Sunday, January 3, 2016

Michaela Kendrick shares Dragon's Honor (The Dragon Corps Series Book 1)

Today, we have a new Sci-Fi author who is publishing in fast order so you may enjoy an entire series.
I'm talking really fast order.
Book 1 will be out on Dec 28
Book 2 will be out on Dec 29

Naturally, that gets me curious about book 3.
So I've sent Space Rep to bring Michaela Kendrick in to answer some questions. 

Space Rep: I'm on it. May I use any force necessary when retrieving her?

Liza: NO! I want her alive and able to talk.

Space Rep: You are such a Kill Joy! *Space Rep climbs into the large microwave and disappears*

Liza: Whoever is writing stage directions, that isn't a microwave. It's a transporter, that just happens to make a marginally acceptable cup of tea as well.

*Space Rep climbs into a marginally acceptable cup of tea and disappears*

Liza: That is not...nevermind Space Rep has returned with an author.

Space Rep: Now sit down! Liza wants to interrogate you!.

Liza: Sorry for the room choice. I would have chosen the dragon's nest, but someone has flown off with it.

So when uploading your data, I found some of your information odd.  I notice you are publishing book one and two in two sequential days. Why? 

Michaela: When I start into a series, I hate when there's only one book available. Books 1 and 2 can stand alone, but they involve some of the same characters and villains, and I wanted readers to be able to keep reading as soon as they were done with Book 1!

Liza: And when are you publishing book 3? 

Michael: Book 3 is coming out in January! I'm so excited about this one - the main character is one of my absolute faves, full of snark and pretty unprepared for romance.

Liza: It's good the third is following quickly behind because I can tell you from experience, books have feelings.

Michaela: Oh dear, I hope Book 3 knows that I love it to pieces and just don't want it to go out without editing. I mean, how awful would that be? Typos everywhere. Book 3 would hate me if I did that to it, right?

Liza: Yes, you'd have one pissed off book and a great deal of unhappy readers. Your plan is much better.  But be warned. When I tried to publish 5 books in a row (row being defined as 1 MONTH apart) it broke me. I screwed everything up on book five. Took me months to recover.

Now let's check out book 1, Dragon's Honor.

The Warlord...

From high society banquets in the ice covered skyscrapers of New Arizona, to the most far-flung outposts at the edge of human-occupied space, everyone has heard of Ymir. The Alliance's reach is wide, and its soldiers are well trained, but there are always despots powerful enough to assert themselves, and Ymir has been one of the most notable failures of human history: a whole planet given over to a man known only as the Warlord.

The soldier…

Cade Williams was once a Dragon—the most elite fighting unit in known space. Precise, brutal, and unstoppable, they were a last resort in the lawless wastes of space colonization. But there was a price: in one horrific mission, Cade’s unit took down not only a slave trader, but an entire intergalactic carrier. Cade left and never looked back. Haunted by his past, he’s vowed never again to kill, never again to fight, and, filling jobs from dock worker to bartender, he’s managed to keep that vow. But Cade’s life is about to be turned upside down. Because when at last he runs out of options, his old friend Talon Rift appears out of nowhere. Talon, the man who ordered him to take down the carrier. Talon, who wants him to get back in the game. And when Cade won’t, Talon has a job opportunity he seems to know Cade can’t afford to pass up. Protect a woman. An innocent. Remarkably little chance of anything going wrong. And a man needs to eat.

And the trophy wife…

There are two problems: first, that Cade hates Aryn the moment he lays eyes on her; second, that he wants her like he’s never wanted anyone before in his life. Or make that three problems: Aryn’s fiancĂ© is a weapons trafficker with a well-deserved reputation for being ruthless, and Aryn is about to get caught up in one of his schemes - one that will bring her back to the place she only just escaped...the mines of Ymir.

“Cade Williams?”

The words came through the haze of smoke and drunkenness like a hallucination. Cade knew that voice. He was never, ever going to be able to forget that voice, and it had to be a hallucination because there was no way in hell the owner of that voice had chased him across three systems only to walk into a dive bar on the lower streets of New Arizona. So he went back to his drink.

He picked up the glass and stared at it. It was a scotch he’d been nursing for about three hours now, and not just because “scotch” seemed to be a loose term for colored grain alcohol. When he finished his drink, he had nowhere to go. And in the ever-drifting snow of New Arizona—he’d never figured out if the name was born of ignorance or irony—he needed to stay indoors as long as possible. The cold was fierce, and whatever acid was in the water on this planet, it would burn his skin raw in less than a night.

And if he didn’t get ten thousand credits to Osiris within a week, he was a dead man. But one thing at a time. Cade shook his head and let the moment slide away from him, a tiny drift into memory and nothing more.

“Williams,” the voice said again.

That was definitely not a hallucination. Cade’s eyes traveled along the arm that had come down on one side of him. Callused fingertips, last joint of the right index finger missing, the hint of a tattoo poking out from under a blue cuff. The arm underneath the suit jacket was well muscled, leading to broad shoulders and a clean-shaven jaw, and with a sinking feeling of dread, Cade looked up at one of his worst nightmares.

“Lieutenant Rift.”

“Actually, it’s Major now.” Talon’s face was expressionless, as it almost always was. He watched as Cade’s eyes traveled over the understated suit, across the planes of the handsome face. At last, sensing the question Cade would never ask, he flipped over the hand on his resting arm. There, glimmering in the faint light, were blood-red cufflinks.

A Dragon always wore red.

Talon absorbed Cade’s bitter smile in silence.

“You look surprisingly well.” Cade looked down into his scotch and considered drinking the rest in one gulp. The pours in this bar were generous, and with the alcohol being of dubious provenance, a gulp might well kill him. Right now, that wasn’t seeming so bad. It was all coming back to him—without warning, as it always did. He’d known the moment he heard the voice that this was going to be a bad night, even worse than he’d thought—and he’d already thought it would be pretty bad. There was screaming at the corner of his mind, the flashing of the lights in the bar taking on a reddish hue, the emergency exit sign too clear a reminder.

He closed his eyes, clenching his jaw until he thought his teeth would give way. He had to keep breathing, or the memories would take him, and the world would devolve into the chaotic mess he so feared, every face reminding him of the pods, the children pounding on the glass—

He was going to be sick. His stomach heaved.

“Should I go?”

“No.” Cade’s answer surprised even him. He opened his eyes and looked down into his drink again. He could force the world back into its neat shapes if he tried hard enough. In the vacuum of space, in the long silences of a courier’s job, he’d learned to face his fear and press it away.

He could face this, too.

“Okay.” Talon sat, pulled reflexively at both cuffs, and looked over at the bartender. “What won’t kill me here?”

“Don’t try the scotch.”


Dragon’s Honor will be free to read in 

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  1. Sounds like an exciting read! I wish you all the best with your series. I think it's smart to release so many books in the series close together!

    1. And it keeps book 3 from having it's feelings hurt. Salty tears are very bad for ereaders.


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