To Court a Queen

Guys, I always buy what H.L. Burke writes.

They’re clean, pretty family-friendly, and tons of original fun.  Heidi comes up with amazing plots and characters every time.  There are no H.L. Burke dud books.  Each one is pretty fantastic stuff.

Check out her latest, and pre-orders are up!


He doesn’t want to get married, but he wants to be a frog even less.

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Knight errant, Devin, takes a shortcut through the woods, only to be captured by fairy forces. The fairy queen has run out of breathing males to fight for her hand, and Devin, while not ideal fairy stock, is breathing–for now.

Telling a vain fairy queen you’d rather not be her one true love is a ticket to life on a lilypad, so the knight agrees to face three challenges to win Queen Agalea’s hand. When a clever servant girl offers to help him navigate the trials in order to stop the constant bloodshed of the courtship ritual, Devin jumps at the chance. However, as he balances “flirting” with his “beloved” and overcoming tasks specifically designed to kill him, he finds his heart drawn to his new partner in survival.


H.L. Burke is the author of multiple fantasy novels including the Dragon and the ScholarHeidi-107 saga and The Nyssa Glass YA Steampunk series and Coiled. She is an admirer of the whimsical, a follower of the Light, and a believer in happily ever after.

H.L.’s social media links: (for random snarkiness and occasional book snippets) (for longer form random snarkiness, occasional book snippets, and #dailydragon posts where she shares her favorite dragon related finds)
Her website (and mailing list) for news and deals
my instagram for #TheodoretheDragon awesomness
and her reader group if you want to be the first to hear about beta and ARC reading opportunities as well as her day to day struggles and weekly live videos.


Crazy Cleo Talks to Tough Girl Noel – Text Convo Between Kara Swanson’s Character and Mine!

GUYS!  Kara Swanson just hosted the most epic conversation between my character, Cleo (from “My Fault”), and her character Noel (from “Skyridge”)  You have to check it out!  😀


So, I did a thing.

And it may have gotten a bit out of hand 😉

My friend RJ Conte wrote an amazing Christian rom-com called My Fault (link is here) and I loved her main character, Cleo, so much that I had this wild idea…

What if Cleo had a conversation with the main character from my Supernatural YA novel, Skyridge? Cleo is a bubbly, abstract chatterbox while my main character Noel is a sarcastic, intense young woman with wings who’s father happens to be a fallen angel. So when we set these two loose in the same texting conversation, some crazy hilarity ensued.

And yes, I probably should have added a filter, but characters tend to say what they do XD

Anyway, I hope you are as amused by Cleo’s motormouth as Noel is, and that you enjoy their conversation below! (Green is Noel’s comments, grey is Cleo’s responses 😀 )




On Waves of Wanderlust

Liwen Ho_croppedThe last book, for now, that I’m going to share with you, is by an author friend, Liwen Ho, and it’s free today and tomorrow!


After Macy Grant breaks up with a man who won’t commit, she escapes heartbreak with a weekend on the seas. The last person she expects to meet and fall for is entrepreneur Jake Olsen. A believer in love at first sight, he seems perfect for her in every way … then her ex-boyfriend shows up on the cruise ship with a ring.

This 10,000-word short story is perfect for your lunch break, workout, or while you wait in line at the mall. Read it today to get into the spirit of summer any time of the year!


My Interview on Iola Goulton’s Website!

Blog tour time for My Fault!2D

I gave an interview on my inspiration for “My Fault” as well as why I write Christian fiction, and who my favorite authors are, over at!


Today I’m interviewing author RJ Conte about her writing, and her new release: My Fault. It looks like a fun read!

Welcome, RJ!

About You

First, please you tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from?

Hello!  I’m the oldest of four, formerly homeschooled, Christian wife and mother of three.  I’m an ESFJ from California who now lives in the Pacific Northwest.  😊

It’s said that authors should write the kind of book they like to read. What is your favourite genre? Who are your favourite authors?

Yes!  Issue-driven is my very favorite, but there’s so few true Christian issue-driven.

My favorite authors growing up were Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Ted Dekker.  I’d now add Bethany A Jennings, Susan Vaught, Kimberly Rae, and Elyse Fitzpatrick to that list.  😊

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it? Why/why not?

Let’s see… I keep a file of every book I read all year.  I started that two years ago and it’s fun to look back and see what I read and what star rating I’d give it.  Each year I read over 50 books!  The last book I read was… (READ MORE HERE)


Love of a Wild Rose

Next up in the clean romance I am sharing with you this month: Love of a Wild Rose by Natalie Dean!  Look at this gorgeous cover!


