Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Celebrating Sandra Sookoo's New Release

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating a new historical fantasy shifter romance from Sandra Sookoo and Eirelander Publishing!

Sandra Sookoo is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi and paranormal romances. She loves to blend genres and spice them up and often times will add humor as well.

After catching the writing bug at the young age of ten, she’s gone on to grow her unique writing style. She’s a regular contributor for the Paranormal Romantic’s blog and has a great time keeping things interesting at the Believing is Seeing blog.

When not immersed in creating new worlds and interesting characters, Sandra likes to read, bake and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World. It’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. That suits her just fine. Writing is her ultimate dream job.


DRAGONS AT DAWN by Sandra Sookoo

When fear and extinction threaten life, the only way to survive is to change...or fight back.

Mona Moussai is on the run - from her family, from a dragon and from herself. She wants nothing more than to stay in the Mortal Realm and live a normal life, yet when she tangles with a shape-shifting attorney bent on her capture, instinct demands she hide. However, the secrets buried deep inside could have deadly consequences.

Braeden Hollister has long ago made peace with his dragon heritage but he refuses to live it. He's a man with many vices, always living for himself, and when the opportunity to drag Mona to the Moussai Realm for a bounty presents itself, he can't resist the glitter of gold.

What happens next is a foray into a backward realm circa the 1820s where dragons not only exist but they're intent on ruling the realm and restoring power. Personal agendas are forgotten, battle lines are drawn in a world where familial ties strangle and old foes resurface. Political angst explodes all around them. In the end, only the strong will survive to live, and love, another day.


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  1. Great post! This looks like such an interesting book and I LOVE the trailer. I've just added it to my list to buy!

    I wish you many great sales on this book!

    lastnerve2000 at gmail dot com

  2. That was a great trailer! I think book trailers were such a great idea for who ever thought to start doing that.

    I love the thought of a Dragon shifter story. I can't wait to read this. I just added it to my wish list.

    miztik_rose AT yahoo.com

  3. Great post, I too love the idea of dragon shifters.

    Question...how did you research 1820's dragons?

    ~Cheryl Mansfield

  4. Morning Sandra,

    Super congrats on the new release - can you tell us a bit about this world you created? This book has a time travel twist to it, right? Love the blending of genres...a time-travel dragon-shifter romantic fantasy!

    You write all over the board - comedy, scifi, fantasy, paranormal - what is your favorite?

    And I hear you have another book coming out this month, tell us a bit about that as well.

    Enjoy your party and hope the new book is a huge bestseller for you!

  5. Super Congrats :) i just got it for my Nook so i'll be reading it today.


  6. Hi Sandra. Waving. Congrads on your new release. Many sales. Already have my copy. Loved the book trailer.
    Sue B

  7. Hello Sandra!

    Dragons at Dawn sounds like such an interesting story. The fact that Braeden is searching for Mona to bring her in makes for a very complicated story. I like stories where the couple start as adversaries. The tension makes for some interesting situations. Congratulations on your new release!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  8. great trailer...i have only read a short novella regarding dragons...

    so what made you interested in writing about Dragons versus all the other shifters?

    congrats on the release


  9. Ooh, congrats on this story, Sandra! Is it part of a series or stand alone? I do love dragon shifters, so I'm definitely going to add this to my TBB!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  10. Hi folks. On my lunch hour so I popped in to answer your questions.

    Cheryl--I researched the 1820s before writing this book. I liked the idea of making the hero dependent on the people around him and not technology. As for dragons, I have two big tomes of dragon lore, history and descriptions :-)

  11. AuthorsIsland--a big thanks for having me over today. I love talking about this book!

    In this book, the "world" is created up of Eight Realms. Each realm has a specific purpose. For this story, it takes place on the Moussai Realm--Mona's home world, and it's not as advanced as others.

    I wanted to combine genres for that added element of fun and interest ;-)

    What's my favorite genre to write? I guess the answer is--what isn't? LOL I love the challenge of not tying myself down to any one genre. It gives the reader a wide variety to choose from and that way, no one gets bored! :-)

    And yes, I do have another book coming out at the end of this month called Caribbean Heat. It's set on the tiny island of Tobago and is an erotic historical. It does get heated in that story. I based it on that island since that's where my hubby is from :-)

  12. Thanks Regina and Sue for coming by and for buying the book. I hope you enjoy it!

  13. Stacie--This story definitely has a complicated story line. There are a couple of things going on, but at the heart it's all about roots and making peace of where you come from. Thank for coming by!

