A to Z Challenge – Z is for Zonked

Published April 30, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, we’ve made it to the last day and while it might not be strictly wolf-related then zonked is pretty much how I’m feeling:) It has been great fun though and have really enjoyed getting to check out a lot of new blogs as well. I hope you’ve enjoyed my wolfies posts and today it seemed appropriate to end with what started it all – Scarlett Legacy (plus, z words are hard lol!). Here’s a wee excerpt:)

 

Wolves_wolf_great_wallpapers_for_your_deskopDamian’s jaw clenched as he watched her amble through the woods, seemingly lost in her own world and paying no attention to any possible dangers. He lifted his head, breathing in deeply to take in her scent on the drifting breeze. While he’d been expecting a reaction it still hit him like a sucker punch in his gut. His stomach clenched and his body hardened.

His inner beast was already raging at him. The burning need to mark her, to possess her, rising up within like a force of nature but he grit his teeth and forced it down. He was not some undisciplined pup unable to control himself. Years of leading his people had driven into him patience and control above all else.

red and wolfInstead, he forced himself to stay hidden for now, easily keeping pace with her. She was exactly as he’d always imagined—dark curls flowed down her back and framed delicate features, high cheekbones, and huge dark eyes with thick lashes. Everything about her drew him in, but he’d waited too long to rush things now.

When he’d first sensed her, that indescribable pull that couldn’t be anything else, he’d thought he was going crazy. He’d given up hope long ago, and yet there she was, walking through his woods as though she’d always been meant to be there.

He watched as she paused, looking around her with confusion on her face. She turned in a slow circle, her brow furrowed, and her teeth biting into her lush bottom lip. She was lost, he realized. Well, that was just perfect. His teeth bared in a wicked smile, he could go and “rescue” her. She would think he was Prince Charming when actually he was the big bad wolf.

If you’d like to read more, the book details are here:

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What if the fairy tales were not only real, but had it all wrong? Come meet a Big Bad Wolf like you’ve never seen before.

When Natalia rents a holiday cottage she is looking for peace and quiet, a place to reassess her life and recover from her failed relationship. Instead she finds a man who turns her world upside down.

However, people and things are not as they seem, and Natalia begins to find that legends are real and fairy tales have a basis in reality. As she grows closer to the enigmatic Damian she finds herself tested as danger and passion go in hand in hand, and everything she thought she knew about the world will be questioned.

After years of waiting Damian had given up hope that he would ever find his destined mate, and he certainly never expected her to be a sassy American who has no idea that his world even exists. Can he convince Natalia to believe in the impossible, and more importantly, can he protect her from those who seek to destroy his people?

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Thanks so much for visiting over this challenge! Take cate x

A to Z Challenge – Y for Yellowstone

Published April 29, 2016 by shellirosewarne

 

Hi all,

Yes, I have missed a few days *hangs head* This week has slightly got away from me, but hopefully can at least finish the last two days. Today is Friday after all, so yay for weekend and should be able to get caught up:) Today is also the letter Y and I’m going for Yellowstone Park in the United States. Those wolf fans may be aware that wolves were reintroduced into the park in 1995 after a long period of absence, but you not be aware of the amazing changes that have happened to the park due to this. Below is a link to a video that I absolutely love.

 

What it shows more than anything is the important role that wolves play in the natural order, and perhaps that there should be more schemes like this one in place. Seeing them returned to their own environment is just wonderful to see:)

Take care x

A to Z Challenge – V is for Vikings

Published April 26, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

odinRunning a wee bit late today, but we’re back with mythology and looking at the Vikings. The Viking considered wolves as the epitome of ferocity, and wore wolf skins and drank wolf blood in order to try and take on the wolf spirit in battle. They also viewed real wolves as battle companions or hrægifr (corpse trolls). The wolf was a ‘Beast of Battle’, a symbol of destruction for them.

One of most famous Viking myths is that of the great wolf Sköll who chases the chariot that pulls the sun, and his brother Hati who in turn chases the moon. When either of them succeeds in skollcatching their prey we have a solar or lunar eclipse. It is said that one day the wolves will swallow them completely and the world will fall in darkness and destruction (most of these myths are pretty cheery, right?).

