Cover Reveal for my DRAGONS AGAINST THEM

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Ooo, I’ve been waiting MONTHS for this day to come! It’s cover reveal day for DRAGONS AGAINST THEM, book 2 in my Kingdoms of Fire and Ice fantasy romance series.

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I thought cover artist Kelly Martin did an amazing job with book 1, but this? This cover knocked my socks off! Any guess as to who that is on the cover and stirring up trouble for Zayne and Addie in book 2?  I’ll give you a hint, she might be mentioned in the blurb:

Blood is thicker than water…but can it melt a heart of ice?
(Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, Book 2)

Adelaide Miller gave up everything she knows to remain in Prince Zayne Godfrey’s alternate reality and assume her rightful place as eldest princess in the rival kingdom of Forath.

For an independent, free-spirited woman, however, royal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s downright smothering. Especially since the vengeful Rosalind has gone AWOL.

Zayne is eager to wed Princess Addie—but their fathers seem more intent on keeping them apart. The longer Rosalind goes missing, the more suspicious each monarch becomes that the other is guilty of foul play.

Both kingdoms may soon face a strong, new rival intent on gaining power foretold by an ancient prophecy. To protect their chance at happily ever after, Zayne and Addie must partner with unlikely allies to save the one person intent on destroying them both.

But victory will not come without a price, and in the end, someone may have to pay—in blood.

So, what do you think everyone? Ready climb aboard for the next part of this high-flying adventure? Grab your pre-order copy from Amazon today, and watch it magically appear on your Kindle/Kindle app on August 29th!

And if you’re not following my newsletter yet, be sure to click today–a special giveaway will be coming soon, as well as a sneak peek inside the cover of book 2!

And bloggers, stay tunedBewitching Book Tours will be hosting a week-long tour at the end of the month. Watch for your chance to sign up!

And just in case you missed seeing book one, here’s the deets:

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Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family. Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.

Dragons Against Them Sneak Peek

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the flurry of activities here this week. Shaking off the dust in time to dive back into to publishing and editing mania. So while I’m preparing to submerge once again, I thought I’d share a teaser from dragons 2, scheduled for release August 30th.

And stay tuned – pre-orders and the full cover reveal are coming soon!

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Blood is thicker than water…but can it melt a heart of ice?

Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, Book 2

Adelaide Miller gave up everything she knows to remain in Prince Zayne Godfrey’s alternate reality and assume her rightful place as eldest princess in the rival kingdom of Forath.

For an independent, free-spirited woman, however, royal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s downright smothering. Especially since the vengeful Rosalind has gone AWOL.

Zayne is eager to wed Princess Addie—but their fathers seem more intent on keeping them apart. The longer Rosalind goes missing, the more suspicious each monarch becomes that the other is guilty of foul play.

Both kingdoms may soon face a strong, new rival intent on gaining power foretold by an ancient prophecy. To protect their chance at happily ever after, Zayne and Addie must partner with unlikely allies to save the one person intent on destroying them both.

But victory will not come without a price, and in the end, someone may have to pay—in blood.

 

Sneak Peek:

Rosalind’s stomach rumbled painfully as she drew near the outer branches of a thicket she had napped within earlier. Rest was best sought during the day, when eyes and ears were most active. Besides, a fire in broad daylight for cooking would be out of the question, its trail of smoke sending an alert to Forath’s soldiers, whose search for her undoubtedly continued.

Searching out of duty, she was certain. Nothing more. For though her father cared little for her, he would never allow her to simply leave, even if his most prized possession had recently made a spectacular reappearance at Forath Castle.

A spectacular, unexpected reappearance, jeopardizing Rosalind’s carefully constructed plan to capture rival kingdom Edana’s throne. She had bowed to her father’s wishes, pledged to play her part in the nonsense of an arranged marriage, but the sacrifice would not be hers alone. No, once she’d wed their rogue prince, Rosalind planned to kill off Edana’s royalty one by one until she was all that remained. As their ruling queen, she would bring Quinn alongside her, fortify their army, and take down her father.

Then and only then might she finally find peace—by way of vengeance. But first, she had a fiancé to reclaim.

