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The Queen's Wings: The Emerging Queens
     

The Queen's Wings: The Emerging Queens

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by Jamie K. Schmidt
 

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

Overview

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.

The Emerging Queens series is best enjoyed in order.
Series Order:
Book #1 The Queen's Wings
Book #2 The Queen's Flight
Book #3 The Queen's Dance

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622664733
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Series:
Emerging Queens , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
258,201
File size:
2 MB

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The Queen's Wings


By Jamie K. Schmidt, Robin Haseltine, Liz Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Jamie K. Schmidt
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-473-3


CHAPTER 1

First Rule of Dragons: Always blame the human

I had a date with a dragon. Only it wasn't a fun going-out-for-drinks-and-dinner kind of a date. It was more of an honestly-I'm-not-crazy — I-know-I'm-going-to-shift-into-a-dragon-any-minute-now appointment.

"Poor, deluded human," a handsome dragon near me said.

Just because I was human, didn't mean I was deaf.

I sat in one of the hard plastic chairs that the Connecticut's dragon embassy had in their lobby to discourage dragon-struck humans from loitering. I wasn't one of the throng of adoring fans who took one look at a dragon and immediately decided he was my one true purpose in life. I actually was a dragon. Except no one believed me. And since I couldn't shift my form to a giant flying lizard or anything, I was generally written off as one of those.

I tried not to listen to the two males in their human form talk about me under their breath. I flipped through the latest Rolling Stone magazine. Sure there were some human bands in there, but the cover story was about a Mexican winged serpent, a Quetzalcoatl named Casimiro. The picture showed him in his human form, dazzling handsome. You could almost feel the emotion wafting off the picture of his soulful brown eyes. He was crooning out love ballads while a bunch of female fans screamed, cried, and fainted. It wasn't fair. Dragon studs were like catnip to human women.

"She thinks she's going to shift? At her age?"

Their snickers felt like a baseball bat in the teeth. I slapped the magazine down and picked up another one. Of course, you could resemble an underwear model and still be a raging asshole. Beauty being only skin deep, the two studs sneering at me were beautiful jerks. Being twenty-two was time to call AARP with this crew. If you weren't hatched from an egg, then you shifted into a dragon at puberty. Otherwise, you were a human and would always be one. Since I passed puberty (thank God — or Nidhogg as the dragons called him) about ten years ago, no one believed me when I told them I was a dragon waiting to shift.

Flipping through the pages in a gossip rag, I enjoyed the compromising positions they caught the CEO of Renaissance Computers in. He was flexible even for a dragon. I craned my neck at one picture that just had to be airbrushed. Then I fanned my flushed face with the magazine. Hoo boy. Dragons sold magazines and newspapers and pretty much everything else. Ever since the Treaty of 1099, when dragon slaying became as illegal as razing villages unless the villagers offered a virgin sacrifice, dragons became beings of great stature and admiration.

I didn't want anyone to worship me any more than I wanted a virgin. I just wanted to fly.

The receptionist, my friend Jane, gave the dragons a lethal glare when they continued to insult me. Well, it would have been lethal if she was a dragon with a laser-beam-like gaze. Instead, she was a lithe blond with green eyes rocking some killer heels to go with her short skirt and low-cut blouse. Because she was human like me, the glare just bounced off the dragons' Armani suits. I was underdressed in my T-shirt and jeans, but I never could pull off the ice-princess routine like Jane. The best I could do was slouch and pout, which intimidated no one.

The elevator eventually came, and they went inside. One of them flashed a toothy smile at me and winked. Dragons are gorgeous, no matter what form. You never see an ugly one.

However, most of them were dicks.

"Don't let those undersexed drakes get to you, Carolyn," Jane said, dismissing them with a sniff.

"It's not like I haven't heard it all before," I said and tried on a smile. But it wasn't fooling Jane.

She pushed away from her desk and came over to sit next to me. "They don't want to get their hopes up that there might be a new Queen. Not that I'm defending those jerks to you."

"I know it doesn't matter what they think. I'm going to shift into a dragon. I dreamed of flying again last night."

"I believe you, honey." She tucked a lock of hair dangling in my face behind my ear. "Did you fly over strange and exotic places?"

"I ate a cow."

Jane made a small noise. She was a vegetarian.

"And then I woke up naked, clutching my chimney with wet leaves stuck on my ass."

"That's poetic," she said and went back to her desk.

