Despite his handicaps outside his natural habitat, water dragon Remy “Champ” Champlain fights to protect Queen Margery from those who plot to quash her damaging news reports by silencing her…forever.
He can never have her, but he’ll protect her with his life.
After newly shifted sky dragon Queen Margery is rescued from smugglers by water dragon Remy Champlain, she debates whether to flesh out the story that nearly got her killed or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs. Sparks fly between Remy and her. He’d love her to give up her job and settle down…hopefully with him…but he can’t fly and she can’t swim, so their relationship can never get off the ground.
FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years. He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. When the Cult of Humanity kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.
Viola Pierce has never had particularly great luck with guys. That is, until the day she shifts into a glorious, deadly, three-headed dragon. As it turns out, Viola is a dragon Queen. As a rule, Sergei hates Queens, but the Viola’s beauty and humanity reach something deep within him. When she names him her protector and consort—quite by accident—a heated and unexpected attraction grows. But the dragon court is ruthless…and what doesn’t kill Viola will only make her more dangerous.
About the author:
Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).
Guest Post: Jamie Schmidt
You have multiple personalities, describe some of them.
Part of the fun of being an author is to let the voices in your head out to play. They tell the best stories. In my Emerging Queens series, these voices are the dragon Queens. In book one, The Queen’s Wings, Carolyn is a book hoarder who has no filters and just pops out the first thing that comes to her mind. In book two, The Queen’s Flight, Viola is a yarn addict who rides a motorcycle and has body issues. And in my latest release, The Queen’s Dance, Margery is a driven investigative reporter who lives on tea and adrenaline. She doesn’t have time to put together a court and play a medieval badass. There are people dying out there!
The other dragon Queens in the series also share some of my personality quirks. Arianna, the Queen of New York is like a raven with her obsession with pretty jewelry and sparkling gems. Mei Hua, the Queen of Italy, is a photographer who collect pictures that she stores in specially designed albums.
But it’s not just the heroines of the books that hold pieces of my mind. The heroes have their own brand of crazy as well. Carolyn’s mate, Reed is a control freak who has difficulty dealing with people — both human and dragon. Many people think he’s arrogant, when in actuality he’s just bad with people. Viola’s mate, Sergei is gruff and impatient. He doesn’t suffer fools well and would just as soon be left alone instead of being involved in the pomp and ceremony of a Queen’s court. Then there’s Remy, who has been looked down on from the dragon community because he doesn’t have wings. Confidence shot, he expects to fail, but he’ll do his damned best and take as many of the bad guys down with him as he can.
But in the end, each of these characters find their happily ever after with the one person that understands and loves them best.