 

Take care x

 

A to Z Challenge – T is for Trials

Published April 25, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, another Monday rolls around and we’re into the last week of the A to Z Challenge – I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, so hope you’re enjoying the posts. I’m still a day behind I’m afraid, so today is going to be T. You’ve probably heard of the witch trials in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, but much less well-known was that there were also werewolf trials going on.

wolves-and-werewolves-fire-and-ice-the-wolf-pack-23828159-240-320Sometimes these trials would be combined, as lycanthropy was considered linked with witchcraft, black magic and pacts with the Devil. In France alone between 1520 and 1630 some 30,000 people were labelled as werewolves. Suspected werewolves were generally a mix of those with mental health disorders, local ‘weirdos’ who, like the witch trials were accused because of simply being seen as different, and genuine murderers and serial killers, whose horrible deeds were attributed to an ‘inner beast’.

The Estonia werewolf trials in particular accused 18 women and 13 men of causing damage to property and livestock while in the shape of werewolves. Under torture they confessed to hiding their ‘wolf skins’ under a rock and being able to change without being noticed. Most people accused of lycanthropy were tortured horribly to get a confession and if found guilty sentenced to death.

werewolf-of-bedburgThere are many famous cases. One of ‘Hans the Werewolf’ was a typical story, where the accused confessed to meeting a ‘man in black’ who gave him the ability to transform into a wolf. Often the cases related horrible crimes, children and women torn apart and eaten by people in wolf form. One of the most well-known was that of Peter Stumpp, also known as the ‘Werewolf of Bedburg’. After being stretched on a rack, Peter confessed to having practiced black magic since he was twelve years old. He claimed that the Devil gave him a magical belt which allowed him to transform in the shape of a wolf. He was described as an ‘insatiable bloodsucker’ who ate the flesh of livestock as well as men, women and children. Under threat of torture he confessed to killing and eating pregnant women and children, including his own son. His execution was one of the most horrible on record, with him being put to a wheel, where “flesh was torn from his body”, in ten places, with red-hot pincers, followed by his arms and legs. Then his limbs were broken with the blunt side of an axehead to prevent him from returning from the grave, before he was beheaded and burned on a pyre. As a warning against similar behavior, local authorities erected a pole with the torture wheel and the figure of a wolf on it, and at the very top they placed Peter Stumpp’s severed head.

main-qimg-d45872ff11e7e3d9d668dcf4a4ea3566Although the majority of those tried were sentenced to death, a few managed to argue against it. A notable case in Latvia in 1692, did not end in a death sentence: the eighty-year-old Thiess confessed to being a werewolf who, with other werewolves, regularly went to hell three times a year to fight the witches and wizards of Satan to ensure a good harvest. The court tried to make Thiess confess that he had made a pact with the devil and that the werewolf was in the service of Satan, but they did not succeed, and he managed to get away with a whipping. There were several other cases where the defendants managed to put forth the case that as werewolves they protected the local village or community.

However, the majority of those accused, similar to the witch trials, were subjected to horrible torture until they confessed and then handed death sentences. Whether these accused were actually killers, or just misunderstood or mentally ill victims, the brutal history of the werewolf trials is one that remains.

 

Take care x

Guest Author Monica Corwin with On a White Horse

Published April 24, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all got a fun Sunday planned. Mine is off to a great start with the fab Monica Corwin dropping in for a visit. She’s chatting about her new release, On a White Horse, which is part of her Revelations series. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse are actually horsewomen living on Earth – and if you’re not intrigued already then what’s wrong with you?😉

Thanks for being here, Monica. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Author Pic - Monica CorwinLet’s see…I’m a single mother of a toddler. I work full time as a cybercrime analyst and write books in the blinding seconds I can spare between the two. I have more typewriters than some people have ever seen and I own more books on King Arthur than is probably strictly necessary.

Oh,I don’t know, can you really ever have too many books on a good topic? Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not really. One day I just starting writing and then YEARS later I submitted my first piece to publish. It wasn’t so much a moment as a journey toward it. I’ve always written in journals, short stories, poems…whatever. But the first time I took on the challenge of writing an entire book I knew it was all I’d ever want to do.

