Monday, January 20, 2014

FALLING IN LOVE WITH A DRAGON: Guest Blog and Giveaway with Eden Ashe



Shelby Kincade never thought of herself as being real, and that was one of those things that surprised me the further into The Dragon’s Heart I got. She’s a world-class, world-famous actress, America’s Girl Next Door, and arguably the most famous woman in the world.

But half way through writing her story, while she was deep in conversation with Daniel, she locked up and started to panic. It intrigued me, but it wasn’t until I got to the big, bad danger scene toward the end that I realized just how lost she had been before Daniel. You see, she was used to playing a character, any character. And because she started acting out of a desperation to fit in somewhere, she used those characters to teach her how to be. How to be sweet, and friendly, and popular…

Basically, she identified herself through those roles. Playing a character made sense to her. It was easy, she knew the rules, knew how to play that part.

And then she met Daniel Ashborne, the king of the dragons, and her entire life was turned upside down. Despite Shelby’s inability to see herself as anything beyond a character, Daniel innately saw her. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things about Daniel. He takes grumpy, moody, and silent to new, unbelievably irritating levels, but he always knew exactly how to draw out the Shelby only he seemed to see inside of her.

He let her take care of him. He let her fight with him. She taught him how to play, and she gave him a reason to smile for the first time in—literally—decades. Little by little, page by page, she showed her strength, her courage, her (as Daniel loves to call it) fierce hell-cat temper.

But what really, really sold me on Shelby as Daniel’s perfect heroine was early on in the story. The last time they had seen each other had been the year before. After one hot, hot night together, someone breaks into her house and tries to kill him, destroying her career in the process. So it was understandable that the first time she sees him again, after he kidnapped her from the hospital where she’d been recovering from a gunshot wound, she’s wary of him and convinced he’s a madman. It didn’t matter how much she’d liked him once. It didn’t matter that his friend was convinced she was Daniel’s mate. He was a lunatic, that was all there was to it. And yet…she had this fierce, undeniable urge to protect him.  

In the end, it was Shelby’s devotion to Daniel, her need to see him protected and taken care of, that sealed her fate as a dragon mate. Because like Daniel says at one point in the story, dragons can be overbearing and possessive as hell, and it takes a hell of woman to mate to them until the end of time.

Besides, according to Shelby, who wouldn’t fall in love with this face?

The Dragon’s Heart
Dragon Lore Series
Book One
Eden Ashe
Genre: urban fantasy romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc

Number of pages: 198
Word Count: 76000

Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

Book Description:

“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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1 comment:

Eden Ashe said...

Thanks for having me today!