Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Scaly Love Affair

My guest today is author-on-fire, Antonia Tiranth! Her book The Gathering was nominated for LASR and CAPA awards. Congrats, Antonia :) Now, let's see what she has in store for us...

When Cindy asked me to write a blog about love, I thought “Sure! Easy peasy. I'll have that done by the end of the week.” The end of the week came and nothing. Another week...nothing!

Tonight, just a few days from my scheduled date and I still had nothing. So I wrote a blog about dragon superstitions for Romance in the Backseat and I had the bingo moment. Dragons. I LOVE dragons. Small ones, big ones, skinny ones, fat ones, mean ones, nice ones. You name it, I'll probably love it. I've always been fascinated by dragons. When I was sixteen, a friend of mine showed me a dragon tarot deck and I said I wanted the king of swords as a tattoo. I turned eighteen and went to get said tattoo but chickened out of the dragon. I thought there was no way I'd like dragons in ten years. Fourteen years later, I love them more than I did then. I just got my king of swords tattoo over the summer last year. My favorite deck to use for readings, The Celtic Dragon Tarot, blends my love of dragons with my love of Celtic mythos. Whenever I ran a D&D campaign I just had to sneak dragons in there somewhere. In one campaign, it was a religion based around dragons, in another one NPC had a slightly mental green dragon named Slimy as a friend, and in yet another the PCs mission was to transport a dragon egg. I have dragon statues decorating my room, a dragon desk calendar, a pair of dragon speakers, and I really want the dragon stapler.

So what does this mean for me as a writer? My very first published work, The Quickening, is about the return of dragons to the world after almost a century and the central characters are part of a race of dragon shape shifters. This quickly evolved into a series, The Tales of the Rikashi with two other books currently in publication with Lyrical Press, Inc (The Gathering and Black Velvet) and four more planned for the future. After writing, the first three Rikashi books, I branched out into the erotic world with my Tarot Kings series. Each book's hero will represent one of the kings. Currently I have King of Swords out with Red Rose Publishing and King of Cups submitted, waiting to hear back on that. I bet you're thinking that I can't possibly have dragons in that, right? Wrong! The heroine of the first book, who will tie in the tarot card in each book, reads from a dragon tarot deck. My current WIP is centered on dragons. Its a wonder my fiance hasn't accused me of cheating on him with a dragon :)

For more information on my releases, please visit website
For The Tales of the Rikashi, visit Lyrical Press, Inc
For King of Swords – A Dom for Christmas, visit Red Rose Publishing
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Thank you Cindy for letting me visit!


Aubrey Leatherwood said...

I really like the idea of the Tarot King series, plus I am a dragon idolizer the likes of which you wouldn't believe... or... maybe... you would since that seems to be a shared love.


Sandra Sookoo said...

you go girl! My dragon's giving me fits. In the third rewrite of chapter 1 LOL :-)

Antonia said...

LOL Thanks Aubrey. I do so understand. ^.^

Sandi, I can send Jericho over to bite his ears?