Hey everyone! I’m M. A. Church, and I’m here to talk about my latest release, Dragon’s Hoard from the Dreamspun Beyond line at Dreamspinner Press. I’ve wanted to do a dragon story for a long time but never seemed to be able to find the time. And oh my God, the mythology is endless fascinating and very prevalent in many cultures. So, off to research I went! Dragon’s are so cool.
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
House Line Dreamspun Beyond | #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy / Werewolves/Shapeshifters
To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.
A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.
Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.
“YOU what?” Avery shouted.
He grabbed the back of the chair in front of his father’s desk, his knees suddenly weak. What a perfect ending to an otherwise miserable birthday party. After their unexpected guest left, everyone else also cleared out and he’d been called to his father’s office.
“How many more times do I have to say it?”
“A couple more times, apparently, because I still can’t believe what I’m hearing, Father.” Avery heard the words—they just didn’t make sense. Okay, strike that. They made sense, but he didn’t want to believe them. Mated… to that dragon who was there last night—Warwick Ehecatl. He couldn’t fathom it.
Alpha Montgomery scowled at Avery. “Careful.”
Avery heard the warning, and those weak knees of his trembled, but why should he be careful when his father so obviously had not been? “So you’re telling me you took a loan out pretty much the same day I was born. Right? From a dragon who is basically a loan shark.” How messed-up was that?
“Yes.” Alpha Montgomery paced back and forth behind his desk.
“A really, really big loan.”
“That is correct.” Alpha Montgomery huffed.
“A loan you knew was going to come due in a hundred years. A loan”—Avery stressed—“you didn’t make any provisions to pay off.” It still boggled his mind.
Alpha Montgomery stopped pacing and stared at Avery. Nonchalantly he waved his hand. “I don’t expect you to understand all the ins and outs of such things.”
Avery crossed his arms. He was so tired of being treated like he didn’t have a brain in his head. “I understand enough to know you don’t have the money.”
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full-time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or watching HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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