Karilyn Bentley

 DSC_4616 copyKarilyn Bentley is back with us today to talk about her latest release, DRAGON LOVER, another dragon shifter book in the Draconia Tales series. Please help me welcome back such a fun guest to the Lair.

Karilyn: Thank you Suz! I’m so happy to be back on the Bandits blog with everyone! I always have so much fun over here. Everyone is so nice! And the waiters with their drinks are top notch. <winks and takes a sip> Tell Sven thanks for the yummy mocha frappe!

Suz: Karilyn, you know your dragon shifters have become a favorite of mine, the readers and of course our resident dragon, Ermengarde. What is it about dragons that fascinates you?

Karilyn: They are big, powerful, have thick skins and love sparkly jewels. Can you imagine playing with precious stones and jewels all day? (no, that is NOT a pun, mind out of the gutter!) And of course, my dragons are sexy hunks that even Ermengarde loves. And they say hi to her, BTW. What’s not to like about dragons?

Suz: In DRAGON LOVER we get to hear how Fafnir got trapped in dragon form. I recently wrote a book about a character who readers were all asking to have his story. Did writing Fafnir’s story put any pressure on you to meet reader’s expectations for him?DragonLover_w8322_300

Karilyn: A little, yes. I wanted to do him justice, for readers to sympathize with his life and root for him in the end. He’s hiding secrets. Not so obvious in the other books, although the reader should wonder about him a bit (I hope so anyway!), but who he really is comes out in this story.

Suz: Tell us about Fafnir and his heroine Aryana. They have a bit of a history, don’t they?

Karilyn: Yep, they certainly do have a history. They’ve known each other their entire lives since they were prophesied to be mates and spent most of those lives wishing they never met. Aryana had dreams to become the High Priestess, a position only available to an unmated female. Fafnir sought love far away from home. But the fates had other plans for them. <g>

Suz: What’s up next for your readers?

Karilyn: I’m so glad you asked! DEMON LORE is the first book in an urban fantasy series coming out later this year or early next year (not sure of the release date yet). Here’s a quick blurb: Gin Crawford has enough problems dealing with empath abilities. The last thing she needs is to be told she’s the world’s newest demon-slayer. Unfortunately, when she slips on a mysterious bracelet she is given no other choice. On the plus side, her new gig comes with tall, dark and handsome, a wizard who may or may not have her best interests at heart. Thrust into a power-play between good and evil, Gin must determine which side wants her dead, before she becomes the next victim in the ongoing battle. Stay tuned for a release date!!! I’m really excited about this series!

I also am keeping my fingers crossed my editor likes the next book in the Draconia Tales series. This one features Jamie, the boy from the series. He’s grown and in search of his own lifemate. Detective Parker has been suspended from the Denver Police force and wants nothing more than to clear her name and get her job back. Until she meets Jamie. What happens when the one you love lives in another dimension? This one was a lot of fun to write! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Suz: Okay, writers tend to have little idiosyncrasies when it comes to writing. Some need candles burning, some must drink wine. I’m on a quest to figure out what writers crave to snack on. What’s your little secret must have to munch on during a good writing session?

Karilyn: So true! Writers tend to be creatures of habit, don’t we? I don’t snack on anything while writing, but I do have to have a cup of tea. Herbal, caffeinated or decaf, it doesn’t matter. Well, okay, that’s a bit of a lie. I can’t drink full-caf after noon if I want to sleep that night. So, only herbal or decaf from then on. <g> A cup of hot tea has to sit next to my computer in order for me to write. The words just flow better.

Karilyn is giving away a copy of Dragon Lover to one commenter to this question: Who else is fascinated with dragons? If so, tell me why.

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  • flchen1 says:

    Great to learn about your stories, Karilyn! As for dragons, they have a long and storied history in many cultures–I do love how strong and lovely they usually are portrayed as being. And also scary when crossed 😉 Looking forward to getting to know your renditions…

  • Helen says:

    Hi Karilyn

    I really must get to these stories I so love dragons they are magical and mysticall and I just love them 🙂

    Have Fun

  • Quantum says:

    I first became aquainted with dragons through Anne McCaffrey’s ‘Dragons of Pearn’ series and later with Robin Hobb’s version. I think McCaffrey made the all important plausibility link by describing the origin of her dragons as a genetic engineering project to create creatures to help the settlers on a remote planet. I think Hobb’s had an evolutionary origin. I think of them as flying dinosaurs that evolved further to generate fire and magical mental powers. If climatic catastrophe hadn’t wiped them out we might be living in a very different world today! Either way they can be both fascinating and terrifying!

