I’m happy to be here with Katalyn Sage to tell you about my recent release A Dragon’s Heart, A Demon’s Blood. In previous posts, I’ve talked about all manner of things, from the different worlds the characters visit to the music that inspired the novel, to participating in the Evernight Book Boyfriend Blog Hop with Adrian running as the perfect guy. Today, I’m going to talk a little about Victoria, the heroine of the story.
Orphaned at a young age, Victoria has lived with the feeling of being watched ever since she can remember. She learned to ignore the uneasy sensation, to push it aside and pretend it didn’t exist, but it was a constant companion. Though she never admitted it, sometimes she’d look into the darkness and see them: glowing eyes, watching her every move. She’d wake up in the middle of the night, bathed in sweat, shadows looming over her that would disappear as soon as she blinked. She didn’t know it then, but they were the watchful eyes and they were worse than any mere shadow.
Her fear made her quiet and distrustful of strangers but it also made her strong. She was, as Adrian remarks at one point in the story: resilient.
“You had to be, to survive seeing shadows and eyes for 26 years and not end up in an insane asylum.”
That’s something that was always clear to me when Victoria was created. She might have lived through the death of her parents, the abandonment of her foster family, the eternal feeling of being watched, but she truly believed that life was for the living and she had to make the most of any situation. She fought for a normal life. She went to college, worked the odd job here and there, made friends… Sometimes she despaired – I mean, who wouldn’t? – but even through her fear she always strove to make the best out of her situation.
However, her breaking point is near. Things have not been going well for the past few months. Her last boyfriend mysteriously disappeared and her nightmares have increased exponentially along with the sensation of being watched. Everything is spiraling out of control and then Adrian appears. Will he bring salvation or destruction? Or perhaps, something else entirely?
He is a shadow in the dark, smelling your scent and sensing your fear...
Legendary bounty hunter Adrian Ormonde is no ordinary man. His life is filled with secrets and questions, blood and lust. His only concern for 150 years has been survival and discovering the truth behind his demon-dragon nature.
Until he meets his new assignment: Victoria Green.
Victoria Green has felt eyes watching her every move ever since she can remember. Then, Adrian appears. The eyes vanish but new dangers arise as she falls for the mysterious hunter. Cast into an ancient conflict between dragons and demons, Victoria must trust Adrian’s skill to be enough to protect her from both the outside world and that which grows within her.
Chance brought them together but will love and passion be enough to keep them joined? Or will the other forces at play in the dragon-demon worlds destroy them forever?
Excerpt: Glimpsing at the tent in his jeans, she gasped.
In an instant, he was upon her, his mouth devouring hers and making her legs weak.
“You make me lose control, sweetheart, and I’ll be damned if that hasn’t happened in years.”
His hands slid down her waist over her hip and onto her thigh. Her breath hitched as she searched Adrian’s dark eyes.
“Already, you ask?” He sneered, his calloused fingers rising higher and caressing the junction between her legs. His fingertips skimmed over her labia, finding her wet entrance. His grin became smug. Adrian’s nostrils flared and his eyes flashed red as he dipped two fingers inside her, wringing out a breath she’d not been aware of holding.
“You’re already wet for me, sweetheart.”
Bringing his lips down to her, he stole another short kiss that had her whimpering against him.
She hugged him, bringing him closer and searching for his warm touch again. His eyes scanned her face, his gaze softening.
“You don’t want this, sweetheart.”
“Yes, yes I do,” she replied pushing herself against his hand. His thumb brushed over her clit. Victoria tensed. Her orgasm hung from a cliff, ready to fall.
“I do want it.”
Tangling her fingers in his hair, she pulled him to her mouth, teasing the seams with her tongue. He groaned and she tasted him with longing. Sucking on his tongue, she made love to it as he pleasured her with his fingers. Her body became a mass of over-sensitized sparks as he coordinated his thumb with his seesawing digits. His hand on her waist, held her in place as she humped against him.
“Come on, sweetheart.”
His husky baritone triggered her release. Victoria cried out, her pussy convulsing in short waves, hot liquid dripping onto Adrian’s fingers. Her towel fell to a heap on the floor as she lost control, the cool breeze doing little to soothe her heated skin. She wanted more. She wanted all of him.
Victoria moved to embrace him but he stepped away from her. Drawing his fingers into his mouth, he briefly closed his eyes emitting a barely audible sound of pleasure. When he opened them again, she gasped. Red sparks danced in his green depths.
“No, Victoria. You don’t want this.”
Shaking his head, he turned around and strode out of the room. Victoria stood rooted to the spot, watching in shock as he left the apartment, the main door slamming shut. Tears dampened her vision. Picking up the t-shirt he’d given her, she put it on. More tears trailed down her cheeks as the smell of detergent mingled with his scent. Taking a deep breath, she hastily brushed them away.
“Get a grip, Vicky.”
Wrapping the discarded towel around her wet hair, she strode to the kitchen, her stomach growling. She didn’t think she’d find anything edible in the small kitchen, but luckily Adrian kept a box of cereal and a few cartons of unopened milk. Digging into the meal, she shivered slightly as an unsettling feeling grew in her chest. The watchful eyes were back.
Author Bio: Defined as weird since she was about eight, Elyzabeth honors the title by making up songs about her chores, doodling stars and flowers on any blank sheet of paper and talking to her dog whenever he feigns interest.
Losing the battle to the voices in her head is her favorite pastime after annoying her younger sister with her singing. Writing stories full of passion and emotion where love conquers all is her happy pill and she'll forgo sleep to make her readers live the dream.
Thanks for coming, Elyzabeth, and for letting us learn about Victoria!