First, my HUGE apologies to author Kristal Hollis, whose book AWAKENED BY THE WOLF was released yesterday and I didn’t get her blog posted! But I think you’ll like this one, so apologies again and we’ll make it up today.
ABOUT KRISTAL: Southern born and bred, Kristal Hollis grew up amid cane fields and orange groves. Books fed her imagination, providing adventurous portals to ancient civilizations, medieval fiefdoms, alternate realities and futuristic worlds. Then, a friend gave her Johanna Lindsey’s FIRES OF WINTER, a historical romance which ignited a life-long love affair with romantic fiction. After earning a degree in psychology, Kristal has enjoyed career and volunteer endeavors that have included sales, banking, social services, and animal rescue. When a family medical situation required her to take a work sabbatical, she began penning deliciously dark paranormal romances as an escape from the real-life drama. Even though the crisis passed, her passion for writing continues. A 2015 Golden Heart® finalist, she sold her qualifying manuscript to Harlequin Nocturne. Her debut novel, AWAKENED BY THE WOLF, is now available. Currently, Kristal lives with her husband and two rescued dogs at the edge of the enchanted forest that inspires her stories.
First, congrats on your debut! And now let’s hear more about the book:
ABOUT AWAKENED BY THE WOLF: Who’s been sleeping in the Alpha’s bed? …Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure. …For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker’s Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie’s reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?
Now, let’s hear from Kristal! Since my brother just moved to the mountains of North Georgia, I might need to warn him….
Awakened by the Wolf
By Kristal Hollis
Thanks for inviting me, Suzanne. Yesterday was an exciting day: AWAKENED BY THE WOLF was officially launched. It features wolf shifters, called Wahyas (Wa-Hi-yas), living in the Appalachian foothills of Northeast Georgia.
The setting is a fictional town modeled after the small, close-knit communities spanning from Helen, Georgia, to Blairsville, Georgia, and up around Hayesville, North Carolina. Featured prominently is the Walker’s Run Resort, which is owned and operated by the Alpha family.
The story opens with the prodigal Alpha son secretly returning home to unexpectedly, and inconveniently, encounter his true mate during a time in their lives when neither wants a relationship. There’s heart-wrenching family drama, some mystery and suspense, but mostly it’s about two people falling madly, deeply, in love despite overwhelming odds.
AWAKENED BY THE WOLF is book one in the Wahyas of Walker’s Run series. The stories that follow will feature a secondary character from the previous book and favorite characters will make appearances throughout the series. Currently, book two is scheduled for release in 2017. And, I’m hard at work on book three.
Thanks, Kristal—it sounds like a great series and setting! If you’d like to read an excerpt from Awakened by the Wolf, click on the “Stuff” tab on this page.
In the meantime, Kristal has a giveaway for you: Let us know your favorite shifter species, what era in time would you like to see them appear, and if they had a super power, what would it be? All commenters will be entered into a random draw giveaway for a copy of Awakened by the Wolf (winner’s choice of print or digital).
I know we have some real shifter lovers out there, so…go!