Review: Alice’s Dragon by Stephanie Beck (Interview & Excerpt)

October 10, 2014 Review 2

Review: Alice’s Dragon by Stephanie Beck (Interview & Excerpt)

Dragon Charmer—taking care of your pesky dragon problem—for a price.

Business is good for Alice, right until her dragon goes crazy and bites off her arm. To make matters worse, a tall, dark stranger kills the cash-cow dragon before her eyes.

Instead of dying from her wounds, Alice finds herself under the tender care of Bade, a gentle-handed Bulgarian far from home with secrets in his satchel.

If they can scratch each others backs, the secrets might live on and Alice might still have a job. She’s never backed down from a challenge, but she’s in for more than she bargained for with the tall, dark stranger.

Genre: Sweet romance, fantasy, historical, adventure

Heat level: 1
Word count – 15k

Title: Alice's Dragon
Author: Stephanie Beck
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Pour Some Cocoa On Me
Published by Decadent Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: 26 May, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 51
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
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This sweetly engaging short novella introduces us to Alice, a dragon charmer and the last of her line on the tiny and remote Isle Aden.  When a ship arrives, the first in a very long time, Rusty is having a “moment”, fortunately Bade recognizes the signs and steps in to kill the dragon before he succeeds in killing Alice.

Bade has left his native Romania with a clutch of dragon eggs, searching for a space to raise the babies to adulthood, he has cared for the eggs with a determination and tenderness that is soon reflected in his caring for the injured Alice.

From this point forward,  story lines weave together to create this enchanting tale as Alice and Bade learn to cope with new challenges, raise the clutch of 5 baby dragons and deal with a burgeoning attraction between them.   There is a sexual tension that is mostly innocent and wholly consistent with both Bade and Alice’s experience with the opposite sex and relationships.  And, of course there is a jealous, ankle biting little dragon who tends to spoil those ‘moments’.

With clever storytelling and insertions of humor and depictions of actual physical challenges, Stephanie Beck has written a fast paced and utterly engaging story.  While the epilogue gives closure, I would like to see more: there are 5 dragons to hear from after all.

Kallysten

Buy Link: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=787&osCsid=eaca3c4s2tgmforniclpaklse1

                    

Stephanie Beck

Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Stephanie: My name is Stephanie Beck. I’ve been writing professionally for about four years now. Romance was always at the top of my reading list, so writing it was the next step (at least for me—and after lots and lots of trial and error). I live in Minnesota and my husband of ten years and I have 3 wonderful kids. When I’m not writing, I’m running around with the kiddos, hanging out at church, doing some kind of yarn crafts or trying my best not to kill the plants around my house.

Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?

Stephanie: At the moment I’m working on the next novel in my Poppy’s Present series—it is called SaraJean’s Sunrise. One of the best parts, I think, is that SaraJean is a young entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to go big. She owns property, manages things, contributes to her community—but is also willing to do what she wants and not bend to what the community considers ‘normal’. This is another ménage story, like the Poppy’s Place books are. SaraJean, Dallin and Joseph—I am having such a great time with these three.

Vanessa: What was your favorite scene or chapter to write, which book and why?

Stephanie: That would have to be the baby dragon scene in Alice’s Dragon. In our family we’ve had animals before, so I know the magic of brand new kittens or puppies. Translating that wonder into the hatching of dragons, especially when the person witnessing has such a history and affection for the creatures made it a very special joy to write.

Vanessa: If you could spend a day with any one of your hero’s where would y’all go and what would y’all do? Juicy details please! 

Stephanie: Now, I’m very happily married. Happy. Happy. Happy. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy some quality time with one of my heroes. I would pick Scott from Unraveling Midnight. He is a werewolf…who is a great cook and knows how to knit. So, I’m thinking we’d have good food, talk yarn, maybe go to a few yarn shops (he’d be looking for treasures for his lady love—Lucy). And he’s a werewolf, so I’d, you know, get to hang out with a werewolf.

Vanessa: Where is the strangest place you have found inspiration?

Stephanie: I am a people watcher from way back when. I think I’ve always gotten the bulk of my inspiration from people and situations around me that lead to ‘what if’ sort of questions. What if that dude with the deep south accent and all those gold rings is really a werewolf? How would he treat his lady? What would they do? Or. That cat has the freakiest eyes—dragon eyes. What if instead of cats there were dragons and they got distracted by laser pointers just like a cat?