    Katlyn, I’m afraid I haven’t met your dragons before. Are they gentle with new readers?

    • Quantum says:

      Karilyn, sorry I miss-spelt your name. It’s too early for intelligent thought here in the UK!

    • Hi Quantum,
      I think I read the first in the Pearn series and did not get to how they were genetically engineered. I’ve often wondered if the dragon myths had something to do with dinosaurs, nice to hear someone else thinks along those lines too!!

      My dragon shifters are pretty easy for readers. 🙂 The first book is Magical Lover, if you wanted to start at the beginning. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by and happy reading!!

    • Hey Quantum!

      I will have to look up McCaffrey’s “Dragons of Pern” series. You make them sound quite interesting. I’ve often thought there must’ve been some a long time ago, since they appear in ancient cultures all around the world.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’ve never really thought about this..Oi know PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON has always been one of my favorite songs, and one I love singing with my grands. I also lovef the dragon from SHREIK, but othrtwise I’ve never thought of them in a story, specially as a main charactrt. Hmmmm very intresting concept. I do believe I will haveto spend some serious time thinking about this.

  • Shannon says:

    Most dragons in fiction are big, scary, and strong characters. At least at first. But most of them have a soft underbelly and a heart that can shift from tough to tender. In the end of most tales the dragon is genuinely a hero. (Poor Puff, his ending is sad.)

    One author who has shape shifting dragons (takes suspending the belief of conservation of mass; I did get a C in psychics) has them wear breastplates encrusted with jewels.

    • Hey Shannon!

      Dragons do seem to have a fascination or connection with jewels. Take Smaug in The Hobbit movies…Yeah, pretty creepy one that seemed to love it’s jewels and gold!

      (Can’t wait for the last of the trilogy to come out!)

  • Hi Shannon,
    That’s so true about dragons. I have not heard of the author whose dragons were breastplates with jewels. My dragons have a fascination with jewels, especially rubies. 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!

    • Shannon says:

      It’s funny how life is full of dragons! First your dragons. Then I’m walking for exercise. I go by a cafe that has outside seating, and there was this cute little boy with blonde curls and he had a two headed dragon that he was flying at his dad. A bit further, I was on a path around the pond and there was a dual stroller with a baby/toddler holding Barney. I wonder if I’ll dream of dragons and rubies tonight??

  • Caren Crane says:

    Karilyn, welcome back to the Lair! I have been fascinated with dragons since I read my first fantasy book (at about age 11), Patricia McKillip’s The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. My mom worked at Ingram pulling book orders back then (post-divorce, pre-going-back-to-school) and saw the cover. For some reason, it made her think of me, so she bought it for me.

    She had no idea what she was starting! My next dragon love affair was with Smaug, naturally. I read Tolkein at 12. Not sure I understood everything I was reading. He was very academic!

    Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern was a huge part of my teen years. I still have the whole collection, including the Harper’s Hall trilogy and all the many, many books that followed (including ones she wrote with her son). I adore that world.

    So, yeah, I’m a dragon lover from way back. Not sure I need an actual dragon shifter hero, but I adore the mystery of the dragon. 🙂

    • Hi Caren,
      You know, I never read Tolkein until after I saw the first movie and then I fell in love. Not sure why I hadn’t heard of him before then. Craziness! Dragon stories and myths are fascinating. So much a writer can do with them.

      Well, if you ever do decide you need a dragon shifter hero, I hope you’ll try mine. 🙂

      Have a great day!!

    • Hey Caren!

      Wow, I had no idea there were that many dragon themed books out there! Clearly, I need to expand my TBR pile into the world of Fantasy to pick these up!

  • Good morning, Kerilyn!

    I’ve been facinated with the idea of Dragon shifters ever since reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s first Were Hunter book, Dragonswan. To think of a man who can shift into such a powerful and dangerous creature pulled me right into that world.

    I think your dragons have that same power, yet the heart of a human inside. Very, very cool!

