- The Wild Rose Press
- Release Date
- August 2014
- Book 1 of Dragon Clan
The clan is waking. After centuries of spellbound sleep, dragon-shifters are
returning to the mountains. They are few in number, and the outside world has
become overrun with humans.
Huroth, the dragon chieftain, recognizes a need for his kind to adapt, by
forming alliances and mate-bonds with humans, but his clan is divided. From the first time she meets him, Lady Orwenna is drawn to the magnificent chieftain. The mind link he forms with her is both fascinating and frightening, as is the powerful attraction she feels for him. If only she knew what was in his heart.
Does he want her for the woman she is, or for her magical abilities? When war
breaks out between kingdoms and ancient enemies of the dragons resurface, the clan will be tested. In the midst of uncertainty, can Huroth and Orwenna find their way together?
Oct 10, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
218 people found the following review helpful
After centuries of being in a spellbound sleep, Huroth recognizes the need for forming alliances and mate bonds with humans but his clan is divided. When he meets Lady Orweena, he'll do whatever it takes to convince her and his clan that she belongs with him in this enchanting dragon fantasy romance.
This steady-to-fast paced plot captivates readers with suspense, excitement and romance. The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and the fascinating dragon world draws the reader deeper into the story. The characters are strong, compelling and grab the reader's attention and ensure that the reader wants to know Wen and Huroth's story.
Wen and Huroth are both surprised by their instant connection and the burning desire that they feel for each other, but their growing romance will have a lot to overcome with all strife between the clan about accepting humans, war in the kingdoms, and the dragon's ancient enemies resurfacing. The reader can't help but get caught up in their story as the dragons awaken after centuries of being spellbound and Wen learning she has more magic than she thought. Oh let's not forget the added spice of it being a time of Kings and peasants and the women must do as they told, but of course, who said Wen went along with that?
The author has created an intriguing world of dragons and magic with some interesting elements that keep things entertaining. I was ensnared by the story although I wish it had been more informative of the reason the dragons were spelled to begin with or how, but then again this is a trilogy so I will probably find out more in the next two books. Maybe I shouldn't be so impatient.
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BOOK INTERVIEW on October 2014
Interview by Laura
Hi Diana, it's great to have you with us this month to talk about DRAGON WIFE!
Q: What is your inspiration for DRAGON WIFE?
The inspiration for this novel came directly from an amazingly vivid dream. In it, I experienced living in a medieval other-world where dragons had just woken from centuries of enchanted sleep. The hero and heroine were already there, fully-formed, as was my sense of their dynamic relationship.
When I woke up, I rushed to my computer and wrote several pages of notes. There was no doubt in my mind I had the beginnings of a compelling story.
Q: What draws you to write in the fantasy/paranormal genre, in particular dragon-shifters?
I have always had a vivid imagination. Even as a child I was drawn to stories which transported me to other worlds with mythical creatures and magic. Ordinary life has many wonderful aspects, but when I read, I want to journey somewhere extraordinary. The same is true when I write.
Dragon-shifters, in particular, appeal to me, because they contain both the exceptional magnetism and splendor of a dragon, and the relatable elements of a human. They can be both lovable and awe-inspiring, both sexy and breathtaking. Who wouldn't enjoy that?
Q: How did you create the world for your book? It sounds intriguing and complex.
World building happened in a very organic way, unfolding as I figured out the specifics of the story. Once my muse was flowing, ideas just came to me. I wish the process was always so easy, but many times it requires a lot of effort and determination. DRAGON WIFE was a joy to write because there was no shortage of inspiration.
Q: Tell us about Lady Orwenna. What kind of person is she? What are her magical abilities, and why would she think the hero wants her for her magic?
Orwenna is quite a self-sufficient woman, in that her parents were never particularly attentive or affectionate, and she learned to fend for herself. At a young age, she took over management of her family's estate and experiences satisfaction in being a capable, sensible individual. However, in her heart, she longs for more. She desires romance and adventure, even though she doubts the likelihood of finding either.
At first her magical abilities seem to be limited to small spells, such as seeing in the dark or igniting kindling for a campfire. Later she discovers an innate power to heal, and this plays an important role in the story. She knows the dragons covet mates with magical abilities, as these are hereditary and could be passed on to children. The power to heal is particularly rare and useful, so she assumes it is the reason Huroth wants her.
Q: Tell us about Huroth, the dragon chieftain. What makes him a forward thinking dragon?
I had loads of fun writing the character of Huroth, and I have to admit I fell in love with him a little, in the process. He has a great sense of humor and honor both. He's drop-dead gorgeous and has a voice that can melt butter.
As a dragon he has difficulty showing vulnerability and expressing his emotions, but loving Orwenna helps him to gradually grow in these areas. He is unquestionably a powerful alpha male, but he has a kind heart and a sharp mind.
Q: Please give us a sneak peek into the next book.
On November 7, 2014, DRAGON WARRIOR releases. It is a longish novella (about 140 pages), which follows directly from the epilogue of DRAGON WIFE. The hero of this sequel is Harith, Huroth's son. We get to meet some new characters and revisit familiar friends from the first book. Here is a brief description:
Harith is a dragon-shifter with something to prove. As the son of a clan chieftain, he has an impressive family legacy to live up to and a driving need to make his father proud. When this leads to a rash confrontation with monstrous enemies, his life will be changed forever.
Nyssa seems to be nothing more than an ordinary peasant woman, but appearances can be deceiving. In truth, she is a fugitive, hiding from a barbaric clan of dragon-shifters who live in the northern wastes. Can she maintain her disguise, and if not, will her clansmen come to claim their own?
Harith and Nyssa cross paths in the winter forest. From the start, a fire is kindled between them, but their way is not clear. She lives with the constant fear of discovery, and he is betrothed to another. Can their love win through these obstacles, and what if the northern dragons attack? Will Harith be able to protect his home and loved ones?
Q: What's next for you?
Right now, I'm finishing writing BRONZE FOX, the first novel in my shape-shifters/multiple-worlds series, Rifters. I'm excited about this series, as the world-building is the best I've ever done, and the characters are really compelling. An intriguing plot has developed, which will span the entire series, but each book can also stand alone, with its own story arc and romantic relationship. I can't wait to share this with readers.
Once I'm done with BRONZE FOX, I'm planning to write the final Dragon Clan book, DRAGON SOUL. It focuses on Harith's grandson and provides an epic conclusion to the trilogy. It should be available sometime in 2015.
Sounds exciting! Thanks a lot for taking the time to tell us about your books!
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.
Diana's books are mostly fantasy and science fiction, with strong romantic elements. She currently lives in beautiful Washington State, where she writes for The Wild Rose Press.
Dragon Wife is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Wild Rose Press, and other online retailers. Click here for buying options.
For more information on my books, excerpts, trailers, and reviews, visit my website at dianagreenbooks.com
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