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Blood Bond: Book Description

Man severed the alliance with the dragons fifty years ago. But now an invading army marches north destroying everything in its path. The dragons believe only together can the invaders be defeated. They need an emissary.

Womanizer. Drunk. Failure. Soren is many things. A leader isn’t one of them. But, Dex, the dragon that saves him from a cliff, believes different. Thrust into an adventure he never wanted, Soren’s life changes forever when during a battle Dex’s blood mixes with his blood creating a mystical blood bond – forever linking them.

As the bond strengthens, Soren must decide whether to return to his old life or accept the bond and embrace his role in the battle against the invading army.

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You can read the first chapter here, or check out Soren being thrown from a dragon here or confronting that dragon here.

Download Blood Bond for 99 cents here.

Enjoy an #excerpt of the #fantasy novel BLOOD BOND

Today is Friday, and while I usually host a guest author, I didn’t have one lined up for today. (Any authors who want to be featured, check out this post from last week.) About 5 months ago, my latest fantasy novel was released. If you haven’t bought your copy of Blood Bond yet, check out this excerpt and then pick up your copy on Amazon.

Excerpt

As Soren walked, he noticed a brown dragon sitting apart from the others. The last time he had seen Barth was when the dragon had thrown him off his back before Blinking. Remembering that horrible feeling of falling, he clinched his fist and stalked over to the brown dragon. Barth regarded him coolly as he approached.

“You! What the…why did you do that?”

“You were making a mistake,” Barth said, calmly.

Soren paced in front of him, waving his hands as he spoke. “You couldn’t have told me that and then landed? Instead, you threw me off your back while we were in the air! I could have been killed!”

“And yet, here you are.”

Soren took a deep breath and another. “What if Dex didn’t save me?”

“Then neither of you would have had to worry about the Blood Bond,” Barth said with amusement in his voice. His eyes focused on Soren and when he continued, he tone was serious. “You and Reddex share a Bond that is stronger than any I have seen. I knew he would save you, just as I knew you were acting out of anger. It would have been a mistake for you to leave. Do you regret choosing to stay with him?”

“No.” Soren sighed. “I don’t regret it.”

“Well, there you are. Perhaps you should be thanking me instead of being angry.”

Soren threw his hands up in the air and stalked away. Now he was more annoyed than he had been after dealing with the General. He didn’t want to return to Camden. He needed to work out his frustrations. He spied a rake leaning against a nearby building. Grabbing it, he returned to the place where Dex had originally landed. Though the dragon never complained about sleeping on the rough ground, Soren began clearing the area of rocks. Dex would probably point out he had been sleeping on them for the past week without a problem, but he needed something to do and removing the rocks and sticks, so they didn’t jab the dragon as he slept seemed the perfect distraction. As he worked, he considered erecting a tent nearby but dismissed the idea. He knew he too would probably be sleeping on the ground. He had become accustomed to sleeping against Dex. He found he slept better that way.

As he continued to clear the area, sweat dripped down his face. The manual labor felt good. What felt even better was to be out of the city. There was no chance he would be bombarded with questions out here or that anyone would doubt his observations. His thoughts went back to his report on the advancing army. He knew what he had seen. The cloaked figure was a woman.

“What are you doing here?”

Soren froze at the sound of a voice he hadn’t heard in years. His hands gripped the rake handle until his knuckles were white. He turned slowly. The man stood with a saddle thrown over one shoulder. His hair and beard were streaked with grey. A brown leather apron covered his clothes. The look of disgust on the man’s face was one he had seen thousands of times.

“Hello, father.”

His father dropped the saddle to the ground and took a step toward him. “I might expect to see Jerrick here but not you.”

His father could always tell them apart. He didn’t move as his father approached. He saw his father’s eyes travel down his face to the mark on his neck.

“What’s that?”

“Nothing.”

Soren didn’t see the fist coming. It slammed into his jaw. Pain exploded across his face. He fell to the ground. He lay on his back, slowly bringing his hand to his mouth. He wiped away the blood. Anger coursed through him, and distantly he heard Dex calling to him.

“You don’t speak to me like that.” His father placed his foot on Soren’s shoulder, pressing down until he had him pinned to the ground. He leaned over him, applying a little pressure. “The mark?”

Soren grunted as his father increased the pressure. “It’s so they can tell Jerrick and I apart.”

“They?”

“The King, his men.”

“Ah. I see.” His father glanced up, his eyes widening.

