Catherine Wolffe

Author of Comanche Haven, The Loflin Legacy and The Western Werewolf Legend

The Interview with Morgan Latimar from Desire’s Embrace

Desire's Embrace - Where passion and secrets collide.

Desire’s Embrace – Where passion and secrets collide.

I’m thrilled to share the release of Desire’s Embrace with all my readers. I’ve invited the hero from the book to be with us today.  Please help me welcome Morgan Latimar.

“Thank you, Catherine.  It’s a pleasure to be with you and your readers.”

“Tell me, Morgan.  You’re a shifter, correct?”

“Yes, Catherine.  That is correct.”

“How did you become a shifter?”

“Well, that’s a difficult one to explain.  Let me see how to begin.  I came back to New Orleans from the war of northern aggression unable to walk.  I’d taken a shot to the leg, and the injury left me a cripple. The doctors said I’d never walk again.  After countless examinations, I feared they were right.  My foreman, Sampson is very talented and fashioned a hydraulic brace for my injured leg.  It allows me more mobility.  Still, if I could find relief from the pain, it would be a miracle.  I was told to seek the help of the high priestess of Voodoo, Madam Marie Laveau.

“Wait.  I’m sorry to interrupt, but…  “You don’t mean, the Mambo of Voodoo that’s said to eat the hearts of young children, do you?”

“Yes, I’m ashamed to say, the woman I sought was she.”

“Well, our readers are going to want to hear this.  Continue.”

“I was desperate and knew the chances of any of her spells being more than superstition was slim.  Still, I suppose I was at my wits end.”

“She cast a spell on me and assured me I would be free of pain. It’s just that…

“Yes, Morgan, go on.”

“I didn’t understand the ramifications when she said I’d know great power and prowess with the spell.”

“I’m not sure what you are saying, Morgan.  Was Marie responsible for you becoming a shifter?  Is that what she meant?”


“Yes.  The spell, when cast, had side effects.  I can shift into a wolf and run free without pain.  Before now, no one outside of my immediate family has known about this.  Sometimes it feels like such a gift and other times it is a curse.  I find myself shut off from the rest of the world.  Others wouldn’t understand.  In the tumultuous times we find ourselves living in with the Federals still governing the city, I can’t take the chance of anything leaking about my condition.

“Yes, I can see what you mean.  But, haven’t you recently hired a nanny for your children?  How will you manage to hide the truth from her.”

Morgan chuckles without humor.  “It hasn’t been easy.  I tell myself, the children need her, and, therefore, I must curb my thoughts and actions as they pertain to Miss Sinclair.”

“How is that working for you, Morgan?”

“I’m finding it more difficult than I imagined.  Still, the children and my family are my number one priority, so I must maintain a steadfast persona in the face of Miss Sinclair.  She can never know the truth.  I hope you and your readers understand the importance of secrecy as it pertains to my situation.  I must be going now.  So many things to do today.  You know, being a sugar cane broker is difficult work.

“Yes, we understand you have business to attend.  Morgan, I must say how happy we are to have had you drop by.  Please return soon, won’t you?”

“Of course, Catherine.  Anything for you, ma petite.  Good day.”

“Good day, Morgan.  I want to thank the readers for visiting.  Next time, we’ll have a very special woman with us.  You won’t want to miss our visit with the high priestess of Voodoo, Marie Laveau.  Until then, may your dreams always be, my darlings.”


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It’s been five years since I began writing.  Sometimes, I wonder what I’d have done if I hadn’t found writing as an outlet for my thoughts, concerns, ideas, creative energy.

Lately, I enjoy writing in a historical setting with paranormal elements such as wolves and werewolves.  The mysticism allows my mind wander and ask ‘why not?’

There are times I sit and simply read through the story in my head.  Getting to know the characters and their personalities, quirks and talents always prove to be a challenge I love tackling.


What would you say, if I told you, the next book will include the 3rd great granddaughter of Laura Sinclair as well as an ancient sorcerer’s nephew? ‘Magic Man’ is the latest work in progress based on the adventures of the sexy seer, Aubry Slone, and devilishly delicious, Logan Latimar, 3rd great grandnephew of Morgan.  Can he shift?  We’ll see.  So many ways the story could unfold when you write by the seat of your pants, a.k.a. – a ‘pantster.’

In case you are interested, I have ‘Desire’s Embrace’, ‘Comanche Haven’ and ‘Casey’s Gunslinger’ on sale at and at least until the end of November.  Just my small way of saying thanks for all your support.  Here’s an excerpt from ‘Desire’s Embrace.’

Happy Thanksgiving!