Yup, I do remember that moment of clarity:) Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Nope. I usually can’t write much at home before 9pm. One because of my daughter and two because my brain is just not willing before then. If I go to a coffee shop during the day I can usually get some writing done there.

Definitely another night owl here – though how you then presumably then get up early with the wee one is beyond me lol. Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write paranormal romance. I love supernatural creatures and the idea of a world beyond our own knowledge and sometimes comprehension.

Me too! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Anyone who sits down and finishes a book inspires me. But authors that have influenced my work are Megan Hart, Jacqueline Carey, Kresley Cole, Saskia Walker, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Karen Harbaugh, and I’m sure so many others.

What five things could you never do without?

My daughter, my dog, my favorite typewriter, my phone, coffee.

Yup, caffeine always makes my list as well! I get nothing done without it. Speaking of which, tell us a bit about your new release.

Well this is the second book in the Revelations series that follows the four horsemen of the apocalypse (who are actually women) in their quest for a human existence. The second book focuses on Bianca, the horsemen of Conquest. She is having problems with her controlling power wanted to overtake her so she seeks an alternative at The Underground, a sex club.

Ooh, definitely sounds interesting. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Well my friend and I were throwing ideas at each other and we came up with the series premise. As for the idea for this book it was fun to play with conquest and her unable to control that ability. My friend Jen Bradlee gave a little inspiration for her too.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved Gwyn. He sort of showed up one day, without any forethought or planning and I adore him. He is sassy, sexy, and a little bit insane.

Hehe, sounds like a fun combination:) What was the hardest part about writing it?

Bianca. She does not submit easily, even to me. She fought me through the end. It took a lot longer to get through edits because of her.

Oh God, I hate it when you have to drag things out of your characters kicking and screaming lol! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Gwyn as I mentioned before. I’m also sort of in love with Hades…but everyone might be by now.

Intrigued😉 Just in case anyone isn’t convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because Bianca will send hellhounds to hunt you down and force you if you don’t😉 Just kidding. This book is a unique premise and if you want something paranormal but something you haven’t seen before, this is your series.

Hehe, well we don’t want the hellhounds calling! So, check out the book details here:

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Victor Brandt has a secret. As a new resident to New York, he goes out in search of diversion, and he finds it behind a red door. The Underworld embraces him, and soon he realizes he’s going back night after night just to see Mistress Lethe: a Dominatrix so demanding she will satisfy her submissive into forgetting their own name before stealing her pleasure. But soon Mistress Lethe draws Victor into her world, and he realizes it’s a lot larger than he thought.

Bianca’s coffee business is booming, but her love life is lacking. With each step her friends—the other three horsemen of the apocalypse—take toward happiness, she holds herself back. As visions of the future threaten everything the horsemen have built, Bianca finds a man who sees all of her: the light and the dark, and for a little while she becomes Mistress Lethe, a simple woman and the embodiment of Conquest. But fate plays cruel jokes, and after only a short time with Victor she is confronted with a decision that can save the world but cost her the first man that’s ever made her want to be human.

When a mysterious stranger arrives bearing ill omens, Bianca wonders if she can keep together her motley crew in order to save the world. Or will the threesome’s tangled emotions usher in the apocalypse? Come and see.

And you can your hands on a copy here:

Buy Links:

Google Play: http://bit.ly/23pSTRk

Ibooks: http://apple.co/1qyJJng

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Ve3Aoq

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/20k2Yx4

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1JJgUJB

Don’t forget to follow Monica on social media to stay up to date with her news and releases.

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1cXqSLd

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Bj1xXM

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1JJgJOa

Website: http://www.monicacorwin.com

Take care x

A to Z Challenge – S is for Superstitions

Published April 23, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

blackwolfThe eagle-eyed may have noticed that the letter S post should have gone up yesterday – yup I’m a day behind. It’s been a slightly chaotic week but hopefully after the shift today I have a nice lazy day tomorrow:) Today though we’re talking superstitions around wolves. The wolf has been feared and persecuted by man probably more than any other animal, and only it’s intelligence and resilience has saved it from complete extinction. Yet has the wolf really done much to deserve this history and fearsome reputation?

