Please join me in welcoming author Jessamyn Kingley to my blog. She’s kindly had one of her characters (Grand Warlock Dra’Kaedan D’Vaire) submit to an interview. Read on to see if “Squirt” picks his nose or find out what he keeps in his nightstand!
Minutes after Brogan shifts into a dragon for the first time, his best friend is banished from their court. Loyal to the core, Brogan follows Aleksander through the castle gates of their old home. Fate turns Aleksander into a king and Court D’Vaire is established. Considered cursed by dragonkind the D’Vaire’s are ostracized. After six centuries of loneliness Brogan leaves his family desperate to find his mate. He has no idea Fate has intervened and sent his other half right to Aleksander’s doorstep.
As a familiar Ayden struggles between a voice inside him that insists he is something more and Latarian’s stringent set of rules. He finds himself torn as he and Brogan try to find common ground. Can the pair find love and will Dra’Kaedan find out his true destiny before it’s too late?
“Before you met me, did you ever try and imagine what your mate would be like?” Ayden asked.
“Sometimes. I’m shallow, so I wanted him to be good-looking. I like to laugh, so I hoped he’d have a good sense of humor. I dreamed of someone who’d love my family because my preference is to be with them. I consider myself very lucky because I got a mate who has everything on my shopping list,” Brogan replied. “How about you?”
“I honestly didn’t consider it. We were trapped so long, my only thoughts were about getting out of that cottage. I suppose if I had to make a list, the one thing I’d put on it would be to have someone taller than me. Life isn’t easy for us short people.”
“I know, I’ve seen your struggles with shelves, but I like your height. You fit just right in my arms.”
“Kind of cheesy,” Ayden decided.
“How about I love the delicious fit of your sexy, toned physique against the tall manliness of mine?”
“Okay, last choice. Your body feels amazing against me.”
“Still has some cheese factor, but I’ll take it,” Ayden declared.
“I have no regrets,” Ayden informed him.
His dragon grinned. “Somehow I’m not surprised.”
“We all have to be good at something. I’m learning to be excellent at saying whatever comes to mind.”
“You’re a good kisser,” Brogan countered. “You could spend more time doing that and less time being bratty.”
“Yeah, I’ve been trying, but my mate’s a pain in the ass and doesn’t give me much opportunity.”
“So, what you’re saying is that you wait for him to make all the moves?”
Ayden was dumbstruck. That was exactly what he’d been doing. He couldn’t believe he’d let Brogan dictate their progress until the previous night, when he’d finally demanded that the man give him more. If life was about embracing what he wanted, Ayden craved nothing more than Brogan.
Without a word, Ayden leaned forward and kissed his mate. It was no gentle peck—his tongue dueled with Brogan’s, and the dragon took control. He hauled Ayden close and massaged his back with his large paws as their mouths made love. Ayden wound his arms around Brogan’s neck as moans tumbled past his lips. Long before Ayden was ready, Brogan pulled away.
“I like it when you take charge,” Brogan told him.
“I wasn’t finished.”
“You keep kissing me like that, and I’m going to forget we’re in the living room.”
“Please, Madeline and Larissa make out in here all the time.”
Brogan’s brow furrowed in irritation. “Good for them. I don’t like sitting in here making out. My dick’s pressing against my zipper, and it fucking hurts.”
Ayden jumped off the couch. “Let’s go to my room then.”
“Taking it slow, remember that?” Brogan reminded him from where he still sat on the sofa.
“Damn it, why did we agree to something so stupid?” Ayden demanded and slapped his hands onto his hips.
Brogan narrowed his eyes in frustration as he stood. “Because you have no experience.”
“I’m over six centuries old. How long are you going to make me wait?”
“Long enough to make sure you’re ready.”
Tilting his head back, Ayden’s eyes met an angry set of navy ones, but he was an expert on what he was ready for, and he wasn’t going to tolerate anyone else making rules or guidelines for him. He’d had enough of that in his lifetime. “I think I know when I’m ready.”