Morgan could still feel her touch.  The burn ran along his skin in a most enticing way.  He straightened his back, giving the steam buggy a good surge forward.  Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel.  Mind on Miss Sinclair.  Damn it!  Who was he kidding?  The woman had somehow gotten past his guard.  A quick glance in her direction and he had to grin.  The whole episode in his room earlier was totally inappropriate.  Every ounce of blood in his body had surged right to his groin with the feel of her hand on his neck.  Who knew a fool thing like a collar could be useful in sexual arousal.  Irritation rippled along his backbone.  Again, he reminded himself he did not need the added weight of yet another problem.  An affair with Miss Sinclair would be a problem.  Truth!

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Interview with Marie Laveau, Voodoo High Priestess in Desire’s Embrace

“I promised you an interview with the Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau. This woman ruled life as it was in 1872, New Orleans. She reigned as the Mamba of the Voodoo religion in Louisiana for countless years. Her talent is legion among the believers.”

“I had the opportunity to sit down with her and ask her some difficult questions. Here is the interview.”

“Good day, Marie. Thank you for agreeing to this interview.”

“Thank you for having me, Catherine. I sense you have an interest in Voodoo but hold back because of your social position. Am I right?”

“Ah, well, I suppose you’re right. I’m here today to talk about you, Marie. What is your title among the believers?”

“Some call me Mamba, some call me priestess, some call me Marie and some even call me Mother. I go by many names. I am a servant of the great one. I serve the believers.”

“You serve the-the great one. What is his name? Who do you serve?”

“I told you, Catherine. I serve the great one. He is known by many names. He is our leader, and I await his pleasure.”

“Really? Because I have information, that states you perform many rituals that involve some very disturbing elements. Is it true you eat the hearts of newborn babies and the young among the believers. Sacrifices continue to include human offerings despite the constables raids and arrests.”

“Catherine, forgive me. I don’t want you to think I am using the position I have been given as a catalyst for my own desires. The constables are mistaken. I govern the believers in the name of our leader.” Marie shares a short laugh. ” You see, I want nothing but the power of our father to shine through.”

“Yes, yes, of course. You want what’s best for the believers. Correct?”

“Yes, and with that said, I want to thank you for the opportunity to share this space in time with your readers. Their belief in our devotion is welcome and cherished. I invite them to contact me for more on our religion and the strength of discovery.”

“Marie, one last question? Are you responsible for the curse on Morgan Latimar? A simple yes or no will suffice.”

“No. It is an insult for you to ask me that question. I curse no one in such a way. My power is to heal. This interview is over. Good day, madam.”


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Far Worse Than Just a Pest… This Is Killing Way Too Many in the Prime of Their Life


Sounds like a Halloween Sci-fi movie trailer doesn’t it? The fact is the pest is real and living among us daily!  I’m about to share a serious post with you which has nothing to do with romance.  Most of you will lose interest immediately or catch the “willies” and run, but for those who remain, the information may save your life one day.

As an individual who battled MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) last spring, I consider Dr. Mercola’s article on resistant strains of bacteria in our lives to be a major concern for everyone.

With that warm and fuzzy statement, I want to share an eye-opening article about MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacteria.

For instance, were you aware that meat loaded with bacteria is a catalyst for the contraction of MRSA as well as other “super bacteria strains?

Dr. Mercola explains the growing problem of these bacteria and their correlation with overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals.

The good news is, there are things you can do to protect yourself. If you read nothing else, check out his suggestions for arming yourself with ways to combat these “Monster Bugs.”


The Race to Stay Ahead of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

By Dr. Mercola

Antibiotics are a foundational component of modern medicine, without which many of our current treatment modalities and medical procedures become exceedingly dangerous.

Due to overuse, and the downright reckless misuse of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes among livestock, bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to these drugs. As a result, even “simple” infections like urinary tract infections can become lethal.

A recent example that drives home this point is New York Giants player Daniel Fells, whose foot may have to be amputated due to an antibiotic-resistant infection.

As reported by Scientific American:

“ The NFL reports that Fells was taken to the emergency room with high fever a week after getting a cortisone shot to relieve pain from toe and ankle injuries.

Doctors found that his ankle was infected with a bacterium called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and they fear that the infection might have spread to Fells’ bone, which could make an amputation necessary…”

Most MRSA Infections Are Acquired in Hospital Settings

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 75,000 cases of life-threatening MRSA infections were reported in 2012. The vast majority of them, nearly 60,000, were acquired in health care settings.

