Rescued by the Wolf
Wahyas of Walker’s Run Series, Book Two
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Date of Publication: March 1, 2017
Number of pages: 304
Word Count: 74,000
She’s not afraid to run with his wolf.
When a poacher killed his mate, Rafe Wyatt lost his future. While the Wahyas of Walker's Run have been pulling him back from the brink, he's certain he won't have another chance at love. That is, until Grace comes to town.
Grace Olsen is a woman without roots. That's exactly how she likes it, until a sojourn in a small, close-knit Appalachian community gives her a new vision of what home could be—and so does Rafe. He was supposed to be nothing more than a casual lover, just as wary of commitment as she is. When their raw attraction becomes something deeper, more complex, they could be looking at a new future together. But someone close to them both would rather see Grace dead than let her be with the man—and the wolf—she's grown to love.
About the Author:
Raised in a small Southern town, Kristal Hollis has spent most of her life helping people and animals. When a family medical situation resulted in a work sabbatical, she began penning deliciously dark paranormal romances to escape the real-life drama. After the crisis passed, her passion for writing love stories continued. An RWA 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist, Kristal lives with her husband and two rescued dogs at the edge of the enchanted forest that inspires her stories.
Please welcome Rescued by the Wolf author Kristal Hollis to Diane’s Book Blog.
How long did it take you to write RESCUED BY THE WOLF?
I work a full-time “day” job so the original story took several months to write and was a completed manuscript by the time I signed a contract with Harlequin Nocturne. But, since RESCUED BY THE WOLF wasn’t written specifically for the Nocturne line, I had to deconstruct the story, remove some secondary plots, and hone the overall concept to be appropriate to the publisher’s brand. This added about 4 months to the process. Hopefully, with each new book in the series, I’ll get faster.
What is your favorite scene in RESCUED BY THE WOLF?
I absolutely love the scene where the widowed hero, RAFE WYATT, loses his home in a devastating fire. Everything in his past is being stripped away, leaving his emotions raw as he deals with reconciling who he was with who he wants to become. He feels utterly alone in this endeavor until the heroine, GRACE OLSEN, shows up at the scene of the fire. She becomes his strength, his solace and his sanctuary. This scene is a definite roll reversal, with the heroine becoming the knight in shining armor to the hero.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
I’d definitely want Rafe. He’s quiet and unassuming, and not likely to interrupt me while I’m reading because even on a desert island, I would have plenty of books. Rafe is in tune with his wolf which would come in handy whenever we needed to forage for food. He’s also very skilled with his hands. If island living started to wear on my nerves, he could probably build a boat out of a coconut and get us back to civilization.
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
I’d claim Rafe’s best friend Brice Walker. Brice is smart, generous, and protective. He’s the first to jump in to help but he also knows when to take a step back. Even though he’s in line to become the next Alpha of the Walker’s Run pack, he’s personable and relatable. He is genuinely interested in others and is the first to encourage and support his friends’ endeavors. However, he doesn’t sugar-coat things. He’s direct and honest, and will always have your back.
What inspired you to write your first book?
When my husband became ill and I needed to be home with him, I began writing to give myself a break from the medical drama. I wrote a convoluted and very lengthy --and by lengthy I mean 120,000+ words—story. It was a hot mess stuffed in a snow cone, but it was fun and cathartic to write.
During that time, I connected with other writers and began to study the craft of writing. After I finished that first story (I won’t call it a manuscript because it’s never been edited or polished into a coherent read), I realized I wanted to write wolf shifter stories and I wanted to see them published. So, I began writing “Howlin’ Hearts.” I edited and polished the pages with serious intent. Eventually, the story won the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Award for unpublished manuscripts, and finaled in the RWA Golden Heart© contest. Shortly after, I contracted with Harlequin Nocturne and “Howlin’ Hearts” was retitled AWAKENED BY THE WOLF, book one in the Wahyas of Walker’s Run series, and debuted last summer. RESCUED BY THE WOLF is the second book in the series.
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
I’m going to quote Nora Roberts and say, “the favorite is always the one I just finished. Like childbirth, the pain is forgotten almost immediately and all you remember is the bliss.” Transforming a chaotic story in my head to words on the page can be frustrating and nerve-wracking, not to mention time-consuming. But, when the pages are edited and polished and the story is complete, that is one of the best feelings in the world and why the book I just finished writing is my favorite.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I discovered my “happy” when writing during my husband’s illness. I don’t mean I was unhappy before I chose to pursue a writing career, because I was happy. But, something about creating stories, putting them into written words, and sharing them nourishes my soul. When I’m writing, I feel like I’m doing exactly what the universe intends for me to do.
Can you share a little of your current work in process with us?
I’ve just finished CHARMED BY THE WOLF, book three in the Wahyas of Walker’s Run series. It features Tristan Durrance, a wolfan sheriff deputy, who has made appearances in the two previous books. Here’s a brief blurb:
Tristan Durrance is an avowed bachelor. But, when Penelope Buchanan’s elicits his help to accomplish her bucket list, he discovers a fine line between lust and love. And, once his heart crosses it, there will be no escaping the deadly rival determined to end their affair, permanently.
Diane, thank you for inviting to me to your blog. It’s been a lovely chat and I appreciate your time in helping me spread the word about RESCUED BY THE WOLF, and the Wahyas of Walker’s Run series.