Dragons, yes please !!!
My fascination for the big, scaly, and scary began somewhere around the age of three when I escaped my mother's arms and ran down the aisle during a showing of Pete's Dragon, screaming, “Don't hurt my friend!” In my defense, it was the scene where Elliott the dragon is captured by the villains, so could you blame me?
Anyhow, my passion for artwork started around that same time, and I took to drawing my own “Pete's Dragon” on the walls of my room. Something my mother didn't discourage, by the way. The writing came soon after that, when I learned those strange shapes on paper could tell you amazing things. By the time I was in the fourth grade, I was reading full-length novels. And back then there were no books for kids like “Harry Potter” and the ones that were available were never scary enough or exciting enough for me.
It wasn't long before I was sneaking off with my mother's books: Stephen King, Jean Auel, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton, Anne McCaffrey, and many more.
Other than my penchant for reading, writing, and drawing, I guess I was just an average kid. I didn't excel in school, except for maybe art, and I was constantly getting notes sent home for “asking too many questions,” “talking out of turn,” and--I kid you not--“over active imagination.”
To keep myself from getting in trouble, I began writing stories. By the time I was in high school I'd written several “novels” as long as seven hundred pages, and in those novels, there were usually big scaly dragons that breathed fire and owned the skies.
I knew I wanted to be a writer early on but I realized pretty quickly it wasn't going to be an easy way to make a living. While I never gave up writing, and wrote many stories between my adolescence and adult years, I didn't pursue getting published until a few years ago. It's a journey that I don't regret and could have never done without the support of my mother and my friends.
Since dragons were constantly the subject matter of my artwork and my writing, it only made sense to use them in the creation of my first series. But I wanted something different. The dragons in the books I read were dumb, innately evil, magical, some version of “human”, or had human-type beliefs. So I set out to create a species that while they could look like Humans, they weren't. And unlike humans, they had no such thing as religion, morals, or even sexual taboos.
Crossing that with my love for science--specifically genetics-- I wound up with Kin.
Blood Bonds is the first book in the City of Dragons series. It is not, however, the only series I am working on that takes place in this alternate contemporary Atlanta, GA where big scary monsters roam the streets. The City of Dragons series focuses more on the “domesticated” Kin who are trying to survive in a human world, following human rules and face many daily obstacles. My other stories look at the darker side of Kin and their less-than-pure-bred offspring - the Lesser-Breds - as well as humans who align themselves with dragons and choose to live in the visceral part of the city known as the Gray Zone.
My novels are erotic, dark urban fantasy love stories and love is a continuous theme in what I write, but romance isn't. For me, love is eternal, romance is simply fleeting, or perhaps the journey a person takes to get to “love.” As humans it's something we instinctively search out and want to experience, but Kin don't believe they are capable of love…that it's just a human emotion. So when it does happen, it's usually without any type of courtship or expectations. It's simply pure, devotion so deep it doesn't have words--and more importantly--limits.
The City of Dragons series and the Lesser-Bred stories will give romance readers something different to chew on. There is violence, brutality, and death, but at the same time an amazing capacity for sacrifice, loyalty and most of all, love.
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© Adrienne Wilder
Series: City of Dragons Book 1
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Living with Humans is never easy. They don’t do scent exchange, they don’t lick palms, and they have this thing called personal space.
As the first and only Kin Agent for the Center of Folk and Kin Relations, Haley Night’s job is to help keep the public safe by helping keep the peace. But after an interview with serial man-eater Niles Fury goes terribly wrong, Haley finds herself face-to-face with a plot to destroy her species--genocide.
With the help from her best friend and partner Farley, she sets off on a race against time to stop a madman’s plot to destroy Kin. It’s a journey that will put to the test everything she thought she knew: Kin have no God, survive at all costs, and love is only a Human emotion.
Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia, City of Dragons
Enjoy your time in the City of Dragons, and remember: don’t wander into the Gray Zone after dark © Adrienne Wilder
Welcome to the world of publishing Adrienne and I wish you every success.…..