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Werewolf Nights by Mari Hamill
Threatened by financial ruin, widowed bakery owner Catherine Mercy leads a solitary life with more interest in reading about werewolf lore than in finding a man. Her one true love disappeared after high school and her now deceased husband kept her trapped in the house claiming that a werewolf might hunt her down one day, just as her grandmother repeatedly warned her. When Hollywood interrupts the town's monotony by shooting a werewolf movie on location, Catherine's best friend Anne pushes her to audition. Already in her thirties, Catherine feels ridiculous trying to become an actress, but lands the leading role.
Catherine's daily routine turns into a hair-raising adventure as fame begins to surveil her wanderings and she falls for her sexy costar Greg Byron despite this actor's neon warning sign that flashes conceited womanizer. He's also smitten by her, but just when they are about to find happiness, a wolf bites him.
While Greg's features turn lupine, Catherine discovers a resemblance between the movie script and her family's history. Frightened, Catherine recruits werewolf expert Steve to figure out if the movie's werewolf legend is real and if Wolfern, the werewolf her grandmother dreaded, has finally come for her. If so, Greg will turn into a werewolf. Only undoing Greg's curse and destroying Wolfern before the next full moon can save their love and their lives.
Mari Hamill blends fantasy, intrigue, and passion to create a chilling, unique story.
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Meet Author Mari Hamill
Mari Hamill is a comic book retailer, who loves immersing herself in fantasy worlds. She's working on her next novel.
Interview with Mari Hamill:
Q: Hi Mari. Tell us about your publishing journey. Did you always want to be an author?
MH: While I was studying literature, I decided to write fiction. I wanted to continue reading and writing after completing my studies, and I thought working on a novel would give me that opportunity. Once I finished Werewolf Nights, I chose to self-publish it because I couldn’t wait to get it into readers’ hands. Self-publishing has been a great journey mostly because of the people I’ve met through it. Since I have to promote my work, I’m out there on social media meeting new people every day. Some amazing friendships have come out of the process.
Q: Why paranormal? What drew you to the genre?
MH: I’ve always loved monsters and the way they reflect our fears and values. Routine can trap people sometimes. Werewolves and other monsters have the power to disrupt monotony and take us in into an adventure. Catherine Mercy, the protagonist of Werewolf Nights, has a set
schedule, but werewolves push her out of it by forcing her to confront her fears and move forward in life.
Q: Tell us about your heroine. What inspired her quirks and struggles
MH: Catherine Mercy spends most of her day working at her business The Full Moon Bakery. At night, she likes to read books about werewolf mythology. She lives alone in the house where she grew up. Her parents live abroad. Dating doesn’t excite her much and has brought her more heartache than joy. She’s kind to her customers and has good friends, but gossipy people in Werevillle, where she lives, like to talk about her life and how her high school sweetheart left her and her now deceased husband wasn’t the best choice. With so much tragedy surrounding her, some people even claim she might be a werewolf herself.
Q: Tell us about your hero. What motivates him?
MH: Greg Byron has a great ability to deal with unexpected situations as they come. He keeps his cool even in the toughest of times. His love for Catherine keeps him going.
Q: Is any part of your story or the characters based on personal experience?
MH: When I wrote Werewolf Nights, my mother took care of the comic book store. She passed away last year, and I moved back home to take her place. Now, my life resembles Catherine’s more in the sense that like her, I enjoy interacting with customers all day and spend my nights reading.
Thank you, Mari!