Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Dragon Archives by Linda K. Hopkins Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

Bound by a Dragon
The Dragon Archives
Book I
Linda K. Hopkins

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Linda K. Hopkins

Date of Publication: May 18, 2014

Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 73,000

Book Description:

At twenty-two, Keira Carver needs to find a husband, but the prospects in her small medieval village are not pretty slim. So when Aaron Drake, a handsome stranger, takes up residence at Storbrook Castle, set deep in the surrounding mountains, Keira takes notice.

Just as interesting is the fact that a fire-breathing dragon has also moved into the neighborhood, and is rumored to live in caves beneath the mountain fortress.

What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?

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Excerpt Bound by a Dragon:

Keira watched as the great beast circled slowly through the sky, blocking the sunlight for a few seconds on each turn. Fire spewed occasionally from its mouth, dissipating in the cool air before it could set anything alight. All around her people were shouting, grabbing their children and running for their homes, slamming the doors shut behind them before barring them from the inside. Keira shook her head in amusement. A mere door wouldn’t stop a dragon – it could just burn the house down! Anna was tugging on her arm, shouting at her to come, but Keira shrugged her off.

Pursued by a Dragon
The Dragon Archives
Book II
Linda K. Hopkins

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Linda K. Hopkins
Date of Publication: Dec 15, 2014


Number of pages: 195
Word Count: 51,700

Book Description:

Cathryn Forrester is a medieval business woman, the daughter of a successful wool merchant. She has been groomed from a young age to take over the family business, and has been quite content to let her personal life be directed by what is best for the business – including whom she will marry. And as a calmly pragmatic, infuriatingly stubborn and altogether practical young woman, this suits her just fine. She does not believe in love, after all.

So when Cathryn meets Favian Drake, a man who knows that love is worth pursuing, her ideas about love and marriage are put to the test. But Cathryn faces her greatest challenge when she discovers that Favian is not exactly who – or what – he appears to be. Can she learn to trust her heart and allow herself to love a dragon?

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Excerpt Pursued by a Dragon:

“You have to come meet this most interesting man,” Peggy said softly, pulling Cathryn into the circle. “He has just returned from travels abroad, and has been entertaining us with some stories.” The bustle of Cathryn’s arrival in the group attracted the attention of the man seated in the center, and he paused to glance up at the newcomer. As Cathryn turned to look at the stranger, dark blue eyes met hers, sparkling with amusement; she felt her eyes widen in surprise.

Loved by a Dragon
The Dragon Archives
Book III
Linda K. Hopkins

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Linda K. Hopkins
Date of Publication: April 28, 2015

ASIN:  B00UK96U64

Number of pages: 257
Word Count: 91,600

Book Description:

Love is the only thing Aaron, Dragon Master, truly fears. And when a scaly, fire-breathing monster loves a frail human being, matters become even more complicated. As Aaron faces a rogue dragon who is terrorizing the city, he and Keira must face their deepest fears about each other and themselves.

But danger is always just around the corner, and Anna, Keira’s sister, is not immune. Insecure, immature, and only seventeen, Anna has her own issues to deal with – especially when she meets Max, Aaron’s clansman. Her response to him in immediate, intense and irrational.

Will her insecurities lead her to a life of misery, or can she grow up enough to face what she really feels.

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Excerpt Loved by a Dragon:

As though speaking from far away, Aaron’s voice addressed her.
“Anna, this is Max.”
“Max?” With an effort Anna pulled her gaze away from the man standing before her, but not before she saw his lips twist with arrogant humor.
“Yes. Max Brant. He will be staying at Storbrook as our guest.”
“I see.” Anna nodded as she turned back to the guest. “Max.”
“Anna.” He was still staring at her, and she dragged her eyes away, biting her lip. Her name rolled off his tongue with an air of familiarity which she immediately resented, but before she could think of an adequate retort, he was speaking again. “I saw you playing in the snow earlier today,” he said. His words made her glance back at him. Was he laughing at her?

Dance with a Dragon
The Dragon Archives
Book IV
Linda K. Hopkins

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Linda K. Hopkins
Date of Publication: October 29, 2015


Number of pages: 343
Word Count: 110,000

Book Description:

When Max flew away from Anna in a blazing stream of flame, she was determined to forget the shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon. But five years have passed, and still his memory leaves an ache in her heart. A memory that Garrick Flynn, her childhood friend, would love to erase. When given the chance to travel to the city, the center of medieval life, Anna jumps at the opportunity. But danger and intrigue are never far away as she joins the royal court and serves as companion to the queen.

Is it possible to have a second chance at the deep and passionate love she once scorned?

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Excerpt Dance with a Dragon:

 Anna was nearing the stairs when a voice made her glance around. Max was in the midst of a small group of women, Jane among them, laughing at some joke. Changing direction, she headed his way.
“Master Brant, I would have a word with you,” she said, stopping behind Max’s back. She saw one of the women raise her eyebrows, while another whispered something to Jane. Max stared at Jane for a long moment, before turning slowly from the group and looking Anna up and down. He turned back to the women.

About the Author:

Linda K. Hopkins lives in Calgary, Canada, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, with her husband and two daughters, but originally hails from South Africa, and also spent a few years living in England. Linda loves reading, dark chocolate, coffee and travel. Sometimes she even tinkers on the piano, but sadly, her teenage daughter is the better musician!

Where are you from?
I grew up in South Africa, but now live in Calgary, Canada.

Tell us your latest news?
This summer I will be traveling to England (where I also lived for three years) to visit family, but some of that time will be spent researching events in both medieval and later time periods for some future books. I can’t wait to get into those musty old churches and grand palaces and learn more about the history!

When and why did you begin writing?
I have always loved stories, and since the time I was a child, have been a writer. For a while my writing journey led me down a business path, but a few years ago I found my way back to writing stories.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer. I considered myself an author when I released my first book.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always had stories mulling around in my brain, but The Dragon Archives sprang from an idea that just kept building in my mind until I decided to write it down. It started as a small project, and ended up as a book.

Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing is very descriptive and a little reflective.

How did you come up with the title?
Actually, my first idea was already taken. I wrote down various possibilities until I came up with something different and descriptive.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No relationship is perfect, and there are always going to be things in our spouse or partner that we don’t like. The difficulties in loving a dragon may be unique, but we all need to decide whether we love someone enough to accept the things we don’t like, and learn to trust them.

How much of the book is realistic?
The book is set in medieval times, and I have tried to be historically accurate within the limitations of the fantasy realm. Of course, the feelings and emotions are definitely real!

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think all authors draw of real experiences in their writing, whether first hand or third hand.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Historical fiction

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Suzanna Kearsley

What book are you reading now?
Jane Eyre

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I have a few that look interesting downloaded on my kindle, but as I don’t read fiction while I’m writing, I haven’t had a chance to read them yet.

What are your current projects?
I’m working on Book 5 in the series, which will be out late spring/early summer.

What would you like my readers to know?
I am planning six books in The Archives series, but already I have dozens of ideas for other stories, so keep watching! 

Tour giveaway

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