Genres: Paranormal Romance
Series: Fire Chronicles
Book Length: 110
Publisher: BL Publishing
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It’s finally the day of claiming. A dragon charges in breathing fire and leaves with an unwilling captive as his new bride. Roxanne, one of the brides he will chose from, wants nothing to do with the tradition that has gone on for thousands of years. From an early age she’s had one goal…
Kill the dragon.
Laryn—arrogant, gorgeous, and heartbroken since the death of his former bride has a plan for the new one. He will never love again. Of course, the last thing he expects is a feisty warrior landing on his back with a sharp sword in her hands intent on death. His death.
It’s a match made in… well… you need to read to find out.
A dragon shifter fairy tale for adult readers.
I admire my nakedness in the looking glass, flex my muscles and watch them ripple with undeniable power. I am more than a mere human. I’m faster—stronger—deadlier.
I am dragon.
“Why are humans so inferior?” I ask myself aloud. Their weak bodies give them no advantages. And they are ugly, even their females. Their puny appearance and sickly skin tone only enhance their frailty. At least some of the women are decent companions if they don’t nag too much. I grumble loudly. Chances are I’ll be stuck with a whiner again. I’ll not put up with it and I’ll quickly teach her to fear me.
As amazing as I am in my human form, it holds no comparison to my dragon, which is superior to all others. My mind flashes to Acasia, Bastian’s mate. Yes, she is beautiful, but all her damn rules ruin it. It doesn’t matter that she is the only female dragon in existence. Today, I chose my new bride at the claiming ceremony. Her training will begin immediately after our return to my lair. The sooner she stops the waterworks and settles in, the better it will be for her.
I turn and walk through the large doors of my bedroom and stand on a rounded stone ledge looking over my kingdom. The wind whips across my naked body and blows hair into my eyes. It needs trimming. I will gift my bride with the privilege, if she cooperates. It will be her first reward, well… after I fuck her, of course. Fucking always comes first. Bastian had no clue how to control a human female and now he’s stuck with Acasia. I always show the bride who’s boss and immediately put them in their place. My way works best.
I spring from the ledge and dive off headfirst in my human form. I pull in the magic and my dragon bursts free—the small amount of pain completely overshadowed by my majestic form. I spread my wings and admire their fifty-foot span of beautiful blue against the morning sky. Fire erupts from deep in my chest and shoots more than one-hundred feet in front of me. My roar echoes through the canyon and reverberates off the cliffs.
In all my blue glory, I fly to claim my bride.
I sharpen my two-foot steel blade before holding it up against the morning sun. The light shines off the blade, which fractures it into multiple beams of brilliance. Soon it will bathe in blood—the magical blood of a dragon. I will clean off the gore using my white bride’s dress and dance in the red puddles after I kill him. No sister of mine will become a dragon’s bride today. My death for this deed will be satisfying—the ultimate sacrifice.
I’ve spent most of my life preparing. No one in the village knows my true intentions. My parents think I’m reconciled to my fate. I was born during the span of years that established me as a claiming bride. A week ago, a proclamation went up throughout town informing the brides that our time has come. Our duty to keep the peace between dragons and humans demands our presence at the claiming. Today.
Early on, I used my family’s need for fresh meat and my father’s disability as the reason for learning to hunt. Every minute of every day that I could safely get away from home, I sharpened my skills. If the men of my town won’t defend the women, I will.
Slipping off my dreary daily garments, I don the beautiful, white, sacrificial gown required to entice my enemy. I secure the sword into the hidden back sheath knowing I can remove it and use it before anyone stops me. The virgins of this town will truly have something to celebrate tonight. I adjust my dark hair so it completely covers the blade’s grip. I walk from the glade with my shoulders back and my head held high refusing to acknowledge my racing heart and shaking knees.
I have a dragon to kill.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
After retiring as a police detective a year ago, I became a fulltime writer, provider for two spoiled dogs and one spoiled husband. Though I like cats, I’m a big (as in 80 pounds or more) dog lover. My Rottweiler Dizzy suffers from anxiety and has special needs. She must be by my side at all times and played with at regular intervals. She doesn’t care that I’m on deadline when her belly needs scratching. I write under three pennames and my books and magazine articles range from police procedural and the Paleo eating lifestyle to paranormal and contemporary sensual romance. I’m also an avid reader but please give me romance with an HEA. I’m a firm believer in love at first sight and fairy tales. Under my pseudonym Holly S. Robetrs, I hit the USA Today Best-Seller’s List and that was a fairy tale come true.
What’s your latest book Dragons Don’t Love about?
First, let me say that you should really read book one, Dragons Don’t Cry before reading Dragons Don’t Love. I don’t overwhelm you with tons of world building but it will help if you understand dragon realms and the curse that is intricate to the story. There are four dragons left alive after the curse from a Goddess kills the others. The four are bound by the curse and must choose a human virgin bride every one-hundred years. They love her as she lives a human lifespan and eventually dies leaving the dragon to wait until his next claiming to find another companion. The books are about what each dragon must do to break the curse and find forever love.
Why do you feel your dragons are different than other dragon shifter books?
Besides the humor in the stories, each of my dragons is a unique color. Dragons Don’t Cry is Bastian the red dragon, Dragons Don’t Love is Laryn who is blue, Dragons Don’t Forgive is Sarn purple (releasing June 2015), and the last book Dragons Live Forever is Tahr who is silver. Like most dragons they are fire-breathing, arrogant, coveters of sparkly treasure or the greatest treasure—another dragon’s bride. They love deeply and cherish their bride even as she grows too old for more than companionship. Did I mention sexy, panty melting specimens of mankind?
What’s a typical writing day for you?
I actually set a timer so I don’t stay hunched over my computer for more than two hours at a time. I have a speed and heavy bag in my home gym which I tear up to relieve shoulder and neck strain. I’m an avid gardener so at least one of my breaks is spent watering and grabbing fresh fruit or vegetables from the vine and eating on the spot. I also take a short fifteen minute walk once a day so I can say I left the house. Each morning with my drug of choice in hand (coffee), I spend about an hour on social media and answering emails. I write six series and everyone always wants to know when a certain book in a particular series is coming out. I can write from sunrise to long after the sun goes down with nothing but coffee and the occasional potty break so setting a timer is a must.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list them all but in paranormal Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews are at the top of the list. For steamy erotic books I turn to Katy Evans and Lili St. Germain. Mystery/thriller would be Roberts Crais and Lee Child. And for everything hysterically funny and weird Christopher Moore.
It’s been a pleasure to be a guest on your blog and thank you so much for having me.
Best-Selling Author D’Elen McClain is a retired sex crimes and homicide detective who managed to retain her sense of humor. She writes under three pen names dreaming about stories from life on the street as a beat cop in an unflattering blue uniform to paranormal and spicy romance.
USA Today Best-Selling Author, Holly S. Roberts, is her new adult and erotic writing pen name and Suzie Ivy is her tough crime fighting alter ego pen name.
Her two dogs, Dizzy, a Rottweiler with anxiety issues, and Duchess, her overweight Chihuahua, sleep and play under her feet while she writes at her home high in the Arizona mountains. She also keeps her pen in blue ink as a contributing writer for UniformStories.com, Below The Salt News, and Bad Luck Detective blog.