Rosalind retrieved a sturdy branch she’d fashioned into a crude spear earlier and skewered the trout, then set it aside to free her hands for fire making. A bit of smoke would not draw attention in the graying skies now, especially this deep in the forest. If her estimates were correct, she was but a day’s travels from the next village, perhaps two. A mere blink of the eye in time compared to the weeks she had spent traveling thus far. No matter either way, so long as she might finally find someone who knew the way to the witch clan. Once there, she believed her bumps and bruises, scrapes and cuts would be well worth the effort. For between the witches’ magic and her cunning, she soon would resume her betrothal to Prince Zayne and put her plan into motion…

Cover Reveal Spotlight: BOUND by Jen Colly

Our slow burn of fun this week continues with a cover reveal for BOUND, Jen Colly’s second book in The Cities Below series. I loved book 1 – such a fun, fresh twist on the land of vampires – and have been patiently waiting for the release of book 2. Thankfully, my wait is nearly over as BOUND is set to release January 31, 2017.

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The streets are a battleground for humans, vampires, and demons alike—where survival is a skill, love is a weapon, and the most dangerous act is to care for another . . .

Keir is an assassin devoted to Lady Arianne, the last of her royal bloodline. He is sworn to protect her, and that means eliminating any threat to her life. But while on a mission, he is set upon by a pack of demons, barely escaping with his life.

Cleopatra lives by a set of rules so rigid she no longer knows her true self. But her kind and loving nature resurfaces when she finds a man, bloodied and dying. Moved to help him, she risks her future and her life to save a stranger far below her aristocratic station.

Their attraction to each other is as powerful as it is forbidden. But even as their love grows, Keir keeps his true identity a secret—and this lie is not the only threat to their love . . . or their lives.

You can find Jen Colly online here:  Web  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
And her book for pre-order on Amazon here: Pre-order Bound

And if you missed book one, here’s how the series began:

inthedark1_smallDemons have returned, a vengeful enemy waiting to strike. Soren and Faith must find a way to survive the evil and darkness.

Faith’s spur of the moment vacation, meant to free her and boost her spirits, has left her lost on the streets of Paris. And apparently, Paris is populated with something more than just humans. Vampires, suave, seductive and oh so sexy, and one such warrior vampire has set his sights on her.

When Soren hears Faith’s terrified screams, he rushes in and saves her life without considering the consequences. Two problems: one, she’s a human and clearly aware of his vampire qualities, and two, the men who attacked her were not men at all, but demons. Their target, his beloved underground city of Balinese. He can never let Faith go home again, but can she learn to love his people. . .love him?

Release Spotlight: Dragon In the Blood by Juliette Cross

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m super excited to help spread the word on release day about DRAGON IN THE BLOOD, book 2 in the Vale of Stars Series. I so love Juliette’s Morgon men, and can’t wait to dive into this addition to the collection! Here’s a blurb and excerpt, and be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post for your chance to win her release week giveaway :DragonInTheBlood_cropped

Dragon In the Blood (Vale of Stars, Book 2) 

by Juliette Cross

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Date of Publication: 7/26/2016

Word Count: 72,000

Book Description:

When desire bites, there’s no patience for a slow burn.

While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.

Valla Moonring, an assassin for the Order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered on a mission into the Wastelands of Aria—a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.

To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.

Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—the soulfire. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal…

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Excerpt:

Conn slowed his descent as treetops came into view beyond the fading mist, which had thinned to nearly nothing in the past hour. Whipping open my wings, I landed softly on the hard ground among a grove of evergolds. Even in this frozen tundra, the giants famous for their flora of fire-gold leaves grew tall and thick-branched in abundance. I lifted my visor to a brilliant burst of color that contrasted against the brown earth and snow-swept embankments.

Bowen landed quietly behind me. “How about some lunch before we set out on foot?” He removed and tucked away his visor and unpacked his crossbow from its sheath on his back for the first time on this journey.

“Let’s get into the cover of trees,” said Conn, moving along the natural path. “And lunch sounds perfect.”

“Benta’s breakfast wasn’t enough for you?” I asked, meeting his long stride.

“I always have an appetite, sweetheart.”

“While you two continue flirting, I’ll find some small game nearby. Set up the hotpad over near that big evergold.”

Without a sound, Bowen disappeared into the trees.

“Flirting?” I scoffed. “I wasn’t flirting.”

“I was.” Conn grinned.

“Stop it.”

“I haven’t even gotten started yet.”

“You’re infuriating.”

“So you’ve said before.”

“Listen—” I put up both gloved hands to stop his snarky banter for just one second. “I’m glad we’re finally alone.”

“Me, too.” His lopsided grin made my heart flutter.

Exhaling a frustrated sigh, I stopped under a thick oak with ample coverage from above and unhooked my chest pack before dropping it to the ground. “There’s something I’ve been meaning to talk to you about…about last night.”

“Mmm. Last night.”

