Where’s 30 Books in 30 Days? It’s here…just read on! Today, please join me in extending a warm welcome to my friend and fellow author, Paula Millhouse. Paula is dropping by today to celebrate the release of Chalvaren Rising. Chalvaren Rising is being published today (Woot!) by Boroughs Publishing Group and is the second book in Paula’s Kingdom of Chalvaren series.
Paula Millhouse is the author of fantasy romance books including Chalvaren Rising, its prequel, Dragonstone, and Three Wishes. Dragonstone also appears in the anthology, A Gift of Fantasy. These stories are published by Boroughs Publishing Group. She is also the author of a romantic suspense series, The Wishes Chronicles, including Careful…, and All Your Wishes… When not following her muse on quests for happily ever afters, Paula works in the field of medicine as a Family Nurse Practitioner by day, and micro-gardens in her potager with her husband and their pack and pride of furry babies. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, as a child Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south. She’s a PRO member of Romance Writers of America, and the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Writers specialty chapter. She lives in the mountains now, but she honors her southern heritage as a storyteller by sharing her adventures in fiction with readers. You can learn more about Paula by visiting her website, at Boroughs Publishing Group and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT CHALVAREN RISING: The Dragonstone has returned. With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin. TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war. It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.
To read an excerpt from Chalvaren Rising, click on the Workshops tab above.
And now, let’s hear from Paula…
Blending Fantasy and Romance
By Paula Millhouse
In the Kingdom of Chalvaren Romances, I explore the relationship between genres: How can we blend High Fantasy and Romance into a story that leaves the reader breathless where magic and suspense collide in an imaginary world?
I grew up in Savannah, Georgia, surrounded by fantasy tales steeped in southern and worldwide tradition. One question I wanted to explore was why wasn’t more heart-rending romance woven into the fantasy genre? Hey, all those elves and hobbits and dragons had to come from somewhere, right?
Now, with the release of my new novel, Chalvaren Rising, I get a chance to explore weaving the strengths of both worlds into one. I wanted to find out what would happen if I designed a world where fantasy lovers get their quest, but also give their girlfriends a healthy dose of grown-up romance along the way. Worlds are better when you include the element of love.
Building on my childhood imagination, I created a world where sentient dragons defend their keepers, and the elves of Chalvaren willingly risk everything to save their future kingdom. It’s a family story with a strong cast of characters aided by a taste of magic which rounds out the adventure.
Villains exist in Chalvaren, and darkness looms, but the theme that love is worth fighting for is demonstrated when Mia and Kort’s passion will not wait. And, their love for their dragons, their protectors, drives the story line in an intimate way.
Share Chalvaren Rising with your friends. It’s a fairy tale meant to entertain your heart, with characters meant to endure throughout time.
Thanks, Paula. Congrats on the release of Chalvaren Rising! If you’d like to read an excerpt, click on the “Workshops” Tab above.
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