Please welcome back the fab E.D. Parr to the blog with a teaser from brand new release Dragon Bridge. If you’re a regular to the blog you know I’m a huge fan of E.D. Parr’s work. I’ve already read and thoroughly enjoyed Dragon Bridge, and I have to say, I think this is my favorite Parr story to date. The legend of Ponte Drago intertwined with the romance all within a stunning Italian setting—the authors descriptors so on point, you’ll feel as if you are sitting in an Italian piazza with the handsome Key Alder. You’ll fall in love with Key, Claudio and Italy. Take it away, E.D.!
Thank you for inviting me to your blog with my new release MM romance release, Dragon Bridge, from Evernight Publishing
I first started thinking about this story around two years ago when I saw a shadow across the full moon that looked like a dragon. It was a dark gray cloud, but it captured my imagination and for a year, I considered a plot that might work that sight into a story and so the legend of Ponte Drago, (Dragon Bridge) was born.
It still took me a year to write Dragon Bridge, weaving my legend through the love story to provide the background for characters.
I researched Italy, where the bulk of the story takes place, a little, just enough to imagine places that might exist, but not enough to describe existing towns as I wrote that might take away from the mysterious element I wanted in the story. I’d love to visit Italy for the art that exists there … maybe one day.
My lovely hero Key Alder is an ordinary guy, worn down by life as many people are. Naturally, I’m in love with him, as I am with all my characters. We meet him when he’s struggling emotionally with his work. His journey through this love story allows him to find his lost confidence and in the end, huge courage.
Claudio Di Fiore, my other hero, as Key Alder puts it, is gorgeous and enigmatic. I think, right now, he is one of my favorite characters from any of my MM romance stories. His love for Key is steadfast and fierce. He’s fearless until he falls in love with Key and then Claudio’s only fear is losing him.
The story is contemporary, gay, MM romance, fantasy, adventure, and paranormal romance.
I hope readers enjoy the legend and the love story as much as I loved writing it.
Tired from his high stress work fighting cyber-crime, handsome, Key Alder takes a vacation on a beautiful Italian coast. He travels from one gorgeous town to another and after a perilous journey lost in the mountains, he settles into his hotel and relaxes.
In a beachside café, next to a warm pale-blue ocean, a performer hands out fliers for an arts festival in a mountain village. Lured by adventure, Key attends an evening performance of fire juggling acrobats in the legendary village piazza.
Beautiful, enigmatic Claudio Di Fiore, the star of the show, sees Key in the audience and is captured by a wonderful feeling he’s unaccustomed to.
Claudio wants Key.
Key is enchanted by Claudio.
A passionate love grows between the two men.
When Claudio’s mysterious ancient family threaten to tear them apart, will Key risk everything to stay with his loved one?
Read a teaser. Key arrives at his first vacation destination.
As he turned a corner of the high coast road, Key caught his breath as his destination came into sight. The entire hillside of a gorgeous bay housed buildings interspersed with trees and flowering shrubs. Several rooftops sprouted palms in huge pots or tubs of bright flowers. Each building climbed the sheer hillside effortlessly from a beach of white sand toward a wall of crags enclosing the bay. The sun slanted off a jade colored dome and sprinkled glitter on primary colored buildings close by. Key slowed to enter the town, already well below the speed limit in awe of the view, he crawled the car to his hotel. Key had spent hours on the internet making sure he knew where it lay. His newfound fragile lightheartedness wouldn’t stand going around in circles until he was exhausted trying to find the place.
A valet took his car keys to park his rental. A porter picked up his luggage and led him to check in. Relieved by these ministrations, Key smiled at the desk clerk. He gave his name. The young woman on duty returned his smile and keyed something into a computer, then she stood and took a keycard from one of the small rectangular openings in the wall behind the desk. Her near perfect English as she spoke to him was reassuring, but Key decided right then that he’d try to learn some Italian. Then I could at least greet people and say thank you.
Copyright E. D. Parr, Evernight Publishing July 28, 2022
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