Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Mark of the Dragon by JW Troemner

Please welcome JW Troemner author of Mark of the Dragon.

JW Troemner will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Mark of the Dragon

by JW Troemner


GENRE: Urban Fantasy



What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I identify as gray-aromantic and gray-asexual, so readers shouldn’t be holding their breath for a sweeping romance for the ages in this series. Romantic and sexual relationships do crop up every once in a while, but the most important relationships in the story are platonic.


As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I’ve got several projects in the works—a gaslamp fantasy about shapeshifters, a sword-and-sorcery book set in Wonderland, a weird meta-fictional novel, and a whole bunch of short stories.
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Arkay, naturally.

Like they say, you should always be yourself—unless you can be a dragon. Then always be a dragon.

Seriously, though, I would just about kill to have her confidence.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I’d love to have Lornalitz Baez as Rosario, and Rinko Kikuchi as Arkay.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I spent a good deal of time with a group where a whole bunch of writers go over each others’ stories with a fine-toothed comb. I learned so much about the technique and craft of writing, and the difference between my writing before and after the experience is ridiculous.

But sometimes a story that’s perfect in the fine details is hopelessly broken when you stand back and look at the big picture, and that particular format had a bad habit of leaving the big picture out in the cold.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I’d been playing around with this story in my head for years, and I always mused that it would make a better TV show than a movie. Not too long after, I got a tip that a small publisher called Cliffhanger Press wanted proposals for serial of novellas that would be formatted like episodes in a TV show. The story was a perfect fit, and I signed a contract last February. Unfortunately, since then CP had to close its doors.

The format was so weird that I didn’t hold out any hope for another traditional publisher, so I figured, why not try my hand at self-publishing?

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I definitely outline my books, usually with neat little annotations as to the acts and turning points. And then, more often than not, I get halfway through writing it and realize that my outline was dead wrong. Then I just crumple up the map and go exploring.
Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I’m more than a little bit infatuated with caves and caverns, and I’ve done a bit of spelunking (though not nearly as much as I’d like). The characters don’t ever go spelunking per se, but a lot of the books involve creeping around in pitch blackness and trying hard not to wonder if you’re really alone.

Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

I’ll keep it to the first volume of the series to avoid giving too many spoilers!

Throughout the first volume, Rosario has total faith in her relationship with Arkay. Her best friend may be a carnivorous dragon, but Arkay wouldn’t really hurt anybody because Rosario wouldn’t let her.

In that long dark night of the soul, Rosario starts to realize that she doesn’t have nearly the control over Arkay that she thinks she does, and a murderous monster with a hair trigger is not something you want running wild in a city full of innocent people.

Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

I started the series as a proposal to Cliffhanger Press, who requested it be written in this (admittedly wonky) nine-book short novella format. I started out handing them an outline of all the major plot points, and then realized about halfway to the second book that I was starting to deviate from the outline. At first it was small things—the second book wound up taking place in an abandoned factory rather than along a railroad track, for instance—but the changes kept getting bigger and bigger until I had to scarp my ideas for the last three books entirely.





Rosario Hernandez doesn’t ask for much. She’d like to sleep on a bed instead of a sidewalk, to know where her next meal is coming from, and maybe, if she’s really feeling optimistic, to get a girlfriend. More than anything, though, she wants her best friend Arkay to not murder anyone— because Arkay is a dragon, claws and all, and she has a penchant for vigilante justice. When Arkay’s latest escapade goes sour, Rosario gets stuck with a stolen van and a cooler full of human organs. Now they’re on the run, and it’s not just the cops who want answers. The owner of the cooler is still out there, and they want to replace what they’ve lost— by any means necessary.






The Cooler:

“What have ya got there?” Raimo asked when his inspection reached the back of the van.


“No clue,” I said, coming around front. “The guy we got this from said he was delivering something.”


“Like what, a case of beer?” He tipped the box back a few inches, and it made a wet gravelly sound. “It looks like a cooler.”


