Heart of a Wolf
A Wicked Series, #2
by K.D. Friedrich
Date of Publication: March 12th 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tagline: He's bringing his mate home and he's not taking no for an answer.
It's a whole new world for the supernatural community. Their existence has been thrust into the spotlight and not everyone is thrilled.
Winter Leery has been away from home for ten years. Betrayed by her mate, she sought a new life on the east end of Long Island, New York far away from the pain and embarrassment of his rejection. A witch born with the gift to sooth a shifter's beast, she was recruited, trained, and inducted into the elite guard, sworn to protect the supernatural community and humans alike. A dangerous job she's kept hidden from her overprotective family for the last decade.
But, thanks to a crazed witch and his cruel vampire partner, her secret is out, her estranged mate is back, and her once under-active libido is suddenly raging like an inferno.
Tristan, alpha to his pack, has had his work cut out for him these last few years. With hate groups rising up all over the east coast, mating heat riding him hard, and his father hounding him to claim his mate, he's holding on by a thin thread. Unfortunately, his true mate left him ten years ago and he doubts she'll be back. He screwed up where Winter is concerned. For years, he's ignored his mating heat, refusing to force her return, but now, she's disappeared. With his protective instincts raging, he rushes to Long Island's east end to begin the hunt for the one woman he has never forgotten.
This time, he's bringing his mate home and he's not taking no for an answer.
Excerpt Heart of a Wolf
"This was not what I meant, when I said I like it rough," Winter Leery muttered to herself.
Nope, in her sexy fantasies, the bindings that tied her wrists were silk, not rope, and the room smelled of roses, not dust and sweat.
Once again, she tugged at the restraints tying her to the headboard of the minuscule rusty cot. For a group of no-good thugs, they sure knew how to tie a knot. They certainly didn't learn the skill in the Boy Scouts. She doubted morals and merit ran high on her captors’ list of qualities. Based on the way they dodged her defensive moves, she pegged them as military or mercenaries.
Winter's groan echoed against the neutral-colored stone walls. Being stuck in the same position for so long gave her an excruciating cramp in her thigh. In an attempt to ease the ache, she shifted. The change in position offered her momentary relief before the spasm returned.
"I need to get the hell out of here." She gritted her teeth.
Winter wrinkled her nose at the incessant mildew stench clogging her senses. She glanced around at her prison. No windows lined the damp cinder block room. Her only light came from a dangling bulb hovering above her. Rows of rotted wooden shelves clung to the wall on one side. On the other, she found a pile of cardboard boxes. No words or logos decorated the cartons to give her any hint of her location or who might have taken her.
Not one to surrender, she tried to summon her magic and like the dozens of times since they shoved her in this cellar, she found her powers bound by an unseen barricade. Add on top of that, her inability to reach the natural elements and she was as helpless as a human.
Winter shivered. If she had to guess, she'd peg the temperatures in her jail around twenty degrees. Outside, she heard the wind whistling through the trees. Maintaining her body heat had become difficult.
Witches, like most supernatural beings, had the ability to maintain their body temperature regardless of the weather. Even under extreme conditions. But she was tired and drained. Staying warm had snuffed out the little bit of strength she possessed. If she remained in this freezing cellar much longer, she'd die from exposure. Not exactly a fitting way to go for an elite guard.
Tears threatened to spill over her lashes. "Suck it up, soldier," she mumbled to herself. "Think."
K. D. Friedrich is a writer of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. A lifelong New Yorker, an overprotective mother (her daughter's words), and an obsessed reader of everything romance. Most days, you can find her hard at work, creating intricate worlds and compelling characters, hot alpha heroes being her favorite. Her novel, Soul Tie Seduction, placed second in the 2013 Golden Palm contest for Paranormal Romance and was a finalist in the 2016 Golden Quill for Paranormal Romance.
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Interview with K D Friedrich . . .
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
My writing is sensual with a twist of drama, humor, and action. I write what I would like to read and always make sure my characters have their happily ever after.
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I am currently writing book 3 in A Wicked Series and plan to have it out by the end of this year. I am also working on a few other projects, mainly novellas. If all goes well. I will publish one of those as well.
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?
There is a story I've been working on for years. Every now and then, I go back to it, work on it a few days, and then put it away. It was the first book I ever wrote. I can't let it go because it holds a special place in my heart. Some day, I will finish her story, but until my character demands it, the story will remain incomplete.
If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
Any five members J R Ward's, Black Dagger Brotherhood. Especially, Vishous and Rhage. I have reread their stories over and over again. Oh, and Butch too. He's one of my favorites from that series. Forget five, I want to hang out with all of them.
Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
My current work in progress is the third book in A Wicked Series called Taste of a Tiger. It tells the story of Grayson, a tiger shifter with a grudge against humanity and Jane, a feisty human who is pro-shifter, but comes from a family that hates everything supernatural. The opposition on both sides creates plenty of drama, conflict, and is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Although, in the early stages, I'm happy with how fast the plot is progressing.