Thank you so much for having my on your site today to celebrate the release of my Paranormal Romance, Luck of the Dragon!
Alec Gerald, my uber hot, Joe Manganiello-looking hero owns a high-end casino which provides a hidden-in-plain-sight sanctuary for his dragon-shifting people. Alec's only problem is the sexy gem appraiser trying to steal from him just might be his mate. All's fair in love and when your playing with Lady Luck!
1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband and three young children, and a dog. I am the only female in a very loud household of males. I like to joke that all the testosterone around our house is the reason I write romance.
2) How long have you been writing?
I started writing seriously about three years ago.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have a walking treadmill desk where I do most of my writing. My other favorite spot is the couch. Two extremes, but they work for me.
4) Why did you decide to write Luck of the Dragon?
I love dragons and I love to write, but quickly found out that was not very skilled, so I started taking a ton of classes. At the end of an intensive editing class with Liz Pelletier (Entangled Publishing), she gently “passed” on acquiring my then super-duper, epic, fantasy romance. I asked her what she would like in the dragon variety? She said, “something fun, and contemporary, and sexy.” Viola, Luck of the Dragon began to form in my head. I submitted the completed manuscript to her within a few months.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Alec! He is sexy, accomplished, and a dragon-shifter, what’s not to like!
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Definitely Joey, Lucy’s twin brother.
7) Can you give us a short excerpt from Luck of the Dragon with the set-up?
Alec and Lucy have some really great arguments. This one in Alec’s office is one of my favorites:
Alec opened the door to face 130 pounds of fury.
“I am a respected professional and you are manhandling me and treating me like a criminal!” Luciana yelled at him.
Alec handed her the drink and sat in a deep-seated leather chair. The chair sighed with ease when he leaned back. He crossed his ankle at his knee and took a sip. “Luciana—”
“Oh, please, all my captors call me Lucy.” She glared at him. “You sound like a priest hearing confession when you call me Luciana.”
“Well, we can’t have that.” Alec chuckled and sipped his own drink, the taste of mellow corn mash and oak barrels tingling over his tongue. Alcohol did not affect dragons in the way it affected the feeble humans. He drank the bourbon purely because he liked the taste.
“Does this have something in it?” Luciana held the drink to the light.
“I wouldn’t harm you.” Alec took a second sip of his drink, and it fired down his throat to his belly in a pleasing trail.
Lucy set her drink on his desk, untouched. “I’m not the trusting sort.”
Alec gave her what he hoped was a charming look. “You can trust me. I can help you.”
“You’ve got to be kidding,” Lucy said in a voice used to stopping cabs.
“Fine, don’t trust me, but I need you to start your appraisal tomorrow,” Alec said in a voice used to calling stretch limos.
Lucy’s face flushed. Her collarbones rose and fell under her pale skin in elegant lines.
He wanted to kiss her, to see if the zing of electricity was a fluke, or if the fates had gone mad and paired him with a human mate.
She might bite him.
He might like it.
8) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I have someone else do that for me. I get typo-blind after going over the manuscript so many times. Fresh eyes are a wonderful gift to an author.
9) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
My absolute favorite thing is to go to one of the many spring fed rivers we have in this area. We have three young boys, and my very best days have been spent in a chair beside the water, watching them catch critters, while my husband fishes and I enjoy a good book and margarita.
10) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I use books as a reward for meeting my writing goals. I tend to read outside my writing genre. Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Sherry Thomas and Lisa Kleypas are some of my current favorites.
11) You have had differing reactions from readers to Joey, Lucy’s ne'er do well brother. Did that surprise you?
Yes! Readers have loved the heat and sparks between Alec and Lucy, almost without exception. With Joey however, the reactions have been all over the board. Some want Joey to have his own story, and others just see Lucy as enabling his bad behavior. Either way, it is gratifying as writer to have people connect with my characters on any level. I have to add, I’m in the bad-Joey crowd! He would have to do A LOT of growing up to deserve his own HEA story!
Thank you again for having me, and giving me an opportunity to connect with your readers!
All my best,
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