I glared at the elevator where the drakes disappeared. It would serve them right if I was a Queen. There were only five left in the whole world. If I shifted — when I shifted — I wouldn't let them near me. Jerks. Still, they had a point about my age, even if it was rude.

"Why do you think I didn't shift when I was a teenager?"

Jane shrugged. "I'm not the one going for her PhD in parazoology. Why do you think you didn't?"

I thought about it. I wasn't any closer to the answer than all the doctors who poked and prodded me. I had anomalies in my system that in a younger girl would point to a shift. But that shift never happened. "I've always been a late bloomer. I didn't get my period until I was fifteen."

"Is it TMI day today?" Jane wrinkled her nose at me.

"Sorry." I turned back to the magazine choices, but truth-fully, I was a little sick with all the dragon worship going on. It was bad enough the dragons had all the money, the important jobs, and managed to treat us humans like little more than playthings. The fact we went out of our way to be treated like that bothered me. When I was a dragon, I wasn't going to act like I was better than anyone — except maybe my older brother. He is a pill.

"Do you want to go out for some Ethiopian food for lunch — if you're not too full from a thousand pounds of beef?"

I rubbed my chest. "I kind of have heartburn."

"Meat will do that to you."

Her buzzer sounded. "Send her up," a tinny voice commanded.

"You heard the man," she said and jerked her thumb toward the elevator.

"Wish me luck."

Jane glanced away, but not before I saw the pity in her eyes.

The elevator ride just made my stomach pains worsen, and I clawed in my purse for some antacids. Sinking against the wall, I let out a huge burp that echoed back a few times. My mouth tasted like sour milk and my head throbbed in time to the Muzak. The door opened to a large waiting area lavishly decorated in a modern art style. I staggered to the watercooler for a quick drink and a few deep breaths.

"Ms. Donovan, come in, please. I do not have all day."

"Sorry, Mr. Zhang." I hurried into his office and sat in another uncomfortable chair. This one was facing a large, antique desk and a huge window overlooking the city skyline.

He was sifting through my file. I know this because his lips were pursed and his eyebrows rose at a few points. Zhang always reminded me of Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon. I could have been projecting a bit, but the goatee and the silk robes were a little over the top, even for a dragon.

"Ms. Donovan, you've been coming here for about a year now."

"Right when the symptoms first appeared."

"Shortly after you moved into your new house, which you think is haunted."

"It is haunted. The guest bedroom's walls bleed, but it's gone in the morning."

"Yes, I see. Bleeding walls. Yet, when the parapsych-iatrists —"

"Psychologists," I corrected and then shrank under the glare he gave me.

"Their instruments didn't come up with anything. The only one who has seen this phenomenon is you."

"She's shy." I was trying not to get defensive.

"She? Ah yes, your ghost is a she. And puts thoughts into your head?" He arched an eyebrow at me and I heard Queen's Flash Gordon theme song in my head.

Flash! Ah AH!

Focus, Carolyn. I told myself. "That doesn't have anything to do with me shifting into a dragon," I said aloud.

"Oh, I think it does."

"I'm not crazy. I can tell a dragon on sight."

"So can most humans if they know what to look for."

That was true. But with me, it was like they smelled different. I'm not saying they had BO. It was more like a tickle in my nose, evoking a feeling. Zhang smelled like green tea and grass. The two drakes in the lobby smelled like knock-off Drakkar Noir and beans.

"My nails have shredded my sheets. They're sharp." I swiped the air.

"Let's pass on your basic hygiene, shall we?"

"Then you don't want to hear about my roar?"

"Your belches? No, and kindly refrain from demonstrating."

"It's not human normal. It's rather ..." I stared up at his disbelieving face. "Virulent," I finished in a whisper.

"And now you're claiming you dream of flying."

"It's not just a dream."

He slapped his hand on the file. "Ms. Donovan, we have spent the better part of the year studying you. You've graciously submitted to blood and urine tests and nothing."

"My psych exam came back normal."

"Yet, you see a therapist."

"Everyone sees a therapist."

"I don't," he said.

"Do dragons have therapists?" I asked.

"Some should," he acknowledged with a small smile. "But the fact of the matter remains, Ms. Donovan, there has never been a female dragon in modern times that did not hatch out of an egg. And sadly, very few of those."

"But human males have shifted into dragons."

"At puberty, and if I might be so rude, Ms. Donovan, you are well beyond that."

"I'm twenty-two not one hundred and two. I feel I am a dragon. I dream about it. I believe it." I hated the desperation in my voice, and the sadness in his eyes.

