There was supposed to be an interview but something went vercocky. So, instead, we shall just feature Ms. Schmidt’s lovely book and my review of it (well worth the read, peeps!).
Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).
When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at The Dudley Farm during the summer. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it.
Long ago, the Cult of Humanity sacrificed the Dragon Queen, crippling the breeding process. But now Carolyn hears the voice of that long dead queen telling her that she holds the key to breaking the spell that will free all the female dragons.
FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years.
He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. A never-ending line of suitors forms, but she only wants Reed. Too bad he doesn’t want in on the competition. But when the Cult kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her in an effort to make the curse against the female dragons permanent, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.
Wooooow. I absolutely LOVED this book. It was a little disorienting right at the beginning, but after I relaxed (nerves reading a new author and all that), I was absolutely enchanted by the world as presented by Ms. Schmidt. I loved the whole dragons-are-real thing and particularly that Carolyn was convinced (despite all signs to the contrary) that she was actually a dragon (and, to boot, in the end her dragon-type was HILARIOUS!).
I liked the relationship as it developed between dragon Reed and Carolyn. He really REALLY didn’t care for her in the beginning. I also liked that there was a bit of a love square developing (like a love triangle, but there were four parties involved…trust me, it makes sense when you read it).
So much went on in this book it’s hard to describe it all. All I know is it all worked together for me so well that I’m absolutely in love with this book and I may have to go read it again just to revel in its awesomeness.
I absolutely can’t WAIT for the next Emerging Queens series. 5 gargoyles for The Queen’s Wings!
Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review.