Soren heard the wings. The ground shook as Dex landed. His father took a step back, releasing the pressure on Soren’s shoulder. He backed away as the red dragon advanced. Soren climbed to his feet, placing his hand on Dex’s flank. His father’s eyes flickered to him.

“You don’t belong here,” his father said. “Nothing good will come of this. And soon you will be the cause of another death, and they’ll know it.”

Book Blurb

Man severed the alliance with the dragons fifty years ago. But now an invading army marches north destroying everything in its path. The dragons believe only together can the invaders be defeated. They need an emissary.

Womanizer. Drunk. Failure. Soren is many things. A leader isn’t one of them. But, Dex, the dragon who saves him from a cliff, believes different. Thrust into an adventure he never wanted, Soren’s life changes forever when during a battle Dex’s dragon blood mixes with his blood creating a mystical blood bond – forever linking them.

As the bond strengthens, Soren must decide whether to return to his old life or accept the bond and embrace his role in the battle against the invading army.

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You can read the first chapter here or another exciting excerpt here. Or stop reading snippets and get the whole book here on Amazon.

 

#Free eBook Alert – BLOOD BOND is free 4/25 to 4/29

From Wednesday, April 25 thru Sunday, April 29, you can download my fantasy novel, Blood Bond, for FREE!

Available only at Amazon.

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Blood Bond: Book Description

Man severed the alliance with the dragons fifty years ago. But now an invading army marches north destroying everything in its path. The dragons believe only together can the invaders be defeated. They need an emissary.

Womanizer. Drunk. Failure. Soren is many things. A leader isn’t one of them. But, Dex, the dragon that saves him from a cliff, believes different. Thrust into an adventure he never wanted, Soren’s life changes forever when during a battle Dex’s blood mixes with his blood creating a mystical blood bond – forever linking them.

As the bond strengthens, Soren must decide whether to return to his old life or accept the bond and embrace his role in the battle against the invading army.

 

Download Blood Bond for FREE here.

Today’s Featured Author – Victoria Zak

Today I welcome Victoria Zak to my blog. Her novella, Scorched Hearts, is one of 13 stories in the Stroking the Flames anthology.  

Interview

What or who inspired you to start writing?

I started reading J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and was hooked. I wanted to write my own stories. I wrote my first book in 2014 which was Highland Burn and it started my Guardians of Scotland series.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

Great question. I think there’s quite a bit of myself in my books. Sometimes intentional, sometimes not. At times ideas surface and I have no idea where it came from, but it was there inside waiting to come out. My characters set the tone for personality. (Yes, I hear voices.) lol There’s a lot of my humor in my books. I’ll be reading through my current WIP and just start busting out laughing.

What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best advice I have ever received was when a good friend of mine, who happens to be an author, told me to write the damn book. So, I did. Two and half years and ten books later, I’m still writing those damn books. lol

What is the best thing about being a writer?

The best part of being a writer is I get to share my stories with wonderful readers. I truly enjoy it when I hear back from a reader telling me how much they liked my books. It keeps me motivated.

The worst? Hmmm, I must say I loathe edits. Lots of pounding my head against my desk.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

By far the readers. I have a lovely reader group and they keep me motivated and the characters in my head need their stories told. I get excited when one throws me a curveball.

How do you conceive your plot ideas?

I’ll come up with one or two plot ideas and then start asking a lot of “what if” questions. Then I just start throwing obstacles at the characters to keep them from achieving their goals. Sounds horrible, but so satisfying when they finally get their HEA at the end.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I outline the main plot, then start writing. I have a good idea where I want the story to go before I start writing.

Please tell us about your current release.

My current release is a Paranormal Romance novella for the Stoking the Flames anthology, Scorched Hearts. My story takes place in a mountain town, Ember Brooke, basally it’s Mayberry for dragons. My hero Thane, a dragon shifter and hang gliding instructor, finally gets a mate. However, the she-dragon he’s mated to has no idea what’s it’s like to be a dragon.

Raised by humans, Bex a supernatural scientist, has found a way to suppress her dragon for the fear of the unknown. Overworked, Bex goes on vacation, the road leading her to Ember Brooke and straight into Thane’s arms. With her career and heart on the line, Thane desperately courts Bex hoping to convince her that he’s her mate.

OMGeee, this book was so much fun to write. It’s humorous, sexy, and a wee bit adventurous.

What inspired you to write this book?

These characters were from the first book I started to write and never finished. I had fallen in love with the Bex and Thane and finally had a chance to tell their story. I’m so happy I did.

How did you come up with the title?

