Monday, May 2, 2016

Interview and Giveaway - Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs

Please tell us about your latest release.

DRAGONS AMONG THEM kicks off a series that’s akin to Game of Thrones meets Alice in Wonderland:  modern day girl finds herself in an alternate reality that seems plucked out of an era long gone. Only, this reality includes several creatures not included in her history books on the topic of medieval times:  wizards, witches, and dragonshifters.

Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?

Yes! Quinn Blackstone was a rather hard nut to crack emotionally. He plays a bigger role in book 2, but I had to really dig deep to figure out what made him into the monster he seemed to be. His backstory proved to be more heart-breaking than I’d first imagined. ;-)

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?

Ah, that’d have to be Zayne. Don’t get me wrong, Addie was a lot of fun to write, too. But getting to the heart and soul of my shifter hero was an immensely enjoyable experience. He’s not your typical spoon-fed royal, and Addie brings out a whole other side in him. He’s been a lot of fun to develop throughout the series. And book 3? Well, he has no idea what’s waiting for him there…but I’m fairly certain he’ll thank me later.

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?

Oh,wow. There were so many! Hmm, let’s see… It might have to be the horseback ride that led to their first kiss. Zayne is trying to return Addie to what he thinks is her homeland, and by simply being authentic (and in no way trying to woo the prince) she’s inadvertently and unintentionally beginning to win him over. When it comes time for them to “part ways”, he can’t help but get one little taste of her. Of course, one taste was not nearly enough…

With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?

These books were not written stand alones. This is a series that follows Addie and Zayne as the primary characters, though the secondary characters play larger roles as the series progresses. None of the books are cliffhangers, though they may hint and what waits on the horizon in the next book. If readers jump in to book 2 or 3 without reading book 1, they will struggle with the “who” and “why” of those books.

Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

Hmm, they might, but I’ll never tell. ;-)

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

Oh, heck yeah. I don’t know of an author who doesn’t (and if you do, don’t tell me, I’d hate to hate them! lol) I used to panic when writer’s block struck, because you read often that “thou shalt write every day with no exception”. But over time I’ve learned that if I try to push thru and write something just for the sake of writing…well, for me that “something” is usually crap and eventually gets thrown away. So instead, I’m learning to give my story a little breathing room. Move away from the keyboard and do something else. Kick a soccer ball, pull weeds from the garden—something to disengage my writing mind. When the characters are ready to move forward, they tell me. Usually, I don’t have to wait long.

Do you write in different genres?

Yes, I do. My first two novels were in a romantic suspense series. Those were followed by a sweet contemporary romance series (The Checkerberry Inn series with Entangled—Her Unexpected Detour is out now; next book in the series is due out later this year). DRAGONS is my first “spicy” series as well as my first journey into the fantasy genre. And I have to admit, it’s one helluva lotta fun. But it’s also nice being able to go between genres and following the story I’m feeling most passionate about at that particular time.

Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?

I worried that it might be, but so far, no. I have to remember which series I’m supposed to “fade to black” on for the sexual/physical aspects, but I look at character development in similar ways no matter the genre. Readers want a great storyline, regardless, so that’s what I strive to create.

Dragons Among Them
Kingdoms of Fire and Ice
Book One
Kyra Jacobs

Genre: PNR/Fantasy

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, LLC

Date of Publication: April 19th, 2016

ISBN: 9781619234406

Word Count: 66K

Book Description:

Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family.

Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.

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Excerpt 2 (392 words):

Zayne watched with amusement as Addie’s crystalline gaze flashed to the odd slippers dangling from his fingers, then slowly shifted to his face. Even here, in the shadows, the sight of her took his breath away. Emeline insisted the girl was nothing more than a peasant sent into the woods as bait to lure him into a Forathian snare. But no peasant he had ever encountered possessed skin so perfect or golden hair so smooth and long. She rose to stand before him, her pale skin angelic in the moonlight, and the scent of wildflowers and honey nipped at his senses. His gaze trailed uninhibited over her trim yet supple body, dressed once again in nothing but her unusual yet gloriously minimal undergarments.
An angel in devil’s clothing.
“What are you doing with my shoes?” Her voice was low and unsteady.
Shoes? What an odd word. He held up her slippers and fought to keep a smirk from his face. “These? Why, holding them, my lady, nothing more. I feared for your safety and so removed them from your path.”
“Uh-huh.” The blonde vixen’s eyes narrowed. “You knew I was awake?”
“Aye. You blushed when I touched your cheek. I knew it would be but a matter of time before you magically awoke.”
“And yet you let Emeline leave,” she said. “Why?”
“Perhaps I wanted to have you all to myself for a moment.”
Her eyes widened a fraction. Addie took a step back, sucked in a sharp breath and quickly took another. “I see.”
She shifted her gaze from his and swept it across the room toward its lone window, feigning interest in the chamber’s furnishings. She was bold, this one. Perhaps that was why he felt inexplicably drawn to her. The feeling was both new and infuriating at the same time.
“I wouldn’t, if I were you,” he said. “Even if you survived the fall, there are things lurking in the neighboring woods far more dangerous than I.”
Her gaze shifted back to him. “Look, I don’t know who you are or how I got here, but if you’ll give me my shoes, I’ll be out of your hair in no time.”
“But you are not in my hair.” He took a step forward and wished very much that she was. “Nor am I quite ready to let you go.”

About the Author:

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.

Be sure to stop by her website to learn more about her novels and ways connect with her on social media.

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1 comment:

Kyra Jacobs said...

Thank you so much for having me on to share today, Fang-tastic!