An Interview with Anastasia Wilde, Author of Wild Dragons Book One. - He’s loved her in his dreams for a hundred years. Now he’s finally found her, and he’ll do anything to make her is own… **Excerpt-Giveaway**




Dragon’s Rogue
Wild Dragons
Book One
Anastasia Wilde
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: April 29, 2018
ISBN: 978-1717480088
ASIN: B07CND297P
Word Count: 83,000
Cover Artist: Melody Simmons


He’s loved her in his dreams for a hundred years. Now he’s finally found her, and he’ll do anything to make her is own…

The evil Dragon Lord Vyrkos is about to rise from captivity in a devastating volcanic eruption. Only the Greystone brothers can stop him—and only if they find the three women who hold the keys to sealing Vyrkos’ tomb forever.

Blaze McKenna is a witch hiding out from her former coven. After stealing their most powerful artifact to keep them from destroying themselves, she’s been preparing for the day when the coven leader will hunt her down and try to take it back.

A battle that only one of them will walk away from.

So when smoking hot dragon shifter Zane Greystone offers to help her fight the coven in return for her handing over one of the Seals to Vyrkos’ tomb, it sounds like the perfect plan—except for two problems.

She doesn’t know where the Seal is.

And the dragon doesn’t just want her help—he wants her heart, body and soul.

Dragon’s Rogue is the first book in Anastasia Wilde’s epic new trilogy, Wild Dragons. Each book features one couple, hot steamy dragon love, HEA, no cliffhangers!

Rated steamy – contains explicit sex but not erotica



An Interview with Anastasia Wilde

Welcome to JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder 
Tell us about your newest book.

Dragon’s Rogue is the first in my new dragon shifter romance trilogy, Wild Dragons, and I’m super-excited about it! It’s three dragon shifters on a magical mission, and they have to find their fated mates—who have the magic items they need to fulfill that mission and keep an ancient dragon lord from destroying—well, pretty much everything.

The hero and heroine of Dragon’s Rogue are Zane Greystone, a dragon shifter with a big heart, great abs, and a need to make up for past mistakes. And his mate Blaze McKenna, a badass rogue witch who’s trying desperately to keep a dangerous artifact out of the hands of the wrong people.

There’s magic, true love, sexytimes, humor, occasional snarkiness, and All The Feels. And cake. Lots of cake.


Writing isn’t easy. What was the most difficult thing you dealt with when writing your newest book?
Aaaack! Starting from scratch with brand-new characters and storylines. My first 11 books were all interrelated, and I didn’t realize how much easier it was to build off characters, situations and backstory I’d already established until I had to start over. Even though Dragon’s Rogue takes place in our world, there’s ancient prophecies and legends and shifter history that I had to make up specifically for this series, and it took way more time than I expected.


Tell us a little bit about your writing career.
I started publishing shifter romance in October 2016, and have published 11 books in my Silverlake Shifters/Bad Blood Shifters series since then. Dragon’s Rogue is my 12th book.

I’ve written and created stories for a long time, though. When I was a kid I used to look forward to going to bed because I would lie there and make up stories for myself until I fell asleep.


That's a lot of books!
They say Hind-sight is 20/20. If you could give advice to the writer you were the first time you sat down to write, what would it be?

Don’t overthink everything in your story, and stop trying to find the one perfect way to do it. Just pick a direction and go in it.


What was your most difficult scene to write?
There are a few chapters in Dragon’s Rogue where the characters have to tell each other (and the reader) all the backstory about what they’re trying to accomplish and why.

It’s a lot of info, and I had to work really hard to make sure the reader understood everything, but also put in enough action and romantic tension that I didn’t bore the crap out of them. Which I still may have done… y’all will have to see for yourselves. I hope not, though!


Are themes a big part of your stories, or not so much?

I subscribe to Gwen Hayes’ theory (Romancing the Beat) that romance novels all have the same theme: Love Conquers All. Beyond that, I don’t give a lot of thought to themes, but of course they come out anyway.

Some of the ones that recur through my books are: trust, finding your courage and badassiness, healing from your past, and how families are created by people who care about each other and have each others’ backs, even if they’re not related by blood.


What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on Dragon’s Rebel (Wild Dragons 2). I also have another book that’s nagging me, that would pair up a character from my very first Silverlake Shifters book, Fugitive Mate, and one from the last book in the Silverlake/Bad Blood sequence, Bad Blood Alpha. I’m going to try to squeeze that in somewhere this year.


Is there a release date planned?

Dragon’s Rogue is on sale now. Dragon’s Rebel is up for pre-order on Amazon, due out July 29.
Wild Dragons 3, Dragon’s Storm, is planned for October.


Who is your favorite character from your own stories, and why?
I love all my characters, but my favorite is Flynn, alpha of the Bad Blood Shifters. He started out as part of the background in one of my early books (look, here’s a random prisoner in this underground lab. He’s a lion shifter. Boom). But he wouldn’t go away—and his role kept getting bigger until I gave him his own friggin’ crew.