519TuQSYFyL1845, Oregon Trail, Independence Rock to Fort Hall

As the Macintosh family continues their journey along the Oregon Trail, the scouts come across a wagon accident. OR could it be another murder?

Two survivors are left . . . a beautiful and frightened Lakota woman, with a tiny baby in her arms.

She will only let one man help her . . . Joel Macintosh. 

There are many questions to be answered. One of which is . . . should they bring her back to camp?

Joel has enough of his own to deal with . . . as a pregnant family member is hovering between life and death. 

As it turns out, Ojinjintka is far more than the helpless woman Joel thought her to be. What she does for his dying pregnant family member makes the Macintosh family feel forever indebted to her.

BUT, Joel’s been warned. Don’t fall in love with the Lakota woman.

That’s a major problem. He’s sworn he will protect her. And . . . she trusts him.

Will he heed the warnings he’s been given? OR will he let love and honor lead the way?

Come along on the wagon train journey of a lifetime that promises everything – big dreams of love, green crops, horses, sheep and cows, large ranches – a new world at their fingertips!

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This 25,000 word story is book three in the Love on the Trails series. Though it could be enjoyed as a standalone, it’s better if you have already read books one and two of this series.
A Love Beyond Suspicion, Love on the Trails Book One
Picture Perfect Love, Love on the Trails Book Two





Janeen Ippolito’s side story to Lawless is almost here!

I participated in her last blog tour for Lawless, and really enjoyed the dragonshifter book, giving it five stars.

This is a side story with two new characters – and more dragons!

Note: These books are definitely more adult and PG-13, with implied sex between married couples, although no explicit descriptions.  Everything, in my opinion, is appropriate for an adult.

PricelessPricless book blurb: A little ambition can turn into a lot of trouble, even for the city’s wiliest double agent.
After years of rebel spywork in the dragon-human war, Nula Thredsing is ready to claim her legacy. As the Scepter of Commerce’s new liaison to dragons, she’s one step away from the old family seat on the city council. But during her first meeting with dragon diplomat Tiers Sunscaler, they are attacked by rogue dragons—one of them Sunscaler’s former tactical partner, who is bitterly determined to keep the sham war in action and turn the diplomat to his side.


At the same time, Nula and Tiers discover a startling connection: an embermate bond. While a political marriage suits Nula, the bond’s side effects are obnoxious—and potentially deadly. Aided by an unexpected cat-dragon and a mysterious unicorn, Nula and Tiers must track down the rogue dragons before their dangerous bond tears them apart.

Fortunately, Nula is used to impossible odds—and this time, she has a dragon on her side.

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Janeen Ippolito believes words can (and should) transform worlds. She writes Author Picurban fantasy and steampunk, and creates writing resources, including the reference book World Building From the Inside Out and the creative writing guide Irresistible World Building For Unforgettable Stories. She’s an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, and is the leader of Uncommon Universes Press, a small science fiction and fantasy publishing house. She’s also the cohost of the podcast Indie Book Magic. In her spare time, Janeen enjoys sword-fighting, reading, pyrography, and eating brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica. This extroverted writer loves getting connected, so find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her website:
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I get to share an excerpt of the sequel, Priceless, below!

Nula and Tiers are working together to find the rogue dragons who attacked at their first diplomatic meeting on the wharf. In this scene, Nula and Tiers are caring for an injured cat-dragon who ran in the way of their groundcar. They hope the cat-dragon is a clue to locating an enemy laboratory where the rogue dragons could be encamped.   
However, at this moment, Nula Thredsing has other things in mind. Such as finding out about the embermate bond that Tiers has been so careful to hide…


“Always giving orders, hmm?” Tiers opened the kit and pulled out a clean cloth and disinfectant liquid. He began wiping the gash on the cat-dragon’s head, drawing a hiss and a yowl from its fanged mouth.

“Only when I have the best ideas. If you’d like, I could wait until we stare at each other awkwardly and decide who gets to go first.” Countess Thredsing rolled her eyes. “So, since we’re here, why did you refuse the diplomat quarters? And why do I hear your voice in my mind sometimes?”

Fewmets. Still determined to get answers before he had any satisfactory ones to give her.

“Since you have the best ideas, why don’t you tell me what you think?” Tiers focused on applying the ointment. Fortunately, the cat-dragon didn’t require stitches. Dragon tech used scale-screen to seal wounds. With the cat-dragon having both fur and scales, Tiers wouldn’t have been sure where to start if the beast’s wound had been serious.