Well, since it’s a dragon shifter book, I wanted the title to have a sexy, dragon feel to it, because this couple heats-up the pages.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

The hero is hang glider instructor so I had to research hang gliding.

Which of your characters is your favorite? 

Thane was my favorite. He’s a true hero. He fights for love. His buddies, Stone and Jensen are hilarious. I can’t wait to write their stories.

Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

I can’t without giving too much away, but it’s a tear jerker.

If this book is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?

This book is a start in a new series, however it run parallel to my Scottish Historical Paranormal Romance series, Guardians of Scotland. These characters are descendants of past Dragonkine.

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I’d be Abigale Brue from Highland Burn. She’s the Princess of Scotland and married to the notorious, bloodthirsty dragon shifter James the black Douglas. She has the kindest heart and the most impressive inner strength.

If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?

J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood world. These vampires are just incredible.

Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?

I write in my office most of the time.

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

Is coffee a snack?

Do you have an all time favorite book?

Besides J.R. Ward, I loved Suzan Tisdale’s Fredericks Queen. Amazing Scottish Historical story.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I’m a two-year breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2104 right after I published my first book. It hasn’t been an easy road to travel, however I’m grateful to have been able to beat it and continue to write.

Book Blurb

Surrender to the Desire…
Embrace your Destiny…
Soar with the Dragons…
Stoke the flames that 13 of your favorite NY Times, USA Today and International Bestselling authors have ignited with their ALL NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED fiery tales of the scorching passion that erupts when a dragon is united with their soul-mate.

Soul Fire by Kelly Abell
Sometimes breaking a curse leads to an unforeseen destiny

Desired Revenge by Solease M. Barner
A throne lost.. Centuries of debt.. A new threat arises that not only jeopardizes her lost kingdom but also her heart. Sometimes vengeance isn’t vengeance once the heart is involved. Will Carmen have her Desired Revenge?

Devon by Kathi S. Barton
Kelly was finally taking the vacation she had been promising herself for years… and escaping her crazy family. But as fate would have it somethings are worse than insane relatives.

On Wings of Time by Linda Boulanger
One man with a dragon’s soul. One woman with the key to unlock his powers. With six hundred years separating them, Fate’s carefully woven web is about to be tested with a kiss and the flip of a coin.

Dragonslayer, Dragon Heart by Isobelle Cate

Heart of a Dragon by L.J. Garland
When an unimaginable evil rains down from the sky, fate demands action from the most unlikely place–a terminally ill woman. But even with a fierce warrior at her side, does a single dragon stand a chance at saving the world?

Promised to A Dragon by Darlene Kuncytes
When you’re promised in marriage to a dragon shifter like a piece of chattel… what will it be – fight or flight?

The Dragon’s Sacrifice by Andi Lawrencovna

Sadie’s Shadow by Julia Mills
Long forgotten secrets, ancient curses and a prophecy she’s been running from for over a century. Fate and Destiny battle for Sadie’s soul but only her Shadow knows the truth…

I Dream of Dragons by Tricia Owens
When a genie in a bottle seduces her inner dragon, a sorceress must decide if the attraction is real or if she is being tricked.

Fire and Ice by Kate Richards
The battle for Crossroads rests in the hands of an ice dragon who has yet to shift and isn’t sure she can. Is his fire enough to set her desire ablaze and free the dragon within?

Curse of the Dragon’s Eye by Kali Willows
When reality is just an ancient curse in disguise, an Egyptian Pharaoh fights for her soul & her flight of dragons

Scorched Hearts by Victoria Zak
One lost heart and another ready for love collides with burning desire. One of them is bound to get SCORCHED.

 

About the Author

Victoria Zak is an internationally bestselling indie published author. She writes Scottish Historical Paranormal Romance and Paranormal Romance. She’s well known for her well-executed stories and thrilling paranormal/highland romance series The Guardians of Scotland.

When she’s not writing in her dragon loving world filled with magic and steamy romance, Victoria lives in the sunshine state with her real-life heroes, her husband and two kids.

You can find out more about Victoria on her website or you can follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Stroking the Flames on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Itunes, and the Kobo Store.

 

Today’s Featured Author: A. Wrighton

Today I am pleased to welcome fellow fantasy author A. Wrighton to my blog.

