Today it’s my pleasure to interview C.R. Robertson, author of Dragons of Fate, Book Two in the The Gaian Otherworld Series.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: CR Robertson
Date of Publication: 31st January 2019
Number of pages: 303
Word Count: 84347
Cover Artist: Maria Spader
The underrealm was in turmoil with revelations of the evil that had taken root there.
It was no longer a safe haven for the Gaians.
Darius was a golden warrior dragon from an ancient clan. Evanora descended from the purple dragons of healing. They were destined to become fated mates four hundred years ago before Evanora was stolen from the heartland of the dragons.
Her dream of escape became the nightmare of reality.
Even in the light the past haunted her present.
Evanora’s soul was broken by her long years in captivity, until Darius started to fit the pieces back together again. Some fragments no long fit, some slotted into a different position, but the woman who emerged was stronger and more powerful than anyone ever imagined – the Gaian enchantress.
Was it too late for their love?
Or would Fate intervene to light their way to the future?
Sometimes love was the most powerful and dangerous magic...
***WARNING*** Includes a deadly hero willing to fight the monsters of this world to claim his fated mate, and a heroine who powerful enough to bring the world to its knees.
Dragons of Destiny is the second in The Gaian Otherworld. It can be read as a stand-alone paranormal romance.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love dragons, and this series is dedicated to dragons who live in the underrealm deep within the earth’s core. There is also an underlying message about the destruction of the planet, which I think is something we all need to think about as the legacy of our generation. All of my books have themes to make people think long after they stop reading.
How did you come up with the title?
Every title in my series starts with the same word – so I have the Elements and Dragons collections. It makes it easy for my readers to keep track of. Dragons of Destiny was the first title as I believe we all have a destiny and so do my dragons!! Dragons of Fate is the second book because the dragons have fated mates and I do love that fate likes to push our buttons sometimes.
What made you choose the main setting for your book?
The book moves between the mortal plane (earth), the underrealm (dragon’s lair), and the fae lands where the fae courts come from. I like to play on the idea that our world overlaps other energy dimensions and brings different folklore in to explain strange happenings and unexplained places in our world.
If you could spend an hour in real life with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
I loved the idea of Evanora’s character – broken by evil, she put herself back together again one piece at a time. She’s a badass with magic, and we’d all love to be able to control the elements even for an hour.
Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.
I LOVE the covers for this series. DRAGONS!! Sorry… The cover is Darius protecting Evanora, who is emerging whole through his flames. It is the story in picture form.
Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.
This series will have four books. Dragons of Chaos is nearly finished and it follows Justus and Celeste as they continue the story of the battle against the krakens. Each couple have different obstacles to overcome, and Justus has a unique storyline that had me scratching my head as to how it was going to unfold. My alpha reader read the first section (I print off each 50pages as I go and ensure it makes sense) and said NO! It needs to change until they got to the big reveal, and then it was NO! it needs to stay as it is…
Did you enjoy writing one scene above all the rest? If so, share.
I loved writing the scene when Evanora finally stepped into her magic power and showed her captor and the corrupt council what true power looks like. She didn’t need to hurt or suppress anyone to establish her dominance because she wielded real power with every step and movement of her body.
How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?
I started writing in 2016 and published my first book, Elements of Flames, that year. I’d had surgery and was sitting twiddling my thumbs. Every so often in the past I’d wondered about writing, but a little voice inside me whispered what if?
Everything that came after that was a major learning curve for me as I’m self published. Writing the books is the easy part!
What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?
I have always loved paranormal romance. I still have all my mythology books from when I was younger. I think that’s why you find so many myths and legends hiding between the pages of my books.
Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.
The Otherworld Chronicles is based in the Otherworld, which overlaps our human world. I’m trained as a geneticist and I followed the theory of the missing link – it’s not missing at all. The missing link was magic and it evolved in a different realm. Morgan was hidden on earth, far from her roots and Drake stumbles upon her when he is investigating a series of deaths by a rogue Elemental who is sacrificing seven women on every pagan festival. The series follows the history of Morgan’s family through different characters. The story is filled with pagan symbology, folklore, and mythology.
