Top 5 Dragon Depictions by M.D. Grimm – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes M.D. Grimm who is celebrating today’s release of her newest book On Wings of Passion.

Good day! M.D. Grimm here to promote my newest release On Wings of Passion. I want to give a big thanks to Long and Short Reviews for hosting me today.

On Wings of Passion is the prequel to my surprisingly popular story On Wings of Thunder. It tells the story of the great dragon Asagoroth and his first angel love, Roland. I greatly enjoyed writing this story. It’s probably the fastest I’ve written a story in a very long time.

So let’s get into it, shall we?


They are my favorite creation to spring from the minds of people. I shall always wish they were real and always mourn that they are not. Whether they be depicted as beasts or as having human-like intelligence or somewhere in the middle, I love it all. My home is covered in posters and pictures of various dragon types from a variety of artists. I have draconic decorative items as well, including pens with dragon heads, Christmas ornaments, and several T-shirts. Dragons are my happy place.

Despite the obsession, or perhaps because of it, I am very picky on the look and depiction of dragons. I steer clear of the more goofy-looking types. I enjoy the deadlier dragons, the ones spewing fire or guarding a hoard of treasure.

So, since my latest release features the badass dragon Asagoroth, I thought I’d share my Top 5 favorite dragon depictions, whether in literature, movies, or TV shows. Since there is no way I could actually pick a #1, I will simply list them in no particular order. These are in my Top 5 bunch:

• Toothless (and by extension all the dragons from the “How To Train Your Dragon” universe)
o Need I explain? I feel like those who get it, get it. And those who don’t, well, what are you doing with your lives?
• Smaug (and by extension Fafnir that he is inspired by)
o Yes, I know he’s basically evil but I *adore* him. JRR Tolkien wonderfully captured the brutal essence and dark metaphor of what dragons represented to the Old Norse/Scandinavian/Germanic people. The greed, isolation, and wild violence that was in stark contrast to the family ties and importance of clans/tribes, and the emphasis on being a good host that the peoples of those cultures held in high regard.
• The dragons from The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
o This series truly started my obsession with dragons when I read it in middle school. I enjoyed dragons before but after reading about the riders I fell in love. Seriously check it out!
• Draco from the movie Dragonheart
o Cheesy? You bet. But it was my first movie that had a dragon and I was a kid so I didn’t “see” the cheesiness until I was older. Still holds a special place in my heart.
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o This movie blew me away. It had every single thing I want in a romance movie that involves a dragon. Despite being in Russian, so I had to read subtitles, the move was visually rich, the dragon was gorgeous, and the story was well told. I think I had a smile on my face from beginning to end.

Note: No, I didn’t mention the dragons from Game of Thrones. Why? Well, I don’t watch that show. (I see your shocked face). Seems right up my alley, right? Nope. I watched the first two seasons and decided it wasn’t for me. I enjoy the look of those dragons but I don’t feel comfortable including them on my Top 5 since I didn’t reach the parts where they grow up and starting burning stuff.

So there’s my list. And that’s just scratching the surface.

I hope to eventually write two sequels after On Wings of Thunder to continue Asagoroth and Trystan’s story. Perhaps in a year or two.

Right now I am working on three series concurrently plus a fantasy trilogy I hope to submit next year. I have way too many stories buzzing around in my brain.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you’ll check out my story!

May dragons guard your dreams,
M.D. Grimm

Every story has a beginning….

Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when the dragons have finished killing each other, the victors will search elsewhere for conquest… maybe even the Upper Realm.

Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when he and his sister are ambushed and captured by demons, and they bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.

But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.

About the Author: M.D. Grimm has wanted to write stories since second grade (kind of young to make life decisions, but whatever) and nothing has changed since then (well, plenty of things, actually, but not that!). Thankfully, she has indulgent parents who let her dream, but also made sure she understood she’d need a steady job to pay the bills (they never let her forget it!). After graduating from the University of Oregon and majoring in English (let’s be honest: useless degree what else was she going to do it with it?), she started on her writing career and couldn’t be happier. Working by day and writing by night (or any spare time she can carve out), she enjoys embarking on romantic quests and daring adventures (living vicariously, you could say) and creating characters that always triumph against the villain (or else what’s the point?), finding their soul mate in the process.

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