Acquisition: Amethyst Bound by L. Shannon

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Note: This book and I have a bit of a history. I first saw it years ago, when I was putting together an anthology of dragon novellas. At that time, I really loved the voice and the writing, but felt the book was too short and needed to be bulked up. So I sent it back to the author with some notes and a request for fleshing out the story and a resubmission. I didn’t see it again for over two years, the author having put it away for a bit. Then, this fall, the author submitted it to me at the now defunct Quartet Press. She’d done exactly what I asked in my original revisions letter, and the book was now longer and even stronger. She doesn’t know, but I would have acquired it then, but I didn’t get the chance. I was glad to see it come through the Carina Press submissions inbox, and I would have happily been the acquiring editor but, it turns out, I didn’t need to be. Another editor saw the exact same things in it that I did.

L. Shannon, the author, came into existence in 2004. Shannon’s always been a reader and lover of books, but never considered writing until one night when she ran out of books to read… She began writing that very night as the first line of defense in a battle against insomnia. Her writing has steadily grown into a full-out war against reality. Her friends kindly say reality never stood a chance. The L. Shannon novels have expanded to fill an entire world with paranormal wonders including Valàfrn werewolves, Tascryn demons, blood-sucking vampires, sexy selkies and many, many more. Be careful if you choose to enter Shannon’s hunk-filled world. You may never wish to leave…
Born and raised in the hills of Western Pennsylvania, Shannon still calls the family farm home.  In the time Shannon doesn’t spend writing, she’s kept busy by bothering her super supportive husband, showing dogs, gardening and watching over her Butterfly Koi ponds. You can learn more about her writing and her life at www.lshannon.net or stay in touch through https://twitter.com/L_Shannon

Amethyst Bound by L. Shannon

Toni is in the high risk recovery business. Because of her unique camouflaging ability, she steals what others say is unstealable. The current theft proves suspiciously easy until the item in question comes to life. The stone amulet draws her into an ancient prophecy and binds her soul to the spirit of a dragon named Amethyst.

As if having an amulet stuck to her chest and a dragon in her head weren’t enough, she soon finds herself on the run from a nasty group of vampire henchmen intent on taking her back to their master. More than her freedom is at stake. The one behind the attacks intends to force Amethyst to fulfill the prophecy and become one of the nine dragons destined to end the world.

Toni’s dark past drove her to total independence but in this battle will she alone be enough? As she battles to hold on to herself and accept Amethyst as part of her life, she learns how to trust others.  She still has a chance to come out on top with the help of a sexy archeologist named Wilson who just happens to specialize in dragons. He won’t leave her alone. But is it love or his lifelong obsession that keeps him at her side?

Toni is in the high risk recovery business. Because of her unique camouflaging ability, she steals what others say is unstealable. The current theft proves suspiciously easy until the item in question comes to life. The stone amulet draws her into an ancient prophecy and binds her soul to the spirit of a dragon named Amethyst.

As if having an amulet stuck to her chest and a dragon in her head weren’t enough, she soon finds herself on the run from a nasty group of vampire henchmen intent on taking her back to their master. More than her freedom is at stake. The one behind the attacks intends to force Amethyst to fulfill the prophecy and become one of the nine dragons destined to end the world.

Toni’s dark past drove her to total independence but in this battle will she alone be enough? As she battles to hold on to herself and accept Amethyst as part of her life, she learns how to trust others.  She still has a chance to come out on top with the help of a sexy archeologist named Wilson who just happens to specialize in dragons. He won’t leave her alone. But is it love or his lifelong obsession that keeps him at her side?

Coming from Carina Press in 2010

9 thoughts on “Acquisition: Amethyst Bound by L. Shannon”

  1. Andrew says:

    Sounds great!

  2. Oh, whee! I love dragons. And what a great happy ending for this book.

  3. Eliza says:

    Congrats Shannon! The world definitely needs more dragons and Amethyst Bound rocks!

  4. L. Shannon says:

    Thanks Angela, for not giving up on me or Amethyst. Some stories just have to be the naughty children in the family. But now that Amethyst Bound has grown up a bit and found a home, I’ve had more than one *happy dance*

    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and cheers of encouragement!

    Shannon

  5. Dee Carney says:

    I had the distinct pleasure of reading this pre-submission and it is true-to-form L. Shannon…in other words, amazing. Carina has gained a huge asset in contracting Shannon and I wish you all the best.

  6. This sounds great–I’m another dragon enthusiast! Looking forward to reading it!

  7. Rhaina says:

    Congrats to the author :)

  8. Linda Hooper says:

    Congrats to L. Shannon – I too think that there can never be too many dragons!

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