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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

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Jennifer St. Giles is visiting today

Jennifer, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Thank you, too.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

In a nutshell?  I live in the South, love warm temperatures, sandy beaches, and lazy days.  I’ve had a career as a Registered Nurse, I’ve homeschooled my three kids and always have a house full of the neighborhood kids who think I am the best cook around (LOL hungry boys that eat just about anything are easily deceived).  I love travel and art and reading.  And to cap it off, I am obsessed with writing.

How long have you been writing?

Well, I always say my biggest regret is that I didn’t stick with it when I was younger.  I started writing a historical at 25 in the mid-eighties when publishing a book was easier, life intruded and I didn’t finish.  Then I started a romantic suspense at 28 and the same thing happened.  At 34 I started and finished a 600 page suspense in three months and I haven’t stopped writing since.  I didn’t sell my first book until age 43.

What is your writing process like?

First a spark of an idea that captures my imagination.  It can come from any area of life,.  A song, an article, an event, a character, then the story and the characters begin to emerge in my mind and the story flows.  Then I begin writing it all on paper and it never comes out to be as good as I want it to be, but each story comes closer to my ideal of it.

kod-032609Can you tell us about your latest release Kiss of Darkness?

Kiss of Darkness is the third book in my Shadowmen Series.  Its release date is March 31, 2009 and I am very excited about it.   In the first book, Touch a Dark Wolf, you meet the Shadowmen.  They are spiritual warriors for the good, who for various reasons are forced to stay on earth to battle the evil threatening the world through a corrupt medical corporation and powerful Vladarian Vampires.  And in some cases, if the Shadowmen have been poisoned by the damned they must battle the evil within themselves.  Their spirit warrior gifts enable them to be shapeshifters and when on earth they are subject to the primal pull of nature.  This turns the Blood Hunter Shadowmen into werewolves, and the Pyrathian Shadowmen into dragons.

Kiss of Darkness, Book three, advances this complex world a little further because one of the human’s helping the Shadowmen, Sheriff Sam Sheridan, was bitten by a Vladarian Vampire at the end of Lure of the Wolf, book 2 in the series.  Sam’s soul, infected by the evil, is now on the fast track to hell.  He’s in love with Emerald Linton who is part angel.  If she can’t save Sam then she will have to kill him, because vampires crave angel blood and sooner or later, Sam will come after her blood or her daughter’s.

botw-032609Do you have any other books coming out this year?

Yes, Bride of the Wolf, Book four in the Shadowmen Series will be out April 28th 2009.  Navarre, a blind and injured Shadowman and a mortal woman, heiress Marissa Vasquez, are kidnapped by a Vladarian Vampire.  Their escape and the subsequent battle that unfolds, changes the dynamic of the fight against evil in the mortal realm.

Also I have a short story in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances : Book 2, coming out this year.

What are you currently working on?

The short story for that book and several proposals in both the paranormal and romantic suspense genres.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

From everywhere in the world around me.  Just as my friends, something will happen, someone will say something, I’ll hear a song, read an article, see a person and the spark is born.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

Yes, I read a lot and I read everything across genre lines.  Authors might be too many to name.  I love books where the characters come alive on the page.  Examples for me have been, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Mary Stewart, Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Janye Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, Suzanne Brockman, Karen Robards, Sandra Brown, JR Ward, Laura Adrian, Amy Fetzer, Barry Eisler, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner.  I could go on and on and I am sure I am forgetting someone very important.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

LOL, All of the above, plus Lone Survivor, Harry Potter Books, and So many more, I have shelves and shelves of books

What was the first romance book you read?

When I graduated from Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon I went right to the big league.  I believe it was The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

A hard question, but I think I would choose my first historical gothic. The Mistress of Trevelyan.  Gerard Butler in the role of the hero Benedict, dark, mysterious and oh so sexy .  For the heroine, Ann, I think Angelina Jolie, or Kate Winslette

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

Another hard question.  I love all of my heroines.  They are smart women who meet and equal their men in and out of the bedroom.  So there are times that I would love to be each and every one of my heroines, especially when they empower themselves and take charge of life to make it what they want to be and don’t let circumstance weigh them down.  Oh and the moment they snag the hero’s attention all the way until they fulfill the promise of their love is pretty fantastic time to be one of my heroines, too.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I’m not sure there is such a thing as spare time in my life.  As I said before, I love travel, but can rarely go.  Starting in January 2009, I decided to indulge in a TV. show or two.  So now I am watching 24 for the first time and loving it. I may add another one.  I’ve heard Fringe is good.   I do like movies.  Loved Phantom of the Opera The Movie and PS I love you.  I like scrapbooking but don’t get around to it. Same with painting and needlepoint.  I love creating things.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

LOL, would you take a chance on me and read one of my stories?

To find out more about Jennifer St. Giles and her books, please visit her website at: http://www.jenniferstgiles.com/.

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