"You are not alone," he said. "But it doesn't mean it is true. I've kept your file open because we are desperate for more females. But I feel I am misleading both of us. This will be our last appointment."

"But what happens if I shift?"

"You won't." He closed the file.

"But if I do. I'll be all alone."

"Your file says you work with Niall at Yale. He can contact me directly if he feels I need to revisit your case. Now, if you don't mind, I have a full schedule." He slid my file into a folder in his desk drawer. At least he didn't toss it in the trash.

I stood up, numb. He didn't understand.

I was on my way to the door when an ice pick stabbed me in the back of my neck. Or at least that's what it felt like. I whirled around. But Zhang was still at his desk.

He glanced up, frowning at me. "I believe we've said all that there is to say."

There was no one in the room but us. I peered over Zhang's shoulder out the large plate-glass window and saw three massive red dragons. They had spiked heads and long tails pumping them in hard and fast. In attack formation they bore down on the embassy.

"Oh no," I gasped as they stretched their long necks back to ignite their breath.

Zhang moved so fast he flickered, slapping a hand on the control to close the blinds. He pressed an alarm. The lights dimmed and made a powerful hum. "The force field won't hold for long. Take the stairs." He jammed a thumb drive into his computer.

"Is there anything I can do?" I asked as the two drakes from downstairs rushed in.

"We're under attack," Zhang said, ignoring me. "Kristoff, lock down finance. Markus, start the evacuation."

"I don't think so." One of them shot him with a hand cannon, rendering me deaf.

Zhang flew back into the shielded blinds. His body spasmed when the drake shot him four more times. Because he was a dragon, pieces of him didn't explode all over the office. But he was knocked out. He lay on the ground in a puddle of silken robes.

"Mr. Zhang," I lunged forward, but the other drake tossed me into the wall.

Ow, that was going to sting.

"Grab the paperwork," Kristoff, the drake that shot Zhang, ordered the one who tried to play racquetball with my head.

That would make the shitheel Markus, who hopped to it, sweeping his arm across Zhang's desk. What didn't fall into the large bag he carried, he knelt to stuff in.

"And hurry, he's starting to heal."

"Kill him now," Markus said.

"I don't want to take the time to shift," Kristoff said, searching around until his eyes lit on me. He smiled a gorgeous, male-model smile, and the bile swirled in my stomach. So much for the antacids.

"Are you still here?" He hit the button to power down the force field. The blinds opened, and a wall of flame hit the building.

I burped and a noxious gas hissed out of my mouth. My stomach lurched, and the acid came up.

"You're not going to get sick, are you?" He sounded half amused and half disgusted. "Weak, little human. I'll just kill you now." He raised the big pistol up at me.

If I wasn't a dragon — and the evidence seemed to point in the other directions — this was going to hurt. So I did what I could under the circumstances. I closed my eyes and threw up.

His screams and the fact I wasn't dead opened my eyes. Kristoff's arm was covered in a clear liquid, which was smoking through the metal of his pistol and most of his hand.

Did I do that?

Markus dropped the bag of papers. "What the hell just happened?"

"It burns," Kristoff cried and his skin flaked away. He was going to shift, space for it or not.

Oh crap.

I turned and ran.

"Stop her! Don't hurt her," he said. Which I thought was mighty generous.

Pushing open the heavy door leading to the stairwell, I pounded down the stairs. My heart was beating so fast I half expected it to jump out of my mouth. I did not want to find out what they had planned for me.

Markus leaped down a flight and bared his teeth in a snarl in front of me. My scream echoed down the stairs. Would anyone hear me? Would anyone care about the dumb old human?

"Back you go," he said. "What was that you threw on Kristoff?"

"I've got more of it for you," I bluffed.

"I don't think so," he said and climbed toward me. "Why couldn't you have been a good human and die?"

I stumbled back up the stairs, scrambling for the door. Markus just advanced slowly. Glass shattered as the windows imploded on the floor above us. I tripped and landed hard on my knees. Markus smirked. After pulling myself to my feet, I ran back into the office. The sprinklers were dousing the room, and I was instantly drenched in dirty, black water. I crunched over glass to get to the elevator and pounded on the buttons. It was coming up, but too slowly for me.

Kristoff roared. He was completely shifted. He looked like a Komodo dragon on steroids. Green scales bristled and shimmered as the sprinkler doused his flanks. His teeth were hard and flat — made for crushing — and his nails clenched on the carpet, shredding it as he advanced on me. Drakes were wingless, but made up for it in foot-long talons. I had a really good look at them as he stalked me.

