Crimson Tree Publishing presents: For the Heart of Dragons, the third installment in Julie Wetzel’s Dragons of Eternity Series.
Disconnection is a very serious issue for dragons that can leave them stuck in one form or another, but it’s a condition that usually comes on slowly and rarely catches anyone by surprise. No one knows this better the Kara Rose, Eternity’s leading specialist in the treatment of this condition. So when the head of Eternity demands her presence for an emergency, she can’t imagine what he could want. She is, after all, only a therapist.
As a top mage with Eternity, Noah Dove has worked with dragons for most of his life, so he is used to their odd quirks and physical needs. When a dark beauty shows up to disrupt the king’s celebrations, he agrees to go with her to keep the peace. When Noah is unable to protect the woman from the group killing dragons, he’s left with her last request—to save her dragon. It would normally be an impossible task, but with a bit of magic and some help from the dragon, Noah forms the one thing that can transfer a dragon from one person to another—a Heart Stone.
Now the dragon is loose and out of control… and the only person who can help is Kara. With Noah’s consciousness locked away beyond her reach, she must somehow find a way to soothe the dragon and connect two halves that were never a whole. The task is daunting and will push her knowledge—and personal boundaries—to their limit and beyond.
“Wait, Byrd!” Noah cried, stopping the dragon before he could rush off. “Where are we?” Noah had never seen anything like this place before. It was obviously some kind of park. A wide walking path twisted across an enormous lawn. Workout stations were spaced out along the path, but that wasn’t what excited Byrd. Scattered across the lawn was an array of strange shapes on top of tall poles. They looked like giant bubble wands stuck in the ground.
“Fly!” Byrd chirped again.
Kara laughed as she caught up to him. “You go ahead and get started,” she said, patting him on the back. “I’m going to go change. I’ll join you in a minute.”
Byrd rubbed his side up against Kara’s leg before turning back towards the park.
“What is this place?” Noah asked again.
Instead of answering, Byrd spread his wings and kicked into the air. A few good beats had them soaring into the sky.
“Byrd!” Noah screeched as the dragon folded his wings and plummeted towards the ground. Adrenaline zinged through their system as the wind rushed over their scales.
At the last moment, Byrd stretched his wings out, catching the air and aiming for the first of the large shapes. He tucked in his wings and shot through the hoop. A quick flap had them turning for the next pole.
Noah’s mind reeled as they zipped through the obstacle course. He had flown with dragons before, but it was nothing like the thrill of wind rushing over him now. Flying on his own was exhilarating!
As Byrd finished his first run of the course, he soared up into the air. “You fly,” he insisted and released his hold.
Noah freaked as he was thrust into control. It had been thrilling watching as they zoomed around the course, but now it was terrifying. “I don’t know how to fly!” he screamed as he clenched his eyes shut and spread his wings out, trying to stop them from plunging to earth. The thin membranes of his wings pulled taunt, catching the wind and leveling out their fall. Noah cracked his eyes open to find they were gliding along above the course.
A flash of red shot up from the ground. It passed so close to him that he wobbled in its wake.
“Kara!” Byrd cried out.
Noah glanced up at a scarlet-red dragon turning loops in the sky. Carefully, he tilted his wings and banked around towards her. A few hard flaps raised him up to her level. Once he was stable again, he watched the red dragon play.
“Pretty,” Byrd said as they watched her twist and twirl in the air.
“She’s beautiful,” Noah chirped in agreement. He hadn’t seen any other dragons since his vision had changed, so he was unprepared for the way the light played off her scales. Their base color was a gorgeous red, but they shimmered and sparkled in the sun.
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About the Author
Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.
Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.
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