He removed his own pack and gloves, then pulled out the small, electronic hotpad. After opening the tripod that kept it off the ground, he turned it on. Gisa ordered us to use the hotpad instead of fire when we were in the open to avoid alerting predators or criminals to our presence.

Conn stood and propped his hands low on his hips. “Would you like a second round?”

“No…no.” I cleared my throat and shook my head, my ponytail sliding on the smooth leather of my jacket. “Actually, that should never have happened. I shouldn’t have let that happen. But I—”

“Couldn’t resist,” he finished, a devilish smile brimming his beautiful face. “It’s okay. It happens a lot.”

“You’re such an ass.” I rolled my eyes. “I could’ve resisted.”

“Could you?”

He broke his rigid stance and sauntered closer, a feral glimmer in his gaze. By instinct, I backed up a step, my wings scraping the rough bark of the evergold behind me. He moved into my personal space.

“What are you doing?” I asked, heart hammering.

He flattened one hand against the tree above my head, his finger grazing the arch of my wing. I shivered.

“Are you sure you could resist?”

I cleared my throat. “Of course,” I said, trying to sound confident, but my voice betrayed me and broke.

“Well…I couldn’t.” He brushed the back of his knuckles along my jaw. I held still, caught.

“Actually, I want to taste you again. Right now.”

Even stone-cold sober, I felt drunk from a single touch, longing to fall back into his arms and let him show me what his hazel-gold eyes promised without a word.

He leaned close, his warm breath grazing my ear.  “Let me taste you again, Valla.”

I planted my hands on his chest, wishing there weren’t the layers of thermal suit and leather between my palms and his rock-hard chest.

He nuzzled the shell of my ear with his nose, then his lips. “Let me.”

His darkened voice pleaded and demanded at the same time, spreading warmth between my legs. What had gotten into me? I pushed him out of my way and stormed toward a densely wooded area.

“Where are you going?” he laughed. “Running away?”

“I’ve gotta go to the bathroom,” I yelled over my shoulder.

“Not by yourself, you’re not.” His footsteps crunched across the thin blanket of snow and leaves behind me.

I whirled, heat burning up my neck, now from anger not lust. “Whoa, there, big boy.” I threw up a hand, halting him several feet away. “Look. You’re not my keeper. And just because we shared one kiss doesn’t mean anything. I’m going to relieve myself by myself. Do you understand?”

His wings twitched at his back. Agitated. Whatever.

“And stop scowling at me,” I called back as I spun and trekked off the path into the brush.

 

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Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona. Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

You can discover more of Juliette and her books on her website.

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Release Spotlight: Waking Eden by Rhenna Morgan

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m super excited to help spread the word on release day about WAKING EDEN, book 3 in The Eden Series. I looooove this series, and was super excited to get my hands on an early ARC of this book (5 stars from me!) Here’s the scoop, and be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post for your chance to win her release week giveaway :WE_cropped

Waking Eden (The Eden Series, Book 3) 

by Rhenna Morgan

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Rhenna Morgan

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Date of Publication: 7/26/2016

Number of pages: 272

Word Count: 100,121

 

Book Description:

The only hope of saving their race is to surrender their hearts.

With a long foretold and annoyingly vague prophecy warning of immense change for Eden, Ramsay Shantos is forced to hunt words and legends instead of rebels. For a man of action, it’s the worst kind of agony. Until he encounters a sexy librarian who bears the fated prophecy’s mark. A mark no human should possess.

Tortured by her mixed heritage, Trinity Blair has enjoyed little human touch in her life, let alone intimacy. Even the most innocent contact fills her mind with a person’s deepest, darkest secrets—except for Ramsay. Her immunity to his thoughts sparks a fragile hope that she might finally experience the passion of her Dark Spiritu brethren…unless he’s the dangerous crossroads her father predicted.

When knowledge of Eden goes viral in the human realm, Trinity is Ramsay’s only hope for quelling mass panic. Can he risk revealing the secrets of his race to the guileless ray of sunshine? Or is she the unknown source of Eden’s destruction?

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Excerpt:

Trinity dropped to her knees beside Ramsay and checked the pulse at his neck. Smooth and strong, unlike the frantic flutter of her own heart.

She smoothed a wayward strand of dark hair off his handsome face. Not just any man could pull off long hair without coming off girly, but this guy did it easily. Kind of a sexy barbarian who’d traded his leather armor for a skin-hugging T-shirt and jeans.

Ramsay’s giant friend crouched opposite her and gripped his shoulder. What was his name? John? No. Jagger. That was it. Golden hair and eyes to match—heck the guy looked like he’d been created by Midas. “What happened?”

