Licked by the Flame
Author: Serena Gilley
Publisher: Forever Yours E-Book
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Series: The Forbidden Realm #2
One hot kiss from a smoldering dragon and all her thoughts go up in flames . . .
Lianne McGowan is a scientist on a mission. As brilliant as she is beautiful, she believes the key to the Earth’s future is a new energy source. To find it, she’ll delve deep into the fiery heart of an imposing mountain-and take on an even more imposing man: the sinfully seductive Nic Vladik.
Shape-shifting dragon Nic has sworn to guard the secret to his brethren’s insatiable power. He must stop Lianne’s search, yet the moment he feels the soft silk of her skin, his soul is set on fire. Unable to resist, Nic and Lianne submit to desire, and experience an exquisite passion unlike either has ever known. But their pleasure is short-lived. Lianne has made a discovery that endangers herself, Nic, and all Dragonkind. With his world at stake, will Nic save his clan-or the woman he loves?
Q: What made you chose to do a dragon shape-shifter?
The Forbidden Realm has all sorts of magical creatures in it so I had a lot to choose from when I was plotting the next book in this series. I knew I needed a very strong, dominant hero to pull off the storyline I was beginning to formulate, and a dragon felt just perfect. Honestly, what is hotter and sexier than a Dragon? They can be wild, and powerful, and terrifying… Plus, I knew he’d be extra hot for all the steamy love scenes!
I love playing with themes of identity and self, so I have really wanted to write a shape-shifter for a while. Making him a super-hot dragon just added to the fun. The best part of the book, for me, was when my big scary dragon began to realize that he was falling in love with my very human heroine. Everything about their relationship is forbidden and doomed, but Nic refuses to be defeated. He uses all his mighty dragon power to save Lianne, even when it looks like doing so will cost him everything. As a dragon, he can do anything, go anywhere, and be with anyone he wants. He chooses Lianne, and that is the sexiest part of all of it.
Q: Where did the inspiration come from for the Forbidden Realm series?
The inspiration came from a very unlikely source—my grandfather. I was on summer break from college and helping my grandmother care for him. He was bedfast and in the last stages of Alzheimer’s. He couldn’t remember who my grandmother was, but he sure liked to flirt with her. He bragged to her over and over how he’d been a champion swimmer (which was true) and how he used to swim down to the bottom of Lake Michigan and make babies with the mermaids (which, I’m pretty sure, was not true).
But what a story, right? As a writer, I ask myself “what if” all the time. Listening to my grandfather’s ramblings, I couldn’t help but wonder, “what if there really are mermaids in Lake Michigan?” My best friend loved my grandfather’s wacky stories, and she encouraged me to explore the possibilities. Actually, she dared me. So, in honor of my grandfather, my best friend, and my secret longing for magic to be real, the Forbidden Realm came to be.
Q: When writing, is there a series of songs that were your favorites to listen to?
This totally depends on what I’m writing. Mostly, I don’t like music while I write. I’m a musical person and I get too into it—I start singing along and dancing around the house and nothing ever gets written. If I’m plotting or just brainstorming ideas, then I love rocking out to whatever puts me in the right mood. I write very different things under different pen names, so my iTunes account looks like someone with multiple personalities. As I’ve been working on LICKED BY THE FLAME, I’ve been listening to a lot of Imagine Dragons (obviously), One Republic, Avicii, and Florence and the Machine. Mumford and Sons sneaks in from time to time, but mostly the songs have lots of deep, heavy drums. I love drums.
Read an Excerpt
It was a damned shame that Nicolai had so little opportunity to get back to his own familiar lair. He’d been here, on this jobsite, for months now. Several years before that he’d begun acting as one of them, studying, scheming and manipulating them in this role he’d created. It was all to keep the humans in their place. To make very certain they never found what they searched for so diligently.
He’d done it all for the good of his kind, for the future of his clan. He was a warrior, after all, and this was his battle. It had been waging so long, however, that every now and then he worried he’d forgotten who he was. He feared he’d become too comfortable in this flimsy form.
Today was not one of those times. Today he itched to abandon it all. Clothing, technology, shallow entertainments…all of them were so frail, so meaningless. If he feared anything today, it was that he would discard the trappings of this human existence and give in to his nature. He longed for the heat of his lair.
About the Author
Serena Gilley grew up reading fantasy and fairy tales, and believing there was a distinct possibility that both of them were real. Somewhere. Even all these years later, Serena’s belief in magic and mystery hasn’t diminished. In fact, She is living out her own happily-ever-after with a handsome prince in a beautiful castle, taming dragons and granting wishes every day. Okay, so the prince is a regular guy, the dragons are really just teenagers, and the wishes she grants are as spectacular as frozen pizza on Friday night, but it’s a fantasy world just the same.