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4.28.2014

Blog Tour: Q & A with Stop Dragon my Heart Around author Susannah Scott [+ giveaway!]



Dear readers, There's something you may not know about me... I ♥♥♥ dragons. I don't talk about my parents a lot but one thing I share with my father is his love of the winged and scaled beasts known for their love of treasure and fiery breath. So today, in honor of Leo—my new favorite dragon—I'm wearing the dragon earrings my daddy gave me several years back. ☻

As part of this tour I was only supposed to pick one excerpt from a group. Do you know how hard that is with a book I loved this much? AUGH!!! Ultimately, I settled on the one I suggested at the Must Love Dragons Street Team headquarters because this story has lots of sexy and actiony scenes but this funny one also gives you a good look at Leo.

I am so excited to have Susannah here today as the first stop on her tour! We hit it off when LUCK OF THE DRAGON came out and I am loving getting to help you readers find her. Hope you enjoy the awesome Q & A we did and the excerpt I picked. Enjoy! -- Rhi


Hi Rhianna! 

Thank you so much for having me on. You've been with me from the beginning-I think you're the one who told my to get my a** in gear and get a Street Team! And your blog was one of the first ones I ever visited. I'm so honored to be returning. 

RR: There's a serious dearth of Native American heroes and heroines in romance today. With so many tribes and each tribe having differences in its culture what challenges did you come across in your research and in the process of giving Tee authenticity within the bounds of fiction?

SS: You are such a word impresser; I just had to look up dearth! I absolutely agree, there was a serious lack of information about any cultural or ceremonial activities in the Native American community. Part of that is their ceremonies are sacred and they don't want them getting "hijacked." 

I was so lucky to find a Native American editor who was willing to do a factual pass for me. I got so many things wrong, I am immensely grateful to her for straightening me out. For example, did you know that tribal names like, Eagles Feathers, are private and only used among families and close friends? It was really important to me to be accurate and culturally sensitive, especially since there is such a lack of modern Native American characters. 

RR: As those who've read my review will note, I LOVE Tee! She's such a well-rounded character and she resonated with me on a personal level because of our many similarities. (Tall girls unite!) One of the things I loved that just didn't fit into my review is that she has strong female friendships. It seems common in current pop culture that if there are three single women together in a storyline they're in competition for something, oft times the hero. The only conflict the women of SDmHA have is that Jane and Mei are dragons and have kept that a secret. Beyond the obvious-that Jane and Mei will get their own heroes-why was it important to you to establish these women as good friends?

SS: Oh what a great question! I have been blessed with great girlfriends in my life and I just can't imagine doing something as important as falling in love, or thinking about having sex with a hot dude for the first time, without riffing about it with my girls! 

Plus, Jane and Mei and Tee together do such a great job of showing the reader who they are. I love the scene where they are eating lunch, and Mei is having raw sushi, Jane a proper chicken salad, and Tee fried chicken and mash potatoes. Friends really bring out the truth of who we are in life, and in fiction. 

RR: Speaking of Jane and Mei... are you ready to do the big reveal on who the next book will be about?

SS: YES! I had Jane and Nico's story totally drafted and ready to submit to my editor... BUT, my amazing Street Team talked me into doing Mei and Darius first! You heard it here first-Mei and Darius will be next-probably out around Thanksgiving. I'm tentatively calling it Dragon Her Back, but that could change. 


RR: Fans of Thor/Chris Hemsworth are sure to find Leo as ridiculously sexy as I did, in fact there are a couple of hilarious scenes where secondary characters comment on his resemblance to the Aussie. Is there any chance Leo has a brother in Australia that bears a resemblance to Loki/Tom Hiddleston... and can I volunteer to be his heroine? 

SS: Ha! I don't think so. He was the last in his line... so no mischievous Tom waiting in the wings for you ☺

Awww rats! Time to find another author's arm to twist into making this happen... ;) 

RR: I've been with you since before you officially had a Street Team— 

[SS sending you *hugs*]

—and our group has a lot of fun together. One of our favorite things to do is find neat dragon themed items to ogle. Got any cool new dragony goodies? 