“I don’t know.” She checked the back of Ramsay’s head. No blood, but she’d bet he’d sport a nasty goose egg come morning. God, his hair felt sinful. Thick and smooth. “He grabbed my hand and pulled me up. The next thing I knew, his eyes rolled back and he fell.”

Jagger lifted Ramsay’s head, clasped it at the back, and gripped his chin with the other. He scowled down at his friend…or was he concentrating?

“I tried to break his fall, but he’s, well…” She motioned toward Jagger’s torso. “Huge, like you.”

Ramsay’s eyes popped open with a shake of his head.

Jagger eased back on his heels and smiled. “You realize you passing out when you’re coming onto a woman is gonna make for killer blackmail.”

Ramsay studied his friend, then her, then her hand on his chest.

Her hand. On his chest. Not just touching him, but stroking. Small, comforting motions against hard, hot muscle.

Holy crap. She jerked her hand away and stood so fast, she nearly clattered onto the coffee table behind her.

Not one vision. Not before or after his fall. That alone should be enough to crow and dance around for days, but mixed with a good solid feel of those muscles, all she could think about was adding both hands to the mix—minus his T-shirt.

Ramsay stood and narrowed his eyes.

Prey. Beneath his stare, she felt like a gazelle entranced by a black panther.

Jagger stepped closer to him, as though he meant to intercept. “You want to tell me what’s going on?”

The question snapped Ramsay’s focus. “Must’ve been the trip here. My head went fuzzy and that’s all I remember.”

Odd. His words made sense, but the tone and the way he eyeballed his friend made it sound like code for something else.

Jagger’s gaze raked her head to toe before he nodded and ambled back to his seat.

Ramsay prowled closer, not quite as frightening as seconds before, but still on edge. Predatory. He offered his hand. “Let’s try that again. I’m Ramsay.”

Eye candy. The guy was pure unadulterated, grade-A eye candy. She sucked with height estimations, but her lips were on a direct line with the rock hard pecs she’d shamelessly fondled. And there were scattered light streaks in his dark hair. Not much. Only enough to imply her panther spent time lazing in the sun.

His voice rumbled, even more tempting than the rest of him. “I can wait all night.” He held his outstretched hand steady, tanned skin tempting her as strongly as his words. Definitely a sun-prone panther.

She’d touched him twice already. Surely another wouldn’t hurt. “Trinity Blair.”

Their palms met, his hand encompassing hers in a delicious heat that radiated out in all directions and made her want to snuggle up so tight no space was left between them. The world stopped. The bar ceased to exist. No images. No fearsome emotions. Just perfect, addictive touch.

Tessa’s voice cut through the cocoon of her thoughts. “Oh, my God. Did you just touch him?”

Trinity snatched her hand away and stepped back.

“Well, well, well,” Naomi’s sultry voice sounded from the loveseat as she reclined back and draped one arm along the cushions. “This is turning into an interesting night.”

Margo stood, jerked her head at Naomi to move, and motioned at Ramsay to sit. “Why don’t you two take a load off? Me and Naomi are headed to the bar. Anyone want refills?”

Oh, boy. She’d seen that matchmaking gleam in Margo’s eyes before, but never aimed at her. Definitely not good if she wanted to keep any semblance of control for the rest of the night.

“Sit with him,” Margo whispered in her ear before turning and tugging Naomi along with her.

Ramsay grinned, clearly hearing her friend’s traitorous instruction. He reached for her elbow to guide her forward, but stopped and pulled his hand away.

Trinity lurched toward the loveseat and sat as far away from everyone as possible.

Ramsay settled close, not quite in the middle but enough that no one else would join them. His gaze rested on her throat before it jumped to meet her eyes. “So, no touching. Sounds like an interesting story.”

More like the only thing interesting about her, and yet the one thing she couldn’t talk about. Even if she could share something about her Spiritu self, her brain seemed to have gone on strike in favor of ogling the strapping god planted two inches away. “It bugs me, is all. Most people make me antsy. I guess…” She rubbed her hand along her thigh. “I guess you slipped in under the radar, and then after, I didn’t have time to think.”

Again his gaze dropped to her neck, and his smile faltered.

She checked her collar and made sure the sides were pulled together, hiding the pendant her adopted father, David, had given her before he died.

“You sure?” Ramsay tilted his head, considering. “I think we should try again. Test the theory.”

Well, if that wasn’t a perfect opportunity offered up on a silver platter. All her life, the only person who’d been able to touch her without impact was Kazan. She’d give anything to try something beyond a simple handshake.

