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What to Read Wednesday

03 Apr

WOOT WOOT…It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for What to Read Wednesday.  Today we’re in for an awesome treat.  I’d like you to meet urban fantasy author Shea MacLeod.  She’s here to share a little about herself and her latest release Dragon Lord (Book 2 Dragon Wars).

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday Shea!  I’m excited you’re here.  Tell us about yourself in 5 sentences. 🙂

  • I’m an author of urban fantasy post-apocalyptic scifi paranormal romances with an occasional twist of steampunk.
  • I’m originally from the US, but currently live in London, England.
  • I’m an Aquarius.
  • I’m addicted to chocolate, scifi B movies, and Ancient Aliens.
  • Yes, I do enjoy disco.

I love your 5 sentences…how fun to live in London and if you’re addicted to chocolate, you’re A-okay in my book…lol.  What’s your favorite food?

Authentic Italian pizza.  I prefer mine with mushrooms.

I love mushrooms on my pizza too!  Tell us one thing you hate…one thing you fear….and one thing you love.

I hate bigotry.  I fear spiders.  I love traveling.

What genre (s) do you write?

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, though Dragon Wars could be termed Sci-Fi Romance.  And I dabble in steampunk.

Describe your writing space.

Chaos.  Seriously.  I have this tiny little desk in the corner of my room.  No matter how many times I try to organize it, I just don’t have enough space so it inevitably looks like a scene out of CSI.

Share a blurb about your latest release Dragon Lord (Book 2 Dragon Wars)

Deep inside the Marine base a pair of eyes snapped open in the dark.  Eyes that had once been chocolate brown now shone an eerie green, elongated pupils turning darkness into virtual daylight.

A familiar scent teased his nose.  Fragments of memory sifted through his mind like shards of glass, quickly swept away.

Where was he?

Who was he?

The pain was nearly intolerable.  His stomach rolled with nausea.

The surface beneath his bare back was hard, cold.  The tang of metal teased his flaring nostrils.  He struggled to lift an arm, but he couldn’t move.  His arms and legs were strapped down.

Pain, anger, frustration.  He opened his mouth to scream, but what came out was not the scream of a man.  It was the cry of a dragon.

The man he had once been felt fear.  The dragon inside him knew only hunger.

A face appeared, bug-like eyes peering at him through thick lenses.  Yellowed teeth flashed in a pale face, a semblance of a smile.  “Oh, good.  You’re awake.  Phase One of testing can begin.  Don’t worry.  It won’t hurt.  Much.”

Here’s the blurb for book one DRAGON LORD:

Sometimes the only way to defeat the monsters is to become one.

Uncovering the truth behind the monsters was only the beginning for Rain Mauri and her Dragon Warrior. Now it’s up to their tiny band of resistance fighters to change the world once again. This time for the better.

But nothing is ever easy in their post-apocalyptic world and there are those that will stop at nothing to keep the status quo.

Yowza…you have some mighty sexy book covers Shea!  What’s your favorite line from your book DRAGON LORD?

The “little old lady” had a hell of an arm with a Molotov cocktail.

Tell us what excites you the most about writing.

For me it’s making the worlds in my head come alive on paper.  It’s a strange and wonderful sort of magic.

I agree!  How did you come up with the title?

Each title in the Dragon Wars series is the same as the designation of one of the characters in the book.  Dragon Lords are the newest incarnation of the genetically enhanced Dragon Warriors.

Please share an excerpt of your book!

Rain gave the signal.  It was hard to see through the thick shadows in the valley below, but could just make out Melia’s wave.  “She’s in position.  Stay focused, everyone.  Eyes wide, ears open.”

From below came the faint sound of singing.  When Melia decided to make herself bait, she really went for it.  Rain couldn’t quite make out the words, but the melody was hauntingly beautiful.

“Bon Jovi.  Nice.”

Rain glanced up at Micah, his expression lost in the shadows.  “Who?”

He chuckled.  “Rock band.  Pre-Wars.”

“It’s a nice song,” she said, turning back to watch the small figure picking her way through the ravine below.  “What’s it about?”

He hesitated.  “Desperation.  Loneliness.  The chance of not seeing another sunrise.”

Rain said nothing, but her fists clenched until her knuckles turned white.  Such a song could be entirely too prophetic.  Her stomach turned sour.

“She’ll be okay.  She’s one of the fastest runners I’ve ever seen.”  Micah assured Rain as he moved to take up his own position.

Somehow that didn’t exactly make Rain feel any better.  Running fast was one thing, outrunning a dragon was something else entirely.

This was a training exercise, so they were going to let the recruits handle the operation as much as possible, but she and Micah were there for backup if things went wrong.  Rain really hoped things didn’t go wrong. 

Suddenly the song stopped and the figure below froze in place, then with a whoop, Melia wheeled around and headed back toward the bluff at a dead run.  Her tiny figure darted around the dark shadows that marked rock slides and clumps of sage brush almost like she could see in the dark.

