The Queen’s Dance
The Emerging Queens Series,
Jamie K. Schmidt
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: 5/23/16
Number of pages: 267
Word Count: 63,000
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
After newly shifted dragon Queen, Margery Cooper, is rescued from smugglers she has a choice to continue to hunt down the story that nearly killed her when she was an investigative reporter or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs. Remy “Champ” Champlain is first on the scene and assigned her protector while she sorts out her affairs. He wants nothing more to get back to his solitude and his small town, but as an unclaimed dragon he doesn’t get a choice.
The Queen is his responsibility until her court is formalized. He wants to settle her down right away, but she has this wild hair up her Queenly butt to find out who is smuggling dangerous drugs into the country.
Sparks fly between them, but as she's a sky dragon and he's a water dragon, well she can't swim and he can't fly and those aren't the only differences they're faci
Margery was lying out in the sun again. She felt the heat press into her bones from the hard deck under her and the rays beating into her skin.
Listening, she could hear the creak of the deck chair and the splash of the waves. Where was Remy?
She wanted to open her eyes and sit up, but she didn’t know where they were. Would she be flashing all of Lake Champlain? Her hands inched around on the deck hoping to find her bikini. No luck. But she did feel a sheet balled up at the very edge of her reach. Snatching it, she wrapped it around herself and sat up and wobbled—she’d had tequila hangovers that didn’t feel like this. When her eyes adjusted to the sunlight, she realized she was alone.
“Remy?” she called. She didn’t feel up to standing, so she sat there on deck and wondered why she’d passed out. It had just been starting to get good, too. Margery touched her lips where Remy’s kisses had left their brand then smiled and hoped he didn’t think he’d frightened her.
While she’d gotten really cold, and the dark did remind her briefly of being a prisoner below deck with the pirates, that’s where the similarities ended. Margery knew Remy would never hurt her. She wasn’t sure why she’d passed out, but it had nothing to do with him. Concentrating, she tried to emerge into a dragon so she could fly around the lake, but pain jackhammered into her skull until she was retching bile over the side of the deck.
“S***,” she gurgled.
She thumped back to the deck and closed her eyes until the pain went away, which took longer than she expected. Luckily, the sun’s warmth bored into her every pore, and the headache eased to a mild throb. Margery stretched and rolled over so she wouldn’t get sunburned.
Too bad she’d passed out. She didn’t quite get the politics of the consort thing, but if it was a choice between Remy, Casimiro, and a total stranger, her best bet was Remy. It didn’t have to be love, after all. Not yet, anyway. It would have been nice to have a night of mind-blowing sex and fall asleep cuddled up in a man’s arms. Ever since Casimiro did a number on her heart, Margery wasn’t too keen on letting that organ decide her bed partners. Her libido had good taste, and right now Remy would fit the bill. If she could stay conscious for it.
A big wave lifted the boat, and she clutched at the deck as the vessel swayed nearly to tipping. Then Remy launched onto the deck. He was fully dressed and not even dripping.
She squinted up at him. “How do you do that?”
“Did you have a nice night?” he asked, turning his back on her to go to the helm and raise the anchor.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt, writes erotic contemporary love stories and paranormal romances. Her Club Inferno series from Random House’s Loveswept line has hit both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top one hundred lists. She has two other series with Loveswept: Hawaii Heat, in which the first book Life’s A Beach is the perfect staycation to Maui, and The Sentinels of Babylon, about members of vigilante Motorcycle Club and their old ladies. Her dragon paranormal romance series from Entangled Publishing, has been called “fun and quirky” and “endearing.” Partnered with New York Times bestselling author and former porn actress, Jenna Jameson, Jamie’s hardcover debut, SPICE, continues Jenna’s FATE trilogy.
An avid knitter and jewelry maker, Jamie is never bored. She can often be found with a mug of tea on the computer flanked by her little dogs & fluffy white cat. You can follow her on twitter at @Jamiekswriter or on her author page on Facebook. When she's not writing or crafting, Jamie loves playing games, everything from board games to strategy card games, console and online MMORPGs.
Where are you from? Connecticut
Tell us your latest news?
Today, the third novel in my Emerging Queen’s series is out. The Queen’s Dance is about a newly shifted dragon Queen who is a sky dragon. Her protector is a lake dragon and it’s a case of opposites attract. Unfortunately, Margery is in danger from other dragons who are trying to quash her story and from an evil cult that wants to sacrifice her.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in grade school because I had a lot of stories to tell.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I always thought I was a writer, but there have been important milestones. Like when I got a job as a technical writer and my business cards proclaimed me as a professional writer. When I got my agent. When I signed a contract with Random House. When I made the USA Today bestseller list. When I won an Ippy award. All of that helps me convince myself that I’m a writer.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My grandfather instilled in me a love of storytelling. I wrote my first book when I was sixteen. It was pretty awful.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve been told I write sexy and funny very well. My characters never take themselves too seriously and usually have a good sense of humor.
How did you come up with the title?
The Queen’s Dance is the third book in the series. The first book, The Queen’s Wings was all about Carolyn trying to become a dragon and get her wings. The second book, The Queen’s Flight was about Viola’s transformation into a dragon Queen and learning to fly. The Queen’s Dance is how Queen Margery gets her groove back. She’s lost the ability to fly and she’s told that a sky dragon needs to sky dance in order to be complete.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No. I find messages a little preachy in books. There are over arcing themes in the novel, though, like believe in yourself and stay true to who you are.
How much of the book is realistic?
It’s about dragons, so all of it. Every last line. :D
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Nope. But I did visit Vermont and the beautiful Lake Champlain area for research.
What books have most influenced your life most?
All of them.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I devoured Stephen King’s Danse Macabre and later On Writing, and I learn a lot from the members of the Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA) group that I belong to. I’ve had the pleasure of attending workshops with Bella Andre, Cherry Adair, Lauren Dane, and many others who have helped me in my writing.
What book are you reading now?
Live and Let Drood by Simon R. Green.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes. I like Grace Draven and Sparrow Beckett.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on the second book in my Sentinels of Babylon series, Sentinel’s Kiss, which will be released on January 17th 2017. Book One, Necessary Evil will be out November 1st of this year.
What would you like my readers to know?
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