Theme Parks as Setting
Most people associate theme parks with fun, family, and fantasy. Where else can you go and completely immerse yourself in an imaginary world plus get greeted by globally recognized characters? Thrill rides, live shows, dining, and shopping all await you at these popular tourist attractions.
We love going to Disney World. The cheerful ambiance alone appeals to us. Visitors are happy and out for a good time. Staff members are friendly. The grounds are beautiful with lush landscaping, brightly colored flowers, and whimsical topiary. When we’re inside the gates, we can escape from worry and the daily grind. Is it any wonder that people flock to these fantasy realms to stand in long lines and brave the crowds merely for a day’s release from routine life?
As writers, we play the “What If?” game all the time. For example, what if something sinister is going on behind the scenes at these theme parks, not only in Orlando but around the world? People from diverse backgrounds flock to these attractions. What if someone is luring visitors there for a dastardly purpose?
In Warrior Prince: Book One in the Drift Lords Series, enemy soldiers called Trolleks have invaded Earth through a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle. They’ve set up recruitment centers for human mind slaves at tourist attractions around the world. Their home base is an adult role-playing theme park in Orlando, Florida called Drift World.
Mythologist Nira Larsen applies for a summer job at Drift World and quickly realizes the place isn’t what it seems. Her employment interview turns into a nightmare when a Trollek attacks her. Rushing to the rescue are the Drift Lords, a team of hunky space warriors who’ve come to Earth to quell the invasion. To succeed, they need the help of a special group of women who possess legendary powers. As Nira flees for her life, she learns from Zohar—leader of the Drift Lords—that she plays a role in the fate of mankind.
Ancient Norse myths come alive in this tale of intrigue, adventure, and romance. Prophecy must be fulfilled, and only the Drift Lords and their destined mates can save humanity.
Excerpt from Warrior Prince by Nancy J. Cohen
“You have shown much strength and resilience through our trials,” Zohar told Nira after the others left. “Such is a true warrior’s heart.”
He faced her in the front parlor, where the temptation to stroke her soft cheek made his fingers curl.
“I’ve always been good at rolling with the punches,” she said with a shrug.
“You perform in combat?” He looked at her askance before recalling the scene at her house. “Indeed, I observed you struggling with that beast in your hallway, but I had no idea you were trained as a fighter.”
“Hey, by punches I only meant…it’s an expression.”
“I do not understand.”
“You know, a colloquialism. It means I can bounce back if I’m struck down…figuratively, not literally.”
“Ah, I see.” He gave her a lopsided grin. In truth, he saw nothing except the glimmer of her large eyes, the fiery cast of her hair, and the lush shape of her lips. Their rosy hue contrasted to the pallor of her skin. Despite her brave words, the day had taken its toll.
An uncommon surge of admiration swelled within his chest. She had lost her home, her dearest friend, and her possessions, and yet she didn’t complain. What more could he ask for from his newest team mate? Recruited with reluctance, she’d accepted the tasks put to her with alacrity.
Stepping behind Nira, he placed his hands on her shoulders. She was tense as a longbow. He examined her neck, its graceful curve tempting him to nuzzle her nape. Her fine reddish hair lifted in short layers that had him longing to plough his hands through to feel its texture.
He squeezed her taut muscles gently, urging her in a low voice to relax even as his own body went hard with need.
“Be at ease, we are safe now,” he murmured in her ear.
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Warrior Prince: Book One in the Drift Lords Series by Nancy J. Cohen
When mythologist and Florida resident Nira Larsen accepts a job as tour guide for a mysterious stranger, she's drawn into a nightmare reality where ancient myths come alive and legendary evils seek to destroy her. To survive, she must awaken her dormant powers, but the only person who can help is the man whose touch inflames her passion.
After a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle cracks open and an ancient enemy invades Earth, Zohar—leader of the galactic warriors known as the Drift Lords—summons his troops. He doesn't count on a redheaded spitfire getting in his way and capturing his heart. Nira has the power to defeat the enemy and to enslave Zohar's soul. Can he trust her enough to accomplish his mission, or will she lure him to his doom?
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Author Biography Nancy J. Cohen is a multi-published author who writes romance and mysteries. Her popular Bad Hair Day mystery series features hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the IMBA bestseller list, while Nancy’s imaginative sci-fi/paranormal romances have garnered rave reviews and a HOLT Medallion Award. Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.