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Monday, March 31, 2014
BLOG TOUR: Dragon's Don't Cry by D'Elen McClain
Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Dragons Don't Cry, first book in the Fire Chronicles, by D'Elen McClain.
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance Series: Fire Chronicles
March 31, 2014
Bad Luck Publishing
Summary from Goodreads:
One pint sized human female who's had too much to drink, not enough sleep, and absolutely no patience meets one stubborn dragon shifter with an attitude.
Bastian claims Acasia, his unwilling bride, after she spends the night carousing with friends. She's not happy, he's pissed off, and with a curse from a goddess thrown in, you'll see Bastian breathe fire.
Add secrets, treasure, and unimaginable heartbreak for an emotionally humorous read and discover why Dragons Don't Cry.
She wasn’t like Bethanne. She didn’t cringe from me or cry. My new bride was fearless, or maybe crazy. I’d actually laughed when she threatened to puke on me again. She didn’t know it was a laugh, which I was grateful for. But nonetheless, I threw back my head, bellowing like a fool. I believe it’s been hundreds of years since a bride entertained me so much on the first day I’d claimed her.
This one was different, and if I didn’t guard my heart, it would break again. I couldn’t live through that pain. But, gods, I was lonely.
Acasia. I said the name in my mind. A beautiful name for a beautiful woman. Her hair was so blonde it was almost silver. Her tiny body reminded me of a pixie. Her face, delicate with small features, made her blue eyes seem larger and almost disproportioned. But it worked, making her even more desirable. I’d felt her as I flew nearer to the claiming field. The pull toward this one human woman. My mind zeroed in on hers. It was always like that. One stood out… one chosen for me. I couldn’t stop it any more than I could stop my heart from beating. Though I tried. I swore I wouldn’t show at that field, wouldn’t claim my bride.
But loneliness drew me there, to her. Gods, she wasn’t my true mate, and I would mourn her someday like I mourned the others who came before her. The thought was a crushing weight. I flew through my kingdom high above the trees, mountains, and lakes. I spotted a herd of bison. Their hide was tough, but tongue, heart, and liver succulent. A gurgle of fire exploded with my laugh. I didn’t know what the female would do when I brought one of these hulking beasts into my eating tower, but I wanted to find out.
*Interview with D'Elen McClain*
Thank you for taking the time for this interview! I thought we could start with...when did you now that you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote scary short stories as a child. I wanted to be the female Poe, then as I grew older the female Stephen King. Funny because I write far from scary now and rarely read anything more than light intrigue. I do have my own pet cemetery I'd like to write about someday though.
Favorite books and/or authors that inspire you?
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, LaVyrle Spencer, and Jude Deveraux started me on my love for romance books. I continue to reread several of my favorites by them. The books are timeless in my opinion. Outside of romance, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan series was an absolute favorite. Today there are too many books and authors to name.
Favorite place to write?
A dear friend left me his reading chair when he died. It sits in my office and is the perfect place to sit with my laptop. I know he's smiling down and taking responsibility for every book I write.
Of all the various genres, why paranormal fiction?
I'm a paranormal junkie especially if combined with romance. I loved P.N. Elrod's Vampire Files and many others that were more in the fantasy genre. Truthfully, I write non-fiction humor under the pen name Suzie Ivy and erotic romance as Holly S. Roberts. I like covering all bases but paranormal is the better place for my imagination.
What was the last book you read and enjoyed?
I'm just finishing Dark Genesis by A.D. Koboah and loving it. I don't like to read the current genre I'm writing and a friend suggested this one. It's paranormal but set in the south during the time of slavery.
Of all your books, including Dragons Don't Cry, what character(s) was your favorite to write? Which one(s) was the most difficult?
Dragons Don't Cry is the easiest book I've ever written. I hate to admit I wrote the first draft in fifteen days (16-hour days). But, I'm currently working on Fang Chronicles: Ivan and the female lead, Talya, feels unloved, and has burned many bridges in her past. I love her troubled mind and her quest to find a mate.
Fang Chronicles: Dmitri, the main character was another. He was difficult not a good guy/vampire but he changed, and I had to show parts of his journey. I loved him in the end but he was hard to write and I struggled quite a bit.
Five words that describes Dragons Don't Cry.
Emotional, funny, sad, exciting, love
Is Dragons Don't Cry a standalone novel or the first in a series?
It's the first in a series but a complete story. You'll et a little more of these two in the next book Dragons Don't Love but the main focus of book two is Laryn who you meet in the first book.
What are you currently working on? What can we anticipate in the near future?
I've started Dragons Don't Love and Fang Chronicles: Dmitri but I'm on deadline for the next Holly S. Roberts book so I keep pulling myself back to where I need to be. I've also started another standalone book that's playing games in my head This is how I write but thankfully they all get finished eventually.
Who gets to read your draft(s) first?
My editor Michelle Kowalski poor woman. She makes me look much better to the rest of my editing team.
If you had to write in a different genre, what would it be?
Besides what I've mentioned, I want to write a thriller under a man's name. I retired this past year from law enforcement and worked many large cases as a detective. I think I could fool the hardcore "only men write good thrillers" crowd and someday I'll try.
I have a lot of friends who are aspiring writers, what advice would you give them?
Write the first book, novella, or short story from beginning to end and then start on the next one. When that one's one, write another. I'm always writing a new book, editing an older one, and formatting a completed edition. Think of writing as a job and work! It's a wonderful career and for me it's not a hobby.
**About the Author**
D'Elen McClain is a writer, author, word warrior! She owned an independent bookstore for many years in my 20's and 30's. So it should be obvious, SHE LOVES BOOKS. Fiction or non-fiction it doesn't matter. She hated self-help but then found Og Mandino. She hated French history and the game of chess and then discovered The Eight by Katherine Neville. She has stopped limiting herself to what she thinks she likes.
That brings her to paranormal fiction. It's a passion of hers. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, angels and demons, she has read it all. She has wanted to write a vampire/werewolf novel for a long time. Taking a break from another series (aka Suzie IvyThe Bad Luck Detective), D'elen decided to write the story screaming inside her head. The Fang Chronicles Book I almost wrote itself. No research or trying to remember a specific conversation, all she needed to do was keep the names straight.