Karilyn Bentley

MAGICAL LOVER The Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 9781601549624

In a world where men can become dragons . . .

. . .Thoren is one of the most powerful shape-shifting Draconi.

Thoren wants nothing more than to continue searching for Halfling children, and returning them to Draconia. The last thing he wants or needs is a mate-until he meets Keara, an outcast unaware of the power that lies within her. Keara doesn't know what to make of Thoren or of the magic he practices. She learned early to keep her magic hidden-her witchy red hair and green eyes are burden enough. When Thoren offers his hand in place of a forced marriage with Lord Simon, Keara jumps at the chance to leave her town behind. But she fears Thoren will shun her when he discovers the truth about her abilities. Can Thoren convince Keara she is his lifemate, or will her secret talent be the wedge that drives them apart?
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“I know enough to realize she denied you.” The stranger growled at Lord Simon, his voice gentling as he turned to Keara. “She will take me though, won’t you?”
Keara locked her gaze on the stranger, drawn by his green eyes that looked so much like her own. She had never seen green eyes on anyone else, but knew what they meant. Remembered what her grandmother had told her about them.

“Green eyes are the mark of evil, girl,” the old woman liked to say. “Be wary of them.”
The wind whipped the stranger’s hair about his face. A chiseled jaw topped by firm lips that whitened around the edges and a long straight nose comprised a face tightened in anger. His compelling eyes bored into hers.

She couldn’t stop staring at those eyes, all the while his fingers continued their steady pattern against her mark, sending sensuous feelings coursing through her veins.
A stranger or Lord Simon? The man whose touch sent zingers of pleasure throughout her body, or the possibly crazy, but socially acceptable man who might have her best interest in mind. Did she actually think that?

There was no choice. It took two tries to get the words out of her dry mouth.
“I’ll take you.” She lifted her chin toward the stranger and said a silent prayer he would spare her life.

By day, Karilyn works in the research department of an oncology clinic. By night, she tells the stories of her imaginary friends. Karilyn and her most wonderful, ever patient husband share their home in the great state of Texas with two partially psycho dogs and a handful of colorful fish.


ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
KARILYN: One of Dr. Seuss’s. Green Eggs and Ham, maybe? Nancy Drew and the Little House on the Prairie series were my favorites.

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
KARILYN: Cinderella comes to mind.

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
KARILYN: Scooby Doo! I even met a guy in college that looked just like Shaggy. That’s what we called him too. I loved this cartoon. I can probably sing you the theme song, if you’d like. Which if you ever heard me sing, you’d pass on. *grin*
(It's amazing how many writers have an affinity with Scooby Doo...GLIAS regulars, you know the Great Dane is ALL MINE!!!!)
ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
KARILYN: Unnecessary anger and behaving like a dumb bunny.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
KARILYN: I sit on the floor, pull my knees up to my chin, prop the book/Kindle on my knees and start reading. Or I sit at the table and use a book holder propped on a phone book (gotta use those phone books for something) to make it more eye level. Until I started writing, I could read a book a week. Maybe 2 books a week. Now that I write, it cuts in on my reading time, so it’s maybe 2 books a month.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
KARILYN: The sound of falling water. Like when our fishtank gets a bit low on water and when the water filters turn, it sounds like a waterfall. Or when I sit on the back porch and hear the leaves rustling on the sycamore tree across the street, it sounds like running water to me. Very relaxing. I also like to go for walks in the evenings and hear the frogs chirping or the insect sounds. Provided the insects aren’t in my house. *grin*

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
KARILYN: In 3rd grade. It was like Nancy Drew. Something about a key falling out of a pocket and getting tangled in tree roots. It unlocked something important. Can’t remember what. In high school my English teacher gave an assignment to write what a future school would be like. I wrote as if I took a time machine to the future and had a look around. Her comment was that it was too creative for an English assignment and maybe I would want to sign up for Creative Writing?

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
KARILYN: So many good ones. The two that popped into my mind were The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally. But wait. I love the Star Wars movies, Star Trek IV, Xmen, Matrix. Um, I apparently can’t count. *grin*

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
KARILYN: Darth Vader. Say what you want about the movies, but his character arc in them from Anakin Skywalker to the evil villain Darth Vader was great! And then he gets redeemed. Wonderful character arc.

ANGI: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
KARILYN: Writing! I have to sit and think about my words and how they sound. Plus, sights and sounds distract me when I’m telling a story out loud. Writing is much easier for me. *grin*

ANGI: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
KARILYN: Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading me!

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Karilyn, where did your fascination with dragons start? Was there something specific that made you chose dragons for MAGICAL LOVER?
KARILYN’S GOTTA ANSWER: As a child I read a lot of fantasy, from Merlin stories to Piers Anthony’s The Land of Xanth. I’ve always liked dragons. I’ve also wondered what creature ancient people saw that made them think of a dragon. I can’t remember the beginning of the fascination, but it probably has something to do with all the fantasy I read as a child. As far as using dragons in my story, that’s easier. When I realized that I wanted to try my hand at writing romance, I knew I needed a world that I could return to for future stories. I love shapeshifter stories and at the time had not seen many stories with dragons. But the dragons appeared to me in a different world set with their own society so I knew I couldn’t put them into the modern world. So I created my own land of fantasy complete with sexy, shapeshifting dragons. I hope you like it!

