Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Virtual Book Tour w/Givewaway: The Dragon's Staircase by McKenna Grey & Everly Archard

The Dragon's Staircase
by McKenna Grey & Everly Archard
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense


McKenna Grey & Everly Archard will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.



FBI Agent Alexa Kyndall devoted eight years of her life to the search for justice, showing no mercy to the guilty and depraved. When she joins a special task force to bring down a serial killer, Alexa encounters the most unexpected criminal of her career.

When a child witnesses a brutal slaying, Alexa’s life becomes intertwined with Craig Pierson’s, a man with his own haunting past. They join forces, only to discover they must put everything on the line in a pulse-pounding struggle to protect and survive.

Nestled in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, The Dragon’s Staircase is an intriguing, nonstop adventure that will keep readers enthralled from start to finish.

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I was literally at the edge of my seat. The suspense level is amazing."
- My Life, One Story at a Time

"Dragon's Staircase is a heart-stopping non-stop, thrilling suspense. A must to read if you love thriller suspense with a romantic touch! Be prepared to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions!" - Nicole Laverdure, Book Reviewer

"A well written story and well developed characters . . . give the reader an exciting ride of investigation and the gentleness of a protective loving relationship." - Lyn Ehley, Book Reviewer



For ten long seconds, Alexa didn’t move. Her body rooted at the foot of the bed, as the breath in her throat stilled and her knees faltered. The innocuous object rested only a few feet in front of her. A manila envelope that on any other day, in any other circumstance, would’ve been overlooked. In spite of the scattered darkness, she recognized the handwriting. Her pulse raced as a single face flashed to the forefront of her mind. A face she could never forget.

Julian Frederick.

If she were anyone else, the need to hyperventilate would have been dire, but her FBI training still reigned strong inside of her. It forced out an automatic command to slow her heartbeat and steady her breath. Panic was a natural reaction to stress. A reaction she’d learned to overcome through practice and experience. Slowly, her body obeyed and her mind cleared from the terror-induced daze. Right now, emotional distance was key. It offered her the detachment she needed to remain sharp.

This wasn’t her bedroom. It was a crime scene. Her crime scene.


Q & A with McKenna Grey & Everly Archard

What books/authors have influenced your writing?I would say that Jane Austen has probably been the greatest influence in my life. She had a way of captivating readers with her ability to balance strong heroines, a complex story, and an unforgettable hero. Who hasn’t fallen in love with Mr. Darcy or Captain Wentworth? Other authors who have influenced my writing include: Elizabeth Gaskell, Karen Marie Moning, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Hunter, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.R. Ward.

My love for romance was born through Jane Austen, and cultivated through my mom’s Silhouette Romance subscription. I can still remember to this day, the first book that opened my eyes to modern day romance.

Share a funny incident in your life.
I think one of the funniest incidents in my life was during the first few weeks after my son was born. I was beyond exhausted (as anyone who’s had a newborn knows), barely getting the time to take care of myself. One morning after a three am feeding, I decided to get ready for the day. I went into the bathroom (in the dark as I was trying not to wake the baby) and grabbed my toothbrush and toothpaste. As I began to brush my teeth I realized that the texture and flavor were off. No minty freshness, just a strange, thick texture, coating my teeth. When I looked down at the paste, I realized it was DIAPER RASH CREAM! Ugh! I was completely disgusted and mortified to say the least, but it made for a funny story later. (

What's your pet peeve?
A big pet peeve of mine is when people pretend to be perfect. I LOVE people who embrace their imperfect side. Everyone has a weakness, a failure, or a blemish they wish they could change. Embracing our imperfections and sharing them with one another helps us to relate in a genuine way. Some of my favorite characters are the ones who have the most imperfections. They can be physical or mental, but they exist.

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music, do you have a playlist?
MUSIC! I love to listen to music when I am writing. In fact, it’s actually a huge part of my process. The best way to describe it would be to say that music is the “soundtrack” to the story in my head. I often times will find a song and think - this would be so great during this scene. If you opened my music library, you’d see about fifty different playlists. I have specific lists that are dedicated to a particular book or series, and other lists that are for specific moods (Sexy, Sad, Survival, etc..).

Who was your favorite hero/heroine?
My absolute favorite hero would be John Thornton of North & South. He’s such a complex, intriguing, sexy man. He is also the standard to which I measure every other hero. He is dark and guarded, yet caring and thoughtful. His own desires have constantly been put second in order to care for those he loves. I especially love the way he interacts with the heroine, Margaret Hale. If you haven’t read or seen North & South you must stop what you are doing and immediately do so! The book is fantastic, but I absolutely recommend the BBC miniseries. It perfectly encapsulates the characters as they were in my head.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

McKenna Grey is the contemporary alter-ego of award-winning historical romance and mystery author MK McClintock. Never one to limit her imagination or ignore possibilities, she decided to venture into the realm of contemporary romantic suspense and thrillers. Visit to learn more.

Everly Archard is the pseudonym of award-winning paranormal and fantasy romance author D.D. Miers. Her passion for romance with an edge led her to explore the world of romantic suspense. Visit to learn more.


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  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading the post and watching the trailer :D

  3. I enjoyed the interview. I have had North & South on my TBR for the longest time; after reading your description of John Thornton, I'm moving it to the top of the list. :)

  4. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I would really like to read this book!