Special excerpt for fantasy romance The Green Rose by Stephanie Burkhart

I’m
kicking off a new week with a special excerpt from the fantasy romance novel, The
Green Rose
, by Stephanie Burkhart.

During
her virtual book tour, Stephanie will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and
Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of
winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!
A
little bit about The Green Rose:
On the
continent of Gaia, evil is brewing. Turncoat wizard, Balthyser, kidnaps the
kings of Dahaka and Tapin. He wants the green rose, a source of powerful magic.
Princess Sonia of Tapin is forced to
hunt down the rose in exchange for her father’s life. It’s the ultimate
betrayal of Gaia’s peace, but she has no choice if she wants to save her
father.
Prince Ivánstan of Dahaka
accompanies her on the journey. Both face challenges and obstacles that test
their strength of character during the hunt for the rose. Dare Sonia put her
trust and faith in a man she hardly knows to secure Gaia’s peace or will the
continent’s harmony be shattered forever?
Excerpt from
The Green Rose:
Draco stood next to the bank of the brook on hind legs which
were thick and stocky. The dragon was no taller than Ivánstan. His wings
rested at his side. The green scales that covered his body glistened in the
twilight. Upon seeing her, Draco’s eyes widened and he moved his head, looking
her over from head to toe. Sonia cradled the now sleeping Hiro in her arm
against her breast. Heat radiated from the dragon’s body.
Ivánstan glanced at Draco and chuckled. “He says
you’re pretty.” “Thank you.” She’d never been called pretty by a
dragon before. Draco raised his right wing, exposing his claws upward.
“He wants you to put your hand in his. It’s his way of
greeting you.” “I won’t burn?”
“Nay. His scales usually negate the heat’s effect for
us.”
Sonia steeled her courage. Seeing Draco so close, she understood
why Ivánstan’s bonding had been so challenging. She had to trust him when he
said Draco wouldn’t burn her.
There was that dirty word again — trust. But how dirty was
it? Why did Ivánstan consistently demand it of her? And why did she give it
piece by piece?
Slowly, she offered her hand to the dragon. His scales
possessed the consistency of slate, but she detected an inner hardness,
reminding her of Taveran steel. His claws wrapped around her hand.

A little
bit about the author:

Stephanie
Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. 
She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She served 11 years in the US Army and
currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark
in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate and is addicted to
coffee.  She writes paranormal,
contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children’s books published with
4RV Publishing.
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