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Author ML Nystrom Talks Series Inspiration | The Dragon Runners MC Book Tour | MC Contemporary Romance

The Dragon Runners MC Series by ML Nystrom is on virtual book tour. The contemporary MC romance stops at Readeropolis with an auth...

The Dragon Runners MC Series by ML Nystrom is on virtual book tour.

The contemporary MC romance stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card or a Cactus Earrings and Soap Swag Pack (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Dragon Runners MC Book 1 
by ML Nystrom 
Genre: Contemporary MC Romance 


Katrina Vega is set on one thing: finishing college. She’s determined not to let anything or anyone distract her, especially not hot brooding bikers. On her mission to stay focused, she doesn’t expect to be pulled into the fold of a motorcycle club, let alone into the arms of Alec "Mute" Stillwater.

Unable to keep her guard up, Katrina soon discovers that beneath the hard and rough exterior of a family she’s grown to care for, there’s also loyalty and passion she’s envious of. But falling for the club’s enforcer will not only threaten her plans but quite possibly her life. 

Dragon Runners MC Book 2 

Can the club playboy ever fall in love?

Bold and brash, Eva MacAteer has spent her life working in her blue-collar family’s construction business. In doing so, she’s had to fight for her own place away from her overbearing father, as well as for her own identity as a woman. Struggling between her loyalty to her brothers and her desire to strike out to be her own person, Eva knows one thing for certain: getting involved with a womanizer, no matter how hot he may be, is not the path for her.

Stud is not one to be tied down to any woman. Fiercely loyal to the club and his single ways, the last thing he expects is to become fascinated by the fiery Eva. He sees his own life reflected in hers and is not quite sure how to handle the connection.

Can two mismatched people find enough common ground to overcome their fears and allow love to grow? 

Dragon Runners MC Book 3 

How much weight can a man take on his shoulders before he buckles?

Blue’s life is in shambles.

He has to fight off his MC brotherhood on a drug problem threatening his town, balance his time as a father while dealing with a vicious custody battle with his ex, and somehow manage the huge load of responsibilities of his job. All the while, he is fighting his attraction to the quiet shopkeeper who lives just across the street from him. The last thing he wants is to take her down with him.

Psalm’s life is uneventful.

Finally healed after the heartache of losing her husband, kind-souled Psalm throws herself into her store and rescuing dogs. Her crush on Blue can be traced back to high school so many years ago, and even after being widowed, she still carries a torch for him. From the sidelines, she aches for Blue and his children. With her caring nature, she reaches out to him, over and over again, even when he pushes her away. Is Psalm’s heart strong enough to take on this broken man and heal him? 

Dragon Runners MC Book 4 

Intimidating and living by a strong code of ethics, Table’s integrity is unwavering, as is his ironclad will when it comes to safeguarding those he cares about. He’s the man to guard your back, shelter you in time of need, and be the shield.

Just don’t ever lie to him.

Table’s life is turned upside down when he unexpectedly discovers he’s a dad. Trying to navigate his life as a single father to a baby girl, he takes a break from his Dragon Runners MC brothers, moving to the family farm.

When Table meets nomadic Lori, who trades work on the farm for rent, he’s as intrigued as he is wary. She’s a woman who wears her attitude like armor. And despite her fierce independence, Table can see the fear dancing in the shadows of her eyes. It’s enough to make him look that little bit closer.

With the support of his MC brothers, Table not only is reminded that family is more than blood, but that some women are just worth fighting for. 

Dragon Runners MC Book 5 

In the beginning, there was one determined man and one strong woman. In their struggles, they created a dynasty.

Brick had one mission since he was a boy: become a Dragon Runner. The motorcycle club meant everything to him. Blood and bone from his brothers paid the Dragon’s dues time and time again. And watching it split apart was more than he could handle.

Then he met Betsey.

An unwanted daughter born into abuse, Betsy lived her life beatdown under a rigid thumb, never allowed to be herself. Her one goal was to leave her abusive family and be free. She fought on the losing end of that fight.

Then she met Brick. 

