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Name That Dragon Blog Hunt: Jaiteru Faerwyng

Picture Welcome! As the 7th stop in the Name That Dragon Blog Hunt, this post contains a clue. It is your job, as the reader, to identify the dragon described. Please remember your answer to this puzzle, as well as any past and future ones within this tour. You will need to know ALL the answers to enter for the chance to win the Grand Prize of a sterling silver Celtic triquetra on a 16in chain and a preorder code. Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa A. Petreshock is available for preorder as of February 28 and the Kindle version can be purchased at Amazon ahead of April 29 when it will be released from Swoon Romance to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo! Until then, you can also add it on Goodreads and check out the book trailer. This post is all about Jaiteru Faerwyng, by far quirkiest and most lovable of the Draceopraesi in my opinion. With a heart of gold and striking image, Jai can go from pleasant albeit cryptic conversation to a battle as a ruthlessly protective mage dragon in a second. Even among the Dracopraesi he’s considered a bit odd, so I have a fabulous interview with Melissa to uncover what the mysterious Jaiteru Faerwyng is up to.

While all of the Dracopraesi are swoon-worthy—to say the least—what stands out most about Jaiteru Faerwyng, appearance and personality wise?

In his appearance, Jai is smaller than the other dragons, in either dragon or human form. He stands maybe all of 5’9” at most, and unlike his brothers, his entire upper body from waist to neck and down to his hands is covered in black vine tattoos he believes cover him as appropriately as a shirt. Of course, his stark white-blond hair and big intense blue eyes stand out too. Jai has a warmth about him and a good-natured personality. Whereas the other dragons are perhaps a bit jaded to the world around them because of how long they’ve lived, Jai still finds the world fascinating and observes everything with a unique inquisitiveness.

What role does Jai play surrounding Cait? Jai has unique skills and insights that allow him to help Cait see certain things from a perspective no one else could offer.

Jai is special, even among dragons—how has his past life reflected this and what role does he hold within his supernatural world?

Like I mentioned, Jaiteru Faerwyng has unique skills and insights. As if being a dragon in a world where only 396 exist isn’t special enough, he’s a Mage. Jai’s life before you meet him in FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS has been spent with the Fae, which is common with many Faerwyng dragons. Most of their wards tend to be Fae or of Fae descent. They have a different culture than what you see in human society either now or in the 22nd century when the book is set, leading to some peculiarities. His tattoos and belief they are fully acceptable as a body covering in place of a shirt is a characteristic held over from Fae customs and societal norms within their culture. He also has a heavily accented and broken English when he speaks, which is not terribly often. The Fae have their own language, which he’s accustomed to speaking, and English just doesn’t come naturally to him. (I’ve been told by the All-Stars (my beta team) that Jai is a lot like a dragon version of Yoda from Star Wars.) He also has expectations of behavior that come from living among the peaceful Fae. Jaiteru Faerwyng is a voice of reason and wisdom, a guide, a counselor, and a peacemaker… but don’t mistake that for weakness. He’s still a dragon and a very dangerous one. He’s a badass in ways you cannot imagine.

There’s Jai! On the March 19 you can catch him in a character interview, courtesy of Mary Waibel, with another of Cait’s dragons, Clifford Pendragon. This dragon is in charge of all technological aspects of her security. He is considered the “most prudish of the lot.” But really, he’s as lovable as Jai. Finally, don’t forget about the Rafflecopter! That’s where the exciting giveaway for three preorder codes for Fire of Stars and Dragons is happening.

And of course, make sure to find the clue in this post so you can find the answer in the next post! Collect the names of every dragons serving as an answer to be eligible to win the Grand Prize, a sterling silver Celtic triquetra on a 16in chain and a preorder code! The first book in the NA Fantasy Romance trilogy Stars and Souls by Melissa A. Petreshock releases April 29, 2014 from Swoon Romance to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS

PictureFollowing the death of her vampire uncle, twenty-one-year-old Caitriona Hayden finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard. Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America’s monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival. Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband in seven days, knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.

MELISSA A. PETRESHOCK

 PictureMelissa A. Petreshock is a full-time writer and member of the Romance Writers of America with past experience in the medical and educational fields, though she has primarily devoted her adult life to raising a family. Born and raised in Kentucky, Melissa spent a number of years in Massachusetts, living outside Boston and in Springfield before returning to her home state where she now resides on a small farm. She enjoys quiet married life and the silliness of her three children, indulging hobbies of music, Zumba, and a minor television addiction in what little free time she finds. Melissa’s interests include causes demanding social change such as mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention. Fire of Stars and Dragons is her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel.

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I’m ecstatic to introduce Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock, the first in the romantic Stars and Souls fantasy trilogy from Swoon Romance. I’m honored to be on her beta team, the All Stars, and have seen the novel progress into the captivating and groundbreaking work it is now. I won’t go on too much, but when Fire of Stars and Dragons releases on April 29 any and all romance fans should check out this beautifully crafted tale of a spunky heroine working her way in a futuristic world that she takes by storm. So without further ado, here’s Fire of Stars and Dragons.

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS

By Melissa A. Petreshock

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New Adult Romance

Releasing April 2014

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Following the death of her vampire uncle, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.

Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America’s monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband in seven days, knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18685332-fire-of-stars-and-dragons?from_search=true

About the Author

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Melissa lives on a small farm in rural Kentucky with her genius husband, exceptional children, and their feline overlords. When not inhaling or exhaling words, she subsists on unnatural doses of coffee, sarcasm, and music. To date, no dragons have been found in the woods surrounding her house, but she continues to hold out hope.

