Heart of a Dragon - The DeChance Chronicles Volume 1

Crossroad Press
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Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. Over the span of a long life, he has gathered and archived the largest occult library in the world.

When a local houngan begins meddling with powers she may not be able to control, a turf war breaks out between the Dragons motorcycle club and the Los Escorpiones street gang—a war that threatens to open portals between worlds and destroy the city in the process.

With his lover, Amethyst, his familiar, Cleo – an Egyptian Mau the size of a small bobcat –the dubious aid of a Mexican sorcerer named Martinez and the budding gifts of a young artist named Salvatore, DeChance begins a race against time, magic, and almost certain death.

The fate of the city rests on his success, and on the rare talent of a boy who walks in two worlds, and dreams of dragons 

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About the author

 David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishinghorror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties.  A former president of the Horror Writer'sAssociation and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels includeMaelstrom, The Mote in Andrea's Eye, DeepBlue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You GoThrough Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The OrffyreusWheel, Vintage Soul, My Soul to Keep & Others, Kali's Tale, Heart of a Dragon,The Second Veil, The Parting, Nevermore - A Novel of Love, Loss & EdgarAllan Poe , Killer Green & Crockatiel - the newest novel in the newseries O.C.L.T. David has also co-authored the Stargate Atlantis novel Brimstone, with Patricia Lee Macomber, andHallowed Ground - written withInternational best-selling author Steven Savile. He has over 150 short storiespublished in anthologies, magazines, and five collections.  His work has appeared in and is due out invarious anthologies and magazines, including the upcoming anthology 2113 -stories based on the music of Rush, edited by Kevin J. Anderson.  David lives and loves with Patricia LeeMacomber in Hertford, NC with their daughter Katie, and occasionally their geniuscollege daughter Stephanie, three sons serving in the USN, Will, Zach, andZane, their ridiculous Pekingese Gizmo, their spaz of a Cocker Spaniel, Callie,their not-so-vicious cat, Sid, a never-to-become-a-coat chinchilla named PookDaddy, Bellatrix LeStrange (the cutest cat in the world) and various othercreatures. David is CEO and founder of Crossroad Press, a cutting edge digitalpublishing company specializing in electronic novels, collections, andnon-fiction, as well as unabridged audiobooks.Visit Crossroad Press at store.crossroadpress.com

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Publisher
Crossroad Press
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Published on
Feb 3, 2011
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Pages
260
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
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 Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. This Omnibus Collection includes books I, II, III, and IV of the series.  Included are Heart of a Dragon, Vintage Soul, My Soul to Keep (The Origin story of Donovan DeChance) and Kali's Tale - book IV of the series.  Also included are the bonus novellas "The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & The Currently Accepted Habits of Nature," and "The Preacher's Marsh," both of which provide background on settings and characters that appear in Kali's Tale.  If you enjoy this book, you should read Nevermore, A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe, which follows on Kali's Tale, has a cameo from Donovan DeChance, and leads into Book V - A Midnight Dreary, currently in progress.

Heart of a Dragon: When a local houngan begins meddling with powers she may not be able to control, a turf war breaks out between the Dragons motorcycle club and the Los Escorpiones street gang—a war that threatens to open portals between worlds and destroy the city in the process. With his lover, Amethyst, his familiar, Cleo – an Egyptian Mau the size of a small bobcat –the dubious aid of a Mexican sorcerer named Martinez and the budding gifts of a young artist named Salvatore, DeChance begins a race against time, magic, and almost certain death.

Vintage Soul: When, despite the finest in natural and supernatural security, a sexy and well-loved, three hundred year old lady vampire is kidnapped right out from under her lover's nose, Donovan is called in to investigate. There will be no ransom for the kidnap victim, and if Donovan doesn't prevent an ancient, forbidden ritual from reaching its culmination, far more than a single vampire's undead existence will be at stake.

My Soul to Keep: Donovan DeChance is a very private man, and he is in love. When he invites his partner and lover, Amethyst, for a quiet dinner, she has no idea of his true intention.  Donovan has planned a sharing - a vision that will give her the keys to his early life - the origins of his power - and a lot more than she bargained for. Join young Donovan as he fights to keep his soul, save a town, and learn the roots of his teacher and guardian - and meet his familiar, Cleo.

Kali's Tale: When Donovan is asked to follow in secret as a hot-headed group of young vampires set out on a 'blood quest' to kill the ancient who created the young vampire Kali against her will, he learns that - as usual - there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye.  Through the juke joints of Beale Street in Memphis, to the depths of The Great Dismal Swamp, Donovan and his lover and partner, Amethyst, find themselves drawn along on one of the strangest quests in their long, enigmatic lives as they delve into the world of the undead, the magic of The Blues, and the very heart of alchemy both to protect their young, vampiric charges - and to prevent an ancient evil from destroying the balance of power in the universe.

This novel directly crosses over to the original series O.C.L.T. - where Donovan is a sometimes consultant.  It features appearances by Geoffrey Bullfinch and Rebecca York, O.C.L.T. agents, as well as Old Mill, North Carolina's own Cletus J. Diggs.

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