Book 1: Never Deal with Dragons
Publication date: July 22, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Carina Press
Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it's her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her "typical" day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.
Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he's been sent by North America's reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she'll be stuck with Trian as a partner.
As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.
Readers and reviewers say this dragon story is dangerously hot.
Winner of the Romance Writers of America®Golden Heart Award ~ Paranormal Romance Category in 2012.
“The many twists and turns of this intriguing story keep it exciting and set the stage for the series.”~Library Journal Xpress Reviews
“I am utterly in love! With this story. With these characters. With Lorenda Christensen.”~Darynda Jones, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Charlie Davidson series
“Never Deal with Dragons is a great new read. I highly recommend it to fans of paranormal romance.”~Melinda, Paranormal Kiss
“Never Deal with Dragons proves to be a funny, suspenseful and exciting paranormal romance with sexy dragons and a spunky heroine that is a fantastic read from the beginning paragraph to the final sentence.”~Carin, MyReadingObsession
“Write faster Lorenda you've got yourself a new fan!”~Lesley, My Keeper Shelf
What has been the biggest learning curve being a published author?
Deadlines! I’m horrible with them. I always set goals based on an environment in which nothing goes wrong – no emergency dental care, no sick family members, and no cross-continental move. (Yes, all of these things have happened.)
I’m slowly learning to set more realistic goals, but most of my time has been spent just plunking away at the keyboard and forcing myself to write whether I feel like it or not. When I was unpublished, no one cared about my word count. Now it feels like almost everyone does!
Do you have a specific writing style?
If I had to choose one word to describe my writing style, it would probably be “irreverent.” Unlike some authors, I will never be looked upon as someone with a great literary voice. The way I put words together isn’t poetry like Meredith Duran, and it’s not visceral like Karen Marie Moning. It’s brief, to the point, and decorated with a healthy dose of humor. I’ll never be a literary master, but I hope I can make someone smile.
How did you come up with the title?
I’m a sucker for alliteration, and since Myrna works at an arbitration office, I couldn’t think of a better way to give clues to the plot of the book than combining dragons and business dealings. Thus, Never Deal with Dragons was born.
How much of the book is realistic?
Ha – in truth, not much. The one thing I did try to do is ground the story in a real-life location, and one that I’m familiar with. The businesses I mention in Tulsa? They’re real. In order for me to write a story, I first have to see it. Making the surroundings familiar (at least to me) gave me more time to focus on the things that weren’t so familiar (like the dragons!)
Many romance novels set in the Midwest or South feature ranchers, cowboys, or other western themes in their pages.
I, being raised in a very small Oklahoma community only minutes from the Arkansas border, grew up around ranchers and cowboys, and I have to say, I have a hard time finding this type of “southern” character appealing. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not because I didn’t grow up around lots of awesome people. I did. But when I’m reading fiction, I want that story to transport me somewhere I’m NOT familiar with.
I wanted my readers to see a different side of Oklahoma and its citizens; maybe one they aren’t as familiar with.
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently right in the middle of Cecilia Grant’s A Woman Entangled. I read her first two and was just blown away by the amount of description and emotion she could contain on a page.
I’m a huge historical romance reader, and I’m always so impressed with how deftly the authors manage to write stories that really “feel” historical – the clothing, the speech, the social customs are all spot on. I don’t think they get enough credit for just how hard that must be.
But for books closer to my genre, I just finished Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian. The Psy Changling world has really been shaken up with this book, and I can’t wait for the next!
What are your current projects?
I’m in the middle of edits for book #2 – Dodging the Dragons – which will feature Carol’s story and should be out sometime next year.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That a good editor is a make it or break it deal. I’d written, re-written, and edited Never Deal with Dragons about twenty times, and it was “perfect.” And then I got my editorial letter back and I was blown away with Angela’s suggestions. Each and every one of her comments took an okay story and stepped it up a level. I’m really proud of the book NDWD became with her help.
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Lorenda Christensen juggles multiple roles, including that of wife, mother, accountant and award-winning author. She attributes this ability to assume different identities to her irreverent sense of humor, her willingness to abandon any semblance of tidy housekeeping and large doses of chocolate.
In 2012, Lorenda’s debut novel, Never Deal with Dragons, was selected as the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Paranormal Romance winner, which allowed her to present an acceptance speech hailing the genius of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Because everybody knows the Fresh Prince is awesome.)
Shortly after winning the prestigious Golden Heart ®award, Lorenda signed a three-book deal with Carina Press. The Dragons Trilogy debuted on July 22, 2013, with the release of Never Deal with Dragons. She is currently at work on the next two books in the series.
A native of Eastern Oklahoma, Lorenda lives with her husband and two sons in a house that feels far too small during the stay-inside winter months. Lorenda loves chocolate, hates snakes and, despite living two years in Bangalore next-door to a native preparer of Indian cuisine, cannot cook anything but ground beef. She is a recovering nail biter and is currently celebrating five years bite-free.
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