Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dragons in The Twelve Kingdoms

Posted by: Jeffe Kennedy
I'm writing this post for Here Be Magic's Dragon Week mere hours after turning in book 4 of my Twelve Kingdoms series, THE PAGES OF THE MIND.

There might be dragons. *grin*

Now... I rarely post teasers, especially of unedited work. But I've discovered - because a bunch of readers hammered the point home - that teasers are among their very favorite things to see from authors. Still, I considered excerpting a dragon scene from one of the Covenant of Thorns books. Dragons appear in all three of those, with a fairly large role in the third book.

But still...


SO hard to pick one that won't be a spoiler. But... here goes!

The people cheered wildly and, with an ear-splitting trumpet, the dragon flew into sight from beyond the volcano, circled, fixed on us and headed our way. Gliding on the hot air currents like a jeweled seabird, its wings outstretched an impossible length, the dragon plummeted without a sound, zooming straight for us. “Goddesses!”
Then Nakoa had me in his arms, better than an invocation of any goddess. He stood firm, even turning slightly to meet the dragon head-on. I wound my arms around his neck, missing the feel of the torque, but feeling much safer. It made no sense as that dragon could eat us both in one bite. At least Nakoa could run—that would be a logical reason for it.
Nothing to do with the fact that just the scent and feel of his skin worked to calm my instinctive terror.
Nakoa’s lips brushed my temple. “See to understand, mlai.”
I couldn’t have torn my eyes from the sight regardless. Like a fiery golden blade cleaving the sky, the dragon grew in size, lethal, fascinating, extraordinary. Ruby flames lit its eyes, taller than Nakoa—and real flames flickered in its gaping maw.
“See?” Nakoa murmured, his voice as full of awe as I felt. “Beautiful.”
It was.
A roar sounded in my bones as it approached, my heart pounding into synced rhythm with Nakoa’s. No, the roar came from the sound of air rushing over the great membraned wings. Amazingly Nakoa laughed and the dragon passed just over us, as if I could have reached out to touch it, and the turbulence of it tossed Nakoa’s lightning-threaded locks so they lashed against my cheeks. All of it welled up in my chest, a kind of terrified elation that burst out in my own laugh. All around us, the people—even Chief Tane—held their hands up to the sky, as if savoring the sensation of the passage of the majestic beast, singing out their song of awe and celebration.
 This week also saw the release of my newest erotic contemporary romance!

Recommended for fans of the 50 Shades trilogy.“… “Kennedy handles her subject matter with authority (if you can forgive the pun) and makes the premise and choices of her characters entirely believable, all while grabbing her readers by their hearts.
– LJ on Library Journal

Under Contract

The kinkier the sex, the higher the price tag…
Ryan Black has admired Celestina Sala from afar for years, her lush body and sensual nature calling to the dominant in him. For just as many years, Celestina was off-limits—married, proud and self-sufficient. But all that has changed, and now Celestina is in debt and in need…and available. Ryan proposes a contract: he’ll pay off her debt if she gives herself to him in bed, yielding control in exchange for the pain and pleasure he’ll bring them both.
There are words for women who take money for sex, and none of them are nice ones. Celestina never thought she’d have to sink this low, but giving up control sounds more enticing than ever before. And suddenly it’s not about having to give in to Ryan. It’s about wanting to.
But when Ryan’s dark past comes to light, they may both be in over their heads. The terms of his contract say her body is his…but her heart may be another story.
One thing is for sure—now that Ryan has Celestina, he can never let her go.

Available July 13, 2015


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