I sauntered out of the room in search of Darius. If he thought he could avoid me, he would need to rethink his strategy. He was in his bedroom with his hip braced against the window frame, staring out at the ocean.
“I thought we agreed you would break the bond and leave,” he snapped without looking around.
“No, I didn’t agree to either of those things, Darius. Just because you are my mate doesn’t mean you can tell me what to do.” I sat on the end of the bed.
His back stiffened at the word mate.
“You can’t stay here.”
“I can stay anywhere you are. We share a blood link.”
That got his attention because he spun around. “I could block access to all my homes...”
I sighed and stood up, letting some of my power loose. His arms were pinned against the wall beside his head, and his feet stuck to the floor. “The problem is, Darius, that you belong to me just as I am yours. I have no intention of going anywhere.”
I stepped against him and watched as he swallowed and glanced away. He could neutralise every feature, but his body betrayed him. I ran my fingers over his chest to his waist, deliberately moving closer to sniff his mating mark on his neck.
“Definitely no nymphs or succubus scents, Darius. You’ll need to try harder if you want to make me jealous.” My breath mingled with his. “We are made from the same energy. If I am unable to stomach the thought of another lover, the same applies to you.”
I pressed myself against him, and felt his automatic reaction to my presence. I nipped his mating mark with my teeth, and his quick inhale of breath made me smile. Tracing the outline of it with my tongue, I held onto his waist as an anchor. My lips kissed a path up his neck, even as he held his head away from me. The tips of my fangs dragged against the artery that pulsed in his neck.
Sexual tension pulsed off him in waves, and my dragoness purred in contentment.
“You belong to me, Darius. Make no mistake, I will annihilate any female you try to take as a lover.”
His head spun towards me, and my lips connected with his. I grabbed his head in my hands and poured every emotion that vibrated through my body into my lips.
He had always initiated our previous kisses. I needed to show him that I’d made a choice and he was the winner. I refused to let my past paralyse me anymore. Hecate wanted me to be a worthy heir to her magic. I would not allow anyone to hold me back from my fate.
Darius tried to resist me, but his dragon had other ideas. I felt him shimmer to the surface as his heat increased, gold flecks flashing across his skin. My tongue demanded entry to his mouth, because every breath of his belonged to me and vice versa.
The rest of the world faded into insignificance, my only focus the man in front of me. He struggled against the invisible restraints that held him, his dragon trying to get closer to his mate. I dropped my hands from his face and pressed one last kiss on his lips.
“You are mine, Darius. That is as true now as it was four hundred years ago. You can ignore me and leave a room when I enter it, but it will not change the fact that we belong together.”
I turned and walked towards the door, releasing his restraints.
My lips spread into a smile when I heard him screaming FUCK into the empty room.
Darius had spent his whole life being in charge, but I was the Gaian Enchantress, and I would no longer let my life be stolen away from me. The time had arrived for me to take what was mine.
About the Author
CR Robertson is a paranormal romance writer who lives in Ireland, the most magical country in the world. From an early age, she loved faerytales and mythological stories. She delved into the pages to go on an adventure with the characters, sparking a lifelong love of the literary world and story craft.
The Otherworld Chronicles started when the characters evolved in her head, constantly jumping in to tell their story until one day that nagging voice said, “Why not write their faerytale?” The rest resides in the pages of the Otherworld. Her in-depth knowledge of mythology and faerylore weaves the background for the characters in each of her manuscripts.
It may be cliché, but she has a cottage by the sea on the east coast of Ireland. Gardening is one of her favourite pastimes and is evident in her garden that is overflowing with crystals and seasonal flowers for the birds, butterflies, and her favourite bumblebees. Her dogs enjoy the sleepy seaside town and spend their time playing in the sea.
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