Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Tour : Ice Dragon Tales by Hurri Cosmo

Genre : M/M Romance
Published : February 2017

Prince Joron of Blade Rain was kissed by a man he had no idea was King Aric of Claymoor Doom. Of course King Aric had no idea the one he kissed was even a man since Joron was dressed as a woman. Disguised to escape the newly crowned king of Blade Rain who just happens to be Joron's brother, Joron is swept off his feet by Aric when he is rescued by him from an assault. Aric is also swept off his feet by the beauty of the "woman" and that one amazing kiss. Aric, who is led to believe the beautiful woman he kissed is actually the princess, immediately goes to the king of Blade Rain and offers for the princess’s hand in marriage and his offer is accepted. Unfortunately, King Aric is now betrothed to Liarta, Joron’s sister. But an emergency has King Aric racing home without finding out the mistake he has made and now Joron must ride to Claymoor Doom to renegotiate the offer since Liarta is in love with someone else and does not want to marry King Aric. 

Imagine Aric’s surprise when he discovers the Prince is the one he thought was the Princess! So Aric does the only thing he can think of. He will release Liarta from her obligation of marriage, but only if Joron takes her place... in the marriage bed.

Things are going well for King Aric. He had Joron safely hidden away. Diagus, although a continuing threat to Joron, had left his castle empty handed, and the Cetin Gang was headed for his dungeons. He should be thrilled but – something was not right. He could feel it. 
Sure enough, when he returns to Claymoor castle, he finds Joron has been kidnapped and he must ride immediately to rescue him. And knowing the culprit, it was not going to be an easy task. However, Aric has a trump card; a letter from a dead king. Seemingly nonsensical at first, it now points a finger directly at a murderer and Aric is convinced Joron is next. Somehow he has to find him and get Joron back into his protective arms before it’s too late. 
Unfortunately, there are other huge pitfalls just waiting in the shadows. It turns out Joron is the true king of Blade Rain and Aric's long dead wife miraculously returns to claim Aric as her own. Between all the lies, murders, and life altering revelations, is there hope for these two at all?

King Diagus of Blade Rain is in a bind. He is duty bound to produce a royal heir and the only way he knows that can happen is if he beds a woman. Definitely not his idea of Happily Ever After. In fact, far from it. Except instead of walking down the aisle with the princess he has arranged to marry, Diagus is off in the wilds of Claymoor Doom. But there’s a good reason. Rumor had it there was someone near Gray Valley with Diagus’s stark blue eyes. A possible relative and therefore an heir? Was there a chance he might not have to marry a woman, after all?  Regrettably, Diagus finds no one matching the rumor’s description. What he does find is a heinous, black magic plot for murder and Diagus is the next on the list.

Tama’s pregnant sister claimed to be carrying the child of a king. Not just any king. The mighty king of Blade Rain. She was determined to get out of the very poor house of Hilman and into the lap of luxury. But fate had its own agenda. Sadly, Tama must raise his nephew all by himself after his sister unexpectedly dies in childbirth. It’s not a problem, though. He loves Aydin as he loved his sister – with all his heart.

However, Tama’s lazy and abusive father, Beourn, is angry and extremely disappointed. Being the grandfather of a crown prince, he was looking forward to moving to the castle and living a life of extravagance. With his daughter’s death, that was no longer possible. So, he does the unthinkable. He kidnaps Aydin with the intent of selling him to the rich and powerful king. Tama is stunned he would do such a thing and chases after Beourn to rescue Aydin.

But he doesn’t get far before he is confronted with a beautiful man being viciously attacked. Of course Tama has to help. If he doesn’t the man will surely die. Except Tama quickly learns the man is far more than just someone in trouble. In fact, the man is a king and will change Tama’s life. Forever.

Author Interview

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always wanted to be a writer. Always. I remember laying in my crib dreaming up stories about talking horses and saving kidnap victims. Learning to read was amazing to me because I thought about the fact I could write my stories and they would be ever so much better for learning how to read than boring old Dick and Jane. I had hundreds of pages filled with my scribbles, mostly outlines and thoughts, never anything complete. My first completed novel I did a gazillion years ago but after the first three rejections, I gave up. What really opened a brand new, huge, beautiful door for me was M/M. Like so many, I started with manga. I was going to be a manga artist because I suddenly had all these stories I wanted to tell and doing that in pictures just fired my imagination. I had computer files FULL of stories. Then I read a manga novel and decided that was the direction I wanted to go. Then, of course, I found the M/M novel world and never looked back.

What do you think makes a good story?

It varies and really depends on my mood. I think that’s true for everyone. Sometimes I need something light and fluffy with no tear jerking crap. I honestly don’t like too much of that anyway. When I am reading to escape the world, “important literature” just doesn’t interest me. But sometimes I like long, in depth, falling in love stories. Ones that make you excited to get home from work so you can continue to read. However, I truly love the first meeting, slow burn and lots of romance. I always, always love a dominant partner and a submissive one, as well. It doesn’t have to be a true D/s thing, but I really like that one partner is bigger and stronger and just more forceful. I love a little bit of jealousy, some mysterious drama, and a meaningful ending. I read a book just recently that had me at the edge of my seat wondering how they were going to resolve it. It just simply went over the top for me. Not that I was incredibly disappointed in it, it just got to be a little ridiculous although the story itself was good. For that reason I forced myself to get to the end. But then, the actual end…just ended. In my opinion, and probably mine alone, the reader, after enduring the over the top drama for so long, deserved an epilogue or at least something beyond “they survived and escaped”, which is what it felt like to me. Personally, I needed some time to recover before the words “The End”. But I have to say it did tick off all the other boxes for me.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?

Reading, experiencing life, paying attention, listening. Normal stuff. I used to write a lot faster than I do now. I hope I haven’t lost my edge. I do have a full time job now, so that eats into my time. I tend to do the seven hour trek to my mom’s house a lot more these days, too, because she’s sick. But more so, I think it’s because I haven’t done as much reading as I used to. So I am going to treat myself to that.
What is the most surprising things you learned in creating your books

I absolutely love when the characters I create take on a life of their own and take over the story, often times going in a different direction then I had originally had them going. I love it when I run into a plot problem that has already been solved somewhere else in the story, I just have to find it. I love it when I go to write a sequel when I really didn't have a clue I would be writing a sequel but I am still able to take stuff from the first book and make it work. That kind of stuff happens all the time and it surprises me every time it does.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Right now I get them from a file I have in my computer. But originally I got those ideas from all over the place. Mainly from reading other stories, watching shows or movies, things that happen in my life or things that people tell me about. Sometimes even dreams I have. I love it when an idea hits. Especially one that gives me the whole story right away. Some of those ideas are not as well thought out, though. I still go back to some of them now and kick myself for not putting down more information because I have no idea where I was going with it. So these days when an idea comes I make sure to write everything down.

Author Bio

I live in Minnesota where I holds tight to the idea that here, where it’s cold a good part of the year, I won’t age as fast. Yep, I avoid the truth as much as I avoid mirrors. But one of the reasons I love writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, I doesn’t mind “real life” and I do try to at least keep it in mind when I write my stories, but I truly love creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason I love reading this genre, too. Give me a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and my computer, whether I am reading or writing, and I will entertain myself for hours. The fact I actually get paid to do it, is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.

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