New Post: early excerpt from Dragos Takes a Holiday – Peanut’s POV debut

It’s early days to be posting an excerpt from my upcoming Elder Races novella Dragos Takes a Holiday, because it doesn’t release until November 25th, but enough readers thought it would be fun so….

Here’s the Peanut’s debut as a POV character.  In the story Dragos and Pia’s son Liam, or the Peanut, is only three months old, but he is so full of magic, as Pia says, “He’s not so much developing as exploding into reality.”  In his human form, he’s the size of a six month old baby and he’s just started to crawl backwards.  He also understands much more than most people realize.

**Please note:  while I’m posting this for the fun of it, the novella is very much a work-in-progress.  This section is subject to editing / change before publication.  Also, remember, this is a self-published project, so there is no pre-order option.  I’ll be sure to blog, tweet on Twitter and post on Facebook when the novella goes live on November 25th and you can buy it!

I hope you enjoy!

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            Mommy carried him into his room.  He thought things were going quite well until she set him down on the thick, soft rug in the middle of the floor.

No, that wasn’t what he wanted.  That was very much not what he wanted.

He was tired again, and his mouth hurt, and he was hungry all of the time.  Hungry for what, he didn’t know.  Hungry, hungry.

So he scowled and concentrated mightily on something that he wanted.

And the world shifted.

He felt better.  Quite a bit better, actually.  His new mouth didn’t hurt at all, but he was still very hungry.

Mommy kept talking as she moved around his room.  She pulled diapers out of drawers, set them on the changing table and turned to the closet.  “…I want to take you to the beach and play in the sand with you, except I don’t know that we should.  Are you too young to play in sand, or to go into salt water?  Peanut, you are such a statistical outlier, half the time I have no idea what we should do with you.”

She turned away from the closet, her arms full of clothes.  When she looked at him, she shrieked and dropped everything.

It startled him so badly he felt a burst of anxiety.  He turned around to scoot backward toward her as fast as he could, but something flopped along his back, and his arms and legs weren’t working quite the way they had been earlier.  He stopped, confused, and looked down at himself.

Slender white forelegs stretched to the floor.  He picked up a front paw, staring at the talons.  Then he looked over his shoulder and flexed sleek, graceful wings.  A tail trailed the floor behind him.  He reached for it with one forepaw and picked up the end.  When he tugged at it, his butt wagged.  The tail was attached to him.

Mommy knelt in front of him and cupped his face.  He looked up into her eyes.  She was teary and yet smiling.  “You are the cleverest baby ever,” she said.  “You’re so beautiful, and exactly how I first dreamed of you.”

Pleasure sleeked him down, and he smiled at her.

Her eyes went very round.  Then she beamed at him.  “That’s quite a mouthful of toofers you’ve got there, too.”

She gathered him up in her arms.  He tucked his snout into the crook of her neck, and it was so good.  It was almost everything he wanted, except….

He was so hungry.

He fussed and whined, and she sat on the floor and rocked him, while she dug her cell phone out of her pocket and moved her thumb rapidly over the keypad.  “Dragos, you have to come home right now.”

Daddy’s sharp voice came over the phone.  “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing’s wrong exactly, but Liam has changed and he’s upset.”

“What do you mean, he’s changed?”

“I mean he’s changed!  He’s in his dragon form, and I can’t even tell you how beautiful he is.  He’s also upset for some reason.  Maybe it scared him?  And you’re missing all of it.  You need to come see this.”

“I’ll be right there.”

Mommy set the phone aside as Liam whined and plucked at her shirt.  “Are you hungry?” she asked gently.  He nodded.  “I can’t nurse you when you’re like this, sweetheart, not with all of those razor sharp teeth.”

That was the saddest thing he had ever heard in his whole life.  He lifted his head and looked at her, grief bleeding from his eyes.

“Oh Peanut, I’m so sorry.  Please don’t look at me that way.”  They considered each other desperately.  Mommy’s expression turned firm.  He folded his wings back and clung to her, as she rolled to her feet and carried him to the kitchen.

She opened the fridge door and pulled out a pan that had the something he was craving.  It smelled oh, so good.  He arched toward the pan, reaching with both front paws.

“Hold on—let me get the plastic wrap off first.”

She slid to the floor as he struggled to get to the contents in the pan.  She snatched off the plastic wrap, set the pan on the kitchen tile, and he fell on the leftover sirloin roast.  Eyes closed, his whole body tense, he focused on gorging on the meat.

Running footsteps sounded in the background, but it was only Daddy, so he ignored it.  A moment later, Daddy said in a quiet voice, “Well, damn.  Look at that.  Hello, little man.”