It’s unclear whether Fells’ MRSA infection was transmitted via the cortisone injection he received. Dr. Bo Shopsin, who was interviewed for the Scientific American story, noted he sees up to 10 people a year who acquired a staph infection from a medical injection.

Either way, cases such as these show just how risky it can get when there are no effective antibiotics left. It’s also driving up health care costs — a price that livestock manufacturers do not take into account when calculating the cost of not using antibiotics.

As previously noted by Scientific American:

“ Researchers estimate that antibiotic resistance causes Americans upwards of $20 billion in additional healthcare costs every year stemming from the treatment of otherwise preventable infections.”

One in 25 Patients Contracts a Hospital-Acquired Infection

MRSA infections are only one type of infection resistant to drugs. There are many others.

In the CDC’s 2013 report “Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States,” no less than 18 superbugs were identified as “urgent, serious, and concerning threats” to humankind.3

The majority of these dangerous bacteria are in the gram-negative category because that variety has body armor that makes it extremely resistant to the immune response.

Most disturbing of all, some forms are now exhibiting “pain resistance” — meaning, resistance to every antibiotic in existence. One of the latest multi-drug resistant bacteria that is gaining ground is Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which produces an enzyme that breaks down antibiotics.

Hospitals are again the most common source of this infection, which is lethal in about 9 percent of all cases. When the CRE infection affects the blood, the death rate jumps to 50 percent.4

According to the most recent CDC data, five hospital-acquired infections now affect 1 in 25 patients. In 2011, an estimated 722,000 patients contracted an infection during a stay in an acute care hospital in the US, and about 75,000 of them died as a result of it.

Moreover, a study6, 7 published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on October 15, 2015, warns that half of all post-surgical infections, and over a quarter of infections occurring after chemotherapy, are now caused by antibiotic-resistant organisms!

As reported by Medical News Today:

“A 30 percent reduction in the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis (preventive use of antibiotics) could result in 120,000 additional infections and 6,300 infection-related deaths every year in the US alone.”

A report9 commissioned by the British government estimates that by the year 2050, drug-resistant diseases will cause more than 10 million deaths and cost the global economy $100 trillion annually.

But that’s not all.

Add to the danger of drug-resistant infection the increased risk for other more chronic health problems, such as obesity and allergies10 — both of which have been linked to antibiotic overexposure — and the cost of overuse antibiotic mounts even further.

The Routes of Contamination in Hospitals Are Many

Besides injections, other common modes of transmission of infections in hospital settings include invasive procedures such as central lines and catheters.

However, researchers have also discovered that health care personnel often transfer pathogens onto their skin during the removal of protective gear such as gloves and gowns.

Using a black light to check for contamination, the researchers found that contamination of the hands, forearms, neck, face, hair, or clothing occurred 46 percent of the time. What’s worse, when personnel failed to use proper protective equipment technique, contamination occurred 70 percent of the time.

This drives home the point that even minor flaws in anti-contamination technique, such as putting on or pulling off your protective gear in the wrong sequence, can have a dramatic impact on the spread of deadly bacteria. Senior author Dr. Curtis J. Donskey told Scientific American:11

“Most of the participants appeared to be unaware of the high risk for contamination, and many reported receiving minimal or no training in putting on and taking off (personal protective equipment).”

Antibiotic-Susceptibility Testing Is Flawed, Experts Say

Interestingly, researchers have also discovered that the routine test used to determine which antibiotic to use for hard-to-treat infections doesn’t work properly when used on antibiotic-resistant bugs, because while they behave one way in the lab test, they behave differently in the human body. And this only adds to the difficulty in treating these kinds of infections.

As reported by Bloomberg:

“‘We’re saying the standard way the world does this is wrong,’ said Michael J. Mahan, a professor of Microbiology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. That standard protocol, established in the 1960s, is called antibiotic susceptibility testing: Bacteria are grown in a solution called Mueller-Hinton broth, and then attacked with various antibiotics to see which one works best.

When [Mahan’s] team tested salmonella in the petri dishes that labs typically use, an antibiotic called polymyxin killed the bacteria. But when they grew salmonella in petri dishes formulated with a material that more closely resembles the cells the bacteria infect, the antibiotic was useless. They concluded that the bacteria’s defenses — essentially the mechanisms that make superbugs ‘super’ — can switch on or off depending on their surroundings.”

Another study found similar results. In this case, the antibiotic azithromycin failed to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the lab test, yet worked fine in infected mice. Apparently, once inside the animal tissue, the perceived “superbug” lost its super powers.

