Alexandra Anthony’s Interview with Catherine Wolffe, Author of Waking Up Dead

Thanks so much to Alexandra Anthony for having me on her blog today.  I wanted to share with you and hope you enjoy the excerpt.  Waking Up Dead is finally live at Amazon as well as Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.  I’m thrilled!  Now for the interview.  Enjoy!

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I’d like to give a warm welcome to Catherine Wolffe and thank her for taking the time to stop by my blog to introduce her new book in The Western Werewolf Legend Series.  We sat down and she was gracious enough to give us a sneak peek into the book and answer a few questions.

Your upcoming book is part of The Western Werewolf Legend series.  Can you tell us about Waking up Dead?

I’d love to, Alexandra.  Waking up Dead is the second book in the Western Werewolf Legend.  The setting is 1864 and the civil war is dragging on.  Sonja Brooks, a Pennsylvania widow has fallen in love with Tyler Loflin, a Rebel soldier.  She embraces her wolf while he does his best to protect her from the vampires searching for her.  With a sharp-tongued witch and a werewolf god as mentors, Sonja and Ty set out to right injustices and save the innocent.

My main characters, Sonja Brooks and Tyler Loflin struggle with the ‘gift’ and the danger that faces them as werewolves with special powers.  Sonja’s blood is coveted by vampires because it allows them to walk in the daylight.  She’s shared her blood with Tyler in order to heal wounds he sustained in battle and so his blood is sought after as well.

How did you come up with the title?

The danger these two new werewolves face could mean their end at any time.  Then with a story twist, you find out the title has more teeth than at first assumed.

Will there be a third book in the series?

Yes, I have a third book planned.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers? 

I appreciate your patience and hope you enjoy Waking up Dead.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Do you have a favorite chapter or passage you’d like to share?

I have several scenes that I enjoyed writing, however, here’s one I think we can all relate to, even if we’re not werewolves in love.

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Suddenly, an almost discernible ripple in the water had Sonja’s eyes opening and a soft gasp leaving her lips.  Ty’s hands surrounded her waist in the water, pulling her close.  He stood behide her naked and aroused against her back and buttocks.  The delirious sensation of desire warmed her as he made sure their bodies came together making her aware of him all along her length.  His pride swelled with their combined heat and she moaned aloud with pleasure.  “You certainly know how to make an entrance, Lieutenant.”

She turned to him as he grinned that wolfish grin of his, which had every nerve in her body going on high alert.  Her attraction to this man could not be denied, nor could she deny how much she cared for him and wanted desperately to protect him.  Even if his male ego wouldn’t recognize her efforts.  After making love at night, Sonja would lie awake as her exhausted brain tried desperately to devise a way to keep him safe.  He may have feelings for her, but this mess wasn’t of his making.  He didn’t deserve to endure the hardships dumped upon him.

Ty lowered his head and captured her lips bringing her attentions back to focus on the man.

“My woman is thinking again, I see.”  He nipped her bottom lip before switching his attentions to her earlobe followed by the tender skin along her neck.

“Of late, I think a lot.  Still, I can’t find the answers.”  She dropped her head back as his tongue lingered near her collarbone.  His teeth found the taste of her enticing.  Before she could object, he’d taken her mouth again in a kiss more forceful than the first.  Scorching her with its intensity, branding her with its fire, the kiss drove Sonja to do no more than stand, unable to move in the sizzling heat of his embrace.

“You needn’t worry about answers.  They will come.”  Ty’s breath, warm and moist on her skin shoved rational thoughts to the back of the line as he traced the swell of one wet breast to the taut peak.  The sensation of his mouth on her flesh, nursing her nipple tugged at her coherency.  Soon the pull on her womb from his attentions brought a creamy warmth to pool between her legs.  Lax with desire, Sonja held on with everything she had left.  “Have you finished your bath, my lady?”

