Monday, May 22, 2017

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Writing the Wolf (Wolves of Crookshollow, #2) by Steffanie Holmes

Writing the Wolf
Wolves of Crookshollow, #2
by Steffanie Holmes
Date of Publication: May 18th 2017
Publisher: Bacchanalia House
Cover Artist: Aria at Resplendant Covers
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifters
Tagline: Rosa just wants to be left alone to write her book, but when werewolves attempt to kidnap her, she realizes her neighbor Caleb is the only one who can protect her. But Caleb is hiding a secret of his own … fur and sparks fly in this hot paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author Steffanie Holmes.

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Sink your teeth into the hot new werewolf paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author, Steffanie Holmes!

Rosa

I need to escape.

After those racist bastards destroyed my home, I can’t face the world again.
I’ve rented a cabin in the heart of the Crookshollow forest. I’m going to lock myself away and work on my book. I’m going to write my story.

And I absolutely, positively WILL NOT think about Caleb, the hunky labourer who’s fixing up my cabin.

No way.

I won’t think about the way his eyes melt my heart, and his smile melts my panties.

I’m too emotionally raw right now. I can’t handle a fling, especially not with a white guy.

Especially not a guy like him. A guy who shags and leaves. I can’t handle any more heartache.

Caleb

Rosa Parker – clever writer, black woman, total hottie.

The connection between us sizzles – there’s no denying it: this woman is my mate.

When I’m near her, all I want to do is claim her.

If only I wasn’t the biggest threat to her life right now.

With a rogue wolf pack after my hide, I can’t afford a distraction. Even a distraction as alluring as her.

I need to keep my wolfish instincts in check.

But I can’t help myself.

Rosa Parker has got under my skin.

And I won’t stop until I’ve made her mine.

Writing the Wolf is a standalone novel with an HEA. It’s the second book in the hot new paranormal romance series by USA Today bestselling author Steffanie Holmes. Read on if you love spunky heroines, pack politics, and a hero so hot he’ll have you howling for more.
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Author Info
Steffanie Holmes is a USA Today bestselling author of dark and steamy paranormal romance. Her books feature clever, witty heroines, wild shifters, cunning witches and alpha males who get what they want.

Before becoming a writer, Steffanie worked as an archaeologist and museum curator. She loves to explore historical settings and ancient conceptions of love and possession. From Dark Age Europe to crumbling gothic estates, Steffanie is fascinated with how love can blossom between the most unlikely characters.

Steffanie lives in New Zealand with her husband and a horde of cantankerous cats. Learn more about Steffanie at her website: www.steffanieholmes.com. She also writes dark science fiction under the name S C Green.

MY INTERVIEW WITH STEFFANIE HOLMES
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Oh, that’s a tough one! My stories can get quite dark, with characters dealing with some really tough emotional issues, and some pretty brutal external threats. I’m definitely not on the “lighthearted and fluffy” end of paranormal romance, although my books do have a lot of funny moments in them.

As for characters, I really like telling stories about clever, strong people who, for whatever reason, maybe haven’t made the best choices in life, or who struggle to stand up for themselves. I don’t like Alpha-hole heroes, so my males are tough, but kind. They’re very protective, but I don’t want to write about men swooping in to save the day and solve all the problems. I like to think of the relationship in a romance book as giving both people the strength they need to make positive changes in both their lives.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I have a busy year planned! I’m writing and publishing seven novels (three done, four to to go) under my Steffanie Holmes pen name, as well as working on a Kickstarter campaign for a children’s book I’ve written. If I could squeeze and eighth book in too, I’d be insanely happy.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
The stories feel like they’re already written, and really all I am is a glorified transcriber, typing as fast as I can to get them polished and out into the world. Writing is the easy part for me – it’s all the other stuff that’s part of being an author that I struggle with!

Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
Yes! The book I’m working on at the moment features a character named Bianca who has appeared in several other stories. I wasn’t ready to write her story a year ago, but now I feel as though I have the chops to do it justice.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
Oh, easy. I’d hang out with Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. I’m a little Conan Doyle obsessed – I even have a Sherlock Holmes tattoo.

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
I want to go so many places and try so many things, I couldn’t even pick just one. I’d love to do a creative writing masters at Oxford University, and just soak up all the history of that place (it’s one of my favourite places in the world). But that might have to wait until I’ve written a few more books!

Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
I’m working on two projects at the moment, both set in the same world as Writing the Wolf. I’m writing the third Wolves of Crookshollow book, Inking the Wolf, which is Bianca and Robbie’s book. Bianca is a tattoo artist, and I’m having lots of fun with this story!

I’m also rewriting my Crookshollow foxes series. These are three novellas following Alex and Ryan’s relationship, and chronologically they’re the first books in the whole world. They’re also the first romance books I ever wrote, so they aren’t perfect. They’re only told from Alex’s POV, and the first sex scene is a bit weird. I’m re-editing all three books to add Ryan’s POV and just polish them so they’re at the same standard as my other books. I’ve been posting some excerpts over on my Patreon, and everyone seems to love what I’m doing so far, so that’s a good sign.

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