Friday, September 2, 2016

Virtual Tour - Dragons Against Them (Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, #2) by Kyra Jacobs

Dragons Against Them
Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, #2
by Kyra Jacobs
Date of Publication: August 29th 2016
Publisher: Kyra Jacobs
Cover Artist: Kelly Martin
Genre: Fantasy Romance/Paranormal/Alternate World

Blood is thicker than water…but can it melt a heart of ice?

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Dragons Against Them (Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, #2) . . .

Advisory. . . Reading book one is essential to the total enjoyment of book two. Book one give up some secrets, previous deceptions, connections, current battles, and more. I did not read book one and I was lost and confused and felt a bit cheated that I did not read the first book of this series. My fault. I was not aware that this was a continuation of the first book of the series. I was able to muddle my way through and find love for both Addie and Zayne. I enjoyed Tristan both sides of him. Rosalind did not find a good place in me during my read. The parents needed to have their reign removed to be so irresponsible and to have that kind of power was just . . . I guess the signs of the time.

I found the book with a more up-tempo pace. The suspense engaging. The why was evident, power. Or was it really? There was a vivid world of shifters, dragons, magic, royals, power, deceit, lies, family rivalry, family drama,  What more can be added to make the next one just as, if not more captivating, alluring, enthralling?
**This eBook was provided via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
Kingdoms of Fire and Ice series:
Dragons Among Them - Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, #1
Dragons Against Them - Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, #2
The Dragons Within - Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, #3

Blood is thicker than water…but can it melt a heart of ice?

Adelaide Miller gave up everything she knows to remain in Prince Zayne Godfrey’s alternate reality and assume her rightful place as eldest princess in the rival kingdom of Forath.

For an independent, free-spirited woman, however, royal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s downright smothering. Especially since the vengeful Rosalind has gone AWOL.

Zayne is eager to wed Princess Addie—but their fathers seem more intent on keeping them apart. The longer Rosalind goes missing, the more suspicious each monarch becomes that the other is guilty of foul play.

Both kingdoms may soon face a strong, new rival intent on gaining power foretold by an ancient prophecy. To protect their chance at happily ever after, Zayne and Addie must partner with unlikely allies to save the one-person intent on destroying them both.

But victory will not come without a price, and in the end, someone may have to pay—in blood.

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“…How long has it been since you stretched your wings, went on a leisurely flight?”
Tristan bristled. “I am unfamiliar with your customs in Edana, Prince Zayne, but here in Forath, those responsible for protecting our kingdom have little time for leisure.”
“A pity, that.”
“How so?”
Zayne bent to press a kiss upon his betrothed’s hair. Its silken strands tickled his chin, and her scent washed over him anew. His enjoyment in the continued battle of wits with her prick of a brother waned and was replaced by the desire for a new activity. One that involved himself, Adelaide, and far less clothing.
As if reading his mind, she shifted against him, teasing his length. Had they been alone, the temptation to take her now, here in the stables, might have been too great to resist. The thought of her naked body stretched out willingly beneath him spurred Zayne to cease his battle of words and hasten their retreat.
“Because to fly often is not only good for the soul, but also serves to strengthen your wings and keep your battle skills keen.”
“Of course. But as Adelaide cannot fly, she need not join you. It is her studies that should be my sister’s primary focus prior to your upcoming wedding.”
“Then I shall tutor her on your family’s lineage while we are away, as I am well versed in the subject.” He leaned down farther, pressing a kiss to the hollow beneath her ear. She shivered in his arms as he murmured, “A few hours is all it should take.”
“It won’t take anywhere near that long,” Addie whispered.
Her breathy, musical voice spoke to the beast within. Three days was all that had passed since he’d seen her last, yet it seemed an eternity. His bed had felt empty, her soft skin achingly absent alongside his. Zayne took several more steps toward the door, guiding her with him. Tristan, however, continued to follow.
"I have every confidence in your tutoring skills, Prince Zayne, but my father issued strict orders that Princess Adelaide shall not leave the grounds unaccompanied."
Addie tensed in Zayne’s arms. Of course a decree limiting her travels would create such a reaction in his free-spirited nymph. When they first met a few short weeks ago, she had been traveling alone. To now be restricted by King Jarin’s rules was undoubtedly difficult for her.
Ah, but he had ways to help ease her mind from these anxieties. Ways his body craved as much as the next breath. “An understandable decree, and one I pledge to uphold as her royal escort.”
“That is Blackstone’s assignment,” Tristan said. “Not yours.”
“Please, Tristan,” said Addie.
“Is Blackstone no longer your personal guard, then, my lord?” asked Zayne.
Tristan’s eyes narrowed and remained fixed upon him, ignoring his sister’s plea. “He has been assigned to protect the royal family, Adelaide included.”
“A difficult task when the prince and princess are in different locations, is it not?”
“Indeed. But as we are both here at the present, I feel he is quite capable of offering protection to us both.”
“I have no doubt in his abilities.” Zayne gripped Adelaide tighter with one hand and shoved the stable’s rear door wide with his other. “Unfortunately for you, the present has now passed.”
As he summoned his transformation, the air around them began to whip and swirl, masking their escape in a cloud of dust and straw. The beast within wasn’t to be denied, and not a soul in Forath Castle could stop them. In an instant, they were airborne, Adelaide safe and secure in his taloned grasp.
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Author Info
Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she's likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan. Be sure to stop by her website to learn more about her novels and ways connect with her on social media.
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How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I’d have to say fun but heartfelt, with a healthy dose of humor and snark. I’m not big on flowery prose or twelve-page setting descriptions. Dialog is what I love to write the most. Oh—and happily ever afters. So far, I haven’t disappointed my readers there. ;-)

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
I try to start mentally chewing on the next scene before I sit down to write—especially if I’ll be spending any time in the car between now and then. Honestly, some days I’m so lost in my upcoming scene I can’t remember half the drive! Lol  Once I sit down, I need uninterrupted quiet. So if the kids are awake, I’m probably not writing… I try to get through a scene during a sitting (when I’m able) and then got down ideas for the next one while it’s fresh on my mind. They don’t always stick, but it’s great food for thought when I sit back down.

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
Great questions! I have a story arc model template (Maas-inspired) I like to scribble on before I start a story. Sometimes those early thoughts stick, oftentimes they evolve. But as I’m quite the Plant-ser (half plotter, half write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants) that’s completely normal for me. Regardless of how the story evolves, character growth and change is a must. Who wants to read about a boring 2-D character?

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
Oh, each set of characters becomes family to me by the end of their project. Jessica Hartley from my debut novel ARMED WITH STEELE will always have a special place in my heart, though. And Addie from my dragons series. She’s the introvert-turning-kickass heroine you want to root for. J

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
YES! Heck, I have a drawer full of them. All I’m going to say is, after this series? I won’t be done writing magic. Or shifters… And I’ve got some awesome single dads waiting for me to write their HEA in my next contemporary series, too.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
Ha, I think that’d be Zayne from this series. He came to me in a dream and refused to leave me alone. So I brought him to life on paper, and he’s one happy dragon-shifting prince now. Will be even more so in book 3… ;-)

Loved your questions!! Thanks so much for having me on to share with your readers!!

Thank you, Kyra Jacobs
I appreciate you taking the time to share with me and my readers your process and some insight to it all.

Thanks again,
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