May 7, 2014

Melissa's Top 5 Guest Post!!!

Melissa Petreshock, author of Fire of Stars and Dragons, is here to share her Top 5 Fashion Styles for her book as well as her dream cast! I am so excited there are definitely some yummy guys!

Following the death of her uncle, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.

Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America's monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.


Here she is!!! 


Fashion may not be the first thing you think of when you read the blurb for FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS, and it probably wouldn’t be if you read its reviews either, but I guarantee if you pick up a copy to read, you’ll find yourself wondering.

The various characters in FOSAD, from main to secondary and beyond, each have unique personalities through and through. This isn’t just in the way they speak and act, but in their sense of style. Some of them have more of it than others.
Me? I’m no fashionista. I’m a yoga pants and hoodie fan, preferably with flip-flops.
Now, since I won’t claim to love any character more than another, these are in alphabetical order, with five characters and five styles (either specific to a scene or just them) to go with them. For your visual enjoyment, I’m including the “dream cast” to go with these characters.

#1- Cait

Being of a high society upbringing, Cait has a great sense of style, yet she’s often found in jeans and barefoot as often as possible. She’s no snob, but when the occasion calls for it, she pulls out all the stops and knows how to turn heads. At the Gilroy Children’s House Fund gala ball, Cait drops jaws dancing in this dress when most women opt for staid and classic black.
(On a personal author’s note, this was the first picture of a character’s clothing choice I found, and the one that never changed in any revisions of the book from my first draft. No matter what, this has always been my vision of Cait’s dress.)

As for the dream casting of Cait? It took me a long time to find someone I thought had the right mix of youth and innocence with femininity and strength, someone I could see pulling off both the demure Cait and the kick-ass Cait. In the end, Anna Popplewell won me over.

#2- Claaron

Even as a secondary character, Claaron quickly became a fan favorite with my beta team. Some are in love with him while others just want to take him home and make him their BFF. However you feel about Claaron Graywyne, you should get used to his taste now. This dragon is the epitome of fashionisto, and as you get to know him even more in book 2… OMG. If you want a man who will shop with you, this is your dragon. But, even the most stylish man will have his favorites in his closet and for Claaron, that is his long, gray, tweed overcoat. (The rest of this would appeal to him as well, though his taste ranges widely.)

And ooh, dream casting for Claaron Graywyne? Well, with the variety of characters in FOSAD, you can bet they aren’t all the same age in appearance, despite this being a New Adult novel. When Claaron shifts from dragon to human form, he prefers a more mature look, but despite his suave fashion taste, he has a rough edge to him. Finding someone to fit that was easier than I thought once I ran across pictures of my favorite The Walking Dead actor clean rather than all dirty (yet still sexy) as Daryl Dixon. Be still, my fangirl heart! HELLO, Norman Reedus! He is a sexy god of arm porn among men, and he is my Claaron Graywyne.

#3- Corrin

You would certainly expect a monarchal vampire nearly 2500 years old to have gained a certain decent sense of taste in clothes, and King Corrin doesn’t disappoint. But, king or not, PR is always important, and when you’re forever 26, there’s a lot you can do just in the way you dress to win the people’s hearts… even if you can otherwise be a bit of a jerk. When Corrin takes Cait out on a proper date at a very public venue, this is how I imagine him dressing to be sure those pictures showing up in the tabloids later make him look fabulous.

King Corrin dream cast? I was a tortured soul over this one for a long time, but my BFF showed me the light. She’s such a fangirl of all things supernatural, and thanks to her watching Teen Wolf and Arrow, Colton Haynes became the one and only vampire king of United Sovereign America.

#4- Dante
Dante is not your typical demigod. Okay, not really anything in FOSAD is much of your typical anything. He’s elegant, intellectual, and soft-spoken, though undeniably powerful. He isn’t over-the-top in any way at all. This demigod is rather unassuming in his stature and demeanor, but something about him still exudes strength. His style is similar. He prefers clean and simple, classic and tasteful. You’ll never find Dante in a pair of jeans, instead wearing various types of trousers. Dante will usually pair these with a solid-colored French-cuffed button down (and beautiful silver or sapphire cufflinks) or some variation of a cashmere or silk shirt in the style of this particular look, which is very much the way I visualize him dressed when visiting the Gilroy Children’s House.

As for dream casting this yummy demigod? With his particular physical characteristics- the stature, the otherworldly blue eyes, and dark hair, in addition to the fact Dante leans toward a Celtic/Scottish accent for certain reasons I’m not revealing, there has only ever been one choice for my Dante. Anyone else fangirl over James McAvoy? Because I do. Talk Scottish to me, Jamesy boy. Yum.

#5- Theo

I had to include Theo in the FOSAD fashion styles because I love that Theo’s sense of fashion is to hate it and only wear suits and such when professionally called for. If this dragon could simply stay in worn jeans and t-shirts, adding boots and a leather jacket topped off with dark sunglasses at times, he would. Theo likes to feel natural as much as possible, so you’ll find him kicking his shoes off whenever he gets the chance, and “natural” includes not liking anything under those jeans, ladies. ;-) So, he usually looks a lot like this.

Want to know who I dream cast as Theo Pendragon? I’ll admit, this was difficult. I mean, what man can live up to being a shapeshifting dragon? Then I was all HOLY TAYLOR KITSCH. And I maybe drooled. I definitely fangirled a lot. You should see the collection of “inspirational” pictures I have of him. I recently found this one on Pinterest and decided Taylor has Dissociative Identity Disorder. He really IS Theo Pendragon and doesn’t realize it.

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