The question seemed rhetorical to Sonja.  “If I wasn’t, would it matter?” she chided.  Wanting to prick his conscience, she ran a slim, damp finger along the bridge of his perfectly straight Choctaw nose.  “You sir aren’t behaving like a gentleman.  What’s a poor defenseless girl to do?”

“Well, since you ask, I can think of a thing or two she could do.”  Without another word, he scooped her up and sloshed out of the water.  Sonja considered he would deposit her on the bank and allow her to get dressed.

She was wrong.  Instead, Ty carried her further from the water’s edge before gently laying her back on a blanket she hadn’t realized was there.  Under the cover of a great old oak tree, he stretched out beside her and used his shirt to dry her limbs before throwing the voluminous dress she had taken off over them both as protection from anyone who should happen upon them.

Her body hummed with anticipation as he ran his long, lean hand slowly down her slight curves to the crisp hair of her mound.  Unable to take her eyes off his profile, Sonja’s breath caught in a surge of yearning so abrupt and intense it felt like pain.

“Ah, my woman wants me, I wager.  You’ve missed me while I was gone?”  His voice had gone low with desire.  Slipping two fingers inside the heat of her need, Ty stroked steadily.

Sonja could have floated on such a whisper-thin cloud of sensation forever.  No one had ever made her feel like this man did.  Certainly not her first husband, Robert, rest his dead soul.  Sex had been merely a means to an end with him, nothing to compare to this dissent into paradise with Ty.

“Tell me, Sonja, did you miss me?  I want to hear the words.”  The thinly veiled passion in his eyes stirred her longing to new heights as he worked a third finger inside her.  Sonja felt her muscles tighten as desire warmed her to the core.

“Yes, I missed you so much.”  Reaching up, she sank her hand into his long dark hair, which was still damp from the stream.  “Please, Ty.  I want you inside me.”

“Soon, Sonja, soon.  But first, I want to taste you.  I want to capture your need and drink you in like wine.”  His mouth grazed her nipple as his fingers continued their onslaught.

Sonja arched with the contact of his mouth on her breast.  The tug of his mouth sent her spiraling down into a world where only need and desire reigned supreme.  Any other thoughts vanished into oblivion.

Grazing his jaw against her stomach as he traveled lower, he growled low in his throat.  “Um, this is what a man wants to come home to.”

Books by Catherine Wolffe

Amazon

Waking up Dead http://tinyurl.com/blnxt3o

The Lady in the Mist  http://tinyurl.com/bbm7ggk

The Lady in the Mist – Sample http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008KFPB7Y

Comanche Haven  http://tinyurl.com/asbadal

Comanche Haven – Sample  http://tinyurl.com/bps6rtp

A Dance in Time  http://tinyurl.com/c24lup9

Smashwords

The Lady in the Mist https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/241898

The Lady in the Mist – Samplehttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/181516

Comanche Haven https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/110948

Comanche Haven – Sample https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/297802

Barnes & Noble

The Lady in the Mist  http://tinyurl.com/cvhcxb4

The Lady in the Mist – Sample  http://tinyurl.com/bnyw4ks

Comanche Haven – http://tinyurl.com/bqngg5m

Catherine Wolffe’s Links:

Blog  www.catherinewolffe.wordpress.com

Amazon Author page  http://tinyurl.com/c4vmtwl

Facebook Fan page https://www.facebook.com/AwardWinningAuthorCatherineWolffe

Twitter  http://twitter.com/catherinewolffe/

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6438562.Catherine_Wolffe

Google +  catherinewolffe@google+.com

Pinterest  http://pinterest.com/catherinewolffe/

Freado  http://www.freado.com/users/34241/Catherine-Wolffe

Barnes & Noble Author page http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/catherine-wolffe?store=book&keyword=catherine+wolffe

The Jeep Diva’s Review

The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend #1 has received a four star review from the Jeep Diva! I’m thrilled and humbled by Rachel’s kind words about the story line. Since many of you know that the second book in the series, Waking Up Dead will be coming out any day now, I wanted to share the review and give you a chance to read the free sample available at Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.

