Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Dragon Archives Blog Tour: Mini-Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway!!

Welcome to the tour for
The Dragon Archives,
sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!!

For my stop, I'm featuring a mini-review with excerpt.
There's also a tour-wide giveaway!!

Bound by a Dragon
(The Dragon Archives, Book 1)
Linda K. Hopkins
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
May 18, 2014
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis:
At twenty-two, Keira Carver needs to find a husband, and quickly, but the prospects in her small medieval village are not looking too good. So when Aaron Drake, a handsome stranger, takes up residence at Storbrook Castle, set deep in the surrounding mountains, Keira takes notice. Just as interesting is the fact that a fire-breathing dragon has also moved into the neighborhood, and is rumored to live in caves beneath the mountain fortress. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?


Available for FREE!!

Pursued by a Dragon
(The Dragon Archives, Book 2)
Linda K. Hopkins
Kindle Edition, 195 pages
December 15, 2014
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis:
Cathryn Forrester is a medieval business woman, the daughter of a successful wool merchant. She has been groomed from a young age to take over the family business, and has been quite content to let her personal life be directed by what is best for the business – including whom she will marry. And as a calmly pragmatic, infuriatingly stubborn and altogether practical young woman, this suits her just fine. She does not believe in love, after all.

So when Cathryn meets Favian Drake, a man who knows that love is worth pursuing, her ideas about love and marriage are put to the test. But Cathryn faces her greatest challenge when she discovers that Favian is not exactly who – or what – he appears to be. Can she learn to trust her heart and allow herself to love a dragon?


Loved by a Dragon
(The Dragon Archives, Book 3)
Linda K. Hopkins
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
April 28, 2015
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis:
Love is the only thing Aaron, Dragon Master, truly fears. And when a scaly, fire-breathing monster loves a frail human being, matters become even more complicated. As Aaron faces a rogue dragon who is terrorizing the city, he and Keira must face their deepest fears about each other and themselves. But danger is always just around the corner, and Anna, Keira’s sister, is not immune. Insecure, immature, and only seventeen, Anna has her own issues to deal with – especially when she meets Max, Aaron’s clansman. Her response to him in immediate, intense and irrational. Will her insecurities lead her to a life of misery, or can she grow up enough to face what she really feels?


 Dance with a Dragon
(The Dragon Archives, Book 4)
Linda K. Hopkins
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
October 29, 2015
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis:
Anna cannot forget Max, the dragon shapeshifter she turned away from five years earlier. The memory of the beautiful, winged, fire-breathing monster pursues her, and leaves an ache in her heart that even Garrick Flynn, her childhood friend and ardent lover, cannot heal. When given the chance to travel to the city, Anna jumps at the opportunity. But danger and intrigue are never far away as she joins the royal court and serves as companion to the queen. Will she ever
find the peace and happiness she longs for?


Oh, fireworks!! This excerpt has definitely caught my attention! I love how quickly the author has placed the reader right in the middle of the drama! We find out right away that Anna has something against dragons, while Max's arrogance seems to be a cover for something else. This is sure going to be a fun read, and I can hardly wait to see how long the dislike these two feel for each other turns to love, as I'm sure it will!
This whole scene plays out like a movie, too, and I hope these books make it to the silver screen!
Making this even more interesting, the guys'
a dragon shifter!  And I sure do love dragons,
whether they shift or not, so this series is
definitely one I need to get and read!

From Loved By A Dragon

As Anna neared the room, she could hear Aaron and Keira's voices through the door, but a third voice made her pause. It was a man's voice, but not Thomas's. A visitor, maybe? The door was slightly ajar, and pushing it open with her hand she entered the room, pausing once more when she saw the stranger sitting in a chair directly across from the doorway. She barely heard Aaron speaking as she stared at the man slowly rising to his feet, his gaze locked on hers. A slight smiled played around his mouth, while his eyes held a challenge that Anna could not decipher. Perhaps it was the bold stare, or the challenging smile, or the graceful way he pulled himself up to his full height, but whatever it was, Anna felt a wave of dislike for this stranger sweep over her. She stared back at him, her eyes narrowing as his smile grew wider, taunting her, as though he were fully aware of the immediate, intense and irrational reaction towards him. The smile was meant just for her, she knew that straight away, a silent communication between them, and she disliked him even more for it. And she knew, with unerring instinct, that despite his appearance of youth, this was no inexperienced boy who could easily be dismissed. This person standing before her was the fulfillment of her deepest fears. A man who could easily gain mastery and control over any woman he chose. This knowledge was based on intuition, rather than rational thought -- all she knew in that moment was that she hated him.