"Shit." I jabbed the elevator button as fast as I could. Maybe it would sense the urgency of the situation. Maybe I was going to get pulverized. "Sorry about your hand." Not really. But if I stalled, Zhang's wounds might regenerate enough that he could step in and rescue me. "I'm not sure what happened."

The drake's breath blew hot over me before he spoke. "And here I thought the greatest treasure we would find is Zhang's hoard. But we have a little Queen."

"A Queen," Markus said, exiting the stairwell. "That's impossible."

I put my back to the elevator when Kristoff smashed out the doorway to Zhang's office with his tail. "She spit at me."

"We can train her not to spit," Markus said. "A Queen of our very own."

"First we'll have to train her to obey. Tie her up. We're taking her with us."

"No," I screamed as Markus grabbed my arm and started dragging me away.

The elevator doors opened, and two dragons dressed like commandoes burst out. A swarthy, dark-haired one brandished a crackling baton. The other, a redhead, cracked his knuckles and took in the scene.

"She's a Queen," Markus said to them. "Let us go, and we'll share her."

"Bullshit," Red said. He tackled Markus and all three of us went down.

"Zhang's been shot," I said, wrestling away from them.

Markus head-butted the other dragon in the nose, but Red drove his fist into his face three times, fast as a jackhammer. Markus's neck lolled back.

"Reed, Zhang's still alive," Red said and went back to beating Markus until he was broken, bleeding, and unconscious.

I sidled into the elevator, but the doors wouldn't shut. The building shuddered like there was an earthquake going on. Stepping out quickly, because I didn't really want to be trapped in the large metal box ten floors up when the building came down, I stumbled over to the stairwell again.

Reed fought Kristoff, without changing into his dragon form. I stopped and gaped. It was stupid and breathtaking, but Reed was winning. Kristoff was twice as big and had the weight advantage, not to mention his snapping mouth and swiping claws. Yet Reed was never at the receiving end of them. The baton pulsed energy whenever it struck Kristoff.

Part of me would have loved to stay and watch. Reed was fascinating — wide shoulders, a noble profile with an aristocratic nose, all muscles and deadly skill. The other part of me — the I-can't-believe-you're-drooling-instead-of-running part — was whispering, Get out. Get out. Get out.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Queen's Wings by Jamie K. Schmidt, Robin Haseltine, Liz Pelletier. Copyright © 2014 Jamie K. Schmidt. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Jamie K. 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. When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it -- once she can find it.