A large, gentle hand came down on Liam’s back, between his wings, and contentment filled him.

“I didn’t know what else to do,” Pia said.  “He acted like he was starving, and he has all those teeth.  Then I remembered what you said about how he was going to need a lot of meat.”

“You did exactly what you should have,” said Daddy.

Liam finished off the roast.  The hungriness had gone away, and his belly felt comfortably stretched and full.  Sleepiness descended.  Eyes drooping, he looked over his shoulder.  Daddy and Mommy knelt on either side of him, both smiling.

He scooted backward toward Mommy.  When she gathered him up, he turned to climb up her body until he lay draped along her shoulders.

“I’m telling you, this is just like my dreams,” Mommy said.  She reached up to stroke his leg.  He stopped listening to their conversation, tucked his snout in the neckline of her shirt and fell fast asleep.

71 Responses

  1. mandy says:

    Loving this!!! Peanut is so cute! Can’t wait…

  2. Should says:

    All I can say is awwwwwww… I can’t wait for more Peanut!

  3. Sandy says:

    OMG…..can’t wait…

  4. Rebecca Carr says:

    How sweet he is! I can’t wait for this book!

  5. Alison Montgomery says:

    Wow, just WOW. Cannot wait

  6. Garrie says:

    November is going to take forever to get here!!

  7. Barb says:

    Awwwww, I love this. I cannot wait.

  8. Angela says:

    I am so excited..and I can’t Thank You enough for such a wonderful exerpt..

  9. Sara H says:

    So beautiful! November can’t come soon enough.

  10. ayana says:

    Peanut’s sooo cute!! Can’t wait for the novella! 😀

  11. 1Maenad says:

    This excerpt is so adorable. Can’t wait for the novella to be released.

  12. Andria says:

    Awwwww! So cute!! November is too far away!

  13. Viki S. says:

    Thank you so much. I just love peanut :).

  14. Amy says:

    Awww! This is too short! The little peanut is so cute. I didn’t know how I can wait until November!

  15. Marie Harte says:

    Oh my gosh. Hurry, hurry. I can’t wait to read more!!!

  16. Jen M says:

    absolutely loved it….such an awwww moment 🙂

  17. Angela says:

    Adorable!! Looking forward to more!!!

  18. Elizabeth H. says:

    Awwww!! I love this!! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Mary Reed says:

    Thanks, Thea. You know we love the Peanut!

  20. Janice U. says:

    I can’t wait. I love Dragos, Pia and now the Peanut.

  21. Tola says:

    Thanks! Peanut is the cutest!

  22. Nicole1000 says:

    I love this! Cannot wait until November!

  23. Grace says:

    So adorable!

  24. LizF says:

    Cutest POV ever! omg, can’t wait! 🙂

  25. Catherine C says:

    That is so awesome!! Cannot wait!!!
    Love it!!

  26. kamrin says:

    Loving this! Thank you for a sneak peek

  27. Irene says:

    Adorable !

  28. Teresa says:

    Love the excerpt, thanks so much

  29. Esther says:

    Aaaawww so cute!! More of Peanut POV pleeeease 🙂

  30. Cassie says:

    I love this! I hope we get lots of point of view like this!

  31. Having a baby of my own made me love this excerpt even more. I cannot wait for the novella!

  32. sally cryne says:

    can’t wait, you know we’re so addicted to the characters and love the great stories xx

  33. Teri Gomez says:

    Oh lordy, this was just wonderful…can’t wait for the book…I am in love with a baby dragon!

  34. MeganC says:

    I’m so excited for this novella to come out! So sweet!

  35. christine says:

    love it

  36. buzea ancuta says:

    November is too far away,I can’t wait that long to read about baby dragon.He is so cute!

  37. Lisa Callens says:

    OMG! I have never contemplated a B&E before and I have no earthly idea where you live on the planet but hot damn I would just to read more. To say I cannot wait is an understatement!!! You Rock Girl!

  38. […] Harrison has posted an adorable snippet of Baby Peanut’s POV in her upcoming novella, DRAGO TAKES A […]

  39. miki says:

    So cute!! i love it

  40. Patricia Paton says:

    It’s going to be a terrific story. I love it already.

  41. Suzanne says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! Yeah, more Peanut !!!!!!!!

  42. Tasha says:

    Aww! Peanut is adorable! ^_^ Gonna have to remember to put this on my calendar so I don’t forget during the holiday rush!

  43. Kitana says:

    Oh my god, this is the most adorable thing.

