In almost every book the name of a person or place is sort of a private joke that I added. In Dragon Slippers, there are several. For one thing, both Azarte and Pippin are real life dogs. Pippin is my little Maltese, Azarte is my sister’s Russian wolfhound. Velika was the name of her other wolfhound, a beautiful animal who sadly passed away not long after Dragon Slippers came out. Luka got his name because at the time I was writing DS, I had gotten hooked on the morning reruns of "ER", and my husband was accusing me of being in love with Dr. Luka Kovacs. So I named my handsome prince after the handsome doctor! Ha!