As some of you know, I’m back from a three-week trip to China. And as you also might know, China is the land of dragons. Dragon art. Dragon sculpture. Dragon stories. I loved it because I’ve recently gotten into these magnificent creatures.
I’ve got a story coming out in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE this month. When the editor contacted me and asked me to contribute to the anthology, I wondered which direction to take. I’ve written a couple of vampire stories, but a hero who drinks blood just doesn’t have the basic appeal for me as a hero who can shift into a sexy beast. So I thought–can I combine those two themes? And I came up with the idea of a hero who lives on blood–but also shifts into a fearsome dragon. (And, to continue a discussion that was started in one of the posts below, he also shifts into other shapes, because he really does have the ability to be anything he wants. As the heroine puts it, “He’s magic.”)
The story starts with Major Jonah Baker who wakes from a nightmare to confront two sets of memories. Was he on a diplomatic mission to Thailand? Or did he participate in a village massacre in Afghanistan? And why is he being held by military guards in an underground bunker that looks like it was set up as a nuclear fallout shelter?
When Sophia Rhodes sneaks into his room, he thinks she’s come to assassinate him. But Sophia may be the key to Jonah’s salvation. When she reminds him of his passionate past, his own memories surface. But is she in the bunker to help him? Or trip him up? And how did she get there in the first place?
As I said, Jonah’s not a shifter. But he’s the same type of sexy, edgy alpha male I love to write. And the story has as much intensity as any of my werewolf books.