Susan Hanniford Crowley
Author of Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, & Fantasy
Specializing in Vampires and Rare Supernaturals & Now Young Adult Adventures
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Author, paranormal romance, science fiction, fancy, adult fiction, young adult fiction, vampires, dragons, adult, teen, writing exercises, YA, New adult
The book is a wondrous tale about contemporary dragons and a young woman fighting for her life. For ages 13 to 113. It has a sweet romance and is very dragony.
Alice took her over to a table where a dark blue cloth covered a birdcage. “This,” she said, “is a Lyra.”
With a sweep of her hand, she pulled off the cover revealing what seemed at first glance to be a small blue and gold bird.
Aleasya looked again. With her heart caught in her throat, she couldn’t breathe only gasp. She couldn’t believe her eyes, and couldn’t take her eyes off it. How could it be true? How could she believe? Looking right at the creature, how dare she not?
“Are you all right, my dear?” Alice asked.
Aleasya nodded and gave her ring a spin. The ring hummed. Remembering her father made her feel grounded.
“You’re wearing a dragon prayer ring!”
“Yes, it was a gift from my father. He got it on a trip to Tibet. It has two parts; the outer part spins.” Returning to the subject at hand, she asked,
“Is it really a dragon?”
“It is,” Alice answered. “Hush, it’s waking. You want to be polite now. After all, you’re just meeting.” The little animal stirred and stretched out
its wings. These weren’t feathered golden wings but smooth and stretched like a bat. Tiny bright blue scales covered the body and head. Gold talons gripped the bars of the birdcage, and two golden eyes now fixed on her. The small creature hopped over to the closest bar. When Aleasya stepped closer for a better look, the dragon tilted its head.
The beauty and wonder of what only could be a dragon transfixed her. Here was the creature of her dreams. Everything she knew to be real said this couldn’t be happening. But her heart knew better, and Aleasya fell completely in love with this perfectly wonderful being. She couldn’t stop trembling with excitement.
The dragon trembled too.
“The Lyra is the smallest known dragon in the world,” Alice continued. “They are nearly extinct in the wild, found in only a few remote locations. The Lyra is famous for its song, which is said to give the listener pure ecstasy. This Lyra has not sung since arriving in my store. The legends say that when a bond is made between the Lyra and its human companion, the Lyra will love that person with great devotion all of its natural life. Although small, it is fierce in protecting its companion. The Lyra loves its human so much, that if it is rejected, it will die from a broken heart.”
A tiny but long forked tongue flicked through the cage bars and licked Aleasya’s hand. It was exactly like her dreams. Her gaze locked with the dragon’s, and something deep inside clicked. But she was afraid.