New book: Cursed with Claws by Asta Idonea

I’m delighted to announce Asta Idonea’s newest novella, a gay fantasy romance called Cursed with Claws. It’s about a young man who is sent by his village as a sacrifice to the local dragon, but finds a very different fate.

Summary of Cursed with Claws

A dragon dwells atop the mountain that overlooks Ode’s village. Every year the surrounding villages gather to make an offering to keep the beast at bay: chests of gold and a human sacrifice.

When the wise men choose his beloved sister, Malle, as the latest sacrifice, Ode immediately offers to take her place. But instead of a dragon on the mountain ledge, he meets a mysterious young man.


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The Language of Cursed with Claws

by Asta Idonea

Given the fairytale style of Cursed with Claws, I went with a quasi-historical setting. There is a medieval feel to the world, though it’s not quite the same as the one we know. For places names, I looked back to Old English, to add to the sense of history grounded in reality. In general, I based the idea of the villages and settlements in the valley on the Anglo-Saxon era too.

When naming my characters, I always like to choose names that mean something either in relation to the character’s personality or to their role in the tale. In Cursed with Claws, the two main characters are Ode and Elric. Ode means ‘wealth’ or ‘fortune’; while Elric means ‘noble’ or ‘power’. To see the relevance these names have in the story, you’ll have to give the book a read! 🙂

In all cases, I think names and setting should play an important part in any tale, offering a deeper truth and adding an extra dimension to both plot and character. Hopefully I have achieved that in Cursed with Claws.

About Asta Idonea

headshot of nicki j marcusAsta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

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