I love Flynn because he’s a total kamikaze badass, and he just Does. Not. Care. He doesn’t care what anybody thinks or says, and he says and does all the things the rest of us would like to say and do, but don’t quite have the nerve. Which makes him soooo fun to write.

But he’s loyal and is willing to put his life on the line for the people he cares about. Plus, totally sexy and hates wearing clothes. So there’s that.


Most writers were readers as children. What was your favorite book in grade school?
I have to pick only one? Hmm. Going to look at my bookshelves. Be right back.

Okay, I’m going with the Alfred Hitchcock Three Investigators series, about these three teenage boys who started their own detective agency in LA, and got to ride around in a Rolls Royce with a chauffeur because they won a contest from the car rental company. The mysteries were really unusual and creative. (For the first 16, anyway. Then they got different authors and it went downhill.) And yes, I still have them. I still have all my favorite childhood books, because book hoarder.


What are your plans for future projects?
So many! Lots of side characters from the Silverlake and Bad Blood books that I want to explore, and I want to write books about their kids too. And there’s a character called Tristan who readers keep asking me about. He was originally in the Bad Blood Crew, but he left to visit his family at Silverlake Mountain and refused to go back unless I let him start his own series. Characters can be like that.


Is there anything you would like to add before we finish?
Thank you for having me! I hope you all love my dragons and their magical mayhem!


Good luck with your newest release, and thank you for being with us today.
Keep scrolling for an excerpt from Wild Dragons, Book One.

Excerpt


The butler gestured to the terrace doors on the other side of the room. He stepped discreetly back into the hallway, closing the door behind him.

Zane took a deep breath, and then walked between the fluttering sheer curtains out onto the terrace. He caught a glimpse of an expanse of starry sky before he turned to meet the woman whose house he'd broken into the night before. The woman from his dream visions.

“Hello,” he said, extending his hand. “Thank you for meeting me. I—”

That was as far as he got. Two silken ropes twined around his wrists and yanked, as if held by invisible hands. Before he could react, he was suspended a few inches off the ground, his arms spread over his head in a Y-shape.

She’d outsmarted him. He was trapped.

Before he could say a word, Blaze made a swift movement with her hands. His shirt ripped open down the front and spread wide, exposing his heart.

Oh, hell, Zane thought. This can’t be good. She must have recognized him from last night.

And she was clearly holding a grudge.

Blaze walked right up to him, ignoring his struggles, and ran her hands over his chest. The heat from her fingers seemed to strike all the way down into his bones.

His exclamation turned into a murmured exhale. “What the hell are you doing to me?”

“Where’s your tattoo?” she demanded.

“My what?”

He had no idea what she was talking about. ‘Thorne?’ he called mentally to his brother. ‘Little help here? I’m on the terrace outside the study.’ He projected a picture of its location. ‘Come from outside. Cloak yourself. We’re having an issue with the lovely Ms. McKenna.’

His brother replied, ‘Saw you leave. Already on my way.’

“Your coven tattoo. Where is it?” Blaze jerked her hand back, walked around behind him, and magically ripped the back of his shirt and jacket as well. He shivered at the sudden touch of the night air on his bare skin.

Or maybe it was her making him shiver.

He felt her fingers on his left shoulder blade, and sucked in his breath involuntarily. Just that small contact sent electricity shooting through his body.

She thought he was a sorcerer. An evil one, if the way he was hanging from his wrists like laundry on a clothesline was anything to go by.

“I’m not in a coven,” he told her.

She came around to face him again. “You must be. You’re too powerful to be solo, and I felt power in the others, too. Stop lying.”

There was a sudden gust of wind, and Zane felt Thorne’s dragon presence just above the terrace. Then his brother shifted mid-air, uncloaked and landed on the terrace behind Blaze, in human form.

‘Watch out, bro.’ he cautioned silently. ‘She has a spell—’

Too late.

The minute Thorne’s feet hit the balcony, more silken ropes sprang to life and he was strung up the same way Zane was. Blaze whipped around and tore Thorne’s shirt open with her magic.

Damn. Beautiful witch: 2, Dragons: 0

Not the heroic first impression he’d intended to make.

Blaze backed up, looking from one to the other. “All right,” she said. “No tattoos, no coven. So spill it. Who are you people, why were you after my artifact, and how much pain do I have to put you through to get it back?”



About the Author


Anastasia Wilde lives in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, where sexy shifters may or may not be found hiding among the tall, ancient trees. She loves to write paranormal romances about wild, passionate shifter men and the strong women who are destined to win their hearts. Broken, complicated, devoted, protective—love heals their wounds and smooths their rough edges (but not too much!). When not writing, Anastasia enjoys traveling, nomming on any food involving bacon or melty cheese (ideally both), adding to her magical crystal collection, or relaxing with a glass of wine, watching the sun set behind the mountains.

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Comments

  1. Blaze McKenna sounds like an amazing character. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt, book description and giveaway as well. Great Post!

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  3. Jeanna and James, thanks for stopping by! I hope you like Dragon's Rogue. And many thanks to Brandy Mulder & JB's Bookworms for hosting me!!

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