassion.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

Truthfully, I can’t say there is ONE book that influenced me. There are some I have read multiple times, but for the most part, I pick up something from every book I read. There is always some lesson, some morsel, something allegorical, psychological or intrinsic that I take from each book I read. Even the ones that I read just for fun.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

I do have many favorite authors, as far as big names go, that one is easy: C.S Lewis, Francine Rivers, and Jane Austen. I adore my indie authors, and I have to give a shout out to my absolute favorite indies:

N.W Moors, Aaron-Michael Hall, Cee Cee James, Morgan Smith, and Assaph Mehr, this list of authors has given me some incredible reading material this year.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I am really excited about my poetry/short story book coming out in November. I think it is a fun, eclectic mix of bits and pieces of me that people can read anywhere, even if they don’t have time. Little bites of reading, if you will. It’s called Embers and Flames. I am also stoked about getting back to Eden’s Serum with Adam and Evelyn, and seeing what’s going on with them in the release of Eden’s Demise due out in January. I am very excited!

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

No, it is currently at the editor, and it was so fun and so meaningful to write. I have some situations that I have been dealing with, and writing allows me to work through the emotions of those situations. Twisted Intentions is great for that.

  1. Is there a short snippet of your current book that you would like to share?

Sure. Please keep in mind that this is unedited and that when it is published, I am sure she will tear it apart before it hits its release date.

Chapter One

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            A pencil went catapulting through the air and hit Willow squarely in the back of her head. She whipped her red locks around, to see a bunch of seniors laughing.

“Damn it.” She mumbled under her breath, trying to fight the urge to cuss them out or throw something back, like her fist. Just a few more weeks, just a few more weeks. She repeated the phrase, like a curative mantra.

“Something funny that you want to share, Ms. Enola?” Miss Donna politely questioned.

“No ma’am, I wasn’t laughing,” Willow responded back to her.

“Well, someone surely was.” Of course Willow would’ve gladly pointed to the culprits behind her, but of course, it would only create more grief. “Care to share, Ms. Enola?”

Willow hated the way Miss Donna said her last name like she was attempting to spit out a dirty word. Exhaling with the force of a sail against the wind, Willow slumped back in the chair. Forty-seven more days to graduate from her personal hell, appropriately named ‘Salem High School.’ Like a giant oxymoron, with a black panther as a mascot. With a name like Salem High school and a black panther as a mascot, there were many times she wondered if her school was trying just a little too hard to win over the ‘goth’ crowd so that the staff could boast that their school was ‘diverse.’

Her fiery red hair, speckled blue and hazel almond shaped eyes, and thick framed glasses, often made her the target of despicable nicknames. Her attempts to drown these out rendered uselessly. What about her was so different that warranted this type of treatment?

Can I just run away? The thought swam forlornly across her mind. It’s not that she didn’t try to fit in or make friends, she certainly did. As a cheerleader, she was a joke. Whatever she tried, Willow simply was condemned to being the oddball out.

In Fact, the harder she tried, the more people seemed to avoid her. So, eventually, Willow stopped trying and decided that it was better to be alone, better to sulk at lunch and sit at a cold table where no one joined her, as she barely took a couple of bites of food before tossing it out.

It was much easier to stomach the disappointment on her mom’s face when she’d show up alone, yet again.

It was better. She wasn’t going out every weekend, drinking with other seniors and getting pulled over for a DUI. Her mother didn’t worry about the possibility of Willow becoming pregnant or catching an STD. Heck, she would have felt happy just to get the cute guys to look at her.

It was better. No matter how many times she said it, it was never more believable. That night when she crawled into bed, she found her thoughts straying. It was better to be alive than dead; she just needed to keep telling herself that. She involuntarily gave into the tears she’d fought off when overcome by a much needed deep slumber.

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  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Yes, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. It doesn’t matter how seasoned a writer you are; good writers get better with practice and not good writers get better with practice. As long as you are working at it diligently, you will get better.

Secondly, protect yourself and your work. Your writing is your livelihood, so be careful who you share it with. On the same note, make sure you have a supportive team of beta readers and editors behind you. They don’t have to be authors, but they do need to be trustworthy, and they do need to believe in you. It helps to have someone critique weak points so that you can get stronger. If you don’t have a support network… reach out. Most importantly… if you want it… don’t ever quit. It takes an average of three years for someone to see the efforts of their labor, this is not a get rich quick scheme.

