Reconnecting, A Letter to My Readers
Between getting older and the way that social media brings past acquaintances back into our lives, I’ve been thinking about the relationships we pick up again after years without contact: the college friends we meet again at reunions, the family members who show up for the first Christmas since the nineties, and especially the people we were involved with as teenagers.
There’s a lot going on there. And I say this as someone who thinks that human interaction is a mixed bag in general—but with someone who knew you Back When, you have a bunch of extra complication. Like, on the one hand, having more people in your life who remember you with a horrible perm and a deep conviction that D&D-based puns were a high form of humor is kind of a liability. On the other hand, you have a shared foundation of history, a mutual source of jokes—and quite possibly a level of trust and liking already established, no matter where you’ve ended up. (That last one may not be true in all cases; there are still girls from middle school whose bad hair days I’d enjoy.) (I am not a nice person.)
As a writer, I like all that complication a lot. That’s why I made Erik and Toinette, the hero and heroine of Highland Dragon Master, friends from their teenage years—well, sort of friends, in that like/dislike/crush way that sometimes happens as people grow from twelve to eighteen in near proximity.
Of course, because they’re both long-lived dragon shifters, they have more time to spend apart before the start of the book. By the time Erik hires Toinette, her ship, and her crew to take him on an expedition seeking a legendary island and possible treasure, both of them have lived a hundred years or more: time enough to have established their own lives, encountered the world, and become different people.
When everything’s gone right, of course, that’s also one of the appeals of a reunion with someone from your youth, especially someone you had a crush on. It’s a good feeling knowing that the object of your teenage infatuation now finds you all kinds of attractive and impressive—and in Highland Dragon Master, I tried to give both Erik and Toinette that moment. It helps that they both have plenty of opportunity to show off their skills: battling storms and demons is a nice chance for anyone to look good!
Highland Dragon Master - Dawn of the Highland Dragon, #3
He swore to protect Scotland to his last breath
But when terror rules the seas, he'll have to make a choice:
Give everything he has for independence, or trust in the dragon who rules his heart.
The war for Scottish independence rages on, but it's only a matter of time before England is victorious. Exhausted and battle-weary, Highland dragon Erik MacAlasdair will face unknown seas to seek the Templar stronghold and claim a power so great it could free his beloved homeland forever.
If only that kind of power didn't come with such a terrible price.
Daughter of a mortal woman and an ancient dragon, Toinette has never forgotten the proud Scot who once stole her young heart—she'll gladly fight at his side. But when dark forces leave them stranded on a cursed island, it will take everything they have to defy their fate...and trust the passion that burns within the heart of every dragon.
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Critically acclaimed author Isabel Cooper lives in Boston with her boyfriend and a houseplant she’s kept alive for over a year now. She maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing; all the while, she’s writing dark, edgy and magical romance novels. Her debut novel, No Proper Lady, was named a 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in the romance category, a 2011 Library Journal Best Romance of the Year and received an RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence for the month of September 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.isabelcooper.org.