1. Slayer Deneas originally had another name. Although Fire and Amulet was not part of the Windmaster Novels, the original name Deneae was too close in pronunciation to Denai, one of Lord Dal and Lady Ellspeth’s twin daughters. The calculation A + E = D was used to create a new name created from those of her parents. Adais and Enae were joined to become Deneas.
2. A diary hidden for years of one quest forms the basis for another.
3. Besides the horses, what could be my favorite non-human character was a helwr named Tywyll. A large black bird, the creature of legend had lethal curved talons and large orange eyes that seemed to blaze with energy. Tywyll was Karst's mother’s pet. She had raised him for a fledgling. The birds are fiercely loyal. Upon the friend’s death, they would take any vengence felt appropriate, then find kin. Tywyll adopted Karst and journeyed with him.
4. The most difficult part of the story to write involved Trelleir’s secret. The reader had to be told so they knew early on. My problem came when the secret was revealed. How would Deneas react? Her actions had to be realistic, but the betrayal couldn’t disrupt the desired ending.
5. According to legend, when a dragon cries, its tears form a jewel. If you look closely at the cover you can see the truth of the legend. Having a slayer as a friend is dangerous if you’re a dragon. Jewels formed from Trelleir’s tears shed for the loss of two friends were worked into hair sticks he gave Deneas and into the amulet he created for her mother.
The paranormal fantasy, Fire and Amulet, takes a different twist of a dragon shifter romance. Trelleir is a true dragon whose magic allows him to take on human form. The last of his kind, he longs for companionship. However, his only friend is not only a human female, but a slayer. Sworn to kill all dragons, including him.
Summoned by the village council, Deneas is sent on a quest to kill any and all dragons, and cannot return without proof of her success. Finding the mythical creature and avoiding its deadly talons and fire are not her only problems. Another slayer follows with orders to kill her. As she retraces her slain mother's footsteps, she learns the world is not what it seems.
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The pull of someone seeking him tore Trelleir from his somber reflections. Only one person could be the source of the summoning, Deneas. He had protected her since her birth when the non-verbal thoughts of the babe registered as little more than faint cries. Now that she had reached adulthood the mental connection between them increased to the point where he swore he could hear her thoughts.
He pictured her in his mind’s eye, sitting on the rock wall he and Adais had built as a border around her private garden. Deneas’ face was turned towards the heavens. He knew she searched for a dragon. The urge to leap into the darkness, to fly to her, tore at his control.
“Go to her,” whispered the wind.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Although the author of several local histories, and numerous articles on the topics of American and military history, antiques and collectibles, Henderson’s first love is fiction. Her work in the museum and history fields enables a special insight into creating fantasy worlds. The descendent of a coal-miner's daughter and an aviation flight engineer, her writing reflects the contrasts of her heritage as well as that of her Gemini sign. Her stories cross genres from historical westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of fantasy romance, she is the author of the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. In her books, she invites readers to join her on travels through the stars, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination.
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