Annabelle Jacobs is here to share her bookshelves with us, or at least one. Please welcome her.
I love to read. I especially love to read with an actual book in my hand. Don’t get me wrong I have an awful lot of books on my ereader, and now it’s where I do most of my reading, but there’s just something a little nicer about a book.
I have a lot of books. There are far too many for my poor bookcase to handle, so I have them piled up all over the house. As you can see, I like a whole range of genres including crime, and horror, but my favourite has got to be fantasy. The most recent series I’ve read is Game of Thrones, and I adore it–despite the fact that he kills people off all the time, and always when you’re not expecting it!
When it came to writing a novel of my own, the first idea I had was for a fantasy/shifter story. Since NaNoWriMo was just around the corner, I decided to join up and see if I could do it. One month and fifty thousand words later, I had most of my first book, The Choosing, written out. It took me another two months to finish and submit, and it was released in October last year.
My second book, Capture, again a fantasy novel, took a little longer. There was no Nano this time to push me to write it, but Capture was just released on Jan 24th, and I’m really excited because it’s the first book in a trilogy. Whereas my earlier book involved shifters, this one is about dragons, and elves, and magic. It follows the relationship between Nykin, a dragon rider, and his king, Ryneq, when circumstances throw them together.
The second book, Union, will be out in April 2014, and Alliance, the third, hopefully later in the year.
Over two hundred years ago, when dragons were hunted for their blood, the King of Torsere offered them sanctuary. In return, the dragons bestowed a magical gift on the King’s people, allowing those born with the mark to become dragon riders and forge a mental connection between dragon and rider.
King Ryneq of Torsere is undeniably attracted to Nykin, a young dragon rider. Ryneq’s sister, Cerylea, encourages him to pursue the relationship. But with the stresses of ruling Torsere, a romantic attachment is low on Ryneq’s list of priorities. Nykin admires the king from afar, but wants more than to warm his bed for a night or two.
Torsere remains under threat from the lowland armies of Rodeth and Athisi. To protect their kingdom, Ryneq and Cerylea intend to form an alliance with the elves through Cerylea’s marriage to elf prince Morkryn. On the road to the wedding, the lowland army attacks the party. Cerylea escapes, but Ryneq is captured and taken to the impenetrable Risvery Castle. In the aftermath, Nykin volunteers for a perilous mission, endangering the lives of him and his dragon. The odds are against him, but Nykin will risk everything for his duty and his king.
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.
An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.