Paranormal romance author Susannah Scott is my guest today. She’s doing a one day blitz tour to introduce her book, Luck of the Dragon, to new readers. She’s giving away a $25 Amazon gift card as part of her tour (giveaway links are below). Of course, we hope the winner uses it to buy books. :-D Welcome, Susannah!
Thank you so much Jill for having me on your site today! Your book, Fiery Edge of Steel, looks awesome! *just went to Amazon and bought it* I have to say, I am a fearful flyer, you go lady, flying around the countryside and ENJOYING it! My heroines are a lot braver than I am.
Many thanks, Susannah! That was really nice of you. As far as the flying goes, ya know, most of the time, it’s pretty tame. My kids and I have fallen asleep (like we do in the car) many times. Other times, I get to catch up on my reading. Which brings me to the good stuff! I’m really excited to have you here. Your cover caught my eye and the back cover copy sounded intriguing so I thought it would be fun to ask you about Luck of the Dragon… and more!
Jill: Dragon shape-shifter/casino owner Alec Gerald is the hero of LUCK OF THE DRAGON. Can you tell us more about him? How old is he? Has he always lived in Las Vegas?
Susannah: LUCK OF THE DRAGON 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. Alec is in his late twenties to early thirties. He has been in Vegas for a few years, buying up casinos, and flipping them. The Crown Jewel is his “crowning” achievement because it secretly harbors his people. When Lucy comes along, trying to steal from him, she throws all his careful plans into disarray.
Jill: Your heroine Luciana de Luca is an expert on gemstones. Does she have a favorite gemstone and if so, why?
Susannah: Lucy loves all gems. For her they represent portable wealth, something she values because of her impoverished childhood. Her brother’s gambling debts are the catalyst behind her trying to steal from Alec. Lucy was a joy to write, she is strong, and smart and sassy, but she is also conflicted because of her brother. Lucy and Alec’s conflicting goals, and powerful chemistry, create some great banter and a satisfying HEA.
Jill: What sort of research did you do before starting to write? I read on your website that this is the first of a “Las Vegas Dragons” series. Why did you choose Las Vegas as the setting for your stories?
Susannah: I did quite a bit of research on gemology and I went to Vegas baby! Two really fun activities that probably should not be considered “work.” Vegas is the perfect location for my dragons, because they can hide in plain sight. I also really like the imagery, the foil of the condensed opulence against the harsh desert. It gives the place a feel of being out-of-time, that reality is truly pushed away to the edge of the green-watered lawns, so that anything–even dragons–are possible.
Jill: I love that… “so that anything–even dragons–are possible.” I love your cover too. It’s very eye-catching. How much of a role did you play in cover design? Can you tell us about the cover process at Entangled?
Susannah: I love my cover too! I can’t take any credit for it, the artists at Entangled Publishing came up with the design. They hit it out of the park the first time.
Jill: Entangled’s Covet imprint publishes contemporary paranormal romances featuring alpha heroes. Can you tell us what factors influenced your decision to submit there and/or what it’s like to write for them?
Susannah: I love dragons and I love to write, but when first started writing I wasn’t very good, so I started taking a ton of classes. At the end of an intensive editing class with Liz Pelletier, (the grand Pooh-Bah of Entangled Publishing), she gently “passed” on acquiring my super-duper, epic, fantasy romance. I asked her what she would like in the dragon variety. She said, “something fun, and contemporary, and sexy.” Viola, Luck of the Dragon began to form in my head. I submitted the completed manuscript to her within a few months.
Jill: A few months? Go you! Can you give us a short excerpt from Luck of the Dragon with a brief set-up?
Susannah: Alec and Lucy have some really great arguments. This one in Alec’s office is one of my favorites:
Alec opened the door to face 130 pounds of fury.
“I am a respected professional and you are manhandling me and treating me like a criminal!” Luciana yelled at him.
Alec handed her the drink and sat in a deep-seated leather chair. The chair sighed with ease when he leaned back. He crossed his ankle at his knee and took a sip. “Luciana—”
“Oh, please, all my captors call me Lucy.” She glared at him. “You sound like a priest hearing confession when you call me Luciana.”
“Well, we can’t have that.” Alec chuckled and sipped his own drink, the taste of mellow corn mash and oak barrels tingling over his tongue. Alcohol did not affect dragons in the way it affected the feeble humans. He drank the bourbon purely because he liked the taste.
“Does this have something in it?” Luciana held the drink to the light.
“I wouldn’t harm you.” Alec took a second sip of his drink, and it fired down his throat to his belly in a pleasing trail.
Lucy set her drink on his desk, untouched. “I’m not the trusting sort.”
Alec gave her what he hoped was a charming look. “You can trust me. I can help you.”
“You’ve got to be kidding,” Lucy said in a voice used to stopping cabs.
“Fine, don’t trust me, but I need you to start your appraisal tomorrow,” Alec said in a voice used to calling stretch limos.
Lucy’s face flushed. Her collarbones rose and fell under her pale skin in elegant lines.
He wanted to kiss her, to see if the zing of electricity was a fluke, or if the fates had gone mad and paired him with a human mate.
She might bite him.
He might like it.
Jill: Great excerpt. Love those last two lines. Okay, last question. Your bio says you live in the Ozarks. I’ve never been, but it seems like a fascinating area. What’s your favorite thing about living there?
Susannah: My absolute favorite thing is to go to one of the many spring fed rivers we have in this area. We have three young boys, and my very best days have been spent in a chair beside the water, watching them catch critters, while my husband fishes and I enjoy a good book and margarita. By the way, we perfected our margarita recipe this summer: 2 parts Patron Tequila to 1 part mix, with half a fresh lime squeezed in each serving. Yum. Really strong and a little pricey, but so worth it!
Jill: That is a great picture! Looks like you two were having fun. Get ‘em out adventuring early, I say! I love margaritas too. Will have to try your recipe!
Susannah: Thank you again for having me and giving me a chance to connect with your readers!
More About Luck of the Dragon
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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More About Susannah
Susannah 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. Susannah loves to hear from her readers at the following social media locations:
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So how about you? Have you been to the Ozarks or Las Vegas? What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done with your kids? Yourself? Do you like books about dragons? Do you think Susannah’s cover is as eye-catching as I do? Thanks for a great interview, Susannah!