#BookReview & #AuthorInterview Dragon’s Lair: Touch of the Irish: Part 1 #ASMSG

Today, I am reviewing Ms. Savannah Morgan‘s  “Dragon’s Lair: Touch of the Irish: Part 1“.

Genre? It is part one of a three part fantasy erotica series. The attractive cover image is to be appreciated visually and literally.

Synopsis:

Eros has done it now. After a fight with Psyche, Eros went on a drunken rampage, shooting his leaden arrows at perspective lovers. On Valentine’s Day, no less!

Now that he and Psyche have made up, Eros is scrambling to find some way to save his victims. 

Where does Cupid turn for help?

To none other than his ex-flame Aine, Goddess of the Faeries.

Aine has things well under control until she realizes three names were left off her list of victims.

Now Candice Lipton, Samantha Porter, and Marissa Garcia are in need of a little magical help from Aine, Queen of the Faeries, and her fey trainees.

In this first installment, we meet Candice Lipton, a woman having one helluva time, both professionally and personally. Alone in the city, she lost her job a few days before Valentine’s Day.

If that wasn’t bad enough, it had to be on the most romantic day of the year.

She walked in on her boyfriend, Ethan, in bed with his best friend, David.

Oh the heart ache.

Now Candice is trying to get her life back on track. Is it possible all she needs is a little help from Sheridan, a Pixie Faerie in training, and Drake Fallen, a smokin’ hot Dragon with a few problems of his own?

Author’s Bio:

Savannah Morgan I have traveled the world, fought against injustice, and brought evil to a grinding halt.

I have made kings and destroyed empires. I have owned businesses, been a housewife and worked as an office assistant. I have written ingenious copy for PR campaigns and I have been an evil Senator.

I have built towns, painted world renowned art, and photographed the world.

I have found love in the most unlikely places and I have been betrayed. I have scratched and clawed my way out of dissolute situations and I have caused those I love pain.

I can fly a plane and a helicopter.

I can dismantle a bomb and find the cure of uncurable diseases.

I can shift into any creature I wish and I am magical.

I am a Warrior Goddess who will smite you down or send a faerie in to help you find true love.

I am all of these things and more…in the fertile depths of my creativity.

In truth I live in Central MS with my husband and two dogs and live a simple life, which I love.

I have an adventurous spirit and thoroughly enjoy seeing new places while meeting new and interesting people.

Book Review:

A Page Turner

In the beginning, we get a bit of mythology to provide a background to base the story on. Though there is a temptation to just dive in to chapter one, page one, line one and take off from there, I would agree with the author here. It makes sense to slow down, read the prologue, and then move on into the book gently. The pace of the book will be a fast one soon enough, no need to rush into it.

Characters: A sexy dragon, feisty faeries and a smart female protagonist, Candice.

Plot: To put things mildly, she’s had some disappointment lately; no job, no boyfriend, no direction. Consequently, she is ripe for exploitation.

Enter Sheridan, the magical fairy, to make things right again, right?

Not exactly. With a guardian angel like Sheridan, Candice doesn’t need a dragon, does she? She does, but this dragon has needs that can only be fulfilled by another dragon.

A human just won’t do, which provides delightful tension to the overall plot. The plot is therefore a classic variation of the question pondered by Prince Hamlet: “To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take up arms, and by opposing, end them.”

Not an easy dilemma for our two protagonists to be in, and the attempt to resolve this inner conflict drives them to the limits of their capacities…and beyond.

But effort is what counts, and although Candice is in for a unique experience,  the end is sure to please the most demanding of readers. Although this is Author Savannah Morrgan’s first time trying her hand at this genre, she has acquitted herself admirably.

I would definitely be interested in reading Part 2, just to satisfy my curiosity about what the future holds for this story’s progression.

Finally, I recommend this book for a mature audience, 18+, due to steamy sex scenes.

Author Interview:

Today I’m glad to present Ms. Savannah Morgan, whose book Dragon’s Lair: Touch of the Irish part 1 I really enjoyed. It is a well crafted, well plotted, and well executed first effort at this genre. I’ve already attached my review above and now we would like to get to know our author better.

Hello Savannah, welcome to my blog.

Thank you for inviting me, Thomas. It’s my pleasure to be here.

Please tell my readers, how did you come to writing?

In many ways it was a gradual process, in others it came on fast. In the end it came down to me not being able to sleep for all the scenes and voices in my head, even on those nights I could go to sleep it seemed as if I would be awakened by some gripping, humorous or funny scene. I just had to start writing them down, and thus that is how I came to writing.

How did you come up with your stories?