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The Queen's Wings: The Emerging Queens 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Ren_Puspita More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy The Queen's Wings. A lot. Sure I have my reason why I give just 4 stars, but let me state first why I think that The Queen's Wing is another keeper for my paranormal romance and urban fantasy's shelves. First, the narrator. This book told from Carolyn's POV. Carolyn is our heroine here and she's witty, have enough sarcasm and.. a book hoarder! Now this is the heroine that I can related to. She believe that she is a dragon about to shift, but no one believe her. Turn that she had been possessed by Ariana, a daughter of Esmeralda, the dragon queen of North America, and that's why her dragon ability awakened. But fate decide to throw many obstacle for Carolyn, since she is one of the rare dragon queen. First POV is a hit and miss for me. If I love the MC's voice, I will love the book. If not, it's will be so hard to finish reading the book. I love that Carolyn is witty and not easily give up. Her attitude is hilarious and her interaction with Ariana really cracked me up. Even she want to be a dragon, the idea for her to be a queen and breeds so many dragon do not appeal for her, because she just love one man, Reed. I love that there was no love triangle, because Carolyn's attraction to Jack was Ariana doing. Alas, I think Carolyn and Reed relationship somehow too rushed. While the blurb state that Reed try to avoid Carolyn even he desire her, actually no need a long time for them to admit their feeling. Even of course there's some obstacle that rock their love to add some drama. What I love more is how Ms Jamie show how a book nerd Carolyn can be. There was a mention of Kristan Higgins.. and... J.D.Robb!! OMG, I almost squeal and if Carolyn is a person I will hug her and we can have our own conversation about In Death series! My complaint is.. a misspronounce for Roarke's name! It's ROARKE, not Rourke, ugh! I doubt they will correct it once this book go wild (oh, it's already released actually), but yeah, this little typo kinda girrated my nerves. Ms Jamie also make an interesting world building. There some kind of dragons, like Drake, Western (Reed and Jack are Western dragon), Quetzacoatl, and etc. Anyway,I got a feeling that because of manuscript page limit, something feel amiss. I don't mind if The Queen's Wings have more than 300-400 pages (I read the pdf, and it's have 265 pages), so the author can expand the world building. That's why I don't give 5 stars, while I really want to. The half last part feel jumble and so many things happen that make my head spinning. It's also break the pace, make it faster and it's make me a little bit uncomfortable. Also the ending, somehow I'm not satisfied with what happen to Carolyn, even she kinda got her HEA. Alas, the next book will not feature Carolyn. I really love her and want to know more about Carolyn's life after this book and her love life with Reed. If you love your paranormal romance (or urban fantasy romance) with an unique world building and dragon theme, you will love The Queen's Wings. Also if you fans of Charley Davidson series, I guess you will want to try to read this. Last, can't wait to read the next installment and I hope it's as good (or better) as The Queen's Wings!
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Carolyn and Reed story is you don't always gets what you wish for but sometimes you get more.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn is living among Dragons and believes she is a dragon who just can't shift. All female dragons (as there are so few of them) are Queens in the dragon world. Carolyn is so frustrated as she can't shift, and despite the multiple tests ran on her, she can't get anyone to believe that she is a dragon. She just wants to feel the wind on her wings. It is believed that female dragons aren't hatched due to a curse placed upon them. As they are unable to produce female dragons to save the species all females are looked at as brood mares who can basically do what they want. Then Carolyn finds out that her house is resting upon the grave of a young female dragon who was sacrificed to curse the dragon species and she is invading her body. She finds FBI Agent Reed who is darn sexy doesn't trust or believe her. She doesn't want anyone but Reed. Reed is bound to protect her. Little does he know that she is a queen... This book is steamy, and full of back and forth between the two main characters. It is full of twists and turns through out the book that make it interesting and made me want to keep reading. **I was provided a free copy of this book for my honest opinion.
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
I was given a gift copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Carolyn has had a fascination with Dragon’s since she was a little girl. As she grows older she feels like she has a dragon trapped inside her just waiting to come out. Endless test however say otherwise. In a strange turn of events Carolyn finds out she actually is a dragon but there is something blocking her from shifting. Niall is a very old and wise dragon He cares for Carolyn as if she were his daughter. Reed wants nothing to do with humans and cannot stand Carolyn when they first meet. Carolyn is quirky and funny and gives all the dragons a run for their money. I absolutely LOVED this book it is full of laughter, suspense and crazy ass dragons what more can you ask for!