According to the lead researcher, the antibiotic susceptibility test does not accurately translate into how the drug will perform in an actual patient, noting that, “The patient’s not made out of Mueller-Hinton broth.” Stanley Maloy, former president of the American Society for Microbiology also told Bloomberg that:

“It’s really clear from these papers that there are key examples where the way we’ve been doing things up until now is probably inadequate. It is a substantial shift.”

Agriculture Is a Primary Driver of Antibiotic Resistance

It’s important to realize that just about any infection can become life-threatening these days. This is why the irresponsible approach of the agricultural industry is so egregious. Use of antibiotics in food production is a major factor driving the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria, yet the industry is doing little to address its role in this growing health threat.

The US uses nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics each year to raise food animals.13,14 This accounts for about 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the US,15 and nearly 70 percent of these antibiotics are considered “medically important” for humans.16

Even the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledges that antibiotic-resistant disease can be spread via ingestion or contact with contaminated foods, yet despite that knowledge the agency has opted not to ban the use of antibiotics in agriculture. Instead, three years ago the FDA simply recommended that pharmaceutical companies voluntarily re-label certain antibiotics,17,18 reserving them for use in sick animals only. As reported by Mother Jones,19 this has had virtually no effect on the way antibiotics are used:

“The FDA’s policy phases out growth promotion but leaves prevention intact — even though giving animals small daily doses of antibiotics to ‘prevent’ disease is virtually indistinguishable from giving them small daily doses to promote growth.

A 2014 Pew analysis found no fewer than 66 antibiotic products that the FDA allows to be used for ‘disease prevention’ at levels that are ‘fully within the range of growth promotion dosages and with no limit on the duration of treatment.’ In other words, you change the language you use to describe the practice and continue giving your herd of 4,000 confined pigs the same old daily dose of antibiotics.”

California Passes Law to Curb Use of Antibiotics in Food Production

To address these federal regulatory shortcomings, California recently passed its own state law to restrict antibiotic use in livestock.20 While the bill still allows antibiotics to be used as “prophylaxis to address an elevated risk of contraction of a particular disease or infection,” the drugs cannot be used “in a regular pattern.” This minor detail closes the loophole that allows farmers to simply change the stated reason for why they’re dosing their herd. The bill, which was signed by on October 10, will go into effect in 2018.

Between now and then, California livestock producers will have to figure out how to keep their animals healthy without the routine use of antibiotics. As reported by Aljazeera,21 researchers are investigating the use of probiotics, probiotics, and certain herb and plant extracts, such as oregano and thyme, known for their antimicrobial properties. Others are working on more potentially disturbing alternatives. According to the article:

“Other scientists are tinkering with genetic innovations that boost animals’ immunity… Animal scientist Mark Cook and his team at the University of Wisconsin at Madison discovered a way to disable an off switch in chickens’ immune systems and have replicated the results in cattle. ‘It works in all of them,’ said Jordan Sand, an associate scientist with the University of Wisconsin team and the chief technical officer of Ab E-Discovery, the spinoff company the team founded to continue its research and take it to market.”

The research involves the protein interleukin-10 (IL-10), which acts as a signaling agent, telling the immune system when to stop working. The team vaccinated egg-laying hens to create antibodies for IL-10 and then mixed the antibody-producing eggs into feed given to chickens infected with an intestinal disease.

By eating the eggs, the chickens became “immune” to the IL-10 signal telling their immune systems to shut off, and few ended up developing the disease. The question here is, what does eating such chickens mean to human health? Will it provide a benefit, or might it affect human health in some unsuspected negative way?

Shoddy Drug Manufacturing Practices Also Promote Antibiotic Resistance

The pharmaceutical industry also shoulders a significant burden for promoting the spread of antibiotic resistance. As noted in a recent paper22 published in Chemical and Engineering News, makers of antibiotics promote resistance by dumping the drugs right into wastewater during the manufacturing process.

Forbes Magazine23 addressed this issue in a previous article, noting that many drug companies have located their manufacturing facilities in countries where production costs are low, such as China and India. But such countries also tend to have far less rigorous water treatment protocols.

For example, in Patancheru, India, 90 different pharmaceutical companies discharge 400,000 gallons daily24 into the local water treatment plant, and less than 25 percent of this wastewater undergoes treatment. As reported by Forbes:

“Researchers from Sweden have studied the area around Hyderabad for a number of years, publishing a series of reports since 200725… The worst pollutant was ciprofloxacin, with concentrations up to 31 mg/L and in only one day totaling ‘44 kg, which is equivalent to Sweden’s entire consumption over five days, or, expressed in another manner, sufficient to treat everyone in a city with 44 000 inhabitants.’

