I’m always a fan of supporting friends who are publishing new books, so this week I’m happy to host Sabrina Garie as she promotes her Fires of Justice release. Take it away Sabrina:
I am so glad to be visiting Tonya whose thoughtfulness and intelligence shine in every word she writes. I hope I get close to her talent in my post today. (editor’s note: I only let friends talk about me this way… <G>) I’ve brought a friend with me, my pet dragon Charlie, short for Charonte. He usually hangs out on my bed, demonizing his stuffed brethren, but I thought I’d give the other stuffties a break. He’s with me to help me talk about a passion Tonya and I both share—dragons and dragon lore.
Why do I love dragons so much? Let me be bold. Dragons are real—at least in our hearts and minds. How can they not be? Ubiquitous across the time and geography of human cultures, they link magic and science, past and future, east and west. They show up at the birth of the world in African creation myths, symbolize entire nations like Wales and Bhutan, and herald the end of gods—Ragnorak—in Nordic mythology. When depicted in a circle with the tail in the mouth of the dragon, they signify infinity—the power and inevitability of rebirth and renewal. Cloaked in mystery, eastern lore reveres them as a source of wisdom and power while western myth paints them as evil, stingy, and reptilian. Friend or foe, dragon imagery marries destruction with purification. To embrace the power of the dragon is to welcome change and growth. And they usually fly. How cool is that?
That to me is the allure of dragons—they represent the perpetual change inherent in the cycle of life. Sexy and scary.
Given my passion for these scaly, mischievous devils, I had to use them somehow in my writing. My paranormal debut, Fires of Justice, takes a stab at dragons and dragon imagery in fun, new ways.
The hero, Cullen McMahan, is a fire shifter, which gives him the ability to change into creatures associated with the fire element—dragons, phoenixes, salamanders. During the story, we see him twice as a dragon, although it’s his turn as a phoenix that gets the real fireworks in the story started. In dragon form, he revives the earth, which has been diseased by black magic and heals a rogue wizard.
Cullen’s had it hard. His parents died young and he and his twin sister were physically and emotionally battered in a battle with witches. The guardian of balance, justice, and unity (all three are foundational elements of fire and dragon imagery), takes the twins, separates them, and indentures them as her soldiers. Cullen’s heart needs a new start, so he’ll have walk through the fire to get the reward. Good thing our heroine is a fire witch. Too bad she’s the daughter of the witches who ruined him. It’s why dragons, although cute, remain mysterious and usually frightening figures—rebirth and renewal are rarely easy or painless. But it’s worth it for the happy ending.
I’d love to hear from you. What’s your favorite dragon or dragon story? I’m giving away a free copy of my eBook (it is eBook only) to one commenter (remember to leave your email address).
Beholden by the sacred vows of her coven, fire witch Calista Reid agrees to temporarily mate with shifter Cullen McMahan to fulfill a mission assigned by the guardians. When tall, dark and damaged arrives on her doorstep, generating enough heat to scorch a fire witch, Calista finds herself drawn to his battle-hardened body and broken soul. His pain speaks to her own deep-rooted isolation and the intensity of his hunger slakes her passion like no other.
Cullen, scarred by a past that left him an indentured soldier to the guardians, resents yet another hump-on-command assignment…until he encounters the compassionate, fearless, incendiary redhead who detonates his body and reawakens the emotions sacrifice and loss had suppressed. But Cullen harbors a terrible secret—one that reaches back into Calista’s troubled childhood and threatens the foundation of their growing bond.
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About the Author:
Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine romance fiction has ever known and the hero who can take her. A believer that big, audacious goals spice up life, she relies on coffee, red wine, and laughter to make those goals (and her characters) come alive. When not at the computer, she wrangles vegetables and extra helpings of homework into her star-spangled, fashion-loving progeny, kowtows to a fat cat, and reads, a lot. Since it is more fun to travel in packs, come along for the ride. I’d love to chat.
I also blog at Darker Temptations (Paranormal and Science Fiction Romance Blog): http://darkertemptations.wordpress.com/