It’s hard to imagine a year has passed since coming up with an idea for a series. Last October my family and I traveled to Salem MA to see all the Halloween festivities. I’d never been during the season, but always longed to go. We took two of our daughters and some friends with us. We set the teens free to do what they wanted while we explored the history.
See I have some connections to one of the women hung during the witch hysteria. I am nine generations removed from one of Martha Carrier’s sons. One of our family members wrote a book about Martha Carrier, The Heretic’s Daughter which I found amazing.
Anyway, my daughter and her friends went into a shop where they were greeted by a woman who told them to reach into a black velvet bag and pick out a stone. They all did and once they retrieved their stone the woman told them when the time was right, make a wish and return the stone to nature. They could bury it by a tree, toss it in the ocean, or whatever they wanted. In the end their wish would come true.
When I returned from the trip I emailed Katalina Leon. I thought this had to be incorporated into a story. We plotted and planned and eventually came up with the Bag of Tricks series. The difference is our four women will have stones that lead to their mates. We sold the idea to Loose Id. The first book in the series is The Strix.The second which is out today is Claimed By Dragons. Here’s a little taste of what you’ll find inside.
Oh and before I give you a taste, I’d like to add, one lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win a copy of Claimed By Dragons. Good luck!
In an odd Wiccan shop in Salem, Jael pulls an unusual stone from a witch’s wish bag. Little does she know her wildest dreams of becoming a respected photojournalist and enjoying a torrid affair with two gorgeous co-workers are about to come true—in spades.
Jael’s dreamy boss, Roarke offers her the photo assignment of a lifetime – a safari to Mount Kilimanjaro. The African scenery is stunning but even more so is the unexpected arrival of her two office crushes, Roarke and Kypton.Alone for the first time, things heat up fast. Just as the trio is getting steamy at a beautiful waterfall, fate intervenes. The guys are forced to take dragon form and abduct a terrified Jael. She's whisked away to their mountain liar on Kilimanjaro.
The cave is really a love nest. Jael becomes the semi-willing captive of two Marduko dragon men. She discovers the truth about their origins and explores the many erotic possibilities two devoted lovers can offer. The men want to claim her forever and expect a lifetime commitment. Jael’s thoroughly seduced but doesn’t know the guys are withholding a life or death secret that will push her heart to the limits.
Jael closed her fingers around the stone and thought of another man who worked with her—Kypton. Kypton was quiet and aloof with most everyone in the department, but his gaze followed her longingly every time she walked past.When she told her friends she liked the manager of the IT department, they teased her relentlessly. They couldn’t picture her with a computer geek. Thing was, Kypton was the furthest thing from a computer geek. She understood why they immediately thought of someone with glasses, a shirt buttoned up tight to the neck, and a pocket protector sticking out of his shirt pocket. That wasn’t Kypton.
What her friends and others in her office seemed to miss was that beneath the subdued exterior, Kypton was smoking hot with pale blond hair and baby blue eyes. His voice carried the softest hint of northern Europe. He pronounced e’s as a’s, and she wondered if Kypton had gone to school in Switzerland or lived near there as a child.
Occasionally she was fortunate enough to peek down his collar and glimpse the silky blond hair on his chest. His broad shoulders and well-defined chest stood out in anything he wore. His arms looked like he frequented the gym, and those fitted khakis he favored as office wear gave her a view of a sexy, tight ass. A hint of smoldering physicality simmered just below the surface as if he were completely capable of picking that was what she hoped. She concluded the other women in her office must be blind or foolish not to notice Kypton’s potential.
Kypton seemed thoughtful and sensitive too, which was a huge plus. He’d jumped in to help her on numerous occasions, often staying late at work to do so. He also avoided all office gossip or conflicts and went out of his way to help others before he was even asked, which she found pretty damn attractive.All in all Kypton was a dreamy guy, even if he might appear a bit sedate.Only problem was Roarke attracted her too.
Roarke was Kypton’s opposite. Roarke was outgoing and authoritative. When he entered the room, others stopped what they were doing to listen. Though he was a manager, he had an artistic, wild vibe about him that was exciting to be near. He dressed well in bold colors like earthy orange or rich purple. It was a treat to watch him walk past her desk and catch a whiff of his subtle citrusy aftershave—that was, if he ever really shaved. His square jaw seemed perpetually stubbled in a grainy, sexy sort of way.