These researchers also found that the effluent was toxic to many organisms and that it promoted resistance genes.26 Almost two percent of DNA samples from downstream sites sampled had resistance genes.27” [Emphasis mine]

Contaminated wastewater also finds its way onto crop fields via irrigation and sludge (biosolids) used as fertilizer. In this way, drug resistant genes are spread far and wide throughout the environment. According to a 2008 CDC report,28 E.coli bacteria resistant to multiple drugs have even been found in the Arctic; brought there by migrating birds!

What’s the Solution?

The impending superbug crisis has a four-prong solution:

Improved infection prevention, with a focus on strengthening your immune system naturally. Avoiding sugars, processed foods, and grains, optimizing stress reduction, sleep, and vitamin D levels are foundational for this. Adding in traditionally fermented and cultured foods is equally important, as this will help optimize your microflora
More responsible use of antibiotics in human medicine
Limiting use of antibiotics in livestock animals, along with a return to biodynamic farming and a complete overhaul of our food system
Innovative new approaches to the treatment of infections from all branches of science, natural as well as allopathic. Fortunately, Mother Nature gives us a cornucopia of botanicals with the inherent antibiotic activity that does not promote resistance like antibiotic drugs do. Natural compounds with antimicrobial activity include:
Garlic Cinnamon Oregano extract Colloidal Silver
Manuka honey (Clinical trials have found that Manuka honey can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including some resistant varieties, such as MRSA) Probiotics and fermented foods Echinacea Sunlight and vitamin D
How to Avoid Promoting Antibiotic Resistance

Optimizing your immune system function will help keep you safe from developing a potentially lethal infection in the first place. I also urge you to consider the following strategies, which will help curtail the spread of antibiotic resistance in general. While the problem of antibiotic-resistance needs to be stemmed through public policy on a nationwide level, the more people who get involved on a personal level, the better.

Such strategies include:

Use antibiotics only when necessary. For example, antibiotics are typically unnecessary for most ear infections, and they do NOT work on the common cold or flu, both of which are caused by viruses. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, and even then, they’re best reserved for more serious infections.
Avoid antibacterial household products, such as antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, and wipes, etc., as these also promote antibiotic resistance by allowing the strongest bacteria to survive and thrive.
Properly wash your hands with warm water and plain soap, to prevent the spread of bacteria. Be particularly mindful of washing your hands and kitchen surfaces after handling raw meats, as about half of all meat sold in American grocery stores is likely to be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. Avoid antibiotic soaps that typically have dangerous chemicals like triclosan.
Take common-sense precautions in the kitchen: Kitchens are notorious breeding grounds for disease-causing bacteria, courtesy of contaminated meat products, including antibiotic-resistant strains of E-coli. To avoid cross-contamination between foods in your kitchen, I suggest adhering to the following recommendations:
Use a designated cutting board, preferably wood, not plastic, for raw meat and poultry, and never use this board for other food preparation, such as cutting up vegetables. Color coding your cutting boards is a simple way to distinguish between them
To sanitize your cutting board, be sure to use hot water and detergent. Simply wiping it off with a rag will not destroy the bacteria
For an inexpensive, safe, and effective kitchen counter and cutting board sanitizer, use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Keep each liquid in a separate spray bottle, and then spray the surface with one, followed by the other, and wipe off
Coconut oil can also be used to clean, treat, and sanitize your wooden cutting boards. It’s loaded with lauric acid that has potent antimicrobial actions. The fats will also help condition the wood
Purchase organic, antibiotic-free meats, and other foods. Reducing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is significant reason for making sure you’re only eating grass-fed, organically raised meats and animal products. Besides growing and raising your own, buying your food from responsible, high-quality, sustainable sources is your best bet, and I strongly encourage you to support the small family farms in your area.


Thanks for dropping by.  I hope I’ve been able to arm you with new defenses for waging your own war against “Monster Bugs.”

Happy Halloween!

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10 Ways for ADD Writers to STAR WARS! …Be More Productive

Thanks Kristen.  This is information I can really use.

We have dreams and deadlines and most of us have grown fond of clean clothes. Also, our family is all needy and whiny and says things like, “Mommy, why is there no food?”

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Catherine Wolffe Has done it again!

Thanks to my friend and author, Theresa Carle for the post!

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Crowing Pains


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Catherine Wolffe – Desire’s Embrace


Welcome to #Scintillating Sunday Showcase.  My latest release is due out September 30, 2015.  Enjoy this excerpt from Desire’s Embrace.  Click on the link above to enjoy posts from other authors.

