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Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Dragon’s Heart (Dragon Lore Series #1) by Eden Ashe Tour: Interview & Giveaway

The Dragon’s Heart

Dragon Lore Series #1

Eden Ashe

Genre: urban fantasy romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc

Date of Publication: January 6, 2014

ISBN: 1493740148

Number of pages: 198
Word Count: 76000

Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

Book Description:

“We’re dragons. We don’t do the mushy friend thing.” - Daniel

The dragon-shifter king will do anything to keep his mate alive…even if it means war.

After millennia as king of the dragon-shifters, Daniel Ashborne wants a little peace and quiet, especially from the beautiful Hollywood starlet who haunts his memories. His escape tactics end abruptly when he is called to the ER to save the one woman he wants to forget, but who now bears his mark.

Shelby Kincade’s life and movie career were nearly destroyed when Daniel vanished a year ago. Now he’s back, claiming they have been accidentally mated. Getting over him once was hard enough, but she must choose either the life of her dreams or the man she can’t live without. With peace finally on the horizon between the dragon-shifters and the Hunters, an assassination attempt on the dragon king and his mate shatters everything. Tensions rebuild as Daniel and his loyal team of shifters try to discover who put out the hit. Enemy and ally lines are crossed, but in the end--after the battle ash has settled--no one could have foreseen who has plotted for their own gain.

CONTENT WARNING: Graphic fight scenes, lots of great sex, and hot, hot, hot dragon men. A Lyrical Press Urban Fantasy Romance


A furious Daniel towered over her.
Realizing she was in an ambulance, she scooted back on the stretcher, pulling the sheet tighter around herself. Something was very, very off. There was no pain or range of motion issue with her shoulder. There was just a blackness where the last hour should have been. Whatever was wrong with her, it ran core deep, and had everything to do with the man treating her as if she’d caused all the wrongs in his world.
She let out a pathetic snort. He had vanished on her, leaving her to face the last year alone. The media wasn’t forgiving at the best of times, and they’d had a field day--field year--with America’s Good Girl falling from grace. A dead body, and the disappearance of the man accused of the crime, was too good of a story for the media not to run around the clock for a month straight.
It didn’t make any sense why he hated her. For as much hell as he’d caused her in the last eleven months, professionally and personally, nothing had prepared her for the blast of emotions that rocked her at seeing him standing close to her again. She had no idea what to do with the realization she’d missed him. As soon as she figured out what the hell was going on, she needed deep psychological help.
“So.” She was careful to keep her left arm tucked against her stomach as she tried in vain to put more distance between them. It still didn’t hurt, but the thought of ripping the rapidly healing wound open made her queasy. She’d never been a big fan of blood. Her teeth tugged at her bottom lip as she tried not to worry about how much space he took up, even while sitting on the bench. He was huge. “You’re alive.” When he leaned forward, bringing them closer together, she tried to keep her face impassive. Her gaze dropped to the huge forearms he braced against tree trunk-sized thighs, before she snapped her attention back to his face. He was a lunatic who looked to be on the verge of major violence. She wasn’t so confused she didn’t understand the combination was a powder keg with a lit fuse. “I wasn’t sure. The police said you were gone before the ambulance ever got to the hospital.”
“Disappointed, princess?”
She almost snorted at him. She’d spent the last year hoping he was still alive, and trying not to let the uncertainty drive her out of her mind. “I didn’t get myself shot on purpose, you know. So whatever you’re mad at me about, it’s not my fault. I didn’t ask them to call you.”
“Right.” He dragged his gaze from the mark over her heart back to her face. Though she was sure she was imagining it, she could have sworn his eyes lingered on her mouth. “Just like the Hunter showing up in your bedroom was just a weird twist of fate?”
“A hunter?” She asked, certain she was missing a huge part of the conversation. “Daniel, my house was in the most exclusive part of Los Angeles. There isn’t anywhere to hunt.”
She remembered that word from their first date. He’d told her it was an ancient dragon curse because his sister didn’t like him using cuss words. Funny. She’d thought it was sweet at the time. Now she was sure it just made him bat-shit crazy.

About the Author:

Convinced dragons have gotten a bad rep throughout time, and more than a little addicted to fairy tales and romance novels, Eden Ashe has decided to re-write history. In her version, the dragons are ancient warriors in tarnished armor, who not only deserve the girl in the end, but will fight forever for her.


Please welcome Dragon Lore author, Eden Ashe, who has joined us today for an interview.

What is your favorite part of the story, The Dragon's Heart? 

Daniel and Shelby. It’s sappy, I know, but these two surprised me in so many ways. There was no end to their depth—from the love they felt for each other, to the battles each were willing to wage to protect the other. Every time I thought I had them figured out, they’d take their strength and courage to the next level.

How long did it take you to write The Dragon's Heart?

Two months. Give or take a few days. I write better when I shut off everything else, especially my internal editor, and just write for the joy of writing. However, as my editor would tell you, it took several rounds of editing to get the story just the way I wanted it. 

What inspired you to write your first book?

You’ll think I’m weird, but reading. The more romances I devoured, the more I noticed characters developing in my head. So one day, I just decided to throw some words at the screen and see what happened. 

What is your favorite book that you wrote? 

It’s called Here With Me, and it was the second book I ever wrote, and my first attempt at romantic suspense. All I had when I started writing was a short premise—a hit man, a librarian, and an evil book. It turned into something I absolutely loved, and I am actually planning on editing it to fit into the Dragon Lore series. 

 What books have most influenced your life?

Julie Garwood’s historicals. I am a little obsessed with her heroes, especially her Highlanders. And for so many reasons, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both series have impacted my life, as silly as it sounds, and will always have huge chunks of my heart.

 How do you overcome writer’s block?

I keep writing. That simple—and that hard. Usually when I’m stuck it’s because I’m trying to force what *I* want into the story instead of listening to the characters. That’s usually when I restart a chapter or scene. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I can’t share anything without giving too much away, but I’m working on book 2 of Dragon Lore series. Dallas The Destroyer is the hero this time, and after the events of The Dragon’s Heart, he has a lot of redeeming to do. But boy, does he redeem himself. 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love you all. Thank you for reading, and taking time out of your day to drop in. 


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