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Legendary Beasts. Some of the coolest animals you may ever meet.

by on February 18, 2014

Hey…

How are you this fine Tuesday afternoon? Grab a seat, make use of the barista. Me…I’m fine a bottle of water does me good. Now that I have you here, lets talk legends. I’m thinking about specific myths, the ones with creatures, huge animals, in them.  It all started with dragons. I sat in the library looking up those fire breathing beasts and was led into a world with mermaids, pudgies (yeah that a real name for  – well – I’m not sure what they are) and all sorts of other creatures. The what if’s started in my head and I was hooked. I needed to know more…had to know more. So much information about dragons but only blurbs and paragraphs for so many other cool as hell legends. Here is what I started with when the research began.

What are Dragons? (This is the dictionary definition)

A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan (namely the Japanese dragon), Korea and other East Asian countries.[1]

The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word “dragon” derives from Greek δράκων (drákōn), “dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake”

What are Mermaids?

A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.[1] Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

Mermaids are associated with the mythological Greek sirens as well as with sirenia, a biological order comprising dugongs and manatees. Some of the historical sightings by sailors may have been misunderstood encounters with these aquatic mammals. Christopher Columbus reported seeing mermaids while exploring the Caribbean, and sightings have been reported in the 20th and 21st centuries in Canada, Israel and Zimbabwe. The U.S. National Ocean Service stated in 2012 that no evidence of mermaids has ever been found.

Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in Hans Christian Andersen‘s well-known fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” (1836). They have subsequently been depicted in operas, paintings, books, films and comics

And…Defiant Dragon was born. I got quite libral with my take on things and honestly I enjoy where the books are going as Kirill and his crew search for the treasure. There are so many more shifters I had to look up and try to mold into my way of seeing things but these two above. They started it all and I would have it any other way. Defiant Dragon s about will take you into a whole other world and I hope if you chooses to pick up the book that you enjoy the journey. Releasing 2/21 from Amira Press.

K_Defiant Dragon_300x450She was worth more than any treasure.

Jax never doubted he would find his mate. What he didn’t expect was that she would be a mermaid–with attitude. Or that she could kill simply by opening her mouth. His quest to help his friends find the riches just got much more complicated.

Her goal was to free her father.

Sometimes it takes fire to fight fire. Unexpected twists take River down paths she never expected. Conning a dragon into helping her, she never realized the consequences of her actions. Or how one desperate deed would change her life.

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2 Comments
  1. devynsmom95 permalink

    You know how to pique the interest, Madame.

  2. belindaegreen permalink

    Uh oh…here we go! 🙂

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