Desire’s Embrace by Catherine Wolffe

Morgan lost the rest of her sentence as her scent came to him like a siren calling his name.  Stepping toward her, he grappled with the beast for control.  The creature within him growled.  Morgan pulled her close, crushing her against his chest.  Laura’s eyes grew wide.  The kiss stole her breath as he molded his mouth over hers.  Rough and callous, he forced her lips open.  His tongue tangled with hers.  She tasted as sweet as honey.

Laura shoved.  A faint whimper escaped.  Struggling, she managed to reach up, raking her nails across his neck in one violent sweep.  The attack was like cold water sluicing over him.  Howling in pain, he fell back.  She stood, feet planted.  Fury etched her face.

“How dare you?”  Her words were breathless yet deadly calm.  “How dare you, sir.”  Her chest rose and fell with the effort.

Wiping the blood from his skin, Morgan stared as if for the first time.  A silence fell between them.  Morgan wheeled away.  The silence continued.  He glanced out the library window.  Needing a bit of time to harness the beast, he supposed.  Finally, composed once more he turned back.  “Forgive me.  I…I shouldn’t have done that.”  The jut to her jaw said she doubted his sincerity.  Why had he allowed the beast such leniency?  When she was near, Morgan couldn’t control his urges.  The beast reigned superior it seemed.  Rather than endure her stare of contempt any longer, Morgan sidestepped her and reached for the cigar box.  “I will not discuss my daughter with you unless the subject involves her lessons.  Is that clear?”

“Yes, sir.”

Striking the match, he lit the cigar.  His hands shook.  Inhaling Morgan waited until the trembling subsided before facing her again.  “In the future, Miss Sinclair, you’d be advised to stay out of things that aren’t any of your concern.  Is that clear?”  He peered at her over his smoke.

Laura nodded.  “Will that be all, sir?”  Glacial in tone, her words rang in his ears.


Rigid and regal, she turned on a dime.  The cool click of the door’s latch echoed in the room as she disappeared into the hall.

Silently, he watched her go.  Her lovely backside swayed in cadence with the pounding of his heart.  “Damn it all to hell!”  Dumping the cigar into the coffee cup atop the desk, he leaned in on the walnut wood.  With his eyes closed, Morgan surmised he had a problem.  The beast raged within.  Morgan slammed his fists on the desk.  How would he manage to share an entire evening with her?  His ill-conceived idea would surely kill him.  Raking a hand through his hair, Morgan sought the whiskey bottle he kept beneath the interior wall of his desk.  He needed a drink.  Throwing the first one back, he pondered the dregs in his glass.  Perhaps David was right.  Miss Sinclair’s presence wasn’t helping his situation.  However, Sara was blooming into a bright and talented child with Miss Sinclair’s help.  Despite her burgeoning transformation, Laura was good for the girl.

“Do not grieve over that which is past.  The day dawns new with every sunrise – a gift for our pleasure.”

Jacquie Latimar – Desire’s Embrace


Morgan Latimar, a decorated Civil War veteran, and shifter seeks a nanny for his children. The woman who accepts the position can never know his secret. Yet, despite his Wolfen wisdom, Morgan craves the passionate, Laura Sinclair.

Laura Sinclair answers the post from the mysterious Louisiana widower. Soon she’s thrown into the world of Voodoo deep in the heart of Creole New Orleans, circa 1872. How can she perform her duties when she’s falling in love with the handsome Morgan Latimar. What secrets will she reveal and who will she believe?

Pre-orders are available at all major outlets.  Release of Desire’s Embrace is scheduled for September 30, 2015  Desire’s Embrace

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Cowboy Heat

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      “Gotta love a cowboy,” right? I wonder sometimes what you envision when the word cowboy is mentioned. Everyone’s ideas are different. Mine is of a rough, tough, no excuses kind of guy with a no-nonsense attitude about life. If you’ve ever tried to get close to somebody like this, you know how “hard” it can be. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Anyway, I want to share an excerpt from my novel, Comanche Haven. Given twelve years apart, Seth Loflin has a difficult time deciding how Celia, the woman from his past “fits” into his well-ordered life. You decide if he’ll succeed or not. Have a scintillating Sunday and enjoy a little cowboy heat.
Oh, by the way.  Check out the interview I did with Celia back in the day.  Click on the book cover below to be transported.  Cheers!
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Comanche Haven by Catherine Wolffe (Amazon link)

Seth sank into the steaming tub of water the housekeeper had prepared for him, almost immediately, after reaching his room.  Steam rose in a cloud around him.  He leaned back and closed his eyes.  The numbing power of the hot water was doing a fine job on the aches and pains in his body.  What the water couldn’t fix, the whiskey in his hand could, so he closed his eyes and tried to forget the trouble brewing around him.

