Lord Marcus and his Quest
Hi everyone. Thank you, Bronwyn, for having me here today to talk about my latest novella, Destiny & Dragons.
Lord Marcus was introduced to readers of the Fairy Tales for All series back in Let Down Your Hair, the first book in the series. As the best friend of Prince Aiden, he played an important role as the voice of common sense. Now he takes centre stage in his own search for his happy ending.
Like Prince Aiden, sometimes Marcus has a little difficulty in seeing what is right under his nose, though at least in the case of Marcus, he has a magical excuse.
Readers will no doubt be wondering why there was no hint in the previous book that Marcus is partial to the company of other men. The reason for that is quite simple, for Marcus has never allowed himself to explore his feelings for men and has been quite happy with women, at least until he meets a certain dragon. If you want to insist on labels, then Marcus is very firmly in the bisexual camp.
For Lord Marcus, going a quest to rescue a princess was something he had to do or else lose his inheritance. When his mission changes and he promises to deliver a dragon to his family his quest takes an unusual turn, but the reward will be far greater.
Destiny & Dragons by LM Brown
(Fairy Tales for All #3)
Publishing 22nd of January 2016
Paranormal Fantasy Romance
When Lord Marcus set out on his quest, it seemed a simple enough task to accomplish. Slay the dragon and rescue the princess, securing his father's approval and earning his happily ever after—only the princess is a witch and the dragon is nowhere to be seen. Instead he finds a young man who has a very big secret and is in far greater need of rescuing. Marcus's well planned quest might have taken an unexpected turn, but his happy ending could still be within his grasp, if he can earn the trust of a dragon who has been betrayed and hurt by everyone he has ever known.
Once the servants had departed, Marcus went to fetch Runt from the bedroom so he could take a bath. As Runt stripped out of his borrowed clothes, Marcus tried not to stare at his body. When he caught Robert's knowing glance, he scowled and set about scrubbing at Runt's hair with a little more force than was necessary. When Runt cringed at his ministrations, he mumbled apologies and made an effort to take more care. He tried to keep his touches business-like, but he didn't fool anyone and certainly not himself. As he washed away the layers of dirt, bruises upon bruises were revealed, along with more scars than Marcus had ever seen on another living being. Marcus's heart ached when he saw the abuse the poor dragon had suffered.
He was vaguely aware of Robert and Aiden leaving the chambers, but he couldn't take his eyes off Runt. A thin scar, several years old, stretched down the length of his arm. Marcus traced the raised flesh with his finger.
"One of the princes did that," Runt whispered. "I was lucky. If I hadn't moved just in time, he would have pierced my heart. Sometimes I used to wonder whether I might be better off if one of them had."
"No!" Marcus took Runt into his arms, cautious not to hold him too tightly. "Never say that. You're safe now."
"I'd given up," Runt cried. "When you came to the castle, I'd given up hope of ever being free again. I longed for the pain to end. I just wanted everything to be over."
Marcus carried Runt to the rug in front of the fire. He held the dragon while he sobbed and Marcus murmured nonsense words into his ear. He vowed the witch would be dead before the end of the year. No one else would suffer at her hands.
L.M. Brown is an English writer of MM and MMM romances. She believes there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless it is three.
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