Reviews of Taming the Fire
Taming the Fire: 4 stars from Long and Short Reviews! What originally made me pick up this book was because it featured dragon shifters, Who doesn't love a dragon shifter? The author not only met my expectations with her dragons but she exceeded them. This story fully included Bryon and Callum's dragon side, even when they were in human form. I adored the way their dragon nature played a role in everything about their lives, from the way they scented others to the dynamic of their relationship. There wasn't a moment in this story when I forgot what these men truly were and how dangerous dealing with a dragon can be. Mira's a human I really grew to love in this story. With comprehensive and catchy characters and an ability to stay true to the dragon shifter theme, the author was able to create a story I definitely recommend to others-- Reviewed by Peppermint
Taming the Fire from Sensual Reads: "Ms. Armstrong takes the reader along on an emotional rollercoaster ride as Mira comes to terms with her inner demons and allows herself to fall in love with the very beings responsible for her mother's downfall." -- Candy at Sensual Reads
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About Mechele Armstrong
Mechele Armstrong lives in Virginia with her computer geek husband, her two Doctor Who obsessed children, a ball fetching spaz cat, a neurotic dog, and a diva kitty who views her as a servant. She pretends to clean house while writing romance novels and chauffeuring her family around.
Fire Riders series (Taming the Fire, the Fire Within, Beyond the Fire (coming soon!), Blood Lines series (vampires)(Blood Kiss, Conduit, Crimson's Rose, Currents, Bitter Love, Night's Journey, Surge), Settler's Mine (futuristic)(The Rivals, The Lovers, The Man, The Woman, The Wolf, The Rogue), Another Night, Another Dream; Another Dream, Another Reality; Geek Love, Code Monkey, Dinah's Dark Desire, Curses trilogy (The 6 Curses of Christmas, The Sixth Curse of Spring, The Sixth Cursed Halloween), Seek and You Shall Find, Solstice Spell, Be my Moon.
An Interview with Mechele Armstrong
HH: Mechele, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Taming the Fire and it's the first in your new Fire Riders series. First, what can you tell us about this sizzling new series?
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
MA: Thanks so much Holly for having me! Fire Riders is about dragons. I do love dragons. You have two kingdoms at war, Wardona and Eastania. The dragon riders are human by day, dragon by night and as dragons they defend their kingdoms. Dragon riders have one flaw, they build up heat, especially at the age of maturity, and the only thing that can release a dragon rider's heat is having sex with a human. Taming the Fire has two dragon riders, Byron and Callum, who have paired off and mated, but Byron is fast approaching the age of maturity and must find a human to help him release his fire or he'll combust. That's where Mira, a lovely human woman, comes in, only she has issues with dragon riders. So they have to convince her she needs to be with them.
HH: How does Taming the Fire kick off the series?
MA: Taming the Fire sets up their world and introduces characters who will be the main characters in the next two books. It also sets up a hot storyline, where they have to convince her to be with them or Byron could die.
HH: What do you like about Mira and why will readers relate to her?
MA: Mira watched her parents be destroyed by dragon riders and she was left bereft in the wake. She knows dragon riders aren't always noble. Yet she's fascinated by these two because they don't behave how she thinks dragon riders should behave. She needed to heal herself where dragon riders are concerned and Callum and Byron are very willing to help her heal. I think everyone can relate to someone who is having trouble letting go of the past. Mira grows a lot during the story, too. They help her see her worth again, which had been lessened by her parents' abandonment.
HH: What can you tell us about Byron and Callum and why will readers love them?
MA: Byron and Callum are very much in love. Byron is the more serious of the two. Callum is much younger and very playful. Once they set their mind to something, like being with Mira, they don't give up. They also like Mira for who she is. They could have gone after any human (and they'd have been more willing than Mira) but as they get to know Mira, they find themselves loving her resolve and strength.
HH: How did you bring their world so convincingly to life?
MA: I took a lot of notes as I was writing on what the world was like. I also read about feudal societies to help inspire Wardona and Eastania. It all came from my imagination along with a dose of feudalism.
HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in this series?
MA: The Fire Within is already out at Loose Id. The Fire Within follows Geant, Captain of the dragon riders of Eastania, who has been captured by Alin, young Captain of the dragon riders of Wardona. Even as Geant's fire builds, he finds himself attracted to the other dragon rider. When Geant's human lover, Elesia, shows up to bring him home, sparks really start to fly.
Beyond the Fire has been contracted by Loose Id and should be out soon. The story follows Lord Rogin of Eastania who must now marry Lady Hallah of Wardona to combine their kingdoms. Only Lady Hallah has a lover she wants to keep and Dunstan and Lord Rogin find themselves interested in the other. Beyond the Fire also wraps up the entire storyline of all three couples finding their happily ever after and concludes the combining of the kingdoms.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
MA: I'm currently batting around a couple of projects. One is a young adult novel that I've started. I also am revamping a shapeshifter novella I wrote about tigers. And I have an idea in mine for a series of short erotic related stories.
HH: What does it mean to you to be a writer?
MA: It means a lot to me to be a writer. I love words. I love books. I'm so happy I've been able to enter that world as an author. I have all these stories in my head and characters, and it's nice to get them out and have people fall in love with them like I have.
HH: What would we find in your to be read pile right now?
MA: I'm currently reading the Dead Tossed Waves, a young adult zombie book by Carrie Ryan. I have the Dark and Hollow places, the third in the series, waiting for when I'm done with that. I also have volumes 4-10 of the Walking Dead graphic novels and How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years in my To Be Read Pile. Hmmm a lot of zombies going onâ€¦along with tween angst.
HH: What plans do you have for the summer?
MA: I hope to get some writing done but I'm also planning to play with my two children. They aren't doing many activities this summer so I'm hoping we can plan some day trips and have some fun.
HH: Thank you!
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