New Release – Waking Up Dead, The Western Werewolf Legend #2 by Catherine Wolffe
The story of Sonja Brooks, a Civil War widow who’s bitten and turned into a werewolf continues in Waking Up Dead. She saves a Rebel solider, Tyler Loflin from dying and inadvertently changes him into a werewolf with the sharing of her blood.
Yankee vampires attack, planning to kidnap Sonja, because her blood allows them to walk in the light. Sonja and Ty escape, using a wagon train of refugees headed west as cover. Along with retreating Rebel soldiers and Sonja’s family, they leave Pennsylvania, venturing into unknown territory where life has teeth.
There are hard lessons for both new wolfs from the witch, Hortence, the wolf god, Guardian and a new ally, the vampire, Major General Jeb Stewart.
Sonja struggles while learning to manage these lessons and her werewolf instincts. She pushes Ty away, deciding her mate is safer apart from her. Little does she know the move will place her in mortal risk.
Loving Sonja is as natural as breathing for Ty, even with her objections. He vows to protect his woman and the train no matter what.
However, fate has a lesson or two of its own for both werewolves.
Other books in the series:
The Lady In The Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend #1
The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel soldier dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?
You can download a FREE sample of The Lady In The Mist from the following links:
The Lady In The Mist, A Werewolf’s Tale
About the author:
Catherine Wolffe is the author of the Western Werewolf Legend. Combining romance in the old west with paranormal elements, she weaves stories of love and adventure for her readers to enjoy. Her heroines have dreams to follow and her her heroes always have hearts of gold. Join her for tales of discovery, challenge and danger as her imagination travels down new paths with her characters to unknown destinations.
Our interview with Catherine:
Tell us about your book series.
The Western Werewolf Series is set in Civil War America in 1864. The north and south are locked in mortal combat. Sonja Brooks, a widow living in southern Pennsylvania is attacked and becomes a werewolf. While she’s still struggling to come to grips with what’s happened, she stumbles across Tyler Loflin, a Confederate Lieutenant dying of his wounds.
She saves him with the only thing she has, her blood, which she’s told has incredible healing powers.
He survives and falls in love with Sonja.
Together they must fight for their lives and the lives of those close to them, against the Yankees who are really vampires in pursuit of the powerful blood Sonja now possesses. Her blood would allow them to walk in the daylight.
The story strives to answer the question, “What does one do when you find you’re a werewolf in love?”
How long have you been writing and what inspired you to do it?
I’ve been writing seriously now for four years. The desire to write evolved out of a love for the written word. I am an avid reader and found the need to try my hand at the craft. I soon found out what a challenging task I’d undertaken. Three years passed before I finally published my first book. I think the fact that Indie publishing was mushrooming into such an accessible avenue proved a deciding factor in submitting Comanche Haven.
What do you think causes people’s enduring fascination with werewolves?
I love animals. Growing up on a farm, we raised lots of them. My love for furry creatures naturally brought about the series idea. As for as the fascination goes, I’d have to say the thrill and mystery, as well as the danger surrounding werewolves in mythical lore were the draw for me.
You’re planning an awesome dinner party. Which 3 celebrities/fictional characters/historical figures (past or present) would you add to your guest list?
I love George Strait’s music, so I’d definitely invite him. Perhaps after dinner, he’d sing for us. I love the book, Gone with the Wind, so I’d have to invite Scarlet and Rhett. They could share snippets from the book and entertain us all through dinner. That’s a really hard question to limit to only three people or characters. I can see other dinner parties with more people and a time machine we could use to visit their worlds. Well, there I go with another story idea. My mind loves to do that – create storylines on the spot. (Laughs out loud)
Can you give us three random facts about yourself?
I want to skydive. I love to collect Depression glass and I enjoy riding horses.
Can you share an excerpt from your book with us?
I’d love to share an excerpt. The continuation of Sonja and Tyler’s struggle to live as normal a life as possible is fraught with obstacles. How they handle those obstacles, have repercussions for those around them. Here’s a short excerpt from ‘Waking up Dead’.
The wagon master rested on his saddle and stared into the fire. “Don’t worry. I’ve already heard what happened.” Smoltz eyed Tyler as he walked up. Blowing a stream of cigar smoke high into the night air, he quieted.
“The filthy son-of-a-bitch was sniffing’ around Mrs. Brooks’ skirts like a rancher checking a brood mare. I wasn’t gonna let him get his hands on her. And you can just forget telling me, it’s none of my business, ‘cause you’re the one who made it my business.” Ty eyes fired with the temper that flowed through him at that point.
“Easy, Ty. Settle down. I’m not gonna come down on you because you took care of some horny farmer who thought he had come across easy pickens’,” Smoltz said.
Not saying anything, Ty simply stared.
“That bastard, Nelson’s already been by.” Smoltz sank his teeth into the cigar butt and blew out a stream of fragrant air. “What I am gonna say to you is watch your back. Now that Nelson has it in for you, he won’t let it go.”
“He was messin’ where he had no business and I just explained that to him in a language he could understand. That’s all.”
“Yeah, I get that. Then what?” Smoltz watched Ty through the smoke that wreathed his face.
“Then…then we…then I stayed for supper. Mrs. Brooks invited me.” Feeling like he’d just stepped in it, Ty shoved his hands in his pockets.”
“Are you sure you know what you’re doing?” Smoltz glanced up from the fire.
“And what is it I’m doing, huh?” Ty took a step forward. “What is it I’m doing. This mess was your idea. You ordered me to watch Mrs. Brooks and Widow St. John. Here it is. You created this mess, Earl.” Tyler shoved at the Stetson atop his head.
Smoltz nodded in agreement. “Yeah, I guess you’re right about that. The good Preacher Jones was just by here and said the same thing.” Shifting his bulk, Smoltz hefted himself to stand. “He says I’m breeding iniquity, whatever the hell that is.” He waved a hand as if shooing a goat, “Sonja Brooks is your woman, I know that and I know too that neither of them, Mrs. Brooks or the Widow St John are able to stand off an Indian attack alone. From what you’ve brought back these past few days, we’re headed for an attack.” He lowered his head and squinted into the campfire. “Seems to me, we’ve got about a two day trek through the Cherokee nation before we reach the Mississippi. I’m doing what I think’s right here, that’s all.”
Ty considered the wagon master’s words. He waited a beat before asking, “Why me?”
Smoltz sent him a quizzical look. “What’re you talking about?”
“I mean why me for this job? I want to know, because I’ve got several able bodied men with me from my unit. Any of them could watch the St. John wagon. Why me?”
Smoltz nodded, “Oh, that.” Stuffing his thumbs in the front pockets of his vest, the wagon master rocked back on his booted heels. “Well it’s like this.” Smoltz chuckled. “She asked for you in particular.” Raising a hand when Tyler started to protest, he continued, “I know, I know what you’re gonna say, but if she was after somebody, you’re the only one I could count on not to let her have her way with you. You’re taken.”
When Ty’s brow furrowed, Smoltz went on to explain. “Besides, keeps the preacher off my back about the other men dallying with the widows was worth your mad.”
Ty flung out an arm and shook his head in disgust. “You could have shared that with me.”
Smoltz chuckled dryly before hocking and spitting into the flames. “Son, here’s another thing, you’re the best damn scout I’ve ever had and that’s why I got you watchin’ them. Now, get some damn shut-eye and be ready to find out what’s ahead of us tomorrow. All right?
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