ML Nystrom had stories in her head since she was a child. All sorts of stories of fantasy, romance, mystery and anything else that captured her interest. A voracious reader, she’s spent many hours devouring books; therefore, she found it only fitting she should write a few herself! 

ML has spent most of her life as a performing musician and band instrument repair technician, but that doesn’t mean she’s pigeon-holed into one mold. She’s been a university professor, belly dancer, craftsperson, soap maker, singer, rock band artist, jewelry maker, lifeguard, swim coach, and whatever else she felt like exploring. As one of her students said to her once, "Life’s too short to ignore the opportunities." She has no intention of ever stopping... so welcome to her story world. She hopes you enjoy it! 

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Inspiration for Mute
When I was a child in school, I often got called down by the teacher for daydreaming.  My mind would drift constantly into wildly creative worlds, where I would take an incident or a picture or a person and make a story about it.  I remember thinking entire sets of female superheroes and paired them up with Superman and Batman.  I thought about magic talking dogs that resembled my own dog, Freddie.  As a teenager, I did the same thing, making up stories in my head about boys I had crushes on or mean girls I wanted to punch.  College, early adulthood, all the way up to the first moment I put pen to paper with the purpose of gleaning my brain of words, I’ve fantasized and built fiction around facts and events in my life.  Much of what is in my books came from those memories.
The opening scene to Mute, my first book in the Dragon Runners MC, was very real.  I lived in Minnesota at repair school and found myself pumping gas one night and timing the tank.  When I finished, I had less than a dollar in my checking account and four days until payday.  I had food in my pantry and no expenses to speak of for a few days, but it was scary nonetheless.  I built the entire main female character around that one scene.
The setting in Bryson City came from a camping trip my son and I made one year.  North Carolina Mountains are a fantastic place to get away and in the Bryson City area there is so much to explore and do.  It’s there I learned about route 129 more famously known among motorcycle enthusiasts as the Tail of the Dragon.  Three hundred and eighteen curves in eleven miles.  The history of the road fascinated me.  Legends and ghosts of riders who lost their lives, hangings during the civil war, moonshiners who ran the road in races against revenuers, what better place than to create a motorcycle club whose origins started by running the dragon?  
Mackie’s character came from my stepdad.  In the book, Mackie is a Vietnam vet, lost an arm in the war and suffers from Parkinson’s disease.  In real life, my stepdad is the same person. He drove a tank in the war and sustained a direct hit during an early morning attack.  He sacrificed an arm to save his platoon and earned a purple heart and bronze star medals.  Before the Parkinson’s disabled him to the point of incapacitation, he always had fun and joked constantly.  I thought it a tribute to him as in the book I put in a special paragraph just for him.
Betsey appeared at my side, coming from the back storage rooms with several bottles in her arms. “Hey, darlin’. No need to fret. We don’t charge him here. Mackie’s a Vietnam War vet. Lost his arm over there saving a whole platoon of soldiers when he got blown out of a tank. His tab was paid a long time ago.” 

Inspiration for Stud

Stud, book two, was born from a pet peeve of mine.  I lose interest when an author starts writing cookie cutter books where the plot, the characters, the words, everything becomes the same.  I read several stand-alone works by an author I liked, but they became predictable.  The female character always had auburn curly hair, tip turned-up nose, green eyes, and make homemade pesto.  I still like this writer, but I did stop buying her stuff for a while.  I did not want my second book to fall into that loop, therefore, I profiled my people as opposite as I could.  In Mute, my main female is shy, plain in appearance and wants to be left invisible in the background.  In Stud, the female character is bolder, in your face, cusses like a sailor, built like an athlete and works construction.  Each book following, I did my best to change the male and female personalities to keep it interesting and fresh.  I may yet repeat myself, but I’ll try to stay out of it.
Eva had a lot of me in her.  My main career is in a male-dominated field.  I too cuss at times, and very briefly, got into body-building.  That didn’t work out too well as I lacked the time and strict food discipline, but it made a great addition to Eva’s character.  I ended up tearing out an entire scene for this strong woman.  Originally, I wrote the confrontation between Eva and Stud’s brother as something different.  I had Eva cowering down against a physical attack and Stud coming as the knight in shining armor to rescue her.  I thought about it and realized there’s no way Eva would do that.  She would be the one to turn and fight back, not wait for someone to come help.  

