Bryce Harmony's life changes dramatically when a strange woman shows up on his doorstep with a small boy in tow. She says the child is his son and that the boy's mother was Bryce's college sweetheart, Anna. He hasn't seen or heard from Anna in five years. After the paternity test results come back proving that he's the father, Bryce files for custody of Bryan due to Anna's unexpected death.
Then Bryce receives notice that his paternal grandfather has died and left him an extensive estate. He learns that part of his inheritance includes a privately owned island in the San Juan Island chain. There have long been reports that the house on this island is haunted.
As if all of those changes weren't enough, Bryce's son and nanny are attacked in a public park. The attacker tries to kidnap Bryan. The kidnapping is foiled, but the person behind the attempt is still out there.
Now Bryce needs to decide what has to be done to protect his son. What's more dangerous, the kidnapper or the ghosts on the island?
Once again, it's time for the Mating Gathering to take place on Cordray Central. High Dragon Lord Dorian and First Lord Mandrake are working hard to ensure that the festival goes off smoothly. The needs of the many attendees must be addressed. There's much to be done, and they certainly don't need to deal with the unexpected problem of having unmated females arriving early.
High Lord Dorian also wonders if he will find his own mate at this Gathering. He knows it's not up to him, but up to Dray-Dor, his dragon half, as well as the magic of the dragons. Only time will tell.
Anna is trying to convince Tressa to go to the festival with her. Both young women are eligible to attend. Tressa longs to go, but her uncle, who is also her guardian, has forbidden her to attend, stating that no man will take a blind girl as his wife. Tressa fears her uncle's retribution should she go in defiance of his wishes. It's up to Anna to get Tressa to the festival for a chance at a better life, one away from her abusive uncle.
It soon becomes clear to Dorian and Mandrake that the Mating Gathering is only the beginning of the difficulties facing the Dragon Lords.
Welcome to Cordray, home of the dragons, where the dragons are the Lords and the Lords are the dragons!
What would you do if you found yourself inheriting a haunted manor?
KT is having the worst year of her life. After the death of her mother, her last living relative, she's being evicted from her family home. She's also broke. Her fiancé has taken off with everything of value in her house and has cleaned out her bank account.
Then, out of the blue, a British lawyer arrives to tell her that she is the sole heir of a recently deceased great-uncle, one George Thorndyke.
With the generous funds supplied by her visitor, KT travels to England, where she will learn the complex details of the inheritance. She's also eager to learn as much as she can about the history of her previously unknown family.
Once in England, she discovers that the centuries-old house she is to inherit is haunted — and that in order to receive the massive fortune, she has to live in the haunted manor for a year.
That's just the beginning of her troubles.
E. L. Roff was a guest on the podcast In Perspective on July 7, 2023. To listen to the interview, click here.
E. L. Roff (Elizabeth Roff) lives just outside Selah, Washington, with her husband of many years. They live in the outskirts of town on a couple of acres of land in Yakima County. They live with her Black Lab guide dog and a large yellow tabby cat.
Born in San Diego County, California, E. L. moved to Yakima when she was eight years old and has been there ever since. She and her husband met in their senior year of high school and married the summer after they graduated. Their daughter lives in Yakima with her husband, and their son lives in Auburn, Washington, with his wife and two children.
E. L. worked for over 27 years as a legal assistant, until her vision loss became too great for her to continue in that field. With extra time on her hands, she turned to writing. She had always loved to read, but she had never written anything but letters and briefs for her work. With her legal career behind her, she decided to try her hand at writing one of her favorite types of fiction, the paranormal. Everyone needs an escape from the stresses of daily living, and reading something different from your everyday experiences is a great route to that.