Hello Readers! Today I have a special guest, author Deborah Cooke. Deborah has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honors degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels and novellas. She has also been published under the names Claire Cross and Claire Delacroix. Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.
Please help me welcome Deborah to That’s What I’m Talking About. And be sure to check out the end of her post for a special giveaway! Take it away, Deborah…
Here be Dragons!
I love dragons. I always have. I think the first dragon who stole my heart away was Smaug in THE HOBBIT. I had the illustration of him done by the Brothers Hildebrant hung in my room when I was a teenager. (Here’s the image, on their website HERE.)
There is something so magical and powerful about dragons. They are said to be handsome, terrifying, powerful, loyal, and smart. They like to solve riddles. They collect hordes of gold, silver and gemstones. They have long memories, and often are said to have a taste for princesses, maidens and damsels in distress.
I’ve also always been interested in shapeshifters. There’s something marvelous about a creature having the ability to change forms – in fact, humans have told a lot of stories about shapeshiffers through the ages. Because I write romance novels, it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that I thought it would be amazingly sexy for a hero to be a dragon shapeshifter. He’d be rich, powerful, ready to defend what he considered his own (including the heroine), loyal and smart. What’s not to love about that? Plus he’d be able to fly!
In my Dragonfire world the dragon shapeshifter heroes are all that and more. Plus there are good dragons (the Pyr) and bad dragons (the Slayers) locked in battle. The prize – or treasure of choice – is the earth itself. Each book features the firestorm of one Pyr hero – sparks literally fly when he meets the human woman who can bear his son. The next book in the series is FLASHFIRE (Dragonfire #7), coming in January. (Don’t you love that cover?)
Now, the Pyr are all male, except for one female dragon who has additional, prophetic powers. She’s called the Wyvern. In the course of writing the Dragonfire Series (spoiler alert) my Wyvern died. (You’ll have to read KISS OF FATE – Dragonfire #3 to find out how and why.) So the baby conceived in that book turned out to be a girl, the next Wyvern.
It took me a while to realize that Zoë, like the male Pyr, would come into her powers at puberty. Once I thought about an angst filled teenager trying to hide her special powers, I knew I had to write Zoë’s story. (Because, really, being 16 and being able to breathe fire would rock.) My Dragon Diaries paranormal YA trilogy features Zoë’s coming of age, balancing the emergence of her powers, a new threat to her kind, and the challenges of boys and high school. WINGING IT, book 2 in that trilogy is out this month and it also has a completely awesome cover.
So, tell me – if you could shift shape and become any kind of creature, what would you want to be?
Would you have had a different answer when you were 16?
Thanks for stopping by, Deborah!
GIVEAWAY: NAL Trade (Penguin) is graciously giving away two (2) copies of Deborah’s newest release Winging It. Please tell Deborah what type of shifter you would like to be by leaving a comment for her by Saturday December 10, 2011, at 9:00 PM EST to be eligible for the contest. One entry per person, winners will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. Contest is open to US mailing addresses only. If your email address is not part of your profile, please leave it so I may contact the winners. Thank you to NAL Trade for this fun giveaway!
About the book:
Zoë Sorensson yearns to come into her powers as the only female dragon shifter. But being part of two worlds is more complicated than she expected. It’s bad enough that she’s the target of the Mages’ plan to eliminate all shifters—she also has to hide her true nature from her best friend Meagan, a human. For her sixteenth birthday, all Zoë wants is one normal day, including a tattoo and a chance to see hot rocker Jared.
Instead, the Pyr throw her a birthday party but ban Meagan from attendance, putting Zoë in a tight spot. Things get even worse when Zoë is invited to the popular kids’ Halloween party and Meagan’s left out. Zoë knows the party is a trap laid by the host, an apprentice Mage. When Meagan gets a last-minute invite, Zoë must save the day—and her best friend—without revealing her fire-breathing secrets…
For more about Deborah’s latest, Winging It, come back later today for Gikany and Una’s review.
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