The Blood-Born Dragon

Planned for release May 2023

A bond she didn’t choose.
A love she can’t escape.
A creature so powerful it bends the limits of time.


Book One of the Everlands Cycle

Smart, sassy, and sanguine, Des Mildue is a traveling sell-sword in Rescalin, a dry and dusty kingdom full of rogues, opportunists, and thieves. She keeps her nose clean, brazens it out with a blade when she can’t, and keeps others at arm’s length where they can’t mess up her plans.

That is, until a sword fight gone wrong leaves her tied by an accidental blood bond to the first dragon hatched in centuries. Suddenly, Des has to contend with a new voice in her head: haughty, willful Esquidamelion. Des wants to leave Squid by a roadside, but the blood bond has other ideas.

With half the world on their tail – including Liv, her beautiful, faithless ex who Des is definitely over – Des must search for answers for why so many are willing to kill, maim and torture to get their hands on Squid. But she’s beginning to suspect her blood bond has tied her not only to a dragon, but to a fight for Rescalin’s future…

…and no one else even knows it’s at risk.


If you like the kind of story that grabs you by the shirtfront and hauls you through mystery, magic, adventure and betrayal, with a side of sapphic romance, pick up The Blood-Born Dragon, first in a new trilogy from debut author JC Rycroft.

Content Notes (including Trigger Warnings)

Violence, blood, gore, trauma, torture (off-screen), corpses (including of people tortured to death), death of a child (off-screen), death of a parent (off-screen), infidelity, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, graphic sex.

Please note this list is subject to change. If you notice something in the book that you believe needs to be added to this list, please send me a message via the contact form.

Please note that this book is intended for release in May 2023, and will be available as an ebook via Amazon and Kindle Unlimited, and as a paperback via Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, and GooglePlay, and all good bookstores (on request).

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