Smoked by Mari Mancusi – Guest Post on The Dragons of Scorched & Giveaway

SmokedTitle: Smoked

Author: Mari Mancusi

Series: Scorched, #3

Pubdate: September 1st, 2015

ISBN: 9781402284649


Once upon a time the world burned.

Until a girl and her dragon smothered the flame.

But the spark that ignited the apocalypse never went out.

And the scorch is about to begin…


When Team Dragon rescues Emmy from the government lab, they think the future is finally safe. But they soon discover that Emmy has a secret—a secret so dangerous it could trigger the very apocalypse Connor and Caleb were sent back in time to prevent.


As a dragon hunter, Connor has committed his life to saving the world. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to complete his mission…even if it meant betraying his brother and losing Trinity’s heart. Even if it meant doing the unthinkable.


But a desperate choice meant to prevent The Scorch, may be the spark that sets the world aflame once more.


The epic conclusion to the genre-bending Scorched series, which Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series, called  “A heart-pounding, twisty, time-travel fantasy.”


mariMari Mancusi is a two-time Emmy award-winning television producer and author of novels for adults and teens. A graduate of Boston University, she now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and young daughter. When not writing or producing she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, reading fantasy novels, and her favorite guilty pleasure: video games.





Whether or not you believe dragons ever truly roamed our earth or skies there’s no denying they’ve had a huge impact on our world with a long oral and written history that goes back centuries and spans continents. While some aspects of dragons (fire breathing, having the ability to fly, etc.) have become familiar tropes, there are also many differences between dragons in different works. Some are friendly like Saphira in Eragon, and some are downright evil, like Maur in Hero and the Crown. Some are solitary treasure hoarders like Smaug in The Hobbit, while others prefer to live and bond with human companions, like in Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series.

And that’s the great thing about writing dragon stories. As an author you’re able to pick and choose the mythos that works for you and then add your own special touches—to make your dragons truly your own.

In Scorched, the dragons are flying, fire-breathing beasts of varying colors that lived before the Ice Ages amongst the dinosaurs. With the climate change, they became extinct. Well, except for one egg, that was preserved in a glacier for millions of years. However, increasing global warming caused that glacier to melt and the egg was found by researchers and brought to a Texas museum.

Dragons are big—they can grow as big as a one-story house. But when they’re born they’re merely the size of a small baby bird. They prefer dark, closed in spaces—like caves, crave food like a Labrador Retriever (and are not above begging for table scraps!), and are very loyal to those with whom they’ve placed their trust. They come in a myriad of gemstone colors: emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red. Red dragons are the rarest and most valued amongst their own species.

Dragons have some telepathic powers and can bond with select humans who also possess this gift. Humans cannot choose their own dragons—the dragons must choose them. Once they become fully bonded, their life forces are intertwined and what happens to one will also happen to the other. Once bonded, the dragons will speak with their humans telepathically.

Before dragons are born and after they die they exist in a place called the Nether, a world beyond time and space, existing in the collective unconscious of all dragons. A lucky few who possess the gift can travel to this place and interact (and even ride!) all the dragons that ever were and ever will be.

It’s important to remember these dragons, though magical, are animals and thus neither inherently good or evil. They are products of their environment and can be deadly if mistreated or put in the wrong hands. Since they are wild creatures they become restless if they are kept in captivity and may lash out and misbehave if not allowed to exercise properly.

It was so much fun to explore the world of dragons while writing the Scorched series over the last few years. And it’s a bit bittersweet to know that I’ve come to the end of the story with Smoked. I had a blast getting to know these gentle (and not so gentle) giants, and I hope readers fall in love with them as much as I did.



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