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Excerpt • The Dragon Rider’s Daughter

drdcoveridea6smallShe turned to discover the wizard had her sketchbook in his hands and was peering at her drawing. Her cheeks suddenly felt extraordinarily warm.

“Oh…I, um, just thought you and the puppy looked sweet together.”

He shot her a dark glance. “You should have asked my permission before drawing my portrait.”

“I didn’t want to wake you.” Humiliated beyond measure, Minna hastened to take the sketchbook from him. “Honestly, there’s no reason to be so sensitive. I didn’t mean any harm.”

His chin lifted. “I don’t much like being stared at when I’m dozing, thank you very much!”

Her temper flared. “Really? I had the impression you enjoy being stared at all the time.”

A muscle in his jaw quivered. “That’s my cue to go. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll get my coat.”

As he strode into the kitchen, Minna felt a pang of genuine remorse. Just because he’d caught her admiring him was no reason for her to be so churlish.

Evan returned, wearing his coat. “Thank you for the hot chocolate, Miss Westerfield. I’ll see myself out.”

“Wait.” She tore the sketch from the sketchbook, folded it into a square, and pressed it into his hands. “I’m sorry for being rude just now…and for disturbing your privacy.”

His expression softened. “I probably overreacted.”

“You didn’t. No hard feelings, I hope.”

“Of course not.” He gave her a crooked grin. “I was embarrassed to be caught sleeping, if you want to know the truth. What with all the thunder, I didn’t sleep well last night.” He tucked the folded paper into his coat pocket. “Listen, it’s none of my business, but with magical abilities like yours, it’s a shame you don’t use them openly.”

She feigned puzzlement. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“You don’t have to pretend.”

Any remorse she’d felt at her incivility shriveled up. “You’re right. It’s none of your business.”

Without warning, the wizard slid his arm around her waist and pulled her close. The hair on her forearms and the back of her neck rose. Unbidden, her gaze was drawn to his full lips.

“W-What are you doing?”

He looked at her askance. “Come on, Miss Westerfield. Can’t you feel the electricity between us?”

“I don’t know what you mean.” Shaken, she took a step back.

“We both have goose bumps.” He pointed at her bare forearms. “A wizard can sense magic, especially when it’s as powerful as yours.”

“You’ve overstepped the mark, Mr. Valentine.”

“I don’t think I have.” He raised one of his eyebrows. “Furthermore, I bet I’m not the only one who enjoys being stared at.”

She gave him a level glance. “You’re rather conceited, Mr. Valentine. Don’t get struck by lightning on your way out.”

Evan chuckled. “Oh, I was struck by lightning years ago, when we first met.”

“But we’ve never met.”

A flicker of disappointment crossed his features. “I didn’t think you’d remember.”

The Dragon Rider’s Daughter (to be released on 2/7/17) is available for pre-order HERE

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The Dragon Rider’s Daughter

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When I received the publishing rights back to a short story entitled Minna & the Valentine, the project went on a shelf for a long time…until now. I’ve rewritten the tale, doubling the length, and I’m ready to release it again.

Blurb: After dragon jockey Wynn Westerfield loses his career, health, and wealth due to a wizard, he forbids his daughter, Minna, from studying magic. Although she manages to carry on secretly, her life becomes even more of a struggle when her mother dies. On the brink of adulthood, she’s offered the chance to track down the wizard responsible for her misery. Unfortunately, she’ll be forced to reveal her powers to the world.

Evan Valentine has attended a prestigious magical academy on scholarship, although he’s cleverly managed to conceal the fact from everyone. He’s on the fast track to success—until he discovers he owes a debt that can never be repaid.

Minna and Evan don’t realize it yet, but their destinies have been intertwined for years. Once the truth is known, they’ll be forced to choose between revenge…or each other.

The Dragon Rider’s Daughter (formerly published as Minna & the Valentine) is available for pre-order HERE. Release date: February 7th, 2017.

The Yden Collection • Dragontastic Series

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Now that I have the publication rights back to ALL my Yden novels, I’ve put them together in an e-book box set for hours of dragons, wizards, and coming-of-age angst. Although this collection is available for purchase HERE, it’s also free to read with Kindle Unlimited.

Kira: The Yden Trilogy Prequel

KIRASGRPoisoned by an enemy, a young warrior struggles to find an antidote before she succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, she flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mirrum Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?

