Monday, October 7, 2013

Daughter of the Dragon Princess by Nina Croft‏


Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

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Found abandoned as a baby and brought up in a children’s home, Lily Palmer has no clue that she is the last of the Dragon Princesses and destined to be mated to a king. But when she wakes up one night to find her apartment invaded by a stunningly gorgeous, but totally deluded madman, she can no longer ignore the dreams which have haunted her life.

Exiled on Earth, and trapped in human form, the dragons have waited two thousand years for the only person who can open the portal between their world and this one. Now they have found her and Malachite Smith has one job—to deliver Lily to his King. According to dragon law, only the King and the Dragon Princess together can open the portal and take them home.

But neither Mal nor Lily are prepared for the overwhelming attraction which flares between them. Or for his reluctance to hand her over to a king he despises. Can they stand as one and challenge the old ways, even if it means destroying his people forever?

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
I’d just finished writing a paranormal romance based around vampires and werewolves and wanted to attempt something a little different. I’d been reading a lot of fantasy at the time (The Black Jewels Trilogy springs to mind) and while I wanted to stick with paranormal romance as a genre, I also wanted to add a touch of fantasy. Dragons seemed the obvious choice for a fantasy creature and I made them shape shifters for a more paranormal feel.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I wrote it during nanowrimo, which is National Novel Writing Month, where a whole load of writers get together in November each year, sit down, and try and write a book in a month. I succeeded, but it needed a whole lot more work after that.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Making up stories!

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Deciding which stories to write next. Or rather, putting aside all the stories I don’t choose to write next.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Doctor Who. So maybe he isn’t real, but we’re talking fantasies here. I grew up wanting to be Doctor Who, or if not the actual Doctor, then at least his assistant. He can go anywhere, anytime…

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
According to my husband, it’s not beer, as that never stays in there long. Let me go look…

Turns out to be garlic in a jar—not sure where it came from, but it’s a year old (and now it’s in the bin!)

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have a paranormal romance coming out later this month—vampires this time. It’s called Bittersweet Magic and it’s book 2 in my Order series. Then the following month, Death Defying, Book 3 in my Sci-fi/paranormal series, Blood Hunter, releases.


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