First of all, thank you for having me here today to talk about one of my obsessions – dragons – and my brand new book, featuring one such creature.
If a TV programme or a film has a dragon in it, you can pretty much guarantee it will grab my attention. The best example of this is probably the Game of Thrones TV series. I was only half watching series one – then I saw the cute little baby dragons and I was hooked. Played catch up until series two was on and then devoured the books as well. I am now one of the masses waiting for the next book and the return of the show.
Then there is The Hobbit, which I didn't enjoy as much as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the dragon made it much more interesting for me. I know I am not the only one who was cheering for Smaug in the series.
One of my other favourites is Dragonheart, where the dragon effects are not quite as modern, but this is more than made up for with personality. Unlike the other dragons mentioned above, Draco is not an out of control animal or a monster. Draco is a dragon who is talks – voiced by Sean Connery, which is always a bonus – and is far more sociable. For those, like me, who love dragon shifter stories, this is more like it.
Unfortunately, I can't think of any movies where the dragon is a shifter – I think Hollywood is missing a trick there. Of course, if I am wrong and you know of one, be sure to let me know so I can check it out.
In the meantime, if dragons with human forms are your thing too, please meet Runt.
When Lord Marcus set out on his quest, it seemed a simple enough task to accomplish. Slay the dragon and rescue the princess, securing his father's approval and earning his happily ever after—only the princess is a witch and the dragon is nowhere to be seen. Instead he finds a young man who has a very big secret and is in far greater need of rescuing. Marcus's well planned quest might have taken an unexpected turn, but his happy ending could still be within his grasp, if he can earn the trust of a dragon who has been betrayed and hurt by everyone he has ever known.
Once the servants had departed, Marcus went to fetch Runt from the bedroom so he could take a bath. As Runt stripped out of his borrowed clothes, Marcus tried not to stare at his body. When he caught Robert's knowing glance, he scowled and set about scrubbing at Runt's hair with a little more force than was necessary. When Runt cringed at his ministrations, he mumbled apologies and made an effort to take more care. He tried to keep his touches business-like, but he didn't fool anyone and certainly not himself. As he washed away the layers of dirt, bruises upon bruises were revealed, along with more scars than Marcus had ever seen on another living being. Marcus's heart ached when he saw the abuse the poor dragon had suffered.
He was vaguely aware of Robert and Aiden leaving the chambers, but he couldn't take his eyes off Runt. A thin scar, several years old, stretched down the length of his arm. Marcus traced the raised flesh with his finger.
"One of the princes did that," Runt whispered. "I was lucky. If I hadn't moved just in time, he would have pierced my heart. Sometimes I used to wonder whether I might be better off if one of them had."
"No!" Marcus took Runt into his arms, cautious not to hold him too tightly. "Never say that. You're safe now."
"I'd given up," Runt cried. "When you came to the castle, I'd given up hope of ever being free again. I longed for the pain to end. I just wanted everything to be over."
Marcus carried Runt to the rug in front of the fire. He held the dragon while he sobbed and Marcus murmured nonsense words into his ear. He vowed the witch would be dead before the end of the year. No one else would suffer at her hands.
L.M. Brown is an English writer of MM and MMM romances. She believes there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless it is three.
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