As though speaking from far away, Aaron's voice addressed her.

"Anna, this is Max."

"Max?" With an effort, Anna pulled her gaze away from the man standing before her, but not before she saw his lips twist with arrogant humor.

"Yes, Max Brant. He will be staying at Storbrook as our guest."

"I see." Anna nodded as she turned back to the guest. "Max."

"Anna." He was still staring at her, and she dragged her eyes away, biting her lip. Her name rolled off his tongue with an air of familiarity which she immediately resented, but before she could think of an adequate retort, he was speaking again. "I saw you playing in the snow earlier today," he said. His words made her glance back at him. Was he laughing at her?

"Yes," she said. She sat down on one of the chairs near Keira, who was watching their exchange in silence.

"You looked like you were having fun." This time she met his gaze with narrowed eyes. He was definitely taunting her.

"Tell me," she said, "how long will you be visiting Storbrook?" 

Once again Max grinned at her, but it was Aaron who answered.

"As long as he wishes."

"I see." Anna turned to Keira. "When do you wish start decorating?" she asked. Keira opened her mouth to respond, but before she said anything, Max was speaking again. 

"Why do I get the feeling you wish me gone, Anna?" he asked. Out of the corner of her eye, Anna could see both Keira and Aaron look at Max in surprise. 

"I have no idea," she said, "Just stay away from me, and I'm sure we will get along famously!"

Beside her, Keira gasped softly. 

Max's smile widened as he considered Anna. "Well, that shouldn't be a problem. I have no desire to keep company with a shrew!" 

Anna's eyes narrowed again as she rose to her feet. "And I don't fancy being burned by a dragon!"

Max took a few steps forward, closing the distance between them until he stodd right before her. "Perhaps, darling, a little burning is exactly what you need! You might even enjoy it!" 

Anna pulled her hand back, and it flew through the air to land on Max's cheek with a resounding slap. He didn't move, but his expression turned mocking.

"Is that all you've got?"

Anna gasped, and spinning on her heel, walked away from him and towards the doorway. She had only gone a few steps when she paused, then, turning, stalked back to Max, stopping a few inches away as she poked her finger into his chest.

"Don't ever call me 'darling' again," she ground out, then, turning once more, marched out of the room. Her legs were trembling as she walked, while her hands shook with rage. The arrogance! The insolence!  


Linda K. Hopkins lives in Calgary, Canada, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, with her husband and two daughters, but originally hails from South Africa, and also spent a few years living in England. Linda loves reading, dark chocolate, coffee, and travel. Sometimes she even tinkers on the piano, but sadly, her teenage daughter is the better musician! 

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  1. This series is GORGEOUS! And it sounds wonderful, too! Thank you so much for sharing and putting these on my radar, Maria! Thank you for chance to win :)

  2. Hi, Michelle!

    Oh, I KNOW!! When I first saw these covers, I "ooohhed" and "ahhhed", and then promptly signed up for the tour!! I have seen gorgeous covers during my reading "career", but let me tell you, these are right at the top of the heap! And the stories are great, too! as I said in my min-review, I LOvE dragons and dragon shifters!

    I'm glad you like hese novels, too, and that this post made you aware of them for the first time! You're also very welcome for the giveaway, which I actually did through Bewitching Book Tours!

    Thanks for your great comment!! SUUUUUUPER SMOOOOOOOSHY SQUISSHY HUGS!!!!! <3 <3 : ) : )


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