KEEPER OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON’S HEART debut and giveaway with Gemma K. Murray

I’m Gemma K. Murray, author of Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart, a paranormal romance set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

I’ve always been a writer. From poems to stories, I’ve covered it all. It started at the age of twelve when the onset of teenage angst began. The things I wrote just seemed to evolve as I grew older.

You may ask, “Why write a paranormal romance?” Well, let me tell you, that was never my intention. I love to read paranormal romance. I just never dreamed I had enough imagination to create these wonderful worlds filled with supernatural beings. Then, I had a dream. It began with a beautiful man who would shift into a golden dragon and a curvy woman who was the child of a witch and a puma shifter. It was a dream where I didn’t want to wake up. In one night, I saw this entire story unfold. I chose to ignore the gift I had been given. That was my first mistake!
Anastasia (my heroine) began to scream at me (in my mind) day and night. Any dream I may have had when I closed my eyes never came. Instead, I heard her voice in my head. My husband suggested I sit down and write it out. “Who knows what will come of it?” he said. So, I sat at my computer and began the story. I tried to make Ana a wolf shifter (this was my second mistake) and it came to a screeching halt. Without sounding too crazy, I’ll just say there were some horrible arguments between Ana and myself. I erased forty-five pages of work and started it all over again. This time, I made Ana exactly as she wanted to be. It was around this time that the second voice appeared…the voice of Bowie (my hero). With his voice, the story flowed across the keyboard. The research was relatively easy and I simply wrote what I was shown. I don’t sound too crazy, right? *grin*

When it was finished, I really liked the story. I sent it out to a few publishers with no luck. There was one, however,who loved it and here I am. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is filled with so many interesting places and people. This village of shifters just seemed to fit here. I hadn’t ever visited the U.P. when I had this dream. That was over a year ago. Before I began to write the story, my husband got a job in the Upper Peninsula and now I get to see this piece of heaven every single day. I fell in love with this place and the characters who first showed me what is possible.

Since the floodgate has been opened, there are three more Cedar River series books waiting (not so) patiently to be written with a spin-off series in the works as well. If you feel like taking a trip, come on up for a visit or you can always just pick up a copy of Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart.
If ever I’m starved for inspiration, I simply look out my windows. With Lake Michigan in the front and forest behind my cottage, I can find a story often hidden away somewhere beneath the water or under the cover of the trees.

Gemma is kindly offering 2 copies of her e-book, Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart, in either Kindle, Nook, or .PDF form (winners’ choice).  Contest ends @12am est April 6th.

Gemma’s blog 



The Upper Peninsula of Michigan seems like it is another country. The rawness and beauty of the land draws people from every walk of life. What most people don’t realize is there is a little town nestled on the banks of Lake Superior that an entire group of supernatural beings call home. Shifters of every shape and size live there. They raise their families there. Tourists come from near and far to visit the quaint town of Cedar River, Michigan. The tourists never realize they are walking among some of the most unusual beings on earth.

Bowie Golden is a dragon shifter who is in charge of Cedar River’s safety. Until now, the biggest threat to anyone’s safety was Anastasia Plum, a witch/puma-shifter. She has been the town hellraiser since she was a teenager. Now someone has discovered the secret the residents of Cedar River keep for one another. These radicals are determined to eradicate the entire town. It’s up to Bowie to keep them all safe.

Ana has always idolized Bowie. She may have stirred up trouble from time to time, but Bowie or one of his brothers would always get her out of the trouble she was in. One day, it happened. The unthinkable, the unimaginable occurred. Anastasia Plum fell for the “golden” boy. What an unlikely duo- the sheriff and the hellraiser!

Just as these two discover their passion for one another, a group of people is determined to keep them apart. It’s up to Ana to prove that she is the only Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart.






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  1. Good morning, all! I thought I would pop in and say hello before I leave for my classes. If you have questions, please ask them. I’ll try to answer them as soon as I get out of school.

  2. Hey Gemma! Goodness you are everywhere. Congrats again. I wish you the most success and it won’t be long before those who don’t know your talented-self will see how special you are.


  3. Hey Gemma,

    Great blog.. I love how you started off writing..
    I hear voices too but am too stubborn to let them flow and try to make them go my way therefore making it sound nonsensical.. *sigh*.. Maybe I’ll try your way sometime.. 😉

    Can’t wait to read this and rest of the books in the series..

    Best of luck.. Wish you the best..

  4. Not trying for your contest. I bought your book the first day. Just wanted to support you and agree with Karen’s comments above. Love, Aunt Mary

  5. Karen, you are absolutely one of the sweetest souls. I am blessed to know you! Thank you so much for your kind words. Your book is on my Kindle waiting for me to have some time to read. I feel the exact same way about you!

    Jeri, thank you for stopping by. I know the time change makes it hard for you. When it comes to writing, my best advice to you is just let it flow. I had a hard time turning off my inner editor as I wrote. Once I did, the words came and filled page after page.

    Aunt Mary, thanks for the support. I’m so happy you enjoyed Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart. It was so much fun to write.

  6. You go Girl, looking foreword to reading it.

  7. Yah Gemma! I loved reading how you came to be an author and how the story came to you, so cool. I loved hearing about this from Warm Fuzzies yesterday. I still haven’t bought it yet so now I guess I can try to win it. I will be getting it one way or another. I love reading about shifters and dragons so this is a sure winner. Being one of the Fuzzball/Tarts just makes it closer to home :-). Enjoy the ride and here’s me giving you (((glitter hugs))) ~ Lenna H

  8. Thanks for stopping in, Lenna! I love celebrating with the Fuzzballs/Tarts when something wonderful happens to them. I’m so glad you all have helped me celebrate. It means so much to me. Thank you for the glitter hugs!! I’m enjoying this wild and crazy ride. I don’t think I ever want to get off of it:)
    I hope you enjoy Keeper as much I loved writing it.

  9. I think I’m missing something here about fuzzballs and tarts. LOL!
    Dragon shifter books don’t seem to be as plentiful as wolves. Well, I guess they are just a mite bit bigger than a wolf. I enjoyed reading your post today. Thanks for sharing.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

    PS That is why I like fuzzballs. 🙂

  10. Hi Gemma!

    I’m so glad you finally decided to write out this story! I haven’t read it yet, but I love Dragon Shifters and agree there are not enough books for them. I have a dragon shifter that is still waiting for his story to be told, but he is being stubborn! LOL

    I’m not entering the contest, just stopping by to check out your post! 🙂 It’s funny about dreaming/writing of the U.P. before seeing it–I did that too with one of my short stories. When I moved here (PA), I knew at least two more books needed to be written! It’s funny how that happens!

    Awesome post! 🙂


  11. Great e-mail addy! Fuzzballs and Tarts are actually names for the followers of two author blogs:)
    I thought about that when I wrote KofGDH. Is there a reason there are so few dragon shifter stories? Do people not want to read about them? I was honestly surprised when my publisher picked chose it as my debut novel. It appears that there just weren’t many out there for people to read. Readers want to read them, there just weren’t too many.
    Thanks for stopping by,Julianne.

  12. Hey, Jane! Nice to see you here.
    Here’s a little known fact: Most of my books were written while living in PA. I loved it there. We were planning our move back to MI from OK when this dream began. I let it sit for so long that Ana (my heroine) got more than a little irate with me.
    When we moved up here, I knew exactly what it was about this place that my characters loved. It is the perfect setting for a village of shifters who want to live the quiet life.
    Sometimes (okay, all the time for me), characters have these amazing ideas and I’m simply the way for them to tell their story.
    Thanks for stopping by, Jane!

  13. I enjoyed the post. The book sounds very good.

  14. Thank you all for stopping by & checking out my blog post here at Manic Readers! I wish you all the best of luck in the drawing for the e-copies of Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart.
    Thank you, too, to Manic Readers for allowing this debut author to come and share her book with their readers! It’s sites like this that help us get the word out about our books.
    I hope everyone who picks up KotGDH enjoys it! I loved writing this book! Ana and Bowie still make me smile as I continue on with the Cedar River series. Keep your eyes out for more Cedar River books. The citizens are up to all kinds of things and want to invite you to follow them on their journey.
    Blessings to you all,
    Gemma K. Murray

  15. It was really interesting to me how your idea came to you. I’ve always appreciated creative people. Persistent dreams don’t sound so crazy. I don’t happen to think things like that and ending up in the UP happen by accident. Keep listening. Best of luck with your writing. I look forward to reading your book.

  16. Happy Easter weekend!
    First of all, I want to thank Ivy and Manic Readers for allowing me to come in and talk about my debut book, Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart. Self-promotion, for me, is hard, but this was such a fun experience!
    Secondly, thank you to my friends, my family, and complete strangers who stopped by to say hello. I really am truly blessed.
    Now for the fun part, the winners:) *drumroll*

    Glittergirl and Sally Riley! You two are the winners of the e-book copies of Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart. I have sent you each an e-mail so please be sure to check your spam folder, just in case!

    Have a blessed holiday!
    Hugs from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,
    Gemma K. Murray

  17. Thanks so much Ivy and Gemma for the giveaway. I’ve got it downloaded to my Nook and I’ll get reading it soon. Thanks again!

  18. Thanks for visiting, Glittergirl. Hope to see you often.

  19. I am so excited! However, I can’t find your email. Could you send the link again? I’ve got my Kindle all charged up and ready to go! I can’t wait to get started. Thanks so much!!

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