Thank you to RhiReading for helping me to celebrate the release of my fun, paranormal romance, LUCK OF THE DRAGON.
I have been detailing my Ozark adventure to buy a metal dragon sculpture from a reclusive “artist” named Bob…
After My husband and I passed muster, Bob called off the Dobermans and Pit bull and took them with him inside, presumably to get a refill of his “coffee.” Before he left, Bob encouraged us to walk around and look at his art, which he assured us was featured in a prestigious sculpture galleries, and went for no less than $20,000 a piece—and that was for the little stuff.
My heart sank at this information. The $500 in cash I had in my back pocket, once a nice feeling fat-wad, seemed to shrink. $20,000? I looked around the yard at the non-dragon sculptures, still finding them crude and profane. You couldn’t pay me to take one, let alone buy one.
But, the dragon sculptures—they were of a different breed.
I got out of the truck and walked up the incline to the tree were the three dragons were chained. I put my feet down carefully on the uneven ground, as though the sculptures were thoroughbreds, who might toss their heads and bolt at any moment.
Up close, the dragons were no less riveting. Their faces had life-like expressions, with flared nostrils and rounded eyes. Their wide spread wings, curved necks, and gnawing mouths conveyed all the ferocity and grace my delighted muse could imagine. I laid my hand on the nearest ones neck, feeling cool, smooth, metal seams under my hand. Exquisite.
I wanted one, or two, or all three…
A discordant, angry, out-of-time sensation filled me. These magnificent creatures belonged in a back woods yard—chained to an Oak Tree—as much as a Rodin belonged in the middle of a dessert.
Possession. Envy. Desire. I was feeling all three of these things when I looked at the dragons. The villain in my upcoming release LUCK OF THE DRAGON has these traits as well. Gino wants all that Alec has, and is willing to use Lucy’s love of her wayward twin brother to get her cooperation in stealing from Alec’s casino.
Gino turned toward Lucy. “I hear your brother here making noises, but I hear nothing from you. I think you still need some convincing.”
She was trapped against the table, trapped in this deal with Gino. Cold sweat broke out on her brow, and she saw her reflection in the metal napkin holder, pale, drawn, shaky. Her confidence drained away with the blood in her face.
“Joey and I are amateurs. You don’t want us in on this.” Her voice sounded weak to her ears.
“Lucy!” Joey kicked her under the table.
Lucy winced and moved her legs away from him. “We’ll only mess things up.” She tried to give Gino her most beseeching look.
The waitress returned with three full glasses of milk and set them on the table.
“True.” Gino took a gulp of his milk. In the red candlelight, his teeth looked fluorescent white. “But nobody gets alone with Alec Gerald, his men are always hovering around, and in you waltz, testa rossa bellissima…I say you’re gonna get this done for me.”
Was there a time when you wanted something but the “price” was too great? Here is my latest wish: I want an Anatolian Sheppard dog… But they are BIG and we already have two wonderful dogs. Still, they are so cool. Someday. When we get a bigger yard!
Do tell me yours!
All my best,
P.S. You can check my website (www.susannahscottbooks.com), for the next stop on my blog tour, wherein I will continue my tale, and give out more excerpts from my upcoming release, LUCK OF THE DRAGON. You can also follow me on Goodreads and Facebook as Susannah Scott, or on Twitter @Susannah_Scott.
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.
SUSANNAH SCOTT 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. Please visit her website at www.susannahscottbooks.com or follow her as Susannah Scott on Facebook and @Susannah_Scott on Twitter.