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The setting is the modern day world where dragons aren't myths of history but instead reality. Carolyn is a edgy, funny heroine who has always dreamed of being a dragon. She is ostracized by friends and family, and eventually lands in a haunted house in New Jersey. She can't shift into her dragon form and eventually meets Reed a FBI agent because she is vomiting acid. He checks out her story and we learn the history of the ghost and how she has been interacting with Carolyn. They eventually hook up after meeting Reed's mother and she learns about dragon history and culture. This is a truly original story that created a believable world, complete with history, male/female dynamic, and culture. It was funny and steamy with creative use of the paranormal elements. (not dragons) It is one of the best shifter books I have read this year. I was given a free copy for a honest review.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review --Actual rating 4.5 skulls  This book was really greatI I love when a review book becomes a new obsession... I honestly couldn't put it down and it was exactly what I needed.  Jamie K. Schmidt is a new author for me. When I got an email about Entangled's new May releases and noticed this one on the list I decided to request it for review and see what would happen. I was long overdue for a good dragon shifter book and decided it couldn't hurt to support a new author. I didn't expect to read it in one long sitting with a smile on my face almost the entire time. The Queen's Wings, the first of a new Paranormal Romance series THE EMERGING QUEENS, was witty, full of fun pop culture references, magic, mayhem, romance and was, in a word, just FUN! Ms. Schmidt has a knack for plucky female leads. Carolyn draws you in from page one with her no-filter tendency to think aloud and say largely inappropriate things at the most inappropriate times. Most people thinks she's completely nuts, but aside from her being an emerging dragon Queen, she's really just like the rest of us - a book addict with an internal goofball. She was instantly likable and relatable.  Reed is one of those alpha males that you just want to smack upside the head. He's hot, sexy, sometimes standoffish, and yet has this romantic edge that shows through in the subtlest of ways and yet he's just... aaarrrgh. He's a bit stuffy, tries to stick to the "ways of the people", and yet it was really fun to see Carolyn exasperate and challenge him and have him capitulate. I will admit that I actually wanted her with Jack (he was the easier of the two choices), but was glad that while there were multiple (somewhat) love interests, it wasn't a love triangle and that things turned out the way that they did. They really are the perfect match. The world building was both what we've grown to know and love in dragon shifter paranormal romance, but also new, unique and exciting. There were multiple types of dragon shifters in The Queen's Wings, and having the matriarchal structured society was very cool. It reinforced the fact that strong females would be prevalent throughout the EMERGING QUEENS series.  I LOVED the little twist at the end and I think that all book addicts will appreciate with Ms. Schmidt did with Carolyn's HEA! I would definitely recommend this book for all paranormal romance fans that like dragon shifters, and even those who think they might want to try some. I also highly recommend it to readers who appreciate a light-hearted read with a strong, yet goofy female lead.  I'm really looking forward to more in the EMERGING QUEENS series! Way to go Jamie. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different twist to dragon shifters. Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held my interest to the very end. This was definately the most different way of combining an adventure remonace novel. The contents were consistant throughout the story while incorporating different cultures and classes. There were issues with both races, with the scifi characters. Fabulious read.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn has been telling everyone she is a dragon. No one believes her as she is older than what dragons usually shift and there is only five female dragons left. She has always had the feeling she is one but everyone thinks she is crazy. When she spits acid they soon se she is a dragon and now every one wants her. She is rare and the hope of more dragons rides on her. She only wants one dragon and everyone is after her now. Sometimes getting what you want isn't a good thing. I liked Carolyn. She loves books, dragons and doesn't let anyone tell her she isn't a dragon. She always seems to find herself in the middle of something bad. She doesn't ever give up. Reed is great as well. He is a dragon shifter and he says Carolyn is his after he sees what she is. He will fight anyone to protect her. There is lots of action in this book as for different reasons they all want Carolyn. She has to reconsider what she wants. I was surprised about why it took her so long for her dragon to come out and like the touch it added to the story. It shows why female dragons are rare and the ending was great. If you like a book with dragon shifters, a stubborn woman and hardheaded men give this one a try.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
When I saw this cover on Netgalley, my first thought was 'Pretty!', but then I saw Save the Dragons on the cover and had to read the blurb. I love a good dragon story, and though I haven't read anything by Jamie K Schmidt before, I decided to give it a try. Straight up, the blurb doesn't give a true accounting of the story. Yes, the details are technically correct, but the order is a bit off and just doesn't give you the whole picture.  The blurb leads with something we don't find out about until several chapters into the book.  Second, Carolyn doesn't actually totally shift, for Reed to believe her. It took someone else pointing out that she had a breathe weapon and seeing the results for that to happen.  The other thing is that though she was kidnapped, she was being used as bait at the time, and in no real danger. That came later on. Basically the story is that Carolyn believes she will turn into a dragon. She has gone in for test after test for over a year. She has just been told that the dragons won't be doing any more testing, that she is now too old to shift.  When an attack on the Dragon Embassy happens and during the crisis, Carolyn vomits acid on an attacker, melting his gun and hand. That's when the bad guy dragons decide that she is a Queen and try to grab her. One of the defending dragons, Jack, hears the attackers call Carolyn a Queen and keep her from being taken. The next day, Jack and Reed come to her office to talk to her boss, the dragon Niall.  