EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads New Release Spotligtht: Drakon's Plunder by N. J. Walters
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by N. J. Walters
Life is not going well for archaeologist Sam Bellamy. She’s stuck in the middle of the ocean on a salvage boat with people who want her dead. It wasn’t her gift for being able to sense objects of power that got her here, rather her need to make a secret society called the Knights of the Dragon pay for killing her mentor. Sam doesn’t believe in dragons, but the Knights do, and if she can get one of the sacred artifacts they’re searching for away from them, she’ll consider it payback.
Ezra Easton is content to run his marine salvage company and live alone on his private island. He may be a four-thousand-year-old water drakon, but he’s civilized enough to know just because he pulls an injured woman from the ocean, doesn’t mean he gets to keep her...
When she wakes up, she has a few tall tales to share, and it seems the Knights are after her. But this drakon won’t give up his treasure.
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Tell us about Drakon's Plunder.
Drakon’s Plunder is the third book in the Blood of the Drakon series. It follows Ezra, one of the drakon brothers, and Sam Bellamy, an archaeologist who is stuck on a salvage boat, which is owned and funded by the Knights of the Dragon, Ezra’s enemy. Sam has a gift for finding objects of power. Now the Knights want her to find something that went down on a ship back in the mid-1800s. Sam doesn’t believe in dragons, but she does want revenge against the Knights. When the two come together, neither trusts the other, but they’ll have to if they are to survive the threat coming for them.
What initially inspired you to write Drakon's Plunder?
I always knew when I started the series that each of the drakon brothers would have their own book. Each is a “different” kind of drakon—earth, air, fire, and water. Ezra is the water drakon so I knew his book would be a little different from the rest. It gave me a chance to have treasure aboard a sunken ship. I had a lot of fun with this story.
Tell us little about the characters in Drakon's Plunder.
Ezra is a water drakon. He likes his solitude and lives on his island off the coast of Maine by himself. Sam is an archaeologist who has been hired to authenticate artifacts recovered from a shipwreck from the mid-1800s. What brings them together is the people funding the expedition—the Knights of the Dragon. They are Ezra’s enemies. Sam isn’t really working for them but against them. Ezra isn’t sure he can trust her, and Sam has no idea that Ezra is really a drakon.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The hardest part for me is always wondering if I’ll finish the book. Doesn’t matter how many I write, when I get to the middle part of the manuscript, I start to worry. Somehow I always manage.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I just love how Ezra and Sam interact with one another. There is plenty of heat, some humor, and lots of mistrust. They both love artifacts from other cultures, so they have that in common. The scene where they are in his office for the first time is fun. Sam gets distracted by his collection of artifacts on display, including a Spanish dagger, which plays into the plot later in the book.
What are your future project(s)?
More drakon books for sure. I love my drakon. I’ll also have more Salvation Pack books releasing, so I’m not forgetting about my wolves either.
“You have no idea who is looking for me.” She shoved the blanket aside and sat up. It was time to get dressed, if she still had any clothes, and get out of here. “These people are dangerous and will stop at nothing to find me. If they don’t find a body at the wreck—” She broke off before she said too much.
“So you were in a wreck. I wondered why you were alone in the dinghy. And who is after you?” He stood, looming like a large, avenging angel over her. “You can trust me to protect you.”
“You might be willing to risk yourself, but I’m not. I need to leave. Where are my clothes?”
As though she hadn’t spoken, Ezra continued. “You must be thirsty. Hungry, too. I’m starving. How about I make some bacon and eggs? Maybe some pancakes and toast.” He left her standing there and padded barefoot into the kitchen. Why did she find it so sexy that he was barefoot?
She was obviously not thinking straight, otherwise she wouldn’t notice the way his long hair brushed his shoulders or the way the soft denim cupped his behind as he walked away. Her toes curled against the rug.
She snatched up the throw blanket, wrapped it around her, and hurried after him. “Didn’t you hear anything I just told you? It’s not safe for you if I’m here. The people looking for me will kill you.”
Ezra pulled a carton of eggs, butter, and a package of bacon out of the refrigerator and set them on the counter. He added a box of pancake mix and a bowl to his collection before getting several large skillets out of the cupboard.
“Did you hear me?” she demanded. “They’ll kill you.”
Ezra propped his hands on his hips and faced her. “Not if I kill them first.”
N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.