Dark hair and cool green eyes appeared in his mind’s eye.  Ty and he had traveled hard to make it back by sunset.  He hadn’t wanted to leave Celia alone any longer than was absolutely necessary.  Jake’s report on her activities had him wishing he’d sent the foreman to Tyler in his stead.

While the bath and whiskey did their job, Seth had time to consider what Jake had told him.  Celia had slipped out and gone to meet Red Bear.  It didn’t set well.  But the fact she’d gone alone and told no one was more disturbing.  Right now, he was in no mood for deceit under his own roof.

The knock at the door startled him.  Seth sloshed water as he sat upright in the tub.  “Who is it?”

“It’s me, Celia… ma…may I come in?”

“Wait a minute,” he snapped, more harshly than he had intended.  It took a moment of stretching at the low-slung table just out of arms reach, but Seth managed to retrieve and strategically place a towel over the tub for her sensibilities.  “Come on in.  It’s open.”

“I didn’t get a chance to speak to you when you arrived,” Celia said as she slipped into the room.  Her polite but prim demeanor faltered when she spotted him in the hip bath.  “Oh! Oh, I’m sorry.  I didn’t know you were bathing.  I’ll come back later.”

She wheeled and her hand was already on the doorknob when Seth called out to her, “No, wait.  It’s okay.  I’m covered.”  His wry smile topped off the smoothing of the cloth over the big brass tub.

Slowly, Celia turned.

He had to chuckle to himself.  It was admirable she didn’t turn scarlet or wave away the vapors or some such nonsense at the sight of a half-naked man.  He reminded himself of others who would do just that when presented with a bit of male anatomy.  Satisfaction surfaced.  Probably seen all there was to see in the surgery theater, Seth mused.  With a waving of his wrist, he motioned her in as his smile became wicked.  “Come on in and keep me company.  I might even get you to scrub my back later.”  He took a deep swallow of the whiskey before setting his glass on the stand beside the tub.  The dark liquor burned all the way down and still didn’t numb the feeling of need growing in him.  He watched her out of eyes gone to slits.  For the life of him, he couldn’t seem to curb the irritated bend to his mood.

Cutter got up from his post near the hammered brass tub and wagging his tail, before sashaying over to greet Celia as she neared the bed.

Traitor, Seth mused as the dog thumped his tail with affection for the room’s newest member.

Lighting on the bench at the foot of his bed like a butterfly, Celia relaxed fractionally and let out an exaggerated breath when she noticed the hint of mischief in his expression.  “I never know how to take you.”  Trying to get her bearings back, she reached out and rubbed the cow dog behind the ears.  “I wanted to ask if you’d heard anything about the… the… about my father’s murder while you were in town?”  She finished in a rush.  “You went to the sheriff, right?”

Nodding, Seth cupped water in both of his big hands and splashed it into his face.  He was in no hurry to respond as he wiped the back of his hand across his face and then shook his head like a dog sending droplets of water in all directions.  “I went to alert Sheriff Cole and Major Chance at the Fort like I said I would.”  Seth reached for the bar of soap and began to scrub.  “We checked the tracks leading away from Lone Eagle’s campsite.  They headed north into Oklahoma territory.  We lost them not too far from the boundary to the reservation.”  He shook his head.  The ponies still carried Army issue shoes.  The riders are either U.S. Army or somebody with balls of steel.  They left a lot of signs and discriminating evidence.  I’m thinking they did it on purpose.  Whoever is responsible wants it to look like the army did it.”

His gaze met and held hers for a minute.  “I spoke to Jake earlier.”  He waited a beat.  “How did you like your ride?” Watching her closely, Seth waited.

Celia looked away, “Fine.”  She worked her hands in her lap.  The knuckles she gripped turned white under the pressure.  “Your place is so big.  I still have trouble with how vast it is.”

Seth watched as Celia placed her hand on her stomach and rubbed.

“We spent most of the day seeing a great deal of your place.  It’s beautiful,” Celia concluded quickly.

Too quickly, Seth thought, Nerves – not a good sign.

“Jake said we’d only skimmed the surface.  He mentioned how far away the outlying line shacks sat.  He reminded me the Shooter Creek remained the northern boundary of your spread.  He said you own everything almost to the Oklahoma territory.”

Seth watched her and only nodded.  His expression remained benign.

Celia responded with her hands moving to grip the bench on either side of her.  “Do you need help with your back?”  She rose.

The question came unexpectedly.  To his surprise, Celia got up and walked toward the tub.  Leaning over the squat table to retrieve the soap, she began to lather his back.

