Series: Stars & Souls Trilogy #1
Publication Date: April 29 2014 by Swoon Romance
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
Book Links: Goodreads
Following the death of her vampire uncle, twenty-one-year-old Caitriona Hayden finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.
Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America’s monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.
Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband in seven days, knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.
Name: Melissa A. Petreshock (often called Mel)
Book/s published: Fire of Stars and Dragons (April 2014)
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Short Bio: Never fond of reality, Melissa enjoyed writing from an early age but had no idea what she wanted to be when she grew up. At 37, she’s not sure about the “grown up” part, but she does know she wants to be a career author.
Mel is a total cat person and adopted a stray who wandered up to her house. His name is Jai, and he’s known as her “dragon cat” whose picture pops up on her Instagram and Twitter accounts often. She drinks too much Diet Sunkist and collects oddities like an orange plastic gummy bear, a minion holding a fart gun, and five stuffed animal mice from IKEA, among other things.
Her secondary career path choice is to attend Hogwart’s and become a wizard.
Dragons are usually stereotyped as cruel and merciless fire breathing creatures. Does your book undermine this dragon typecast?
I’d definitely have to say readers will not be able to stereotype my dragons as anything like that. The Dracopraesi have a mythology unique to them, a whole back story history regarding their divine origins, continued existence, and purpose, setting them apart from your typical dragons. However, when I say they have “divine origins”, I don’t want readers to mistake them as some dragon-winged angels. They aren’t perfect, and they do bite.
How are the dragons of Fire of Stars and Dragons different from the traditional dragons? How are they similar?
The most noticeable difference is obviously the fact they shape-shift between dragon and human forms to blend into their surroundings. They’re also different in their specific organizational structure within the Dracopraesi.
As for similarities, when in dragon form, they are certainly as dangerous as any dragon you would otherwise face. If their divine purpose justifies your death, you’re basically screwed, so-to-speak. When called for, they are ferocious, vicious, and straight-up lethal creatures.
They aren’t like Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. They’re a lot more like the dragons from Game of Thrones, loyal to Daenerys but dangerous to anyone else. The Dracopraesi have those they protect and those they will destroy. Certain people, their wards, hold their unwavering loyalty.
With magical creatures being the main characters of your book, I think that it’s safe to assume that they’d have unique names. Are there any symbolisms or allusions or even hidden meanings behind the names of your dragons?
Most of their first names are oddly not as unique as you would think they might be, and this is really because they’ve spent most of their lives trying to blend in while in human form in order to protect their wards, so they’ve mostly chosen to use “normal” sounding names. However, some worry about things like that more so than others, but they all have names I think fit them.
In one scene, Theo wears an old “pathetic” Pink Floyd t-shirt. There is a deeper story behind Theo’s name, but you will find out about that as the trilogy progresses. I’ll leave that for readers to learn on their own.
His brother Sir Oliver Pendragon has a very sophisticated kind of name because it suits his style, his personality, and is becoming of his character. Once you meet him, you’ll see he’s definitely an Oliver.
Liam Pendragon tends to be a dragon who focuses on tactical planning and analyzing battle strategy. He’s a bit of a badass, and I’ve always been a huge fan of Liam Neeson, so that just came together in my mind.
Their brother Clifford Pendragon is the tech guru of the group, a computer whiz and gadget freak, but socially a little awkward. His name felt fitting for his personality, sounds a tad stiff and proper and geeky.
I’ve admitted in several interviews before that Claaron Graywyne’s name is the anagram of one of my best friends’ whose personality is incredibly similar to Claaron. I also wanted him to have something unique because he’s the kind of dragon who doesn’t care too much what others think, plus his physical appearance makes it difficult to fully blend in anyway, so he just has this super cool name.
Finally, (of the main dragons you meet in FOSAD) Jaiteru Faerywyng is completely made up and fantastical because his character is so unusual, he just couldn’t have a normal name. Jai’s surname, like all dragons’ is his house name, but his given name is a blend of Fae (from my world’s mythology) and Asian influences.
While reading about dragons on your website, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the concept of the Dracopraesi Houses. Can you tell us more about them?
