Banish The Dragon Reviews

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Review:  When you start reading a book and the secondary characters are as compelling as the main ones you know you are reading a good book! I have found the historical romances are somewhat the same type of story in plotting. That is not the case with Banish the Dragon, there are many twist and turns to this story that had me dropping my jaw and rushing to turn the pages. I found the world build and characters development, rich and filled with details. You will love the old man!

Katherine is a compelling woman who seems to attract the most unfavorable collection of males known to man. To her credit, she bounces back in strides after failed attempts at love. It took me a bit to like Katherine, by the end of the book I felt she learned who she was and could really be herself.

Jonathan, our hero, is truly Katherine’s knight in shining armor. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Like most men he makes a bad choice or two and must redeem himself in her eyes. I liked Jonathan, he reminded me of the boy next door in kindness, but hiding a few secrets in his closet.

I liked how the author arranged for Katherine to start each new phase of her life in a very different location. She does a great job of transitioning them from England, to the South, New York.

Overall, Banish the Dragon is entertaining and well pace story with well detailed settings and wonderfully written characters.

Posted  on October 2012


The One Hundred Romances Project Review of Banish the Dragon

 Read the latest review of Banish the Dragon by visiting The One Hundred Romances Project 

Historical novels scare me, a little. Even though genetics have declared me a girl, I’m most comfortable in sloppy jeans and combat boots. So reading about real ladies and their complicated period attire and manners is daunting to me. Most of the time I’m left scratching my head over the appeal, because it all sounds so tiring.

It’s also difficult for me to critique a historical novel. I’ve had to mull it over for a few days now, trying to weed out what stuck in the craw of my combat-boot wearing feminist ways so it didn't taint the rest of my review. Okay, ignore that last label. I probably offend feminists as well, truth be told. 

So let’s discuss Banish the Dragon. First, don’t let the title fool you. There are only proverbial dragons in this tale. The storyline is that Katherine MacGuire is alone in the world, dependent upon some really rotten people to keep a roof over her head. And she has good reason to distrust them: when one Simon Radcliffe shows up, proclaiming a need to find a wife with no familial ties, Katherine is quickly thrown at him.

The only problem is that Katherine is just a pawn in a really nasty scheme concocted by Simon and his true love, who is kind of like Scarlett O'Hara. Except Scarlett was a bitch with a purpose. Simon's lady love is just a rotten bitch.

As Simon and Katherine travel to America, accompanied by Simon's much kinder cousin, Johnathan, things keep happening to the poor wench. Not good things, either. Probably I should confess that I twitched a bit at some of these events, but in reflection, I realized it's really a trait of the historical romance. So ignore my twitching, because the damsel in distress is a necessary element. And, of course, I had to remind myself that I shouldn't twitch over Katherine's place in society, because women weren't exactly burning bras back then. 

I think my only wish, in reading Banish the Dragon, is that I heard more from Katherine in the beginning. Her feelings and thoughts were shared, but it didn't feel like Katherine was letting us know these things. I point it out only because once Katherine really did start to develop a voice, I liked her more. She had pizzazz.

I liked Johnathan, too. He was her constant knight in shining armor, and even I, the combat-boot wearing bra-burner had a little swoon-action happening. Of course, Johnathan lost his way a little, what with doing something as uncool as following through with things that were expected of him rather than running away with Katherine. I do believe I uttered a few expletives when I realized the choice he was going to make.

Luckily, he found a way to redeem himself, only after Katherine let him dangle for a bit. I was quite pleased that she didn't instantly fall into his arms when they met once again.

All in all, I think this was a good read. And Banish the Dragon made amends for some historicals I've read in the past that nearly gave me a full-tilt seizure with all the simpering and flouncing and coquettish behavior. The author kept the story in its rightful place in time and setting without beating me over the head with glaring reminders in place just for the sake of being a reminder. I appreciate it greatly when an author gives the reader enough credit to let them sit back and go along for the ride.

