Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kerry Schafer on Love in a Time of Dragons & win WAKEWORLD

February 25, 2014 Giveaways, Guests 31

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.

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Love in a Time of Dragons

by

Kerry Schafer

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?”

What, indeed?

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.

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One copy of WAKEWORLD, physical or electronic

 WAKEWOLRD by Kerry Schafer

  

Available on January 28, 2014 by Ace Books

Description:

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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31 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kerry Schafer on Love in a Time of Dragons & win WAKEWORLD”

  1. Tammy Hall

    I have so many I guess I am to much in love with reading and my books to pick just one couple. If I topick just one I would have to say Calista and Ryder from Forever Fae by LP Dover.

  2. Linda Townsend

    Oh my! There’s so many! Let me go with Megan and Ash from the Iron Fey series. Fate was against them but they persevered… thanks for the giveaway!

  3. denise p

    I’m going to choose Rachel and Trent from The Hollows Books by Kim Harrison!

  4. Karin Anderson

    I can’t think of many right now, but the most recent one I read was The Trouble with Honor (Honor Cabot and George Easton).

  5. Sheila Ryals

    Chase and Sky from Lizzy Ford’s Charred Heart Series. Of course I have not gotten to read this one yet. So thank you for the giveaway and the chance!

  6. DeeAnn K

    My favorite star crossed couple would be Mercy and Adam in Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series. Wakeworld sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Dalene

    I have not read many of the series and authors that are new to me as of yet, but I just read a book the other day that I would have to say for new series, Alexia and Lucas.

  8. erinf1

    Someone already mentioned them but I’d also have to say Rachel and Trent 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Viki S.

    I have thought about this all day because I don’t have one that sticks out above the rest. How about Ender and Amy from Beth Revis’ series – they’ll do :).

  10. Stephanie F.

    I agree that the first that comes to mind is Rachel and Trent. Loved the first book of the series and have been eager to read this one.

  11. Kai W.

    Francesca Cahill and Rick Braggs in the Francesca Cahill series by Brenda Joyce. They were perfect except Rick Braggs is married. Francesca did ended up with his half-brother Calder Hart.

  12. Ida Stone

    There are too many to list 🙂 Yet another book for my to read list, thank you.

  13. A.Caldwell

    My favorite star crossed couple would be Mercy and Adam in Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. KimG

    My favorite star-crossed couple is Cleopatra & Marc Antony. Thanks for the contest!

  15. Kerry Schafer

    Wow – that’s quite a list! I don’t think I can pick favorites either. Thanks so much for the opportunity to hang out here for a bit!

  16. Linda Townsend

    I’d like to add to my previous post… that I’m also a sucker for dragon tales and for stories with happy endings… Thanks for the giveaway!