What do you do with a lovesick dragon horse?

BY D. JACKSON LEIGH

Tracker and the Spy 300 DPIFor those who joined me on the Dragon Horse War journey when “The Calling” debuted a year ago, the trilogy continues this month with the release of “Tracker and the Spy.” 

“The Calling”  told the story of First Warrior Jael who was ordered by The Collective Council to assemble an army of dragon horse warriors and stop The Natural Order, a dangerous cult gaining ground in their society.

The cult is a retro movement – not in a groovy 60s kind of way — that promotes belief in a single deity who has a propensity for torturing any souls who don’t worship him and declares men as master over the perpetual source of new human life, namely women. The cult’s leader, who calls himself The Prophet, isn’t a live-and-let-live kind of guy and intends to force the rest of humanity to conform to his belief by taking control of the world’s dwindling food supply. So far, his plan is working.

Jael’s mission, of course, catches a little bad air when she falls head over heels for her direct opposite, First Advocate Alyssa, a peace-loving empath. Alyssa has issues with Jael’s mission to prematurely cremate (as in before he’s dead) The Prophet so that his badly born soul will be purified to reincarnate and make restitution in his next life for his misdeeds in this life.

“The Calling” ends just after the Jael’s army of flying pyros concludes Dragon Horse War The Calling 300 DPIits first clash with The Natural Order. The dragon-horse warriors scatter The Natural Order believers in that first battle, but The Prophet and his second-in-command escape.

No problem.

Capt. Tanisha, one of the six warriors of the elite Guard who are Jael’s command staff, is an expert tracker. It’s just that Tan has a few quirks, a few guilt and anger issues left over from her previous lives. So, Jael assigns Kyle to help the complex and solitary Tan in her hunt for The Prophet.

That is a bit of a problem.

Kyle is an exceedingly powerful, but untrained pyro who just happens to be the daughter of The Prophet. She’s just joined the dragon horse army after escaping from her father and wants no part of Jael’s plan to return her to The Natural Order as a spy.

Also, Tan’s even more twitchy than usual because her dragon horse  has picked this inopportune time to get the urge to mate. Since warrior and dragon horse are bonded, Phyrrhos’ urgent need for love is driving Tan crazy with lust. The last thing she needs is to be distracted by an untrained sparkler – especially one with a hot body with eyes as blue as lasers – while she’s tracking.

But Jael pulls rank and orders the tracker and the spy partnership.

Then, when things can’t get any worse, Phyrrhos decides Jael’s dragon stallion, Specter is prime daddy material. Specter is willing, which drives Jael a little crazy.

That lights the First Advocate’s candle because she’s laid claim to the First Warrior’s sexy assets and isn’t about to let two horny dragon horses trigger a rerun of Tan’s and Jael’s former “friends with benefits” relationship.

Then there’s Phyrrhos’ sudden and baffling affection for Kyle – not in a mating, but in a motherly kind of way.

Sun and stars! This is no time for a meeting of the mile-high club. The Prophet and his henchmen are getting away.

 

Totally didn’t see this coming

I’ve always been a “plotter” rather than a “pantser.” Translation: I write from an outline because my writing time is jammed in around a full time job, the chores of living and a little time with friends so they don’t forget who I am. So, an outline lets me put a manuscript down for a few days or even a few weeks and pick right back up where I left off.

The characters in the Dragon Horse War trilogy had other ideas. I started it as a lark because I had an unusual spate of weird dreams about dragons. Then it became my personal commentary on the decline of current society into a culture of hate and greed, and, to my own surprise, an introspective journey of discovery.

Best of all, the Dragon Horse War trilogy is a wild adventure of pyro-gifted warriors, flying horses, and the discovery of many other less fantastic gifts we humans didn’t know we could wield. The good guys have flaws, some of the bad guys have redeeming qualities and the story has lots of bumps along the way.