Ramsay leaned in, his arm stretching along the seat back. His facial structure radiated the same power as his body—proud nose, strong jaw covered in sexy stubble, thick eyebrows, one arched a little more than the other. His warm, earthy scent surrounded her, clean with a hint of something exotic. Sandalwood maybe. “Touch me.”

Hard to call it a command the way he said it. More of a dark, sensual dare. One that worked nerve endings she didn’t even know existed. “Where?”

As soon as the question left her mouth his expression shifted, eyelids lowering slightly over stormy silver eyes. “Carte blanche. Lady’s choice.”

About the Author:RM

Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.

A native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls and a fantastic husband, her resume reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.

Like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. That’s where the romance comes in. Reading, or writing, romance has been her happy place since she cracked the spine on her first Christine Feehan book years ago. Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who’ll fight to keep the women they want.

Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape for the women who need it.

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Back from the Abyss – Updates and Previews

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Happy Monday, everyone. Wow, I can’t believe how quickly 2016 is flying by! I am overdue for some updates and blog posts, so killing two birds with one stone this week. (But no dragons. I’m totally against killing dragons. Off the page, anyway.)

First, a few updates for Kyra Jacobs fans…

After an unexpected closing of my publisher for book 1 in my new fantasy dragon shifter series (and then unclosing, and then…well, its complicated), I have decided to push forward and self-publish books 2 and 3. Fingers crossed that I can get them both out yet this year.

If you’ll remember, the journey began with DRAGONS AMONG THEM back in April of this year. Addie and Zayne’s adventures continue in book 2, DRAGONS AGAINST THEM, due out (God willing) the end of August–cover reveal and pre-orders coming soon! Book 3 is in the works, and I will let you know as the time gets closer if it will be available before Christmas or not. And psst…it’s gonna be aweeeeesome.

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For fans of my sweeter, more down-to-earth romances, book 2 in the Checkerberry Inn series has received a release date of October 3rd from Entangled BLISS. I’m working thru edits on it now, will let you know if the date changes. But oh, are you going to love Stephanie and Miles. Yes, Miles, for those who fell in love with him as Brent Masterson’s wingman in book 1 (HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR, Sept 2015). The title for book 2 is being reworked, so I’ll be sure to share it and the cover when I know more!!

And for fans of my earlier works, the ebook version of FLIRTING WITH FIRE, book 2 in the Hometown Heroes romantic suspense collection (released July 2014), is now available at Barnes&Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.

Second–I’ve got a week’s worth of fun and highlights in store for you from my future books and some other great novels and cover reveals releasing this week. So be sure to swing back by tomorrow, as the fun’s just getting started!

The Dragons Have Arrived!

DragonsAmongThem72lgIt’s finally here – release day for DRAGONS AMONG THEM! In case you haven’t heard, though I’m still writing contemporary romance, I’ve also ventured into my first fantasy/paranormal romance series. The Kingdoms of Fire and Ice is set to be a trilogy, which means there should be plenty more of Zayne and Addie to be had in the coming months.😉

Speaking of months, I realized as I was writing this post that it’s been fifteen months since this book’s first draft was completed. 15 months of editing, prepping, submitting to publishers, more editing, cover art collaboration (and didn’t the amazing Kelly Martin do a fantastic job?!) and finally…voila! But not once in that time did I regret dipping my toe into this fantasy world. Some stories are just determined to be written, and this one wouldn’t leave me alone until I did it. And oh, am I glad the series was so persistent!

But as I couldn’t have done it alone, I’d like to take a moment and thank the people who helped make this book possible: my forever-patient literary agent, Dawn Dowdle, who I am sure silently cringed when I told her I’d deviated from “the plan” and written about dragons; my wonderful editor Linda Ingmanson who convinced Samhain Publishers to give me a try and then helped school me on many fascinating historical references while allowing me the creative liberties this story required; my cover artist Kelly Martin–yes, she’s so amazing she gets mentioned twice in this post (and OH how I hope we get the chance to use her prototype cover for book 2!); the Kickass Chicks for their unfailing support, love, and guidance as I waded into the land of PNR; Gabrielle Battistel for her uber-cool graphics wizardry; and finally my family and friends (who all knew I was a bit crazy before, and this story just goes to prove it).

So please, if you are into romance and are looking for a fun adventure with plenty of twists and turns, I encourage you to give my dragons a try. But be warned–the romance in this series is steamier than my prior novels. If mild is what you prefer, no worries–the Checkerberry Inn series has 2 books yet to come out and will maintain it’s sweeter side.😉

Oh! And don’t forget to follow along on my blog tour each day between now and May 2nd to increase your chances to win a $40 Amazon gift card. The blog site listings are in this post here.