“Must have been some excellent beer,” I said, tapping the padlock that sealed the lid. “You don’t get ice boxes like this at Walmart.”


An excited grin crossed Raimo’s face. “Let’s find out, shall we? Give me a second.” He vanished into the garage and came out with what I could only describe as a murder weapon. “Watch your fingers, Hiccup.”


This wasn’t a friendly little set of bolt cutters. It had wicked blades nearly as long as “Isn’t that a bit excessive?” I asked.


“I know, right?” he squealed. “I just got her in. Isn’t she gorgeous? I’m going to call her Matilda.”


“Ooh, did Raimo get a new toy?” Arkay called from inside. “I wanna see!” She bounded out to join us, bits of moisture still dripping down from her damp hair.


The padlock could probably have been pulled off with a solid pull, but Raimo caught the remaining sliver of metal between Matilda’s jaws with an almost dainty twist. Another roar, and the pieces fell away.


“All right,” Arkay said, taking the lid with both hands. “Let’s see what we’ve got here.”


Matilda hit the floor with a solid thunk as Raimo stumbled back. “Jesus Christ!”


It took me a moment longer to make sense of the metallic, meaty smell and the sudden flash of red.







AUTHOR Bio and Links:


JW Troemner was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States, where she lives with her partner in a house full of pets. Most days she can be found gazing longingly at sinkholes and abandoned buildings.






Mailing list:

Buy link:






JW Troemner will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


20 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Mark of the Dragon by JW Troemner

  1. jwtroemner
    September 28, 2016

    Thank you for hosting me tonight, Christine!

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
    September 28, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. Mai Tran
    September 28, 2016

    Who are your favorite romantic couple and why?

    • jwtroemner
      September 28, 2016

      That’s a fantastic question, Mai!

      My favorite romantic couples tend to be the ones who have mastered communication and mutual support. Gomez and Morticia from The Addams Family are probably the ur-example, but I’m also a huge fan of established couples like Cecil and Carlos from Welcome to Night Vale.

      I love my drama to come from the adventures couples go on, not from the two of them bickering over misunderstandings.

      Who are yours?

  4. clojo9372
    September 28, 2016

    Great interview! Thank you for sharing the excerpt with us and thank you for the giveaway! ❤

    • jwtroemner
      September 28, 2016

      Thank you, Clojo! It’s great to see you again.

      It’s a rainy Wednesday afternoon on my end. How are things with you?

      • clojo9372
        September 29, 2016

        Oh I’m doing good! Sunny and bright where I’m at! Would love a rainy day to curl up and read… Maybe this weekend! 🙂

  5. achristay
    September 28, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • jwtroemner
      September 28, 2016

      Thank you for having me, and for being a part of the tour!

      How goes your writing, Christine?

  6. Pingback: Next stop: an interview with Christine Young

  7. Rita Wray
    September 28, 2016

    I liked the interview.

  8. Victoria
    September 28, 2016

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt and interview – I enjoyed reading them 🙂

    • jwtroemner
      September 28, 2016

      I’m so glad!

      Do you read much urban fantasy?

      • Victoria
        October 4, 2016

        Yes I do! I love it, the “other worldliness” that comes with the genre blows my mind all of the time 🙂

      • jwtroemner
        October 5, 2016

        (It seems I can’t reply to your reply. Hm…)

        Isn’t it a fun genre?

        Probably one of my favorite things about it is the way it can really play with the world we already know to make it bizarre and exciting. I’ll always love with Jim Butcher did with Chicago in the Dresden Files.

  9. jwtroemner
    September 28, 2016

    Thank you again for having me here, Christine. It’s about 2AM my time, so I’ll be heading off, but I’ll be back to answer any more questions you or your readers have for me!

  10. Nikolina84
    September 29, 2016

    I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  11. Nikolina84
    September 30, 2016

    Shared on G+ to help spread the word, have a great day!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on September 28, 2016 by in Uncategorized.

Translate this blog

%d bloggers like this: