Daughter of the Dragon Princess Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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You know I love me some dragons, so I had to be a part of this tour. AND I’m the TOUR OPENER! Oooh, a little pressure to make sure mine is really good LOL 🙂 Now, let me show you some goodies! 

Daughter of the Dragon Princess
Nina Croft

Genre: Paranormal romance

Date of Publication: 7th October 2013

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Number of pages: approx.. 240

Word Count: 60k

Cover Artist: Keith Draws

Book Description:

Found abandoned as a baby and brought up in a children’s home, Lily Palmer has no clue that she is the last of the Dragon Princesses and destined to be mated to a king. But when she wakes up one night to find her apartment invaded by a stunningly gorgeous, but totally deluded madman, she can no longer ignore the dreams which have haunted her life.

Exiled on Earth, and trapped in human form, the dragons have waited two thousand years for the only person who can open the portal between their world and this one. Now they have found her and Malachite Smith has one job—to deliver Lily to his King. According to dragon law, only the King and the Dragon Princess together can open the portal and take them home. 

But neither Mal nor Lily are prepared for the overwhelming attraction which flares between them. Or for his reluctance to hand her over to a king he despises. Can they stand as one and challenge the old ways, even if it means destroying his people forever?

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The hallway was dark, and she reached out her cuffed hands for guidance and encountered his hard body, her palms resting against him.

“Shit,” he muttered, then turned and backed her against the wall. She could just make out his form towering over her, as his head lowered and his lips slanted across hers. Her mind went numb, her body took over, and she didn’t resist as he plunged his tongue into her mouth. The kiss was hard and held an edge of anger barely contained. It didn’t matter. He tasted like her dreams, of heat and spice. Her tongue thrust back against his as a pulse started its incessant throb between her thighs. She stood unmoving as he deepened the kiss, pressing his long, hard body into hers so she was plastered against the length of him. Hunger ignited low in her belly, and she groaned against his lips while her hips shifted restlessly against him trying to get some relief from the craving building inside her.

One hand slid beneath her top to cup her breast, his palm rubbing over the peak, and pleasure shot from her nipple to her groin. Her head fell back, and she raised one leg, wrapping it around his hip so she could press her core against the hard length of his erection. Desire was building like a heaviness inside her, swelling…

A bolt of lightning lit up the room, briefly illuminating the savage intensity of his expression. His mouth stilled, his fingers tightened on her breast, then the light flashed again and he jerked free of her and swore viciously.

A second later, his fist slammed into the wall at her side.

Her hands came up to drag him back to her. She was clumsy in the cuffs and her senses returned—what sort of woman kissed a man who’d cuffed her? A crazy one, that’s what sort.

She pressed her wrists against him, so the metal dug into her skin and the fog of desire cleared enough for her brain to function. She shoved him hard. He didn’t budge.

“Get off me, pervert!”

His brows drew together. “Pervert?”

“You know, the sort of man who likes to tie women up?”

He didn’t answer, just took a step back, and shoved his hands in his pockets. He breathed out deeply and the tension drained from his body.

“Why?” she asked.

He didn’t pretend not to understand. “It occurred to me that we may not get another chance. And I was…curious.”

She gritted her teeth. “Curious?” Her tone was filled with outrage.

“Just leave it.” Lightning flashed again and he frowned, then took her arm. “Come on, I don’t like this.”

“Like what?”

He didn’t answer, just led her along the hallway and through a door. In the dim light, she could make out a comfortable sitting room. Everything appeared so normal and she blinked in confusion.

Mal pushed her toward an armchair. “Sit.”

“Yes, sir,” she muttered and sat. She didn’t understand him. Why would he kiss her like that, as though he cared?

He seemed about to say something but instead moved away to peer out of the window. She followed him with her eyes as he came back and stood over her again, rubbing a hand across his face.

“Lily…” he said.

She searched his expression, and he shifted under her gaze, not meeting her eyes. “What?”

“This man you are to meet tonight…”

“The one you’re handing me over to like an unwanted parcel?”

“Jesus,” he almost snarled the word. “Just don’t get him angry. Do as you’re told, and you’ll be all right.”

Was he actually afraid for her? “You’re frightening me,” she said slowly. “Mal”—for the first time she used his name—“am I going to die tonight?”

She held her breath waiting for the answer.

“No, he won’t kill you.” He paused. “But there are worse things than death.”

Icy cold washed through her. “Now, you’re really scaring me.”

My Review:

So, what happens when you live your life an orphan, grow up, and then one day, wake up a dragon princess. Lol ok I’m getting a little ahead of myself. This is a very cool twist on the dragon lore and how they live and survive in our world, as they are trapped here. And it all starts with one orphaned girl who has a very special mark in the shape of a dragon. And then all hell breaks loose! There’s definitely action, a really good mystery as you learn who and what Lily is and what she means to so many people. One side wants her as a mate, another wants her magical blood, and another wants her heart and soul. Yep, things just got interesting!

