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Friday, March 15, 2013

Here comes the Prince!



Hi, I’m Anna Lee!
It’s March Magic so I’m here to share with you my fantasy series, The Galerir Saga.  The Prince of Galerir has a little bit of everything, there are sorcerers, dragons, magik, knights and a hidden prince. The Prince of Galerir is the first novel in the saga and it is published by MLR Press. The second story, The Battle for Galerir is currently in edits and I’m also writing the third story as well. There might even be more after that depending on my muses…

So, the Prince of Galerir is the love story of Tomas and Griffin along with the tale of the kingdom of Galerir and how it needs a king who can reunite the land with magik and stop the usurper before it is too late. This first story is the start of Tomas and Griffin’s journey with their dragon, Sera, as they begin to take the path to their destiny. Though all of this won’t happen right away and I can’t spoil what’s to come…

I hope it’s a story all enjoy. I’ve always loved fairy tales, dragons, and magik. I wanted to write a story that was unique. So in this story the Prince falls in love with his knight, who is definitely not a damsel in distress. They are equals, they complement one another, and together they delve into the world of magik and fight for their love.

You can buy The Prince of Galerir in ebook all formats and paperback. Here is the link to it on MLR’s site:

You can contact me at my website: Or you can tweet me @AnnaLee59.  I’m always happy to have visitors or chat.

Thank you so much for having me!


Let me first share with you the blurb. “Long ago, magik was banished from the kingdom of Galerir. Yet when two young men who share a forbidden passion discover a dragon hatchling, they unwittingly set a course of events in motion that will change the kingdom and their lives forever. All Lord Tomas Roland wants is a life where he is free to love his knight, Griffin Dalison. Yet the chains of responsibility wind tighter around Tomas when it is revealed that he is the heir to the kingdom of Galerir. Tomas and Griffin must reach Galerir's ailing king before a usurper has the chance to seize the throne. With Griffin as his touchstone, Tomas delves into the unfamiliar worlds of politics and magik. But will Tomas be able to keep his love by his side once he becomes the prince of Galerir?”
 
Excerpt:
Rushing up the stone steps of the northern keep, Griffin Dalison took them two at a time as he made his way up to Tomas's chambers. Tomas had chosen the room at the top of the highest tower as soon as he was old enough to, saying he loved the view. Griffin's chambers were a floor below, and the servant's quarters were below them. His chambers were close by in case his lord, Tomas, was ever in need of protection. He knocked briefly then pushed open the large wooden door and stepped inside.
Tomas, who had been polishing his sword, stared at him in surprise. Tomas was a few inches taller than him, muscular where Griffin was slender, tan where he was pale, strong and fast where Griffin was graceful and even quicker. Graced with his mother's auburn hair and stormy blue eyes, Tomas also took after her with his charm, comely features, and bright smile. He was dressed in his usual attire: breeches, a blue silk tunic, leather boots, and his sword belt.
"Griff? You are early to help me get ready for my training."
"No, it is not that," Griffin shook his head, catching his breath. "I saw something in the sky last night. I could not explain it, but I swore I saw it land in the forest-"
Quickly, Tomas got to his feet, sheathing his sword in its leather scabbard. "We should alert my father. He can send some men out."
"No!" Griffin stepped forward, barely able to contain his excitement. "I found what it was. I want to show you. It is not far, merely a few hundred feet inside the Silverwoods. Can you sneak away?"
Tomas gave him a wide grin, and Griffin blushed. He had to stop forbidden thoughts at that smile, knowing nothing could happen despite the feelings he had. They had grown up together in the castle, thick as thieves and best friends throughout the years. It had been that way ever since Griffin had been sent to serve as a page for Lord Franklin Roland. He had been eight years old and terrified of the forest when he had arrived - used to the beaches and rolling waves near Castle Dalison until Tomas showed him there was nothing to fear. Now, he was a knight, sworn to serve Tomas.
He had adored Tomas since then, and as he grew older he realized it was more than that. He grew attracted to him and was in love with him, not that he could ever tell Tomas. At times he thought the other man felt the same; he knew giving into his feelings was too much of a risk to take, even if his heart often said otherwise.
Griffin did not see Tomas as a young lord, and Tomas did not see him as a knight: they were simply Griffin and Tomas around one another. Though Griffin would lay down his life if it ever came to it, he was going to become Tomas's right hand man when his time came to rule the castle. As of right now, they were almost nineteen, and the days of Tomas's rule were a long way off.
"I suppose I could, for you," Tomas said with a wink. "Can you tell me what it is?"
"Promise as my friend you will not tell anyone else?"
Seeming curious, Tomas stepped forward and took his hand, squeezing it briefly before they both pulled back. "You know there is nothing you could tell me in confidence that I would tell another soul."
"I know," Griffin broke into a smile, "but we could both get into trouble if your father found out."
"When am I not in trouble?" Tomas shrugged. "Father is always saying I will never grow out of my childish phase. He does not understand I find court life dull and want adventure. I want to be a knight like you, Griff. I want to ride off to the Great Divide and discover what is beyond. You would go with me, would you not?"
"You know I would. What is this all about? Is something troubling you?"
"Audrey is coming to visit." Tomas grimaced. "You know they want to betroth us, and my nineteenth name day is near. Father says we should have already been wed."
Griffin's heart sank. There was his other problem. Since they were sixteen, Tomas's father had been trying to play matchmaker between Tomas and Audrey. Tomas would never be his; he had his responsibilities as a lord.
"Do you have to?" he asked, though he knew the answer.
"It is expected of me," Tomas said bitterly, running a hand through his thick brown hair. "I do not want to marry out of obligation. What sort of life is that?"
Griffin gave Tomas an apologetic look. His friend needed assurance, and he always helped, even if he was hurt in the process. "Your father loved your mother," he reminded Tomas. "Theirs was a marriage of duty as well."
"Not the same," Tomas disagreed, locking gazes with Griffin. "Audrey's not the one I want or could find happiness with."
"Tomas…" Griffin swallowed hard. He knew without it being said that Tomas was talking about him, yet he could not let that thought go further. They had denied it for so long. "Do not say that. I was going to show you-"
"I know you feel the same." Tomas pressed a finger to Griffin's lips. "I do not care if it is forbidden. I have wanted you for a long time."
"It would never work," Griffin tried to argue, putting his hand over Tomas's. He had to distract himself before he did something he should not, something he had longed to do for years. Tomas being so close, touching him, was making it impossible to focus. Then he remembered what he had come to tell him. "I want – The dragon. I found a dragon."
"A dragon?" Tomas appeared surprised. "There are no more dragons. They have been dead for hundreds of years."
"I saw it with my own eyes. I can prove it.”
  

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