Monday, March 25, 2013

Nancy Lee Badger talks About Dragons

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I love to talk about Dragons. Since I also write stories where they appear, I want to talk about them today. 

These legendary creatures are typically pictured as having serpent-like or reptilian traits. Dragons are featured in the myths of cultures spanning the globe. Today, I will concentrate on the mythological dragons of Scotland. 

From Cirein Croin, a sea serpent believed to be the largest creature ever, to the long, thick tailed wingless Beithar who haunted the quarries and mountains around Glen Coe, to the infamous Loch Ness Monster, dragons have been a part of Scottish folklore. Some say dragons are a mix of the serpent, the feline, and the predatory bird, the great predators of prehistoric times. 

But, dragons are a myth, right? Once man started to walk upright, he combined the various myths into one terrifying beast. The dragon was born. 

One tale of bravery and love mentions the Rowan Tree. In the tale of Froach and the Rowan Tree, Froach swims to an island to gather berries from a magic Rowan Tree to save the life of his lover’s mother. He slips past the dragon guarding the tree then swims home only to discover he needs the entire branch. Back he goes, but the dragon awakes. Wounded, Froach swims toward home. His lover throws him a sword so he can kill the dragon and get to shore. Some say Froach dies, but the romantic in me believes the few who say he and his lover lived happily ever after. 

I have included the Rowan Tree in my story line in Dragon’s Curse, a novella released by Whispers Publishing. A Mountain Ash, in the family Rosaceae, the Rowan Tree is native throughout the cool, temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It finds a welcome home in the Scottish Highlands. With red foliage and large clumps of red berries each autumn, the Rowan is one of the most familiar wild trees of the British Isles.

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I love dragons, and find their inclusion in my stories a necessity at times. Dragon in the Mist is a short story based on the Loch Ness Monster. My current work-in-progress includes a dragon. Watch for My Reluctant Highlander, the third book in the Highland Games Through Time series (due out this summer!) 

For more information concerning dragons and dragon lore, check your local library, book store, or these websites: 


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Nancy Lee Badger's Positive Quote of the Week

"Hope and ideas are two things that always matter." —Anonymous

I had hoped to be farther along on my current manuscript, but life got in the way. I am not complaining. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest.

Stop and smell the cow poop.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Cover Reveal: Southern Fried Dragon

My Civil War romance is a fanciful story that takes place in Charleston, South Carolina on the eve of the first shots fired at Fort Sumter. Understand, this is first and foremost a story about a simple serving girl with a past who is saved by a Federal soldier during uneasy times. A recent survey concluded that, though my book was a wonderful read, the cover was confusing (see the original cover below) My hope is that the book will find more readers. Here is an excerpt:
He backed her against a shadowy wall and pressed against her, returning her attention to his rock-hard body. The swift surge of passion thrilled her with the power their shared kiss conjured. The second kiss was a joy-filled surprise that swiftly turned into a carnal promise of things to come.
With her fingers entangled in his silky locks, she wiggled her hips, yearning to get closer. He groaned, and pressed her between the hard planks of the wall and the steel planes of his chest. His tongue slid across her lips until she opened beneath his touch, welcoming him inside. She now knew what to expect. She now craved his intimate strokes within the sensitive curve of her mouth.
Prickles of desire brought a moan from deep within her throat, and the pleasure dampened the secret area between her legs. She never would have believed the fire inside could flame even brighter. She yearned for more.
Much more.
When he broke the kiss, Dru cried out with disappointment.
“I should not keep taking advantage, Miss…you neglected to share your name.”
Southern Fried Dragon Reviews:
“The twists and turns, secrets, and conflicts that arose kept me turning the pages. Nancy Lee Badger is a keen storyteller who draws you in and keeps you reading until you get to the happily-ever-after.”
“The story will have you turning the pages to see what will happen next and will Dru take a chance.”
“Another great book by Nancy Badger! Very interesting, entertaining and fun to read. Intermingling the Old South with everything else was so unexpected. Everyone who loves romance novels needs to read this one!” 
my original cover

Author:  Nancy Lee Badger
Genre: Paranormal Historical
Available now at  Amazon      


Friday, March 8, 2013

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Elena Dillon

author Elena Dillon
Today I’m interviewing Elena Dillon. Her book Breathe is a YA Romantic Suspense and was released on December 14, 2012.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
It is a story about a teenage girl who has to restart her life after the murder of her older sister by a serial killer.  Her and her family go about this in a new place quite different from what she is used to.  Of course she meets a hot boy and falls in love but while all this is going on some pretty creepy things start happening and she has to wonder if the killer might be after her now.
When did you first consider yourself a writer and when did you start writing toward publication?
I’ve been writing since I was very young but I think I’ve only recently considered myself a “writer”.  It never even occurred to me to publish.  I was afraid to even show anyone anything I had written.   last year I let a friend read part of the book and I was hooked!
How did you get into romance writing?
I’m sorry I wasn’t aware that there was any other kind? Lol. What’s a story without romance? ;)
I am with you! Do you see writing as a career?
Well now that I’m doing it, it feels more like a necessity.  I’m not sure I could stop now if I wanted to.
Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1. My mother’s maiden name and my married name are the same. (I did NOT marry a relative. I checked)

2. I am deathly allergic to peanuts. (My husband does not understand how I got through childhood without peanut butter and jelly)

3. I have hosted three exchange students from Brazil and the Cayman Islands for 1 year to 2 ½ years. I highly recommend it.  It is a fabulous experience. I have children everywhere!
You and I met last fall at a writer's conference. Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?
I am a member or Romance Writers of America and a local chapter of the same organization.  It is really amazing. I have met so many helpful, wonderful people in RWA. Like Nancy who is so sweet as to host me here! They have great educational programs and I love the conferences they put on.  I can’t wait to attend the National Conference in Atlanta this summer!  
I will see you there! Tell us more about Breathe (a book I recently finished and enjoyed.)

Book Blurb
Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl.  It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that
murdered Daisy was never caught.  That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over.  Hopefully in a place where the 1last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way.  Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction.  On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is.  Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening.  Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time?  Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.
About the Author 

Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles.  She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.
A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends.  They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

Thanks for joining me, today. How can my readers buy your book?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

FREE BOOKS-Read an E-Book Week-March 3-9

March 3-9 is
Read an E-Book Week! 
My Honorable Highlander (Book #1)

My Banished Highlander (Book #2)

So, leave a comment below then head over to the link above for another chance to win ebooks. Good luck! Also, here are other titles you might enjoy (available most places, but click to go to the Amazon buy page)

Love to the Rescue
Destiny's Mountain
Dragon In The Mist
Dragon's Curse
*TO WIN-remember: leave your name, format choice such as PC, doc, epub, mobi, book title, and the email address you would like your prize sent to. (they will not be used or shared. I am WAY too busy to start a newsletter)
**If I am in a REALLY good mood, I just might give away MORE than 2 ebooks!