 

Back on track

Meanwhile, “Tracker and the Spy” is the longest manuscript I’ve ever written, because the misbehaving dragon horses is the only the spark – its real importance emerges later – that starts Tan’s and Kyle’s personal story and their mission to track down The Prophet.

There are battle scenes, tragedy, unanticipated developments and new characters to love and hate. There’s also personal discovery, romance …and a set-up for the third book to come.

That final book has yet to be written, and honestly, while I think I know how it will end, I can only say for sure that the characters will let me know.

Editor’s Note: If you leave a comment on this blog, you’ll get a chance to win a free autographed copy of “Tracker and the Spy”

 

  1. Jackson Leigh

2013 GCLS Paranormal winner for “Touch Me Gently”

2014 GCLS Romance winner for “Every Second Counts”

2014 Lambda finalist for “Hold Me Forever”

23 Responses to “What do you do with a lovesick dragon horse?”


  1. 1 Amy B. February 9, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    I can’t wait to sit down and read this book. If it’s as exciting as it sounds, I might read it while pacing! I loved the first one and devoured it in a day.

    Thanks for this blog post and all the other amazing ancillary information you provide to your ravenous fans. Congrats on the new book!

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  2. 2 Darla Baker February 9, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    “I’ve always been a “plotter” rather than a “pantser.” Translation: I write from an outline because my writing time is jammed in around a full time job, the chores of living and a little time with friends so they don’t forget who I am. So, an outline lets me put a manuscript down for a few days or even a few weeks and pick right back up where I left off.”

    Thanks for the translation🙂 This sounds like an amazing trilogy. It’s not my typical go-to genre but I’m always willing to read something atypical for me.

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  3. 3 Christiane February 9, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    I’ve been looking forward to the books since you told us about them in Malaga two years ago and they didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed reading both of them. I’m curious about the next one.🙂 – Christiane

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  4. 5 RJ February 9, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    I’m a romance nut, with the occasional mystery/thriller thrown in the mix, but I have to say this sounds like an adventure I could really get in to!

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  5. 6 Cris perez February 9, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. You are a fabulous writer. Keep them coming.

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  6. 9 Dora B. February 9, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    I’ve read and loved all your books. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the dragon horse book so much, but I loved it and looking forward to this one as well. Of course I’m going to reread the first one and go right into the second one so I can enjoy it even more!

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  7. 11 Judy Engel February 9, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    It’s going to be a great book to read and can’t wait to read it.

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  8. 12 goofy48 February 9, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    I absolutely loved the first book Dragon Horse and I can’t wait to read it’s sequel!!!

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  9. 15 Paula Price February 9, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Sounds Awesome!!!! Can’t wait to read it!!! Again, I have never been a fan of fantasy but D. Jackson Leigh has made me love it!!!!

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  10. 17 Christine February 9, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Love love this series. I was so excited about the 2nd release I read it in just 2 short days. It was just as compelling and amazing as the first.

    Maybe this can go beyond 3? 🙂

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    • 18 D. Jackson Leigh February 9, 2016 at 9:21 PM

      Uh, don’t think so. Trilogy…..could be a novella sequel down the road. I’ve got a bunch of romance novel ideas piling up in my head. I just need to learn now to live with out sleeping so I can write everything I think up.

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  11. 19 Devlyn February 10, 2016 at 5:18 AM

    I love this fantasy world you have created, it is so complex and out of the ordinary, it is a credit to your writing skills and talent that you are able to pull it off so successfully.

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  12. 20 Linda February 13, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Have been so busy with my more than full time job I almost missed this blog.. I’m a great fan and loved the first book! Still wearing the T-shirt I won at the Hootenanny during tai chi :)). Will start re-reading The Calling right now! Will the print version be available in Europe too?? Looking forward to this book!

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  13. 21 S.A. February 13, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Thanks for the blog! I’ve just finished the first in the trilogy, and am looking forward to this second installment.🙂 Good preview!

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  14. 22 kejaeck February 14, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    It just keeps getting better!!!!!

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  15. 23 Kim February 15, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Love your work and looking forward to reading this one as well.

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