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Now go. Read and be merry. And if you decide to take a chance on DRAGONS, be sure to hang on tight–it’s a wild and crazy ride.

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Two worlds. One unstoppable passion. A fiery secret that could destroy them all.

Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family. Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.

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It’s Dragons Eve!

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Happy Monday, everyone! Ooo, I can hardly sit still long enough to write this post as we are less than 24 hours away from my new fantasy romance series finally taking flight! Tomorrow marks the release of book 1, DRAGONS AMONG THEM, and I can hardly wait. It feels like Christmas Eve, except with dragons! ;-)

Dragon Among Them Button 300 x 225So to celebrate, I’m here to share with you two things. First, my blog tour from the amazing Bewitching Book Tours kicks off today. Tons of great interviews and sneak peeks! Be sure to follow along for your chances to win a $40 Amazon gift card! The tour stops are as follows:

April 18 – happy tails and tales  http://happytailsandtales.blogspot.com

April 18 – Inner Goddess  http://www.InnerGoddessforum.com

April 19 – Houston Havens  http://houstonhavens.com/blog/

April 19 – Splashes Into Books  http://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com

April 20 – Urban Fantasy Investigations  http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/

April 20 – I Smell Sheep  http://www.ismellsheep.com/

April 21 – Hart’s Romance Pulse  http://www.HartsRomancePulse.com

April 21 – Rising Indies United  http://risingindiesunited.com

April 21 – The Angelspearl  https://theangelspearl.wordpress.com/

April 22 – Deanna’s World  http://deannasworld1.blogspot.com.au/

April 22 – Traci Douglass  http://www.tracidouglass.net

April 22 – Share My Destiny  http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

April 25 – The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom  www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

April 25 – Lisa’s World of Books  www.lisasworldofbooks.net

April 26 – Books and Tales  http://booksandtales.blogspot.co.uk/

April 26 – Roxanne’s Realm  www.roxannerhoads.com

April 27 – Ramblings of a Book Nerd  http://booknerdramblings.com/

April 28 – Deal Sharing Aunt  www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

April 28 – Fanatical Paranormal Romantical  http://fanaticalparanormalromantical.com/

April 29 – Castles Made of Books  http://castlesmadeofbooks.blogspot.com

April 29 – Book Lovers 4Ever  http://bl4ebookblog.blogspot.com/

May 2 – Fang-tastic Books  www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

And second, well, it wouldn’t be any fun without a sparkling new excerpt from the book. So for you, my trusty followers, I offer this view into Zayne’s world, as he greets Addie the morning after her quite unexpected arrival:

Brom made to reply, then stopped as his gaze shifted to something past the prince’s shoulder. Zayne turned to see what had silenced his warrior friend and became dumbstruck as well. Emeline stood atop the manor’s front steps, her drab attire and plump figure a stark contrast to the petite, angelic creature beside her.

Adelaide.

Zayne’s heart stuttered in his chest as he took in the sight. She looked radiant this morning with her golden locks pulled neatly up off her neck and dressed in a gown fit for a princess. Its fabric was the palest of blues and the perfect match to her unusual crystalline eyes. The bodice fit her supple bosom like a glove and wrapped perfectly around her trim waist. Had the skirt not been ridiculously long on her, anyone would have thought the gown had been made with Addie in mind, not his future bride.

It took but a moment for the other men in the yard to stop and stare as well, and jealousy flashed in Zayne’s heart. A jealousy he had no right to harbor, yet one he was helpless to resist. Emeline threw the lot of them a dark look, while Addie fussed with her skirt, seemingly unaware of the attention. After a moment, she started down the steps, a grimace on her face and those odd purple slippers peeking out from under her hem.

“Morning,” she called, sounding happy as a lark. Her gaze remained fixed upon the steps until she reached the courtyard. When she looked up once again and found them all staring at her, Addie’s cheeks flushed a deep scarlet. “Sorry,” she added hastily and attempted another of her untrained curtseys. “Good morning, sire.”

There was something about the manner in which she moved, not quite reckless but certainly unrefined, that called to Zayne. Intentional or not, Addie was bold. Too bold to be a spy, for she behaved in a manner so unlike the cautious feminine puppets he often encountered. Puppets that seemed to glide carefully from room to room, their faces demure and hands clasped before them.

But the prince was tired of puppets. He longed for someone real. Someone unafraid to be different.

Someone like…Addie.

Someone you cannot have, whispered a small voice in the back of his mind. A voice he chose to ignore as he offered her a full bow and smiled—Emeline’s wound-remedy ointment had worked once again. “Good day, my lady.”

