This story has been a long time in the making for me. It came to life the summer of 2013. The ballad that prefaces the book: “White Willie, White Willie was king of Red Town…” flitted through my head and I was compelled to open up a notebook and write the rest down. I soon had a detailed outline but I set it aside because I’d just had this great story idea about a girl who falls in love with the Boogeyman.
MECH5030624, as it was called at the time, waited patiently until November 2016. That year, as we all know, in many cities in the U.S. people gathered to express themselves in a way I’d only read about in history books or seen in movies set in the 1960’s.
I was witness to a particularly hair-raising standoff between police in riot gear and some extremely angry citizens in Portland Oregon that fall. It was then I remembered the notebook and the story about a country literally divided. I also realized that my story was not about how it all falls apart but rather how society rebuilds after things unravel. That was the story I was interested in.
That’s the story of Dragon’s Pawn. I hope you enjoy it.
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Adam wants nothing more than to live a life of quiet solitude, something that’s easy to do in the Trashtown District of Red City. An ex-MECH soldier, he keeps his head down and his mouth shut. Slowly, he’s starting to put the horrors of the battlefield behind him. And then he meets Mia.
The spirited messenger who runs for Lóng Sang more than intrigues him. As they grow closer he feels, with her, he’s found a place to trust his weary heart.
Mia’s time as a humble messenger for Lóng Sang is running out. Like her mother before her, soon she will take her place as a courtesan along side the Glitter Girls and Party Boys of the Tower. Her training has already begun and Caleb Masters, the devious oligarch who is Dragon of Lóng Sang, has taken a keen interest in her.
Mia knows too well what will happen if she and Adam are caught together so she cherishes their stolen moments while hiding her true identity from him.
She’s playing a dangerous game, one she has no hope of winning especially when she finds herself drawn into a conspiracy that threatens to tear Red City apart.