    I’m so happy you decided to release this!
    This helped me clear up a vague misunderstanding I had at the end of Lord’s Fall. What I thought was that whole cognizant-as-an-adult; “No, it’s cool I’ll just birth myself” episode, which sort of traumatized me a little, because the thought of remembering coming out of my mom’s womb? ICK. D:
    Duhr, I’m stupid. Thank god I was wrong.

    Plus, I’ve been dying to see badass powerful Dragos really get to interact with his cute little dragon baby.
    And of course, mommy Pia. 😀

    Going to go preorder this right now!

  44. Alda says:

    So cute I think I’m in love-again, lol. Thank you I needed some Dragos, Pia and Peanut fix 🙂

  45. lorrian says:

    wow, please feel free to tease & write to your heart’s content. if you do change it will be more new stuff to read. all good.

  46. Kaetrin says:

    Love it! thank you for sharing the snippet.

  47. carole says:


  48. thea says:

    I’m so glad everybody enjoyed the snippet! Carole, I hope the novella will be in print eventually. It won’t be right away. For those who don’t know, it’s not cost effective to produce novellas in print form – they’ve got to be bundled in order to make the printing costs worth it. I’m hoping that this will get bundled with another novella, maybe in a year or so. If you would rather not wait but don’t have an e-reading device, you can always download the free Kindle or Nook Apps and read them on your computer.

  49. Jackie says:

    I cannot wait for this!!!! I’ve always wanted a story on peanut! and this excerpt has me wanting so much more! This novella comes out just 6 days after my birthday so I’m super excited for it!!! Wish it came out sooner!

  50. thea says:

    Yes, Jackie! This will be sold on Amazon and other online book vendors. 🙂

  51. Arisa says:

    Peanut Fan Club!!
    I vote for more Peanut POVs!!
    Go Peanut!!

  52. Mary says:

    I wanted more about how Pia and Dragos FEEL when they see their son change into his dragon form. If Pia told Dragos about the teeth, wouldn’t Dragos panic? How did he feel about seeing the only other dragon in existence for the first time? Did Pia control her own reaction to the baby-carnivore food? Who prepared the roast and put it away? I am pretty sure Drago’s last entry into a working kitchen was to retrieve the zip lock bag that preserved Pia’s scent on the famous 7 11 receipt. Love the books. Love the characters. Thanks for all the fun!

  53. Fillie says:

    awwww, this has got to be the cutest excerpt ever! looking forward to more 😀

  54. Amy says:

    This is a great excerpt! Peanut is so cute! I can’t wait for the book to come out.

  55. Deanna says:

    OMG!!! LOVE!!!

  56. Barbara says:

    Since it”s self published, release it early!!!! Wow oh wow, I can’t wait 3 months.

  57. Hollie says:

    Thought he was supposed to have her eyes and hair…

  58. Debbie H says:

    I too can’t wait. Think self-publishing is an excellent idea. All deleted scenes and extras would be worth it. THANKS!!!

  59. Myranda says:

    I love this except so much! I just had to reread it again because I love reading Peanut’s POV. He’s so adorable and I love seeing Pia and Dragos as parents. I’m so excited for this novella! 😀

  60. geeta says:

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUUUTE… the peanut is plain adorable. I think I’m going to love this book soooo much.

  61. Amy says:

    Please post another excerpt! November is sooo far away!

  62. Manu says:

    I love it too! Will it be sold on a pdf format too? Because of I haven’t an ebook-reader … i hope it be possible …. greetings from germany

  63. Audrey says:

    You made my day ! It’s awesome. I’m so happy to have this little test of my favorite couple and their son 🙂 I want more though…. always more. 🙂 thank you

  64. Colleen Poor says:

    I can’t wait to read Peanut’s story. How sweet! I’m sure there will be lots of twists and turns since he’s Pia and Dragos’ son 😉

  65. BD says:

    While reading this my mouth went smiling and my heart opened and filled with warmth. I believe we need more books that do just that. Thank you for being one of the great writers that make us readers better people with the feelings you sneak into us.
    P.S Excuse my language if something is not written properly, it’s my third one.

  66. joey says:

    So cute! Can’t wait!

  67. Tina says:

    One week!

  68. Alison says:

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the snipit. Thanks for sharing. I also hope at some point you will bundle the novella’s and release them in audio format. That is how I got introduced to your books and I really enjoy hearing them.

  69. Myriam French says:

    Love it. How do I get this book been waiting for peanut for ever. Need this book to read now!!!
    I really love this series since book One.
    Keep up the good work. Love it.