A big welcome to Kerry Schafer who is here to telling us about Love in a Time of Dragons and celebrating the release of WAKEWORLD, Books of the Between, #2 (published on January 28, 2014 by Ace Books). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Love in a Time of Dragons
If the protagonist of WAKEWOLRD, Vivian, had time to update her relationship status on Facebook, she’d definitely have to put “It’s complicated.” Not that she has a lot of time for a relationship right now, what with an evil dragon queen running amok with an agenda of destruction on her mind. But if there ever were star crossed lovers, Vivian and Zee fit the bill.
Vivian is a healer by nature and training. Until a few weeks ago she was working as an ER doctor, doing her best to put the wounded and sick back together and make the world a better place. Then, not only does she find out that she’s a dreamshifter with dangerous enemies, she gets poisoned by a dragon which activates the dragon blood already running in her veins. Now, all of a sudden, she has this tendency to become a hot blooded predator who sees people as dinner, not patients. And since dragons have a silent connection that runs through unspoken word, she’s got a problem with killing them, even when they’re marauding Wakeworld and she knows they need to be slain.
Zee, on the other hand, was born and bred to be a dragon slayer. His hatred for dragons runs through thousands of years of history and is beyond rationality and very nearly beyond his control. He sees a dragon, he wants to kill it, with the same level of instinct a cat has about mice. At the same time, he has loved Vivian for years before he met her, knows it’s not her fault that she does the dragon shifting thing, and loves her anyway.
But damn. Dragons are for slaying.
So we end up with moments like this, destined to tear a relationship apart:
Zee stood over his kill with the gun still in his hand, his scarred face alight with victory.
Vivian watched him, wordless, fighting to draw breath. Silent tears ran down her cheeks.
He saw her trouble and the light went out of his eyes. Kneeling in the sand beside her, he reached out a hand to touch her face. She flinched away, and he let it fall back. “Vivian. It needed killing. You must see that.” A fresh burn on his cheek, etched there by a splash of dragon blood, emphasized his words.
Not his fault, she told herself. Brett had fired the first shot and made it necessary. The dragon had killed before and would have killed again. She knew that, but it did nothing to ease the pain at her heart.
“He didn’t know better, Zee. He was so young . . .” Young and beautiful and alive beyond imagining.
“Don’t cry, Viv. It was just a dragon.”
She laughed, short and bitter, as his words went home. “Blood of my blood,” she said.
Realization dawned in his eyes, too late. “No, you are not one of them, not really—”
“But I am. And you were made to hunt them. What are we to do about that?”
WAKEWORLD is not a romance, as such, and yet this conflict lies at the heart of the story. For all the action that swirls around our characters the question remains with them, causing both tragic mistakes and acts of great generosity. Will they win through the forces arrayed against them and come together in the end?
I can only tell you that I’m a sucker for a happy ending.
Kerry Schafer is licensed both as a Mental Health Professional and an RN, and spends most of her daylight hours helping people–usually even with a smile. In books, she gets to blow stuff up, preferably with something more interesting than a bomb. Dragons are good; exploding giant slime toads are even better. She has published two novels with Ace Books: BETWEEN, which was released in January 2013, and WAKEWORLD, slated to hit stores in January 2014. She is also the author of THE DREAM WARS novellas, available where electronic books are sold.
Kerry and her Viking live in Colville, Washington, in a little house surrounded by rocks, trees, and gangs of deer and wild turkeys.
One copy of WAKEWORLD, physical or electronic
WAKEWOLRD by Kerry Schafer
Available on January 28, 2014 by Ace Books
Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.
Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.
Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.
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