Thanks again to everyone who’s following the Elysian Fields tour! A few new stops today!
First, how much do you know about the REAL Jean Lafitte? Find out by taking the “pop quiz” up at Booked and Loaded today–and enter to win the iPad or other tour-wide prizes. [And thanks to Annie at BandL for the reviews!]
Jean is also front-and-center at Book Chick City, doing a guest post. I’ll choose a commenter from that post to win a UK version of Elysian Fields–for blog readers only.
Last, but certainly not least, I’m at the USA Today Happily Ever After website today, talking about three of my favorite songs from the 1980s (a most excellent era before a lot of you were born!) and the meanings I associate with them. You might be surprised! Or maybe not :-). I’ll toss in a $10 Amazon or equivalent Book Depo purchase for a comment there.
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Now, please help me welcome author Lori Dillon to Preternatura!
In a previous life, Lori worked as a graphic designer for fourteen years for the power company, occasionally venturing into nuclear power plants for her job (yes, nuclear plants need graphic designers, too). In her current existence, she is the author of humorous paranormal and time-travel romances. Lori’s debut novel, OUT OF THE ASHES, won the EPIC Award and Award of Excellence for Best Paranormal Romance, and is a finalist in the Golden Quill, Aspen Gold and Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Awards. FIRE OF THE DRAGON, the first book in her Bestiary Series, has been on the Kindle Time Travel Romance Best Seller list since its April release.
ABOUT FIRE OF THE DRAGON::Being sent back in time to the Middle Ages wouldn’t be so bad if the knight in shining armor who comes to your rescue didn’t swoop down in the form of a fire-breathing dragon. Unfortunately for Jill Donahue, that’s just the way things have been going in her life lately.
Wrenched back in time through the magical power of an old dragon tapestry found in a vintage clothing store, Jill Donahue lands in an ancient medieval town where the villagers decide to sacrifice her to the local dragon. As if the threat of being eaten alive by a giant flying lizard isn’t bad enough, she learns there’s a curse surrounding the tapestry and she has to break it in order to get back to her time. But she isn’t the only one whose fate is tied to the ancient weaving…
Baelin of Gosforth is a valiant knight who has been cursed by a vindictive witch to live as a dragon for eleven months out of each year. Now he has thirty days to break the curse or he turns back into a fire-breathing beast and, as much as he hates to admit it, he needs Jill’s help to do it.
And A Curse
Forced to face many challenges along the way—from the harsh world they travel through to the fiery passion they both try to deny—each is determined to break the curse so the other can get their happily-ever-after. And it just might work, if Jill can manage to overlook the fire-breathing, bat-winged remnants of Baelin’s dragon half long enough to see the man beneath the beast and get the job done.
And now, let’s hear from Lori, who has a great character interview (I do so love these), and comment to win a copy of Fire of the Dragon!
Hi! Thanks so much for letting me visit Preternatura today. How would ya’ll like to meet a real, live, fire breathing dragon-knight?
Q: • What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Before the curse, my name was Baelin of Gosforth. Now, I’m called Dragon, Beast, or Devil. Lady Jill, she has other names for me that I do not always comprehend. She calls me Dragon Dude or Lizard Lips or Gecko Guy. I ask you, what manner of names are those? I am not sensing any endearment in them at all.
Q: Lady Jill, who is she?
She is the latest sacrifice the villagers have left for me. She is unlike any of the others who came before her. She does not cower or hide in fear, but instead thrives on challenging me at every turn. She claims to come from the future, but I do not know if I believe her. ‘Tis madness, this time travel she speaks of. But mad though she may be, I hope that she will be the one to finally succeed in breaking this blasted curse of mine.
Q: Where do you live? Describe it: Is it messy, neat, avant-garde, sparse, etc.?
I live in a cave. ‘Tis dark and damp and there is a great deal of rock, as one would expect in such a place.
Q: What about you is social?
I am not social. I live as a dragon in a cave 11 months out of the year. I breathe fire and collect sacrificial maidens. That tends to make people fear me.
Q: Do you have a job? What is it? Do you like it? If no job, where does your money come from?
A job? What is that? Ah, you wish to know if I have a trade. Before the curse, I was a dragon-slayer. Now, while I still detest the creatures, I cannot bring myself to kill my own kind. Do I like being a dragon? Nay. Would you like to live as a fire-breathing beast century after century? As for where my wealth comes from, unfortunately I have inherited some of the dragon’s more unsavory traits, hording treasure among them.
Q: What was the worst injury you’ve ever received? How did it happen?
Having my beating heart ripped from my chest and replaced with a dragon’s heart by the Dark Witch was quite unpleasant. I would rather be put to the rack or boiled in oil, if you wish to know the truth.
Q: Who are your friends and family?
I do not have any friends and there is naught left of my family. I watched them all grow old and die while I lived on as a dragon. Immortality is lonely when you have no one to share it with.
Q: What don’t you like about yourself?
Being a dragon. Have you not guessed that by now?
Q: What annoys you more than anything else?
(Baelin glances over at Jill and growls. A small puff of smoke curls from one nostril.) Lady Jill. She is beyond stubborn, irrational, and impulsive. It amazes me she has lived as long as she has. She constantly gets herself into trouble without thought to the consequences.
Q: What do you find attractive?
(Baelin glances over at Jill again and flames dance in his eyes.) Lady Jill. She is brave, strong, and honorable. She does not fear me, but instead calls me friend. She is the most beautiful woman I have ever known. And sometimes…sometimes I believe she thinks of me as something more. I can only hope that one such as she could ever love a creature like me.
Thanks, Lori! Methinks a dragon is kinda sexy, yes? In a beastly way, of course.
Leave a comment for your chance to win a digital copy of FIRE OF THE DRAGON! Do you have a favorite fictional dragon? Yes, Puff the Magic Dragon counts, if you insist 🙂