One other point that gave me pleasure: Ms. Robinson is really good at creating devious personalities. I do enjoy feeling so very justified in loathing a nasty character, don't you?

(Posted on April 20, 2011)


Coffee Time Romance Interview – D.L. Robinson

 Written on February 7, 2011 by AzGaye in Book Brew w Coffee Crew4 .

 CTR: Today we are pleased to have D.L. Robinson with us as we talk about all things romantic! We’re featuring the most romantic novels we can find and talking about romance in general, not just the kind on pages! After all, Valentine’s Day is almost here and it is “the day” for love and romance!

 First, please tell us a bit about your book. A blurb, buy link, ISBN, and heat level are especially good to know!

 DLR: Forced to choose an English bride, Simon Radcliffe marries the beautiful Katherine Maguire but it’s his cousin Jonathan who saves Katherine, time and again, from ravishment. Months later, the marriage annulled, Katherine travels from Seven Oaks plantation to Carlyle, New York, where she finds love and Jonathan Radcliffe, slayer of dragons.

 I think of my novel as literary comfort food. What could be cozier than curling up with a good romance and a hot cup of tea on a cold wintery night?

 CTR: How do you define romance and romantic? Do you think these concepts are different today than they were say 25 or 50 or even more years ago? Is our parents’ or grandparents’ version of romance now passé?

 DLR: Previous generations took time to court – to get to know each other. The boy/man was expected to ‘make the first move’, perhaps a date to go to a movie.

 If the girl/woman was interested, she responded favorably and they proceeded from that point. If sex was ever initiated (and it was), it was very discrete.

 Today (and I’m basing this on movies and TV), I think courting has disappeared. The rule used to be ‘no kiss on the first date’ but now it seems to be ‘no sex on the first date’. I think I sound like an old fashioned fuddy-duddy but this is how I see it.

 CTR: What is the most romantic gesture or moment you ever witnessed or were involved in? Please share as much as you feel you can—no private secrets required if it is embarrassing but you are welcome to dish at least to the PG-13 level !

 DLR: I’ve been incredibly lucky because my husband is a romantic. There have been many moments but one of my favorites happened on my birthday many years ago.

 As a special treat, he had picked up Chinese food for supper and little individual birthday cakes from a specialty bakery for the four of us (our kids were very young). He seemed very anxious to get the meal over with and onto dessert. I should have suspected something.

 Anyway, he cleared the table and put the little cakes on individual plates in front of each of us and sat down. I put my fork into the cake and hit something very hard. Scraping the icing off, there was a plastic-wrapped ring box. He had bought me a pearl ring, taken it to the bakery and asked them to ‘ice the box’. They willingly complied but asked him to come back and tell them how everything went – which he did the next day.

 CTR: Wow, what an awesome and lovely gesture. Lucky lady! Other than in your life, do you think “romance” is dying out, and by this I mean the traditional “hearts and flowers” kind of romance? Even the chivalric sorts of romantic connections featured in some –particularly older—novels? It sometimes seems like young people now are more interested in ‘hooking up’ fast and easy via the social networks and high tech devices and that “romance” does not play a big role in the changing pattern of today’s relationships. Do you agree or not? If so, is this a good thing or maybe not so good?

 DLR: Again I’m basing this more on movies and TV – my particular circle of friends are my age and settled.

 I think today’s young are doing everything in too much of a hurry – everything is NOW. There’s no time to get to know someone to find out if you even want to go further. What could be more romantic than a bouquet of flowers? My husband still brings me flowers and I love it. We spend a lot of time together, perhaps more than most couples but it’s a formula that works for us.

 I’ve seen something called ‘speed dating’ in the movies so I’m assuming people actually participate in such a thing. As I understand it, you’re expected to interview – in approximately 3 minutes each – members of the opposite sex. It’s like ‘courting on an assembly line’. I can’t see anything romantic or exciting about it.

 CTR: What is your favorite romantic book, movie and/or song and why?