What was she up to?  Seth stalled in the water.  His next thought had nothing to do with the cooling temperature of the water.  He realized the true reason he’d been driven to get back to the ranch so quickly, which had nothing to do with her safety and everything to do with her.

The stroke of her fingers along his back had him tensing and sent blood rushing to his shaft.  Seth closed his eyes and willed himself to focus on something else.  His back muscles twitched as her hands glided up and down in a slow, rhythmic dance along his backbone.

“Seth, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate all you’ve done for me.” Her voice sounded like distant music. “I don’t think I would have made it without you.”

Trying valiantly to regain his composure, Seth sat in the water in silence for a time.  Her words sounded sincere.  Then as if driven, he slowly leaned back in the tub.  He had to admit, if she was toying with him, she was damn good at deception.  “No need to thank me, Celia.  You’ll always be able to count on me.”  Seth took mental stock one more time and assured himself he was in control.  But the need churning inside him had other ideas.  One look into those emerald green orbs and his heart gave a little lurch.  His mind simply stopped working.

Celia’s fingers continued to glide over his soap-slicked skin.  With each stroke, her fingertips were sending molten heat straight to his loins.

They reminded him of satin.  He wanted more.

Before he realized what he was doing, he reached out and clasped the nape of her neck.  Feeling her start to pull back, Seth whispered, “Relax girl, I won’t hurt you.”  With his eyes on her lips, Seth hesitated briefly, searching for something – anything, which would let him know how she would react.  Then he reached up and took her mouth with his.  The hunger breaking free had nothing to do with sensibilities.  This time he coaxed her mouth to open and let him taste the sweetness of her tongue.  Seth’s pulse hummed as her lips gave warm and tender under his.  She opened for him like a flower and Seth tasted the warmth of her lips, which were pliant against his.  He groaned softly.  She tasted like honey and the line of her throat like cream heated by the sun.  He thoroughly explored the inside of her mouth and then the slender neckline she offered when her head lolled to the side on her own gentle moan.  Slowly he discovered every slick, wet curve of her mouth.  His teeth grazed her lips and tasted the salt of hunger in her response.  Did she want him as much as he wanted her right now?

Celia exhaled and her eyelids fluttered shut.

The hunger growing inside him knew only one end.  Long agile fingers sank deep into the silken strains of her hair as he levered himself up the side of the tub angling for a better hold on her warm skin.  Cupping her head in his big hand, he kissed her again.  This time it was with the fever of need.  A need he’d, long ago, locked away.  It surged up from the cold depths of his own desire and rocked Seth with its intensity.  Taking her mouth in an attack meant to capture and possess, Seth realized too late he was losing the battle with reason, but he’d lost the will to care.  She tasted so good.  Her head fell to the side on another soft sigh of pleasure.  Seth found himself trailing long wet, ardent kisses down her neck.  The soft dip of her collarbone was a perfect place for him to linger.  He could feel the blood pulsing there, just under her skin.  Her smell, the smell of roses was all around him.  Another soft moan escaped.  So full of life, a life he’d thought he’d never hold in his arms again.  The warning bells were going off in his head by then.  His blood was roaring in his ears.  He was in too deep to heed any of it.  He felt like a drowning man with no desire for rescue.


It took a moment for it to register.  She was saying something and the air around him was cooling as she drew back.

“Seth…”  Her voice was a fragile murmur as she pushed gently at his chest.  “I think I better go and let you get out.”  Celia shifted and disengaging his hands.  She slowly rose from the edge of the tub.

His eyes were on hers, those deep green orbs, pulsing with a thinly veiled need.  He could see it lying there in their depths, a molten-hot, burning fire.  Then, as quickly as it had come, it was gone – snuffed out like a candle flame.  Logic reined once more.

“You better get out before you turn into a prune,” she said primly.  The words, spoken so plainly, sounded strange coming from the swollen mouth Seth saw was bruised red with passion. Her lip quivered before she bit down on it.

He noted a small mark along her neck where, he surmised, he’d used his teeth.  Some base demon urged him to pull her back and take what was so close.  He simply stared.  Unable to say anything, Seth watched her cross her arms over her breasts in a protective gesture.  There was no question in his mind she’d been affected by the kiss.  She ran her tongue over her lips again and looked away.  Seth watched her as she brushed deliberately at the front of her day dress before she spoke again.

Long, sooty lashes rose and Celia looked once more into his face.  “I better go,” she whispered.  Quietly heading for the door, she quickened her pace when, she heard him sloshing water as he rose.


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