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Check out a free sample of the complete book at this line:

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Review: Lady in the Mist by Catherine Wolffe
by Rachel

The Lady in the Mist (The Western Werewolf Legend #1)

By: Catherine Wolffe

Ebook: 109 pages

Publisher: Self-Published

ASIN: B009L93KVM

Source: Author for an honest review

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Western Werewolf Legend #1

Stars: 4

Flames: 2

Summary

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel solider dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

In Book 1 of this new series by Award-winning author Catherine Wolffe, the Western Werewolf Legend weaves a new blend of western romance with paranormal elements involving werewolves and vampires.

Review

This was a very enjoyable werewolf story even though there are vampires in it. It takes place during the Civil War and it makes for an interesting setting. Of course vampires are the enemy of the werewolves. This story was a really good introduction to the series and I can’t wait to read the next one.

The two main characters struggle to come to terms with everything going on and the changes taking place in both of them. Ty seems like the perfect man to be Sonja’s mate. Sonja did seem a little annoying to me a few times with her reluctance to tell Ty the truth and then running from him when he changes. However it all worked out in the end. The Guardian in this story is a little bit of a mystery. I am not sure if he is a god or maybe father of the werewolves or what. I like the mystery of it though. The witch in the story is helping Sonja along the way and plays a big part in this story too.

In this story the vampires are not the hot romantic men of the paranormal romance novels. They are vicious, blood sucking, scheming, killing machines but I think the wolves can take them. I normally prefer vampires to werewolves but in this story I am definitely all about the werewolves.

This book was short. You would be able to read it in a couple sittings but it is worth the time to read it and I am awaiting the sequel to see what happens next and where Ty and Sonja go.

Rachel | April 19, 2013 at 12:30 am | Tags: Review | Categories: 2 Flames, 4 stars, Catherine Wolffe, Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend | URL: http://wp.me/p2H8J8-1FA
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Thursday Teaser

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Today’s Thursday Teaser teaser is a portion of Ty’s admission from The Lady in the Mist. He wrestles with his doubt, never dreaming Sonja harbors some of the same feelings. His lineage and military background are septic to most people of the North, but not Sonja.423007_508741209144084_1457794644_nSonja shoved against him, protesting weakly to be free.  “Wait…”  He continued his attack.  Soon she ceased to struggle.  Instead, she laced her arms around his neck, her fingers running up into his hair, before fisting in the strands.  The kiss shifted before turning ardent and tender.  Ty sensed the need she harbored in the way she molded her firm breasts to him.  Her breath came out in a whisper when he released her mouth.  He yearned to be able to cherish the woman he held in his arms, but he was reminded of who he was.

“I’m the enemy as well.”  Ty hated to admit the truth aloud but he had to put all his cards on the table.

She sniffed rubbing a hand under her nose.  “Why because you’re a Rebel soldier or a half-breed?”

“Most places I go, the sentiment is the same.”  He shook his head.  “You deserve better.  You have to understand I’ve been alone for so long, the pain doesn’t concern me anymore.  But you have your whole life ahead of you.  You deserve better than the existence you’d have with me.”  He gathered her closer until he could feel her blood beneath her skin.  “You have no idea how badly I want you.  It’s as if a piece of me dies each time I look at you and know I can’t be the man for you.”

“Why do you say I have my whole life ahead of me?  You don’t know me, Ty.  I’m not the beautiful, pristine woman you take me for.”

His hands ached to reach out sinking his fingers into her long mane.  She’d used his given name for the first time.  His soul ached for her as he stood there in her bedroom with the air fairly burning around them.  He had found his mate.  All the years of loneliness ebbed away.  The pain of being an outcast dissolved in her hold.  The desire to know this woman intimately spiraled out of control.  Shoved at the confines of reality, he hacked out a small piece of bliss right there in her arms.

