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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cloaked by T.F. Walsh: Interview & Giveaway


Cloaked
The Wulfkin Legacy Series, Prequel
T.F. Walsh

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crimson Romance
Date of Publication: Jan 4, 2016

ISBN: 1440596646
ASIN: Coming soon

Number of pages: Coming soon
Word Count:  26,000

Cover Artist: Erin Alexander

Book Description:

Raised by an overly protective wulfkin pack, Daciana leaps at the chance to venture into the human world for her one-year independence ritual. But after someone steals the endangered bear cubs she’s been assigned to protect, she must locate them or lose her job and return home in disgrace. The sexy inspector on the case isn’t making this any easier. He knows nothing of her kind, and wulfkin rules forbid relationships with humans.

Newly divorced Inspector Connell Lonescu trusts no one but himself. He’s convinced relationships are a waste of time and thinks burying himself in work will ease the pain. Yet he’s attracted to the gorgeous and mysterious Daciana, even if there’s something slightly odd about her. Can Connell learn to trust the sexy but secretive woman?


Cloaked is the prequel to Cloaked in Fur, book 1 in The Wulfkin Legacy Series. Find out how Daciana and Connell fell in love and set in motion the paramount events that forever change their lives and those around them.


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PublisherCrimson Romance

Coming Soon
Cloaked in Secrecy (Book #2) – March 2016
Cloaked in Blood (Book #3) – May 2016

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Excerpt


CHAPTER ONE

DACIANA
Damn bear. Leaving footprints on the outskirts of the forest, winding around the apartment blocks, and scaring locals for the past week. No wonder the cops had threatened to shoot him on sight today.
Sunrise wasn’t far away; neither was my transformation from wolf into human, so I had to hurry. Romania’s morning breeze wove through my fur, and the distinct dried-clover-and-grass scent screamed bear. He was definitely here—always just before dawn.
Not that I should care. Wolves and bears weren’t the best of friends. But I’d seen the way humans made killing us a sport, and I couldn’t stand to see any animal hurt.
Careening around the corner of the building, I halted and silenced my breaths.
Fifteen feet away was a frizzy, brown bottom sticking in the air. The bear that belonged to that butt balanced on the edge of an oversized trash can, head down inside, his scratching and grunting muffled.
A few steps closer, I snarled, the sound vibrating through my chest.
The bear jerked upward, a butter container sitting over his nose. He clacked his teeth and forced an expulsion of air, throwing the container off his face.
I backed up. Yep, this might be a funny moment on television, but not when you were the one facing the six-foot animal standing on hind legs.
He flopped back onto all fours and momentarily gazed back at his trash.
I have no plans to take your garbage. A growl slipped past my throat, and I lowered myself, feigning attack posture. Come on, boy, get out of here before it’s too late. I stalked forward.
He swiped at me with a front paw, huffing.
I jumped back and circled him.
But he lunged suddenly, slapping the concrete ground several feet from me, and stood there, his mouth hanging open. He roared and made a pulsing sound deep in his throat.
Oh, he felt threatened now. Good.
I ran around him in a circle, faster. His claws swatted at me, inches away, but once I was at his back, I leapt closer and nipped his hindquarters.
His bawling echoed, but I hadn’t drawn blood, and it sure as hell was better than a bullet.
The crunch of leaves sounded, followed by footfalls, from around the building behind me.
I flinched and sniffed the air. Humans.
The bear turned and ran away from the trash, from me, from the city, heading toward the forest. I chased after him to make sure he got as far away from here as possible.
He bolted faster, his paws hitting the ground with each pounce.
“The bear. And a fucking wolf?” a disembodied voice boomed from my left.
In the empty grassland between the apartment block and the woods, two police officers with rifles watched us. They were there to hunt the bear and broke into a run in our direction.
Fuck, this was bad. Really bad. I burst into the dense Transylvanian forest behind the bear, trampling foliage and dried twigs. He’d swung right and already put distance between us. He was safe, but what about me?
Heading straight ahead, I sprinted across forest floor, dodging low branches. I glanced behind me. Footfalls resonated, and the two figures raced my way.
Heavy breaths strangled my lungs as I bolted. The ground flew beneath me and fresh pine-scented air splashed over my face, promising escape. Except my heart was attempting to break free from my chest.
A shot was fired, and I scampered faster. Ten pulse-wrenching minutes later, the police were nowhere in sight or smell range. That didn’t mean they couldn’t still be trailing after me.
The first ripples of a transformation into my human form crawled through my back legs. I scrambled up the hill, claws digging into the soil for leverage with each rapid lunge.
Not yet.

My body shuddered, and I stumbled forward, shivering uncontrollably as thousands of tiny bite-like nips swarmed across my flesh. I whimpered, and a long exhale gushed past my lips. The change was happening.




Author Bio

TF Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

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Interview 

Please welcome Cloaked author T.F. Walsh to Diane’s Book Blog. 

Thanks for having me on your blog


What inspired you to write?

I grew up listening to bedtime Romanian stories that could only be compared to the Brothers Grimm tales, and ever since then folklore and mythology has fascinated me. These influences have trickled into my stories, and in particular Cloaked & Cloaked in Fur, which are based in Transylvania—a place seeped in legends. Now, when it comes to love, I’m a sucker for stories about two people from different worlds falling madly in love and fighting against the odds to stay together. This is the story I wanted to tell in The Wulfkin Legacy series; showing how far someone was willing to go to hold onto true love.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I’m not sure if there’s a writer who has zero blocks while writing. When I get stuck, the solution is putting some distance between me and the story. Long drives also helps, as it lets me just mull over the area I’m stuck on, and most times the answer lays in the outline and something I’ve missed.

What is your typical day like?        
       
I wanted to write Cloaked fast to meet a deadline, and the difficulties were building in time for research. So, I spent my mornings writing  the draft, the day editing those chapters, and the evenings researching. I read up on bears and wolves and the black market of animal kidnapping.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love the Anita Blake series by Laurell Hamilton. It was one of the first series I read that made me want to write about strong heroines and alphas, who wanted those heroines.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Right now I’m working on book 3 of The Wulfkin Legacy Series.

Cloaked – Prequel – Coming out Jan 4, 2016

Cloaked in Fur – Book 1 –Already out

Cloaked in Secrecy – Book 2 – Coming out March14,  2016

Cloaked in Blood – Book 3 – Coming out May 2016

Here’s a little sneak peek at the blurb from Cloaked in Secrecy:

What better way for a pack of wulfkin shifters to hide themselves from the world than right before their eyes performing in a circus.

Death has followed Alena Novac’s circus family for years. So when the police arrest her brother for a murder, she has just a week to rescue him before he transforms into his wolf form in prison. The guards will certainly kill him and the wulfkin’s existence will be exposed to the world. Their problems escalate when a member of the Varlac, the fearsome wulfkin ruling clan, pays them a visit. As a child, Alena watched the Varlac leader murder her mother and she has sworn her revenge ever since.

Enre Ulf has a simple mission—stop Alena’s pack from claiming his territory and slaughtering his wulfkin family. He may have turned his back on his Varlac heritage, but that doesn’t mean he won’t impersonate one to infiltrate the circus clan and take out their alpha. Wading into enemy territory, Enre’s secrets can get him killed, but it’s the only way to save his home in Transylvania. Except he never planned on his wolf claiming Alena as his mate, or feeling compelled to save her brother before all wulfkin are revealed to humans and hunted down.

Now with the police closing in, and the real Varlac threatening them, Alena and Enre must overcome their pasts to save their packs’ futures. But can Alena trust him? Can she trust herself?



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