Find out more about Angelique Anderson and her novels on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

14680920_1688355304815851_2473345574316567075_oYou can meet Angelique Anderson at the  Classic Comic Con on Oct 27, 2017 – Oct 29, 2017 Modesto Centre Plaza where she will be a featured author.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Desu Beast Blog. Great success to you and your future endeavors. It has been a pleasure.

Dragon Moon Pre-Order Special

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Dragon Moon Release!!

 Author: Julie Nicholls

Hey peeps!! I’m happy to announce that my latest Young Adult Fantasy, Dragon Moon is available for pre order at the fabulously low price of 99c! This is a huge saving, and from Thursday 13th October, the price will be $3.45 so get it while it’s on offer!

 Save the dragons, unite the races, no sweat.

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 I’m nineteen and wish I had a clue about my future. Instead of my own bed, this morning I woke in the strange land of Lur Neval. My name is Scarlett, but the Nevalese call me Dragon Mage. Seems it’s my job to preserve the all-important dragons and oh, while I’m here, bring peace to the warring clans. Piece of cake if I can outwit Madoc, the manipulative, evil seer who wants every dragon destroyed. Whatever it takes, I’m here to fulfill my destiny under the light of the Dragon Moon.

You can Pre-Order your copy YA Fantasy Dragon Moon from,

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Author Spotlight: Julie Nicholls

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Hi!

Thank you very much for letting me take over your blog today to reveal the cover for my latest novel, Dragon Moon.

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This is a Teen & Young Adult Fantasy, and I hope to publish with Amazon’s Kindle Scout program, if it is accepted.

The story concerns Scarlett, an almost nineteen year old who is undecided about her future. Throughout her school life she has been the subject of ridicule and bullying because of her flame, red hair. While college was easier, because she stood up for herself, she can’t make up her mind if University is the place she wants to be, and is taking some time out from studying to decide. She visits the Nottingham Goose Fair, and meets Dizelli, a psychic, who gives her a gold pendant and instructs her to wear it to bed.

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Scarlett wakes up the next morning but she’s not in her bed, or her home. She’s in a field. In her pajama’s.

Scarlett is thrown into a world of dragons and magic. She’s the Dragon Mage, and it’s her responsibility to save the dragons from slaughter, and also bring two warring tribes together.

There are just a few days left before the Dragon Moon arrives. All the dragons currently asleep, protecting their eggs could die unless Scarlett finds a way to unite the silver haired, and black haired races together and to stop Lord Ithel from killing the elder dragon who knows the secret location of the dragon eggs.

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Here’s a sneaky peek!

No matter what Elyan’s surprise is, at least it’s another lovely day out. The sun is shining and despite the cool breeze, it’s perfect for riding. We set off at a walk but once outside the city walls, Elyan kicks his horse and he’s off. I have a hard time keeping up on Sootli; bless her. Once he reaches the foothills, he slows and when I catch up to him, he pulls off to the left instead of the path through the mountain.

“Where are you going?” I ask.

He doesn’t answer and just waves at me as he trots ahead. He’s in charge again; he can’t help it.

We ride for only a little way, and then the smell hits me.

Vanillian.

Soon we’re looking at a blanket of white flowers. They stretch along the side of the track as far as the eye can see, and the smell is amazing. Elyan dismounts and wraps the reins around a fallen tree. He helps me down and leads me to the huge log where we both sit.

I can’t stop sniffing the air and notice he’s staring. “What?”

He smiles and I notice for the first time how charming he looks when he’s not scowling.

“I know how much you like Vanillium and thought you would like to see where it grows. Am I right?”

“Yes! Thanks.”

I’m smiling as I look at him and see him in a different light. He can be thoughtful when he puts his mind to it. He stares at me for several moments, his gaze unfathomable. Do I want to know what he’s thinking?

“I am sorry for my behavior yesterday with Mostyn,” he says.

Wow! Didn’t see that coming.

“I expect learning he and your sister were an item was a bit of a shock.”

“I learned something else too. From my father.”

“What was it?” I ask as if I don’t know.

“That there was someone else he loved before mother. I am not angry about that. He expected me to be, though. I have a reputation, it seems.”

I can see a hint of a grin forming.

“My father relies on me to protect the town. While I have my warriors to aid, I am constantly on my guard. My responsibility to our people is foremost on my mind.”

“That’s why you’re so wound up, Elyan. You’re stressed out.”

I know how he feels. In my last year of college I was worrying over my exams, the bullying, and concerns about my life after college. My dad said when someone is stressed, they are short-tempered, have trouble sleeping and are unable to see the positive side of things. Elyan ticks all of the above. People don’t realize they are stressed, but once it’s pointed out to them, it becomes clearer.

