Please help me welcome author Leila Gaskin to BIR today! She's here to celebrate her latest release, Hot Flashes. Enjoy a quick excerpt Leila has provided then enter her awesome giveaway. Don't forget to leave some author love in the comments!
Welcome, Leila! It's a pleasure to have you over!
Hi my name is Leila Gaskin and I am author of the urban fantasy novel Hot Flashes. Talina, thank you so much for hosting me on Bookin’ It Reviews.
I loved writing Hot Flashes. Creating the world and the characters was a great experience. Ella, in particular, is close to my heart. She is not your typical urban fantasy heroine, she’s older and comes with her own set of custom made luggage. She does have things that bring her joy.
Two things in Ella’s life have always made her happy. Her pit bull, Ronan, is the love of her life. His goofy, happy nature helps her deal with her life and her relationship with her mother. When a pit bull smiles at you, with their butt wiggle of joy, bad days tend to be eclipsed by their sheer happiness generated by each wag of their butt.
The second would be her appreciation for all things precious. The energies that all semi-precious and precious gemstone radiate energized her when she needed a lift. I can relate to Ella’s love of all things precious, as I’m a bit of a magpie myself. Here is an excerpt that didn’t make it into Hot Flashes:
Ella entered the store was relieved to see a familiar faces among the sales staff. He knew her to be an odd but harmless looker. A sales woman she didn’t recognize greeted her, “Can I help you?”Ella shook her head and did her best to deflect the sales woman before her the glittering inventory overwhelmed her senses. “No thank you, just looking.”
The glittering gems and shining metals had an opiate effect on her wits. Each color of the rainbow of gemstones arrayed and illuminated in the cases created different emotions and feelings. Ella knew from experience that the effect was profoundly more powerful if she actually held the stones in her hands. To the average observer, Ella looked to be in a trance of some sort.
The sales woman retreated with a “Let me know if I can assist you.” The sales man who knew Ella pulled the woman aside. There was a frantic discussion, the man trying to calm the woman who appeared to want to hit the silent alarm - Ella didn’t care. She wandered from case to case as she basking in the different energies. She’d always found it curious that no one else seemed notice the conflagration of energies that radiated from the stones and metals, she always felt reenergized.
Not every woman will shift into a dragon, but Ella proves joy is in the moment and she treasures each moment.
The Drakkon Volume 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 85,988
Cover Artist: Tatiana Vila
“Dragons do not exist.” Ella Hixson shrieked as the mythical beasts dive from the sky shredding her car with their impressively long talons and sending her careening across the road in an attempt to avoid the being flambéed. Escaping her car, she grasps the car door in order to prevent herself from tumbling down the slippery embankment. Pouring rain soaks Ella’s interview suit and her dress shoes as she searches the sky for the attacking beasts to find nothing but clouds heavy with their payload of rain.Hallucinations, relationship destroying fights with her only surviving relative-her mother, and, thanks to a bodaciously bosomed, bottle-blond, jobless, Ella needs the universe to cut her a break.Be careful what you wish for.Circumstances conspire and Ella’s mundane existence evaporates when she discovers she is Drakkon, the hidden heir to an ancient dynasty, and she has an enemy who would see all the Drakkon race enslaved or dead.No more ordinary days for Ella as she learns what it is to be Drakkon, tries to save a world she knows nothing about, and still be home in time to feed her dog.
About the Author:
Born on a dark and stormy night on the other side of the world from Richmond, VA, Leila Gaskin began a life full of imaginative wanderings. Inspired by her journey, Leila takes inspiration from the places she’s lived. She is the author of several short stories ranging from horror, speculative fiction, and science fiction. HOT FLASHES is her debut novel.
With her dog as her co-pilot and the cat as the navigator, Leila explores her world and tells her stories.
Leila is offering a tour wide giveaway of:
25 dragon charm bookmarks
4 hard copies of Hot Flashes
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