|Solease lives in a quiet area. She is a wife, and mother to a daughter. Solease loves to spend time with her family. She's been called the social butterfly by many friends. She's a huge movie buff, and loves to read books. She writes poetry on a daily basis, as a way to release stress. Solease is the author of "Secrets of the Ghosts - The Sleeper", "Secrets of the Ghosts - AWAKENS", and "The Draglen Brothers Series - DRAKEN"|
I am pleased to welcome you back to The 131 Preview Review, with your newest title, Draken from The Draglen Brothers Series!
Solease: I am happy to be here as well
When last we met, we talked about your Secrets of the Ghosts Series, a fast paced James Bond like novel, with a kick ass female lead, what made you make the jump to the more "paranormal"?
Or should I say, Fantastical?
Solease: lol Well I kept getting readers who really enjoyed the romance in the Secrets of the Ghosts and wanted me to write more about romance, I like paranormal and thought about dragons and I said hmm, I think I should do this. That is what started it
It's not a typical Romance though, by any means, your characters spend a good amount of time swearing they'll stay away from each other, I liked how everyone around them kept calling "bull-shit". The brothers were a great touch. Did you dive in knowing it was going to be a series or did that develop over the course of writing?
Solease: Yes, it's not typical at all. I wanted it to be different, something new. I like to be surprised and think others like too as well when it comes to reading. When I thought about it in the beginning I thought of one book, but as I developed Draken and his brothers, I fell for them all and said this could be a series. Each, brother is so different and I made it into a series maybe a few chapters in. These brothers know how to swear lol but what men don't.
Very true on the men.. And what men! Not a mundane lookin' one in the bunch, I did wonder about the heights. Was/is there any significance to them all being so break neck tall?? (Other then it's frickin' hot?)
Solease: Well they are tall, for a couple of reasons, they are dragons first, which when they turn into human form, they can't be average they are huge creatures so they are huge human HOT men
Yes.. Yes they are. And oh so temperamental! Draken is from the first introduction quite brash, but our girl Princess (Cess) wants him anyhow, I understand that this drives the story, obviously, but I wonder your thoughts on why women tend to be drawn to the bad ass?
Solease: Yes, Draken is a ass lol and Princess (Cess) is drawn to him. Women I believe like men to be bad sometime, some more than others, but I think women, at least I do like men that are alpha and bad, we always want bad. I mean think about it when you were a kid and was told not to do something, you more than likely did it because you were told not to do it. That's with men that are bad, women are told to stay clear of the "bad boys" and thats who we want to see why they are bad. Nobody wants everything all good, bad can be good sometimes
Couldn't agree more! And Draken makes a point of showing his alpha at every turn, even as Cess brings the Prince to his knees... repeatedly. Due to their Dragon nature I assume their possessiveness is bestial, I liked how you intertwined the need for material and physical, was this a conscious connection or am I reading too much into it?
Solease: Can you explain more do you mean them being very protective and the clothing?
Well Draken shows a very strong possessiveness towards Cess, and everything they own is very "High End" From clothes to furniture, but it doesn't come off as pompous or completely materialistic, more like collecting... Dare I say Hoarding, like a dragon is often accused of doing. It seemed to me that these mannerisms came more from the dragon side then the human-suit. As though their time on Earth had nothing to do with it and it was more about thew dragon nature then putting on a "show" for the human world to see.
So I guess what I'm asking is was my train of thought correct?
Solease: Yes, you are correct that was a conscious decision, most have heard when talking about dragons they are possessive and likes jewels and nice things. I thought with them being royalty, that it would fit perfect. Yes it's there dragon side, not so much human. They like nice things in their land. I love their land, just to let you know lol
Yes, it comes across... I particularly like the Kaleidoscope sky!
Solease: Yaay!! Me too
I do hope we get to see more of it in the Next Books, I understand that Showken is the next to have his tale told? I loved that winning smile of his!
He often stole the page from his other brothers.
Solease: Yes Showken is the next book and if you recall Cess seen him first and was instantly attracted to him because that smile will make you melt Showken is so good looking and everyone knows it including him. He will meet his match though
Yes you will get to see more of their land more so in Showken!
Awesome, and I hope his girl makes him chase his tail!