So, Lily just wants to be normal, fit in, live a peaceful life with no weirdness. That won’t be happening. Ever. When she wakes up one night to find the total smoking HAWT guy from her dreams in her bedroom, the ish really hits the fan… Actually I think it’s a vase to the head, but you get it. This moment is when very thing changes for Lily. She learns how many people are willing to kill to get to her. Yet she keeps on going. She escapes one side to be caught by another to get caught again. It’s a whirlwind and so much fun. She’s a fun character to follow around 🙂 but I definitely don’t wanna be her, she might get the HAWT piece but too many people trying to kill, torture, torment her. 😉

So, Mal is the smoking HAWT guy. Yep, he’s a dragon, and he’s on one side. He understands that Lily belongs to the dragons and he’ll kill anyone who stands in the way of him getting her to his king. But as more try to kill Lily, or kidnap her, he becomes his own obstacle. He knows what his king will do to Lily and it’s killing him. You’ll have to read to see what happened between Lily and Mal and if they can have their HEA. Plus, Mal has a very cool cop friend named Cole, and he’s an excellent side kick who deserves his mentions 🙂

In the case of bad guys, there’s quite a few, and the plot twists will make your jaw drop. As things unravel, you won’t be able to put this book down because you just know something crazy is going to happen on the next page! The writing is great, because I was completely engaged for this whole book! I hope there’s more! I hope I get to have more fun and fly with the dragons 🙂 5 smoking hot dragon paws!!!

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Author Interview:

WELCOME! First, tell me a little about your book 🙂….

Daughter of the Dragon Princess is a love story about a woman discovering who (and what) she is, and an honourable man (well, dragon actually) struggling against a duty he no longer truly believes in.

Lily was an orphan and she has no idea of her heritage—that she is actually the last of the dragon princesses and the only person who can stand beside the dragon king and open the portals between the dragon world and ours.

Malachite has the job of finding Lily and delivering her to his king. Unfortunately, as he gets to know her, handing Lily over becomes impossible…

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

You could say I turned to writing out of desperation…

I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I actually started writing when I worked as a volunteer in Africa in my twenties (more than a little while ago). I was living in a remote village on the banks of Lake Kariba in Zambia, with no electricity, no TV, no internet, and very limited access to books (this was way before ebooks). I quickly ran out of things to read—dire circumstances for someone used to reading a book a day. But I did have a laptop computer (powered by solar) and so I turned to writing my own stories instead—and loved it.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

The first book I tried to write (back in Africa) was a contemporary romance about a… volunteer working in Africa. Well, they do say write what you know. If I remember rightly, the title was Volunteer for Love. It became my first rejection many years later.

How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?

I quite often kill bad guys, but as I write romance my hero and heroine always get to live (I love a happy ending). I don’t kill people off gratuitously (honest) but occasionally the story calls for a death or two. If it’s a series, it will usually depend on whether I have future plans for those characters.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

Any writers who consistently produce good books impress me, but I particularly look up to writers who successfully write across genres. Nora Roberts/JD Robb comes to mind. And Judith McNaught who rights fabulous contemporary romantic suspense and wonderful historical romance. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

For me, probably the most challenging part is making the decision as to what to write next. There are so many stories I want to write, but there comes a point when I have to pick just one.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

I’m reading my way through the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris (again) and loving them.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

The cover was done by Keith Draws Cover Art. I saw Keith’s work on facebook and loved it. He’s maybe a little more fantasy orientated than the book warrants (it’s actually more paranormal romance than fantasy) but I decided would go for something a little different with this cover. And I love the dragon.

I gave Keith an idea of what I wanted, he provided a few mock-ups and we went from there.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

Maybe that I can have self-discipline, if I try. Writing is hard work; it needs dedication and resolve.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?

Actually, I think I would be a character from my sci-fi/paranormal series, Blood Hunter. I always wanted to be a space pirate! Probably Tannis, the captain of the space cruiser The Blood Hunter. She’s totally kick-ass. Plus she’s part snake, immortal, and one day she’ll grow wings. And finally, she’s just got herself the coolest guy (and you can read about that in Blood Hunter 3, Death Defying, which releases in November)

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?

The Lord of the Rings, just to show how huge a book can be—it has everything: romance, fantasy, a gorgeous hero, and a really bad, bad guy. It was the book that made me realize how wonderful reading and writing could be–you can create anything, the only limitation is your imagination.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love writing. I love making up stories, and I hope there are people out there who will love reading them just as much.

Thank you so MUCH!!! 

About the Author:

 

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

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Giveaway:

There is a tour wide $25 Gift card to be won, SO GO HERE TO ENTER! 

I wish you all good luck with the giveaway! Thanks to the author and bewitching book tours!  Happy reading and later gators! 

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1001 Nights from Entangled Ever After Blitz!

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Remember the release day blitz HERE where I showed you guys some awesome new books? Well, I am so excited to spotlight one of those books today!! So let me reintroduce you! 

