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Welcome back Jennifer St. Giles

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The Path of True Love

Have you ever wondered why some people fall in love and stay in love while others lose their way?  I think that they key to why some find true love and others don’t can be found in one of the essential elements of a shapeshifter romance.  Sexual Attraction, hunky heroes, and beautiful heroines have their place in the fantasy of perfect love, but in reality mean very little to the essence of true love.  What is this heart?  What element of a shapeshifter romance do I mean?  The beauty of acceptance.  For in a shapeshifter romance, one must accept an inherent difference in one’s love.  A difference that can be frightening and dangerous, yet true love protects, accepts, and believes.  What do you think?  Do you agree?  In Bride of the Wolf, Marissa reaches this crossroad with Navarre and her love for him passes this test to forge a powerful bond between them that evil cannot destroy.  What do you think about true love?  What elements enable couples to survive the fires of life and find true love?  Today, in celebration of the release of Bride of the Wolf, I will give away a signed copy to one lucky winner who posts their answer to this question. 

Blurb for Bride of the Wolf— Blind and Injured Blood Hunter Navarre is kidnapped along with oil heiress Marissa Vasquez.  Their bid for freedom puts them into a deadly race for their lives as they become the hunted prey of two Vladarian Vampires and the evil Dr. Cinatas.  Together Marissa and Navarre’s spirits form a powerful link matched only by their passion.  But can a mortal woman attain true love with a man who is half wolf?  Or will their enemies steal their one chance at happiness?

Excerpt from Bride of the Wolf

She turned quickly around at the sound of wood tapping on stone.  Navarre joined her by the water.

“You’re becoming very good at that, you know,” she said, walking to him and taking his hand in hers.

He gripped her hand tightly and turned his face toward hers as if trying to see her.  “Much of it is memory and part of it is trying to sense other things around me,” he said.  “After seeing the picture of the path in your mind and counting the steps to each change in the level of the ground, I can now find my way back and forth. When I smell the flowers I know I’m close to the trees.  The water is fifteen steps from the large root at the bottom of the path. But you are different,” he said softly.

“Than roots?”

“Than everything.  I don’t have to memorize details or try and sense things.  With you I know.  I know when you’re near.  I know what you feel.  Instead of feeling warm pleasure from my touch and the ecstasy we shared, you feel angst.  Why?”  The moon crested over the trees and sent a slice of light down, casting the shadows from his face.

Her breath caught at the thrill of his roughly hewn features, towering strength and yet gentleness.  How could she explain her confusion?  “I…I feel the pleasure.  Dios, it is something I’ve never known and will never forget, but–”

“Aaah!” Navarre cried out, his back arching and his limbs shuddering.  His cane flew from his hand and he nearly flung her off balance before he released his death grip on her hand.  He cried out again and his body twisted forward.  He landed on his knees and looked up to the sky.

“By Logos…save me!” he yelled. 

“Navarre?  Dios mio, what is wrong?”  Marissa grabbed his shoulder, wishing she could see into his mind as he saw into hers.

A scream of pure torture ripped from his lungs and suddenly his muscles bulged, everywhere, nearly doubling his body mass.  It seemed to her that bones cracked and stretched in painful succession, one after another.  His neck, back, arms changed, then his hands, his fingers turning into sharp-nailed claws.  Legs, thighs, calves, and feet.  Black hair erupted from his smooth skin, covering his chest, back, arms, and face.  Fangs projected from his upper jaw.

He was the creature again, only this time even bigger.  But it was more than that.  She sensed a primal savagery oozing from him.  She stumbled back, lost her step, and would have fallen into the water if he hadn’t reached out and grabbed her arm.  His claws painfully scratched her skin.

“Navarre?  Madre de Dios, what has happened?  You’re…you’re the creature again.  What has Herrera done to you?”

Breathing heavy, he released his hold on her arm and she saw she was bleeding.

“Blood,” he said harshly.  “I smell blood.”

He grabbed her arm again, bringing her scratches to his nose and inhaling.  Then he licked the blood on her arm.

She cried out and he jumped back, pulling away from him.

“Hurt you,” he said, his voice grated like broken glass.  “Sorry.  Hurt you.”

“Marissa!  Marissa!”  Father Dom yelled.  He ran toward them with a large branch in his hand and shoved its sharp, jagged end at Navarre.  “He’s evil.  The shape shifter is evil. This creature will kill you.”

“No!” Navarre roared.  He snatched the branch from the priest’s hand and snapped it in half with his claw as if it was no more than a toothpick.

“Marissa, to your right!” called Rafael.

She twisted around and saw that Rafael had the machine gun pointed their way.  She cried out, moving closer to Navarre to protect him.

I hope you get a chance to catch the Shadowmen heat wave!

