Thursday, March 15, 2012

Daughters of Draca Book Tour

A sci-fi geek, shape shifters and the sensuous Draca. What a fantastical world author Louisa Kelly has crafted with her series and we welcome the Daughters of Draca Book Tour today. The author is sharing an excerpt and has written a guest post on the appeal of heroes. There is also a giveaway.

Lydia and the Draca, Daughters of Draca Book One:

Blurb: Lydia has no idea why an entire race of shape-shifters is lusting after her. They tell her there's something special about her blood and they want it for themselves... but they don't actually want her blood. No, they want much, much more. And they want it delivered fresh, hot and as fast as possible.

Science fiction geek Lydia Neal is just recovering from her latest relationship burnout. When she wakes up in a glowing cave surrounded by enormous dragons she's pretty sure she's having a sci-fi themed nightmare. Then she meets the smoking hot Draca Eremon and suddenly things aren't quite so scary. Especially when Eremon shows her the very special kind of ecstasy a Draca male can offer her...whether on the ground or in the skies.

Something powerful is waking up inside Lydia, something triggered during her capture by these primal, gorgeous creatures. Whatever the sexy, obsessed Draca want from her, she's ready to find out... She agrees to go along with a series of fantastical and erotic "tests" and discovers she's signed on for the wildest, hottest ride of her life. 

Cara and the Draca, Daughters of Draca Book Two

Blurb: Cara is haunted by recent memories of a warehouse explosion that took the life of her best friend and caught her in the blast. Desperate for a way to cover the burns scars on her shoulder, Cara heads for the mysterious tattoo shop in Portland everyone is talking about. 

Aedhan, the gorgeous tattoo master, leaves her senses reeling and her knees weak. Just the touch of his talented hands brings welcome relief and a sense of release from her emotional pain. His charming, eccentric ways combined with his tangerine hair and odd accent create an intoxicating mix. To her delight, the incredible tattoo he expertly lays over her scar hides everything-- and makes her long for more of his healing touch.

Soon Cara is pulled into an erotic journey of unimagined delight, terror and transformation. Dragons? In Portland? Magical and sexy beyond belief? Yet, something isn’t quite adding up. Is Aedhan really telling her the truth about what he’s doing in that shop? But she's so crazy in lust and wonder, it's hard to care.

Dragon shape-shifter Aedhan fully intends to follow the rules of his secret mission, number one being no sex with the human women in Portland. Then Cara shows up at his shop and her sweetness and delightful freckles almost stops his heart. When he perceives the sorrow in her life, he is consumed with the need to know more. Who has hurt her? After he gets a taste of her blood on his tattoo needles and discovers the extra special something in her fluids, he decides he must see Cara again, even if it means breaking the rules. And that's when things start to go terribly wrong...or perfectly right.

 POST: What makes a hero/heroine appealing? 

This is a fantastic question. It is the challenge of every author- how to write appealing characters? For me, the heart of the matter is the emotional journey. Romance especially, requires a core story of transformative change. The story starts with the characters in one sort of emotional place and ends with them in an entirely different, better place- both within themselves and in their relationship to love. 

Along the way there is transformation and redemption. Self-realization, forgiveness and deeper understanding. The romance must be believable, the attraction between the main characters palpable to the reader. As a reader, I want to go on the emotional journey with the characters. I want to feel their hearts. What must be uncovered or revealed in order for the characters to find love? What do they need to understand about themselves in order to let love in? 

I believe the more the author can write in the tension, the challenge of reaching for love, the more appealing the characters. I adore the ‘push-pull’ of attraction. Making the reader wait for it, want the first kiss, want them to make love, wishing, hoping it will happen. Then when it finally does, there is the best sense of satisfaction. The sigh of pleasure as the characters you’ve grown to care about find love and their own brand of happily-ever-after. My favorite romance books are the ones where I finish the last page and my heart is full and maybe I’m even a little teary. These are the books where the attraction of the characters is more about who they are, than what they look like….Sigh!

An excerpt from Cara and the Draca, Daughters of Draca Book Two: 
Cara gripped the ridges of his back, her knuckles white. When she didn’t fall off, she realized she was balanced. Perfectly, impeccably balanced. The thick muscles of his hide worked and contracted beneath her, hundreds of subtle adjustments that kept her upright. Her hair and clothes blew in the cool wind as he flew them into the clouds, surrounding them in a cloak of wet grayness. All sound seemed muffled; only the rhythmic noise of his hoarse breath and the huff of gigantic wings penetrated the fog. She relaxed her grip a little and tried to catch her breath….

They flew for what seemed like hours until Aedhan aimed down toward a green meadow next to a small lake. Slowing his approach in the manner of an airplane, he glided into a smooth descent and hit the ground in a few powerful steps. With immense grace, he lowered his great body to the soft wildflowers of the meadow.

Cara tumbled bonelessly down his side, laughing when she tried to stand and failed. Dizzy, she lay on her back and looked up at her Draca huffing above her and giving her what could only be a Draca grin. The high afternoon sun blazed, but nothing felt hotter than the look in her Draca’s eyes.

He moved his great bulk partly over her, pinning her in place. She grinned at him, fearless now, still laughing and out of breath. “What a ride, you fantastic beast! Can we do it again?”

In response he nudged her blouse with his big head, and his long red tongue edged out and, with an extraordinary soft touch, laid a delicate Draca lick on her neck. Shock -- and something hot and liquid in her core -- kept her motionless. A cascade of warring emotions shifted through every cell of her body -- erotic tension coupled with a sense of taboo she didn’t even want to acknowledge. 

About the author: Romance and science fiction took hold of Louisa Kelley at age nine, when she read Little Women and the Narnia series. She is convinced that the genre paranormal romance, which developed years later, was purely for her benefit. After all, it’s what’s been in her heart all these years. She resides in Portland Oregon where, in a strangely perfect combination of rainy winters and urban skyline, her writing inspiration abounds.

the sexy world that’s been evolving in her fevered brain…she’d love you to join her in some over the top erotic adventures with the Draca; dragon shape-shifters of a very different kind. 

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Giveaway: Louisa will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. 
The tour dates can be found here.

 tour is presented by Goddess Fish Promotions


  1. I am so glad this is a series. The story sounds fascinating.

  2. The question of what makes a hero or heroine appealing is a great one. I found this very interesting thank you.


  3. Thank you so much for hosting me today. I enjoyed responding to this question. It really made me think about what it is in romance that appeals to me. Interesting!

  4. Louisa...I like your post about what makes the H/H appealing. It is all about the characters for me too. If I don't care for the characters, I don't care how much interesting and intricate world-building there is. I also like to understand WHY these characters want/need to be together.

  5. Great post. I agree with the transformation and redemption making the hero/heroine appealing. Thanks for the blurbs and the excerpt. This series sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the blog tour.


  6. Loved the excerpt and the series sounds great. Adding it to my TBR list!

  7. I'm glad to know many of you share how I feel about what makes characters appealing. Happy romance reading!