“Get off me!” I hissed, pushing at him, trying to escape both him and the bushes behind me that were scratching into my back and arms.
He roughly grabbed a breast, squeezing it painfully. “You suck cock? Mah wifey does! I seen ’er!”
He forced a hand between my legs and gripped me hard.
To hell with this!
I shoved the drunk man hard and screamed as loud as I could. “GET THE FUCK OFF ME YOU FUCKING SICK BASTARD!” He landed against the stone statue hard enough to knock it over. It crashed through the bushes, exposing Beau Sr. and Vanessa, still at it. The noise was deafening.
I vaguely heard a squeal and a shuffle coming from the direction of the gazebo, and the sound of running feet coming towards us. Danforth wasn’t done. He came at me again in a red-faced rage, pulling back a fist to take a swing at my head.
Fuck my life! Not again! was my first thought as my own fist leapt up to crack across his face, sending an arc of blood spraying from his nose. My second thought was to duck under his flailing arm and come up with a hard punch to his middle. He “oofed” and bent over, all the wine he had consumed rushing out of his mouth and splashing on the broken stones. Ugh! My shoes got some of it too! Molly would be pissed. That was the absolute last straw!
“What the fuck is wrong with you people?” I yelled, my Irish bitch in full form. “I’ve never seen so much fucked-up shit in my life! Why in the fuck would Stud ever come back to this crap? If this is what it means to be rich, it’s one big stinking pile of bullshit!”

Inspiration for Blue

More of my personal life made it into Blue, Book three.  The coffee shop scene came from me visiting Starbucks on daily basis before work and running into the same cop several mornings a week.  One morning he smiled and winked at me.  Never spoke other than hi and have a nice day, but from that moment on, he became Blue.  
I turned from the counter to check out her newest displays of mugs and teapots, then glanced at my watch. It was six forty-five. The bell over the door rang, and Deputy Blue walked in. Right on time. He spotted me, those deep brown eyes of his taking me in, and he nodded a short greeting. My stomach fluttered. I smiled and blinked a greeting back. This was the other part of our morning routine. Sometimes he made it to the coffee shop before I did and sometimes after, but we were there together at some point every morning. He greeted Pam in his low, gruff voice. He didn’t have to state his order either. Large Americano. No cream or sugar. Simple and straightforward.
He fiddled with the tourist brochures on display as his cup was being poured. Pam called out for me.
“Morning, Psalm. You’re all set.” She handed me a steaming paper cup in a cardboard holder. I swiped my card and left a cash tip. As I exited the coffee shop, I glanced in Blue’s direction and lifted my cup in a see-you-tomorrow gesture. He nodded again, his face unsmiling. That was it. That was our complete routine and one I’d come to look forward to on a daily basis. Yes, I may have had a small crush on Jason “Blue” Davis that started way back in high school, but I knew I’d probably never act on it. 

All the dogs in that book are real ones that have been adopted over the years by various family members.  I paid special attention to Toto and Sam.  They were my first personal rescues.  Toto came from an abandoned litter of puppies and Sam was my first pittie.  Both of them lived to old age in doggie time and I miss them still.
Psalm is another side of me.  One of my hobbies is making soap.  Since I try not to do anything halfway, I did the local craft show circuit for a while.  I sold soap, bath bombs, lotions, lip balm, and clay face masks.  Never made a big profit, but enough to finance my soap supplies.  I still make soap, but only for gifts, giveaways, and Christmas presents.  

Inspiration for Table

I hadn’t planned on Table book 4.  Not at all, but so many people mentioned how much they like him and asked about his story.  I have a file of scenes on my laptop.  No books, just random scenes that I dreamed or got inspired to write.  One of them stood out and Table was born.  He needed to be a hero.  That was his nature at his introduction, and what better way to write about a hero than to have him find and rescue someone.

