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Thea Harrison | How do you solve a problem like Pia?

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Pia Giovanni is the heroine for my new book DRAGON BOUND, the first in the Elder Races series released May 3rd.  Pia is all too well aware that she is problematic.  She is half-human and half-Wyr, with a deep sense that she doesn't fully belong anywhere, so she has to work twice as hard to pretend to fit in.  So she tends bar and listens to other people's problems.  It pays the bills and it gives her the sense of community she needs.

But let's face it:  she's just getting by, she isn't really rooted anywhere, and bar tending only pays the bills because she doesn't have that much of a life.  Then she makes a mistake.  She trusts the wrong guy, the relationship doesn't last, and he blackmails her.  She thought she had problems before but then her life really goes to hell.

That's when she wakes up.  Call it whatever you like, boredom, depression, loneliness.  She realizes she's been coasting on a lot of things and not really paying attention to what really matters.  The blackmail kicks her out of the rut she has fallen into, and the melting pot of the Elder Races world turns into her very own pressure cooker.  She has to think her way out of the trap and utilize the survival skills her mother worked so hard to teach her. 

Then Dragos, the hero of DRAGON BOUND, roars into Pia's life.  You know you've got a real problem when the guy chasing you can literally breathe fire.  Dragos isn't known for his forgiving nature.  But there's something about that girl when he catches her.  Her hair smells good, and the stuff that falls out of her mouth is a constant surprise.  She's hot, funny, she knows how to apologize, and she's kind.  So maybe Dragos will give this whole forgiveness thing a try.  Okay, maybe he'll say please and thank you once in a while too.  Maybe he'll do anything he can to protect her and keep her for his own.

Maybe their relationship works because Pia learns how to rely on him, and to trust that he relies on her too.  And maybe it works because they both teach each other about desire.  To see the details of how they manage to do that, you'll just have to read the story.

In the end, Pia has to face a lot of challenges before she reaches for her own strengths and comes into her own.  Her world has to turn dark and she has to do some serious problem solving before she really starts to shine.  What emerges is scrappy, smart and resourceful.  And maybe a little mouthy.

DRAGON BOUND
DRAGON BOUND
May 2011

STORM'S HEART
STORM'S HEART
August 2011

Thea Harrison

 

 

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12 comments posted.

Re: Thea Harrison | How do you solve a problem like Pia?

Sounds like a great new series, can't wait to read it!
(Lisa Avila 8:31am May 8, 2011)

I read this book and loved Pia & Dragos. Such opposites! I can't wait for the next books in the series.
(Sue Klepinger 9:45am May 8, 2011)

Desire always brings out the passion of two people. Maybe that's why this works for them. What a great series. By the way "Happy Mother's Day" to all of you Wonderful Mom's out there!
(Cheryl English 2:34pm May 8, 2011)

I was just wondering when reading the description is Pia is a stand in for our mixed race children.
(Sue Farrell 3:17pm May 8, 2011)

Your book is already on my wish list, just waiting for it to show up at the stores.
(Diane Sadler 3:33pm May 8, 2011)

Opposites attracting is always a fun element. Plot sounds good.
(Carol Drummond 4:43pm May 8, 2011)

I love funny characters.
(Lisa Kendall 5:03pm May 8, 2011)

Love to read this book, sounds great.
(Frances Namuth 5:06pm May 8, 2011)

I like the sound of this series. Love the independent woman.
(Shonda Abercrombie 8:40pm May 8, 2011)

I'm looking forward to reading more about Pia!
(S Tieh 12:52pm May 9, 2011)

I can understand just getting by and the boundaries of friendship turning into more. Looks like a good read.
(Alyson Widen 2:59pm May 9, 2011)

This website hurts my eyesss!!! AHHHH!!!
(Jett Wells 1:27pm May 11, 2011)

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