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One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

Ruth Browne

ISBN: 9781622663316

Book Description:

Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him…even though he wants her dead.

When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.

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Excerpt:

“He had meant to go straight to the basin to wash, but instead he stood watching the woman sleep. Did she dream? The coppery hair covering her face likely concealed shallow fever-dreams of blood and slaughter, but the arm curled defensively around her head made her seem vulnerable—a captive no older than her teenaged sister. Rays from the sun reached in through the window, and where they touched her skin a blush rose to the surface, pulsing as though kindled from within. Her dressing-gown had fallen open. Aleksy’s eye was held by the way her breasts pushed against the severe under wiring of her bra.

On her, it didn’t look pre-packaged. The charcoal-grey cups matched the high waisted briefs she wore; the cotton bunched a little where one thigh had slipped over the other. Only when her finger twitched and she resettled her head on her arm did he find the self-discipline to shut his eyes and turn away.”

Guest Post:

Fairytales, Zombies and Romantic BDSM

Hello, hello. I’m the author of One Thousand and One Nights, soon to be published by the Ever After line of Entangled. I live in South Africa, which is a country, and I write and review fiction while studying law.

1001 Nights adapts and retells the story of Scheherazade, the mythical Persian queen who escaped beheading at the hands of her jilted, homicidal husband Shahryar (in Persian, “king”) by telling him bedtime stories. In his original form, Shahryar inspires about as much empathy as Ted Bundy. Surrounded by man-eating corpses, protecting his own tiny island of the living, Aleksy (in Greek/Polish, “defender of mankind”) was my attempt to salvage the King from his misogynistic past. He hates and fears his Scheherazade, Sheri, because she’s tainted by a zombie-bite, but still human. The feeling of just subsisting from day to day translates well to an updated version: Aleksy tries to keep going in a world that’s betrayed him, and Sheri lives with the constant fear of death and undeath.

I first called it One Thousand and One Corpses, but the publisher wanted more romance, less out-and-out horror. I also gave it a subtitle, Sheri and the King, which probably tells you more about my upbringing on Broadway musicals than you wanted to know. I balance that out with a zombie obsession that gave me chills all the way through Max Brooks’ World War Z. In fact, I’d pay to watch a zombie musical, preferably written and directed by Richard O’Brien. It’d take about twenty years for a decent production to find its way to Cape Town, South Africa, but I’ll fund the Kickstarter campaign and wait.

Doing research for this story was a pleasure. I read the tales of Sinbad, explored the different translations and took a closer look at some traditional fairytales. These stories and their Disney reboots cause me equal amounts of delight and righteous anger. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Little Mermaid: if there’s any message there, it’s that women should be hetero, beautiful and probably silent. Even better, asleep. One of my favourites is Beauty and the Beast, which tells the story of a spoilt daydreamer, imprisoned and blackmailed until she falls in love with her abuser. I’m writing the BDSM version right now. It’s empowering. At least a Belle who reads the Marquis de Sade and dreams about whippings wants everything she gets.

Sure, I’m a feminist. I believe in “the radical notion that women are people”, in the words of Cheris Kramarae. I had some interesting discussions with my editors on this point, especially as regards Sheri and her boundless enthusiasm for sex. I adore the erotica written by Remittance Girl, who takes a similar approach to liberated female sexuality as Greta Christina, a fantastic atheist blogger and sex writer. I wanted my story to reflect these concerns of mine, and I’d welcome any comments on this subject.

Fairytales, zombies, (romantic) BDSM and feminism are themes that run through 1001 Nights. But the story’s also just playful pop fiction that I wrote for fun. I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I enjoyed the writing. 

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My Review:

Nothing like a Zombie book with a cool twist and an excellent love of fairy tales 🙂 This isn’t really a long one but it’ll take you one a ride that’ll make you forget time! So when the world’s ending, and zombies are taking over… You find someone who can kill zombies, and mesmerize you with their story telling to forget about all the bad things happening around you.

Sheri is your main character, and she’s a zombie hunter, but she’s got a secret. And most importantly, she’s a story teller. She was alone with her little sister and was literally living off the land because there was nothing and no one else. She’s such a strong character to me, because she endures some really really horrible things, but she does this to keep her little sister safe. She’s an amazing heroine.

So prince charming is not so Prince Charming here. Alex is the leader of the compound of survivors. I hate him a little but but I also see some of his points. However there’s no reason for cruelty, especially when he secretly can’t get Sheri off his mind. He is completely enamored by Sheri’s voice when she tells stories.

This is a story that shows you when you don’t give up, sometimes it pays off. It’s a thrill ride, it’s an adventure, and maybe, just maybe, an almost romance 🙂 I really liked this one even if it’s a little short. But I have hope… I’m very much hoping that this is the beginning of something bigger!
5 zombie ass kicking PAWS!

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I really enjoyed this one and now that you’ve seen all these wonderful goodies, I hope you check some of them out! It’s gunna be a blast! Happy reading and later gators!! 

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