Meet debut author Caitlyn McFarland, whose new book Soul of Smoke is going to have you on the edge of your seat! Keep reading for a note from Caitlyn, as well as more information on the Dragonsworn series!
“Growing up is overrated” by Caitlyn McFarland
A Tumblr user named powertothepencil asked Neil Gaiman, “I want to be an author when I grow up. Am I insane?” Neil Gaiman replied, “Yes. Growing up is overrated. Just be an author.”
I recently turned thirty, which technically makes me a grownup (that or my three kids), and I do my fair share of adulting. But one of the best things about being an author—especially a fantasy romance author—is that I get to keep my sense of childlike wonder at the magic of the world. I get to entertain the idea that I can wander through a wardrobe and find myself in Narnia, or that wizards live among us, or that dragons might hide in the Rocky Mountains.
There are those who think people who enjoy fantasy and romance are naïve. That we don’t see or understand the mundane, ugly things of the world. We see them. In fact, I think truth and human nature stand out more sharply against the magic of a make-believe background. But that doesn’t mean we have to lose the wonder that’s been bringing us joy since we were kids.
After all, growing up is overrated.
About Soul of Smoke:
On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons—actual freaking dragons—battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai does the only thing a decent person could: she grabs the nearest sword and saves his life.
As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai. Becoming heartsworn to a human—especially such a compelling one—is the last thing Rhys wants. But with an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity and his strength nearly depleted, Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs. A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain death.
Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind…or her heart. Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything, and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys’s life—a life more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know.