Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Werewolfy Promotion!

Where wolf? 
There wolf!
But do not forget to ask who- what- when- or why-wolf!


Be sure to read the blurb at the bottom for information of today's ebook promotion. Leave a comment for a chance to win!


Wolves have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. They are fierce predators, and yet loyal mates and devoted parents. Entire packs cooperate in the care and protection of their young. Through teamwork, wolves bring down prey many times their size. For centuries, they have been hated and feared by people, and hunted to the brink of extinction.

My first foray into writing about werewolves took the form of an erotica novella. In A Cat's Tale,
sassy Siamese werecat Josephine lures an alpha werewolf, Jared Kohl, into a trap. Imprisoned together in a vampire's dungeon, the pair must learn to trust one another in order to survive and escape.

I learned a lot from A Cat's Tale, but the novella format did not really require me to do much world building. I wanted to find my own unique take on the werewolf origin story. An interest in mythology led me to Norse legends and lore.

Wolves occupy an important and often sinister role in Norse mythology as rivals and enemies of the gods. A wolf, skinned and flayed, hangs suspended from its rear legs outside of the gate of Odin's Valhalla.

The great wolf Fenrir is the child of Loki the Trickster. As a pup, Fenrir experienced rapid growth that alarmed the Norse gods, so they decided to imprison him. The gods commissioned the dwarves to fashion the ribbon Gleipnir from six impossible things: the sound of a cat's footfall, a woman's beard, the root of a mountain, the sinew of a bear, a fish's breath, and the spittle of a bird.

Of course, today we know that some of these impossible things are quite possible. Some women have beards; some fish have lungs. Still, it is a rich and interesting tradition.

Norse myths became the inspiration for my very own urban fantasy universe. My werewolves are sired by Fenrir and live in a world where Norse mythology collides with modern technology. As a method of world building, I try to incorporate these mystical elements into my stories.

In The Child Thief, Valkyrie Victoria Storm has werewolf hunters hell bent on revenge trying to kill her. She can barely keep her own downtrodden pack alive, let alone respond to the pleas of a murdered mother. She must set aside her differences and work with her sworn enemy to save a little boy from a Christmas nightmare.

 In May 2013, expect the release of The Child Thief's sequel.

Hunger Moon is an intense urban fantasy that follows the story of Valkyrie Victoria Storm as she evades hunters and battles a Norse winter witch intent upon enslaving her people. Victoria desires nothing more than to provide her wolf pack with a safe haven, but her position as priestess to the Goddess Freya also brings with it certain... obligations. Not to mention complications.

War with the Barrett family resulted in the deaths of her parents and most of her pack. Now, hunters are hot on the trail of the remaining pack members. Sawyer Barrett, a human hunter hell bent on revenge, is convinced that Victoria murdered his brother. He will stop at nothing to see her dead.

Victoria must defend the survivors and somehow lead them to safety. Months on the run has weakened the pack, and there are newborn pups to protect, making swift travel impossible. Ahead, the promise of refuge beckons.

Their best chance for survival lies in Sierra Pines, California: Arik Koenig, a powerful, dominant male wolf. He promises to protect and provide for the pack, something Victoria knows the pack needs for survival. His mysterious past is riddled with violence and death, including the slaughter of his entire family twenty years before. His wife died under mysterious circumstances and his son, Logan, is rumored to be her killer.

What is truth? Who can she trust? The desperate spirit of Arik's murdered wife calls out for help, and Logan begs for assistance in clearing his name. Victoria must solve a murder that has pitted father against son, rooted in a mystery reaching back two decades. Her quest starts her on a journey from the human world to Odin's Valhalla and back again.

Victoria will find salvation or face destruction beneath the Hunger Moon


As part of today's promo, I'm giving away two Kindle copies of The Child Thief and two ebook copies of A Cat's Tale. Please leave a comment, including an email addy, on today's blog post for a chance to win. I'll be drawing winners from a hat on Wednesday afternoon and notifying them via email. 

Promo is now closed and I'm contacting the winners shortly.


  1. What an amazing giveaway, Melissa! I'll be reading The Child Thief in the next day or two and I thought I'd rave a bit while I was here.

    I got to read an ARC of Hunger Moon and it was so involving, I read it in one sitting. It's a delightful, fun adventure that kept me turning the pages. The characters are great, the romance is tricky in a good way, and the plot is original. I loved it!

    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks for being the first person to comment. :)

      Technically, you've won but I think you've already received copies of both ACT and TCT. Would you like to designate anyone to receive your copy?

  2. This sounds fantastic and fantastical! My daughters and I are avid Norse Mythology fans, and my youngest (she's 8) has an obsession with wolves. This is looking like a must read. Is this going to be a series?

    1. Thanks Laura!
      Yes, The Child Thief is the start of a series. I'm planning a May 2013 release for Hunger Moon.

      Congrats on being a winner! :)

      Would you prefer a copy of my erotic paranormal romance, A Cat's Tale, or the urban fantasy short story, The Child Thief (Kindle)? Do you have a preferred file format?

  3. I saw this posted by Lisa Rayns and I had to come check it out!! Looking forward to reading more from you!!

    1. Hi Danyel,
      You're one of my winners. Thank you for commenting! Would you prefer a copy of my erotic paranormal romance, A Cat's Tale, or the urban fantasy short story, The Child Thief (Kindle)? Do you have a preferred file format?

  4. I love your blogs! and hope to enjoy your books as much.

    1. Hi Charlotte,
      You're a winner. Would you prefer a copy of my erotic paranormal romance, A Cat's Tale, or the urban fantasy short story, The Child Thief (Kindle)? Do you have a preferred file format?

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