GETTING TO KNOW THE DRAGON KING
I’m a character junkie. I know that sounds weird, but it’s the best way I can describe it. Because while I love a good story, if I don’t love the characters—like love them madly—chances are I won’t finish reading. Or, as has happened to me several times, writing.
Yes, I have given up on writing certain stories because I just wasn’t connecting with the characters. You see, I fully believe if I don’t love the characters I’m writing about, no one else will, either. And that’s my goal as a writer. It’s why I write. To create characters and stories that will stay with the reader the way some books have always stayed with me.
Daniel Ashborne, the hero of The Dragon’s Heart isn’t just the dragon king. Out of all of the dozens of characters I have floating around in my head on a daily basis, vying for attention, he’s the last one I ever expected to get his story told first. Why? Because he’s a massive, quiet, stubborn, pain in my…
Ah. Yeah. You can probably see where I was going with that.
Daniel never cared about having a story. Unlike some of my other heroes, he never cared about what world he should fit into. He didn’t care about his looks. I even took a sister away from him at one point, and gave him a different one. He rolled with it. But mention Shelby Kincade’s name and the uber-frowny, difficult, permanently bad-tempered…dragon, we’ll go with dragon…lit up. She was the only thing he ever insisted on. She. Was. HIS.
And when I made the shift from writing contemporary romance to dark fantasy romance, and decided he and Shelby should be up first, his stubbornness came out to play in a big, big way. You see, it wasn’t enough for him to be an ancient, mythical dragon. Not if I was going to put Shelby in danger, anyway. No, in that case, he was going to have to be the biggest and scariest dragon in the known world.
He would have to be king.
And this, dear reader, is how that conversation went:
Me, also known as The Author: No. No, no, no, no, NO. Daniel, I cannot have a king who refuses to open his mouth and talk.
Daniel, also known as The Pain in my Butt, or The Dragon King: Is Shelby going to be in danger at any point, in any way, from anyone?
Me, sighing: You know she is.
Daniel raises a brow: Then I am the king.
Me: It doesn’t work that way.
Daniel: I don’t care. Make it.
Me, sighing louder: Daniel Ashborne, I cannot make you king just because your woman is in danger. If I make you king, then every one of you difficult, overbearing males are going to want to be king the second your mates get a hangnail. No. I’m sorry, but it’s not happening.
Me: I’m serious.
Me: Maybe Shelby doesn’t want you to be king. Ha! You didn’t think about that, did you.
Daniel rolls his eyes: She wants me. This is me. I am the king. :He gives a very, VERY rare grin: Besides, she’ll love the idea of being queen.
Long story short… he was right, which only made him even more difficult to live with. Shelby did love the idea of being queen, so much that I had to add a scene in the book where she finds out. Her reaction was just priceless.
What about you, awesome reader? Would you want to fall in love with an immortal dragon king? Could you get into being the queen of a race of stubborn, massive, over-protective beings?
The Dragon’s Heart
Dragon Lore Series
Genre: urban fantasy romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc
Date of Publication: January 6, 2014
Number of pages: 198
Word Count: 76000
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco
“We’re dragons. We don’t do the mushy friend thing.” - Daniel
The dragon-shifter king will do anything to keep his mate alive…even if it means war.
After millennia as king of the dragon-shifters, Daniel Ashborne wants a little peace and quiet, especially from the beautiful Hollywood starlet who haunts his memories. His escape tactics end abruptly when he is called to the ER to save the one woman he wants to forget, but who now bears his mark.
Shelby Kincade’s life and movie career were nearly destroyed when Daniel vanished a year ago. Now he’s back, claiming they have been accidentally mated. Getting over him once was hard enough, but she must choose either the life of her dreams or the man she can’t live without. With peace finally on the horizon between the dragon-shifters and the Hunters, an assassination attempt on the dragon king and his mate shatters everything. Tensions rebuild as Daniel and his loyal team of shifters try to discover who put out the hit. Enemy and ally lines are crossed, but in the end--after the battle ash has settled--no one could have foreseen who has plotted for their own gain.
CONTENT WARNING: Graphic fight scenes, lots of great sex, and hot, hot, hot dragon men. A Lyrical Press Urban Fantasy Romance
About the Author:
Convinced dragons have gotten a bad rep throughout time, and more than a little addicted to fairy tales and romance novels, Eden Ashe has decided to re-write history. In her version, the dragons are ancient warriors in tarnished armor, who not only deserve the girl in the end, but will fight forever for her.
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