We have an incredible YA book community here in Utah. We have so many amazing authors, fantastic book bloggers, and a wonderful indie bookshop that hosts tons of book events and book launches that bring us all together.
Really becoming a part of this community over the past couple years has meant the world to me, so it’s really important to me to support The King’s English Bookshop as well as some of our fabulous local authors here on my blog.
I just got to meet this local author a couple of weeks ago, and her books sound AMAZING. I’m so excited to read them, and I hope you will be too! Reader beware, there be dragons here!
About Caitlyn McFarland
As I write this I’m also wrestling with my youngest daughter, who keeps trying to put her tiny feet all over my keyboard. That’s me: a mom/wife and writer struggling to find the balance between two things that make me happy.
In my mom/wife life, I stay home with three amazing little blonde girls aged seven, five, and three. I’m 30, and I feel like I’m in that place where I still have one foot in Young Mom (babies and diapers and pushing a stroller around campus) and the other in Soccer Mom (kids starting school and realizing you haven’t been in college for… you know, a while). My husband works in road construction, which means the girls and I spend a lot of time hanging out at home during the summer. I may or may not have issues keeping my house clean.
I didn’t truly start writing fiction until 2009, after I had graduated college (though I did dabble a bit in high school). I got serious in 2012, when I joined my first writing group. In 2013 I won first place in the Adult Speculative Fiction genre of the LDS Storymakers first chapter contest with an entry from my story Traveler. In March of 2014 I signed with my amazing agent, Marlene Stringer. This year, 2015, I’m debuting with an entire trilogy from Harlequin’s Carina Press (check out the “books” page for more details!
Check out her website here!
Soul of Smoke
On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons—actual freaking dragons—battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai does the only thing a decent person could: she grabs the nearest sword and saves his life.
As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai. Becoming heartsworn to a human—especially such a compelling one—is the last thing Rhys wants. But with an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity and his strength nearly depleted, Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs. A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain death.
Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind…or her heart. Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything, and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys’s life—a life more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know.
Shadow of Flame
*Warning Soul of Smoke Spoilers Ahead*
It’s been two months since Kai Monahan’s life changed forever. Retrieved from a suddenly unsafe Colorado by Rhys and taken to Eryri, the dragons’ home in the South Pacific, she lives a secret existence. Rhys—for all his awe-inspiring power—is afraid to reveal to his people that he’s heartsworn to a human. One he’s quite possibly in love with.
Kai hasn’t forgotten the terror or pain of the moment Rhys first took control of her mind and her magic, but neither has she forgotten the fire of his kiss. When she’s discovered, dragon politics—not to mention spies and ex-lovers—threaten her growing feelings. Rhys has more enemies than he can guess, and someone close to him is playing right into their hands.
The war Rhys never wanted is coming. For either of them to survive, Kai must open her mind to him as never before. This time, there will be no turning back.
Truth of Embers
*Warning Soul of Smoke Spoilers Ahead*
Months after bonding with Rhys, Kai is finding her place among the Wingless—humans who have heartsworn to dragons. Determined to help her new people, she’s delving deep into her magical training and is the first Wingless to ride into battle with her dragon mate.
Going against customs as ancient as dragons, Rhys is forming his own vision for dragonkind. But the Council have plans of their own that don’t include a Wingless queen. Meanwhile, the war with Owain is finally here and the fight for control of dragonkind could destroy everything—including humanity itself.
When unbreakable bonds are torn asunder, Kai and Rhys will learn exactly how deep their love goes. The battle has begun, and no matter what happens, this one will be the last. If they can’t come together, their lives are forfeit—as well as every other life they hold dear.
Have you read Caitlyn’s series yet? Will you be adding it to your TBR piles like I am? How much do you love books with dragons in them?!