SS: OMG I have to show you this one! Only $60,000! http://bit.ly/1rBVi8u

*jaw drop* 

RR: One of the perks of writing about Las Vegas dragons is that any time you visit you get to visit spas, restaurants, and shows all in the name of 'research'. How much of your research has made it into the series so far? 

SS: All of it! 

RR: If readers were planning a trip to Las Vegas what locations would you send them to so they could have a proper Crown Jewel experience?

SS: We spent a lot of time at the Wynn and Encore this last time we were there. LOVE it. Love all the intricate tile work and attention to detail. They have dragons everywhere, too ☺

Definitely, you would have to eat at some of their amazing restaurants and play craps there. We also saw the show Absinthe, which was so raunchy and so funny and so amazing. Lastly, we found this Ethiopian dive restaurant, right off the strip. Super spicy and so yummy. 

RR: With two books now published have you begun to work on any other projects? Are there other genres you'd like to try your hand at?

SS: Yes ☺ I've got at least 3 more contemp dragon stories I'd like to do. I have 2 longer medieval romances with sages and dragons. I've got this great old fashioned pen pal now who is an honest-to-goodness witch. Every time we chat my muse starts rumbling, witches are so cool and interesting! 


Thank you so much for having me on! *Hugs*

Susannah 
 
Teaser:

When the bridal suite door opened, Tee looked over her shoulder to frown at the bridegroom for peeking, but saw Leo instead. Her heart slammed and nerves crawled up her back, but she managed a welcoming smile. 
Leo strolled into the room, tucking his hands in the pants pockets of his navy blue suit. The collar of his white shirt showed tanned skin at his neck. He looked like a GQ model arrived for a photo shoot. God, he was so gorgeous. His eyes walked up her boots, took in her bare, exposed legs, then skimmed over her hamstrings and stopped on her rear. The short hemline of the dress burned the back of her legs under his gaze. 
 “Hey there, Thor.” Angie, bride number one, winked and cocked her pink-satin swathed hip at him. “Come to catch the bouquet?”

When Tee, Vegas’s favorite casino hostess, doubles-down with Lady Luck on a hot hook-up with her sexy boss, Leo, she’s in for the long shot of her life, Leo is a shape-shifting dragon who needs a proper dragon mate to save his waning dragon form. But when Tee’s life is threatened, Leo’s protective instincts kick in. Can he give up his dragon form for the woman he loves—or has Tee finally had enough of having her heart dragged around?


Stop Dragon My Heart Around buy-links:



Susannah Scott’s Bio:

Susannah Scott writes dragon-filled Paranormal Romance and lives with her family in Southern Missouri. She loves connecting with readers through Social Media—and almost always replies!





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8 comments:

Kim said...

Okay, I will admit....I don't think I'm a fan of dragons. But I also said that about demons, before I read a book about a demon slayer (you can't have one with the other). But I'm FINALLY ready to give dragons a try. I'm one clicking this book now and then going to get the first book in the series.

Susannah Scott said...

Yay! Hope you enjoy it @Kim , xo S

Larissa said...

Aw! I love this interview! Great job ladies! Susannah, have you been to Zumanity?

(((hugs))) LOVE THIS BOOK!

Rhianna of RhiReading said...

One of the scariest things for me is building a friendship with an author and then having to read one of their books... What if I hate it? Will she have her feelings hurt? But what if I love it and everyone thinks I gave it a stellar review because we've become friends? lol

Well... I'm going to go out on a limb and bet I'm not the only reader who is going to rave about this one. ;)

Thanks for commenting Kim & Larissa! ♥

aphillips5 said...

Great job this interview was great! Love this series and love how your helping spread the word!

Rhianna of RhiReading said...

Aww thanks aphillips5! It's not hard to promote something when you adore it. ☻

divavixenqueen said...

nice interview. Looks like a very good read. Hope you get a lot of success with it.

Susannah Scott said...

@divavixenqueen thank you so much for commenting on Rhi Readiing! You won a free copy of SDmHA. Rhi or DVQ send me your email addy to Susannah(at)susannahscottbooks(dot)com and I'll zip it a kindle copy to you! S

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