    • Good morning, Suz! I enjoy Sherrilyn’s books too. Dragonswan was good. And a big thank you for the comparison! I’m so glad you enjoyed my dragons!!!

  • Minna says:

    Oh, I do like dragons! Maybe because I’m a dragon in the Chinese zodiac! I have so many favorite dragon stories:Anna and the King of Dragons by Karen Harbaugh, Susannah Scott’s, Angela knight’s and Tmelia Tumlin’s dragon books and my latest favorite dragon is Boody from MythTickle comic by Justin Thompson. As a kid my favorite dragon was Justus, the clay animation dragon who couldn’t wait for his wings to grow on his back.

  • catslady says:

    Dragons are just so fantastical 🙂 There are so many varieties – anything your imagination wants to think of. Some are loved and others can be menacing. I also like to think that just maybe there were such creatures once upon a time.

    • Hi Catslady!
      That is so true! Dragons come in many shapes and sizes and offer a wide range of story ideas. I too like to imagine that they used to live long ago. Something started all those myths that cross cultures.

      Have a wonderful day!!

    • Hey Catslady,

      I have to confess I love paintings of the dragons that are fierce! Probably because that’s how I imagine them in my head, huh?

  • I’ve loved dragons since I read my first Tolkein book when I was around 12. They really are fascinating creatures and I think part of the fascination is the idea they might actually have been real. I spent the night camping at Loch Ness when I was a senior in college. It was FREEZING cold (March) but we heard many strange noises and heard bizarre water sounds the entire night.

    I collect dragons – gargoyles of dragons in particular and my brothers try very hard to find unique ones for me at Christmas and birthdays.

    I even owned two gorgeous deaf Great Danes and their registered names were :

    Dragonheart’s Ancient Glory and
    Dragonheart’s Sacred Honor.

    I called them Glory and Honor and they were two of the most amazing dogs I have ever owned.

    I’m really looking forward to reading your books!

    • Hi Louisa,
      I’ve never been to Loch Ness but have always wanted to go. I didn’t realize you could camp there. I bet that was spooky!

      I love your dogs’ names! What special names for special dogs!

      Thank you for checking out my dragons! I hope you enjoy!! Happy reading!!

    • Hey Louisa!

      Why am I not surprised you had Great Danes? Let alone ones with such magnificent names!

      • I had Danes for years, Suzanne. All but one was born deaf. I lost my last one, Glory, a few years ago and it broke my heart. They only live on average to the age of 12 or so, far too short a time to love such amazing animals. I have small dogs now like Frodo the Horrible, who I am certain is mean enough to outlive us all!

  • gamistress66 says:

    oooo dragons 🙂 mysterious, powerful, the things of legends & myth, they can fly, breath fire (2 handy things to be able to do when people are annoying you) — really what’s not to be fascinated about

  • Hi Gamistress66!
    Thank you for stopping by!! Flying and breathing fire are handy things to do! Dragons rock! Such fascinating creatures.

    Happy Reading!

  • bn100 says:

    Yes, for the way they look

  • Karilyn, welcome back and congrats on your new release! I love dragons and can’t remember a time when I didn’t. Discovering Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books was a huge thrill.

    It’s hard for me to say why they’re so fascinating. I mean, they can fly, sometime they’re predatory, but sometimes they’re allied to humans, and they’re often tied into magic in some way.

    Your characters sound wonderful.

    • Hi Nancy,
      Thank you!!! I absolutely love your books!!! In case I haven’t mentioned that before. 🙂

      Yes, dragons are fascinating for all those reasons. I like them better when they work with humans instead of against them. 🙂 So many interesting dragon stories out there!

      Happy Reading!

      • Karilyn, thanks for picking up my mages and letting me know you enjoyed them!

        I also like dragons better as allies than as enemies. The whole St. George story just makes me cringe. When our son was small, he loved a series by Patricia Wrede (I think it’s the Enchanted Forest Chronicles) about a princess who gets so tired of suitors that she runs away from home to keep house for a dragon. They’re terrific books with lots of wry humor.

        • Hi Nancy! You are most welcome!!! 🙂

          I don’t recall the St. George story so I just looked it up. It sounds like a video game. I’m with you, I don’t like those types of stories about dragons. I wonder what St. George actually fought that people used to call a dragon.

          The Patricia Wrede series sounds great! I like the set-up! I’ll have to go check those out!