Burying his head in the curls at her neck, Ty gave in to the need to put his hunger into words.  “Christ, Sonja.  Never say you aren’t perfect, lovely and all the things a woman should be.  You’re wonderful.”  He leaned back to look in her tawny eyes.  The heat in them could melt all his troubles away, Ty mused.  Tapping a fist on his chest, he furrowed his brow.  “I’m to blame, I can’t help myself.  I shouldn’t even be asking this, but I want you so bad.  Let me lie with you, if only for the night.”  Ty grazed her nape with his teeth, the sensation running through him. She tasted of honeysuckle.

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I hope you enjoyed the excerpt, if so let me know in a comment below.  I have a lovely new Waking Up Dead bookmark for those who would leave a review on Amazon for book one of the Western Werewolf Legend.  Remember, Waking Up Dead will be out soon in ebook as well as paperback.  Thanks for dropping by.

Books by Catherine Wolffe
Books by Catherine Wolffe

Good Morning!

Hopefully the weather is getting better in your part of the world and Monday is a good day with sunshine and warmth.  Spring is here in the deep south.  The flowers are blooming, the pollen is floating and the birds are singing.  Sorry about the pollen, those are the facts, though.  We are expecting warm weather today, perfect for mowing the grass which is already growing like crazy.

What I’d like to share with you today is another excerpt from The Lady in the Mist.  With the release of Waking Up Dead in less than two weeks, I wanted to give you another peek into the world of Sonja and Tyler.  Becoming a werewolf is hard enough.  Compound that with falling in love and you have pretty good idea of the delima Sonja faces.  Ty has his own set of problems with his military responsibilities and changes happening that he doesn’t understand.

Here’s a small excerpt:

Sonja woke with a start.  Her gasp came out short.  The sheet clung to her clammy body but she didn’t acknowledge either.  Blinking back tears, she wiped at her cheeks.  It was the dream— that had brought her to the brink of despair.  Ty slept beside her, a man well sated.  A tender smile trembled across her mouth as she leaned over.  The dark strains of hair covering his eyes made her wish for a different time, a different place for this to happen to them. She brushed Ty’s hair from his eyes.  The chiseled planes of his face stood out in stark relief against the white of the pillow.  How perfect he was.  With her arms wrapped about herself, Sonja pondered this man the fates had sent her.  The pleasure of watching him sleep took some of the pain of the dream from her.  She didn’t want to think about him leaving, though he surely must go.  The pain would be too much to bear, she mused.  She wanted him like her next breath.  What would she do?  Surely, things wouldn’t turn out as bad as she’d envisioned.  With the old witch’s potion, she would get him to sleep through the full moon.  Hopefully, with some luck they’d both make it through her becoming a werewolf.

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I’ll be sharing a new steamy free sample of The Lady in the Mist soon on Amazon and Smashwords.  Be on the lookout for that announcement in the coming days.  Thanks for stopping by.

A New Start – The Lady in the Mist – Now in Paperback

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Books by Catherine Wolffe

Spring is always a good time of the year to slow down and reflect on the simple joys around us.  We may have to look closely and dig through some pollen to get to those joys, yet they are there if we will only open our eyes to their magnificence.  The sky turns a warmer blue and the birds sing their happy songs.  The earth begins to emerge in Mother Nature’s magnificent glory.  We start to hope for better days and the future looks brighter simply because the sun shines a bit more.  The snow melts to expose the treasures of fledgling plants surging toward new life.  Showers fill the creeks and feed the vegetation in promise of a greener earth.

I chose this time of the year to share my book with readers.  The Lady in the Mist is the the first offering in The Western Werewolf Legend series.  With Waking up Dead’s ebook release at the end of the month, I wanted to give the readers a chance to hold The Lady in their hands.  If they like, an autographed copy is available from me.  Contact me at catherinewolffe@gmail.com or you can pm me at https://www.facebook.com/AwardWinningAuthorCatherineWolffe for the price and details.  Nothing means more to me than hearing from those who read my work and enjoy the story.  Please drop me a line and share your thoughts.  I’d love to hear from you.