“This is it, people,” Micah’s voice cut through the night.  “Get ready.”

Hard on Micah’s announcement came the screeching cry of a drag on the hunt.  It was close.  A lot closer than Rain had realized.  She still couldn’t see the damn thing.

As though Melia had some kind of foresight, she darted behind a boulder just as dragon fire shot out of the night sky.  For the first time, Rain could make out the creature they were hunting.  It wasn’t the biggest one she’d ever seen, but it was plenty big enough.

The second the first blast of fire was spent, Melia dashed out from behind the boulder and continued down the ravine, her feet moving like the wind.  She had mere moments before the drag’s fire built up again.

“Hurry, hurry, hurry,” Rain whispered under her breath.  She wanted to scream it, but that would draw the creature’s attention and reveal the trap.  Besides, Melia wasn’t stupid.  She already knew speed was of the essence.

Another stream of fire, and several bushes went up in flames, lighting up the ravine.  Melia had managed to dodge certain death once again.  With the extra light revealing the safest route, she ran even faster, finally reaching the base of the bluff and shimmying behind a group of giant boulders.  Rain hoped it would be enough to keep the girl safe from drag fire.

Around the top of the bluff small bonfires sprang to life, and from those fires arrows were lit.  Each one slapped against taut bowstrings.

“Remember,” Micah bellowed to the recruits, “aim for the eyes and down the throat.”

A hail of arrows streaked toward the dragon. Most of them missed their mark, though one managed, bizarrely enough, to catch the drag in the nostril.  Enraged, the drag reared back.

“Take cover!”

Fire strafed the top of the bluff.  Fortunately everyone had managed to duck to safety, though the poor lone tree went up in flames.

Satisfied it had dealt with the immediate threat, the drag turned its attention back to Melia.  It bellowed and snuffled and pawed at the pile of rocks, but it couldn’t get to her.

And that’s when Rain noticed something.  The dragon’s eyes were all wrong.  It’s irises were milky white while the whites of its eyes were bloodshot.  They looked like they’d been badly sunburned.  So badly, that the drag was now blind.  This had to be the same creature that they’d seen near the town, earlier.  But the question remained: Why would a drag stay out in the sun long enough to burn itself blind?

She made her way quietly to Micah and peered over the edge.  The dragon screamed and lunged at the rock pile that kept it from its prey.  Rain could just make out the huddled form of the young girl.  No doubt she was scared out of her mind, but she was safe enough for the moment.

“Melia, hang on.  We’ll get you out,” Rain called down to the girl then ducked back as the dragon sent another blast of fire toward the cliff top.

What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you? 

The middle. I always have a very clear idea of the beginning and end of a story, but the middle is sometimes a bit stubborn.

The easiest?

I think characters are the easiest for me.  I can see them just as clearly as I do real people, so I find that part quite fun.  It’s a little like writing about a good friend.

What time of the day are you most productive in your writing?

Late morning to early afternoon.  I am not a morning person, so I can’t write a thing until I’ve had at least two cups of coffee!

Ah coffee…don’t even get me started on the wonders of that beverage J  What are you working on now? 🙂

I just signed a contract with Montlake Romance for my first three Sunwalker Saga novels.  Right now I’m focused on the edits and rewrites for those.  I’m also working on a new series called Omicron ZX.  Think CSI in space with lots of romance. J  I’ll also be working on Book 3 of Dragon Wars (Dragon Goddess) later this year, as well as Book 4 of the Sunwalker Saga (Kissed by Moonlight).

You are a busy lady!  WOW, I don’t know how you do it.  What’s one piece of advice you’d give an author just starting out?

Forget about “writing what you know” or latest hot genre.  Write what you love to read.  Then every day is a joy.

And finally Shéa, where can we find you and your book(s)?

All my books are available on

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3ASh%C3%A9a+MacLeod&keywords=Sh%C3%A9a+MacLeod&ie=UTF8&qid=1333041214&sr=8-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B0058SQK62

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3ASh%C3%A9a+MacLeod&keywords=Sh%C3%A9a+MacLeod&ie=UTF8&qid=1333041263&sr=8-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B0058SQK62

Smashwords

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/sheamacleod

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/shea-macleod?keyword=shea+macleod&store=allproducts

iTunes

http://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/kissed-by-darkness/id451088342?mt=11

As well as Sony, Diesel, and Kobo

Thank you for joining me today on What to Read Wednesday!  It was wonderful to get to know you better and learn about your books!

Thank YOU for hosting me! 🙂

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42 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Sheri Fredricks

    April 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I absolutely have to read her books. Period. No discussion.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

      When I was reading her excerpt Sheri, I thought of you. I knew her stories would be something you’d like!

      Thanks for coming by!

       
  2. Tereasa Bellew

    April 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Great interview and so nice to meet you, Shea! Congrats on the contract with Montlake romance. Three more novels to write, yikes! Does the pressure ever get to you?

