Searching (Dragons of New York) by Rachel Graves ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

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Searching (Dragons of New York, Book 1)

by Rachel Graves


GENRE: Urban Fantasy


A dragon terrified of being discovered by the government, Ravenna Drake is constantly on the move. When the woman who raised her gets cancer, Ravenna trades her nomadic work restoring black market magical goods for a steady job. But her cautious life ends after her name is found at the scene of a werewolf murder.

Dr. Ian Chen, a sorcerer bonded to a powerful relic, works for the government treating supernatural citizens. He insists on investigating when his patient’s body is discovered completely drained of blood. His search leads him to the beautiful but frustrating Ravenna Drake, who refuses to stay away from the case or follow his instructions.

As more bloodless bodies surface, threats from secret societies and corrupt politicians force the dragon and the sorcerer to work together. If Ravenna and Ian can’t catch the killer, the people they love the most may be the next to die.




He wanted to pry more of the story out of her but decided against it. As she followed him down the block, they blended into the small crowd on the street. Ian watched the people around them for a second. Normal people, with no idea my world even exists.

She broke the silence, “You know this neighborhood?”

“There was a gang that recruited a witch. He wasn’t that powerful but he knew how to use sacrifices to call a demon. It took me a while to figure it out.” Ian shivered with the memory of living fire, a monster in the shape of flame. He could work with dead bodies but remembering the smell of burned corpses would always be a problem.

“I thought you didn’t like the word witch.”

He glanced at her expression of wide-eyed innocence. It had to be fake. “This guy, he wasn’t doing much. Calling him a sorcerer would be a bit of an insult to the real ones.”

“Not that you know any real ones.” She smiled up at him. Why were they playing this game? She probably wasn’t the murderer, if she was, she knew what he was. Why not just come clean?

Cloak answered the question as if he’d been asked, “Then tell her about the BPA.”

“Right, that was why.” Because once she knew who she was helping, she’d probably stop. The BPA wasn’t popular with all the people they protected, and even the non-paranormal citizens seemed to think his agency was either evil or a scam. He’d say enough to get her help, but leave things vague enough to keep her, and the investigation, safe.


Rachel Graves writes mysteries that blend the supernatural with steamy, sexy scenes. Her work explores the many shades of gray found between the lines of right and wrong. Rachel’s books focus on strong heroines who take charge of their own fate, their friends, and their families. Rachel is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and uses research skills honed getting a graduate degree in psychology to seek out rare folklore and magical creatures. Her writing incorporates popular monsters like vampires and werewolves as well as diverse creatures like selkies and yuki onna. Rachel has lived in a cursed town, taken far too many ghost tours, and counts down to every Halloween starting in November. You can read short stories and learn more about her on her website:

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

19 comments on “Searching (Dragons of New York) by Rachel Graves ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

  1. The book sounds fantastic! I love the beautiful cover.

  2. This sounds interesting….how fun!

  3. Excellent excerpt, Searching sounds like an exceptional book for me to read and I can’t wait to add the Dragons of New York to my treasures!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  4. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  5. favorite ice cream flavor?

    • Chocolate chip, if the ratio of chips to ice cream is right. Also the chips have to be chips, none of that shaved specs of chocolate. It’s a simple flavor but obviously I’m picky. 😛 A long time ago my favorite was Ben & Jerry Cool Britannia – Vanilla ice cream with strawberries and fudge covered shortbread. It was “retired” in 1998, but I loved it enough to visit it in the Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard in 2003.
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  6. Got this on the TBR list. Great cover

  7. Thanks for sharing my new book with your readers!

    • It’s my pleasure!

  8. What is your biggest inspiration for your writing?

    • Thanks for that great question! I read a lot (at least one book a week, sometimes three), and I find myself thinking of how to improve each story. That always leads to changing the characters and putting them in a story of my own. For Searching, I took a character from a book, totally changed their backstory, then combined them with a character from a movie – only with magical powers, and finally added an Olympic gold medalist because I was watching a lot of ice skating at the time.

  9. sounds good! magic and mystery 🙂

  10. I liked the excerpt.

    • Thanks! Writing the fights was almost as fun as writing my couple working together. 😛

  11. Thanks for hosting!

    • It was my pleasure!

  12. I love dragon books! Thanks for sharing an excerpt!

    • Me too! It was so much fun deciding on how dragons would work in my world and it was great to write a story about a girl dragon.