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Today I am so pleased to welcome W.M. Fawkes & Sam Burns to Joyfully Jay. W.M. and Sam have come to talk to us about their latest release, The King’s Dragon. Please join me in giving them a big welcome!

Fantasy for Romance Lovers

by W.M. Fawkes

When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, he didn’t include much specific romantic detail about Aragorn and Arwen, but decades later when movie producers brought the story to the big screen, they developed Arwen’s role and admitted a crucial truth: audiences love stories about people. Yes, epic fantasies need huge, sweeping plots, but they also need people—personalities and relationships and experiences that audiences can relate to.

Of course, what they reallyneeded to give us was more about how Legolas built a boat to take Gimli across the sea with him… Moving on!

I’ve always loved romance andfantasy, and the great thing is, now we can mix up both—with LGBTQIA+ characters. In Knight’s Fire, S.J. Himes brought us the story of a sweet dragon saved by a knight. In V.E. Schwab’sShades of Magicseries, the pirate lord Alucard goes on a quest to prove himself to a prince. The Priority of the Orange Treeby Samantha Shannon is an enormous sweeping fantasy with a beautiful F/F romance between a queen and a mage. When Sam Burns and I wrote The King’s Dragon, we wanted to contribute to this growing genre of LGBTQIA+ fantasy that allows queer characters to be complex, to connect and fall in love, and to fight for what they believe in.

Like The Lord of the Rings, The King’s Dragon was conceived as a sweeping fantasy epic with conflicts between nations resulting in tension, conspiracies, and massive battles between warring factions (uh, no spoilers ;P). But just as important as those sweeping epic plots are the personal relationships—how those single people are affected by what’s happening around them. Because, while we want to hear about those world-altering struggles, what we really want to know about is how they affect the people who live through them.

Okay, and dragons. We definitely want more about the dragons.


Lord Tristram Radcliffe has a secret—he is the only dragon at the king’s court in Llangard. It’s a secret he’s kept from the knights he’s fought beside, from the ladies who bat their lashes at him, and from his closest companion, Prince Reynold. If it were to get out, he’d be banished to the Mawrcraig Mountains along with the rest of his kind, but the kingdom of men is the only one he’s ever known, and his heart lives in the stone halls of those who’d count him an enemy.

When the old king dies and Prince Reynold takes the throne, two visitors from the north throw Tristram into the middle of the ancient conflict between dragons and men. They put him on a collision course with the king’s shadow, Bet Kyston, a dangerous assassin who may want him dead or may want more of Tristram that he’d ever thought to give.

With the eyes of dragons upon him and a threat from the north creeping toward the home he loves, Tristram must weigh his allegiances before his dual legacies tear him apart.


W.M. Fawkes is an author of LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She lives with her partner in a house owned by three halloween-hued felines that dabble regularly in shadow walking.

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Sam lives in the Midwest with husband and cat, which is even less exciting than it sounds, so she’s not sure why you’re still reading this.

She specializes in LGBTQIA+ fiction, usually with a romantic element. There’s sometimes intrigue and violence, usually a little sex, and almost always some swearing in her work. Her writing is light and happy, though, so if you’re looking for a dark gritty reality, you’ve come to the wrong author.

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