The funny thing about my stories is, they come to me almost ready made. I have to do very little, other than typing fast enough to get the entire story down. My characters come to me with full names and complete histories. It really is a joy telling each of their stories.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favourite?

Ugh, I cringe at this question, only because I don’t really have an answer. I love all of my characters. I tend to be more fond of the ones I’m writing at the moment, but if I have to pick just one character to say that is my favorite then it would have to be Sheridan Pixie Faerie. She burst onto the scene in Dragon’s Lair and completely stole the whole series. Haha.

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

I’m not a movie star stalker. I rarely know who is playing in what. That’s terrible of me isn’t it?

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

Interesting question. I’d have to say there is a little of me in every character I create, but as a general rule there is very little of me, or anyone else I know, in my characters. They really are entities in their own right. They have lives, loves, careers, favorite past-times, everything you would think of a real person having.

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

I’m a panster all the way. I don’t plan any of my stories. They flow from beginning to end in one continuous stream. If I happened to miss something, i.e., not be able to get it down by typing, hand or voice notes, or any other method, then unfortunately that scene is lost. That is not to say it won’t come back to me, but it won’t be exactly as it was when it first came to me.

What is your main reason for writing?

I love to tell the stories of my characters. I believe they are so full of life, have tremendous depth, and could easily be your best friend, love of your life, or worst enemy. They really are larger than life to me.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

I’m one of those that looks at the bad first, so I’d have to say the worst aspect of writing as a profession is marketing. I’m not a marketing guru and there is so much information out there it’s hard to find the best ways of getting your story in front of an audience.

The best part of writing is two-fold. First, as I write I see my characters evolve, grow, and become even more real. The second is, meeting and chatting with the fans of my stories. I love hearing how they found a particular story/scene/character funny/thrilling/insert emotion.

If my stories and characters seem alive to me as I’m writing them, and they do, they become more so when readers tell me how my characters and stories affect them.

 How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

This is a hard one for any author, especially those of us who have day jobs, families, or both. Personally, I rely heavily on my street team, especially my street team leader. She has been with me since my first book and we have become dear friends over the last year and a half. If it wasn’t for her and my never tiring Savvy Stalkers, I wouldn’t have the following I do.

What do you do when you don’t write?

I work a day job, have a husband and two dogs. When I’m not immersed in my real world life, then I’m researching marketing techniques, looking into classes to become a better writer, research for new books, keeping up with social media, and running my virtual group for writers called Author-4-Author.

I also have a blog and a graphics design company emphasizing on author needs; such as, book covers, teasers, videos, and recently event hosting. There is always something to do in my world. 😉

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?

I’m not your typical erotic author. I’m not even certain I fall into that category at all. In my stories, although the sex is hot and frequent, the story and characters drive my books.

You will never have a scene where the heroes are running for their lives with the bad guys right on their heels and they pull over to a roadside hotel for the purpose of having sex. Haha.

I’ve read those books and had to shake my head at the insanity of the scene. My books are steeped in real life issues and real problems, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and true love waits for the characters in that light.

 

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

I chose the path of Indie Author. I submitted one book to a medium size publisher. The rejection letter was glowing in that they told me they loved the story but weren’t taking submissions in the genre I wrote. In the rejection letter they told me to shop my story around, it was really that good.

At this time, Indie Authors were really taking off. I read some of the interviews and blog posts featuring them, I spoke to a couple who had broken through the ceiling and landed on some impressive bestselling lists, like the New York Times and USA Today’s lists.

I liked what they said. I liked the complete creative control they had. After I received the rejection letter, I thought, if they liked it that much and I want to have creative control, why not just do this myself. So, I did.

The highs are seeing my books listed, meeting/chatting with the readers, and meeting some extraordinary authors who are so willing to help another author out.

The low, and this has to be for everyone who chooses to write professionally, is the amount of time it takes marketing when I’d rather be writing. Marketing really is the bane of my existence. Haha.

 

What is your advice to new indie writers?

My advice to new writers, Indie or Mainstream alike, is be true to yourself. Don’t adopt a persona behind your name/pen name that you can’t maintain in person.

Be honest with yourself and others. And hire an excellent editor. Your editor and you should have a near symbiotic relationship. Haha. Your editing can either make you or break you.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Oh my, there are so many. Let’s see. Kallypso Masters is definitely one of my favorites, she’s also one of my mentors. She has taught me so much in how to navigate being an Indie Author.

Danielle James, another definite favorite of mine. She too is one of my mentors and is always there no matter how silly my question is.

Barbara Chioffi is a newish author, she has a couple of books out, and she is awesome if you like PNR/Shifter books.

Adri Sinclair is another author that, although new to me, has really impressed me with her writing.

