A big welcome to Jessamyn Kingley as part of her release blitz with Gay Book Promotions for Dra-Kaedan’s Coven.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
I’m a forty-something year old woman who has been happily married for over eighteen years. All my life I’ve had characters in my head and I finally decided to stop ignoring them which led me to the D’Vaire series. I write fantasy characters with either pointy ears, abilities to shift into animals, or loads of magic.
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
Dra’Kaedan’s Coven is my latest release and it’s a complete revamping of Dra’Kaedan and Brogan’s story. It is the first book in the D’Vaire series and as I got further into the different couples I realized that Dra’Kaedan and Brogan didn’t have a story that reflected them well. I decided to go back to the drawing board and create something they would be proud of.
Do you have a favourite character and/or book you’ve written? Who, what and why?
I have more than one! It’s crazy obvious too because my favourites keep popping up in every book. From Book 1 I adore Aleksander and Dra’Kaedan but for different reasons. Aleksander is this somewhat regal guy who has been ostracized and he’s always trying to keep his family happy. Dra’Kaedan is nuts and so he’s a pleasure to write because there are no boundaries. His familiar Renny is just as crazy so I would have to add him to the list. Finally, I would have to say both Alaric and Chander. Chander’s a necromancer who gobbles pizza and is prone to guilt. Exploring his relationship with Alaric took two books and I fell in love about a million times.
Are there people in your life that annoy you, and you write into your books?
Sadly, I get annoyed rather easily. When I do get irritated, I take aspects of those people or the situation itself and mold it into a character or plotline that works. Hopefully the people in my life that do bug me don’t see themselves in those characters!
Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about them?
I would say that the characters themselves pop right into my head. I have to sometimes just say no when I find a new one because there are so many already waiting in the wings. For the stories, certain aspects might pop but in order to complete it I definitely have to sit down and think about it.
Do you write often? Is it on a schedule, or whenever you feel like it?
I do write often. I prefer to get at least a little bit each day. I do everything on a schedule including my writing but I’m getting better at forgiving myself when the words simply aren’t there.
What are your writing and personal goals for 2018 and beyond?
This year I’ve completed three books and I would like to finish at least two more. I managed to do nine last year, but it left me a bit burned out. For 2019 I hope to keep up with the idea of finishing five. I prefer to have at least a year of releases waiting in the wings so I don’t stress myself out thinking about what’s coming next.
When is your next book coming out, and what’s it about?
My next book is scheduled to come out in November. It’s about a young wizard who first appeared in the second book of the D’Vaire series. Idris was a teenager then but he’s now twenty-one and eager to find his fated mate. I am crazy about Idris and I had fun figuring out who would be worthy of this incredible guy.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I’m currently working on the second story of a two-book saga about one of the D’Vaire couples. I prefer to be tight-lipped on who is featured in this story, but I can tell you that one of the men is someone readers are familiar with. I know that doesn’t help much but I’m rather mean that way!
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Can you tell us about your pets?
While I have nothing against dogs, I’ve only owned cats. I currently have two who are about sixteen years old and were rescues from a local shelter. I’ve been involved in rescue for well over a decade and am always happy to do my part to help homeless animals.
Book Title: Dra’Kaedan’s Coven (D’Vaire, Book 1)
Author: Jessamyn Kingley
Cover Artist: LJ Anderson of Mayhem Cover Creations
Genre/s: M/M Fantasy Romance, M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 65 000 words/287 pages
It’s the first book in the series so it can be read by itself but the story arc continues in the next seven books now available.
Buy Links – Available on Kindle Unlimited
Dra’Kaedan of Leolinnia was born with a mark of Fate proclaiming that someday he would be the Grand Warlock. Standing in his way is Carvallius of Mallent who is desperate to rule the warlocks. His granddaughter Latarian has little magic so Carvallius concocts a plan to kidnap Dra’Kaedan to steal his power. After carving spells into Dra’Kaedan’s back, he begins life anew as Latarian’s familiar whom she calls Ayden. With no memory of his past, the pair are shuffled off to a cottage while Carvallius enlists the help of a brutal elven tribe to rob Dra’Kaedan of his future title. The tactic backfires, and the Coven of Warlocks is destroyed.
Minutes after Brogan shifts into a dragon for the first time, his best friend is banished from their court. Loyal to the core, Brogan follows Aleksander through the castle gates of their old home. Fate turns Aleksander into a king and Court D’Vaire is established. Considered cursed by dragonkind the D’Vaire’s are ostracized. After six centuries of loneliness Brogan leaves his family desperate to find his mate. He has no idea Fate has intervened and sent his other half right to Aleksander’s doorstep.
As a familiar Ayden struggles between a voice inside him that insists he is something more and Latarian’s stringent set of rules. He finds himself torn as he and Brogan try to find common ground. Can the pair find love and will Dra’Kaedan find out his true destiny before it’s too late?
“Before you met me, did you ever try and imagine what your mate would be like?” Ayden asked.
