by Deborah Cooke
My Dragonfire series features heroes who are dragon shape shifters - they call themselves the Pyr - and each book features the firestorm of one dragon hero. The firestorm is the mark of a Pyr meeting his destined mate - in biological terms the one human woman who can bear his son - and sparks literally fly between the two of them until their partnership is consummated. One of the challenges in writing a longer series is keeping each book distinctive so I'm always trying to think of ways to mix things up.
In book #6, DARKFIRE KISS, an ancient and disruptive force called darkfire was set free. Its influence on the Pyr is unpredictable as we saw in that book, which I thought was fun. It's not a huge spoiler to tell those who haven't read the book that the Pyr have been revealed to humans, thanks to the darkfire's influence.
But darkfire is going to make more trouble than that, partly by challenging the assumptions of the Pyr guys and the relationships they have with each other. KISS OF FIRE, the first Dragonfire book, featured a hero who had chosen to avoid his fellow Pyr. I always knew there were more loner dragons out there, but Erik, the leader of the Pyr, insisted that he had promised to maintain their privacy. The darkfire is messing with that, and combined with firestorms, it will compel two dragons who would rather be alone to join the Pyr team.
FLASHFIRE is Dragonfire #7 and will be published in January 2012 (http://www.deborahcooke.com/
It features Lorenzo, who we have met briefly in earlier books, and who is not
always supportive of Erik's agenda. He's a powerful dragon and a stage
illusionist, and he has a plan for a disappearing act that will give him the
privacy he wants. Lorenzo likes to control all of the variables, but he's not
planning on a firestorm, much less one with Cassie, a celebrity photographer
who never backs away from a mystery.
EMBER'S KISS is Dragonfire #8 and will be published in October 2012. It also features a longer dragon, but one that's nearly in the clutches of the Slayer Chen. Will the firestorm save him or push him into Chen's control? I'll tell everyone more about that book in the new year.