Susannah Scott: Oh yes, Lucy is a very good thief, but she is conflicted. She gave up grifting to pursue a respectable life as a PhD gemologist. She is world-renowned for her professional (legal) skills, but in order to bail out her ne'er-do-well twin, Joey, she has to steal from the Crown Jewel Casino. Lucy is very feisty anyway, but the combination of being blackmailed and having to return to her old ways, pushes her over the edge, straight into Alec.
Keira: The sexiness of Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this novel because...
Susannah: I just love Las Vegas--for about 3 days--after that I am worn out. But if I had to define what makes it so sexy, for me it is the foil of the condensed opulence against the harsh dessert. It gives the place a feel of being out-of-time, that reality is truly pushed away to the edge of the green-watered lawns, so that anything--even dragons--are possible.
Keira: I love the paranormal twist - I did not see a dragon shape-shifter coming. I admit I originally thought an Asian themed casino and left it simply at that. It's cool to see it be so much more in the book. What are some pluses and minuses to being a dragon shape-shifter?
Susannah: The dragons really struggle with their dual natures. In their dragon forms, they are too aggressive and are forced to be loners. But in the modern world, there are just not enough places for a loner dragon to lair-up. So, Alec devises a sanctuary at the top of his casino to provide a hidden-in-plain sight existence for his people. I love the constant conflict of their bestial natures and their human reasoning because they are forced to co exist.
Keira: How does a dragon-shifter recognize a mate?
Susannah: Usually with the first kiss, there is a mutual electricity that surges through them and possessiveness. This didn't happen for Lucy though, because she is a human. Alec has a very hard time convincing her that he isn't a crazy cult leader, really fun stuff!
Keira: Tell me more about this mating ceremony!
Susannah: The dragons are an ancient race. As such, they have a high level of pageantry and custom to their ceremony. All the different dragon factions have different clothing, ie. the water dragons wear blue shifts and jewels. They love and treasure the "finer" things in life. They are sensory connoisseurs, and this really comes out in the ceremony. It is vibrant and passionate and breath taking.
Keira: What was your favorite scene to write (or one that surprised you) and why?
Susannah: I always just get pulled in during the flight scenes. I am right there with the dragon, coasting through the sky, feeling the wind and the weather.
Keira: What's next for you in life and in writing?
Susannah: Next up in writing is STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND. Leo and Tee's story out this fall-ish. It is a fun friends to lovers tale, with lots of sexy banter. Personally, we have a new house and my kids are home from school for the summer. So I am alternating unpacking with enjoying them.
Thank you so much for having me Keira and giving my an opportunity to connect with your readers. Great questions!
All my best,
Luck of the Dragon Blurb:
Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology—and a problem. Her twin brother’s gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family’s grifter past, to save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts into Alec’s Gerald’s casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways to the test again.
Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to rob his gem exhibit turns out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form forever. With enemies in every corner, and the all-important mating ceremony looming, Alec and Lucy must learn to trust each other, before time runs out for Alec and the rest of the dragons.
SUSANNAH SCOTT lives in the Missouri Ozarks and is the lone female in a very loud household of males ranging in age from 4 to 40. While she jokes that the extreme levels of testosterone inspired her to write romance, it is really the love of creating an excellent story, and the occasional dreams of twenty-foot dragons, that wake her and send her to the laptop before the chaos of daily life ensues. Susannah loves to hear from her readers. Please visit her website at www.susannahscottbooks.com or follow her as Susannah Scott on Facebook and @Susannah_Scott on Twitter.