Nina Croft, author of Daughter of the Dragon Princess

 

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I got a couple of minutes of Nina’s time to do an interview with her, and this is what she had to say.

AW: Please tell us a bit about yourself and back ground?
NC: I’m actually English, but I now live on an almond farm in the mountains of southern Spain. I share the farm with my husband and a whole load of animals, and I spend my time, reading, writing and picking the occasional almond.

AW: What inspired you to write this book?
NC: I’d just finished writing a paranormal romance based around vampires and werewolves and wanted to attempt something a little different. I’d been reading a lot of fantasy at the time (The Black Jewels Trilogy springs to mind) and while I wanted to stick with paranormal romance as a genre, I also wanted to add a touch of fantasy. Dragons seemed the obvious choice for a fantasy creature, and I made them shape shifters for a more paranormal feel.

AW: Describe what the book/story is about?
NC: Daughter of the Dragon Princess is a love story about a woman discovering who (and what) she is, and an honorable man (well, actually a dragon) fighting against what he knows is his duty, but which he now suspects might be wrong.
Lily was an orphan and she has no idea of her heritage or 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 her over becomes impossible…

AW: Is there a message in this novel you want your readers to grasp?
NC: The main theme of the story is accepting what you are, learning to live with it, and even embrace it, however scary it might appear at the start. At the same time, there’s a slightly contradictory message that people need to always question what they are and not blindly follow a particular course just because that’s the way something has always been done.

AW: What was the time frame for writing this book?
NC: I wrote it during nanowrimo a couple of years back, which is National Novel Writing Month, where a whole load of writers get together in November each year, sit down, and try and write a book in a month. I succeeded, but it needed a whole lot more work after that.

AW: How did you came up with the title?
NC: Usually, titles come to me after  finish writing, I’m all ready to send it to my editor and I’m thinking—what do I call this book? And it’s a scramble. With Daughter of the Dragon Princess, the title came first and I just liked the flow of words.

AW: Who created your cover?
NC: The cover was done by Keith Draws Cover Art. I saw Keith’s work on Facebook and loved it.

AW: Hardest part for writing this novel?
NC: Probably the editing. I wrote the story very fast, which I love doing and works well for me, but which also means there’s usually a lot of tidying up to do.

AW: How did you find your publisher/agent – if self published, why did you choose to self publish?
NC: Daughter of the Dragon Princess is self-published. I have a lot going on with my publisher, Entangled Publishing, right now, a number of releases happening over the next few months and I wanted something I could work on while I was waiting between edits and so on. I love the process of self-publishing; I love being in control of the cover art and the editing and the time frame. It’s just a different process than working with a publisher and I love variety!

AW: Do you have any other novels out there? If not, what’s next?
NC: I write across a number of romance sub-genres, and have novels in the following: paranormal romance, (The Order series) sci-fi with paranormal, (The Blood Hunter series) contemporary, (Babysitting a Billionaire series) thrillers (The Descartes Legacy.) Please visit my website for more information.

Right now I’m writing, Taking Control, book 3 in my Babysitting a Billionaire series about a tough female bodyguard and the man she’s assigned to protect. The book is due for release early next year.
AW: When did writing become a passion?
NC: I started writing seriously five or six years ago, and it sort of crept up on me so now it’s a full-time obsession. I’m hoping I find a balance somewhere in the next few years as it’s taken over my life, but I’m not sure that will ever happen.

AW: Is this a series? If so, tell us a bit about the books planned.
NC: No, right now this is a stand-alone book. However, there are one or two characters who I would love to meet again. Maybe one day.

AW: Any advice for other writers?
NC: Write what you love. Things can be tough in this business but as long as you enjoy the actual writing then it’s all worthwhile.

