Teatime at the Gryphon's Claw

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Washed up seventies glam rock star and British expat, Harrington Gloss, has been contracted to write a fantasy novel. As the deadline looms, he is at a loss as to how to begin, never having written a novel before in his life. Help arrives when he ducks into the Gryphon's Claw Cafe one fateful afternoon. He meets there a prickly lesbian rock dive, Kincaid McAllister and inspiration takes hold.

The would-be writer embarks on a fictional tale about a scarred and battle-hardened medieval knight errant, Sir Fenmar of Raventry, the preeminent warrior of his age. Sir Fenmar is sent on an improbable quest into the Jagged Mountains by Princess Isabella of Castle Splendour. His assignment? To locate a mythical dragon she believes can save the kingdom from a mysterious calamity that has befallen it. So begins a scaly and serpentine saga that parallels and finally intersects its writer's own story as it builds to a climax pitting its heroes against a diabolical evil and impossibly long odds as the fate of the world hangs precariously in the balance. 

As his hero, Sir Fenmar, is given a final shot at redemption, can his hapless author, Harrington Gloss, also find a way to transform his own destiny?