The Last Great Wizard of Yden

Jon Hansen always thought his father’s tLGWOTCOVERCONCEPT4ales about the magical planet of Yden were fiction. When his father is kidnapped by an evil wizard, however, Jon is forced to dig deeper. His investigation uncovers magical artifacts that will unlock another dimension–if only he can gather his courage to make the journey. On his quest to Yden, Jon encounters wizards, Cyclopes, and a warlord who seem to want him dead. Fortunately, he’s got friends by his side, as well as the ability to draw things to life. Can he and his friends defeat the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known, or will Jon become the latest addition to the Wolf Clan wizard’s gruesome collection of trophies?

Dragon Clan of Yden

DCOYCOVERSGRFinal4As Jon’s formal magical training begins, his budding romantic attraction to Kira jeopardizes his relationship with Brett. At the same time, the Dragon Clan is bringing the Earth-born children of Yden’s wizards back home. Unfortunately, the Fox Clan has also been recruiting these teen wizards for its own sinister plans. The mysterious Guinn of the Fox Clan is searching for a weapon known as the Portal Key and is more than willing to kill for it. Jon becomes increasingly desperate and reckless in his quest to thwart the Fox Clan, but he discovers–too late–his enemy is closer than he thinks.

Secrets of Yden

As Jon begins his senior year in high school, he and his friends are focused on the future. soysgrcvr2Unfortunately, a past skirmish on Yden is still having repercussions. Bailey of the Shark Clan is out for revenge, and he has secret support on the Executive Council. Worse, time is stopping on Earth for increasingly long intervals, and only Jon is unaffected. Unfortunately, the search for answers uncovers an ancient prophecy that seemingly spells his doom.

Princess & Fairy Tale Collection • NEW

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The Princess & Fairy Tale Collection is four fantasy titles in one!  $2.99 at Amazon.Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 3.11.57 PMClash of Wills
sgrCOW6x9Princess Samantha’s magical compass will help her locate her long-lost brother, but only if she manages to escape the watchful eyes of her royal parents. When an unwelcome suitor comes to call, Samantha seizes her chance. She beguiles the prince into taking her north, intending to abandon him at her earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, his captivating good looks and charming manner present an unforeseen complication–especially when she is forced to accept help from the very man she has deceived.

To maintain his bachelorhood, handsome Prince Wills is not above deception. Although reluctantly entangled in Samantha’s scheme, he vows to protect her…until a lie threatens to destroy their alliance. Can his powerful attraction to the princess overcome his mistrust? And can they survive a dangerous quest to the wild and magical Uncharted Region?

Magical Misperception
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Young Prince Lee can’t talk to girls at all until he meets Jona Haever. His aunt, Queen Gaia, invites Jona to the castle for the summer to help Lee learn social graces. Although Her Majesty makes it clear Jona is no better than a servant, Jona and Lee become best friends. When the summer comes to a close, the two continue to correspond through a pair of magical boxes conjured by the Wizard Farland. Nine years later, Jona and Lee are closer than ever, but any romantic feelings between them are forbidden by law. Are the differences between a prince and a commoner too large to overcome, or are they just a matter of magical misperception?

Whimsical Tendencies

Although she has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, Cypher McCall holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now ruling the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection. Unfortunately for Cypher, however, she’s too beautiful to ignore. After a Cauldian contingent arrives in her hometown, a chance encounter leaves her repulsed by the arrogant Prince Ewan and attracted to his distant cousin, Lord Joss.

When she learns Prince Ewan plans to tear down the ruins of nearby Castle Augur, Cypher vows to stop him. Although handsome Lord Joss tries to protect her from his vindictive cousin, Cypher can’t bring herself to trust the enemy. At the same time, nightmares and dreams nudge her toward reclaiming childhood memories. She stumbles on a silver key that she hopes will unlock her past, but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Will the knowledge of Cypher’s true identity tear her apart or will it empower her to restore everything she ever loved?

Dani & the Immortals

When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, asgrDani&theImmortals6x9 wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse–and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

* This collection also includes the bonus flash fiction story, Finding the Spirit of Christmas.

The Phoenix Has Risen

zdragonskyelShortly after retiring my former author name, I made a fresh start on a new blog HERE. I write in two separate genres (sweet historical romance and speculative fiction), however, and there’s very little crossover. Rather than annoy readers with information about genres they don’t want, I’ve decided to wake up my Child of Yden blog and use it to post about my speculative fiction, and post only historical romance information on my other blog.