I love this sort of idea dropping—sometimes it leads to frustration or giggles, but once in a while a new story comes to life.

Lusty Penguin:  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Stephanie: While researching animals for my shifter books, I found out some varieties of ducks have penises so long they can mate in mid-air.

Lusty Penguin:  How do you cope with writer’s block?

Stephanie: I find another creative outlet—usually knitting, crochet, or a big craft project. That method seems to help me refocus. I don’t usually have an issue with writer’s block, but sometimes plot lines need a little more thinking before they can come together.

Lusty Penguin:  Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Stephanie: The world around me provides ample inspiration. People, places, a really intriguing thing—any of those can open the door to a story.

Jacque: What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Stephanie: Before you can be published, you have to be a writer. Writers write. Then they write more. They learn more about their craft and then tweak and revise what they already have. It can be a tedious path, but patience and enthusiasm go a long way.

Jacque: What is the best compliment said about you as a writer?

Stephanie: Last year I was in my hometown for a book signing. I saw a lot of new faces, but many familiar ones. A few older ladies came—my books already in hand—and asked me to sign them and then went on and on about how proud they were that I was from Lake City. They said they expected good things in the years to come. It was a pretty fantastic moment for me and I intend to keep working toward those expectations.

About The Author:

Stephanie Beck is a fulltime mom, busy writer and ameture speller.

She’s been writing since she was fifteen. Her first novel, “Love on the Mats” was a graphic, heartwarming tale of a wrestler and a cutie coed which was lovingly edited by the c-squad basketball team on the long bus rides throughout the season. They were all sure it would be published and it still has a home in a folder…somewhere.

Stephanie Beck loves romance and all things romantic, heart warming and usually funny, though a more serious piece will find its way in occasionally.

In her spare time she knits and sews, walks the dog, plays with her three wonderful children and tries to get her husband to act out the naughty things she researches…oh the sacrifices she makes for her craft.

Stephanie lives in Minnesota.

Website: www.stephaniebeck.net

Email: 

Blog: stephaniebeckromance.wordpress.com

Twitter: @StephBeck123

 

Excerpt:

People milled about the dock, many scowling at the ship. The prevailing fashion resembled the practical slacks and sweaters of his homeland. One especially bearded fellow stepped forward when the hands lowered the gangplank.

“Well,” he said. “Been a while since we had visitors, but I reckon my men still know how to unload. What’s your cargo?”

The captain stepped forward. “This bloke’s junk. It’s below board. My men will get it ashore.”

“Can’t interest you in a few days docked?”

The captain scowled. “I’d sooner spend my coin where the lasses are lovely, the beer flows, and I won’t be set afire by a dragon.”

The mention of dragons made Bade listen harder while the crew unloaded his cargo into the waiting hands of the stevedores.

“Well now,” the oldster said. “We have ourselves a charmer, no sense worrying. The girl is working up on the hill with Rusty right now. He won’t bother you none.”

Bade spun to face where the man pointed and his heart froze. A giant red beast with a wingspan at least five times his height towered on its four legs, circling a tiny woman. He grabbed his sword and ran for the hill.

“For crying out loud,” the man said. “She has it handled. It’s what we pay her for.”

Bade ignored him, racing over the rickety dock to a narrow, pitted main street which ran straight to the base of giant cliffs. He mounted a long set of crumbling stone stairs, the sounds of growling and giggling getting louder. He didn’t know what a dragon charmer did, but Bade recognized an animal ready to pounce. The one on the hill showed all the signs of losing control.

He crested the hill and confronted the largest dragon he’d ever encountered. The pure magnificence of its size humbled him and brought tears to his eyes. How many times had he witnessed a young one cut down before it reached such wondrous proportions? To see this one alive and vibrant, even on the edge of homicide, heartened him. He’d chosen the right home.

A small woman dressed in bright colors danced around with a shield on her arm. The metal shone in the sun. Bade cringed as clouds rolled in, his bad feeling amplifying. She knew her way around a dragon, but the clouds and serpent were about to join against her.

 

2 Responses to “Review: Alice’s Dragon by Stephanie Beck (Interview & Excerpt)”

  1. evamillien

    Thanks for sharing the review, interview and the excerpt. Sounds good.