Please welcome Tina Glasneck to the Tavern today! We're celebrating her new release, A Dragon's Desire!
Champagne and strawberry tarts are on the menu, so get comfy and let's meet Tina...
MM: Welcome, Tina! Congratulations on your new release. As many know, I'm a big fan of dragons! So happy you could be here today! Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?
TG: Thank you Mary for having me here on your blog! I’m so happy to be here and have the opportunity to peel back the veil and share. I’m a writer, but also a mom, so after family is off to school and work, I can then spend time with DS, Kidlet 2, and work on all of those great toddler things -- including pretending to be a lion; singing along to Sesame Street, and toddler cuddles. There is almost nothing sweeter, and a great reward for sure. With a toddler, I am a naptime typer, although I try to squeeze in a word on the computer whenever it is possible. I seem to find my best work though while either pushing a stroller, or waiting for a school bus!
MM: Amazing, Tina! I'm always in awe of other mothers who can maintain the balance--or attempt to do so. Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?
TG: I am working on the next story in my Dragons Series (one new story will be released on May 1st in the Made for Love Boxed Set, and one new story is set to be released on June 1st). I love combine Norse mythology, time travel, action adventure and romance to create these tales. The series follows Norse Gods instigating in hopes of putting off the final battle of Ragnarok. Books 1 and 2, follow Jaz , who find out that her her life has been a lie, and the fallout from it all brings with it some changes.
MM: Ooo...sounds wonderful! Love time travel and Vikings! What inspires you when you’re writing?
TG: There is nothing like being in a different world and having these characters come to life -- a world filled with magic, life and imagination. To be honest, my children inspire me to push harder, work smarter and be determined. They’ve taught me the beauty of never giving up; and I’d like to think when they are older, we’ll talk about how dragons gave mommy a second chance at happiness.
MM: I, too, love creating magical worlds. It's amazing how our children manage to teach us. I'm forever leaning from mine, and they're now grown adults. What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?
TG: My desk is a mess -- I create in chaos! But, on my monitor, I have a quote from Alfred Hitchcock so that I can read it when crafting certain scenes: “The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.” I think that doesn’t matter if I’m crafting some crime fiction or a fantasy romance, this is solid information.
MM: Fascinating, Tina! Now for the fun questions. Do you prefer...
Champagne or Beer? Beer! I used to live in Munich, Germany, and in the summers we’d mix Sprite and Beer. Yummy!
Southern drawl or Scottish burr? I have a sweet spot all things Scottish.
Kilt or Leather pants? I love both, but there is something about leather pants that makes me swoon. Of course, being that I used to watch Friends, the episode with Ross in the leather pants is my favorite. -- here is the link: https://youtu.be/a5AiD4yTVs4
Print book or e-reader? I enjoy the convenience of an ereader, but for me and my lifestyle, a print book seems to make me quite happy. There is something about the smell, the feel of the crisp pages. Sigh. Yep, I love books and try to surround myself with them whenever I can.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, and for interviewing me. It has been a blast.
Wishing you all the best with A Dragon's Desire, Tina!
When you make plans, the gods laugh. All decisions come with consequences. In this second book of the Dragons series, time travel and fantasy weave together in a fantastical romance. Although Jaz is a dragon, the fact that the paranormal exists hasn't made life any easier. The Norse gods are a little too active in her life, and her lover, Erich, the necromancer, a Viking and demigod, is acting distant. His going from extremely hot to cold has her second guessing everything, and wondering if his proclamation of love was just simple manipulation, and if their relationship has lost its like new car smell. When trouble comes, it comes in heaps, and right at Jaz's feet. This trouble happens to send her back to 1799 to Étretat, France. The political upheaval combined with Napoleon's forces and the threat of the Reign of Terror leaves her wondering who she can trust -- one wrong move and she'll lose more than her dragon head.
Relationships are built not only on the love that the couple has for one another but also on their shared experiences. In 1520, while back in time learning about the great Black Knight, I’d also learned a lot about my handsome man. Staring at his profile now, his dark brown hair no longer flowed as it had, but his austere appearance did not mar the attractiveness of his strong features. A neatly trimmed beard rested along a strong jaw and if I told a joke or two, I was sure I could get those gray eyes to turn silver. I loved him, and he kept my heart safe. I’d do whatever it took to keep those seeds of love alive.
His eyes grazed over my body, and in one nanosecond, all the magic I’d been storing up formed into a tight, bright orange ball and then exploded around us.
“What did you do?” Tink asked.
Her question made me stop giving Erich my come-hither stare. Would I be a bad friend if I admitted that I wanted to kick out Tink, his non-blood relation who he called sister on this earthly plane, so that I could explore where his hot gaze might lead?
Tink snapped her fingers before my eyes.
“Jaz,” she screamed. “What did you do?” She backed up until the kitchen table jammed into her side.
It was then I noticed the army of fire ants that paraded down the wall and marched toward her. Climbing on top of each other, they quickly formed a three-dimensional shape resembling a moving wave.
“Make it stop!” she said.
I had no idea how to make fire ants obey me. Hell, I didn’t even know I could conjure them up.rd I could think of. “Sic semper tyrannis,” I said, as if the motto of the Virginian flag might help.
Instead the ants continued to pile on top of one another. Tink scampered away, and still they came.
She followed my lead and started to bang together pots and pans to knock them away.
“Say something to stop this,” I said.
Tink waved her hands. Nothing happened. “I can’t. You’re magical. Your magic is not like anything I’ve ever handled. You have to learn how to hone in and control it.”
“Brutum fulme” I then shouted, as if calling forth senseless lightning would cause a bolt to come through and fry the pesky things. Still nothing happened.
“I’m so not qualified for this,” I screamed. Frustration caused a tingling in my fingers, which rose up my arms like I’d touched a hotplate.
“Jaz,” Erich interjected, “concentrate.”
I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and focused on the dragon resting just below my skin. I felt her stir, awaken. Fire grew in my belly. My lips puckered and uttered the words the beast had whispered to me, “Carpe noctem.” Seize the night!
The ants stopped mid-step, frozen.
Hearing the beast, I repeated what it ordered: “Transit umbra, lux permanet.” Shadow passes, light remains. The fire ants disintegrated, leaving not even a speck of dust behind.
Tink hurried to her cauldron, which was boiling over, vomiting a cloud of what looked like pixie dust on to the counter and removed her black choker with Chakra stones. “I’ve read of many wearing talismans until they are able to get control of their powers. This will protect you. Do NOT take it off, do you hear me?”
“Sure, sure,” I nodded my head, but really, I just wanted to push her out of the door. “Thanks, Tink.”
Tink looked first at me and then at Erich.
Instead of moving towards the door, I wished for it to open, and it did.
“I guess that’s my sign to leave,” she said and quickly packed everything into her wicker basket.
“I didn’t know I could do that.”
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More about the author ~
Tina Glasneck is a writer of crime fiction and fantasy romance. Her imagination thrives when it comes to hot coffee, great music and laughter. She believes in miracles, the power of positive thinking, and that in each of us a dragon lurks. Learn more about Tina on her website: http://tglasneck.wixsite.com/tglasneck