A big welcome to Isabel Cooper who is here to telling us about Five Things Reggie Discovered with Her Powers (That Aren’t in the Book) and celebrating the release of The Highland Dragon’s Lady, The Highland Dragons #2 (published on December 2, 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca).
Five Things Reggie Discovered with Her Powers (That Aren’t in the Book)
5. At fourteen, she’s sneaking out of school bounds with her best friend when Alice grabs her hand in a fit of nervousness. All at once Reggie knows that Alice’s brother got kicked out of the Guards, and why, and most details of the row he and his father had. Insubordination isn’t a word Reggie’s come across before. She looks it up when they get back, and thinks about the meaning for a long time. When Miss Smith catches them climbing back through the hedge, Reggie tells Alice to leg it while she takes the blame.
Her palm stops smarting after a day or so. Her mother still refers to the incident three years later. Reggie doesn’t have a moment of regret.
4. At nineteen, she spills tea over her hand and whips off her glove to get away from the hot water. The tea room waitress, all apologies and cringing, comes over with a napkin and their hands brush against each other. Reggie sees a room lit only by candles, and a circle of robed women chanting. She smells myrrh. Afterwards, she thinks maybe it was just another secret society, albeit a more democratic one than usual. She’s never sure what she saw at the very end—whether or not the center of the circle started to shine.
3. At twenty-two, she’s good at keeping her mind separate from others’, but certain situations can still surprise her into awareness. Kissing isn’t usually one of them, but Nigel’s mind is more open than most. She’s barely registered that before she finds out why: opium is fairly potent, even secondhand. She can understand the appeal—far too well.
Once Reggie can see straight again, she writes an anonymous letter to Nigel’s relations, suggesting that some time in the country might do him good. She doesn’t meet him again, but she hopes that things turned out for the best, whatever that might mean.
2. At twenty-six, with Jane ill, a strange maid puts up her hair for a party. The woman normally works for a poet and his sister. She reads better than either of them thinks; she knows how much, or how little, of the poet’s work is actually his own. When she brushes Reggie’s neck while pinning up an errant curl, Reggie knows too.
Human nature is what it is, she thinks that night, whichever society it’s in. Diogenes might as well put his lamp down and save himself the effort.
1. At twenty-eight, in Scotland, she lifts her young niece into her arms and makes the appropriate cooing noises, not to mention giving the appropriate compliments to her sister-in-law. The baby, whose amber-gold eyes are so far the only hint of the dragon blood in her veins, gurgles and grabs at the fascinating new face near hers, getting a surprisingly strong grip on Reggie’s chin.
Reggie feels warmth, and curiosity, and most of all happiness—which doesn’t end with the touch.
Isabel Cooper lives in Boston with her boyfriend and a houseplant she’s kept alive for over a year now. She maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing. She only travels through time the normal way and has never fought a demon, but she can waltz. For more visit isabelcooper.wordpress.com.
The Highland Dragon’s Lady by Isabel Cooper
Available on December 2, 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
He’s Out of the Highlands and on the Prowl…
Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She’s also aware her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn’t count on that friend being so handsome…and she certainly didn’t expect him to be a dragon.
Younger son of a family of shapeshifting dragons, Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has lived a life free of both family duty and mortal cares. Moving in and out of human society as he wishes, he takes very little seriously—until Regina drops onto his balcony one midnight, catching his attention and his interest. She’s like no mortal he’s ever met, and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to get her out of his head.
Bound by circumstance, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit—and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.
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