DCOYCOVERSGRFinal4Let me start things off by talking about my soon-to-be-released novel (March 29, 2016), Dragon Clan of Yden, the second book in my Yden Trilogy. After I got the rights back from the publisher, I had three months to polish the manuscript before I could publish it again. To my dismay, I couldn’t get away with a simple polish. There were sentences I felt should be smoothed out, and places where a bit more narrative and/or dialogue was necessary. I added over 5,000 words to the original story, changed the title, and redesigned the cover. Even though Amazon usually allows old reviews to be posted on re-released novels, the change of title and author name was enough for them to refuse to return my twelve stellar (4.8 out of 5 stars) reviews. Those reviews are still available to read HERE, so if one of those reviews are yours, please consider posting it again once Dragon Clan of Yden has been published next Tuesday. Thanks in advance! ~ Suzanne

Excerpt:

Despite Jon’s plea, Sela paused to see, touch, and smell everything she passed. Increasingly eager to see his grandfather, he chafed when his sister stopped to admire a fantastic unicorn statue.

“I’ll wait for you under the blue fruit tree,” he said, edging toward the next archway. “It’s through here.”

Sela climbed onto the unicorn, throwing her leg across as if she were riding a horse.
“Um…okay. I’m right behind you.”

“Word to the wise, squirt. Never sit on a real unicorn. They can sometimes have a nasty attitude.”

“Killjoy.”

He passed into a mossy clearing dotted by several mature fruit trees and sculptures of fairies. As he walked past an intricate sculpture of a brownie, he couldn’t help admiring the detail. He was so entranced, he nearly smacked into a strange teen.

“Whoa.” Jon reared back. “Where’d you come from?”

The boy, perhaps eighteen, was bare-chested, muscular, and radiating arrogance. Worse, he was gripping a six-foot long staff in his hands.

“State your clan and your business.”

Jon peered at him. “Huh?”

“Your clan and your business,” the boy repeated, brandishing the staff.

Jon bristled and his eyes narrowed. “Bug off. I don’t answer to comic book hero rejects.”

He glanced over his shoulder to check Sela’s progress and suddenly found his legs swept out from under him. As he landed on his back with a loud thud, he winced from a stinging pain across his calves.

“Dude, what’s wrong with you?”

The kid responded by rotating the staff around and around like an incoming helicopter blade. Jon scrambled to his feet, leaving his duffle bag on the ground. From somewhere behind him, Sela shrieked with alarm.

His attention riveted on the weapon, he held up a warning hand. “Stay there, Sela. This guy is seriously nuts!”

The wooden staff whooshed toward Jon’s head and he jumped back out of reach. Unfortunately, he stumbled over his duffle bag and came crashing down hard. The stranger dissolved into mocking laughter.

“You’re mean!” Sela cried.

A nearby fruit tree provided her with handfuls of juicy ammunition. Her aim was wide, but the incoming missiles made the teen duck. Jon seized the opportunity to tackle his assailant to the ground and wrestle the staff away. Once he stood clear, he burned the weapon with the flames shooting from his fingertips and flung the seared wood onto the gravel path.

He pointed a threatening finger at the kid. “Stay down, punk, or there’s more where that came from.”

The kid responded by aiming his fist in Jon’s direction. Jon barely had time to notice his assailant’s clan ring before he was yanked backward, as if by an invisible elastic cord. He twisted in the air, slammed face-first into a stone sprite, and tasted blood from a cut inside his mouth.

The strange young wizard advanced. “More of what, lightweight? Seems to me like you got nothing.”

The situation disintegrated fast.

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New Name, New Upcoming Release

All my releases from now on will bear my full name, Suzanne G. Rogers, and I hope to have my entire backlist updated on 1/1/16. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the process goes smoothly, but I have Amazon’s number on hand in case it doesn’t! That being said, I’m releasing a new romantic fantasy novella, Whimsical Tendencies, in December.

Blurb: Although she has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, Cypher McCall holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now ruling the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection. Unfortunately for Cypher, however, she’s too beautiful to ignore. After a Cauldian contingent arrives in her hometown, a chance encounter leaves her repulsed by the arrogant Prince Ewan and attracted to his distant cousin, Lord Joss.

When she learns the prince plans to tear down the ruins of nearby Castle Augur, Cypher vows to stop him. Although handsome Lord Joss tries to protect her from his vindictive cousin, Cypher can’t bring herself to trust the enemy. At the same time, nightmares and dreams nudge her toward reclaiming childhood memories. She stumbles on a silver key that she hopes will unlock her past, but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Will the knowledge of Cypher’s true identity tear her apart or will it empower her to restore everything she’s ever loved?

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Whimsical Tendencies began as a short story, published by MuseitUp Publishing as Cypher. I rewrote the manuscript, nearly doubling the size in the process. The tale includes wizards, magical plants, ghosts, the living, the dead, and things in between. It’s available for pre-order now, for a December 11th release (just in time for Christmas).

~ Suzanne

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, and please help me celebrate the release of my fantasy romance, Dani & the Immortals!

Dani&theImmortals6x9When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

To pick up your Kindle copy, go HERE.