Werewolves in Georgia? Meet Kristal Hollis (and a #Giveaway)

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.

Kristal can be found online at KristalHollis.com, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter and Pinterest.

First, congrats on your debut! And now let’s hear more about the book:

hollisABOUT 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!





31 thoughts on “Werewolves in Georgia? Meet Kristal Hollis (and a #Giveaway)

  1. I would do January shifters during the Aztec Empire. No extra super powers.

  2. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the legends of silkies, but it’s one of my favorite shifters. Beautiful women that can turn into seals, or seals that can turn into beautiful women… Take your pick. I think it would be awesome to see them in a story about the Salem witch trials. There’s no limit to the superpowers they could possess in that situation.

  3. Hi Krista, nice to meet a new author. I’m kinda partial to Charlaine Harris and her Midnight Crossing series. Would like one of them to teleport me to Hawaii!

    • I’m still waiting for scientists or engineers to develop teleportation devices. I’ve wanted to teleport ever since I was a kid watching reruns of Star Trek. So, I would love a character who could teleport me. Goodness. I’m not sure where I’d go first.

  4. my favourite are wolves shifters( feline shifter come very close second) i don’t have a specific era as favourite i love them all the time and telephaty could be a great power they can have but being able to shift at will is already quite teh best power for them

    your book really caught my attention so*fingers crossed*

    thank you a lot for coming to tell us a bit more about it

  5. I like all kinds of shifters so it’s hard to say, except that I like the family/ pack concept of wolves. Some animals/ creatures tend to be solitary and that always seems so lonely to me. I really like a contemporary UF setting with different creatures. Even though many shifters seem to have a lot of superior capabilities already in strength, senses etc, I like the super power of flying.

  6. I like big cat shifters. I would love to see a book set during the Aztecs. For superpowers, I like telekinesis.

    • You and Sandy have similar taste. Sandy recommended jaguars during the Aztec era. I think that’s a perfect combo for a fantastic story.

  7. I love shifters of any kind but wolves are probably my fav. I’d love to see a series set in the early 1900’s in New York. I’d love to see them as part of the police force with the ability to look at a murder scene and “see” what had happened and be able to come up with the evidence to arrest the murderer.

  8. Even though I enjoy reading about all types of shifters, wolves and dragons are my favorites. It would be interesting to have them time travel to a variety of destinations.

  9. Dragon shifters in the time of King Arthur – legendary. Dragons are magic.

    • I’m enthrall with King Arthur. Dragons would absolutely work in that setting, in my mind at least. One day, King Arthur will get his HEA. I’m sure of it 😉

  10. Dragon shifters are my favorite. How about set in the future or another planet?

  11. CONGRATULATIONS Suzanne Boyd !!! You are the random draw winner! Please email me your preference of a signed paper back copy, or an e-book of Awakened by the Wolf. If a print book is desired, include your mailing address. If an ebook is preferred, send the email address where you want the ebook delivered. Congratulations again!

  12. I love werewolves…and let’s put all that animal magnetism into tight laced Victorian society and see what kind of drama ensues…rawr.