Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Guest Spot & Giveaway with Lilly Cain ~ Nouvelle Cuisine

I am thrilled to introduce an awesome author to you today. I feel honored that she has taken the time out to stop in here on Bookin' It and share her thoughts on writing with vampires and dragons. When I read and reviewed her book Building Magic, I knew I had found a new author for my must have list. I know you will love the magic she weaves within her pages as much has I have. Please help me welcome Lilly  Cain!!!

Thank you for having me here at Bookin’ It! Recently I released my third book, a novella entitled BUILDING MAGIC from Red Sage Publishing. I’m glad to be here celebrating this new release and sharing a little with you about why it isn’t a vampire novel like my first book, DARK HARMONY, also from Red Sage.

Vampires have been a hot ticket item in publishing for some time. I think it all started with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then got buzzed along by Angel and the Vampire Diaries, Blown up by Twilight and set on fire by True Blood! But have they been with us too long?

I think it is safe to say that vampires aren’t going anywhere just yet. I’m certainly going to write about them again. They’ve worked their way into every age group and every entertainment genre. But we all like a taste of something fresh, a little fusion in our cuisine. Since paranormal is all the rage we saw the onslaught of werewolves and werecats, the up-rise in sci-fi, some witchcraft in the sidelines, and now, dragons. Are Dragons the next hot ticket? Maybe. What’s not to like. They don’t just have magic, they are magic. They can shift forms. They can fly. Some can cast spells, spit fire, and are damn near invincible.

In Building Magic my hero is a dragon. Here are some bits of description from my story  about the wonderful, scaly beasts:

As the beast‘s hind legs hit the ground Tina made her best effort to pry herself from its claws. Her heart screamed with the effort, adrenalin racing through her veins as she moved with a speed only terror could bring. The beast had huge teeth in a lean serpentine head, rippling corded muscle covered by leathery skin in an opalescent dark blue laced with shining scales and wings. She lay in the grip of a monster.

The above excerpt comes as Tina meets the hero in his true form for the first time. Later, as she discovers all there is to this delicious male, she describes him like this:

One heartbeat, then two, passed. Tina fixed her eyes on Devin, but his shift occurred so quickly she couldn‘t catch the progression. In an instant he became a creature of legend. This time, with her fears dismissed, she could appreciate the beauty of his dragon form. He was strength and power personified. Lean muscles rippled along his back and serpentine neck. His teeth and talons were still fearsomely huge, but a hint of Devin

I recently did a search on dragon romance on Google. There were over 1.5 million hits. WOW. I know for sure that I am going to continue with this series, and write about other brands of these mysterious, powerful creatures. Will Dragons be the next vampire-like smash hit? I don’t know for sure but I’m thinking the possibility is there, indeed.

A little bit more about Building Magic  -

When architecture student and summertime welder Tina Moreland develops a reputation as a peeping Tom, it isn’t the first time she’s been teased for being different. Catching a glimpse of the man of her dreams is worth the aggravation. But when she witnesses him doing something stranger than stripping in his hightower office, it’s enough to make her forget that when working unharnessed on the fifth floor, the first step is a long way down.
Working in the human world leaves Devin Ken’Draga frustrated and exhausted. Things aren’t going well. Devin is the Kenta – prime dragon - in a world not far from earth, only a magical breath of flame away. It is a world that is having problems, and he is expected to solve them. The question is how. Civil war has shattered his land and destroyed his home. He can’t come up with an Answer, and the Elders can only tell him he will find what he needs on Earth.
Devin doesn’t have time to rescue a damsel in distress. But since she is literally falling at his feet, he can’t help but to save Tina. Bringing her home wasn’t part of the plan, but once they fall through the magical portal together, there is no going back. It is only when he spreads his wings in his true dragon form that Devin realizes something he hadn’t anticipated – the woman is a virgin, a temptation no dragon can resist.