    Best wishes,
    Tere

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

      You’re awesome for coming by Tere! I’m with you…YIKES on the other 3 to write…pressure for sure 🙂

       
    • Shéa MacLeod

      April 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Absolutely I do, Tere! Which is why I took 5 days and headed to the Welsh coast for a little break. Came back ready to take on a few new dragons. 🙂

       
      • ChristineWarner

        April 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

        Shea, that sounds wonderful. What a break and I can only imagine how you felt ready to tackle your writing when you got home! Lucky you.

         
  3. Kristina Knight

    April 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Love it! What a fun interview, ladies…and now I’m off to go find some new reading material…which could, in fact, make my Kindle explode…

     
  4. Sharon Cullen

    April 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    My husband LOVES Ancient Aliens! Personally I can’t get past the guy with the weird hair. LOL! Congrats on your release.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

      lol Glad you came by Sharon 🙂

       
    • Shéa MacLeod

      April 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

      I agree it’s REALLY hard to get past that hair. I mean WHAT was he thinking???? lol But still, I love it.

      Thanks for stopping by Sharon. 🙂

       
  5. Ally Broadfield

    April 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Lovely interview, ladies. I’m trying to push myself to read outside my comfort zone (historical), and your books sound like a perfect place to start.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

      That’s my goal this year too Ally…so far so good with reading outside my zone. Appreciate you stopping by!

       
  6. Shéa MacLeod

    April 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Reblogged this on Shéa MacLeod, Author – Everything's Better With Dragons and commented:
    Today I’m over at Christine Warner’s blog and I’m talking disco, Italian pizza, and Ancient Aliens. Stop by and say howdy!

     
  7. Shéa MacLeod

    April 4, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Thanks everyone both for stopping by and for your congratulations! And thanks again to Christine for having me on her blog today.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

      THANK YOU Shea for joining us today! Glad to have you here 🙂

       
  8. medmcn

    April 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Your loves/hates brings up one question Shea…how do you feel about anti-spider bigotry? 😉

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Love your question..can’t wait for Shea’s answer 🙂

       
    • Shéa MacLeod

      April 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I think it’s rude to be bigoted against the anti-spider people. 😉

       
  9. Gene Lempp

    April 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Shea, as always, you totally rock girl! Looking forward to the “updated” versions of Sunwalker – love me some Morgan (not the Captain).

    Thanks for hosting her Christine – lovely site you have 🙂

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Gene…glad you like it and thanks for coming by!

       
  10. tarawestauthor

    April 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Hi, Christine and Shea! I have read ALL of Shea’s books and absolutely LOVE them. And SQUEEEEEE!!! on that contract with Montlake!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      My goal this year is to expand my horizons and step outside of my normal reading genre…I’ve already added Shea’s books to the mix. They sound awesome! Glad you came by with a testimonial Tara!

       
    • Shéa MacLeod

      April 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Tara. 😉 Glad you enjoyed them.

       
  11. Ceri Hebert

    April 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Oh, living in London. I used to want to live in London in the worst way. Now my 15 year old daughter wants to live in London. Love the excerpt of your book!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      I want to live in London too! Thanks for coming by Ceri!

       
    • Shéa MacLeod

      April 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you Ceri. And London is definitely a magical place. 🙂

       
  12. sarahballance

    April 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I think you were looking at *my* workspace, Shea. And that’s a fantastic excerpt!

     
    • Shéa MacLeod

      April 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks, Sarah.

      As to the work space, I fortunately have yet to find any high velocity blood spatter. But one never can tell … 😉

       
  13. Mirriam Smyth

    April 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Whoa! Great excerpts and interview! I haven’t read much by way of dragon based books, but yours sounds so cool! I just sent my husband a text with the links to both Dragon Wars books and wrote, “Must have!” Can’t wait to start them!

     
    • Shéa MacLeod

      April 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Mirriam. 🙂 Hopefully your hubby will take the hint. 😉

       
  14. Martha Ramirez

    April 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Christiane, what a great spotlight.Way cool!

     
  15. Martha Ramirez

    April 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Christine, what a great spotlight. Way cool!

     
  16. Martha Ramirez

    April 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I promise I know how to spell your name 🙂

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      LOL…you’re funny Mart…don’t worry about it. I actually read over my name so quickly didn’t even notice it until you mentioned it.

      Mirriam, that is so cool that you are getting Shea’s books…her excerpt was fantastic!

      And Sarah, what can I say…always happy to have you come by. You ROCK!

       
  17. Neecy Kelly

    April 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Nice to meet you Shea! Your covers are yummy!
    Great interview ladies.
    Neecy

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      You got that right Neecy…thanks for stopping in 🙂

       
  18. Jennifer Lowery

    April 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Wonderful interview, ladies! Shea, love your name! And your books sound great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

     
  19. Brenda

    April 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    OMG–I NEED to read her books–and I love the covers!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      April 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Loved the excerpt…glad you came by an found a new author to read 🙂

       
  20. D'Ann Lindun

    April 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Nice interview, ladies!

     

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