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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mark of the Dragon by JW Troemner - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host JW Troemner and her new book, “Mark of the Dragon”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card.  Also, come back daily to interact with JW and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this exciting giveaway!


 Mark of the Dragon
by JW Troemner

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GENRE: Urban Fantasy

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BLURB:

Rosario Hernandez doesn't ask for much. She'd like to sleep on a bed instead of a sidewalk, to know where her next meal is coming from, and maybe, if she's really feeling optimistic, to get a girlfriend. More than anything, though, she wants her best friend Arkay to not murder anyone— because Arkay is a dragon, claws and all, and she has a penchant for vigilante justice. When Arkay's latest escapade goes sour, Rosario gets stuck with a stolen van and a cooler full of human organs. Now they're on the run, and it's not just the cops who want answers. The owner of the cooler is still out there, and they want to replace what they've lost— by any means necessary.

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EXCERPT TWO:

At the Precinct:

At least a dozen police officers had gathered in the hallway, their weapons drawn. Another half dozen moved along the walls of the interrogation room like a pack of wolves, watching for an opening in Arkay’s defenses.

My dragon crouched in the corner, snarling like an animal. The interrogation table had been torn into pieces and hurled through the one-way mirror. The ground was strewn with pulverized cinderblock and silvery crumbles of broken glass. Arkay’s handcuffs had been ripped apart, and the broken metal cut into her skin. Blood poured from her wrists, staining the twisted metal bar she brandished like a club.

One of the officers, a six-foot white guy who looked like he could bench press a horse, charged forward. She rushed forward to meet him, bending low to grab him by a thigh that was nearly as thick around as her waist. So fast I could barely follow it, she yanked him up and over her back, using his own momentum to hurl him into a wall.  Blood darkened the fabric around his leg. I couldn’t tell if it was hers or his.

She snarled, and I ran past the last line of police into the tiny room. I stumbled between her and the fallen man, my hands outstretched.

“Arkay, it’s me!” I inched closer. She angled her body toward me, but her eyes kept darting to the officers around her.  “See? They let me in. Everything’s okay now.”

She grabbed me by the wrist and yanked me into the corner behind her with a snarl.

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GUEST POST:
How to Write Books That Appeal to All Readers While Staying True to Your LGBTQIA Genre:

Hello Ally! Thank you so much for hosting me tonight.

You wanted to know how to write books that appeal to all readers while staying true to my LGBTQIA genre. And the truth is, I’m still not entirely sure I am. Urban Dragon is above all an urban fantasy series. The two main characters are a lesbian and an aromantic pansexual, respectively, but I can’t say that makes it LGBT+ fiction any more than the Honor Harrington books or Stephen King’s Carrie are women’s fiction for having female protagonists. Their stories aren’t primarily about being LGBT+, per se, nor do they focus on issues that are unique to the LGBT+ community.

Arkay and Rosario do start the series homeless, and according to nationalhomeless.org and the Williams Institute, as much as 43% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. At that point, it would seem disingenuous for both of my characters not to be. In the same way, it would be disingenuous for LGBT+ characters not to crop up among waitresses and soldiers and heroes and villains. They’ve occupied those roles as long as the roles have existed, even when they’ve had to do so from inside a closet. A world without LGBT+ people is less believable than one that’s full of necromancers.

But I suppose that’s my answer to the question: I don’t focus on the characters’ sexualities as the driving force of the series. As much as Rosario crushes on the pretty women she meets, it doesn’t affect her ability to shoot zombies or exorcise demons. Their sexual and gender identities are a big part of who the characters are, but it’s not all of who they are.

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AUTHOR BIO:


JW Troemner was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States, where she lives with her partner in a house full of pets. Most days she can be found gazing longingly at sinkholes and abandoned buildings.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

JW Troemner will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

109 comments:

  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. Hopefully you'll enjoy the rest just as much.

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    1. And thank you, Goddess Fish, for arranging the whole affair. It means the world to me.

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  4. Great guest post! Your point of view on reaching all readers was very interesting and I wasn't aware of those statistics regarding homeless youth. Thank you. Good luck with the tour! :)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      One of the things most people don't realize about homelessness is that a disproportionate number of the homeless population are LGBT+, but most homeless shelters are run by religious organizations that don't extend services to LGBT+ people, which means that a lot of well-intentioned help never actually reaches them.

      My hope was to get people to start thinking more critically about how they think about the homeless and how they want to go about helping them.

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  5. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win

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  6. thanks for sharing the excerpt with us I can't wait to read this!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the book just as much!

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  7. Good morning, Ally, and thank you so much for hosting me today!

    (Also, can I just say how amazed I am at all the morning people among your followers? Kudos to them all!)

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Do you read much urban fantasy?

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  9. Thank you again for hosting me, Ally. It's midnight over here, so I'll be heading out, but I'll be popping my head in over the next few days if anybody has any more questions.

    Have a great night, everybody!

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  10. Thank you for taking the time and offering us this great giveaway. I appreciate the work you did to bring this to us.

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    1. Thank you, James. Do you read much urban fantasy?

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  11. Shared on G+, have a great day!

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    1. Thank you very much. I hope you have a great day, too!

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  12. Happy Friday! Have a good one and thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Shared on Facebook to help spread the word! :)

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    1. Hello again, James!

      I've posted some replies to your earlier comments, but it seems they got lost in the crowd.

      How are you doing?

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  30. Hope you have a terrific Thursday. Thanks again for the opportunity to win.

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  54. Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?

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  66. Hello! Having a coffee and visiting some of my favorite blogs. Thanks for all you do and the giveaways as well.

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  67. Happy Friday!! Hoping it's a good one for you and thank you for the giveaway.

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  68. Hello! I am back again. Hope you don't get tired of hearing from me. Thanks for the giveaway and enjoy your Saturday.

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    1. Hi James! No, absolutely not! I love having you here and I truly appreciate all the comment love! :)

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  69. Happy Sunday! Enjoy your day and thanks for this opportunity at winning.

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  72. Hello! Before I bake some pies for the kids for our Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted to drop by and say thank you once again for the giveaway. Anyone celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Wow you bake?! Very impressive quality! I am still learning how to lol... Happy Thanksgiving!

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  73. To everyone in The USA, Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you once again for this giveaway

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  74. My days are all messed up now but Happy Friday! Thanks so much for working so hard to bring us amazing giveaways.

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  76. Wishing you an awesome Blessed Sunday. Thank you so much for the opportunity at winning.

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  77. My brother is at work so I am here helping him out and want to thank you for giving him and others the chance to win.

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  78. It's me again! Hope this day is going well for you. I want to thank you again for the chance at winning and let you know I appreciate it.

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  80. Hello and happy Friday! Hope your weekend is great and thank you for the giveaway.

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  82. Hello to all you beautiful people on this awesome Sunday. I am back giving thanks to you for the giveaway. Hope your Sunday is fantastic!

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  89. I sure have been messing up this week with my visits to you. Sorry about that! I am back tonight to say thanks again for the chance at winning and have a great Friday evening.

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