I considered the release of Waking up Dead for April because of the parallel of a new start to go along with the story line of the book.   Ty and Sonja are in search of such a new beginning and their journey starts with the closing of a chapter.  The world they knew so well has become a dangerous place.  They have to flee.  The trip is made more dangerous with the added responsibility of protecting those they care about.  Here’s an excerpt between Sonja and her sister as they leave the familiar for the unknown.  I hope you enjoy reading the excerpt as much as I enjoy bringing this portion of their story to you.

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Sonja allowed the mule-team to have their head.  The trail was narrow with little room to wander.  The canvas-covered wagon followed those of the Rebel soldiers Ty had saved.  Were the men uneasy about the trip?  Her own apprehensions coupled with the unknown path ahead warred for position in her head.  Hoping to relieve her own unease, Sonja glanced at her sister seated beside her.  “Briann, you’ve said little since we left town.  Are you sorry you came with us?”

Sonja’s sister glanced at her before focusing straight ahead.“No, I’m not sorry.  A little sad to have grown up and lived in the same place for so long.  Now to be driven away by Perkins and his vultures makes me angry.”  She paused and glanced at her boys asleep in her lap.  “Where are we headed?”  Laying a hand on the boys’ weary heads, she smiled when her children yawned openly.

“South.”  Sonja peered up ahead at the wagons they’d procured for the journey.  The Confederate soldiers had all changed into civilian clothing thanks to Hortence and her spells.  South sounded like a far-away place and the idea made Sonja nervous.  Her hands wanted to shake.  She gripped the reins tighter.  The road, so far, had wound around bends and up hills before spilling into another valley with new growth greening more readily the further they went.  “I’m sorry I got you into this mess.”  The words came unbidden.  Sonja didn’t give them time to linger before she smiled for her younger sister.  Briann was beautiful with her long waves of coppery fire.  The boys resembled their mom and Sonja secretly hoped they always would.  A smattering of bright freckles dusted their noses and pert pink lips formed perfect bows in their cherub faces.  Love swelled in her chest when she watched them in all their innocence.  Her family – what was left of it was precious to her.  She tried not to think of what she would do if anything happened to them.

Briann quieted again.  Sonja wanted to give her sister some comfort, some support.  However, the danger they all faced remained a grave deterrent.  She slapped the reins over the horse’s rump and steered the team to follow the wagon ahead of theirs.

The gentle sway of the wagons proved mesmerizing.  Sonja was already tired and they’d barely cleared Pennsylvania.  Ty had secured several wagons to help with the refugees who couldn’t walk properly.  Sonja drove one, while Smitty and Conners drove the other two.

“Sonja, if anything should happen to me, will you see to the boys?”

The pain of her sister’s statement weighed heavy on her chest.  “Don’t talk like that, please.  We’ll be fine.  I won’t let anything happen to you or the boys, I promise.”

Her sister’s beautiful green eyes gleamed with unshed tears.  “Don’t promise things you can’t deliver, Sis.”

“You don’t think I can protect you?”

“It’s not that.  I know you’d do everything you could to see us safely out of harm’s way.  Fate may have other ideas.  That’s all.”

They rode side by side for a long time without saying anything.

Truth sometimes had a way of crippling one’s notions of their abilities.  Sonja would speak to Hortence and the Guardian about Briann’s fears.  Surely, her sister was mistaken about her abilities.  She was her sister whom she loved more than life itself.  If she had to give up her gift to save her sister, she’d gladly do it.

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Just a note:  I’ll be blog hopping with Carrie Ann Ryan next week and sharing a freebie with blog hoppers, as well as bookmarks and ebook giveaways.  Don’t miss my posts next week!

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