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Monday, September 09, 2013

Luck of the Dragon blitz: Interview with Susannah Scott + giveaway!

Susannah ScottToday I'm pleased to welcome Entangled Covet author, Susannah Scott, to the blog. I bought her book a little while ago because it sounded really fun and now we have her visiting the blog as part of a one-day blitz in support of her debut novel, LUCK OF THE DRAGON, which came out in June. Please join me in warmly welcoming Susannah to the blog, and make sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway at the end of the post. But make sure you read the interview, so that you can get the scoop on LUCK OF THE DRAGON and get to know Susannah a bit better!


Welcome to Team Tynga's Reviews, Susannah!
Thanks so much for helping me celebrate the release of my fun, Paranormal Romance, Luck of the Dragon!

To start, can you please tell us a bit about yourself and your book?
I am a happily married, mother of three small boys, with a non-writing second job, and a huge family! We live in the Southern Missouri Ozarks.

Luck of the Dragon is the first in my Las Vegas Dragon series. In it, Alec Gerald, my uber hot, Joe Manganiello-looking hero owns a high-end casino which provides a hidden-in-plain-sight sanctuary for his dragon-shifting people. Alec’s only problem is the sexy gem appraiser trying to steal from him just might be his mate. All's fair in love and when you’re playing with Lady Luck!

Please describe Lucy and Alec, the two protagonists in LUCK OF THE DRAGON, in one sentence each.
Meet Lucy: "She was a contradiction: A brainy Ph.D, whose curriculum vitae read like a woman who didn’t get out much, in a dress that proclaimed she never stayed home."

Meet Alec: "Gerald’s playful words, five o’clock shadow, and slightly long hair all seemed to suggest a man of desultory casualness...But her instincts told her this was wrong. Gerald was a serious man who only pretended to be lighthearted and casual.”

Dragons seems to be more and more popular in paranormal romance and urban fantasy these days. Why did you choose dragons and why do you think they appeal to readers so much?
I love dragons. I love that they can fly, and I love that they are over-the-top powerful! The added human-dragon shifter element is wonderful because their bestial nature is in constant conflict with their human reasoning. I loved getting to know Alec better by watching how he dealt with his competing impulses. I think this resonates with readers as well, the internal struggle to control themselves. But, mostly I think it is the flying, and fire, and power!

Vegas really does seem like the perfect place for your dragons to hide. How did you decide to set LUCK OF THE DRAGON there?
Vegas is sexy, and I love being there for about 3 days--after that I am worn out. But, if I had to define what makes it work for the dragons, it is the foil of the condensed opulence against the harsh dessert. 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.

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Did you have to do a lot of research for Lucy's career as a gemologist or is this an interest you share with your heroine?

Who doesn’t love gems! I did do quite a bit of research for Lucy, but it was Grade “A” fun!

Time to get personal! What is your...

...biggest vice? Impatience. *Le Sigh* I work on this every single day!

...favourite movie? We just saw the Life of Pi, I thought it was so well done and thought provoking. I have not read the book, which I understand was even more spectacular.

...funniest memory? One is from when we were kids and our border collie was snapping at the tail of our horse and got her teeth caught. The horse swung her around and around in circles, like a roller coaster ride, until she broke free and flew—FLEW—like 30 feet through the air. She quit harassing the horses after that!

...most dreaded activity? I’m not the greatest bathroom cleaner, and I have boys. Who can’t aim to save their life!

What was the most surprising aspect of your journey to publication?
How important author promotion is! Luckily, it turns out I really like interacting with readers and bloggers. :)

What are three things about you that might surprise your readers?
I live on a working farm. I went to a high-falutin prep school on a full scholarship. I can only write with swimmer’s ear plugs in my ears.

Can you give us a short excerpt from Luck of the Dragon with the set-up?
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.


Finally, on your website, you mention that the next book in the series will be STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND. Can you share a bit more about it? Please say it will be out soon!
Oh yes! I just turned Stop Dragon my Heart Around, to my editor. It is Leo and Tee’s story. A fun, friends to lovers tale with lots a sexy bantering. Tee is part of the Las Vegas Paiute tribe so there is a cool theme of “belonging” that runs through the story too. What is means to belong to the dragons, to a tribe, to each other?

Thank you so much for having me and giving me a chance to connect with your readers.


For more Susannah, you can visit her website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

You can also check out the other stops on her tour:

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Here's the scoop on LUCK OF THE DRAGON:

Luck of the Dragon by Susannah Scott (Las Vegas Dragons #1)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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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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3 People left their mark' :

  1. Good morning Jenn!
    Glad to be here. I'll be checking back through the day to answer any questions your readers might have!
    All my best,

  2. Thanks for visiting us, Susannah! Hope you're enjoying your blitz day. :)

  3. This sounds like a fantastic and fun book to read! And I hate cleaning the bathroom, as well! I have a little boy who, well, he can't aim, and he can't remember to lift the toilet seat. Ugh. Boys, right?!