Author’s Social Media Links

Wesbite: melissapetreshock.com

Twitter: twitter.com/macpetreshock

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Melissa sent me a great little bonus that I think sums up the novel perfectly, and I hope someday you’ll agree!

My review on Goodreads will be coming soon, and you can follow Melissa on every social media website imaginable through the links above and more on her website, where you can also find links to character interviews, her fabulous sessions on Blog Talk Radio, and even playlists! 

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First off, many thanks to Brenda Drake and everyone involved for organizing and troubleshooting everything PitchWars! The contest word couldn’t revolve without you. And special shout out to the fabulous Dannie Morin for organizing the Mentee Blog Hop and the hilarious Christopher Keelty for starting this fabulous bio idea.

So without further ado, here’s my mentee bio!

1. I experienced an earthquake while on an island. Also, it was 3 AM.

If that proves anything, it’s that I’m tough and can take anything any mentor throws at me. Even the crazy editorial ones.

2. I grew up in a home with multiple food intolerance (like all nuts, dairy, and corn were no-no’s in my household.)

Lactose intolerance? Fear not. Gluten to be avoided? I can handle that, too. Vegan? I got you covered. If you’re looking for a mentee to bake you goodies filled with love, I’m obviously your best choice.

3. I speak/read the following in order of fluency: French, Latin, Spanish.

4. I taught myself to read with picture books. That says it all.

5. Whovians, Torchwoodies, and the Sherlocked unite!

I’m a lover of them all, and to quote John Green, inelastic demand is like the way I need the new season of Sherlock. And Doctor Who while we’re on it.

6. The deepest I’ve ever been is 134 feet under sea level. The highest, 12, 570 feet above.

How did I get these crazy places? I’m a certified scuba diver and fairly decent amateur skier. So if there are any mentors looking for info on either of these sports (both considered extreme) for a potential WIP, I can provide tons of accurate information and even personal experiences, etc…

7. A soundtrack for my query novel, Skyfire, could be composed entirely of Imagine Dragons’ songs.

Seriously. You have a favorite Imagine Dragons’ song? I’ve got a moment in Skyfire for you. Many moments.

Okay, so those are seven truly fabulous perks of me as a mentee, but I’ve actual reasons, no fear. For mentors interested in Skyfire, I can do more than bake vegan chocolate chip cookies and ski (although it’s debatable if one needs anything more in life except for books). Below are some *gasp* logical reasons to consider mentoring me.

1. Above all, I’m dedicated to diversity.

LGBT themes are one of many elements at play in Skyfire, but in all honestly they’re probably the most important. Skyfire isn’t an issue book; rather, it’s a book where a displaced sixteen year old boy finds a home with a human-like species that isn’t blinded by gender when it comes to love. He fits into this world because of more than his sexuality, and without spoiling too much, I can say much of the novel’s conflict stems from a minority being denied equality for centuries. Skyfire drops a lot of social commentary on American society while also being an urban fantasy with a killer modern romance, a dash of magic, and plenty of face breaking. My goal as a writer is to give voices to all people–regardless of sexual, gender, or cultural identity–and specifically in this novel, teens that aren’t straight. Other than Skyfire, I’ve a WIP featuring an even wider variety of characters that are FBI agents in a special division composed of teens. And for the record, I’m not pitching two works at once.

2. I take criticism well. Or I’ve been told.

And I don’t think people were making it up. My writer’s skin is as thick as it comes and I absolutely live to edit! I’m a planner who leaves room for pantsing, and I rely on revision stages to bring out the best in a first draft. I’m not afraid to torment my MCs, kill off major story arcs, combine characters, etc… While none of this will probably be done during the five week editing period, I’m game for anything to happen.

3. NYC Baby!

But Skyfire‘s not just set in New York City for the bragging rights. As a friend who has lived in NYC all her life told me, she loves that Skyfire captures and enhances the reality of the city. It’s an endlessly diverse pocket of the world, the perfect (and logical!) location for a humanoid but-not-human species to live secretly among humans for centuries. Plus the not-human species is as untamed and diverse as the human population of the city itself.

4. I may be new to social media, but I’m getting there!

Obvious by this being my first blog post, I’m new to the social world, but not to writing. I’m not reserved at all to social media and working to get out there on Twitter (follow me @greermrobinson) and blogging! I’ve already met so many fabulous and generous writers and hope to meet so many more. I’m also a stalker quick to respond to Tweets and emails.

5. As mentioned above, the romance in Skyfire is killer and modern.

The entire novel is from two points of view–one is human, the other not to much–giving a distinct look at a romance from both sides. Not only will readers be amused by how one MC loves the other for what the other perceives to be faults, but their hearts will be torn as two best friends fight for a political future, one so much bigger then themselves yet so close to home. With the future of their species looking more and more tumultuous, the two might end up forbidden to see each other just as they realize they depend on each other. Readers will adore a relationship, based on friendship, proving teens can handle mature emotional relationships while still being teens. Of course, not to say there isn’t kissing…

And that’s a wrap! Thank you to anyone who read through this. Mentors, I hope you found some interesting tidbits and some insight into my query and first pages if you have them! I’d be ecstatic to work with any of you, and thanks again to Brenda Drake for organizing everything and quelling our #GmailNightmare anxiety attacks, all the mentors for generously donating so much time, all the agent/editors for participating, and all my fellow potential mentees for submitting work!