A big welcome to Susannah Scott who is here to telling us BFFs and celebrating the release of LUCK OF THE DRAGON, The Las Vegas Dragons, Book 1 (published on June 24, 2013 by Entangled Publishing). Want to win a $25 Amazon gift card? Enter via the widget below.
One is Silver and the other Gold… BFFs
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I am celebrating the release of my fun, paranormal romance, Luck of the Dragon. LotD is the first book in the Las Vegas Dragons series. Alec, my uber hot, Joe Manganiello-looking hero owns a ritzy Las Vegas casino, which provides a hidden-in-plain-sight sanctuary for his dragon-shifting people. His only problem is that Lucy, the sexy gem appraiser trying to steal from him, just might be his mate. Hot shenanigans ensue!
Did you know it was Best Friend’s Day in June? Since I missed it, and since I just returned from my annual kick-a$$ weekend with my five best-ies from high school, I thought I would talk a little about friends, particularly long-term friends.
You learn a lot about a person in twenty years. You learn what they love. What they hate. You know their blind spots and they know yours. My girlfriends and I come from all economic backgrounds, we are ethnically diverse, and we’ve settled in both metropolises and the hinterlands. Some of us are stylish, some of us not-so-much (ME). Some of us are politically conservative, and some us would happily march for the right liberal cause. On the surface, our conflicting bumper stickers and Louis Vuitton vs Target purses might make you think we only had our XX chromosomes in common. But, that would be so wrong.
Our annual get-together agenda differs very little from year to year. We drink a TON of wine and savor a few forbidden nicotine delivery sticks. We get a pedicure, and then we talk. We do lots and lots of talking.
Here is a smattering of our topics this year: sex (this always makes the list), husbands and kids, some documentary called The Race to Nowhere, Sheryl Sandberg’s book, jobs and colleagues, the airport celebrity mags, whether Jen Aniston is pregnant or not (this always makes the list too), some kid’s amazing bar mitzvah, Sisterland, Shazam, Geo Cache, and bidets. The discussion points vary from year to year, but I always return to my regular life feeling grateful and re-calibrated.
We have not always been so close. We drifted apart during the college and courtship years, only to reconnect at my wedding in 1997. Then we lost Laura. She was nine months pregnant and had a sudden brain aneurism. Her baby boy lived, but she did not. We were young mothers. Tired. Stressed. Strapped down by jobs, diapers, nap schedules, and laundry. But, after Laura died, we set up a weekend for an annual retreat, and we stuck to it.
Not long ago, we all attended my last-girlfriend-to-get-married’s wedding. We had long hoped for this paragon-of-partner virtue, who finally managed to corral Gretchen to the alter. The two of them were radiant at the front of the Catholic Church, while sunbeams lit aged stain glass windows, and a Gregorian choir sang. My girlfriends and I sat on the edge of our pew, in our pretty clothes, wiping away our snot with Kleenexes.
I turned over the wedding program and saw that Gretchen had listed us as her honorary bridesmaids:
Susannah Andrews Scott
Avani Gupta Ganesh… she had even included Laura.
My heart flopped in my chest and I squeezed my lips shut around tearful sounds. The years fluttered at my ears, and in that moment, it was more than just our names listed in a row. It was the culmination of the women that we had become, individually, and one for another. All of us lined-up on paper, just as we were in the pew, hip to hip, and heart to heart.
SUSANNAH SCOTT lives in the Missouri Ozarks and is the lone female in a very loud household of males ranging in age from 4 to 40. While she jokes that the extreme levels of testosterone inspired her to write romance, it is really the love of creating an excellent story, and the occasional dreams of twenty-foot dragons, that wake her and send her to the laptop before the chaos of daily life ensues.
LUCK OF THE DRAGON by Susannah Scott
Available on June 24, 2013 by Entangled Publishing
Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology—and a problem. Her twin brother’s gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family’s grifter past, to save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts into Alec’s Gerald’s casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways to the test again.
Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to rob his gem exhibit turns out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form forever. With enemies in every corner, and the all-important mating ceremony looming, Alec and Lucy must learn to trust each other, before time runs out for Alec and the rest of the dragons.
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