Thursday, May 26, 2016

#Interview with Jamie K. Schmidt, author of The Queen's Dance! (#Dragons #Romance)

Welcome Jamie! The Queen's Dance is the third book in your Emerging Queens series. Can you tell new readers to the series a bit about this book? What can they expect plot, pace, sex, etc.?

Hi Crystal!  Thank you for having me on your blog today.  The Emerging Queens series is about women who should have become dragon shifters at puberty, but because of a curse, were denied that development.  However once the curse is lifted, dragon Queens are sprouting up all over the place and it's really wrecking havoc with the status quo.  The plot of The Queen's Dance features Margery who wants to expose a dangerous drug ring that she had been tracking before her shift into a dragon Queen.  But because dragon Queens are rare, her protector, Remy doesn't want her to do anything to risk herself.  It becomes apparent rather quickly that this story is much more dangerous than she realized and both their lives are at risk.  During all of this, Remy a lake dragon without wings, and Margery, a sky dragon, are truly opposites who attract and while they know they have no future because of their differences they decide to act on their attraction but not fall in love.  It doesn't quite work out they way they plan.  It's a fast paced, steamy read.

Now tell us a bit about our hero and heroine; What about Remy and Margery do you think will draw readers in? Why are these two perfect for each other? Why do you think the readers will fall in love with this couple? 

Remy has been looked down on all his life because he doesn't have wings and because of that, he doubts he's the best protector for a new Queen.  Margery doesn't have time for all this dragon nonsense, she's hot on the trail of a story that will save people's lives.  I think readers will be drawn in by Remy's vulnerability that only he can see.  No one wants to cross him while he's protecting (and falling in love with) Margery.  Margery doesn't see anything wrong with Remy.  She couldn't fly either a few weeks ago.  They're perfect for each other because she sees him as who he really is and he knows she is the only dragon Queen that he would willingly serve and protect.  I think readers will fall in love with this couple because they work well as a team, have smoking good sex, and are trying desperately not to fall in love with each other, but it's obvious that they have it bad.

Remy and Margery really do sound perfect for each other! 
What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing The Queen's Dance? Why did this scene stand out for you?

The scene that stands out most for me in The Queen's Dance came about during the plotting of the novel.  My friend and I were plotting our novels together. We had our post-it notes and our three-fold cardboard presentation boards out.  We were prepared with our Sharpie markers and, of course, wine.
When it got to the section where Margery and Remy go to Rome to meet with Queen Mei Hua, we were already a few bottles in.  It wasn't until months later when I was writing the scene, I consulted the plot board to see what the post-its said should happen in the scene and all there was in that section was a red, heart-shaped post-it note with a drunken scrawl that said, "It's Rome, Bitchez!"

*Snickers* That definitely sounds memorable, Jamie! LOL! Thank you for joining us today and I look forward to reading The Queen's Dance

29743700The Queen's Dance
(The Emerging Queens #3)
by Jamie K. Schmidt
Published May 23rd 2016 by Entangled Publishing (Select Otherworld)
ISBN 1633756246
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.

After newly shifted sky dragon Queen Margery is rescued from smugglers by water dragon Remy Champlain, she debates whether to flesh out the story that nearly got her killed or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs. Sparks fly between Remy and her. He’d love her to give up her job and settle down…hopefully with him…but he can’t fly and she can’t swim, so their relationship can never get off the ground. 

Don't miss the entire The Emerging Queens series!

Author Bio: 
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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