Jordan Marie has some great stories out if you’re a fan of MC romance.

Zorha Redwolf is a wonderful poetess if you like dark poetry.

Mistral Dawn is another indie author whom I love to read. She writes erotic fantasy romance, and is just a fantastic storyteller.

SE Rise is another indie author who has impressed me with his writing style and storytelling abilities. Cree Storm, Andrew Jericho, Desiree A. Cox, Jessika Klide….oh my, I could go on for days. haha

Lizabeth Scott has a wonderful romance series out called the Royal Vow that I’ve just started and am thoroughly enjoying. I’m enjoying it so much I’m hosting an event for her latest release in the series this coming Saturday, April 2nd.

And, I’m not the only one who is a fan of Liz’s. We have a multitude of authors who have either given door prize donations and/or are doing takeovers in the event. It is shaping up to be a really great party.

You should all stop by and join us. Play some of the door prize contests, or all of them, for some great books and swag. Here’s the virtual location of the event below:


https://www.facebook.com/events/572314746258343/

Who are your favourite authors?

I’ve listed several indie authors in the previous question, so I’ll focus on mainstream authors on this one. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Maya Banks, and Lora Leigh. I love all of those ladies. I really enjoyed Janet Chapman’s Highland Series.

I’m also a fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Grisham (the early books like the Firm and the Chamber), SE Hinton, Billie Letts, Dan Brown and so, so many more.

What is your favourite book?

This is hard, I have several, but To Kill a Mockingbird by Haper Lee; Lair of the Lion and the Scarletti Curse by Christine Feehan; Anything written by Sherrilyn Kenyon or Kinley MacGregor (A.K.A. Sherrilyn Kenyon); The Outsiders by SE Hinton; The Honk and Holler by Billie Letts.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book / paperback / hardcover)?

At the moment I’m trying to find time to read The Winter King by Mistral Dawn, Lycan Heart by Barbara Chioffi and Hidden Carmina by Adri Sinclair. I’ve promised all three reviews and am terribly behind. Sorry, ladies.

What makes you laugh?

Honest humor, a dry wit. I’m not a fan of forced humor or slapstick.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

This is easy, my laptop, an endless supply of coffee makings (coffee and fresh water), and an internet connection. Haha. I’d really like to spend a month of just writing.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Oh, this is a much tougher question. But, in the realm of being honest and true, I’d like to invite all of my author friends for dinner so we can gaggle about our books and characters.

Preference:

Summer or winter?
This is hard, because I love all seasons, but probably winter,  that is if I have a nice wood burning fireplace and books and/or my laptop.

Ice cream or cake?

Hmmm, another toughie. Depends on my mood, but I can eat ice cream year around.

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

I would hope they would say my best quality is my heart and the way I love.

My oddest quality, hmm, I’m not really sure, but maybe the fact that I’m always so busy but never really get anything done. Haha.

What would you chose as those qualities?

Probably the same things. I like to be helpful and to make people aware of their potential. I’m also curious as to why I seem to be so busy but never get anything done. Haha.

Can you tell us about your other books?

Adult Contemporary Romance ~ Erotic Suspense Series

Sapphire Springs Series
Welcome to Sapphire Springs, Montana, a place where intrigue runs as deep as the bloodlines, and passions are as hot as the coffee served at KJ’s Sweets and Treats. A place where you’ll be sure to meet the hot BSI agents who know how to protect what is theirs, and the juiciest gossip from town. A place where brothers are pitted against brother, foes become friends and loyalties are tested.

Sapphire Springs: Love, Lust, Betrayal and Danger are around every corner, but true love is found in the heart.

Contemporary Romance ~ Adventure/Suspense Series

The Deadly Flowers Series
Talbert Security and Rescue has a stellar reputation for being the ones you want to pull you out of a mess. William “Bill” Talbert has built his successful business with blood, sweat and tears. With the help of his friends and extended family, he has created the ultimate security team. Seven beautiful women, cousins, who are as deadly as the flowers they are named after. Join the action as Winter, Lily, Lea, Autumn, Belle, Daphne and Angel pit their brains, wit, cunning and specialized training against terrorists and governments alike. Watch how these savvy ladies rescue victims of abduction, take down terrorist cells, tackle arms and drug dealers, all while kicking ass in stilettos. Taking down the bad guys has never been this stylish, or deadly.

And of course my Paranormal Romance ~ Erotic Fantasy Series

Touch of the Irish: A Collection of Short Erotic Fantasies
Eros has done it now.
After a fight with Psyche, Eros went on a drunken rampage shooting his leaden arrows at perspective lovers. On Valentine’s Day, no less! Now that he and Psyche have made up, Eros is scrambling to find some way to save his victims.
Where does cupid turn for help?
None other than his ex-flame Aine, Goddess of the Faeries. Aine has things well under control until she realizes three names were left off her list of victims. What is a Goddess to do when all her best trained fey are already helping others?

