I'm pleased to bring you all Sue Perkins today, author of Dragon Clans! She's going to share a little more about her books :)
Thank you Meradeth for inviting me to your blog.
My favorite books are about dragons, specifically Anne McCaffrey's 'Dragons of Pern' series. It's a natural progression for me to write about dragons myself.
I wanted something different so my dragons have their own society, morals, families and way of life. To them their clan means everything, although they are willing to interact with the other clans.
The first book of the dragon series 'Dragon Flame', told how the humans came to an understanding with the dragons. 'Dragon Clans' the second book, visits an outlaw group of dragons who are not part of the clans peace treaty.
Sie is drowning in the middle of the ocean when a huge red dragon swoops down, plucks her out of the water and takes her to the dragon home in the southern mountains. She joins the clan and learns to fight, hunt and help around the home caverns. The red dragons long to be part of the dragon treaty and Sie agrees to help them, but their approach is considered aggressive and the other dragons attack.
I've included an excerpt of 'Dragon Clans' below and hope you enjoy it. Dont' forget to leave a comment and be in to win an ebook of 'Dragon Clan's randomly drawn at the end of the blog tour.
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AVAILABLE – August 1, 2012
Plucked from the sea by a red dragon, the human woman Sie joins the Valdra Clan. Her red friends wish to join the dragon Treaty Alliance, but the other clans consider the Valdra wild and aggressive. Byron, a human friend of the Mondra Clan, works with Sie to overcome the many obstacles in their path. Will the other clans be able to forget the Valdra's past betrayals and present day destructive behavior? They believe they have succeeded but the planet has its own way of disrupting their carefully laid plans.
Someone help us, please! We're in the middle of an ocean in a terrible storm. The boat will sink soon. Please, if you can hear me, I need your help!
Sie knew no one would hear her mental scream. If they did, who would care enough to rescue them? A clap of thunder shook the sky, followed by a lightning flash into the sea. Huge waves crashed across the boat. Her younger brother lost his grip, and Sie heard him cry out as he disappeared overboard.
"No!" Gorva lunged to the side, but his movement made the boat lurch and dip lower, curtseying to the waves. Sie grabbed the sides as the vessel overturned and threw her into the water.
Her cloak tried to keep her beneath the surface, but Sie fought against the drag and rose up for air. Nearby, the upside down boat tossed in the waves, and she swam toward it, grabbing hold of the ridge along the upturned bottom. Once secure, Sie looked round for her brothers, but could see no sign of them. The tumultuous sea and the dark clouds scudding across the sky filled her view.
I'm going to die. A sob caught in her throat as an icy cold wave blinded her. No one knows where I am, and no one will know I'm dead. I might as well let go and drown quickly. I don't want a slow, horrible death.
A small part of her refused to give up, but time passed and her strength ebbed away. Her fingers began to slip and her cold fingers tightened their grip. How much longer could she hold on?
A shadow darkened the sky.
More storm clouds. How much more are you going to throw at me Mother Nature?
A wind beat down on her, and Sie looked up. Huge red talons reached for her and plucked her from the water. The scream died in her throat as the owner of the claws curled the talons around her. The loss of her brothers, death stalking her, and now this. Darkness crowded in and unable to take anymore, Sie fainted.
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