“Oh, I’m no milady,” she said with a wave of her hand, which elicited several grunts from his men. “Just a miss, from what Emeline keeps saying.”

Zayne closed the distance between them and took her cool, soft hand in his. The scent of lavender soap washed over him, testing his restraint further. If not for the audience, he would have swept her up and quickly bedded her. The thought both startled and intrigued him.

“You are a lady if I say as much.” He pressed his lips to her hand. “And as I just did, well, the matter is settled.”

Addie’s gaze shifted from his. Before he could say more, she gathered up her skirts and limped past him to stand before his snowy-white steed.

“He’s so beautiful.” She reached a tentative hand out to stroke the horse’s velvety muzzle. “What’s his name?”

“His name?” asked Brom with a snort. “We do not name our livestock round here, miss—oof—my lady.”

Zayne withdrew his fist from Brom’s thick side. “’Tis true, he has no name.”

“A horse with no name,” she echoed with a grin and reached to stroke the coat between its eyes. “Then I’ll name him Will. He looks like a Will to me. Is he yours?”

“Aye. Though you shall be the one to ride him on your journey back today, as he is our kindest steed.”

“Ride him?” Addie’s gaze shifted to Zayne’s. “You mean he’s not going to pull a carriage or something?”

“There is no carriage, woman,” snapped Brom from several paces away. “If you wish to be escorted home, you will ride like the rest of us.”

Addie looked from him to Zayne. “You’re kidding, right?”

The prince lifted one brow.

“Oh no. Seriously, Zay—uh, Your Highness. I—I don’t know the first thing about horses.”

“Save how to name them,” Emeline grumbled from the foot of the steps.

“And how the heck do you expect me to get up there in all this?” Addie continued, raising two fistfuls of skirting.

“Then it appears you will be traveling on foot.” Brom mounted his massive ebony steed. “Be sure to keep up.”

Addie’s eyes grew wide as saucers.

Zayne couldn’t bear to see her fret and came to stand at her side. “Pay no mind to Brom,” he whispered into her ear. “His mother dropped him one time too many when he was but a child.”

With that, he placed his hands around Addie’s slim waist, lifted the slight woman—who issued a startled shriek—and set her sidesaddle onto her new friend, Will. Stiff with fright, she laced her fingers tightly into the horse’s mane while Zayne placed a boot in the near stirrup and swung up onto the steed as well. As he settled into the saddle behind her, Addie’s scent washed over him anew. To have her so near for the long ride ahead would be both pleasure and torture, he knew as he slid an arm around her waist. And while he could have ordered another to share their steed, Zayne found himself unwilling to let go. Instead, he tightened his hold.

“Do not worry, my lady. I shall not let you fall.”

“Don’t worry?” She leaned away from him, unwilling to release the mane from her grip. “Easy for you to say. You’re probably not afraid of heights. Or giant beasts.”

Laughter burst forth from Zayne’s chest. The sound echoed through the courtyard as he nudged his horse forward.

Well, what’d you think? (Anyone catch a song reference in there?) I hope you loved it, and that you enjoy DRAGONS AMONG THEM. And do stay tuned–book 2 is done and book 3 in the works, so the entire series will be available soon!

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Blurb:

Two worlds. One unstoppable passion. A fiery secret that could destroy them all.

Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, Book 1

Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family. Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.

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Judy Post is Cooking Up Trouble

My dear friend Judy Post has a new book coming out the week before my next release, so there will be lots of celebrating here in Fort Wayne next month. Interestingly enough, each of our releases involves us stepping into new genres for us, respectively. After visiting Judy’s blog recently (see post here) I thought it would be fun to have Judy visit here and pick her brain as well. It’s a lovely brain, really. Full of all sorts of wonderful information. So thank you, Judy, for agreeing to subject yourself to both my questions and my ramblings. LolCoockingupTrouble

COOKING UP TROUBLE (Book 1 in the Mill Pond series, with Judy writing as Judi Lynn) is the first in your new, contemporary romance series. It’s also your first voyage into contemporary romance. What prompted you to deviate from the world of Urban Fantasy?

Honestly?  My agent, the wonderful Lauren Abramo, told me to.  And she knew I didn’t think I could do it, so she gave me a pep talk and nudged me to read a few romances and choose a type I could man up and try to write.   I’ve been writing urban fantasies, and I love them, but the market is crowded.  She wanted me to try a genre with better odds to find a publisher.  I honestly didn’t think I could do it.  I’m not a particularly romantic person, but I’m married to a man who isJ   And Lauren, by the way, is always right.  I sent her the finished romance, and she sold it to Kensington.

