by: Kaylie Newell
Series: Wolfe Creek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Some secrets can kill. Others bite...
To the citizens of Wolfe Creek, Aimee Styles is dead. What they don’t know is she’s alive...and a werewolf. After she was bitten two years ago, Aimee isolated herself away from the town, determined to keep them safe. But all it takes is an icy winter evening—and an incredibly virulent flu—to interrupt her self-imposed exile.
Nothing prepared doctor and single dad Jake Blackstock for the sight of Wolfe Creek's missing girl, or her delicate beauty. He's instantly and fiercely attracted to her, despite her secrets and the shadows in her near-black eyes. Jake's falling hard. He knows nothing about Aimee...or what she really is.
But something else lurks in Wolfe Creek's shadows. Something malevolent. Something that won't hesitate to rip apart their life and new love…
“We might get more than a foot tonight,” Jake said, looking out the window. “Maybe two.”
She nodded, not liking the thought of what else might be out there in the darkness beyond the cottage. Tonight, she was glad to be sitting in Jake’s living room, so close to him and Daniel. If there was something watching in these woods, it’d have to do it from a distance.
“Why are you here?” he asked.
She glanced up to find him studying her. She could tell the beer was having the same effect on him that the wine had on her. His gaze dropped to her chest for a moment,
then her thighs, before coming back to rest on her face. His expression was bold, unapologetic.
“Why? Can you tell me that much?”
She took an even breath and put her glass down. She knew she’d have to give him some kind of decent answer. He deserved one. But she couldn’t exactly tell him the
two biggest reasons why she sat here now. That, one, she was pretty sure something was stalking his little family in the woods of Wolfe Creek, and she had to watch over this home and the people inside it. And two, she was completely attracted to him and lonelier than she’d ever been in her life.
“I’m…tired,” she said, choosing her words carefully. “Of being alone. It’s hard.”
She let her gaze shift back to him, afraid of what she’d see there. It was more than she’d intended to say, mainly because it was so true. She hadn’t really meant to open up to Jake Blackstock, but she guessed she could thank the wine for that. She’d always had a problem with her filter, but add any kind of alcoholic beverage to the mix, and forget about it.
His eyes didn’t hold any kind of pity. Nothing to make her feel like some kind of charity case. Instead, she saw empathy, a kind of connection that touched her deep down.
“Me too,” he said simply. “I am, too.”
She watched him, studying his features. As beautiful as they were, they were unable to mask the pain that lay behind them.
“I guess we have something in common, then,” she said. Her heart tumbled as his gaze dropped to her mouth.
He sat only a few feet away and she could almost feel his body heat against her skin. The wind continued to howl outside, impatient, lustful. The fire burned, but it was dying down now. Only the embers remained, an aching memory of
what blazed there only an hour before.
“Why won’t you come back?” he asked. “You have so many people who care about you. They must love you very much.”
“I can’t. Maybe someday, but not yet.” Her voice hitched, surprising her. Tears filled her eyes. She hadn’t let go and cried for so long. But since meeting Jake, she’d done a lot of things that she hadn’t in awhile.
Hi, Kaylie. Thank you for joining me.
Hi, Kim! Thanks for having me. (smiles)
I'm new to the series, so could you tell me about Wolfe Creek?
My best friend and I actually came up with the idea for Lone Wolfe Protector (Book One) on a road trip to Portland. It was dark and blustery, and we passed the real-life town of Wolf Creek which is high in the Cascade Mountains. It’s a very small, very historical town, and as lovely as it is, just its location alone makes you nervous to stop. There’s not a whole lot around except pine trees and wild animals.
We got to thinking...what would happen if you had to stop? What if you ran out of gas up there? And what if the townspeople were a little less than welcoming because they might be hiding something? And the Wolfe Creek Series was born. (smiles)
This trilogy of paranormal romances centers around a native American family who was cursed over a century ago. I didn’t want these to be “in your face” werewolf books. I wanted them to be subtle, creepy, and sexy. A throwback to the old horror movies I love so much that had the kind of slow build up that gives you goose bumps on your scalp.
Aimee Styles sounds intriguing. I can tell she's obviously a protector, since she put herself in exile for two years. Could you tell me more about her?
Aimee is a tough cookie. But she’s also vulnerable. She’s lonely and because of that, she lets herself become attracted to and eventually fall in love with the doctor who saved her life. But she’s obviously got a big secret, one that could tear them apart before they even really have a chance together. And if that isn’t enough, something is lurking in the forests of Wolfe Creek- something deadly. And Aimee knows it’s there for Jake. This girl has a lot on her plate!
The Moonshadow's Daughter is an interesting title. How did you come up with it?
Aimee wasn’t born a werewolf. She was bitten and had to acclimate to this new, magical, and often scary life. In my mind, she was a being that was created under the full moon of Wolfe Creek...she’s kind of its child in a way. And that’s how the title came to me-
What do you think Aimee and Jake would say about you as the creator and author of their story?
Great question! Well, I’d hope that they’d say I was a romantic at heart, and gave them the story they wanted. Maybe they’d say I watch too many movies and read too many Stephen King books for my own good, but that in the end, those help me become a better storyteller. They’d probably also insinuate that I eat too much junk food while writing, but at that point I’d tell them to shut up. (winks)
LOL. Thank you so much for joining me, Kaylie. I'm looking forward to reading The Moonshadow's Daughter.
Thank you for having me! I hope you like it-
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Kaylie Newell was born in the great state of Oregon, where she was raised alongside rivers and lakes and scruffy dogs that chased their tennis balls as far as Kaylie's noodle arms could throw. As she grew, so did her imagination, and it didn't take long to realize she was a romantic at heart. She began to fancy herself the future wife of a cowboy, the likes of which graced every paperback novel she could get her hands on. She decided to go to college in Oklahoma to snag herself one, but irony won over when she fell in love with a hippie in sheep's clothing instead. Together, they came back to Oregon, started a family and watched their dreams unfold. Kaylie wrote her first book when her girls were toddlers, editing sex scenes with The Wiggles on in the background. She's proud of many things in life, among them the fact that she can still recite her lines from Romeo and Juliet from her seventh grade play, the fact that she can set a grilled cheese sandwich on fire faster than most people can make one, but mostly she's proud of the stories blossoming inside her noggin on a daily basis.
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