Interview

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I’m one of those weirdos who is from Los Angeles and then stays there to live and work in Los Angeles. Side note, I have visited/lived in 43 states so I have left my sunny sandbox but, I am an oddity. I currently live along the Los Angeles/Ventura County border lurking closer to the marine layer and beaches.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I do write full time, but I also have a day job. I guess that means I work two full time jobs… which probably explains why I don’t really sleep. My day job entails the entertainment industry, agents, and casting directors – it’s 100 miles a minute and non-stop creative & challenging fun. Every moment I have a break at work (lunch) or at home (single mom) I am writing. I write in the car with Bluetooth audio notes. I scribble scenes and dialogue in notebooks and napkins. I just don’t stop. I’m sure when I’m older it will catch up to me but until then I’ll keep on trucking.

How do you conceive your plot ideas?

Random sparks. Random thoughts. I see a little girl stare into space too long and I imagine what she’s looking at. I think of a sneezing attack and I wonder what might really be the cause. I read, I watch documentaries, and I just enjoy life. There are endless possibilities and if I just relax, they’ll hit me. I may not start writing them all into full concepts just yet, but I keep a file of story sparks (ideas) and anything I’ve thought of in relation to them.

Please tell us about your current release.

My current release is the first book in a genre-bending fantasy series called Dragonics & Runics – Defiance. It introduces the story of a resistance movement composed of dragon riders determined to unleash a prophecy to dethrone a tyrannical dictator that has done the unthinkable – a magic genocide. Defiance gets the ball rolling and introduces the key players on both sides of the battle – Council and Resistance. It also gives hope and inspiration that nothing is as it seems and that sometimes the definitive line between good and evil is actually quite blurred. Defiance also introduces my style of writing where I genre-bend (or blend) and push the boundaries of traditional genre fiction.

Did you base any of your characters on real people?

Yes, historical personas and some real life people I have encountered or learned about in passing. I think that many of my readers know who is who historically in my novels as some are obvious (tyrannical genocide-hungry dictator ring a bell?) while others are quite intricate and delicately woven together so that who they might be isn’t revealed until much later on in the series.

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

My two favorite characters haven’t actually appeared in the series yet so I can’t really say much about them. I always find it fascinating how different readers have different favorites. As for disliking? Hell yes. Out of all the baddies, I can’t stand Lady Diesden the most… which makes her quite fun to write.

 If this book is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The next book is set to be released late this summer and is called Allegiance: Dragonics & Runics Part II. This book continues where the first left off and rejoins the Rogue Dragonics and their Resistance movement to find the Five Catalysts and The One destined to save their realm with the prophecy. We get to meet a few new people and learn a little bit more about what happened politically and emotionally in the Soleran Realm for things to get as bad as they have been. And…happily, we get more insight into our Rogues and meet one of the strongest females in fantasy fiction (though I am biased).

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

From Defiance: Dragonics & Runics Part I, I’d prefer to be Princess Chloe since she gets the best of everything. She’s a tomboy, a princess, a ruler, and a friend of dragon riders who’ll do anything for her. Hello? Free dragon rides! That, and she has one hell of a personality on her and her dresses are beautiful too.

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

Green grapes, ice water, dried cranberries, yogurt, granola & Café du Monde French Roast coffee with hazelnut and vanilla. Oh, and sometimes I like to make Elvis Crackers (graham crackers, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and banana).

Do you have an all time favorite book?

Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass is an absolute favorite of mine. I love the written material, the poetry, the movies, everything. And man, did Tim Burton nail it. I could fall asleep to that rendition over and over and over… you get the idea.

If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?

Jane Austen because she is a quintessential chic lit author and because she had this amazing way of creating and revealing characters. Man, to pick her brain for five minutes would be divine. The other author I’d like to meet would be Hemingway – sober. Okay, so that might come off as a cheap shot but he was a genius sober – writing. He was a creative crazy while drunk and depressed. To sit and have coffee with Hemingway in Spain would be a creative moment to remember for a lifetime. And, who knows, maybe I could convince him not to shoot himself… write more, ya know?

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I have severe dyslexia. I got through high school by memorizing the text parts I would have to read out loud in class (having a photographic memory definitely helped). I took AP courses by the boatload and none of my teachers ever realized I was severely dyslexic – not even my English or Creative Writing teachers – until I took AP Calculus. Luckily, my calculus teacher worked with me so I’d not only pass but that I wouldn’t be flagged with a learning disorder. When I went to high school, if you were recorded as having a learning disorder, you couldn’t do extra curricular (I did theatre) and you couldn’t take as many AP classes as I wanted. If it hadn’t been for that teacher working with me through lunches and breaks, I wouldn’t have been able to jump into college the way I did. And no, none of my college professors – history, politics, linguistics, science, or writing – ever realized I was dyslexic. So yeah, thanks Mr. Mansfield. You are amazing and I owe you… about a billion solved equations.

