October 3, 2015

#RLFblog #Elf Prince Kort Elias, heir apparent to the throne of Chalvaren & #Dragon Commander @pmillhouse

Paula Millhouse shares details about the creation of Elf Prince Kort Elias in the book Chalvaren Rising.

About the Book

Title Chalvaren Rising
Genre Fantasy Romance
Author Paula Millhouse
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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.

To Ascend Triumphant
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.

Introducing Kort Elias

Elf Prince Kort Elias, heir apparent to the throne of Chalvaren, Dragon Commander of the fighting dragons of Castle Elias

Name: Kort Elias
Age: 27ish (in human years)
Gender: Alpha Male
Birthplace: Castle Elias in the Kingdom of Chalvaren
Profession: Dragon Commander, rightful heir to the Elias Throne
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Elf
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Kort Elias stands six-foot something, covered with hard muscle. His light skin tone contrasts with colorful tattoos on his shoulders of elven runes heralding his culture’s beliefs in courage, love and strength. His brilliant crystal blue eyes lead up to pointed ears that jut out from his head of long, blonde hair.

Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Mia Ansgar, the love of his life, an elf he brought home to Chalvaren from her hiding place on Earth.

Tell us about this character, please.

How does your hero dress?
Kort wears leather armors, boots, and carries a longbow for dragon training. You’ll find him wearing soft casual trousers and often no shirt for relaxing. And god-forbid, formal royal regalia for his mother’s official castle functions. Yeah, he hates those occasions, but damn he looks good in a suit.
On what special skills does your character rely?
Blessed with magic by his chief deity Varik, Kort uses his royal blue aura to communicate with his dragons. Later he finds using his aura particularly satisfying when he and Mia blend their auras to enhance their love life.
Is he close to family?
Kort’s parents are King Lachlan and Queen Elissabet Elias. He’s the eldest brother of Ian, Quinn, and Brite Elias.
Kort takes his family’s protection and preservation seriously. He not only loves them, he plays with them. Cards with his father in the King’s Library, dragon-wrangling with his younger brothers, and he’s been known to take in secret tea parties with five year old Princess Brite Elias and her imaginary friends.
Does he have children?
Not yet, but he wants to parent with Mia more than anything. Their first charge is the dragonlet Magnus whom they nurture together in Chalvaren Rising – kind of like a new couple takes in a puppy to raise.
Is your character involved in his community?
Kort is tied to his community at Castle Elias in an intimate way. His skills as Dragon Commander, his affinity for teaching dragons and elves to work together to protect their home builds important relationships with everyone in the castle. But, incorporating Mia into castle life proves one of Kort’s biggest challenges. She’s related to Chalvaren’s public enemy number one – Isa Ansgar – a dragon killer.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
The inner doubt Kort won’t be able to stop Isa Ansgar from killing Chalvaren’s dragons and taking over Castle Elias, or that Mia might join Isa’s forces of dark magic.
Not only does Mia control the Dragonstone, an elven artifact of power nonpareil, the only Sprit dragon know to the realm has imprinted on Mia, and if Isa gets her hands on Magnus and Mia, Chalvaren could be doomed.
What is your hero's biggest hopes and dreams?
Kort’s biggest hope, his dearest dream is that Mia will marry him and together they’ll build a future dynasty in Chalvaren. He wants to nurture Magnus (the dragonlet) into his role as dragon ambassador so he can reunite all the dragon of Chalvaren. After all, the castle with the most dragons wins, right?
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Kill Isa Ansgar himself.
What is your hero's breaking point?
When he sees Mia sitting at Isa Ansgar’s side – it’s the darkest moment for him in Chalvaren Rising.
How emotionally expressive is your character to others?
He yells. A lot. Training elves to ride dragons demands it, but he’s finding out his headstrong ways don’t work in every relationship. Mia’s set him straight on that point more than once.

Paula: Kort – is it true the dragon Garnet the Red has the power of speech but never talked to you before Mia showed up in Chalvaren? And if so, why?
Kort: Umm, yeah. It’s true. It would have been great to talk to him all those years, Paula and Kayelle, but I think he held silent until Mia showed up because she reminds him of her father, Theo Ansgar. Garnet was Theo’s dragon, see. Honestly, I think the beast was so sad Theo abandoned him he couldn’t find his voice until I brought Mia back to Chalvaren.
Paula: Why are you so hell-bent on stopping Isa Ansgar?
Kort: She kills dragons. She kidnaps and possesses Chalvaren’s elves with black magic and turns them into hideous creatures known as Shadow Elves. Any threat to my family like that, to my people and my dragons, will not be tolerated. If Isa wants her war I’ll be first in line on the battlefield.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Thanks for asking, Kayelle. Paula chose to write about me because I’m the only character who could tell this story, well, me and Mia, that is. I showed up for work one day and bothered her until she had no other choice but to tell Readers about Chalvaren Rising.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I’m not fond of the fact she divulged my fears – of losing Mia, of how embarrassed I was when Magnus couldn’t land, or roar. Of how badly I wanted to be the one to silence Isa Ansgar – but couldn’t do that alone. I’m the king’s son, right - people aren’t supposed to know all that internal conflict garbage about heroes, right?
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
Any of the other wizards in Chalvaren, but Lucan Brix fascinates me. My uncle’s command over magic helped me get Magnus back to Chalvaren – and to find Mia. What Lucan went through in Chalvaren Rising was hard as hell.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think she’s this amazing human who’s got the Universal Story inside her soul. She understands the value of entertainment to society. She likes to see the good guys win, and she’s all about the Happily Ever After even if she makes it hard as hell to get there.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
I’m damn glad you took the time to tell our story, Paula. The fact that you understand how I believe Love Is Worth Fighting For means everything to me. Mia, and Magnus, and hell, the whole Kingdom of Chalvaren are all better off because you wrote our story down, and found our perfect editor. Thank you. The Kingdom’s portal is always open for you and your friends to come and visit. That includes you too, Kayelle, and all your readers.

