Dragons. There is something incredible about them. Huge, magical, powerful, wise. I adore them. I have dragons all over my house, wear them as jewelry…heck, I even have a giant stuffed dragon on my bed. So when this Pax theme came up, I had to jump in. Then came the fun part: what type of dragon? As my fans already know, I’ve done dragon shifters. While I wasn’t opposed to doing them again—because let’s be honest, who doesn’t like dragon shifters?—I decided I should stretch my creative muscles, so to speak, and try something different.
I devoured fantasy novels growing up. Not the slick, modern urban fantasy novels that are all the rage right now, either (not that there’s anything wrong with those, because I read my share!). No, this was back in the 80s and 90s, dark and gritty stories with warriors, barbarians, and monsters. Now, I don’t do dark and gritty. It’s just not my writing style, and the few times I tried usually turned into farce, because I simply can’t sustain it. But there are a genre of stories that do fit. Writers like Piers Anthony, L. Sprague de Camp, Robert Asprin and, of course, Terry Pratchett. Authors who write about those monsters and barbarians with their tongues firmly in cheek.
It was those stories of my teen years that I drew from when I wrote Dragon Herder. The burly, uncivilized brute, who is much smarter than he looks. The lean, sarcastic wanderer with a secret past. Interfering gods and misunderstood beasts. It’s a romp through a fantastic landscape with a cast of quirky characters and a healthy dose of humor for good measure. So come and join the fun!
Dragon Herder by K.M. Mahoney is now available at Amber Allure.
If you'd like the chance to win the entire pax collection, just leave a comment on today's post. On Saturday, a winner will be picked at random from all the comments made this week on the blog. Comment on all, and that's multiple chances to win!