 

While I won’t ask you to choose one genre preference over the other, tell us—what struggles did you perhaps encounter with in writing for the first time in contemporary romance? What did you enjoy about it?

I had a horrible time feeling comfortable with romance when I first started writing COOKING UP TROUBLE.  In urban fantasy, outside forces drive the pace and story.  A kickass heroine ends up going head to head with some horrific threat while trying to stop a villain.  The battles keep escalating until the big, final battle at the end of the book.  It’s one challenge after another.  I love that!  In romance, the story’s driven by two people who are attracted to each other, but a variety of misunderstandings and outside occurrences keep them apart.  The obstacles are more personal, more internal.  A mis-spoken word might derail the budding romance.  I felt like I was balancing a plot line on eggshells.  It felt like nothing was happening.  No one blasted magic or sucked out an enemy’s life energy.  But lots of things are happening beneath the surface, and that’s what I had to concentrate on.  I decided to add humor, and that saved me.

 

For those reading today who are new to you, please explain if you’re a PLOTTER or PANTSER and give us a glimpse into your process.

Oh, this is a fair question.  I always bug you about thatJ  I’m a plotter, probably obsessive about it.  I belong to a writers’ group, and as far as I know, I’m the ONLY rabid plotter among my friends.  And they all write great stuff, so it’s just me.  I need the security of knowing where the story’s going before I can bring the scenes to life.  My books always start with an idea.  For COOKING UP TROUBLE, I wanted to have a self-sufficient heroine who has to keep rescuing the guy who’s her love interest.  Once I have the idea, I think about the characters who’d work for it.  Tessa runs a farm stand and a bakery.  She works outside a lot.  Ian worked in finance in New York City and moves to Mill Pond to open a resort.  He’s stepping into a foreign world, to him.  I write the first two or three chapters before I do character wheels, because I need to hear my characters and see them in action before they start to come to life for me.  Once I finish the character wheels, it sounds weird, but I divide my book into fourths, and I aim for a turning point at the end of each one—some kind of shift that moves the story in a slightly different direction.  Once I have those, I can just connect the dots, and I plow through plot points—one for each chapter.

 

How many books do you have planned for your new series? 

I’ve turned in the first three, and I just signed a contract for three more.  I could do a couple more—have ideas for them—if the series does well.  I played with romances once when I wrote a bundle of short novellas, EMERALD HILLS.  I really enjoy writing short pieces, but I learned then that I get attached to people who live in small towns and want a HEA for every single one of them.

 

You recently published a book, chapter by chapter, on your website. Tell us a bit about that. What prompted you to try it? Did you enjoy that process? Will you bundle the entire book and offer it online, or will it stay as is?

That was so much fun!  Out of everything I’ve written, Babet and Prosper are two of my favorite characters.  I’ve used them in lots of novellas that I’ve made into bundles, but I never gave them a book, and they wanted one.  I’ve gotten great feedback on them, too, so I thought I’d put up a chapter a week on my webpage as sort of a thank you to the readers who have hung in there for all of their stories.  Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle wrote serials in newspapers, so I thought Why not?  It was a little more challenging than I expected it to be.  Since there was a week between each chapter, I felt pressured to make each chapter more gripping than if it was part of a book.  There weren’t many “down” scenes for just contemplation and planning, etc.  And I added an image for every chapter I wrote, so that added to the mix.   I promised to leave all of the chapters up for two weeks, and then I plan to make them into a book to put on Amazon.  I’ll only charge 99 cents, though.  After all, it’s already been read on my webpage.

 

Anything else you would like to share with our readers today?

Only a big thank you to you and them for sharing your blog with me.   It’s been fun!

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Thank you so much for visiting and selflessly sharing your time and experience with us today, Judy. Wishing you all the best with your upcoming release. Celebration time will be here before we know it!

You can find Judy on the web on any of the links listed below:

Judi Lynn’s Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BKZDQ68

blog: http://writingmusings.com/

author Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/JudithPostsurbanfantasy/

twitter: @judypost

Shifters–gotta love ’em

Sharing in case you missed this over the weekend. I had a lovely trip to my friend Judith Post’s blog. Swing on by for a few fun excerpts of my upcoming novel, won’t you? The DRAGONS take flight 4 weeks from today…

This is a gorgeous cover, isn’t it?  The protagonist looks so alluring as a golden dragon, I can’t wait to read about what he looks like as a mortal:)  My fellow writer/wonderful…

Source: Shifters–gotta love ’em