Buy This Book

Author Bio

Paula Millhouse is the writer of books where fantasy, romance, and suspense collide, 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.
“I wanted to find out what would happen if I designed a world where fantasy lovers get their adventure quest, but also gave their girlfriends a healthy dose of grown-up romance along the way. How can we blend High Fantasy and Romance into a story that leaves the Reader breathless, where magic and suspense collide in a spellbinding imaginary world?”
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.

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  1. Thank you for hosting me and Kort Elias today, Kayelle. I hope your readers buy a copy of Chalvaren Rising and get to know our elf prince, his dragons, and the love of his life a great deal better.

  2. I love a man in a suit... elf prince or CEO. Good interview, Paula! Congratulations on your new release.


    1. Men. Suits. Definitely hot. Definitely delicious.
      Thank you for stopping by, Adele!

  3. Great interview! I love the comparison of raising Magnus like another couple would raise a puppy. Congrats on the new release!

    1. Oh, boy! The snags Kort and Mia run into while raising a dragonlet prove for some stellar scenes, Marilyn. Just imagine. People tell me they love Magnus. He totally steals the show when he's on the page.
      Thanks for stopping by and meeting Kort Elias.

  4. Well I am going to be making use of that portal! Can't wait to visit. Thank you for being here today!

    1. Oh, good, Kayelle. We'll have a fine time sipping mead from the King's Cellars, and if we're lucky, we'll even get to ride a royal dragon.
      So glad to be here today.
      Thanks for helping me introduce Kort Elias.

    2. Absolutely. Mead it is. And bring on the dragons!

  5. Since Kort is a red-blooded male, in love and full of passion, I question one line in your description of Kort: "he wants to parent with Mia more than anything." Ahem. I bet there's at least one thing he wants just as much!

  6. Umm, well, yes, Ed. I suppose you're right. Kort definitely seems to enjoy the process with Mia on the way to the product.
    Thanks for sharing a guy's POV! :-)

    Glad you stopped by.

  7. Congrats on your release, Paula! I look forward to reading the book.

  8. Thanks, Stacy. Hope you enjoy it. I'm hearing people like the action scenes, and the hot romance. *Kort waves Hi*

  9. What a clever interview! I enjoyed it thoroughly.
    Best, Emily Mims

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Emily. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. I personally love the term "parent with". I just hope they keep on "parenting" well after their child bearing years.! Kayelle, you chose a great one to spotlight today. Paula is a great writer! Also I love the way your unique way of interviewing the character about the author. Great idea! Lyn Austin

    1. I'm so glad you stopped in, Lyn!
      I loved that part of the interview, too. Kort's opinionated, and he's got so much to say.
      *Kort waves at Lyn* "The portal to Chalvaren is always open. Come visit us at Castle Elias, Ladies."

  11. Great interview Paula. Kort is one sexy elf.

    1. Kort Elias is one sexy elf, Bonnie, and I'm thrilled he came across the page like that. He had tons to learn in Chalvaren Rising and he was one of my favorite characters to write. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Dragons, magic, epic battles and super sexy men? What else could a girl want? I can't wait to read this. Thank you for sharing this great interview!

    1. I hope you enjoy the novel, Samantha. Blending all these elements into a kick-ass story was a labor of love.

  13. You had me at "brilliant crystal blue eyes." Oh, and the fact that he's a good caretaker for Magnus. It's like a dog-dad. Dragon-dad?

    1. Kort's crystal blue eyes draw Mia in like gemstones draw in dragons, Tamara. Their romance and the magic they share made writing their story a wonderful experience for me.
      And yeah, Kort's fierce protective nature makes him the perfect dragon-dad. Great analogy.

  14. What a fun interview! Even if someone starts your book for the dragons, sounds like they'll stay for the elf prince!

    1. Thanks, Unknown - I certainly hope Readers connect with Kort Elias. He's such a gentleman, but a passionate one indeed.

  15. I love the complexity of the story. And what world building! You should be very proud. Just a fabulous interview. It exposes so many compelling elements of the story.

    1. Hi Sheri! Thanks for stopping by.
      Building The Kingdom of Chalvaren Romances, and their world has been a journey I'm so glad I took. It is a complex place, with fascinating characters. I love my elves, but I may just love the dragons of Chalvaren more, especially Magnus and Garnet. They're the keepers of Castle Elias, sentient, and both of them speak.
      I appreciate your kind words, and I'm glad you enjoyed the interview.

  16. Great interview, Paula! I love the "dragonlet" concept.

    1. Magnus is quite the little scamp, Nancy. A scene-stealer. There's a picture of him over at my website if anyone wants to have a look at the dragonlet.

  17. What a wonderful interview! Cannot wait to read this story.

  18. I've been gaga over elves ever since Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings!! Kort Elias sounds just as yummy!!! :)

    1. Trust me, Veronica. Some part of Orlando Bloom's Legolas lives in and inspired Kort Elias. Kort's maybe a little tougher than Legolas - Kort rides dragons, after all.

      So glad you stopped in.

  19. This Halloween, add some magic to your e-Reader. Visit The Kingdom of Chalvaren. Ride a dragon. Fall in love with a prince.


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