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Knowledge Is Power


furyobsessionI don’t know about you, but I’m a big believer in saying “knowledge is power”. That attitude has saved me a time or two, allowing me to stay healthy while I write about a prickly pack of dragon-shifters. They are, after all, a difficult (crazy, secretive, often violent) bunch. And tend to get upset when I reveal things about Dragonkind they prefer we not know. Today, though, in celebration of the newest release in the Dragonfury Series, Fury of Obsession, I’ve decided to live dangerously and disclose the top six Dragon Tips, all of which I have shared on Facebook at some point or other. My hope is the tips will help you recognize the warning signs—and stay out of harm’s way—If you ever come nose-to-scales with a dragon-shifter in a snit…or more deadly frame of mind. 

Top Six (life saving) Dragon Tips:

  1. Never piss off a frost dragon. You’ll end up in a cryogenic deep freeze.
  1. When faced with an irate fire dragon, offer him a spicy treat (perhaps a bag of Hot Tamales or Atomic Fireballs). Fingers crossed, it’ll appease him. Otherwise start praying and get busy retreating.
  1. Dragons love to give chase. So, whatever you do, don’t run. Stare him down while you back away…very, very
  1. Before you decide to have some fun and tweak a dragon’s tail, have an pre-planned escape route and an ironclad alibi. Giving the undertaker a heads up might be a good idea too.
  1. Looking for a change in careers? Don’t go into Dragon Dentistry. It’s the Bermuda Triangle of all jobs. For good reason too. No one ever comes back.
  1. Never cheat or steal from a dragon. He’ll hang you by the heels and use you for target practice. Every single time.

So there you have it. The Top Six of Dragon Dos and Don’ts. I hope each stands you in good stead. When you have a chance, visit me on Facebook, connect with me on Twitter or email me. Anytime. I’d love to hear from you!


CoreeneCallahanCoreene Callahan, bestselling author of the Dragonfury Series, is a rabid hockey fan with a love of the great outdoors. More comfortable on a ski slope than in a shopping mall, she spends her days dreaming up and writing high-octane, action-packed paranormal romances. Visit her on the web at

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall… If You’ve Seen One, Haven’t You Seen Them All?


CinderellaandtheGhost100Ha! I came across this newspaper headline recently and it made me smile. Of course, the subject of the article was fairy tales—and why we never grow tired of them.

The recent flurry of film versions based on fairy tales prove that interest hasn’t died. Consider Relativity Media’s “Mirror, Mirror”, Universal Pictures “Snow White and the Huntsman”, and Disney’s “Frozen”, based on the Snow Queen fairy tale. Plus, there is “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie—and lest we forget television series such as ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and NBC’s “Grimm” all with fairy tale themes?

Creating Real Characters


SnowedInI was a theater nerd in high school.  I ran around with my loud, flamboyant friends, wearing strange clothes and filling the hallways with show tunes.  You all probably would have wanted to kill me.

Fortunately for everyone, I have grown out of that crazy stage (ha!).  Well, sometimes I belt out show tunes, but only when I’m in the car.  However, there are other lessons I took from being a young thespian that have come in handy with my writing.

Cover Model David Santa Lucia is Fifty Shades Hotter than Christian Grey…I invite you to decide!



CGrey Whenever I think of Valentine’s Day, images of long stemmed red roses, heart shaped boxes of chocolate and of course, hot men come to mind. The Fifty Shades frenzy has hit with a vengeance. This Valentine’s Day women will be lining up at theaters around the globe to finally experience the allusive Christian Grey in all his male glory on the big screen. But there will be another incredibly sexy male on the scene, whose face and muscled physique will soon be everywhere.

I have no doubt he’ll capture the hearts and the imagination of women both young and old. His name is David Santa Lucia, and not only is he easy on the eyes, but he’s smart, grounded and damn if he doesn’t look good soaking wet!

The Looker-Upper


SpinsterBrideThank you so much for having me today. I have a confession: I’m a looker-upper. I can’t help it, it’s a compulsion.

And, given that I write historical romances, that’s a good thing. In one of my first books, set during the Civil War, I wrote that the heroine “pressed against the cold cinder block wall” and my copy editor wrote “cinder blocks weren’t used until the turn of the century.” That little note really bothered me. Not that I was wrong, but that I hadn’t even thought it could be wrong. Who knew?

Looking for Advice?


BBQandBadNewsGetting and giving advice never seems to go out of style. Dear Abby was incredibly popular in its day, and people are still looking in newspapers, online or on television for advice.

As a little girl I loved the Dear Abby column.

Sometimes Things Don’t Go As Planned



When I finished up One Night with the Best Man, I had to start on Sam’s story. I’d written a story for Sam before I wrote the first Ward Brothers book, Father by Choice. Of course Sam had changed a lot since that first attempt and so had I as a writer. So I wanted to start fresh. I got together with some friends to brainstorm and came up with a plan. The heroine wanted to buy Sam’s farm, but Sam didn’t want to sell. It would be in the middle of winter and we’d have a snowed in theme. I wrote my summary and started on my chapters.

Escape into an exotic world


TwiceInABlueMoonWhen you think of an exotic setting, you probably think of somewhere tropical. Maybe you imagine a couple on a beach under the moonlight, with hot sand as a blanket beneath their feet.

But warm locales aren’t the only romantic places. So imagine instead two people in a colder place, surrounded by snow in a pristine wilderness.

My Devotion to Romance


UnexpectedEdenI’ve been a devoted romance reader for as long as I can remember. There was a tiny stretch of time in college when I focused on only fiction fantasy (i.e. no guaranteed romance or happily ever after), but it didn’t last long. Six months, tops.

Simply put, romance books are my drug of choice. My escape. My coping mechanism for when I need to disconnect form reality long enough to reboot.

Stepping Onstage


StagesOfDesireI worked as an actress for several years before turning to fiction, but when it came time to write about theater in Regency-era England, I was stymied. I knew what it felt like to step onstage in front of hundreds of people, so I could easily relate to the nerves that my heroine feels, but the concrete details eluded me.

The heroine of Stages of Desire, Harriet Farley, was born into a family of traveling actors and lived on the road until she was twelve, when she was sent off to be a companion to a duchess’s daughter. For the past six years, she’s been pretending to be a proper young lady, though at heart she’s a rough-and-tumble kind of girl.

Harriet is on the road with a ragtag bunch of performers for much of the novel, in a quest to find her father and save him from debtor’s prison, so I knew I’d need to do some serious research into the life of actors in the early 1800s.

Luckily, I live just down the street from the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in New York City. There, I came upon entire shelves of books on London theater in the early 1800s, with lots of fun stories and gossip. The most amazing find was the volume “Strolling Players and Drama in the Provinces,” which provided details like how much actors were paid (not much), what kinds of costumes they wore when arriving in a new town (scarlet, with gold trim and lace) and where they performed (courtyards, inns, barns and even cowsheds).

I learned that the phrase “taking the town” comes from the troupe’s method of getting a show up and running after arriving at a new location. This required bribing the authorities for permission, hiring out the place of performance and finding accommodations for the actors. Most importantly, they needed to make sure wealthy folks attended the shows, as they tended to be the most generous patrons.

From this small book, I was able to create an entire world for Harriet and her theater company, down to the faded gold trim on the costumes.

What are some of the details from historical romances that have surprised you?


Julia Tagan lives with her husband and goldendoodle in New York City. A journalist by training, she enjoys weaving actual events and notorious individuals into her historical romances. Her favorite activities include walking her dog in Central Park, scouring farmers’ markets for the perfect tomato, and traveling to foreign cities in search of inspiration.