Welcome to the Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked for the Rites of Spring Blog Hop. I love this time of year because I can open the doors and windows of my house and enjoy the breezes that come through. I also get to see new growth on the trees and flowers in the garden. New beginnings. The best time of year.
This blog hop is all about firsts, and I'm happy to say I've just celebrated my FIRST publishing anniversary. Woot! So exciting.
I write paranormal stories because the very first book I remember my father reading to me was the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Have you ever enjoyed his work? It's where I learned how the Elephant's Child got his trunk, how the Camel got his hump, how the Leopard got his spots, and the song of Old-Man Kangaroo. I whiled away many a night dreaming of the great gray-green greasy Limpopo River and the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, and danced to dreams of the Dingo-Yellow Dog Dingo and Old Man Kangaroo. The animals could speak and had adventures of their own. Better than Disney, it set me on my path writing about werewolves, dragons, goblins, and the magic of the Fae.
If you haven't ready Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, I highly recommend them, and they're great bedtime stories for your kids if you have them. I've introduced my kids to the Camel already and The Elephant's Child is next. :)
As for my own stories, the first book in the Callowwood Pack series, Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack, is out and available for your pleasure. It introduces my werewolves and how the wolves learned to walk like a man. ;) Oh yes, Best Beloved, you can learn this tale along with Julianna Morris as she trains to be the Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack. Here is the blurb:
Julianna Morris didn’t know werewolves existed…until she became one.
Hiding her new identity, Julianna returns home only to find her teenage crush, Jeff Lightfoot, is the future Alpha of the Callowwood werewolf pack. She’s unexpectedly chosen as a candidate for the pack’s next Luna, the Alpha female—and Jeff’s mate. This is perfect, except Julianna knows nothing about being a werewolf, and someone’s determined to make her fail the Seven Tests of the Luna.
Jeff Lightfoot lusted after Julianna for years, even when he thought she was human. Now she’s home and all his—if she passes the tests. She’s his True Mate and he wants no one else, but pack politics trump Mother Nature and will prevent him from choosing Julianna if she fails.
For the future she wants, Julianna must pass the tests to become Queen Bitch of Callowwood—or watch Jeff take another woman as his mate.
For this blog hop, I'm offering a Siobhan Muir tote bag full of swag (internationally), and there is also a Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire (offered international), and a First Prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card for the overall blog hop. The more places you hop to, the more chances you have to win. The hop runs from 12:01 am Pacific time March 20th until 11:58 pm Pacific time March 23rd. The winner will be announced on the blog on Sunday, March 24th.
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To be entered for the Siobhan Muir Tote, you have to tell me what was the first bedtime story you remember that fired your imagination? Please leave a valid email address or Twitter handle in your comment so I can find you to let you know if you won. If you don't post your email or Twitter handle, you won't be included in the drawing.
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Thank you for stopping by. Don't forget to hop to the other blogs and see what firsts they're offering. Have a great spring and happy reading! :)