Solease: Ohh have no worries Showken is going to chase ... *smirk*
So what special things did you do to prepare for the Release of Draken? I understand you did a FB Release party, What was that like?
Solease: The party was a blast, I had so much fun doing it. I got to play games that would include things like what would your dragon name be, what they eat, what color they are, things like that. I really step out my box with Draken, so I really thought about how to get people ready for something different from me. I just fell into this world and went into the party with nothing but Draken and Cess on my mind that helped a lot, didn't know how people would receive the dragon shifter.
It's not unheard of, for gamers it's a guilty pleasure, D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) has a character template for Dragonkind, where in your character takes on some traits of the beast. Many a time I wished that the look was more hot than claws and baby wings.. lol. So this is a great intro into something for the creative types to get into.
And your covers are pretty hot too.
Solease: Thanks when I though about the dragons, I wanted them to be dragons, not toned down at all, I think that would also make it different, I wanted them to be the beast they are when they shift but still aware and intelligent, still have beauty in their creature form. I love the covers too, I spend time making sure that they are what I see in my characters.
So you have a hands on approach in the creation of them then?
Solease: Yes, I pick the models, have a concept in mind and then I give to my cover designer, and we work on it until its where I'm happy
Very Cool... The Dragon Tattoo, that each brother bares on their chest, will it have any major significance later? If it's a spoiler feel free to evade..
Solease: It's something that I can tell, The dragon tattoo are heir birthmarks and distinguish them from other dragons, it;s lets others know they are royalty and a Draglen Descendant.
Solease: Yes, I thought so too! I'm happy you agree!
Now that Draken has been unleashed on your fans, what's next for you? Anything specific?
Solease: Well, Showken comes out soon, I'm good into book 3 in the series. The next brother is LAYERN!! I'm also working on the 3rd book of Secrets of the Ghosts. So, yes I say a lot is going on
Oh Wow! You're keeping busy, busy! Anymore contests or giveaways I can share with my readers?
Solease: Yes, I have contests going on my website for the Draglen Brothers, they should sign up for the newsletter as well as I just finished giveaway another is coming. I got a contest going on currently that ends on Oct 31 and I'm doing a weekly giveaway on a site called Libboo. So, there are plenty of ways to win special prizes from the new series.
Can I ask you a question?
Awesome, if I don't have those links could you send them so I can share them?... Sure ask away?
Solease: What was your favorite part in Draken?
My Favorite part? Hmm, I'd have to say that I'm one for internal banter, I really enjoyed watching Draken, squirm with his mixed emotions about Cess, but to be really honest....
The conversation between D (Cess' Twin Brother) and her on the couch after watching Once Upon a Time In Mexico, actually made me tear up.
Solease: I love that part too... I cried. I would feel that way if I couldn't see my sisters again hard decision I also loved seeing Draken squirm...
I have brothers, both far away, one in Ohio and the other in Afghanistan (we think) SO the closeness that they shared hit a few nerves.
Solease: I'm so happy you could connect with Cess and D they really had twin love or sibling love.
Distance can be trying, and sometimes it feels like they're in another world. So that one really did stick with me.
Solease: Yes, it can I have a sis that leaves in Texas and one in Georgia and I miss them so much so I understand that. I always want a reader to find something they can connect with in a story I write
Well it explains how you were able to write it so vividly! I always say it's easier to write what you have actually felt.
Solease: I couldn't agree with that more.
I'm not much of a romantic, so the sibling relationships were really great for me, both Cess and D, and the Brothers... Dysfunctional function is always fun! Or is it Functional Dysfunction?
Solease: lol they are a group of characters and the brothers have there own issues too
They fight and argue over silly things sometimes... Even being dragons
I would think especially so!
This has been a great conversation! Thank you so much for taking time out of you uber busy schedule to be with us here! And I look forward to seeing you again when we sample AWAKENS From the Secrets of The Ghosts Trilogy!!
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Perhaps an Excerpt from Showken?
Solease: Thank you for spending time to find out more about this series, I'm looking forward to the Awakens interview as well fingers crossed hope you enjoy that as well. Yes I I have the first chapter of Showken. *huge smile*
Awesome! here is the Showken teaser!! I look forward to reading and seeing you again next month!