Happy Reading

Jennifer St. Giles

Jenniferstgiles.com

***Again answer Jennifer’s questions for a chance to win an autographed copy of Bride of The Wolf. Good Luck***

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22 Responses

  1. I believe in true love. I think true love is different for everyone. I believe in your heart you just know that certain person is the one for you. I think everyone is put to test on their love and if they make it thru all of the hardships or problems then it is true love.

  2. Hi! I love the excerpt.
    True love… a rare phenomenon or not? I believe in true love (mostly because I have it :)). What takes for it to survive? Many things, but I think the most important ones are understanding and acceptance of each others faults and shortcomings. Both partners also have to adapt their lives around each other. By this I don’t mean they have to change themselves and who they are but they have to be ready to adjust. I hope this didn’t sound too serious or to philosophical 🙂

  3. Good Morning Ladies and its great to be back here and I so want to thank Greta! for having me again. So today we talk about true love. Frana! No you are definitely not too serious and philosophical, but some very wise words to brighten an already sunny morning! And Becky, I love the part about the heart knowing. Sometimes the heart instinctively knows even before the person does.

  4. I guess I’m the cynic in the crowd because I don’t really believe true love exists in real life…only in books!

  5. This May we’ll celebrate our 22nd anniversary. We really enjoy each others company and go out of our way to make time to do things together, with and without our children. We know happy marriages take work (sometimes overtime) and we have tried to never go to bed upset with each other. We rarely argue and I think it’s because we know each other so well that we can predict how the other will react so we compromise before we start to argue.

    He tolerates an unswept floor because he knows that reading that extra chapter at night will make me happy, and I tolerate him turning up the volume of the tv because he really enjoys watching and listening to it. It’s the little things we say and do that make the relationship persevere.

    I believe in true love because I feel like I’m living it! It’s not something to be complacent about but something to nurture everyday.

  6. Karen and Lisa. Great to hear from you and also to hear your perspectives on true love. Karen, I so glad that while even though you don’t buy into the concept of true love you can still thoroughly enjoy the fantasy of it. And Lisa, how wonderful for you that you and your DH have found a way to flow so well together. These are fantastic little tidbits that everyone is sharing! I can’t thank you enough!

  7. Hi Jennifer. Great post. Bride of the Wolf sounds good. I love the cover.
    I do believe in true love. I think that it is different for every person.

  8. I do believe in true love but still looking for mine. Looking forward to Bride of the Wolf, enjoyed today’s post!

  9. Thank you Crystal and Teresa! LOL a guess after the crazy fun of RT I came home in a contemplative mood! So I am thankful that you ladies find my musing interesting.
    I have always believed that if you boil life down to its bare essence. the need to love and to be loved drives us all.

  10. I do believe. And good communication helps.

  11. Hi Jennifer! I have been happily married for 26 years to the love of my life! So yes, I do believe in true love. I really want to get my hands on this book ** LOL **.

  12. I do believe in true love. I’ve seen it with my grandparents. they were still going strong after 60 yrs together.

  13. I believe in true love but I don’t always think we find it. I think its always out there for everyone but we don’t always meet that perfect person for us. Your book sounds great.

  14. I believe in true love and will keep looking for it until I find it. I think the secret will be tolerance and empathy.

  15. So True love does resonate in the hearts of many, either by experience or by belief that someday they might find that special person they can share a true love with. It was so great to hear from all of you Barbara P, Amy, Quilt Lady, Pam K and Chey! And LOL it is even better to hear that you want to check out my Shadowmen! I’d pick all of you to win a copy but then a writer would go totally broke.

  16. I agree with you! People have to be accepting of other people to truly be happy. Hard to accept but oh so true!! 🙂

    lyoness2009 AT hotmail.com

  17. I haven’t found that someone yet, but boy am I on the lookout! If you find any cute, nice guys who listen…..Send them my way! wink wink!

    rachie2004@ YAHOO.com

  18. LOL Rachie You and my daughter both! and Lyoness, you are so right, even beyond the true love aspect, being accepting of others leads to loving which then leads to being happy! Good Call. This has been so much fun even though I inadvertantly chose a more serious topic!
    Thanks for being such troopers
    Happy Reading and you be the one to Catch the Shadowmen Heat Wave this spring. I’ll check back in the morning but for now I’ll say goodnight!
    Jennifer St. Giles

  19. I believe in true love and fate. I believe when you meet that 1 special someone all the peices fall into place. I fell that I have that with my hubby. He is my everything.

  20. Loved the first two books in this series! I do believe in true love. Mine is 26 years in June with my hero here. Got to go find him now to remind him again! Thanks.

  21. Hi Jennifer. I do believe in true love, understanding, accepting, respecting and loving each other and differences.

  22. I believe in true love. Every day I’m grateful for my man. It was such a miracle to find happiness with the first man I started to date. Even after almost nine years together, we are very much in love.

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