In this snippet, Aliandra Cantora is in her natural dragon form and she's lamenting her realization that Drake MacGregor, a vampire, is her True Mate. This would be fine except she really wants a family, particularly children.
She turned her gaze to the land sliding below her, following the ripples of the ancient terminal moraines left from the retreating ice sheets. Lights from human inhabitants sparkled like Christmas bulbs along their snaking ridges, connected by ribbons of community and asphalt.
Dropping closer to the roads below, the sounds of life intruded into her churning silence, and a large three-wheeled motorcycle chugged along the icy black blade cutting through the snowy land. Music blasted from the bike’s speakers, belting out Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The rider sang along tunelessly, contentment in his voice.
Aliandra angled away, wishing she could find her own contentment in the winter skies above, but her frustration and despair followed her up like hunting dogs. It’s just not fair. Why did it have to be him? Something about Drake MacGregor had intrigued her since Kate’s wedding in late summer, and he seemed to watch her as much as she watched him. But she’d known he wasn’t a dragon and she’d tried to stay away.
Because I want a family. She’d wanted children since before she was old enough to reproduce, but she’d focused on her career in medicine. The research and knowledge had been rewarding and demanding, but nothing soothed her soul like the thought of her own family.
She twisted in the air, spinning like a drill bit for a few seconds before she flared her wings out, stopping the tangled fear and despair from sucking her down into a quagmire. Feeling sorry for herself wouldn’t get her anywhere. She’d just have to accept she’d never be a mother.
Oh, the pain at the loss of treasured dreams. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Jeff Tsuruoka, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Sarah Wesson. No cover yet, but here's the blurb for Order of the Dragon:
Drake MacGregor always adhered to the adage ‘let sleeping dragons lie’, until he slept with one.
In an effort to make up for his past as Vlad the Impaler, Drake has been living a small, quiet life in Three Lakes. As the town’s archivist, his knowledge of history and his place in it weigh on him. Drake has one desire—to rectify the atrocities committed in the name of his knightly order. Too bad he can’t keep his hands, or his fangs, off the local doctor, especially when he discovers she’s an actual dragon.
Aliandra Cantora del Viento is old enough and wise enough to ignore her attraction to the handsome historian, especially when her heart suggests he might be something more than he appears. Drake stokes her fires and curls her tail, and after a hot night in her clinic, the game is on. But he avoids her and nothing she tries breaks through his reserve, despite his obvious interest. He turns her on then apologizes for it, repeatedly. Not exactly the kind of relationship she’d hoped for yet she can’t walk away.
When a mysterious researcher arrives with his son, Drake becomes more edgy and irritable, and Aliandra must decide if she’s willing to fight for him. Especially when he might be her True Mate.
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