She calls on her faeries in training. Three unsuspecting fey get the chance to make a god’s mistake right when they are sent in to help the last three victims of Eros. Dragons, Wolves, and Majickal Beings are all fair game in this race against the clock and finding the happily ever after for three lucky ladies.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

Music plays a huge part in my writing. Each story and each couple have their own songs. Currently I’m writing book 3 in my Sapphire Springs Series, Lies. These following four songs have played a prominent part in writing the story.

The Light by Disturb
Nobody’s Prayin for Me by Seether
Beautiful With You by Halestorm
Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk

How do you handle criticism of your work?

Eagerly. Hey, I’m human. Of course I want everyone to love my books and characters, but I’m also a realist and know that is impossible. So, I eagerly read all of my reviews and comments given to me by readers so that I can know where I need to focus on being a better writer.

Without that feedback, the constructive criticism authors will become stagnant. We need criticism to help us hone our craft, as much as we need to continue to write to become better. If criticism is done with the best of intentions even the worst critic can be helpful.

Anything else you would like to add Savannah?

For those who don’t know me, I’m Savannah Morgan, a multi-genre, award winning Indie Author. I write Adult Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, as well as my Touch of the Irish Erotic Fantasy series.

On a personal note, I live in Central Mississippi in the US with my husband of 27 years and our two dogs. I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, camping, hiking, and fishing. But I don’t bait my own hook…That’s what the hubby is for. Haha Outside of my love for writing, I am also a graphic design specialist, a junior video aficionado, and yes I can even sing and play a little piano…Not that you’ll ever hear me do either.

Hey, I said I could do it, not that I was good at it. hehe

On a professional note, I’ve been publishing my stories since July of 2014 and currently have 7 books out.

Links to Social Media:

Send me a friend request on Facebook.

http://bit.ly/SavannahMorganFB

Be sure to send me a friend request on my rescue page. This page is in case FB locks me out of my account again.

http://bit.ly/SMDeuce

And you can follow me on my fan page as well.

http://bit.ly/SMFanPage

And don’t forget to stop by my other Facebook pages.

Need something designed? Try Author Designs by Savannah, the award winning author services page for all your author needs.

http://bit.ly/AuthorDesigns

Blog Page: Find out about the latest releases, parties, and happenings in the indie author world.

http://bit.ly/STGBlogPage

Devin Blackthorn: Character page

http://bit.ly/DevinBlackthorn

Kylie Blackthorn: Character page

http://bit.ly/KylieJamesBlackthorn

Jamie Blackthorn: Character page

http://bit.ly/JamieBlackthorn

 

Book Links:

Touch of the Irish Series

Dragon’s Lair:   http://bit.ly/DLpromo1

Wolfe’s Heart: http://bit.ly/WHpromo1

Immortal Pair: http://bit.ly/IPpromo1

Touch of the Irish:   http://bit.ly/TOTIpromo1

 

Sapphire Springs Series

Dreams:   http://bit.ly/DreamsPromo1

Secrets:   http://bit.ly/SecretsPromo1

Lies

 

Deadly Flowers Series

Dakota’s Autumn:   http://bit.ly/DApromo1

Social Media:

Twitter:   http://bit.ly/SavvyMTweets

Youtube:   http://bit.ly/Savioutube

Pinterest:   http://bit.ly/SaviPinterest

Website:   http://bit.ly/SaviWebSite

 

TSU: https://www.tsu.co/SavannahMorganAuthor

Are: http://tinyurl.com/pc22uxj

Authorgraph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/AuthorSavvyM

Ello: https://ello.co/savannahmorgan

 

 

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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5 Responses to #BookReview & #AuthorInterview Dragon’s Lair: Touch of the Irish: Part 1 #ASMSG

  1. Patches Braz says:

    This Author is 1 of the best authors out there. Her attention to details are so spot on and her stories grab you and drag you kicking and screaming( not really fighting it tho) into the story as if you were on the side lines watching everything happen. Yelling at the characters does no good( learned that the hard way)!

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  2. Thank you so much for the lovely write up and recommendation. It was a pleasure being on your blog today.

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  3. Crystal Gard says:

    This isn’t a book I normally read, however after reading your review I am considering giving it a try.

    Like

  4. angie says:

    love the color of the book looks like a great read and seems to pull me right in

    Like

  5. This is my kind of book: slightly out there. The Greek mythology undertones wreaking real life havoc. I’ll give a shot.

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