AW: Anything you would like to say to your readers?
NC: Just that I hope you will get as much pleasure out of reading my books as I did writing them

AW: Favorite Authors?
NC: Some of my favorite authors right now are Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Harlan Coben, Anne Bishop, Susan Elizabeth Phillips…

AW: Favorite Books?
NC: Lord of the Rings, Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop, the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovitch, JR  Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood…

 

AW: Website(s) and social media links?
NC: Website
Facebook
Twitter

 

AW: Where can people buy your novel?
NC: Amazon
Barnes and Noble
itunes

 

AW: Something personal about yourself people may be surprised to know?
NC: I have a pet pig called Piggles. She’s a three-legged Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, she lives in the house and is a total sweetie!

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Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris

Seven Day Fiance
Love and Games Series
Book 2
Rachel Harris

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing – Bliss
Date of Publication: October 14, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-238-8ASIN: B00FCRLDWA
Number of pages: 153
Cover Artist: Jessica Cantor
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Book Description:

Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.

Rachel Harris

About the Author:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up late sneak-reading her mama’s romance novels. Today, she still stays up late reading romances, only now she does so openly.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches countless hours of Food Network and reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!

Website: http://www.rachelharriswrites.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelHarrisAuthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/RachelHarrisYA

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5347676.Rachel_Harris

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I got the pleasure of getting Rachel’s time to do an interview, and here is what we chat about.

AW: Please tell us a bit about yourself and background?
RH: I’m a Cajun cowgirl, born just outside of New Orleans and now living in Houston. I’ve always loved writing, and I started a ton of stories growing up…finishing them, not so much. My longest effort, until trying for publication, was fan fiction for my favorite Guiding Light couple back in 2000. Once I became a mama, I decided to stay home and raise my girls, which led to the decision to homeschool them. I was a contributing writer to a homeschool magazine for a year before making the leap to fiction writing in 2010. It’s been a nonstop, crazy journey ever since.

AW: What inspired you to write this book?
RH: This is book two in my Love and Games series, and the root of it all began with my desire to write about my hometown. The people and culture that define New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole—and show it accurately. Hollywood loves to make us look like toothless idiots (he he). Taste the Heat, book 1, focused more on the food and the culture of the city of New Orleans. With this book, I wanted to explore a different side, the Cajun country side, better known as Lafayette and surrounding cities. I stayed down there for a week, talking with families, eating delicious treats, and taking pictures, and fell in love. Just as Taste the Heat was like a love letter to New Orleans, I wanted this to be a love letter to Cajun country.

AW: Describe what the book/story is about?
RH: Seven Day Fiancé is the story of a town bad boy and Cajun princess, and the giant pickle she lands them in. It’s a fun, fish-out-of-water romp through Cajun country, that I like to say is a mixture of Sweet Home Alabama and The Proposal, set in the land of Duck Dynasty (he he)

AW: What was the time frame for writing this book?
RH: This one was written super-fast, as I was having to edit and promote three different books, traveling for conferences, and gearing up for the rest of my deadlines this year. I’d say start to finish, I probably wrote this book in just over a month. But it was a tear-my-hair-out, chugging Dt. Mt. Dew crazy month!

AW: Hardest part for writing this novel?
RH: Normally I say the ending, because that tends to be the hardest for me…I have a problem saying goodbye I think. But I wrote the last 7,000 words in a day the weekend before I had to turn this book in, so the ending actually came pretty fast for this one. I’d have to say managing my time was the hardest part here. Other than that, this book was just so much fun to write, I didn’t want to stop.

AW: Do you have any other novels out there? If not, what’s next?
RH: Yes I do! This is book 2 in the Love and Games series, so Taste the Heat is already out, and book 3 will be coming early 2014. I also have a YA series out. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and A Tale of Two Centuries are both available, and book 3 in that series, My Not So Super Sweet Life, will release in January 2014. In addition to those, I have a second YA series beginning fall of 2014 with The Fine Art of Pretending.

