Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Scottish Dragons: More than Fangs and Scales - Spark by Nancy Lee Badger

My cover model’s real dragon tattoo
What do you envision when you hear the word Dragons? These legendary creatures, found in lore, myths, and fairy tales, are typically pictured as having serpent-like or reptilian traits.  Today, I would like to share the mythological dragons of Scotland, specifically on the island of Skye. Scotland is where I base my newest series, Clan of Dragons. The first book is titled Spark.

The most famous Scottish is the Loch Ness Monster or ‘Nessie’. Yes, Nessie is classified as a dragon even though many assume it is a leftover dinosaur called a plesiosaur, or lake fish, that has grown to gigantic proportions. Tales of Nessie date from the sixth century and some refer to it as a wingless dragons.

As a novelist writing paranormal romance, I have the ability to make my characters human, dragon, horse, wolf, or whatever comes to mind. I created a group of brothers. In my book, each dragon is a different color, have different personalities, and like to shift into other forms. My freedom to create these paranormal creatures does not mean I can be lax in their formations. The characters of a story keep the story interesting. Spark is the first book in my Clan of Dragons series, and will be followed by Smoke, which is available for pre-order.

Excerpt from Spark, Clan of Dragons Book #1

The handle on the bolted bedchamber door jiggled. Heavy knocks made the women step back. When someone kicked the oak door, and it splintered, Vika headed for the open window. Raised voices filled the room as she lifted the hem or her dress, and shimmied over the windowsill. She landed on the thatched roof, and rolled toward the ground, screaming.

As night air shot past her face, she wondered who was after her. A silly thing to think of, when the ground be racing up to meet me.

An abrupt stop a hand’s breadth off the ground jolted her, and she cried out in pain around her bruised ribs. She struggled, but found that she was gripped in the talons of a dragon! The light from village torches made it hard to see the color of the beast’s scales, but she hoped he was the friendly beast she’d met, or maybe one of the two that had chased away the pirates.

When her thoughts ran to Mistress MacFingan, she slammed her fists against the beast’s chest. “Let me go! Me friend be in danger!”

The dragon headed back toward earth, and she screamed. Before they crashed to the ground, the dragon’s wings flapped faster and he gently set her on her feet. She faced him, and stepped back in awe. He was magnificent as torchlight glistened over his purple-colored scales and flames danced in his amber eyes. Familiar eyes.

Clan of Dragons
Book One
Nancy Lee Badger

Genre: Scottish Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Nancy Lee Badger

Date of Publication: August 4, 2016


Number of pages: 207
Word Count: 64,500

Cover Artist: Nancy Lee Badger

Book Description:

Nancy Lee Badger brings you another story filled with Scottish dragons and shape-shifters. Set on the Scottish Island of Skye, she again fills her paranormal fantasy with romance and danger, and with characters you will remember. Some will tug at your heart. Others will make you wish for their demise. SPARK is the first book in a brand new series, Clan of Dragons.

What can a young dragon do to prove to his older brothers that he is their clan’s best chance to save their species? In the Black Cuillin Hills, Evan heads to the village of Morhban to find a way to interact with humans. To learn their language and customs, and to get close enough to a red-haired beauty to mate with her, the brown-winged purple dragon shifts into a copper-colored horse. When his new hooves protect her from Lord Toal MacMorgan’s inappropriate demands with a well-placed kick, she thanks Evan by brushing his silky coat. Things are looking up.

When an unfamiliar horse kicks Toal into the creek, releasing Vika from his roaming hands, her appreciation turns to horror. A sputtering Toal demands that the animal die. Anger makes Vika agree to a wager. A three day hunt will determine the fate of the horse she names Spark. Failure will mean his death, and the loss of her freedom. Pirates, wolves, a wild boar, and a handsome stranger lead her on a wild ride. She discovers her heart is in as much danger as her life.

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About the Author:

Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!

Amazon Page  http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Lee-Badger/e/B003UWZJME/

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NLB said...

Thank you for allowing me to share my new book, SPARK-Clan of Dragons with your readers.
Nancy Lee Badger

Anonymous said...

Your latest book is my "must read" selection. Congratulations on what sounds like a wonderful story line.

Mary Preston said...

"I read your books"

Fantastic thank you.

NLB said...

Thank you for all the kind words, and congratulations to Renee G, the winner of my Scottish prize package!