Being a half-blood is inconvenient on a good day, especially when the half you got from your mother is werewolf. Valeriah can’t take wolf form, but the full moon still fills her with manic energy. Running helps; a tired werewolf is a good werewolf.
Living perennially caught between two worlds--human and werewolf, magic and non-magic--doesn't leave much room for love. That suits Valeriah just fine. She's never had any luck with that anyway.
Until her cousin’s life is threatened, that is, and out of necessity she accepts the help of a mysterious young man to protect Cristel. Rolf is everything that makes Valeriah's pulse speed up in spite of herself. Now, with Cristel's life in the balance, is the worst possible time for that kind of complication.
But Rolf's secrets could destroy her trust and that might cost her life.
Born half-werewolf, Valeriah's life has never been simple. Her recent marriage to a dragon has led to a transformation--Valeriah is now a dragon, too. But, taking the form and knowing how to actually be a dragon is not the same thing. Her life has even more complications than ever. So many, in fact, that she doesn't recognize the signs of her own pregnancy until Rolf rushes her to the Hatching Grounds to lay their eggs.
But then things only get worse, because something's wrong on the Hatching Grounds. The underground source of heat that sustains the eggs is slowly dying. Valeriah and Rolf have to scramble to discover what's gone wrong and find a way to fix it before their eggs die
The Journey or the Ending?
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In paranormal romance, as in every other kind of romance, some kind of happy ending is expected. (I'll let you in on a secret. No matter what kind of story I write, there's always going to be some kind of happy ending--it just might not always be a romantic one. Although . . . yeah, probably.)
That's the ending. The real story is in how the characters get there. What stands in their way? What do they have to overcome? What pulls them apart (if it's a romance)? Because, if they just meet, fall in love, and get married (or whatever), that's not much of a story. Even fairytales have more to them than that. For the happy ending to be satisfying, the characters have to earn it.
Generally there need to be at least two levels of conflict to make a really rich story.
When we describe a story, we almost always talk about the external conflict. The action. In BLOOD WILL TELL, Valeriah and Rolf have to solve a mystery in order to protect Valeriah's cousin Cristel--the only family she has left. They have an even more desperate problem to solve in BLOOD IS THICKER. This conflict is central, but in a sense, it's only half of what the story is about.
The other half is the internal conflict. The characters need to be battling not only the external problem, but also their own inner demons and bad habits, the things that have been holding them back. This is where the real character growth comes from, how the characters become people worthy of that happy ending. In BLOOD WILL TELL, Valeriah has to overcome the trauma of her past. If he's to have any hope of keeping independent Valeriah, Rolf has to conquer his protective instincts--something he's still working on in BLOOD IS THICKER.
And all of that is necessary to make the ending feel satisfying. Without that inner growth, we as readers wouldn't care if the characters live happily ever after (or at least happily until the next crisis) at all.
It's the journey that matters most.
Professionally, I've been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I've never worked in that field. It's anybody's guess what I'll be when I grow up.
Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It's one I've finally gotten to spend a significant amount of time on while I care for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease.
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