“Sometimes. I’m shallow, so I wanted him to be good-looking. I like to laugh, so I hoped he’d have a good sense of humor. I dreamed of someone who’d love my family because my preference is to be with them. I consider myself very lucky because I got a mate who has everything on my shopping list,” Brogan replied. “How about you?”
“I honestly didn’t consider it. We were trapped so long, my only thoughts were about getting out of that cottage. I suppose if I had to make a list, the one thing I’d put on it would be to have someone taller than me. Life isn’t easy for us short people.”
“I know, I’ve seen your struggles with shelves, but I like your height. You fit just right in my arms.”
“Kind of cheesy,” Ayden decided.
“How about I love the delicious fit of your sexy, toned physique against the tall manliness of mine?”
“Okay, last choice. Your body feels amazing against me.”
“Still has some cheese factor, but I’ll take it,” Ayden declared.
“I have no regrets,” Ayden informed him.
His dragon grinned. “Somehow I’m not surprised.”
“We all have to be good at something. I’m learning to be excellent at saying whatever comes to mind.”
“You’re a good kisser,” Brogan countered. “You could spend more time doing that and less time being bratty.”
“Yeah, I’ve been trying, but my mate’s a pain in the ass and doesn’t give me much opportunity.”
“So, what you’re saying is that you wait for him to make all the moves?”
Ayden was dumbstruck. That was exactly what he’d been doing. He couldn’t believe he’d let Brogan dictate their progress until the previous night, when he’d finally demanded that the man give him more. If life was about embracing what he wanted, Ayden craved nothing more than Brogan.
Without a word, Ayden leaned forward and kissed his mate. It was no gentle peck—his tongue dueled with Brogan’s, and the dragon took control. He hauled Ayden close and massaged his back with his large paws as their mouths made love. Ayden wound his arms around Brogan’s neck as moans tumbled past his lips. Long before Ayden was ready, Brogan pulled away.
“I like it when you take charge,” Brogan told him.
“I wasn’t finished.”
“You keep kissing me like that, and I’m going to forget we’re in the living room.”
“Please, Madeline and Larissa make out in here all the time.”
Brogan’s brow furrowed in irritation. “Good for them. I don’t like sitting in here making out. My dick’s pressing against my zipper, and it fucking hurts.”
Ayden jumped off the couch. “Let’s go to my room then.”
“Taking it slow, remember that?” Brogan reminded him from where he still sat on the sofa.
“Damn it, why did we agree to something so stupid?” Ayden demanded and slapped his hands onto his hips.
Brogan narrowed his eyes in frustration as he stood. “Because you have no experience.”
“I’m over six centuries old. How long are you going to make me wait?”
“Long enough to make sure you’re ready.”
Tilting his head back, Ayden’s eyes met an angry set of navy ones, but he was an expert on what he was ready for, and he wasn’t going to tolerate anyone else making rules or guidelines for him. He’d had enough of that in his lifetime. “I think I know when I’m ready.”
“How? Huh? You’ve never been in a relationship, so how do you know?”
“I know myself, don’t I?” Ayden yelled.
“What the hell’s going on in here?” Aleksander asked as he stalked into the living room.
Ayden was lost in his anger and he didn’t think, he just acted. Lifting his finger, he aimed it in Brogan’s direction. “We’re both hard, and he won’t do a damn thing about it.”
“I’m out,” Aleksander responded as he turned on his heel and exited in the same direction he’d just come from. “I’ll be in my room if anyone needs me. You two can figure this one out on your own.”
There was a tense silence in the living room for several minutes; then Brogan bent over in half from the force of his laughter.
It made heat bloom in Ayden’s cheeks. “I can’t believe I said that to him.”
Brogan straightened, and their eyes met. “He’s heard worse. Don’t worry. Look, I know you want more, but we need to stick to the plan. This is too important to make mistakes.”
“I’m ready for more.”
“How about I’ll allow kissing and maybe a little more to be determined on a case-by-case basis,” Brogan offered as he took a step closer to Ayden and grinned.
Bridging the distance between them, Ayden walked forward until their toes bumped. “You’ll allow? It doesn’t work that way unless you want to be covered in oozing sores.”
“I think that’s more disgusting than the enormous damage you wanted to do to my ass earlier.”
“Give me one of those pecks you’re so fond of, and let’s go get a snack. We can talk about that little more you mentioned,” Ayden said as he held out his hand.
Brogan grabbed it and leaned down to touch their lips together. “We ate lunch less than thirty minutes ago.”
“Do you have a point?”
About the Author
Jessamyn Kingley lives in Nevada where she begs the men in her head to tell her their amazing stories which she dutifully writes it all down in what has become a small mountain of notebooks. She falls in love with each couple and swears whatever book she wrote last is her absolute favorite.
Jessamyn is married and working toward remembering to start the dishwasher without being distracted by the scent of the magical detergent. For personal enjoyment, she aids in cat rescue while slashing and gashing her way through mobs in various MMORPGs. Caffeine is her very best friend and is only cast aside briefly for the sin better known as BBQ potato chips.
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