Title: Dragon’s Bounty (Dracula’s Love #1)
Author Name: S. Joy P.
Publication Date & Length: November 24, 2014 – 298 pgs
In the fifteenth century Wallachia, the self-serving boyars will do anything to advance their own positions while the interests of the Hungarian king and the Ottoman sultan tear their country apart. One interest is shared by all. A weak prince on the Wallachian throne. A prince who bends easily.
But a fierce and spirited man rules the land – Vlad Dracula, and he would rather break than bend. Murderers robbed him of his closest family. Pretenders lay claim on his titles. A noose of intrigues reaching beyond the borders of his realm tightens around him. Undaunted, he fights for his ancestral rights and for the defense of the whole Christendom. In all struggles, Love known as The Englishman stands true and faithful by his side.
Only… Love is not an English mercenary as he says he is, but the god of love who accidentally used his magic on himself, and fell for the only one who claims not to have use for love – Vlad Dracula.
Turbulent events drag them both into a brutal clash of honor and duty against treachery and ambitions. Into a sword dance in which a single wrong step can bring death.
And only one of them is… immortal.
Series: Dragon’s Bounty is the first volume in the gay historical fantasy saga Dracula’s Love. Those who seek only blood and stakes and fangs in a tale about Vlad Dracula will not like it. Those who are willing to see him as a man with all human feelings, to consider his deeds through the lens of his time, to admire his greatness and to forgive his flaws… those might have just found their dream series.
Genre: gay historical fantasy, gay epic fantasy
Themes: love and loyalty, love and sacrifice
S. Joy P. was once told, “You understand the renaissance men better than you do those of nowadays.”
“Is that a flaw?” she asked.
Always fascinated with great men of the bygone era, she has been telling their fates since her high school years. Currently she writes for two royal patrons: Henry VIII and Vlad III (also known as Dracula). As a novelist, she spends endless hours doing research for her works and always strives to stay close to the historical reality. Of course, given the fantasy genre, she takes some liberties, but never disregards hard facts. Instead, she incorporates them in the story. The liberties taken fall in the territories uncharted in chronicles.
With Vlad the Third, the Prince of Ungro-Wallachia and the duke of Amlas and Fagaras, she has been having a love affair lasting two decades. Twenty years ago, her first story featuring him was born, and more followed as time went by. She has never believed him to be a monster. For her, he has always been an honorable prince whose reputation was sorely damaged by his enemies. When Love came to her with his tale, things and events clicked in their predestined place and the saga Dracula’s Love emerged from the fogs of time. Those who seek only blood and stakes and fangs in a tale about Vlad will not like it. Those who are willing to see him as a man with all human feelings, to consider his deeds through the lens of his time, to admire his greatness and to forgive his flaws… those are very welcome in S. Joy P.’s world.
His Majesty Henry VIII and she have had just as long history together, with periods of waxing and waning interest from both sides. One December night in 2013, she watched a documentary which portrayed him in a particularly vicious light. That night, a transformation of her interest in him into a commitment made to him began. She does not like him to be portrayed as a hulk who was not in control of his eating habits, or as a vessel of illnesses and infirmities of all kinds. Even less she enjoys reading over and over again that he was a tyrant who only pursued his shallow interests, and in the process ruined lives of six wives. And so she promised him to write his story and let him tell it in his own words. Their conversations and her deep research about him and his time gave birth to We, King Henry VIII, a historical supernatural drama that features his romantic love for a man and covers more than a quarter of a century of his life. In this fictional autobiography, Henry remains true to his inner-self. To the virtuous prince whom he was. If you are willing to see him in this light, as a great man though not always a perfect one, and if you enjoy lyrical prose, you are going to love the We, King Henry VIII Series.