Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Christine Rains 1303: The Dragonslayer Blog Tour!

Christine Rains is on FIRE this month with the releases from her 13th Floor Series! Today, following tradition, Christine talks about the romantic relationship in 1303: The Dragonslayer!

1303 – The Dragonslayer
By Christine Rains


Dragons still walk amongst us. They might look human, but Xanthus Ehrensvard knows the truth. The rest of the world would never believe him, though. Dragonslayers like Xan used to be celebrated heroes, but now they live in the shadows and save innocents from monsters they no longer believe in. It's a lonely life, but it's righteous. Honor and duty matter.  As well as being clean. Very, very clean.

Lois King scoffs at superstitious nonsense. With spunk and determination, this reporter will discover the truth. Of course, when the truth happens to be an ancient dragon whom the voters put in the Senate, it's a bit more difficult to grasp. Lois won't be deterred, though. Maybe distracted momentarily by a shirtless dragonslayer, but she's going to find the story to make her career.

When Xan meets Lois, his world suddenly gets incredibly messy. It's stressful enough that he failed in his slaying of the Governor, but Xan takes on the mission of convincing Lois that dragons do exist. No easy chore. Her endless questions give him no peace to think things through, and her long legs too often draw his attention. Xan must open her eyes to the truth and keep her safe all the while fulfilling his duty to kill a powerful beast.

The interaction between Xan and Lois made me laugh out loud numerous times. In public. Xan's a modern knight. Stoic, honest, and short on words. Lois will never be a princess in need of rescuing. She's loud, messy, and has a wonderful sense of humor. Most of it is lost on Xan, but she'll get a smile out of him eventually.

Title: 1303 The Dragonslayer (The 13th Floor series, #3)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: February 13th, 2013

On the rooftop of neighboring building, dragonslayer Xanthus Ehrensvard fires at his target, Governor Whittaker. How he missed the shot, he doesn't know, but fleeing the scene, he picks up an unwanted passenger. Gorgeous reporter Lois King saw Xan's face, and she believes it's the story to make her career. Except he can't let her walk away knowing what he looks like. Xan has to show her the Governor is a bigger threat to the world than he is.

Xan knows dragons never went extinct. They evolved with human society, taking on mortal forms, and slithered their way into positions of great influence and power, just like the Governor.
But it's no easy chore proving to someone that dragons still exist, and even more so, they're disguised as famous people. Xan must convince Lois or find another way to silence her. An option, as he gets to know her, he likes less and less.

After all, dragonslayers are no longer celebrated heroes but outlaws. Just as the dragons wish it. But this outlaw must make a plan to slay the dragon or risk its retribution.

Author Bio:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has four novellas and eighteen short stories published.


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  1. Oh dude, I can't wait to read this. :)

  2. Congrats to Christine!

    Great post. I loved how the drama of the dragonslaying was offset by the sparky relationship between these two.

  3. Thank you very much for hosting today, Kyra! :)

    Trisha, hope you'll enjoy it.

    Nick, thanks! Lois and Xan are the best couple yet.

  4. Sounds like a great relationship between them!

  5. Congratulations Christine- and I agree with Kyra, this girl is on fire with all of the releases!!

    1. Thank you! I just hope I don't burn myself to the ground. =P

  6. Christine, if you're ever in WV, stop by and join my Trivial Pursuit team. We play men vs women and we always lose. I blame the sports category.

    Best of luck with the book!

    1. I'd love that, but I'm horrible at the sports category too. I grew up playing Trivial Pursuit, so I might remember all the questions, though! Thank you.

  7. The idea of a dragon passing as a human and getting elected to Senate is particularly interesting; can you imagine if there actually were dragons passing as humans in real life? It would certainly explain why certain politicians keep getting into trouble.

  8. I know what you mean. Although I don't draw the settings (I know I should, but then I have a million other stuff I should do for my fantasy as well. Sigh.), I've researched prevalent architecture for the buildings I used and collected photos so that I know where I am and what I'm talking about.
    Great interview! Read Me Dead sounds like it has a really good story in there!
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