She huffed. “Is giving a straight answer a foreign concept to you? I know this vagueness isn’t a dragon trait.”

“Yes, it is.” Dragon traditions for careful words and cleverness were well-known among all cultures. In Tiers’s case, he still didn’t have a solution. Countess Thredsing must be diverted. Perhaps silence would work.

Tiers wrapped a thin bandage around the creature’s head, securing it with a dab of hold spray, and eyed the cat-dragon’s injured foot. A foot with barbed scales and sharp claws, possibly sharp enough to pierce his slatesheen-coated skin. “Hold it tightly.”

“I have him.” Countess Thredsing paused. “And you aren’t leaving this house without giving me an answer.”

Another yowl escaped the cat-dragon. Tiers allowed his hands to shift to scale form and began treating the cut. “I have no interest in leaving this house unless I am in your company. Your threats are hardly effective.”

“Yes, you’ve mentioned remaining in my company.” He looked up to see Countess Thredsing purse her full lips. “And you protected me at the wharf. Protected me, specifically, to the exclusion of everyone else.”

Alarms rang in his mind, causing his fingers to shake as he began wrapping the bandage around the cut. Would she discover the answer? Part of him hoped she would; her intelligence only increased her allure.

The other part dreaded how she would take the knowledge.

“You can speak in my mind, sometimes. I can hear what you think, sometimes. That can only be one thing, which is…impossible.” She focused on him with knife-sharp fierceness. “Isn’t it?”

Tiers’s heart sank. It seemed they would be having this conversation after all. “You of all people, Countess Thredsing, should know the value of withholding information until the opportune moment.”

She glared at him. “Indeed I do, but not when it’s withheld from me.”

Frustration heated his throat. “I don’t know enough! This shouldn’t be possible, not unless you have a significant amount of dragon blood. I was going to tell you when I had more information and a cohesive strategy.”  

“But if you had shared, we could have strategized together. Tell me plainly: are we embermates?”

He nodded. “We appear to have all the signs.”

“Yes or no?”

Tiers sighed through clenched teeth. “As much as I can tell, yes.”

“Very well.” She released the cat-dragon from her grip and walked over to a wall. Her fingers pressed a pattern into a keypad, and a high-pitched screech filled the room. The cat-dragon wrinkled its nose against the sound and yanked its foot away from Tiers. He couldn’t blame the beast.

“D— gadgets,” Countess Thredsing muttered.

A second later, a crackly voice echoed through the room. “How can I help you, my lady?”

“I’ll be having a guest to dinner tonight. Make the usual preparations. He’ll be spending the night as well.”

“Shall I ready the guest quarters?”

Countess Thredsing shot Tiers another glare before answering. “Unknown. Since I appear to be his biologically-bound wife, I suppose I should ask him that question.”

“His wife? My lady…”

She rolled her eyes. “Ignore that. I misspoke. Set the table and don’t worry about a room. That is all.”

“Right away, my lady.”

Countess Thredsing pressed another series of buttons, and the screech stopped. “I have no idea how dragon mates will hold up in a human court.” She turned to Tiers, her hands on her hips. “Do you know?”

He shook his head. “How should I know? This isn’t common. In dragon law, we are bound by life and death already, even though our hearts haven’t been united. I was going to research human customs on my own.”

“Well, now we get to work together.” If she let him get a word in edgewise. She continued, “I thought I was fully human with a trace of dragon blood. Tell me how this is physically possible.”

He returned her stare, flames burning within him. He spoke very slowly and clearly, in hopes that she would finally understand and leave him alone to think for a moment. It was difficult enough to endure his own ignorance without having to answer her persistent, annoying questions. “I don’t know, Countess. Human-dragon biochemistry isn’t my field of study.”

“Nor is it mine. But I know that a strong dragon bloodline is needed, and I am not aware of any blood of that strength in my family tree.” She gritted her teeth. “But considering my parents’ history of deception, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need answers. Now.”

Finally, they were in accord about something.

Priceless will be launched as a part of the “Random Book Party of Fun” Facebook event featuring Janeen and author H.L. Burke.  Check out the fun here:



Host Cleo or Me on Your Blog!

Want the quirky Cleo to come visit your blog?  Or just want to spread the word about the new book?  Want to share an excerpt from “My Fault”?

If so, I’m putting together a blog tour, and would love to come visit your blog.  🙂  

Here’s the Google form to sign-up

Also, I’m going to be hosting a live reading of the first section of “My Fault” on my Facebook page here tomorrow evening at 6 PM PST/8 PM EST.  Check it out!

Cleo thanks you with a quirky, goofy smile and a wink!