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I am so happy to have author D. R. Grady visiting today. She is here to talk about her paranormal romance, “The Dragon Chronicles Book 3: Healing“.

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Welcome, D.R.  Can you tell us a little about this book?

DRG: Sure. This is a clean paranormal romance. Healers Ewain Douglass and Marissa Mays work and live in close confines. Too bad they set sparks off each other. They struggle to remain civil and professional, until the enemy targets Marissa.

Meanwhile, the dragon and her controller are still learning all can about their abilities. The dragon has called her allies together to face a war for their very lives. Ewain and Marissa don’t have time to declare war on each other.
This is the series conclusion! An enemy is gunning for Paranym University and all paranormal beings. And they finally find out what he is. The dragon is the only one who can face him and she needs a strong team in place to assist her. Two unmated healers set sparks off each other, but then the enemy sets his sights on Healer Marissa Mays it takes Healer Ewain Douglass and the dragon to keep her alive.
RJS: Wow! This sounds like a great story.  So, tell us, why did you write it?
DRG: The first book came about after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune illness. I had plans for my life and all of a sudden, everything changed and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
That’s how Lindy, our dragon felt, when she first turned into the dragon. She was born to save their world, but this elf has no interest in playing the heroine. Her life was all set and then in the shifting of her dragon, it’s completely altered.
RJS: Yeah, I can understand that. Nothing like being body slammed to the mat with a medical situation. My sympathies. However, I love how you took something negative and made something positive out of it.  How long did it take for this?
DRG: The first book was already written, then I had from Sept to Feb 6 to write the second book and until May 6 to write this third one. Fortunately, my editor allowed me to edit both books a couple of times after I sent them in to her.
RJS: Where do you write?
DRG: My “office” is an armchair in our living room. (I’ve already put in a request for a real office if we ever get a new house.) 
RJS: I bet your doctor will even write you a note for a real office. Any special reason why you chose the character names and location that you did?
DRG: Lindy Drake Veles is the name of the dragon, and all three names mean dragon. I wanted a strong name for the hero of the first book, so he ended up being Alex von Schreider. I set most of my books in Hershey, PA.
RJS: You’ve probably heard this before, but that makes me think of chocolate. Can you describe the path to publication?
DRG: I got an agent in 2009 and she encouraged a bunch of us to self-publish in 2011. So we parted ways and I subsequently put out 12 novels between 2011-2012. I sold the Dragon Chronicles series to Soul Mate Publishing in Sept 2014, and all three books are available now! I continue to self-publish The Morrison Family Series. There are ten books now, with two more coming this year and many more after that.
RJS:  Nothing like staying busy with multiple irons in the fire, right? Are you working on anything else right now?
DRG: Oh yes. I’ve got a short romance with fantasy elements, two additional Morrison Family books, and I’m working on the next in that series. As well as trying to figure out which new series to start.
RJS: Yep, so many ideas, so little time to write them all. I know that struggle too. What would you say is the hardest part about writing?
DRG: Editing. I really don’t enjoy reading the same book for the tenth –twentieth time in a row…
RJS: Ha ha, I agree with that completely. One of mine had so many edits, I ended up hating it and still won’t read it. Do you write in other genres?
DRG: As mentioned above, yes, I’m also published in clean contemporary romance, and clean contemporary romantic suspense (or perhaps they’re contemporary romance with romantic suspense elements).
RJS: How do you beat procrastination?
DRG: Sometimes it defeats me, as I’m easily distracted. However, I consider myself the first reader of each book I write, so I enjoy finding out what’s going to happen as much as you all do.
RJS:  That’s a good philosophy. How do you beat writer’s block?
DRG: Reread the last page or more until I see where the story went off track. I’m a firm believer in NOT writing every day. For me, if I did so, I’d start to hate writing. And if I force the issue, what I write will need to be majorly edited, so it’s better if I just hold off until I have the scene. This helps prevent writer’s block for me in the first place!
RJS: That’s is a different take and clearly it works for you.  So how about some icebreaking questions, so we can get to know you beyond the books?
The most recent movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read? (or both)
DRG: Just read Caribou’s Gift by Eve Langlais The Kokiak Point Series is fun. (I ended with the first one, I think… oops.)
Your favorite town/ city in the world? Why? Hershey, PA because it’s all about chocolate 
How did you meet your spouse/ significant other? We first met when we were eight, and reconnected twenty years later.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Would you keep your day job (if you have one?) I’d buy a house with an office! 
What is your favorite past time?
Reading, definitely

Do you play any musical instruments?

No, although I have a saxophone I tried to learn to play. My husband can pick up anything and make music with it.

Do you know any foreign languages?
I can tell someone from France that I speak their language poorly and only a little.
Which person do you admire most in life? Why?
My mom. She would do anything for her friends and family. She also has more energy than anyone I know.

What one item would you grab if the house was on fire? (assume no living beings are inside)

My phone.

If you could invite four people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?

