Snow and Red Dragon Shifters’ Hoard book 1 – Sneak Preview
It’s so exciting to finally launch Snow and Red in 5 days! I remember the walk A. J. Ponder and I took through Central Park, here in New Zealand (very different to the Central Park in New York), when we first plotted this story. Now it has come to life with a sequel, Zephyr and Snow, releasing soon!
Snow and Red is based on a little known fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red, two sisters who befriended a bear (who is a secretly an enchanted prince). Three times, they unwittingly help the dwarf who enchanted him, then accidentally break the spell, freeing the prince to be himself.
We’re often asked how closely Snow and Red fits the original fairy tale. Our story has twin dragon shifters who are enchanted, two sisters who befriend them and accidentally help the being who enchanted the twins three times, and yes, the spell does get broken. However, our story takes place in our time and not in a forest… but the underworld of a city… you can ENJOY A SNEAK PREVIEW HERE
Wow, you’ve done it again! 1020 names for our dragon shifters!
I love my readers. You’re such an awesome community and I’m so glad to have your creativity on board when I create new stories! But, 1020 names for dragon shifters and friends? How in the name of the First Egg did we do that?
A few weeks ago A.J. Ponder and I asked you to name some characters and magical artifacts in Snow and Red, our Dragon Shifters’ Hoard novel. Snow and Red releases in February next year in the Enchanted Kingdoms box set, a collection of 22 novels raising funds for Puzzle Peace, a charity that supports kids with autism! We also intend to continue the Dragons Shifters’ Hoard and add more books later!
When we asked you to name our characters, we knew you’d jump on board… but that many?
There were so many cool suggestions, it was hard to choose.
Snow and Red have their names from the traditional fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red, who are sisters who provide a home for a bear in winter, only to discover that an evil dwarf cast a spell upon him, and he was actually a prince all along. They rescue the dwarf several times in the course of the story, and finally end up marrying the prince and his brother when they break the curse.
That’s how our main characters got their names!Of course, our story has a lot of twists not in the original…
Let’s hear who came up with the names that our characters are now wearing! Or will be, in future Dragon Shifters’ Hoard books. Now, for your names: *drumroll*
Hazel is Snow and Red’s mother — named by Coty.
Endora is Dante and Zeph’s mother — named by Kitty Kelleher.
Valnor is Dante and Zeph’s father — named by Christopher P Barrett.
Jena is Snow’s friend from school — named by Alicia Love.
Brock is Snow’s friend from school — named by Guy F Worley.
Riz Baker is an aggressive policewoman with a buzz cut— named by Carol Sue Breckenridge.
Black Oak is the name of a suburb in Pinevale where shifters live — named by Sandré Moore.
Starglow Sapphire, a precious artifact from the dragon shifters treasure hoard — named by Jasmine Breeden.
Thank you for all of your brilliant suggestions. It’s always fun to see the names readers come up with and to integrate your creativity into our writing process. We’ll acknowledge your contributions when we publish Snow and Red in the Dragon Shifters’ Hoard series. (It won’t be possible to include your names in the acknowledgements for Enchanted Kingdoms because we don’t have control of that publishing process).
To support kids with autism, please pre-order your 99c copy of Enchanted Kingdoms: 22 fairy tale retellings — that’s 22 novels in a variety of young adult fantasy genres by best-selling authors!