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The Dragon Assassin’s Sunstryker with Sheri-Lynn Marean

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As a genetically engineered dragon shifter … … she was trained to kill without question. Only the strongest survive. So Treya climbed to the top and became one of the most elite assassins to emerge from the compound on Icarus. With food in her belly, and a roof over her head, she’d been content—assured that the lives she ended deserved it. But did they? When Treya began to have doubts about her missions, the director gave her a brother. He thought that would keep her in line and on task. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Now, for the first time in her life, Treya has someone to care about other than herself. A reason to do more than just survive. And she’ll die, and take out everyone around her, before she lets anyone harm her little brother. He is her sole reason for living, or so she thinks. Get it now, and discover a twist of the heart that threatens all Treya holds dear.

Sheri-Lynn Marean

What makes your heroine feisty?

She’s a genetically engineered dragon shifter raised to be an assassin. She had to fight her way to the top of the ranks in order to survive, and she takes no crap from anyone. Now that she has a brother to protect, she is even more determined.

What surprised you the most while writing this short?

How much I fell in love with these characters and how well the story fell into place.

Why did you pick the setting you used for your short?

I’ve been wanting to start my Black Dragon Brotherhood series, and this kicked it off.

What is the sexiest trait of your hero?

Though he’s an ancient dragon shifter who’s angry and broken, and his only desire is revenge on his brother, once me meets Treya and realizes who she is in regards to him, he’s willing to give everything up for her.

What is your favorite scene/moment in your story?

I have so many, the most heartbreaking is when Treya’s brother is talking about the other kids asking about his tattoo, but my favorite I think is when Treya is spying on Ash and he shifts into his dragon and dives off the ledge into the storm. He’s utterly magnificent as he becomes one with the lightning…

Tropes get a bad name, but they’re often the biggest draw for readers. What tropes do you love to write and read?

I love intense, dark reads and deep complex characters who are often broken. I love it when they find the other half of their soul in their mates. I read and write it.

Which do you love to write best: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

Not sure I really have a favorite, but I do love to world build and let my imagination go when describing the setting…I try to have witty dialogue as well…and the sex scenes just fall into place. Since my characters and worlds are magic, there’s usually an element of magic to the love scenes as well. I love to put little twists into all my stories, and try to keep the reader guessing.

Excerpt from The Dragon Assassin’s Sunstryker

Treya watched, heart in her throat as the black and gold dragon—Ash, for it had to be him, turned his large head. He seemed to stare right at her.

Treya shivered. There was no way he could see her, could he?

He roared, a sound that shook the realm, then shot off the cliff, tail flicking sharply with a crack behind him. He arrowed his body straight down, going way too fast.

Treya held her breath, certain he was going to crash into the rocks. She exhaled as he leveled off at the last minute, and was shocked to realize she was shaking, that her knees had gone weak. She continued to watch, heart in her throat, as the dragon rocketed straight up into the sky. He entered a bolt of lightning, and swiftly followed it ever higher.

His whole body was illuminated energy, a brilliant glow that stung her eyes and made them water.

He roared again, a tremendous vibration that again rocked the world.

Treya stood rooted to the spot, mesmerized, as the legend called Ash became one with the storm.

Never in all her years, had Treya ever seen anything like the mighty creature. He owned the sky, the storm, the lighting, and as he gathered speed, it traveled with him. Bolts of light—energy—stayed with him, while others following in his wake, whipping and sizzling lashes of fury.

He drew the storm, pulled it, used it and shaped it, roars echoing the furious booms sweeping the land. The rain came down harder, faster, plastering Treya’s hair to her face.
Something stung her cheeks, and it was a moment before she realized it was tears. Treya couldn’t remember ever crying in her life. She blinked, unsure why she was reacting this way. Yet her heart continued to pound in her chest as emotion choked her.

As the dragon finally disappeared from sight, her heart calmed.

As a kid, when she wasn’t bringing home stray animals, Sheri-Lynn used to pretend to race horses. As a teenager, that dream became a reality. At the same time her love for reading kicked in. No matter where she was, or what she was doing, Sheri-Lynn always had a book. A few years later she discovered her niche in the vivid and exciting paranormal romance and fantasy worlds. But in 2008, after reading a book that annoyed her to no end, Sheri-Lynn almost fed it to her dog. Don’t panic, she didn’t, that would’ve given the poor animal indigestion. Instead, she challenged herself to create her own stories. Inspired by her favorite authors and TV shows, Sheri-Lynn decided upon immortals who change into dragons. Tierney, Jax, and Sami came to life, and the Dracones were born.

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