Today, please help me extend a warm, Preternatura welcome to author Ann Gimpel. Ann is stopping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating her most recent release, Dragon Maid. Dragon Maid was published on January 2nd by Taliesin Publishing and is the second book in Ann’s Dragon Lore series.
Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She’s published 19 books to date, with several more contracted for 2014. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family. You can learn more about Ann by visiting her website, on facebook, by visiting her blog or by following her on twitter.
ABOUT DRAGON MAID: Jonathan Shea is a software engineer. When pressed, he admits to being a closet witch, but he’s always been a shade ambivalent about his magic—until a dragon shows up in Inverness, and then all bets are off. Along with others in his coven, Jonathan is both charmed and captivated by the creature fresh out of legend. Britta is a dragon shifter. Dragged from the Middle Ages by the Celtic gods, she and her dragon prepare for a battle to save Earth. The first human she lays eyes on in modern times is Jonathan. There’s something about him. She can’t quite pinpoint it, but he has way more magic than any witch she’s ever come across before. Aside from magic, Jonathan is drop dead gorgeous. For the first time ever, Britta questions the wisdom of remaining a maid. Surrounded by dragon shifters, Celtic gods, Selkies, and a heaping portion of magic, Jonathan comes into his own fast. Good thing, too, because fell creatures have targeted him, Britta, and the dragons. In the midst of chaos, he finds passion so poignant and love so heartbreakingly tender, it will change his life forever.
And now, let’s hear from Ann…
My Five Favorite Things About Dragons
1. They epitomize the idea that everyone has an ideal environment where they truly shine. Rather large and clumsy on earth, dragons become a thing of beauty in the air. This is an inspirational metaphor because it suggests we each need to find the perfect medium where we can flourish. It makes up for those other places we feel awkward and less-than.
2. Dragons know what they want and go after it with gusto. Once they have what they want, they hang onto it. Look at dragon hoards. They tend to reflect how old the dragon is, with the older dragons having amassed more in the way of gold, gems, and jewels. There’s a point in Dragon Maid where a dragon shifter suggests, ahem, borrowing, a gold coin or two from another dragon’s hoard and is met with a resounding no, followed by the stink eye that they’d even have the temerity to ask.
3. Dragons are wise and loyal. They have high standards and expect a lot from humans who interact with them. That being said, they can be self-serving too, but for the best of reasons. They’re notoriously long-lived and can take a longer-range view of things than humans.
4. They control fire, one of the four primal elements, and they’re impervious to flame. In my mythology, dragons were forged in flame, which gives them enormous power.
5. Nearly every culture has dragons. There are Chinese dragons, Norse dragons, Celtic dragons, etc. This makes dragons very user-friendly from an author’s perspective in that I can slip them into a lot of different worlds and not have the world become incongruent.
Thanks so much for hosting me, Suzanne, and for your intriguing suggestion for a blog post. I’d like to turn the question around and ask you and your readers what their favorite things are about dragons!
Thanks, Ann. We know from prior posts that dragons are very popular with my followers here. So let’s hear what are your favorite things about dragons? Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Dragon Maid.