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February 15, 2015

Guest Author: Michele Zurlo

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I spend a lot of time watching fantasy and sci-fi movies and TV shows, and so every now and again I like to write something along those lines. The idea for Dragon Kisses probably came from the fact that so many science fiction shows revolve around humans being stranded somewhere with dangerous aliens. I don’t particularly like those kinds of themes because I theorize they’re thinly veiled attempts at promoting homophobia or xenophobia, two phobias that should be addressed by a licensed therapist. But the idea that two dissimilar cultures would need to listen to one another if they’re to live together—that part I liked. And so Dragon Kisses 1 follows Cassie and Niall, two humans who wake up one morning to find themselves stranded on Zmaj, a planet inhabited by dragon shifters. Dragon Kisses is an action-adventure, paranormal/scifi series that explores themes like prejudice, survival, sacrifice, and inner strength.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that my brain works differently from most other people’s brains, and when I thought about a 600-pound dragon shifting into a humanoid form, that went firmly against my science background. The law of conservation of mass means that 600 pounds is 600 pounds. That mass has to go somewhere, and so I figured the dragons must shift into multiple people, and thus the idea of “aspects” was formed. My dragons may shift into 3-5 people, but they’re still technically one person. Each aspect might exemplify part of the dragon’s personality more—one might be possessive, while another might have a wicked sense of humor. Each aspect knows everything the other says and does, and dragons do not differentiate the actions of their aspects. These are all things Cassie and Niall learn as they get to know the Zmaj warriors who have claimed them as sex slaves.

Oh, did I mention that dragons feed from human sexual energy? Of course, this book isn’t all about sex—it’s about learning to accept and appreciate cultural differences (on both sides—the dragons learn a lot too!) even when it means you have to fight other clans to ensure freedom.

Since this is a trilogy, the story continues in Dragon Kisses 2 and 3. Dragon Kisses 2 (February 23, 2015) focuses on Arabella and Jonathan. Arabella appeared when Cassie and Niall did, but she was kidnapped by the enemy. Jonathan was born on Zmaj to a human mother, but he has to learn to deal with the new peace between humans and Zmaj—and the fact that his biological father was a dragon. Dragon Kisses 3 sees this new civilization ripped apart, and our couples must deal with the upheaval.

Why Dragon Kisses? It’s one of the things humans teach the dragons. Before Cassie and Niall, they have no concept of kissing or romance.

Please enjoy my trilogy!

Love, Michele Zurlo

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To win a Free download of Dragon Kisses 1 or 2 for Amazon Kindle, answer this question: How many people my dragons may shift AND tell me when Dragon Kisses 2 is coming up (date of release).

Winners will be announce on this blog February 17th!

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I’m Michele Zurlo, author of over 20 romance novels. I write contemporary and paranormal, BDSM and mainstream–whatever it takes to give my characters the happy endings they deserve.

I’m not half as interesting as my characters. My childhood dreams tended to stretch no further than the next book in my to-be-read pile, and I aspired to be a librarian so I could read all day. I ended up teaching middle school, so that fulfilled part of my dream. Some words of wisdom from an inspiring lady had me tapping out stories on my first laptop, so in the evenings, romantic tales flow from my fingertips.

I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to big decisions, especially when it’s something I’ve never done before. Writing is just one in a long line of impulsive decisions that turned out to showcase my great instincts. Find out more at http://www.michelezurloauthor.com or @MZurloAuthor.

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..Waking up in a strange barn was just the tip of the iceberg. Cassie and Niall find themselves transported to another world, one full of dragon shifters who want to possess them. Cassie is claimed by Illion, an electric blue dragon who shifts into five hulking men, and Niall is claimed by Wynn, a lime green dragon who shifts into two men and two women.

The Zmaj feed from the sexual energy of humans, and finding a cache of five in an abandoned barn is a momentous occasion. Convincing them to stay and protecting them from the Inamanida, their sworn enemy, is another task altogether. And falling in love? Zmaj don’t do that.

When Cassie runs away, Illion is forced to confront his prejudices and his brethren in order to save her from a fate worse than death.

Warnings: MMMFF, MMFMMM, light bondage, dominant dragon shifters

Word count: 32,650

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“Cassie.” The deep voice calling my name belonged to the dragon man standing next to the one who had watched over us. “Come.”

Was it wrong that his commanding tone had me close to coming? Nora’s assurance came from, I knew, deep inside my psyche. After all, in a dream all the characters were aspects of myself. Niall was my caution, and Nora was my sense of adventure. I pried myself from Niall’s hold. “We’ll be fine.”

Even facing the weirdest situation and the worst odds, I was an optimist. Before Niall could process what I was doing, I left the safety of the group. Taking those first steps toward a new life was easy when I knew I’d soon wake up in the safety and comfort of my bed, and I figured nothing was to be gained by huddling against a barn. Plus, this would make one hell of a diary entry when I woke up, and it would help keep my mind off Chad, the jerkweasel who’d dumped me yesterday.

Laurel and Oliver followed me. Both of them seemed to be dazed and confused. The blue-haired men morphed into a dragon, and we climbed onto its back. The three of us fit easily. I sat forward of the wings. Oliver situated himself behind me, and Laurel wrapped her arms around his waist.

“Hold onto the scales,” Nora shouted.

I slid my hands around the edges of two blue scales. Each was a large as a dinner plate, but they had ridges on the top which were perfect for holding. One leap, and it took off.

Flying on the back of a dragon was unlike anything I’d experienced. My tummy fluttered from the quick ascent—or from that niggling bit of sense that told me I wasn’t playing it safe, and wind whipped through my hair. I had the feeling the dragon was flying slower than normal, and I appreciated his restraint. Any faster, and I might have freaked out.

Or not. Who could be afraid of heights or strangers in such a wonderful fantasy?

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7 responses

  1. Thanks for hosting me!

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  2. msdebms says:

    Shifting into 3-5 people? And, not only do they shift into multiple people but multiple sexes. How unique! I love the concept and look forward to reading about your dragons. I don’t have long to wait for the next one as it comes out next week (Feb. 23)

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  3. Pansy Petal says:

    OMG! This sounds like fun! 3-5 people to form one dragon. How unique! I love it. I look forward to reading Dragon Kisses I right away and Dragon Kisses II on February 23. I can’t wait. Thank you! I need to go read now.

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  4. riverac511 says:

    Shift in to five and release date feb 23

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  5. Shannon F says:

    3 to 5 people and the next one releases February 23!

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