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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Guest Post with Author Susannah Scott and Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to Susannah Scott. Susannah is celebrating the release of her book, Luck of the Dragon and has stopped by to chat.

SUSANNAH SCOTT lives in the Missouri Ozarks and is the lone female in a very loud household of males ranging in age from 4 to 40. While she jokes that the extreme levels of testosterone inspired her to write romance, it is really the love of creating an excellent story, and the occasional dreams of twenty-foot dragons, that wake her and send her to the laptop before the chaos of daily life ensues. Susannah loves to hear from her readers.

Places to find Susannah:
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“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” ~Aldous Huxley

Lately, people have been looking at me funny, giving me bless-her-little-heart looks. They think my perception is off, that all the pressure has finally gotten to me. Even, the old farmers—who ought to know better—think I’ve gone off the deep-end.

All because I heard our grass growing.

All right, I might have been a little dehydrated from days and days of throwing out enough seed for a large ranch, and then fertilizing, and spreading straw, and watering the ba-jeezus out of the whole thing. Admittedly, I have been under a little pressure. We just finished building our dream house after all.

Dreams do tend to go over budget.

But, even dehydrated and weak-in-the-head, my ears work just fine, and I’m telling you, I heard our grass growing! The aluminum foil wadding kind of sound brought me straight to my hands and knees in the yard. I tilted my ears this way and that, thinking it was an auditory mirage. Then, I heard it again, a rumbling and crinkling from the earth like the tiniest shift of an Ozark fault-line. It was the magnificent blades of blue stem and rye, reaching, and stretching to the sky from their bed of $100 dollars-a-load top soil.

I know it.

I even called my husband over to hear it, but he is a skeptic—he doesn’t even believe in shape-shifting dragons—imagine the rigidity of his mind. And, HE did not did not spread the TEN bales of straw, because the poor baby is allergic. His assessment that the “sound” was the wind, or the straw drying out, holds no validity in my mind.

None at all.

I do not have a perception problem. Everyone else has a belief problem!

My hero, Alec, enjoys playing with human perception in Luck of the Dragon, my fun, paranormal romance set in Las Vegas.


“Ladies and gentlemen.” A barrel-chested emcee wielded a microphone from the elevated stage about fifty feet to Lucy’s left. “It is my pleasure to introduce you to the legend, the casino maker, the King of Las Vegas…Mr. Aleeee-eeec Gerrr-aaaald!”

The scent of burning embers swirled over the courtyard and the wind settled, blowing Lucy’s loose hair around her face. A ground-vibrating roar followed, making every human eye search the sky for the source.

What was it?

Lucy’s well-honed survival instincts went on high alert just as a large SUV-sized black object careened through the air and landed on the raised stage with a thud.

Heart pounding, Lucy crouched with the crowd. The acrid scent of smoldering intensified. Pounding from the stage rattled her eardrums. Whatever had landed there was moving and alive.

On the platform, clawed feet stomped, and the creature’s matte black skin stretched over powerful muscles and bones. Black wings unfurled across the stage, and the animal roared again at the crowd, baring razor-sharp white fangs.

A dragon.

Holy Mary, Joseph, and Peter. A freakin’ dragon.

A burst of smoke covered the dragon, and the creature disappeared.

A dark-haired man in an elegant tuxedo stepped through the gray fog and approached the microphone. “I am Alec Gerald.” His voice was deep, and his accent was hard to place but suggested the upper class. “I’d like to welcome you to my newest casino, the Crown Jewel.”

Gerald spread an open palm to the frightened crowd. “I hope you enjoyed our first show of the evening.” He gave a devious, knowing smile. “It was all just a costume. Don’t be frightened.”

After a few seconds, the stunned audience stood and broke into applause and catcalls.
Gerald obviously liked games.


I hope you liked this peak inside the Crown Jewel Casino! What about you? Have you ever heard the grass growing, or had any other “perfect perception” moments?

All my best,
Susannah Scott

Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology—and a problem. Her twin brother’s gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family’s grifter past, to save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts into Alec’s Gerald’s casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways to the test again.

Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to rob his gem exhibit turns out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form forever. With enemies in every corner, and the all-important mating ceremony looming, Alec and Lucy must learn to trust each other, before time runs out for Alec and the rest of the dragons.

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 lucky person will win a Sparkly Necklace + Earings + a $25 Gift Card
  • 1 lucky person will win a Sparkly Necklace + Earrings

To Enter: 
  • Please answer the question: What about you? Have you ever heard the grass growing, or had any other “perfect perception” moments?
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  1. I have had 'perfect perception' moments. There's nothing quite like it and no way to explain it. I would wish this for everyone. :)

  2. I love dragons and I am looking forward to reading this one

  3. Thank you ladies, Looking forward to being here today!

  4. I don't think so. Not yet. So envious of ppl who have!

  5. Hmmm...if I have any perception at all, I think it would be in relation to locating lost items. We have a severe clutter problem and along with that my husband has a problem with never actually putting anything away. He's "lost" items that are rather important, such as the deed to the house, credit cards, tax records, etc...and all I need to do is take a deep breath, clear my cluttered mind, focus, and say a little prayer to St. Anthony...and usually within a reasonable amount of time I find the item. My snarky oldest son tells me my 'perception' doesn't work because I haven't located my sanity yet, and I tell him that I can't find something that does not exist. :)

  6. Having traveled to Lost Wages many times back in the day (Photokena, and Comdex)I can honestly say that little "trick" would have been a show stopper unless you knew the truth. I'd love to have a chance to read this book, and the only way I will is by winning this giveaway and having the money to do it.

  7. I don't think I've had any moment like that yet in my life. If I have, it must not have been too significant.

  8. I don't think I have had a perfect perception moment, at least not that I remember.

    Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! I'd love to be able to win the wonderful prizes, so fingers crossed. :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

  9. Oh Susannah! Sounds like a song, huh? :-) Anyway, hello and I'm pleased to "meet" you on this blog today. I've read all sorts of paranormal stories, but none about dragons. Don't you think it's time I did read about dragons? And yes, I have had perfect moments of perception, but they come upon me rarely, darn it. But when they do come, it's as if all is well with the world and me, all is peace and love and light. I just feel so good to be alive in this world of ours. All that's negative or evil or maddening or hurtful just fades away into nothingness when those moments are upon me. I've learned not to count on them or wait on them...just keep on living with hope. Thanks for the introduction to your writing today!

  10. No, I don't think I have ever had a perfect perception moment that I remember anyway. I have read this book and it is an awesome read and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. Thanks for sharing your wonderful post and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Eva! I love seeing you here <3 thank you for your comment and for following along! GOOD LUCK, Susannah

  11. I have had a few perfect perception being fairly recent. It's a great feeling. Grounding while at the same time kicking my hopes and dreams back over in the 'possible' category. Thanks for stopping by. Really looking forward to reading your book. meljolene(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. Love the sound of this book but then I have a major dragon fetish. My sis has the same problem as you - the only female (unless you count her dog) in the house.

    I've never had such perception; I must be terrible thick skinned & insensitive :(

    1. @linda, on I doubt it! Anyone who loves dragons is perfect in my mind! Thank you for stopping by, Susannah

  13. Don't think so. Thank you for a nice give away.