Book Description

DefianceRule #1: Stay the Udlast away from the Dragons.

Rule #2: Defy the Council or die trying.

WHERE DOES IT END?

Over a generation ago, the Council ordered the systematic extermination of the magic wielding, Runic Race. In the face of the damning orders, a few Dragonics refused to participate and instead demanded justice. But their call to defiance came too late – no Runics survived. Now, those against the Council’s oppressive reign have long since been outcast to the fringes of society – their numbers and determination dwindling.

Alaister Paine, Commander of the Rogue Dragonics, leads the Resistance with little hope of success, until he deciphers one of his predecessor’s logs. Within the cryptic text, Alaister reveals that one Runic – a girl of untold power – was hidden from the Council’s grasp. Find the girl, and the Rogues will finally be able to enact a long lost Prophecy to bring freedom back to Solera.

Trouble is… they are not the only ones searching for the last Soleran Runic.

Check out the book trailer for Defiance AND also for the upcoming Allegiance.

About the Author

A WrightonA. Wrighton has been imagining flights of wild fancy since before she could figure out how to tie her shoes. Her love of writing, creating, and imagination has led her through a life full of flights of fancy and amazing adventures. A. Wrighton’s literary efforts were first noticed in grade school and again in college where she was held at grade point and commanded to switch majors and write. Since that fateful day in autumn, she has followed her creativity’s calling and went forward to earn honors in a BA in English as well as honors in a MFA in Creative Writing.

A. Wrighton writes sci-fi/fantasy (her passion), historical fiction, character-driven fiction, romance, and suspense. She also writes feature screenplays, TV spec scripts, and the occasional short film. Her literary influences include: Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne McCaffrey, Simon Winchester, T.A. Barron, & Agatha Christie. In her spare time, A. Wrighton mentors fellow writers – local and online – and hosts a developmental editing service.

A. Wrighton resides somewhere in the beautiful Ventura County and loves her native city of Los Angeles. She lives with her amazing family and two dogs and often finds herself writing in little neighborhood joints – a cup of coffee or tea at her side.

You can find out more about A. Wrighton on her website or on Dragonics & Runics Series website.

You can also follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Defiance: Dragonics & Runics Part 1 on Amazon.

Creating the Mystic Dragon

Last week, I wrote briefly about creating your own fantasy world. Since I love dragons, my fantasy world wouldn’t be complete without a dragon. Since we are working with an imaginary beast, you have the creativity to do whatever you want. They can be small, large, friendly, menacing, have magical powers – the possibilities are endless. You can portray them as a snake-like creature like a Chinese dragon or a lizard-like beast with huge bat-like wings. I prefer the latter.  

When visualizing my dragons, I mainly imagine them to be like the Windstone Edition dragon statues designed by Melody Pena (photo on right is my Emperor Dragon) or the dragons of Peter Pracownik. Though in the end, I don’t know that my dragons look like either of these but these are just some great images to pull ideas from.

Though dragons often are portrayed as evil, in my novel, Summoned, I opted to create dragons as cooperative. I made them large enough to allow the other characters to ride on their backs.  And while many books or movies have dragons that don’t communicate, there are instances where they speak like we do (think BBC’s Merlin TV series or the movie Dragonheart) or even telepathically (such as Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series). I happened to want my dragons to communicate and figured it would be more realistic to have them be telepathic.

In many stories, dragons breathe fire but here again I decided to go a different route. Here is an excerpt of when my main character, Lina, first meets the black dragon Zoot. The dragons have been exiled for almost a thousand years so Lina knows very little about them.

Lina turned back to the dragon. His huge yellow eyes stared at her. She broke the gaze and turned back to the trap. “Couldn’t you break these or breathe fire and burn them?” she asked and hesitantly touched one of the ropes and then glanced at the dragon.

Still telling that old story, huh? Nope. We never could breathe fire. I believe that story started when one of us knocked over an oil lamp. Some poor servant saw it and started exaggerating. You know how it goes.

Lina smiled. She had never heard of that story. She had just always believed they could breathe fire, especially since the phrase “dragon’s fire” was so commonly used.

Zoot is introduced near the end of Summoned and plays a more active role for the remainder of the trilogy. Of course as the trilogy has progressed, I have added more dragon characters but Zoot with this gruff, sarcastic attitude will always be my favorite.

So as you create your own dragon, feel free to go against the norm. Create a unique creature to enhance your story. And remember, you are really only limited by your own imagination.