While Reed and Niall have a "bonding moment", Jack takes Carolyn home and see proof of her breathe weapon. It's not until Niall confirms she will shift until Reed believes.  It is in this same scene that they find out that the last Queen to be born, Reed's sister and Niall's daughter, was sacrificed on the site her house was built. This begins the hunt for those who had sacrificed the Queen and the beginning of Carolyn's transformation. I have to say that I loved this book.  It was told from the point of view of Carolyn. We get the peek into her head with all her doubts, fears and confusion. But we also get her sarcastic wit and charm. I couldn't believe how often I laughed out loud in this book. The ending surprised me and that doesn't happen often. I can't wait to see where the author goes with this series, totally a 4 star read.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Queen's Wings - The Emerging Queens Series Book 1 Author: Jamie K. Schmidt Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Entangled Edge Published: 5-17-2014 ISBN: 978-1-62266-473-3 E-Book: B00K48N6G8 Pages: 217 Genre: Paranormal Romance Tags: Mystery, Suspense, Shapeshifters, Dragon, Magic Sensual Level: Overall Rating: Excellent Reviewed For: NetGalley, Entangled Reviewer: DelAnne Carolyn Donovan is convinced she is going to shift into a dragon any day. Unfortunately for her nearly everyone else is sure she is just nuts. Even her best friend looks at her with pity in her eyes. After all there hasn't been a female dragon hatched or even shifted in over a thousand years. At present there are only five in the world. The last one hatched was kidnapped centuries before. When Carolyn is caught in the middle of an assault on the dragon embassy she briefly comes into contact with Jack and Reed, two dragons working for the FBI. When the fate of Arianna, the last female dragon to hatch comes to light Carolyn's life changes forever. The time has come for Reed to get over his dislike for humans, because fate has put Carolyn in his life and Carolyn likes what she sees. I fell in love with Carolyn half way through the first paragraph. She has believed in herself all the while facing the ridicule and scorn of family and friends, even strangers degrading remarks. She still has stood firm against them all. I could easily fall for Niall and his absent minded professor persona. Jack's easy going manner hides a sharp mind and a warrior's talent. Reed's brooding demeanor and cutting tongue keeps you reminded that there is danger all around. Jamie Schmidt has used humor and witty repartee to keep the story from becoming to dark and heavy. This is a series that leaves you longing for more. The fast pace of the story keeps you from putting it down until the last page. I personally can not wait until Ms. Schmidt graces us with the next in the series, "The Queen's Flight". Pick up a copy of "The Queen's Wings" and pick out your favorite dragon before they are all spoken for.
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
If you like you're reads smoking then you will thoroughly enjoy this one. Rating 4 1/2 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way. This was a very addicting book. With the descriptions Jamie uses, you will have no trouble picturing everything as each scene unfolds. I was happy that there was a thundershower going on at the time. The computer stayed off and I could get lost in this book. I was also glad that my dad watches TV with headphones on – I could laugh in peace. There are a lot of references that you may recognize and there was one that I hope I didn’t misinterpret. If I’m not mistaken there’s a reference to the Brady Bunch – you’ll just have to read the book and see if you can find it. It was a truly mesmerizing tale. The only reason I gave this a rating of 4 ½ is because I want to enjoy the rest of the series. And then once the series is complete, and if the other books are as great as this one I can give the group a rating of 5. If you are a paranormal junkie then this is a book for you. If you were planning on traveling, depending on what your destination is, I would take this book with you.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Fantasy romance.  Dragon shapeshifters. Fun.  This is a fast paced romp in a world filled with magic and dragons.  The character of Carolyn had me snorting my drink with her sudden outbursts.  She was truly likeable and our hero aside from being a bit of a stuffed shirt was lickable.  This is a fun world and I hope we get to return to it soon. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Claudia_love_books More than 1 year ago
3,5 stars for a nice dragon story Carolyn is sure she is a dragon and that she will shift. as this has not happend for the past 1000 years, everyone is sceptical. after a break-in someone tries to kidnapp her and the Dragon FBI is trying to protect her. Reed is a FBI agent and he doesn't believe her at first but than they discover that there is much more at stake and both of them are forced to work together. I love dragons and paranormal romances - which was the reason I wanted to read this one asap. unfortunately it's potential is not really fully developed and I was disappointed in the story. this could have been the perfect mixture of PR and UF and the plot was a good idea. but this idea was not very well developed and all the events seemed to be a sequence of ideas without really thinking the story through. Carolyn was a fun character with a strong character. I loved her idea of a hoard. Reed was a typical Alpha male but there was not really a lot of character development. it was just like first he could not stand her and than everything changed. this resulted in a not really sizzling romance, because the spark and the development from this was missing All in all, I liked the idea of this story but not the way it was told. it was an ok read, which could have been much, much more Disclaimer: An ARC was provided to me by Netgally and Entangled in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! I finished reading it the day after I started. This was because I stayed up all night reading instead of going to bed. This story caused tears, anger, and happiness. There are many twists and turns to the plot. I did not find it predictable which is refreshing to me.