Monday, April 25, 2016
Interview and Giveaway- Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
DRAGONS AMONG THEM is my first foray into the world of fantasy. Writing romance is nothing new to me. Writing romance in an alternate world full of royals, dragon-shifters, wizards, and witches? That was new to me. And I loved every minute of it.
Here’s a little teaser to whet your appetites:
“I saved you because when that first arrow took flight, all I could think was how cruel fate had been to bring you to me, merely to steal you away again.”
Zayne brushed her mane aside, then bent to press his lips against her delicate neck. Addie sucked in a quiet breath.
“It seems the beast with whom I share this life was unwilling to see you go,” he murmured, his lips still pressed to her fair skin. “Not without tasting of you first.”
If you are a parent do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting? Any tips for time management or sneaking in writing time?
Ah, great question! Yes, I’m mother to two boys--one in middle school, one in elementary, both in sports year-round. And while I can’t say I’m the best at time management, I have learned to always have a notepad or iPad or laptop or SOMETHING with me as we travel to sports practices/events, doctor’s offices, dentist and orthodontist appointments. Anytime there’s the possibility of “waiting” on something translates into a potential time for “writing”. If no such opportunity presents itself, I fall back on my usual writing time: when the kids are in bed. ;-)
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
My alter ego used to work for a local municipality’ sewer maintenance department. So while you all joke about watching dirty videos, I was at work watching the real ones. Sanitary sewer film footage can actually be quite fascinating…
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
That depends on the kids (you parents know how this goes) ;-) If the kids are around, I love joining in on their backyard sports shenanigans. Both are really into soccer, so I stumble along beside them as best I can. The youngest enjoys tennis, which I loved growing up, so we’ll hit the courts and swing away on nice days, too.
When it’s just me, I love to play in my gardens. Flower gardening is my passion (I once had a neighbor who couldn’t remember my name so they resorted to calling me Martha Stewart instead) and I could spend an entire day pulling weeds, edging, mulching, planting…you name it.
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
Any on the NYTBS list. But hey, I’m working to remedy that. ;-)
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
DRAGONS AMONG THEM is the first book in what so far is set to be a trilogy (I’m writing book 3 now, so we’ll see if 3 will be enough to capture the full story). The next book in the series, which will hopefully release the end of August, is DRAGONS AGAINST THEM. It follows the main characters from book 1 as they face greater dangers ahead. No cliffhangers, just lots of twists and turns as Zayne and Addie face the future together. That’s about all I can say without any spoilers—there are some surprising twists at the end of book 1 that set the stage for book 2. It’s been one seriously fun adventure to write. ;-)
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
Yes, 2016 is looking to be a crazy busy year for me—which is a good thing, I swear. The entire dragon series (books 1-3) are ALL planned to release by the end of the year. While that’s kept me glued to my keyboard these past few months, my early fans of the series are stoked. No waiting a year or more in between novels – hooray!
I’ve also got book 2 in my contemporary, sweet romance set to release sometime in late summer/early fall from Entangled Bliss. HER UNEXPECTED RETURN brings new faces to the crew at the Checkerberry Inn (book 1 was HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR). Book 3 in that series, HER UNEXPECTED HELP, is scheduled for release in early 2017.
After that? Well, there are plenty of ideas simmering so only writing-time will tell. ;-)
Thank you soooo much for having me on today—I loved your questions!
Dragons Among Them
Kingdoms of Fire and Ice
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: April 19th, 2016
Word Count: 66K
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.
Excerpt 1 (676 words):
Zayne shook the thought from his mind. He had come here to forget his impending doom, not wallow in self-pity.
The prince drew an arrow from the quiver on his back, nocked it to his favorite bow, then shifted away from the oak and lined up his shot on the buck. During battle, the action would have taken him but a second—two, perhaps, if he were dodging an attack. Here in the deep woods where any sudden movement would give his location away, it took several minutes. Time well spent, he knew from experience, if it resulted in fresh venison for dinner.
The deer raised its head and stared in the direction of his hunter with unseeing eyes, ears twitching as he chewed. Zayne held his stance, praying his patience would pay off. After a long moment, the great beast turned its rack in the opposite direction. A victorious smile tugged at Zayne’s lips as he squared his shoulders, took a deep breath to steady his aim—
A woman’s scream shattered the forest.
The arrow slipped from his fingers and sailed six feet over the startled buck’s head. In a flash, he drew another, but the opportunity was already lost. The deer zigzagged over brush and bramble, bounding away to seek refuge in the darkest depths of the forest, and Zayne cursed his own arrogance. He’d taken too long, been too sure of himself. And while his stomach rumbled painfully at the thought of foregoing his anticipated evening meal, he knew better than to pursue the beast. Dangers far greater than the dark awaited him in that direction, and no buck was worth the risk.
A second high-pitched scream sounded, closer this time, and commanded his attention. Whoever joined him in the woods today sounded terrified, not hurt. Lord knew he’d been through enough skirmishes to recognize the subtle differences.
Zayne slung his bow onto his back and charged forward, sacrificing stealth for speed to try to reach the woman before one pitch bled into the other. Thick underbrush snagged at his clothes and sliced his skin, but still he surged forward. It would have been easier for him to transform, faster even, but then his whereabouts would be discovered, and he was not yet ready to return and face his father. Or his betrothed.
The wall of vegetation around him thinned as he drew upon a small clearing. Zayne slowed to quiet his footsteps, then stopped altogether as the scene before him came into view. A pack of wolves milled around one side of the clearing, snapping and snarling as they pawed at their muzzles. Across from them stood the clearing’s other inhabitant: a lone peasant woman.
The source of the screams.
Her outer layers of clothing must have been ripped away during her attempted escape, as she stood quaking in scraps of clothing the likes of which Zayne had never seen before. The bizarre black-and-purple fabric failed to do much more than contain her supple bosom, rounded hips, and slim thighs. Her long, golden hair was pinned up and back and, though mussed, offered him a clear view of her delicate shoulders and creamy pale skin. But what struck him the most was her eyes—startling blue, like brilliant sapphire ice.
A ray of sun broke through the clouds and washed over her, giving the girl an angelic appearance. Never had he seen a woman more beautiful. The sight took his very breath away.
A wolf stepped free from the pack, and the air around Zayne began to swirl. He gasped, as helpless to resist the beast within as he was to draw his next breath. Never before had the transformation begun without his prompting, nor surged forward with such haste. An armor of golden scales replaced his skin, his fingers stretched into talons, and human logic gave way to animal instinct. As the growing fire within his chest sought to consume him, Zayne could comprehend but three things:
He must save her.
He must protect her.
He must have her.
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 www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com to learn more about her novels and ways connect with her on social media.