“How? Huh? You’ve never been in a relationship, so how do you know?”
“I know myself, don’t I?” Ayden yelled.
“What the hell’s going on in here?” Aleksander asked as he stalked into the living room.
Ayden was lost in his anger and he didn’t think, he just acted. Lifting his finger, he aimed it in Brogan’s direction. “We’re both hard, and he won’t do a damn thing about it.”
“I’m out,” Aleksander responded as he turned on his heel and exited in the same direction he’d just come from. “I’ll be in my room if anyone needs me. You two can figure this one out on your own.”
There was a tense silence in the living room for several minutes; then Brogan bent over in half from the force of his laughter.
It made heat bloom in Ayden’s cheeks. “I can’t believe I said that to him.”
Brogan straightened, and their eyes met. “He’s heard worse. Don’t worry. Look, I know you want more, but we need to stick to the plan. This is too important to make mistakes.”
“I’m ready for more.”
“How about I’ll allow kissing and maybe a little more to be determined on a case-by-case basis,” Brogan offered as he took a step closer to Ayden and grinned.
Bridging the distance between them, Ayden walked forward until their toes bumped. “You’ll allow? It doesn’t work that way unless you want to be covered in oozing sores.”
“I think that’s more disgusting than the enormous damage you wanted to do to my ass earlier.”
“Give me one of those pecks you’re so fond of, and let’s go get a snack. We can talk about that little more you mentioned,” Ayden said as he held out his hand.
Brogan grabbed it and leaned down to touch their lips together. “We ate lunch less than thirty minutes ago.”
“Do you have a point?”
☆ Character Interview ☆
What is your name? Do you have a nickname? If so, who calls you by it, and how did you get it?
My name is Grand Warlock Dra’Kaedan D’Vaire. I do have a nickname, but I never gave him permission to use it. King D’Vairedraconis calls me squirt because he’s freakishly tall and cannot see that my height is perfect.
What character trait do you like most in yourself?
I like to help people. That’s something I am proud of and I never ignore that impulse.
What character trait do you like least in yourself?
Hard as it is to believe there are times when I wish I was able to curb my temper. It would probably benefit me to think something through before I start yelling. I intend to keep working on that.
What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is my necklace. When I was born, my twin and I each got one. Our father, T’Eirick, put my brother’s essence in mine and vice versa so we can always find one another. Not only do I cherish being able to locate Dre’Kariston wherever he is, but it’s all I have left of my parents.
Do you pick your nose?
Not if anyone can see me!
Do you grind your teeth?
I don’t think so, but Brogan swears I drool in my sleep. I don’t believe it despite his alleged evidence of moisture on his chest.
If a boy/girl scout knocks on your door selling popcorn/cookies do you hide or answer the door and buy the stuff.
Before I ever get near the door, my mate Brogan charges in and blocks me. After I push his giant dragon ass out of the way I definitely buy the cookies. All the cookies I can.
What do you like to wear?
I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy. I use my magic to put slogans or pictures on my shirts for laughs sometimes. I don’t mind getting all decked out in my crown and cloak when necessary though.
Do you avoid conflict, or argue your point?
I never avoid conflict. I have a temper that doesn’t really give me a choice. I will argue my point until I am blue in the face.
How do you deal with stress?
You would be amazed at how fire can help with stress. I just set up some magical targets in the backyard with whoever’s face is annoying the crap out of me and I let the little flaming orbs fly.
What is in your nightstand?
Let’s see, I have pens and paper because you never know when you need to job something down. A pro or maybe a con regarding your mate or a situation perhaps. The lube. I don’t need to tell you what that’s for. I turn my phone off and shove it in there at night because I don’t want to be disturbed. I may also have some food magazines that I peruse for cake recipes when I have downtime.
Jessamyn is married and working toward remembering to start the dishwasher without being distracted by the scent of the magical detergent. For personal enjoyment, she aids in cat rescue while slashing and gashing her way through mobs in various MMORPGs. Caffeine is her very best friend and is only cast aside briefly for the sin better known as BBQ potato chips.
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