I crawled onward, dragging my broken arm, my body in agonizing pain. I finally collapsed into the fragrant grass of the wide median strip between the sidewalk and the street. It was cool and smelled so clean. My eyes were nearly swollen shut, but I saw the clover. It was right in front of my face, four bright green leaves attached to a thin stem. It shone at me like a beacon. I reached out my good hand and stroked the round discs, hoping this was a sign that my luck was about to change. I noticed the pristine white of the sidewalk and the cerulean blue of the early evening sky. A strange sense of peace came over me as I stared at the tiny plant. Blackness was swirling in front of my eyes and I was fading fast. If I was going to die here on the sidewalk, at least I would die free.
I heard a voice shouting, “Oh my God!” and then sirens in the distance. 
I might have laughed if I’d had the breath to do so. I knew the sirens were for me and whoever opened the gates had had enough integrity to call emergency services. I stroked the clover over and over again, hoping to glean more of its luck. The sirens got louder and pulled up next to me, and I heard the slam of doors and rattle of other equipment being gathered. I took one last look at my clover, still standing tall, and let the blackness take me.

I have more in common with Table in this book.  He is a single dad and tattoo artist and relies on help from his family.  I have to give a nod to single parents as I was one for the first fourteen years of my son’s life.  Raising a kid by yourself is tough and many sacrifices happen along the way.  Table gives up his club status to go nomad in order to raise his daughter.  There are parts of my life I put on hold during my time as the lone adult in the house.  Just like Table, I wouldn’t trade those years for anything.     

Inspiration for Brick

Brick, book five was also a surprise and a story I thought of when people asked about it.  There were a number of questions about the backstory of Brick and Betsy, the patriarch and matriarch of the Dragon Runners MC.  I could not find a full-length book about them, but my wonderful editor suggested a novella.  Because it is a prequel, the setting is back in the 70s and I had to remember, cell phones, computers, internet, didn’t exist.  The cover is a nod to that era as well in that black and white photos were just as popular as the emerging color.  I recall the little flash cubes that spun around for four snap shots on the Kodak Instamatic camera we had.  

Walrus grunted and pulled at his mustache. “Huh. Far’s I can tell, don’t matter who your daddy is. You’ve been working hard an’ staying straight for the club a long time. Fixin' Deuce’s fuckup was somethin’ you didn’t have to do, but you did. If he an’ Ratchet hadn’t been playin' games on the Tail, there never woulda been a problem.”
“I didn’t do it for Deuce. I did it for Ratchet. He was the one who got hurt an’ sat in that jail still hurtin’ an keepin’ his mouth shut for the rest of us. I can’t call myself his brother unless I’m willin’ to take his back. If that means crawling around through vines all night, so be it.”
“Deuce is gonna get someone killed. Takes too many chances. Jesse shoulda never patched him so quick.”
Brick tensed up. This was the first time he had heard a senior member say anything negative about another. Walrus must trust me. Why else would he say somethin’ ’bout my father? Keeping secrets was not the code Brick thought the club should live by, but he planned on keeping the older man’s confidence.
He chose his words carefully. “Jesse and Blackjack have been fightin’ a lot. I figured it was more than just Deuce.” 
Walrus sighed. “Yeah, them two get into it every day over something. It’s gonna boil over soon, an’ God help us when it does. I said I’m too old for this shit, an’ I meant it. We need us some strong new blood to get in there an’ get this club right, else we ain’t gonna be around much longer. You’re a smart man, and I can see you takin’ us where we need to go. You follow what I’m sayin’?”
The intensity of Walrus’s eyes bored through Brick. It was as if the world had landed on his shoulders and was asking if he could hold it up. “I follow you.”
“Here ya go. You boys want any ketchup or hot sauce?” Betsey plunked two plates in front of them along with two red plastic cups. 
Brick picked up a fry and popped it in his mouth. “I’m good, sweetheart.”
She smiled and turned away. Brick reached out to grab her wrist. He lifted her hand and lightly kissed the back. Dishwashing soap was her perfume for the night, but he didn’t mind. “I’ll see you later, baby.”
She turned beet red and rushed away.
“You sweet on her?” Walrus had doused his plate in ketchup and had an impressive amount already smeared on his bushy mustache.
Brick picked up his burger, and a few drops of grease landed on the plate. “If I ever do it, that's the woman I'll marry.”

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  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Monday, Apr. 27, 2020 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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