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Meet Carol Shaughnessey,  author the Drakken Series and

Carol married her high school sweetheart and followed him from duty station to duty, station soaking up experience and life.  She’s hosted SEALs and other shady and interesting creatures in home. She weaves their exploits of action and adventure into her stories with a healthy dose of erotica involving shape shifters and vampires.

Retired, she lives in the south where it doesn’t snow. If it does snow, it’s gone by tomorrow and she doesn’t have to shovel any of it away. How funny coming from a Yankee transplant, who learned to hunt and field dress dinner. She loves all things maple. (Those northern roots!)

Curious about the preferences of her dragon shifters preferences, I asked and she shared this information.

Attracted to power, Drakken love vehicles that bring them the freedom they seek.

Here are the top five, but by no means the end of the list.

  • HumVee or Hummer as it’s affectionately known in the civilian world.
  • Kia Sorento a small and easy to handle SUV
  • The Toyota Tundra a quirky midsize truck
  • Harley Davidson any make and model
  • Suzuki Hayabusa because it’s sexy

Favorite foods on the Drakken table

  • Steak – Porterhouse or T-bone, medium rare, please
  • Lasagna – who doesn’t like Italian?
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Eggs any way with flaky biscuits and chocolate gravy
  • Lemon meringue pie

So, do you have anything in common with them?

Check out the Drakken books!!

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Birthing A Book ~ Or An Author?

Casi McLean Headshot ColorOne would think that teaching creative writing and drama for fifteen years prepared me as an author, but the truth is, honing my craft was merely the tip of the iceberg. I learned very quickly that creative prowess doesn’t prepare you for the world of publication. Writing is the easy part. When you finally scribble the wonderful words “The End” on your masterpiece and accept a publishing contract, a sense of elation washes over you, the likes of which I can only compare to holding my newborn for the first time. The feeling was pure ecstasy . . . followed shortly there after by wave of complete consternation. Now what?

I had thought that once I signed on the dotted line, I could sit back and begin writing book number two, while my publisher turned my fabulous manuscript into a best seller. That’s the idea, right? Not even close. Little did I know that “The End” was really just the beginning. Reality is often a far cry from dreams and getting published was no different. Especially if you’re navigating uncharted waters alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade being an author for anything in the world. I’m living my dreams. For me, writing has never been an option. I’m compelled to write. It’s a part of me as much as my smile or my heart. I can trace the compulsion back as far as age three, even before I could print my name or read more than a few words. According to my mother, I loved dictating stories to her and insisted she read them back to me along with my favorite fairy tales at bedtime. Like Sarah Hamer, my favorite author as a child was Madeleine L’Engle. Her Wrinkle In Time series thrilled me and ignited my passion for time travel. All through school my favorite subjects involved writing or drama. As a teen I kept my stories and poetry under lock and key in diaries. And as a young adult I wrote in journals and fell in love with romance.

But there’s a big difference between writing for yourself and releasing your craft to the world. If you’re lucky enough to find a publisher that is totally in love with your manuscript, they’ll put you in print. But how long will it be before they move on to the next budding author? The reality is, it’s usually up to you to get your book seen. So, did I birth a book or an author? The truth is both, and the arduous odyssey was truly a roller coaster ride. Sometimes the task was so overwhelming, I felt trapped by my computer while my friends and family were sure I had fallen off the planet into some mystical cyberspace universe.

I didn’t mean to ignore them. But, in a way, they were right. I had been sucked into an unfamiliar world that beckoned me with an alluring whisper––like a mermaid’s song that enchants all who hear her, distracting each soul, then enticing them to dive into the depths of the seas or run their ship aground. Okay, so I went a little overboard there, but the lure is as real as my imagery. I was charting unknown territory and it was exciting, demanding, amazing, exhausting, daunting, thrilling and sometimes downright scary. At times I felt as if my brain might explode if I took in one more sliver of knowledge.

But GDB has your back. I’ve walked the road ahead of you and, like a big sister, I will grasp your hand and hold on tight as you cross the next street. I will help you discover everything you didn’t know you needed to know to make your dream of becoming a successful published author a reality.

Hugs to you all,



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Reading Is the Key by Melba Moon, Editor

Reading Is the Keyy

Hello everyone! Melba Moon here, I’m thrilled to be joining Gilded Dragonfly Books. Reading has always been my favorite thing to do. I started reading every romance in my school library at a very early age. My mother, being a woman of the “housewife/mother/stay-at-home” age, did not approve of “those” books, but she assumed hardback books from the school library were safe for her gently reared daughter. So I happily threw myself into the likes of Anya Seton, Jane Austin, and many others. The thicker the book, the more I relished it.

I remember the moment I finished reading a romance, closed the book with a happy sigh, and said, “I want to do this.” The rest, as they say, is history.

Unlike my mother, I supported my daughter’s desire to read romance. In fact, when she was struggling with reading I carted in a box of Harlequin sweet romances and settled her summer for her. By the end of that summer she’d read all those romances and most of the ones I had squirreled away. Her reading problem was a thing of the past. That is the magic of reading, it doesn’t matter what children read as long as they read! Reading will generalize. Oops, sorry, wrong hat. Taking off my teacher’s hat and putting back on my editor’s hat.

I have a very eclectic reading appetite. I love romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, paranormal and, of course, since I teach middle school, YA.

I am looking for a great story with a strong voice. I want a well crafted, grammatically correct manuscript. Please query with a brief summary of the story in your email. Attach the first three chapters and a synopsis of two pages to your email. I will try to respond within three weeks, but please be aware that currently I am laid up with a broken ankle.

Please study the style sheet our editors/copyeditor put together and make your manuscript shine before you send it in. Remember, there is only one opportunity to make a great first impression. Please email your submission to mmoon68851@aol.com. Please use GDB/your title in the subject line. All submissions must be in English.

Posted by Mary Marvella


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