Character Must Choose Love or Dragonhood in Latest Ancient Mirrors Tale

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Can magic overcome evil? Can decisions about one's personal identity leave room for love to survive? Can prophecies be stopped from coming true? Return to a magic land where love and hope struggle against evil in Jayel Gibson's latest novel "Quondam."

A dragon spawn is derided by those around him, but one woman, Cwen, comes to love him. Will he choose to love her, or will he choose to be a dragon? Will the decision even be his to make in a world threatened by evil. Experience a journey of love and magic like no other in Jayel Gibson's "Quondam: An Ancient Mirrors Tale" (ISBN 9781933538839, Synergy Books, 2008).

Bound in mortal flesh by an angry god, a once ethereal nymph murders Quondam's king and seizes the throne. All who do not bow before her die in the agony that is dragon's breath. The evil Queen Karid is ruthless, yet fearful of being overthrown. She has heard ancient prophecies of those from other worlds who wish her ill, but she is determined to retain her power.

When Queen Karid sends a fire-breathing assassin through a magical portal into another world to destroy her enemies, two women are pulled back into the land of Quondam. One woman is Cwen who has power to link her to the dragon spawn, D'raekn. The evil queen's efforts to push Cwen and D'raekn apart instead backfire as they are pushed together.

Cwen has been abused and broken, but when she meets D'raekn, he seeks to gain her trust. Fear turns to friendship. Friendship turns to love, and then an intimate moment between Cwen and D'raekn awakens magic across Quondam--magic that can overcome evil. Meanwhile, D'raekn must choose his own future--will he become man and pursue the love he feels for Cwen, or will he decide to become a dragon?

Readers of the earlier Ancient Mirrors Tales--"Dragon Queen," "The Wrekening" and "Damselflies"--will cheer this latest installment. Cwen returns, having grown from an angry, hateful young girl early in the series to a heroine in the fourth book. Jayel Gibson, with her use of Celtic mythology, again displays her rare talent for creating new worlds similar enough to our own to appear familiar, yet magical enough to enchant us. Readers experience escapism but return to the real world braced in love, loyalty, and hope.

About the Author
Jayel Gibson grew up listening to her grandmother's stories of Celtic folklore and faerie tales. These stories inspired Jayel to become an author. After retiring from teaching elementary school, she devoted herself to a full-time writing career. Her Ancient Mirrors Tales blend myth, fantasy, and role-playing games to create memorable characters and inspiring stories. "Quondam" is her fourth novel in the award winning series.

"Quondam: An Ancient Mirror's Tale" (ISBN 9781933538839, Synergy Books, 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.jayelgibson.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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