The Houses of the Dracopraesi are the main defining organizational structure of the “brotherhood” of dragons within my mythology. It can be a tad bit complicated, and not everything is explained in detail in the first book, but my editor and I discussed plans for a “tree” of sorts outlining this in Fire of Stars and Dragons, which I hope makes it into the final publication to help readers keep it straight.
There are six “houses” among the Dracopraesi dragons, each with sixty-six dragons, and they are in a specific order, from the First House of the Dracopraesi to the Sixth House of the Dracopraesi, and titles are big thing among dragons for the most part. Where various dragons fit into the spectrum of houses and rankings is a matter of honor and of ego too. “2nd brother to the 1st Dracopraesi House and one of Cait’s three suitors. He often wears and is often teased for his choice of rock band t-shirts” Dragons consider those within their own house to be closer “kindred brothers” than those outside their house generally.
From First to Sixth, the order is as follows: House of Pendragon, House of Graywyne, House of Faerwyng, House of Hornwelch, House of Tirclaw, and House of Kielgard. Now among the six houses, there are divisions into two groups of three, which are also of great importance. The first three houses, Pendragon, Graywyne, and Faerwyng are the Goddess Houses. Hornwelch, Tirclaw, and Kielgard make up the Catalyst Houses.
Each house has certain types of wards they typically guard, which are generally associated with particular aspects of strengths in each house. Among the Goddess Houses, the breakdown is Pendragon- morality, Graywyne- knowledge, Faerwyng- compassion. Then the Catalyst Houses cover Hornwelch- humanity, Tirclaw- religion, and Kielgard- war.
The last thing I’ll explain about the House of the Dracopraesi is that each dragon owns a necklace, though not all of them necessarily wear them, and a few have given them as special gifts over their lifetimes, but they are usually worn on a leather cord and all have a silver dragon claw pendant holding a crystal. Each house has its own color crystal, which is unique to the eye color that house’s dragons have.
House colors are:
House of Pendragon: emerald
House of Graywyne: silver
House of Faerwyng: sapphire
House of Hornwelch: amber
House of Tirclaw: onyx
House of Kielgard: garnet
That’s the basic “Houses of the Dracopraesi 101”. How the ranking of the dragons themselves work is a whole other lesson…
What is it about dragons that appeals to you the most?
There is such a plethora of myths and lore surrounding dragons in different forms across the globe that I find the possibilities fascinating. When writing them, I created this mythology of the Dracopraesi allowing the readers to consider the idea everything they’ve ever heard about dragons in all the various myths, lore, legends, and stories ever could have some basis in reality. Who and what the Dracopraesi are gives an opening for the concept they’ve been here forever, and people may have misinterpreted things they saw or misunderstood the actions dragons took, believing them to be horrible beasts and monsters because they didn’t know the reasons behind what they did.
Dragons are awesome and powerful, full of magical potential and a dangerous beauty and elegance. I love them and wanted to give them a terrific mythology readers could immerse themselves in with characters in which they could become invested.
Do you have any stories or other works in store for your readers this 2014?
In the fall, I believe September, a short story prequel to Fire of Stars and Dragons called “Fallen Son, Darkest Night” will be released as part of an anthology. Currently, I’m working on the second book in the Stars & Souls Trilogy, Blood of Stars and Gods, which has a tentative expected release at the end of the year. It picks up the story and moves forward roughly three weeks from where Fire of Stars and Dragons ends.
Beyond 2014, I have the end of this trilogy plus spin-off standalone novels within the same world using some of the amazing secondary characters I believe readers will love. I also have plans for a second trilogy to take off from this one. Overall, I intend to stay in this world with characters readers are already familiar with and have grown to love and want to know better for a long time.
Fictional Boyfriend: Book- Eric Northman (Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels), TV- Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead), Movies/Comic Books- Wolverine (X-Men) The running theme here is that these are guys who could keep me from getting killed if needed because I have like zero survival skills.
Favorite mythical creature aside from dragons: Faeries because there are just so many ways you can interpret them and types of fae you could imagine.
Least favorite book you had to read for school: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad for senior AP Lit. It wasn’t bad, just not my thing.
In 3 words, describe the weather right now: Frozen snow hell. (as of 2/17/14 when I’m answering this question)
How do you take your coffee?: Heavily caffeinated mocha cappuccino.
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