 DLR: I don’t know if I have a favorite romantic book – perhaps ‘The Flame and The Flower’ and ‘The Wolf and The Dove’, both by Kathleen Woodiweiss. Whether it’s a movie or a book, I like happy endings.

 CTR: I love Woodiwiss too! She was one of the grande dames of the genre and so sad to lose her last year.

 CTR: Is Valentine’s Day one of your fave holidays? Do you have a happy memory to share or a funny story? Some of us have one about our school days, a gesture by a special someone we once dated, etc. How do you plan to celebrate this year with your SO, spouse or partner or are you on your own?

 DLR: We’ve never really celebrated Valentine’s Day other than with a special meal and a bottle of wine.

 This year we’re holding a Quiddler Tournament (imagine the game of Scrabble but using a special deck of cards) on the 12th of February. The theme is St. Valentine. My husband is ready to dress up as Cupid or, if he loses his nerve, he’ll come in as St. Valentine.

 Last year he dressed up as a local female food critic and judged all the dishes everybody had brought – he was an absolute success.

 CTR: Do you consider yourself a sentimental (romantic) person? (i.e.) Do you save all sorts of little souvenirs and use them to bring happy times to mind? Do you have the corsage from you big prom pressed in an old book? Still remember ‘your song’ with your first serious love? Do you moon over chick flicks with sweet and happy endings? Do you think happily ever after is really possible? Or is it maybe better to be more cool-headed and practical instead? Does the kind of Victorian ruffle and flourishes attitude really fit in our modern world?

 DLR: Yes, I’m sentimental. I save the cards and still have the orchid corsage my husband bought me for my high school graduation. All that’s really left of it is the ribbon – the flower disintegrated long ago.

 CTR: Thanks so much for sharing with us today and I hope our reader visitors will be inspired to visit your blog, web site, social networks and other connections to learn more about your and your books. Please give us some ways to contact you!

 DLR: Thanks for the opportunity. And again, my website for my novel ‘Banish The Dragon’ is



 Melange Books Interview  D.L. Robinson   Banish The Dragon

  When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I was always a storyteller but sadly I was also the only audience. I couldn't bring myself to share these stories with anyone – I was afraid of being laughed at. It wasn't until I was in my 50's that I decided enough was enough. Start putting these stories down on paper and see what happens – take the plunge!

 My first novel was 'in the works' for about 10 years. I would write a few pages, crumple a few pages and write a few pages more. Eventually the written pages outnumbered the crumpled ones.

 What do you do for fun and relaxation?

My husband and I enjoy getting together with family and/or friends at least 3 times a week. We used to enjoy Scrabble but discovered a game a few years ago that is faster – it's a card game called Quiddler. In the middle of our cold Canadian winters, we hold a Quiddler Tournament in our (heated) garage.

 We used to travel (in our working days). We've been to the British Isles multiple times, plus France, Spain and Australia, and many times to the United States.

 Do you think you'll ever retire from writing?

Now that I've exposed myself to the world, I doubt if I'll ever stop. I've had tremendous encouragement from my husband and kids, family and friends.

 Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years in the future?

I've just turned 65 and have recently had my first novel Banish The Dragon published. Hopefully I have the staying power of the very prolific Dame Barbara Cartland but I am a bit of a late starter.

 What are you working on now?

I'm working on a novel tentatively titled 'Oh Wicked Escort.'

 Provide information about your current work in progress.

It's going to be a romantic suspense story with Jack The Ripper as a secondary character. Watching all the current crime shows (Criminal Minds is my favourite), I want to humanize this Victorian serial killer – not to sympathize with him but try to understand what made him what he was.

 What do you hope to write in the future?

I can only do one novel at a time. I had already started Oh Wicked Escort before learning Banish The Dragon was going to be published. I tried to keep the second novel going as well as do all that was required for Banish The Dragon but I kept getting characters mixed up (I'm obviously not a multi-tasker when it comes to writing) so I set Oh Wicked Escort aside until my first novel is well and truly launched.

 What can readers look for next from you?

I'm not looking beyond Oh Wicked Escort, at least not for the present.