Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dragon Wife Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Dragon Wife book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $10 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Romance

The clan is waking. After centuries of spellbound sleep, dragon-shifters are returning to the mountains. They are few in number, and the outside world has become overrun with humans.

Huroth, the dragon chieftain, recognizes a need for his kind to adapt, by forming alliances and mate-bonds with humans, but his clan is divided. From the first time she meets him, Lady Orwenna is drawn to the magnificent chieftain. The mind link he forms with her is both fascinating and frightening, as is the powerful attraction she feels for him. If only she knew what was in his heart.

Does he want her for the woman she is, or for her magical abilities? When war breaks out between kingdoms and ancient enemies of the dragons resurface, the clan will be tested. In the midst of uncertainty, can Huroth and Orwenna find their way together?



My Rating: 4 Roses

Dragon Wife was a lovely fantasy romance. I thought it was a great read and I liked it.

I liked both characters. Orwenna and smart and strong, unwilling to let anyone dictate her life. My only issue with her was that she seemed determined to assume the worst about Huroth. But, she was fine otherwise.

Huroth was protective over those within his care and determined to do what was best for his clan. He was sweet and I liked him.

The romance was great. Orwenna and Huroth were great together.

The plot was slow to start but picked up along the way, so I was able to stay interested. I liked the story and I thought the ending was lovely. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

The gathering grew quiet as sounds of boot heels on stone echoed from the entryway. A man strode in alone, though to call him a man seemed less than sufficient. There was such raw power about him, such majesty in his bearing. No one could mistake his identity. This was the black dragon, shifted to man-like form, just as legend described. Orwenna felt the hairs stand up on the back of her neck.

“I am Huroth, son of Huren,” he announced, his voice rich and deep. He faced the king, down the long silent hall. “I am chieftain of the dragons who dwell in the Drake’s Teeth Mountains. We offer an alliance to the kingdom of Rhelaun. How do you answer?”

“You are most welcome, honored guest.” The King bowed as he spoke then beckoned the chieftain. “Please, come and talk with me, so we can decide how this alliance should be arranged.”

As Huroth advanced towards the throne, he made an impressive picture. He was tall and broad shouldered, wearing dark leather armor and a heavy fur-lined cloak. His hair tumbled in a thick black mane, his eyes the pale blue of glacier ice. They swept over the courtiers, coolly assessing.

When those eyes came to rest on Orwenna, she felt time slow. Everyone else, all her surroundings, faded to nothing.

And who might you be?

She heard the words in her head, as surely as if he’d spoken aloud. Without consciously choosing, she responded in kind.

Orwenna.

His eyes widened in surprise, and he paused mid-step. Apparently, he had not expected her to hear his musing nor be able to answer.

There is an aura of magic about you. He sent the thought, his gaze on her as sharp as a hawk’s.

That’s from my mother. She didn’t know how she spoke directly into his mind. It made her a little dizzy, like too much wine.

Who is your mother?

Sister to the king and the mage, Vardis.

I see.

He considered a moment, before nodding respectfully to her and continuing down the hall.

Those nearby gave Orwenna odd looks, and she realized how strange her encounter with Huroth must have seemed. To everyone else, they would have appeared to be simply standing, watching one another without speaking.

How long had it been...one minute...five? She couldn’t guess. All she knew was that it changed her. Reality had shifted and would never be quite the same again. Dragons lived, breathed, and walked upon the land like lords of men. She had spoken mind to mind with one, his fierce eyes locked on hers. It was not an experience she would soon forget.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a $10 gift card.
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About the Author:
Diana  Green
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.

Diana’s books are mostly paranormal romance, in the fantasy and science fiction sub-genres. She has been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest. At present, she lives in beautiful Washington State, where she writes for the Wild Rose Press.
Visit her website.

19 comments:

  1. i love the excerpt the book sounds really good this will be my fiest dragon series book denise smith

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  2. Goddess Fish PromosMarch 10, 2015 at 5:40 AM

    Thanks for hosting!

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  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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  4. Not a genre I usually read, but I did enjoy reading your review and the excerpt.

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  5. HI Everyone! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, and a big thank you to Farrah for the lovely review. I always appreciate feedback from readers.

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  6. I to admit having a particular fondness for dragons (surprise, surprise) so I hope you discover you have one too! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

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  7. Where did you come up with the name Orwenna?

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  8. Orwenna was one of those names that just popped into my head, as soon as I conceived of the character. The same happened with Huroth. It's as if I just knew that's what each of those characters needed to be called. Often it's more challenging coming up with the right name, but I lucked out with Dragon Wife.

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I enjoyed the excerpt; I wonder what inspired the story. :)

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  10. Thank you for responding.

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  11. The inspiration for this story came directly from a very vivid dream. When I woke, in the morning, I had the setting, characters and feel of the story all clearly in mind. I love it when things come that easily!

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  12. Nikolina VukelićMarch 12, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Enjoyed reading your review, thank you!

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  13. Do you know Lucy Lawless personally? New Zealand isn't but so big. Lol. I loved her in Xena.

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  14. Oh, and I love that accent!

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  15. Very interesting premise and excerpt! Thanks!

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  16. Sorry to say, I don't know the fabulous Lucy Lawless, though I am a fan.

    I agree, the accent is great. I used to have it pretty thick, but I've lived long enough in the States that it's worn off.

    I'm definitely still inspired by the New Zealand landscapes. It's such a beautiful place.

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  17. Thanks for the great comments everyone! I appreciate your interest.

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  18. sounds like a fun one!

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