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 at the following social media locations:
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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.
Luck of the Dragon--Chapter 1--sample
Thank you so much for having my on your site today to celebrate the release of my Paranormal Romance, Luck of the Dragon!
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I love dragons and I love to write, but when first started writing I wasn’t very skilled, so I started taking a ton of classes. At the end of an intensive editing class with Liz Pelletier (Entangled Publishing), she gently “passed” on acquiring my then super-duper, epic, fantasy romance. I asked her what she would like in the dragon variety? She said, “something fun, and contemporary, and sexy.” Viola, Luck of the Dragon began to form in my head. I submitted the completed manuscript to her within a few months.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
I draft my stories really quickly, in about a month. I really love the unexpected things that happen to my characters when I keep pushing toward my plot points. When my draft is done, I let it sit and start making notes on my next project. Then I go back to my story and spend about three months fixing it before I turn it in to my publisher
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Getting to know my characters so well and giving them a satisfying Happily Ever After.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Writing the End! Seriously, no matter how many stories I have written, I always feel like I am trying to land a 727 without a pilot’s license. I usually just give myself permission to write a really bad ending and then spend extra time on it in revisions.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I have a bit of stage fright, so I would love to be a famous singer. Someone with some serious pipes, and not a lot of drama. Hum… How about Katy Perry. She has drama but she seems to have a good head on her shoulders.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Oh my gosh, *shudders*, let me go look. Wilted lettuce. I always have such good intentions!
Q) 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.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Stop Dragon My Heart Around will be out this spring. 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 again for having me on your blog, and giving me an opportunity to connect with your readers!
All my best,