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Julie’s thoughts on FALLEN SON, DARKEST NIGHT by Melissa Petreshock

TODAY’S BREW: Tea. Oh stop it, I can have tea sometimes.

By Julie

When someone can give me writing reminiscent of Anne Rice (when Anne Rice was Anne Rice and not “oh, her again), this is a major accomplishment. It’s not every writer than can create a world so rich that the reader is taken completely out of the moment and inserted into the novel. Melissa Petreshock manages to do this not only in her debut novel, FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS, but in this incredible prequel short story she does it again. More importantly, the darkness and intensity of the characters really shines in this story, putting me head over heels for Dante, who I am definitely not supposed to find as alluring as I do. But he says stuff like THIS:

“Perhaps you can teach me to be like you, to feel sorrow rather than rage, to desire sacrifice rather than seek revenge.” His voice drops low. “Save me.”

And then you throw at me mythology that is unparalleled in its depth, and I can’t resist. Vampires, dragons, gods, you name it, you get it and it’s done so seamlessly and cohesively that I am in awe of her ability to mesh such beings into one storyline.

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Introduce yourself to this amazing world through FALLEN SON, DARKEST NIGHT.


After four millennia of waiting for change, the Mother Goddess sees no other recourse but to summon Theo Pendragon to perform his sacred duty as one of the Dracopraesi, imprison her only son in the Underworld, and save her people.

Given the​ vast destruction Dante has caused ​in the Earthen Realm, Theo is prepared to fulfill Dana’s request​ without hesitation​, but ​when confronted with ​unexpected events and a plea for mercy, will the dragon ​find him worth redemption, or is it too late for this dark soul to seek forgiveness?

FALLEN SON, DARKEST NIGHT is a ​short story companion to FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS (Stars and Souls Book 1). ​Three thousand years before Caitriona Hayden is even born, Dante’s actions and Theo’s decision impact the destiny that awaits them all.

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Melissa A. Petreshock is a full-time writer and member of the Romance Writers of America with past experience in the medical and educational fields, though she has primarily devoted her adult life to raising a family. Born and raised in Kentucky, Melissa spent a number of years in Massachusetts, living outside Boston and in Springfield before returning to her home state where she now resides on a small farm. She enjoys quiet married life and the silliness of her three children, indulging hobbies of music, Zumba, and a minor television addiction in what little free time she finds. Melissa’s interests include causes demanding social change such as mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention. FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel.


You can find Melissa on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Name That Dragon: Melissa Petreshock Guest Post

Today’s Brew: It’s me, so it’s Blueberry.

by Kristen

Melissa Petreshock and I bonded over our love of Thirty Seconds to Mars. So on the morning after Mr. Leto won an Oscar, it’s especially appropriate that Melissa is stopping by the blog.  We also found out our books were being released into the world at about the same time, so even though our journeys have been different, I feel like we’ve been on it together. Melissa writes lush, futuristic fantasy, brimming with hot men and a powerful woman at the center of it all. Everything Melissa does, she puts her all into, so read on to find out why Boston rules the 22nd world.


As soon as we started putting together this themed topic blog tour and Kristen threw her hat in to participate, I knew the topic of my location choice for FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS had to go to the Undead Duo’s blog. They’re a wicked perfect match, and I want to thank Kristen and Julie for inviting me to guest post for the first time on Deadly Ever After.

The FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS world is set in the 22nd century where supernaturals have all come out of the shadows and meshed into society to varying degrees. Here in America, much has changed. Our government has toppled to the rule of these more powerful beings, and we have become United Sovereign America under a monarchy with an ancient vampire by the name of Corrin as king.

With so many changes, a futuristic setting, and a new ruling body, I wanted a location I felt fit the story, and by extension, me.

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My family ancestry is greatly Irish, so it’s always been an interest of mine, leading to King Corrin being a vampire of Celtic origins. All of this tied into the fact I spent several years living in Massachusetts, in and around the Boston area. Boston has such a rich Irish subculture at its core, I felt it was where Corrin’s family would have been living prior to the supernatural “coming out” then would sensibly be where he set up the center of his kingdom.


What made this whole idea come together in the most wicked awesome way was when I ran across an article online about a 1000-foot tall, 75-story skyscraper that had been proposed for the city of Boston yet never built due to FAA issues with Logan International Airport too near downtown. I saw the picture of the computer-modeled Boston skyline if it had been built and knew it was King Corrin’s idea of a castle. “If there were such a thing as a dragon book of etiquette… Oliver would have undoubtedly written it.” It’s sleek, modern, has a commanding presence over the city, and is total overkill.

Throughout the book, there are mentions of locations and areas specific to Boston. By no means is this a fantasy book where the setting is totally out of your reach. It may be 170 years in the future and missing the skyscraper housing the Royal Offices, but anyone can venture through the Financial District, shop at Copley Place, visit Faneuil Hall, or eat at the Black Rose.

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The world within FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS has a sense of realistic tangibility for readers, and that’s part of the experience I want them to have.

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is available for preorder now!!  

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Today’s Brew:  It’s the middle of the night, and I’m on H2O.

by Kristen

Our friend Melissa Petreshock’s debut novel is coming in April!  Check out her beautiful cover, and add this baby on Goodreads!



By Melissa A. Petreshock


New Adult Romance

Releasing April 2014

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Following the death of her vampire uncle, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.

Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America’s monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband in seven days, knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.

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About the Author

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Melissa lives on a small farm in rural Kentucky with her genius husband, exceptional children, and their feline overlords. When not inhaling or exhaling words, she subsists on unnatural doses of coffee, sarcasm, and music. To date, no dragons have been found in the woods surrounding her house, but she continues to hold out hope.

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