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  1. Welcome to GLIAS Karilyn! What an awesome concept for a romance. I'm a sucker for shapeshifters.

    Getting to read (period) is my favorite thing. Life is much too demanding and too fast. I long for the days I can completely unplug!


  2. Karilyn, what a great story. Sounds like an awesome read.

    I'm with Angi. I don't care where I read, as long as I *can* read. Usually I sack out on the sofa, but only because it's convenient.

  3. Hi Angi,
    Thank you for having me on today!! I'm a sucker for shapeshifters too. :)

  4. Hi Abigail,
    Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the story. :)

    Sofa reading is nice, but I just prefer to lean up against the sofa and sit on the floor. Don't ask why. :)

    Have a great day!

  5. Hi, Karilyn! And congratulations on your book. A wonderful excerpt.

    And I think we like a lot of the same movies :)



  6. Hi Karilyn!

    A hero who shapeshifts into a draconi (dragon) and an outcast heroine with witchy magical powers! The makings of a fine paranormal/fantasy tale!

  7. Hi Vicki,
    Thank you so much! :) Yep, we probably do like a lot of the same movies. Have a great day!

  8. Hi Maureen,
    Thank you!! Glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Hi Gjillian,
    Thank you for stopping by!! I hope you enjoy the story!

  10. Welcome Karilyn! Your book looks great!
    I like reading outside, especially the beach. I would love to do it more often than I do but I try atleast once a week to sit outside and watch my dog play while I read a few chapters.

  11. Dang it! This is when I really don't like being part of the GLIAS crew... Ordinarily I love it... But now I can't like Great Danes, and I can't enter to win this fabulous book. The excerpt sounds so fun and incredible as well as the author. And from here on out, I promise not to act like a dumb bunny.... Well, I'll try Welcome Karilyn! Best wishes on your fabulous story.

  12. Hey Karilyn

    Been waiting for this one to come out! Dragons are a favorite of mine, so it's a given that I'd want to read it. Plus knowing you personally, well that's the icing on the cake so to speak. Great blog.

    Kathy Ivan

  13. Donnell... I'll share the scaredy cat Great Dane! But my next dog will probably be named Scooby since I'm the one that gets to decide (even if he's not a Great Dane LOL).

    Hope you're having fun Karilyn!

  14. Hi Sherie,
    Thank you!! Oh wow, the beach sounds nice. I love the sound of the tide coming in. Very relaxing! Soak up some rays for me. :)

  15. LOL, thanks, Angi. Okay, I'm glad to be one of the crew again. Karilyn, enjoy yourself on your book kick-off. Say, does Thoren breathe fire? And I'm dying to know Keara's secret ;)

  16. Hi Donnell,
    Thank you so much!! I'm glad you liked the excerpt! No more acting like a dumb bunny. LOL! Have a great rest of your day!

  17. Hi Kathy,
    Thank you for the kind words! I really hope you like it! Enjoy!

  18. Hi Donnell,
    Thoren can breathe fire, but he manages to control it so his ears smoke. :) Keara has a good secret. But I won't say anymore about it. :) Hope you enjoy!

  19. Sounds like a good read. Who doesn't love Scooby Doo, and I love how my nine year old can watch him today like I did as a kid. As for dragons, well I like to draw them, collect pocket dragons and read about them as long as it isn't sad. I consider myself a bit of a dragon, but my hoard is books not gold. I don't have a favorite place to read, if it's a good book I can read anywhere.

  20. Hi Gayle,
    Thank you for dropping by! I love Scooby Doo, I even have a scrub top with him on it. :) Have a good evening!

  21. Hi Karilyn,

    Congratulations on publication! I'll be buying my copy soon. There are some great questions and comments here, so I'll throw in one: Have any of your story ideas come from dreams?

    Congrats again!

  22. Hi Bill,
    Thank you for stopping by!! Unfortunately, no, none of my story ideas have come from dreams. I really wish some would. :) I keep trying to get my subconscious to spit an idea out, but so far, no such luck. What about you?

  23. Only once when I was a young fellow, and the story was so repugnant that I never did it again.

  24. LOL! While my dreams make perfect sense while I'm dreaming, they are pretty indescribable when I wake up. :)

  25. My favorite place to read would be curled up on my bed with a bunch of pillows and maybe a candle burning.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  26. Hi June,
    Thank you for stopping by!! Sometimes I read on my bed too. It's a pretty comfy place to read. :) Have a great day!


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  28. Congratulations on the new release, Karilyn! I'm late, I know, but just wanted to tell you I love your concept, and I wish you all the best!

    Nancy Haddock (DARA member)

  29. Karilyn, lovely interview. Congratulations on the new releae and best wishes for a gazillion sales!

  30. Anything with dragons works for me! My friends laugh at what they call my dragon fetish.