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Annual Holiday Smorgasbord of Dragon Love!

Like the red dragon Gavra, the kitties and I are givers! And now is the time for giving. Did you miss out on other giveaways all year? Well hopefully I can make up for that this month. You can enter EVERY DAY for a chance to win one of the many prizes I’m giving away this month.

Prizes awarded every Sunday in December! Books, gift cards, and on Christmas Day, one winner gets a Kindle Fire! The full prize list for the month is below. To enter, simply share your responses on the widget to the right. Remember to return and enter each day for more chances to win!

December 3rd – Two Winners

  • Winner One: One signed book (winner’s choice)
  • Winner Two: One $5 Gift card
  • Both winners get to gift an ebook of Sleeping Dragons or Stonetree Trilogy to a friend

December 10th – Two Winners

  • Winner One: One signed book + Dragon Sex calendar
  • Winner Two: One $10 Gift card
  • Both winners get to gift an ebook of Sleeping Dragons or Stonetree Trilogy to a friend

December 17th – Two Winners

    • Winner One: Two signed books + Dragon Sex calendar
    • Winner Two: One $15 Gift card
    • Both winners get to gift an ebook of Sleeping Dragons or Stonetree Trilogy to a friend

December 24th – Six Winners

  • Winner One: Grand Prize (Kindle + signed books + calendar + swag+ + gift card)
  • Winners Two-Six: Ebook of choice
  • Each winner gets to gift an ebook of Sleeping Dragons or Stonetree Trilogy to a friend

December 31st – Two Winners

  • Each winner receives a $15 gift card & free ebook of choice plus free ebook copy of SD or ST for a friend
  • One or both winners *may* receive a bonus calendar if available

This is a giveaway that is exclusively offered to members of my mailing list or the Beasties Facebook group. As always, remember to keep an eye on your e-mails and on social media for updates. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, because that’s where I will post in between newsletters.

Freebies and Discounts

Dragon Blues is FREE! Or it will be sometime the first week of December. I am permanently lowering the price of this book, so if you’ve been holding out on starting the Immortal Dragons series, you have no excuse now!

Also, for the first two weeks of December, Dragon Rebel will be discounted to $0.99.

Dragon Guardian is available for preorder! Pick it up ahead of launch and it will be delivered to you on release day

2017 Appearances

I admit I’m not exactly a social butterfly so it’s tricky to find me in the wild, but this year I will be appearing at TWO conferences on opposite coasts where I will be signing books along with a bunch of other amazing romance authors.

RWA National Conference Literacy Signing, Orlando, Florida

The first appearance will be in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort for the #RWA17 Readers for Life autographing on July 29, 2017 from 3-5 p.m.  All proceeds for this event will be donated to local and national literacy organizations. This event is free to the public.

Ind’Scribe Author Reader Conference, Burbank, California

The second is in my own neck of the woods. On October 12-15 I will be at the Ind’Scribe conference in Burbank, California. This is a paid event where you get much more time with your favorite authors. The big signing happens on Saturday afternoon, October 14th.

“Hot Wings” Excerpt

Pomona lifted the tray. Passing through the door felt like walking by an open flame. Maybe it was all in her head, but the man radiated pure heat. Her head buzzed from the proximity to his body, her upper arm nearly brushing against the bulging bulk of his chest and the snug, knit shirt he wore. He even smelled hot—like spices that would burn so deliciously if they landed on her tongue. God, the recipes she would craft if she could bottle that scent for flavoring.

She swallowed, struggling to banish the sudden image she had of the sweat-covered tower of muscle she’d seen in the gym earlier lying on a bed and allowing her to lick him all over.

Get it together, Pomona. He’s your boss.

She gripped the tray tighter and paused once she passed him, waiting for him to lead the way …

… and nearly whimpered at the way his ass flexed in his trousers as he walked.

She hadn’t counted on landing a job with a pair of celebrities so gorgeous and athletic. It wasn’t even about their celebrity status here, either … not to her. On Earth, she’d wondered if she’d wind up too star-struck by her client to do her job well, should she ever succeed in getting hired for her dream job. But it wasn’t something that ever really worried her. She was a professional, after all.

But there was something about this man … both men … that just sent her mind spinning whenever she was in the same room with them.

She was here to do a job, she kept reminding herself. Part of that job was to make sure both these perfect male specimens were well cared for. Did that make her a sort of dragon-keeper, in a sense? Huh … maybe when her six months were up, she could write a cookbook: The Care and Feeding of Nova Aurora Arena Champions.

Hah. That was ridiculous.

“Did you say something?” Ignazio asked, pausing halfway up a staircase to look back at her.

Pomona stopped with one foot on the next step and stared at him. Fuck, she’d laughed out loud, hadn’t she?

“Um, no … I was just … you know, making up new recipes in my head.”

Ignazio chuckled and started climbing again. “You make up many recipes designed for humor? I’d like to taste one. What goes in it?”

“Oh, the usual …” A teaspoon of whatever that delicious scent of yours is. “That’s nice cologne you’re wearing, by the way. Is it the essence of some plant that grows on this planet?”

“I don’t wear cologne. It confuses Bryer’s animal when we train. We need to be able to scent each other in the arena.”

She paused on the steps, baffled by his response. Men were not supposed to smell that good. He kept walking.

“So, that’s all you, then, huh?” she murmured to herself when she thought he was out of earshot. Moving faster to catch up, she reached the landing where Ignazio was standing, grinning at her.

“You like my scent?”

“Um … sure! Of course! What’s not to like?” she stammered.

“Yours is nice, too,” he said. He leaned down then, his broad shoulders and chest filling her vision as he dipped his head to her neck and inhaled deeply.

Pomona stood frozen in place, her heart racing. Her awareness filled completely with him —that spicy scent; the black waves of his hair that from this close looked shot through with radiant copper strands; the searing heat that didn’t cease and made her hope her shower had an “ice” setting on it. And god, the slightest brush of his nose against her throat that instantly made her panties wet.

“Good enough to eat,” he rumbled as he leaned back again. For a guy who’d just eaten enough food to feed ten men on Earth, he’d taken on a distinctly hungry look.

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