I’m happy to welcome back multi-published author Susan Hanniford Crowley. Today, Susan shares the miracles in her life and her upcoming release, Lady Fallon’s Dragons.
Thank you for hosting me on your amazing blog, Joanne. Being here is always so much fun.
A friend of mine brought up the topic of miracles, and it caught my breath. As my life has been one filled with miracles. Some are obvious. Others are subtle.
*Recently, I fought breast cancer with the help of God, dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff. So far, we’ve won.
*My husband is still with us after having a heart transplant in 1990.
*I have two daughters and three grandchildren.
*My tenth book, Lady Fallon’s Dragons, the first in a young adult and teen series of contemporary dragons is about to come out in a matter of days.
I normally write vampire adventure romance with love and heroism as the focus. To check out those and the other books I’ve written, visit my Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/e/B004YXOGXG If you click Follow, Amazon will send you an email when my new book is out.
Writing Lady Fallon’s Dragons actually happened many years ago. After too much conflicting advice from professionals, I put it on a shelf. My editor never forgot. Neither did my critique partner or my beta readers.
In 2019, in the chemotherapy infusion room, I finished reviewing the edits for The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars. It came out the week after my surgery. Then my editor recommended I review past versions of Lady Fallon’s Dragons.
The dear! She kept all the prior versions. In my dreams, dragons flew again. So began the great rewrite. It has a sweet (no sex) romance in it.
A wondrous tale of contemporary dragons and a young woman fighting for her life!
Eighteen-year-old Aleasya gazed briefly at each person in this exclusive area of the plane. Carefully she put her carry-on in the overhead before taking refuge in her personal suite near the window.
Tears poured down her face in endless silent rivers. Not able to stand it another minute, Aleasya sat up and took her tablet out of her tote. She searched for New York City news. It wasn’t the first story but it was there, the footage of the car being pulled out of the water. The car door was pried open. For the briefest of seconds, she saw her father’s hand with the ring showing the Fallon crest.
They were supposed to meet for dinner. When the time came and went, she called. Every time the phone went to voicemail. It didn’t make sense, her father always picked up on her calls no matter how busy.
Now she knew he would never call her back. In her head, she heard his voice. “Run, Sya Bear, run.” She sobbed, shaking so much that it hurt.
Aleasya gave the dragon prayer ring on her right forefinger a spin. I need help! Danger is closing in on me!
Alice took her over to a table where a dark blue cloth covered a birdcage. “This,” she said, “is a Lyra.”
With a sweep of her hand, she pulled off the cover revealing what seemed at first glance to be a small blue and gold bird.
Aleasya looked again. With her heart caught in her throat, she couldn’t breathe only gasp. She couldn’t believe her eyes, and couldn’t take her eyes off it. How could it be true? How could she believe? Looking right at the creature, how dare she not?
“Are you all right, my dear?” Alice asked.
Aleasya nodded and gave her ring a spin. The ring hummed. Remembering her father made her feel grounded.
“You’re wearing a dragon prayer ring!”
“Yes, it was a gift from my father. He got it on a trip to Tibet. It has two parts; the outer part spins.” Returning to the subject at hand, she asked, “Is it really a dragon?”
“It is,” Alice answered. “Hush, it’s waking. You want to be polite now. After all, you’re just meeting.” The little animal stirred and stretched out its wings. These weren’t feathered golden wings but smooth and stretched like a bat. Tiny bright blue scales covered the body and head. Gold talons gripped the bars of the birdcage, and two golden eyes now fixed on her. The small creature hopped over to the closest bar.
When Aleasya stepped closer for a better look, the dragon tilted its head.
The beauty and wonder of what only could be a dragon transfixed her. Here was the creature of her dreams. Everything she knew to be real said this couldn’t be happening. But her heart knew better, and Aleasya fell completely in love with this perfectly wonderful being. She couldn’t stop trembling with excitement.
The dragon trembled too.
“The Lyra is the smallest known dragon in the world,” Alice continued. “They are nearly extinct in the wild, found in only a few remote locations. The Lyra is famous for its song, which is said to give the listener pure ecstasy. This Lyra has not sung since arriving in my store. The legends say that when a bond is made between the Lyra and its human companion, the Lyra will love that person with great devotion all of its natural life. Although small, it is fierce in protecting its companion. The Lyra loves its human so much, that if it is rejected, it will die from a broken heart.”
A tiny but long forked tongue flicked through the cage bars and licked Aleasya’s hand. It was exactly like her dreams. Her gaze locked with the dragon’s, and something deep inside clicked. But she was afraid.
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