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn knows that she's going to shift into a dragon. Why won't anyone believe her. They think she is deluded and needs therapy. During an attack on the Dragon Embassy Carolyn shows signs of emerging to her full potential. Now she has FBI dragon Reed and his partner Jack as her guards. Things are getting complicated very fast. She is constantly in danger. Why is she possessed by a dead queen, Arianna. The Queen's Wing is a wild ride of passion, danger and intrigue. I loved this story! Carolyn is a feisty heroine. She stands her ground against her enemies. Reed is a determined dragon who vows to protect what is his. What a fiery romance! The secondary characters are an intriguing bunch. I want to know more about them. The plot has many unexpected twists and turns that hooked me from page one. Jamie K. Schmidt supplies such humorous dialogue that I was snickering as I read this story. She is a new to me author but I plan to change that. This book is a keeper!
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
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!
cattouch More than 1 year ago
Carolyn believes she's going to shift into a dragon but everyone says she's to old...gasp she's 22...There are only 5 known females dragons in the world. if she is one, she will be a great prize and a great threat. Reed is an FBI dragon who needs to protect her..but she throws him for a loop. Carolyn has no filter on her mouth so somethings she says are wildly un-appropriate but very funny.....you can't help but love her. All her life she's been saying she's a dragon and people..even family..have looked at her like she's nuts. Now that it looks like she really is a Queen, she's not sure she wants the kind of life that's been described to her..riches, sure..a palace, no problem...but she will need to be a Brood Mother so she can help populate the dragon species. She wants one guy, not a bunch of bodies. Now that the rest of the dragons are finding out about her, some want to protect, some to bed her, but some also want to destroy her.. In one week she's traveled to Mexico and Paris, had a stay in a lab in New York and a hospital in Connecticut, met a dragon slayer, kissed a dragon, slept with another dragon, found out another dragon was possessing her, was almost kidnapped, almost sacrificed, became homeless and slugged a bit shot. Through it all she's funny, sweet, fiesty and more than a match for a surley Reed. Carolyn is fantastic , so's the story. I really, really loved it..you will too. enjoy!!!
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Hahahahaha! Oh god. This had to be the funniest dragon romance book I’ve ever read. I mean, ever. I’ll admit, I sided with everyone else and labelled Carolyn “Crazy” before I reached the end of Chapter 1. Then I changed the label to “Half-Crazy” before settling on “Crazy” once again. Granted, she’s not really crazy. I take that back. By herself, she is a bit looney but add the spirit of a dead Queen to the mix and you end up with a whole bunch of fun that’s waiting to be experienced. Reed said it best. “I’m not used to a Queen like you. None of us are.” Carolyn’s very human approach to what being Queen means makes her different from the Five Queens. She’s not interested in living in the lap of luxury while men seek her to have their eggs. She’s happy with a simple life and only wants one man. Unfortunately, that one man is Reed. Or maybe it should be fortunately. Reed’s a dragon through and through. He lives, eats, breathes, dreams, drinks, and sleeps dragon law and tradition. To be around Carolyn as she adapts to his people’s way of life turns him upside-down and leaves him banging his head on a wall because she really isn’t like any Queen he’s met before. Their arguments are amusing; it’s rare anything gets resolved between them. Their agreement to disagree seems to be the norm. Carolyn did keep me laughing. She has this hilarious habit of speaking her thoughts out loud without realizing it, which tends to make for interesting conversations between characters. But for all the fun and humor, there were plenty of serious parts of the story. The most poignant is close to the end. My heart bottomed out at what happened. The happy ending Carolyn thought she’d have, didn’t happen and the anguish she felt was almost tangible. Oh, don’t think she doesn’t get an HEA. She does. It’s just…different than what she thought but it suits her. She and Reed get their happily ever after, flying off into the sunset moment, and it’s well-deserved. Will there be more Queens from Ms. Schmidt? I hope so! The Queens might have been a rare breed at the beginning of this book, but the renewed hope for more at the end sets the stage to introduce more beautiful Queens who, like Carolyn, buck tradition and pursue the happily ever after they want, need, and deserve. ***Received from Pump Up Your Book Tours and Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
New to me Author ..  I am an avid Dragon Shifter lover so this book was right on the money for me.  I however was not prepared for  what I read.  This is Unique.  We have Dragon Shifters who live among the humans doing day to day things. Now with that said.  In this story we have only a few Female Dragon Queens who must keep producing with hopes of having more females.  Females are worshiped and also been kidnapped.  Carolyn is a human or at least she thinks she is. She keeps having vivid dreams and believes in her heart she is a dragon who is just late to shift.  Only a few believe in her.  Enter Reed who hates humans. But things  change when Carolyn shifts and is kidnapped.  Can Reed save Carolyn? And can Carolyn win Reeds heart? What a shock as to who has been kidnapping the female Queens.  Pickup your copy of this awesome book and give it a read !!!