AW:When did writing become a passion?
RH: I’ve always loved writing, and wrote several short stories and even soap opera fan fiction, but it wasn’t until I reread the entire Twilight series for the third or fourth time that I decided to really try a complete novel. That series helped me remember how much fun reading can be, and the book I began in 2010 is actually the book releasing next fall, The Fine Art of Pretending.

AW:Any advice for other writers?
RH: Read! Read widely, too, across genres, and then be an active reader. Pay attention to what speaks to you. When you react emotionally in a scene, stop and think about why. When you can’t stop thinking about a certain book or character, ask yourself the same question. If certain words or phrases or passages evoke a response, jot it down. All these things will help you to identify what themes and stories speak to you. They can often help shape your brand and career, and at the very least, help inspire your projects. They may help you find your own unique voice.

The next step is breaking down and studying your favorite books. Contemplating what the author’s goal was for each chapter, the main turning points and black moment. Analyzing these things in another’s work will help you think about your own more critically. And here’s a tip: most authors will be tickled pink to know you took the time to do this with their books. Don’t be afraid to reach out and let them know your thoughts on these questions. Often, they’ll respond back and either say that you nailed it, or give further insight you may’ve missed!

AW: Anything you would like to say to your readers?
RH: Just thank you! I’ve been blessed with the most amazing, supportive, awesome readers ever. They cross genres, reading my YA and adult series, they keep me laughing on our street team Facebook page and on Twitter, and they seriously make this entire journey, every chewed off nail, so worth it. Love y’all to pieces!!

AW: Favorite Authors?
RH: So many favorites—I’m a bookaholic, and read 2-4 books a week on average—but I have to say Jane Austen (of course), Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Jude Deveraux, Lisa Kleypas, Stephanie Perkins, and SC Stephens.

AW: Website(s) and social media links?
RH: I love social media, and I respond to every tweet, email, and FB message. You can find me at my website, on Twitter, my FB author page, my street team page on FB, and on Goodreads.

AW:  Where can people buy your novel?
RH: Seven Day Fiancé can be found at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes.

AW: Something personal about yourself people may be surprised to know?
RH: I threw up on my first date when I was fourteen, interned at Entertainment Tonight in college, and my husband went to school with Ian Somerholder. Oh, I also play a mean Mary Had a Little Lamb on the old school phone. Which sadly isn’t much of a skill anymore, since no one uses old school phones anymore. Le sigh.

 

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Adrienne Woods

Daughter of The Princess Dragon by Nina Croft

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Daughter of the Dragon Princess
Nina Croft

Genre: Paranormal romance

Date of Publication: 7th October 2013

ISBN: 9781301417209

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Number of pages: approx.. 240

Word Count: 60k

Cover Artist: Keith Draws

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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?


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.

Website: http://www.ninacroft.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nina.Croft.author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Nina_Croft

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/NinaCroft

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Fotor 4star 4 STAR –  ROARSELLENT.

 

Everyone knows that I love Dragons. I’ve written a dragon book myself. So I was super excited to start reading Nina Croft’s version about dragons.

This story was really good. It follows Lilly, the daughter of a dragon princess and the only person that can open a porthole to another world, for  all the dragons that linger around us in their human forms, to go back home. There is some really good attraction between Lilly with her and Mal,  a dragon. His job wasn’t easy because he really did had strong feelings towards Lilly, and wasn’t to keen on giving her over to the Vortigen, The King of the Dragons, who is the mate for Lilly. That was fun to read. To find out what Mal is going to do at the end.

I like the plot, sorcerors that also wants Lilly and how she got abducted and how Mal tries to get her back. It’s fully packed with action, sizzling weapons, adventure and an awesome romance story, It’s written in third person, jumping from Lilly to Mal, so we get a bit of both these characters and I think Nina has done a very good job with it.

I do have to worn everyone, that there are some swearing in this book. It did put me off at times. She should also have got someone to proofread her novel one last time. Then it would’ve been perfect for me, but all in all, I really liked the Daughter of the Princess
Dragon.

I wish you all the luck with this Nina.

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Adrienne Woods