The Black Plague, which devastated Europe in the Middle Ages, may explain much of the strained dynamic between wolves and humans. With corpses stacking up way faster than they could be buried or burned, it was only natural that wolves would gather at the edges of cities to feast on the dead. In doing so, whole generations developed a taste for human flesh and likely began viewing us as prey items. No doubt horrified, the highly superstitious people began spinning tales, contributing to already prevalent beliefs of werewolves, vampires, and ghouls.

wolf eyesWhile Pre-Christian and Pagan warriors wore wolf pelts to symbolise ferocity and to channel the spirit of the wolf, in Christian Europe it was believed that the wolf was either created by the devil or the actual devil in disguise. Ironically despite this wolf teeth or pelts were said to ward off evil. As well as wrapping someone in wolf skins to cure epilepsy or rabies, rubbing wolf’s teeth on an infant’s gums to alleviate toothache and teething pains, sleeping with a wolf’s head under the pillow to stop nightmares or insomnia and eating wolf’s meat to prevent ghosts haunting the person. With all these various body parts being in common use, it’s no wonder the poor wolf was nearly hunted to extinction! Hopefully we have a little more sense today and can appreciate this beautiful animal all in one piece.

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Take care x

Guest Author McKayla Schutt with Shifting Tactics (Part One)

Published April 22, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Finally weekend, yay! And it’s off to a good start as I have the fab McKayla Schutt visiting:) McKayla is a very talented paranormal romance author, and a fellow wolf shifter fan – which seems appropriate during our A to Z wolfie month! She’s here to chat about her latest release, Shifting Tactics.

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I am a stay at home mom with a little boy and little girl, two dogs and a husband of four years. I like to write Paranormal Romance books about the werewolves that take over my dreams.

Sounds like you have interesting dreams😉 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not that I can pin-point.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

To me this question is a good joke…*giggle* I have two kids under the age of four right now, if I had a routine it would be to sit down and write. It’s always easier to get stuff done when they are asleep but alas some days they wear me out.

Hehe, sounds like a chaotic household, am amazed you squeeze any writing in! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I like to do the Paranormal Romance, I started getting into reading about Vampires for a while but then it shifted to Werewolves. That interest translated into my writing.

Yup, must admit to a fondness for wolves myself:) Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I like to read Decadent Kane and Ariel Marie they both are able to bring sexiness into their romance.

Ooh, I do love Decadent’s elf books! What five things could you never do without?

That would be my pepsi, my phone, my kids, my lovely husband and last my kindle. I love to read.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

Today is actually release day for Shifting Tactics Part One. It is about a woman who falls in love with two, yes I said two, alphas. One of the twists, these alphas are totally brothers. Oscar and Rift are just sexiness in their own rights. Add some rogues and we have a sexy romance with some problems.

Hehe, trouble the sexy alpha trouble – sign me up! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I was reading a book about two alphas and then I had a few dreams about Oscar and Rift fighting over the same woman.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved exploring the relationship between all three characters and making sure Oscar didn’t take over. He is just like that.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

I would say the hardest part was making sure it was long enough at first.

Who’s your favorite character in it? (I know, I know, favoritism!)

I would have to say Scarlet would be my favorite since I can’t choose between the sexy alphas.😉

Lol, well we can’t blame you there:) Just in case anyone’s not convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

If you like sexy romance books then you will like Shifting Tactics Part One. It will keep you reading till you want more.

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What happens when two Alphas imprint with one female?

Scarlet had no intention of losing herself to another man, one ex-husband was enough. But when a rogue wolf lays his sights on her, two Alphas come to her rescue. Seems fate had plans for Scarlet and gave her two mates instead of one. Her job as a female pack leader is simple, all she has to do is give up her independence, mate, and make babies. How will she deal with two wolves and her responsibilities, when her independence is the one thing she had managed to gain for herself?

Rift and Oscar run one of the local wolf packs. Together they have found a way to stay in charge and keep the peace. But with rogue wolves on the loose and new werewolf laws coming in from Congress, their peaceful pack might come undone. Find out more in Shifting Tactics-Part One.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Shifting-Tactics-Part-McKayla-Schutt-ebook/dp/B01CPE3SFW

 

Take care x

 

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