Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Book Birthday The Queen's Dance byu Jamie K Schmidt Part I!




Are you ready for Champ? This dragon stud might be limited on land thanks to being a water dragon but there's no finer protector for Queen Margery. If you love dragon shifters don't miss this newest installment in the Emerging Queens series. And since today is part one, and next week is part two, I will have different excerpts, teasers, giveaways, and some more goodies!!

The Queen’s Dance
The Emerging Queens Series,
Book Three
Jamie K. Schmidt

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled

Date of Publication: 5/23/16

Number of pages: 267
Word Count: 63,000

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
 
Despite his handicaps outside his natural habitat, water dragon Remy “Champ” Champlain fights to protect Queen Margery from those who plot to quash her damaging news reports by silencing her...forever.


He can never have her, but he'll protect her with his life.


Book Description:

After newly shifted dragon Queen, Margery Cooper, is rescued from smugglers she has a choice to continue to hunt down the story that nearly killed her when she was an investigative reporter or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs. Remy “Champ” Champlain is first on the scene and assigned her protector while she sorts out her affairs. He wants nothing more to get back to his solitude and his small town, but as an unclaimed dragon he doesn’t get a choice.

The Queen is his responsibility until her court is formalized. He wants to settle her down right away, but she has this wild hair up her Queenly butt to find out who is smuggling dangerous drugs into the country.

Sparks fly between them, but as she's a sky dragon and he's a water dragon, well she can't swim and he can't fly and those aren't the only differences they're facing.


Excerpt 1:
Margery was lying out in the sun again. She felt the heat press into her bones from the hard deck under her and the rays beating into her skin.
Bliss.
Listening, she could hear the creak of the deck chair and the splash of the waves. Where was Remy?
She wanted to open her eyes and sit up, but she didn’t know where they were. Would she be flashing all of Lake Champlain? Her hands inched around on the deck hoping to find her bikini. No luck. But she did feel a sheet balled up at the very edge of her reach. Snatching it, she wrapped it around herself and sat up and wobbled—she’d had tequila hangovers that didn’t feel like this. When her eyes adjusted to the sunlight, she realized she was alone.
Remy?” she called. She didn’t feel up to standing, so she sat there on deck and wondered why she’d passed out. It had just been starting to get good, too. Margery touched her lips where Remy’s kisses had left their brand then smiled and hoped he didn’t think he’d frightened her.
While she’d gotten really cold, and the dark did remind her briefly of being a prisoner below deck with the pirates, that’s where the similarities ended. Margery knew Remy would never hurt her. She wasn’t sure why she’d passed out, but it had nothing to do with him. Concentrating, she tried to emerge into a dragon so she could fly around the lake, but pain jackhammered into her skull until she was retching bile over the side of the deck.
Shit,” she gurgled.
She thumped back to the deck and closed her eyes until the pain went away, which took longer than she expected. Luckily, the sun’s warmth bored into her every pore, and the headache eased to a mild throb. Margery stretched and rolled over so she wouldn’t get sunburned.
Too bad she’d passed out. She didn’t quite get the politics of the consort thing, but if it was a choice between Remy, Casimiro, and a total stranger, her best bet was Remy. It didn’t have to be love, after all. Not yet, anyway. It would have been nice to have a night of mind-blowing sex and fall asleep cuddled up in a man’s arms. Ever since Casimiro did a number on her heart, Margery wasn’t too keen on letting that organ decide her bed partners. Her libido had good taste, and right now Remy would fit the bill. If she could stay conscious for it.
A big wave lifted the boat, and she clutched at the deck as the vessel swayed nearly to tipping. Then Remy launched onto the deck. He was fully dressed and not even dripping.
She squinted up at him. “How do you do that?”
Did you have a nice night?” he asked, turning his back on her to go to the helm and raise the anchor.


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My Review

I absolutely love this series!! It's become so much fun to see how everyone who was "emerged" in dragon form after the curse was broken. I still freaking love seeing viola and Sergei and carolyn and reed. So we see some of our old friends meet up with new friends. Marge- I gave a her a nick name- and Remy Champlain, aka Champ. And we can't forget our not so humble Chinese rock star dragon. It was hilarious seeing him try to be humble which just didn't happen. Lol and we're finally seeing what our bad guy has been doing- stealing drugs to give to humans to further a greedy dragon cause. Can't say more than that thought. 

So Champ is a water dragon- his mommy is none other than Nessie!!- and when he helps rescue Marge from the boat that held her captive, he can't help himself, it was his territory she was hurt on so he will protect her while she heals. Yeah they just can't help themselves either, except they have to because so many things get in their way. First, Marge has a form of PTSD, then bad guys try to kill her, then studs are popping up from every corner because she's a new queen, and then because things just happen. Lol! I loved that Marge was her own person, she would never let turning into a dragon queen change her, she's a reporter and she always will be. She's not formal and she will not abide by stupid rules. I loved seeing the three girls together too! And Remy is his own hero. He knows that since Marge is a sky dragon, he can't have her, he's a water dragon, and sky dragons can only mate in one way, and he can't do that. But that doesn't stop him from wanting to give his life to protect hers. 

And so we have a very fun adventure, with some enlightening things happening that will effect future books, and on top of that, I am super pumped with what I know now and how things are turning out for the series. I am also thrilled that there's more books coming in the future! YAY!!!! So of course I say, fantastic writing, excellent addition to the series, and I just adore these crazy dragons!! 5 PAWS!!!   

 
And don't miss the rest of the Emerging Queens series:



FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years. He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. When the Cult of Humanity kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.



Viola Pierce has never had particularly great luck with guys. That is, until the day she shifts into a glorious, deadly, three-headed dragon. As it turns out, Viola is a dragon Queen. As a rule, Sergei hates Queens, but the Viola's beauty and humanity reach something deep within him. When she names him her protector and consort—quite by accident—a heated and unexpected attraction grows. But the dragon court is ruthless...and what doesn't kill Viola will only make her more dangerous. 



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About the author: 


Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).

When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at The Dudley Farm during the summer. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it.

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