And, as I mentioned, this is a celebration! I am so glad to say I am offering a free .pdf copy of Building Magic to a commenter on today’s post. Tell me what you think is the next big trend in paranormal romance. Could it be Shape-shifting dragons?

To read more about Lilly check out her website at www.lillycain.com. Or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LillyCain
To purchase a copy of her book Building Magic or find out about other fantastic authors, check out www.eRedSage.com.

Discover a little about Lilly Cain:

Lilly Cain is a wild woman with a deep throaty laugh, plunging necklines and a great lover of all things sensual - perfume, chocolate, silk! She never has to worry about finding a date or keeping a man in line. She keeps her blond hair long and curly, wears beautiful clothes and loves loud music. Lilly lives her private life in the pages of her books.

Lilly lives in Atlantic Canada, although she spent eight years in Bermuda, enjoying the heat and the pink sands. She returned to her homeland so she could see the changing of the seasons once again. When not writing she paints, swills coffee and vodka (but not together), and fights her writing pals for chocolate.

When not living up to her pen name, Lilly is a single mom who loves reading and writing, dabbling in art and loving and caring for her two daughters. She loves romance and the freedom erotic fantasy provides her imagination. She loves the chilling moments in her novels as much as the steaming hot interludes. Her stories are an escape and a release, and she hopes that they can give you that power, too.

To read my review of Building Magic, please click below after leaving your comment! Oh, and don't forget to leave your email in the comment section. ;-)
 Building Magic Review


  1. I've never read a dragon story. Sounds like fun!

  2. wow!!! wish I can read atleast a chapter of her book... sounds very exciting!!!

  3. Hi Wynter, dragons are lots of fun. There are so many myths about them!

    Hi tplusf! Want to read a bit of this book? Go here for the first few pages!

  4. Hi Lilly,

    This would be my first dragon shifter story, and based on the reviews, one I would love to dive into. As for the next big trend, definitely more dragon shifters, more shifter/magical storylines, and probably more demons as the heroes.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  5. Lilly, you are one talented author! I never thought a dragon could be sexy but your excerpt did the trick. Congratulations on Building Magic.

  6. Hey Cathy,

    Yes, I have seen a lot of demon stories out there! The Paranormal is a flourishing genre with so many sub-genres! I love it! :)

    Hi Bev,
    Thanks! I loved this novella. I am planning to write more abou this world next year - the hot sands and hotter dragons keep calling me back. :)


  7. I think dragons are big right now. Look at Shelly Laurenston. You could make it a series.


  8. Hi Loretta!

    I am definitely writing more about this world and maybe it will develop into a series. It really calls to me. My sci-fi book with Carina Press has become a series this way - I just signed the 2nd book contract with a series option with them for it.


  9. Wow! This makes me really curious about dragons now, and how to use them romantically. I've done werewolves and vampires, but there's always room for something new. This seems very hot - no pun intended!

    Is there any sort of canon for dragon tales, or is it every man (or woman) for him or herself?

    shelley_runyon (at) yahoo (dot) come

  10. Hi Jules!

    I don't think there is a canon for dragon tales. I don't know of one anyway. :) But they are hugely fun to write, so enjoy!


  11. Awesome post, Lilly. Much success to a fellow Red Sage author.

  12. I kinda like the idea of dragons being the new vampire. I certainly never got into vampires, and dragons have the added bonus of actually being alive, with no blood fixations, whatever. :)

    Best of luck with this novel!

  13. Hi Em! Thanks for dropping in!

    Hi Tia, I think what I love the most about dragons is the way that they are intrinsically magic. So they can do magic and be magic. It opens up a huge number of doors, where vampires, although they are powerful and seductive, have many limitations.


  14. Hi Lilly,

    I loved the excerpt and your description of the dragon! I've always had a soft spot for dragons and now you've made them sexy! ; )I'm a single mom too, although I have 4 daughters and a son.

    Congratulations on your release.


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