Milton S. Hershey, his wife Catherine, my mom, and hubby

Describe one moment in time when you took a huge leap of faith. How did it turn out? I signed with Soul Mate for a three part series that was barely started. I wrote the books, learned a lot about what I do wrong as a writer (this is invaluable knowledge) and now I’m a better writer and editor. I also have a better idea of what goes on in the publishing industry.
What’s one favorite thing you do by yourself?
Read – kind of hard as a group effort…
Growing up, what did you want to be?
A writer! From the moment I first learned how to put words together to form sentences then paragraphs and finally a story, I was hooked.
Speed Round:
Favorite food to cook? Baked goods
Favorite animal? cats
Favorite color? yellow
Favorite book? Anything by Jayne Ann Krentz
Favorite sport or physical activity? volleyball
Favorite place to visit? We visited Niagara Falls in Dec. Gorgeous!
What makes you laugh? Cats (or dogs) on Roombas. Lots of things make me laugh, actually. (That’s probably a good thing!)
Favorite season? spring
Strangest thing you ever ate? I’m really picky, so nothing comes to mind…
Strangest thing you ever did? I’ve never taken a selfie.
Can you dance? Sing? Oh goodness, no. You do not want to see that, trust me.
Which do you prefer for a second home? Mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo? We have a little camper we love, so probably the mountain cabin. (We just take ours along.)
What dessert do you order most often? Chocolate cheesecake
What kind of car do you drive? Color? A gray Nissan Armada.
What is your favorite type of art? Norman Rockwell-like stuff
If you had a magic genie, what would your three wishes be? New house, a body that works, and a successful writing career.
What three items would you take if you knew you were going to be stranded on a tropical island for a year? (enough suntan lotion is a freebie) lip balm, hand lotion, and lots of books
One quote you love, that keeps you going in life? Never give up.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes.
Okay, as we start to close out our visit, do you have any parting thoughts or anything special you would like to share with readers? We authors are first and foremost readers. So we understand the lure of books and reading!
We appreciate our readers more than we can ever say.
Well said, D.R., well said. Thank you for visiting me today, and sharing so much about you and your writing. Below is an excerpt of our feature book and the links where people can follow you, keeping up  on what’s new. So, when you get that new house, you’ll have to let us all know, okay?
Sure thing. Here is that EXCERPT:
       Alex didn’t sound like he noticed the chill as he checked off another name. “No one has seen Ewain?”
“He wasn’t at the clinic when I left this evening,” Marissa said.
Lindy bit her lip. “Maybe I’d better go find him.”
Ewain trotted up to them before Lindy finished speaking.
Marissa’s heart skipped, then beat far too fast as she took in his attire, or lack thereof. His hair stood every which way and there was a sleepy air about him. The drowsiness did not detract from the gorgeous body barely concealed by the few articles of clothing he wore.
“Nice knees.” Keely’s voice held a lot of laughter.
“Nice short shorts.” Amusement lit Lindy’s comment as well.
Marissa didn’t offer up anything because her mouth suddenly went dry before flooding with far too much moisture. The man’s shorts were definitely on the skimpy side. They showcased the hard defined muscles of his thighs and calves. He’d paired them with an aging gray tank top. This garment did nothing to hide his perfectly muscled chest and arms. His feet were encased in a pair of grungy running shoes. She bet his feet were every bit as appealing as the rest of him.
“You’re lucky I’m in the habit of wearing clothes to bed. The siren woke me from a deep sleep.” Ewain ran a hand over his bed head and the curls sprang back as though they hadn’t been slept on. Marissa suppressed a heavy sigh.
Alex finished a note he scribbled at the bottom of his paper before he joined the conversation. “Underwear is not optional.” He sounded emphatic. Lindy and Keely laughed.
“Again, you’re lucky I grabbed these before I crawled into bed tonight.” Ewain waved at his running shorts.
“When do you wear those?” Lindy appeared fascinated.
“Only at night when I’m sleeping. So I don’t shock someone in need of medical help.” Ewain glanced down at himself. “I’d never wear these in public.”
Why couldn’t he have remembered that mandate before he left the apartment? Marissa swallowed some of the overflow in her mouth.
Keely glanced around at the crowd, her demeanor solemn. “You’d be sexually harassed if you wore those in daylight hours.”
“Why do you think I’m standing in the shadows?” A hint of impatience colored Ewain’s voice. “I’m not muted, either.”
“I can help.” Lindy tossed the muting spell over him.
“Thanks.” Ewain skulked further into the shadows, behind Marissa, but she still smelled him. His scent was every bit as delicious as the elf himself. She stepped away. In the next second, she was going to start drooling, and . . .
She slid to Alex’s other side. The wind buffeted her more here, but at least she couldn’t smell or see Ewain now. After Lindy’s muting spell, more darkness clung to him, but he was still there.
“Aren’t you freezing?” Lindy shivered and cuddled closer to Alex. But her eyes were on Ewain.
“I’m fine, other than being tired. These cushy hours are going to be a problem.”
“Cushy hours?” Keely cocked her head at him.
“I’m not used to getting so much sleep. Half a night of uninterrupted sleep and my body seems to demand it now.” He ended his disgruntled statement with a yawn.
Even this jaw-cracking action looked sexy on the man.
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