“What am I to do? This is my life. I am responsible for our people.”

“I understand you have an important role, but you don’t have to do it on your own. You have warriors who follow your lead. They are just as capable as you are. Let them take some of the pressure.”

Elyan narrows his eyes as he looks at me. He’s listening to what I’m saying rather than spouting off. That’s a good sign.

“But will they then act as I do? Become ‘snippety’ as you say?” He grins.

“No, I don’t believe they will. If you divide the tasks between yourselves, it will be less of a burden. Do you see that?”

“Yes, I do.”

It could be my imagination, but I swear he looks less stressed already. He’s a smart cookie and I know I whined about him plenty of times, but he isn’t a bad person. Actually, as he is now–calm and thoughtful–he’s very attractive. He was already ranking high on my “hot men” chart, but it was his attitude that stopped him reaching a higher position.

Oh, I know you think I’m mean, but I bet I’m not the only one who has a score card.

“When we return home after the meeting today, you can gather your warriors and delegate your duties. Start enjoying your life, Elyan.”

“I like the way you think. You are as smart as my father said.”

“Did he say that?”

“Yes, last night after you left. I spoke with him for a while, and he believes you are too wise for your age.” He chuckles.

Ha! I think what the Earl said probably went something along the lines of “she’s too big for her boots.” But I’ll accept it as a compliment anyway.

Elyan is looking at me again. Not quite a stare but his gaze is lingering and I know I’m blushing. My cheeks are on fire. I’d like to know what he’s thinking. Wait…maybe that’s not a good idea. There’s a glint in his eye, which isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve got too much to think about at the moment.

Extremely bad timing.

“Are all the women in your town like you?” he asks.

“No. They are much nicer.” I laugh. “Women are equal to men, though. They share responsibility, work and some earn such a good wage that the man plays househusband and takes care of the children.”

“That is a story you have made up.” He laughs. “It is a woman’s responsibility to tend the children.”

I’m surprisingly calm after that misogynistic statement. In all fairness, he lives in a world where men are chivalrous and women are skivvies, and that’s not entirely his fault. However, I will nevertheless attempt to enlighten him of why a role doesn’t need to be filled by only one sex.

Here goes.

“Elyan, I’m going to explain something to you which you may find surprising. Women are quite capable of fulfilling any job a man is tasked with. The only difference is that some women might struggle depending on the physical strength required, but that does not mean that some women are not a strong as some men. There are some who are stronger.”

He’s shaking his head, so I continue.

“Women are in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Where I’m from, we are ruled by a Queen, as are many other countries. So you see… there’s nothing a man can do that a woman cannot. As for taking care of children, why shouldn’t a man look after his child? There’s no rule that says a woman should be the only person to wipe a baby’s bottom!”

He laughs and shakes his head. “You are making this up, surely?”

“No, I’m not.”

I look at him and wonder how he would cope if he were to visit my world. Not only because of the women’s issue but all the technology we have as well. I don’t think he could take it all in, although he might have fun playing my X box.

“I should like to see this for myself. Your world sounds interesting. Do you think I would like it?”

“There are some wonders that would impress you, Elyan, but just as you have problems here, we also have them. Countries fight one another and man has built horrendous machines and created poisons that could kill us all. People starving to death live side by side with people who are so rich, they will never be able to spend their money before they die.”

He’s listening closely.

“Our world is full of different races and we are not all the same color. Whole nations have been targeted because of the color of their skin or religious beliefs. So you see it’s important that we try and resolve the issues here before they escalate.”

Elyan narrows his eyes. He’s thinking hard, I can see from his expression. He will be the Earl once his father passes and he could help implement changes now that would stop future warring.

“This makes you sad, does it not?”

“Yes, very much.”

“We are from different worlds and yet, we are not so different.”

He takes my hand in his and smiles softly. He’s capable of becoming a great leader, I feel it. He has already made changes to the way he acts based on information he’s acquired. He is a smart cookie.

“We have a saying–‘there’s nothing new under the sun’–and this is so true. Wherever we are in the world, whether we’re black-skinned or white, if we have black or white hair, or we worship the sun or the moon, we are all human beings and we have a right to be free and to live.”

“We shall have that here, Scarlett. I promise. I will do everything within my power to make Lord Ithel understand we must live together in peace.”

Elyan pushes up and pulls me with him. “You will show us how to make a start. Will you not?”

Thank you for taking the time to read the sneaky peek… you can read another on my official website www.julienicholls.com to the page, Dragon Moon where a link will be added once the book is available for purchase.

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