  14. Cheryl--great question! I've always been fascinated by dragons, so when the opportunity to actually write about one presented itself, I jumped on it. I think dragons have long represented people's fears. While that is true, I wanted to see what would happen if a dragon had to confront his greatest fears :-)

    Don't get me wrong, I do write about other shifters. The second book in this series is about a werewolf :-)

  15. flchen--thanks for coming!

    If you buy this book, you won't be disappointed in Braeden.

    Dragons at Dawn is a stand alone book--however, it's the third in the Eight Realms collection. The first is The Art of Fang Shui (dealing with a vampire) and the second is Vegetarian at Midnight (about a sexy werewolf)

  16. Loved the trailer! Congratulations on the release.

    How many more books are you planning in the Eight Realms series? And do the characters in the first book make an appearance in this book?


  17. I loved the trailer and the book sounds like a great read. Of all the genres you write which is the hardest and which is the easiest for you to write? What is your favorite genre to read?


  18. Congrats on the new release, Sandra. Do you get to go to Disney World often?

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  19. What is your favorite genre?


  20. Congrats on the release. My question would be if you have a certain spot that you prefer to write in: office, deck, coffee shop, etc

    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  21. Hello, Sandra.

    Dragons at Dawn's cover is amazing. How much input did you have in creating it?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  22. Congrats on your new release. I really want to read this book. It looks so good. Is there a specific genre you like writing most?


  23. Hi Maria! I'm in the very early planning stages of another Eight Realms book. I have no idea when I'll start writing it but I intend to. I'd also like to write a novella featuring one of the characters.

    No characters from the first book appear in Dragons at Dawn, but they are in the second book :-)

  24. Hi Sherry,

    What is the hardest genre for me to write? I'd have to say sci-fi. I've done three and each one of them wore me. The easiest? Hmm, probably contemporary. My favorite genre to read? Well, that would have to be cozy mysteries because I enjoy them but don't write them lol

  25. Hi Jane! Do I go to Disney World often? Sadly, not as often as I would like. We try for once a year, but that isn't happening this year.

  26. Hi Runner10,

    My favorite genre to read is cozy mysteries. My favorite to write is whatever I'm writing at the time lol

  27. Hi June M,

    My favorite spot to write? Hmm. So far I really like to write in my bedroom. I do have a desk, but it's small and the chair is uncomfortable lol My second favorite place is outside but then I get distracted by life out there lol

  28. Hi Tracey D,

    Thanks for liking the Dragons cover. I absolutely love it too! How much input did I have? Well, I filled out a cover request form and since I really like having Jimmy Thomas on my covers, I mentioned that fact to the artist. Next thing I know, she presents me with this work of art :-) Exactly like I wanted.

  29. Hi Danielle,

    A genre I like writing most? I like writing them all and while there are some more challenging, I always tend to think whatever I'm writing at the time is my favorite :-)

  30. What a great trailer. Sounds and looks like a great read!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  31. I do so love dragons. I have a collection of pendants. Are you planning more dragon books?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  32. Thanks for dropping by Robin!

    Hi Debby. Will I write other dragons books? I did write another. It's a novella called Changing Tides. The hero is a water dragon. You can check it out on my website http://www.sandrasookoo.com

    I would love to write another dragon story though :-)

  33. I haven't read about dragon shifters before and it's fascinating how you chose to write about a hero who is dependent on those around him.
    Is it important to have an outline first or do you prefer to write as it comes to you?


  34. Hi Leni, I'm an outline girl. I have to have them before I sit down to write a book. For me they're like a road map. They sometimes change but that's okay. :-)

  35. Bravo. Love the humor. How did you decide to combine dragon and attorney? What kind of attorney? Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. Hi Jen! Braeden is a litigation attorney. He's ruthless in the courtroom and commands attention from everyone he meets--everyone except this little slip of a heroine :-) They're as different as night and day.