Thursday 27 August 2015

Author Interview & Giveaway: Chalvaren Rising by Paula Millhouse

Chalvaren Rising
A Kingdom of Chalvaren Romance
Paula Millhouse
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing

Book Description:


With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.


Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth...and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

Boroughs Publishing

Book Trailer:


About the Author:

Paula Millhouse is the author of fantasy romance books including Chalvaren Rising, its prequel, Dragonstone, and Three Wishes. Dragonstone also appears in the anthology, A Gift of Fantasy. These stories are published by Boroughs Publishing Group.

She is also the author of a romantic suspense series, The Wishes Chronicles, including Careful..., and All Your Wishes...

When not following her muse on quests for happily ever afters, Paula works in the field of medicine as a Family Nurse Practitioner by day, and micro-gardens in her potager with her husband and their pack and pride of furry babies.

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, as a child Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south.

She’s a PRO member of Romance Writers of America, and the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Writers specialty chapter.

She lives in the mountains now, but she honors her southern heritage as a storyteller by sharing her adventures in fiction with readers.







Hi Everyone! I’m Paula Millhouse. Thank you for inviting me and my dragons to visit the Books and Tales Blog. I write fiction where Fantasy, Romance, & Suspense Collide.

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I’m a hybrid, so I start by letting things flow to enter my creative space – artists call that the creative flow state – then, at the end of the draft I reorganize my story with a structural plan.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story? 

Absolutely! When they hijack my story and take me places I didn’t expect that’s one of the best discoveries about writing for me.

What is your favourite food?

Cheesecake from Junior’s Restaurant in New York City.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning Person – the earlier the better, preferably with strong, hot coffee. If it’s not done by 2pm, it’s not going to get done until tomorrow.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

Europe – I’m fascinated by the cultures and history and food and fairy tales of an older place than America. Italy, Scotland, Greece, England – there’s so much territory to cover…

Do distant places feature in your books?

My fantasy world, The Kingdom of Chalvaren, is based on my vision of those places I dream of traveling to one day.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Often I listen to instrumental movie scores to enhance the drama of action scenes. They also help me pen those romantic love scenes by heightening my senses.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

Thank you for asking!

In Chalvaren Rising I wanted to find out what would happen if I designed a world where fantasy lovers get their quest, but also give their girlfriends a healthy dose of grown-up romance along the way. I think Fantasy worlds are better when you include the element of love.

Building on my childhood imagination, I created a world where sentient dragons defend their keepers, and the elves of Chalvaren willingly risk everything to save their future kingdom. It’s a family story with a strong cast of characters aided by a taste of magic which rounds out the adventure.

Villains exist in Chalvaren, and darkness looms, but the theme that love is worth fighting for is demonstrated when Mia and Kort’s passion will not wait. And, their love for their dragons, their protectors, drives the story line in an intimate way.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

Editors matter – they take an idea and transform it to a higher level than we could ever produce on our own.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I’d join my national and local writing association sooner. The contacts I’ve made since joining Romance Writers of America have enhanced my writer’s life, and my work.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

My mother always had fiction around our home when I was a child. She instilled a love of language in me at an early age, and I believe that’s because she was so well-read. She signed me up for my first library card.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

Write. Protect your writing time like a fierce mother dragon protects her precious brood.

What are three words that describe you?

Tenacious. Imaginative. Collaborator.

List of previous books if any


Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.

Find the Author here:
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon / Boroughs Publishing Group / Pinterest


Tour Giveaway:

$25 Gift Card to Boroughs Publishing Group, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble - Winner's Choice

3 custom designed Dragonstone Book Thongs open to US Shipping

2 e-copies of Dragonstone (Lunchbox Romance prequel to CR)

2 e-copies of Chalvaren Rising

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  1. Dear Annette,

    I enjoyed our chat today on Books and Tales. I appreciate you hosting Chalvaren Rising and my little dragonlet, Magnus.

    He's got a big task to fulfill in this story - looking after Mia and Kort as they quest to save the dragons of Chalvaren will keep him busy.

    I hope your Readers will share Chalvaren Rising with their friends. We found out yesterday our Book Trailer won the Goodreads Trailer of the Month Award for August 2015.

    Thank you again. I love your website design.

  2. You're welcome :) Magnus is so cute!

  3. Hi Annette!

    I'm SO excited, and I wanted to share with you and your Readers. Chalvaren Rising went LIVE at midnight. It's the perfect weekend read.

    Thanks again for hosting us. The giveaway is still live if your Readers want to take advantage of the prizes.

    Here are the book buy links for Chalvaren Rising: