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A Cat's Guide to Bonding with Dragons by Chris Behrsin - Book Tour + Giveaway

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This is my stop during the book blitz for A Cat’s Guide to Bonding with Dragons by Chris Behrsin. A Cat’s Guide to Bonding with Dragons is a humorous portal fantasy book aimed at adults, but suitable for younger generations as well. 

In A Cat’s Guide to Bonding with Dragons a cat is whisked away from time and space into a land where he needs to defeat warlocks and learn to become a dragon rider.

This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 1 till 14 January. See the tour schedule here.

And don’t miss the tour wide giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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For a limited time only this book will be only 99 cents! You can grab your copy on Amazon

A Cat’s Guide to Bonding with Dragons

A Cat’s Guide to Bonding with Dragons (Dragoncat #1)
By Chris Behrsin
Genre: Humorous Fantasy
Age category: Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult to Adult
Release Date: 28 December, 2020

Blurb:
The unlikely duo who might just save the world

Ben must be the hungriest cat ever…

One moment, he was enjoying a breakfast of salmon trimmings in his home in South Wales. The next, he was teleported across time and space onto the cold stone floor of an evil warlock.

Locked in the warlock’s tower through day and night, Ben may have to serve him for a while. He'll hate this, especially having to hunt those infernal demon rats when the warlock doesn’t feed him well at all.

Meanwhile, in a distant academy, a dragon is bored out of her mind. Unable to wear a saddle, no human dares mount her. Is there anyone in this land who can ride her into battle against the forces of the evil warlocks? Somehow, she doubts she’ll ever find a suitable bond.

Unless there is another creature with enough dexterity to fulfil that role. One, perhaps, who is currently sprinting right out of a warlock’s front door…

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Don’t miss the limited time discounted pricing for this book! It’s only 99 cents for a limited time.

Excerpt
I’d seen crocodiles on television, with their macabre grins and ability to lurch out at people from the water. This beast was like a crocodile, except worse. She had sharp teeth along the side of her mouth, eyes that glowed bright yellow like miniature suns, huge front-loaded nostrils that didn’t just steam but smoked, a breath that stank like rotting meat, and this strange fire burning at the back of her throat whenever she opened her mouth.

Not to mention her sheer enormity. My first thought upon seeing her was that she must have had enough of the deer and now wanted to eat me for dinner. What I didn’t consider at the time was that she would probably hate eating me for the same reason I hated eating mice.

I backed up all the way to the drop and looked down at the landscape below. I was far too high up to jump down without injuring myself – even with my ability to land on all fours.

Oh, come on, I can’t surely be that scary,” the creature said, again inside my mind. I’m only a Ruby, after all.

But what was I meant to say back? I mean, normally I shouldn’t understand another species’ language. Yet, here I was hearing her in my head as if she was now part of my train of thought. I hissed back at her, looking for a way to dart back out the door. But she had blocked off any chance of escape.

You know, cats aren’t usually allowed outside their cattery, she said, and she raised one of her massive brows. She was hairless and had these harsh red scales that seemed to converge towards her eyes. “Sometimes, the humans let them out in the kitchens. But no one in their right mind would enter a dragon’s chambers. So how, might I ask, did you end up here? Or is this your first time visiting Dragonsbond academy? Perhaps you’re a stray from outside.

I arched my back even higher than I thought possible, and hissed again at the creature, baring my teeth. In hindsight, I don’t know how I was expecting to scare her. But then the fact I hadn’t eaten for days meant I was a little grumpy and wasn’t thinking straight.

I’ve never known your kind to be so unfriendly. Don’t you speak at all? I’ve given you the honour of having access to my mind, and I thought you’d at least say something.

Well, I’d never spoken to any creature that wasn’t a cat before. But surely it was just the case of putting one word after the other in my mind. I tried it.

What are you? I asked. Really, given the circumstances, she couldn’t expect me to be a creature of many words.

The massive lizard tossed her head forward and let out a massive roar that almost sent me stumbling off the wall. “What am I? How dare you suggest you’ve never heard of a dragon.

A what? Come to think of it, I think they had called the Maine Coon ‘Dragon’ on television, funny as humans were with names.

A dragon … you know, fearsome creatures who knights used to hunt down with lances and swords. Or at least they did until the warlocks rose to power and became both ours and the humans’ arch enemies.

I opened my eyes wide at the creature. For a moment, I didn’t feel threatened but rather utterly confused.

Are you really telling me you’ve never heard of a dragon? You don’t have nightmares of us in the night? You don’t tremble when you see us, the fiercest of all the creatures known to man?

I … Are you like a hippopotamus? Word had it from the two Savannah cats in my old neighbourhood, that these were the fiercest of all the creatures. The two cats had never seen a hippopotamus, of course. Such creatures didn’t roam the wilds of South Wales. But their ancestors had passed down the wisdom to fear the hippopotamus, monsters of the mud with razor sharp buck teeth.

The dragon creature bellowed out again, and this time a little heat came out with the roar, making me think it might finally cook me as it had probably done the venison. “How dare you compare me to a hippo – a hippa – sorry, what was that word, again?

A hippopotamus, I replied.

How dare you compare me to a hippopotamus.

Do you even know what a hippopotamus is?

She raised one of her massive eyebrows, and steam puffed out of her nose. “No… Enlighten me.





About the Author:
Chris Behrsin
When Chris Behrsin isn't out exploring the world, he's behind a keyboard writing tales of dragons and magical lands. He was born into the genre through a steady diet of Terry Pratchett. His fiction fuses a love for fantasy and whimsical plots with philosophy and voyages into the worlds of dreams. 


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