Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Even A Modern-day Princess Needs A Castle by Jay Shaw

by Jay Shaw

Or at least that was my thought when I first began the process of world-building the crown jewel in Dragonus Galaxy.  Hi everyone, I’m Jay Shaw – author of The Space Colonel’s Woman, book one in my sci-fi action/adventure romance series, Dragonus Chronicles.

When we first meet Julia Swift, she lives and works on Earth, but dreams of space pilots and a world beyond her own.  A world she believes only exists in the scriptwriter’s imagination of her favourite TV show, Phoenix Rising.

But little does she know, Phoenix City sits atop sheer cliffs overlooking a fresh water ocean with the sun’s light reflecting rainbow shimmers off her awe-inspiring presence.  Ancient ashwood forests, adorned in fuchsia canopies, flow behind her like a royal cloak, blanketing the foothills of a vast mountain range.  Established forty-thousand Earth years ago by a now-extinct, advanced race known as Zydonians, Phoenix City is designed in the image of a tiara. 

Each building is crafted using the alien equivalents of glass, silver, porcelain, crystal, and marble, and descends in height around the circular layout until they meet at an enormous amphitheatre.  The overall atmosphere of pristine opulence and welcoming warmth is maintained by the vaporization of all waste through solar energy, and the lack of fossil fuel emissions. Travel to any part of the city is achieved either by walking, using the advanced transport system colloquially known as a relocator, or flying one of the Zydonian Gliders.

At Phoenix’s heart, surrounded by lush cultured gardens, water features, and white-marbled promenades, sits what the city’s residents call the Birdcage; a colossal architectural confection of crystal-glass wrought with alien silver.  It’s here, in the resemblance of a Victorian glasshouse, that the mind-controlled spaceships reside.  The Birdcage is where Julia gets her first glimpse of her new home.

As her story unfolds in The Space Colonel’s Woman, and continues through The Hunted, Phoenix City becomes both anchor and haven for Julia and those she loves.  A symbol of triumph over adversity, and proof that no matter what befalls you in a galaxy trying to destroy itself, home is always waiting at your back.


Jay Shaw is a New Zealand author, a mum of two teens, and a lover of books.  She’s an incurable romantic who stays up early and sleeps in late, writes in bed, loves both action and romance movies, survives on a diet of M&Ms, bottled water, and steak with mushroom sauce.  Jay has a preference for tall, dark-haired, military men in thigh holsters and combat boots, but isn’t opposed to the occasional shirtless cowboy in tight denim.  Her favorite books to write are fantasy and sci-fi stories about characters who will ultimately find their one great love.  A love all of time and space will lie down and be still for.

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The Space Colonel’s Woman – Dragonus Chronicles I – by Jay Shaw

Helicopter pilot, Julia Swift, lives her life from one rescue to the next. Unlucky in love, she longs for a lover who resembles the hero of her favorite space show, Phoenix Rising.

When an injured man falls through a portal and lands on her local beach, it seems the universe has granted her wish. Not only does Colonel Mark Holden resemble the fictional military commander, he also bears his name.

Despite the incredulity of their situation, Mark and Julia share an inexplicable connection. They realize they have spent their whole lives searching for each other.  But when Mark’s team comes to rescue him, Julia must choose. Will she stay behind? Or will she travel with a man she hardly knows, to the fictional Dragonus Galaxy? A world brought to life in an alternate reality…

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