This Guest Post was written entirely by the author KT Hicks.
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An extremely exhausted-looking woman drags herself up to the table and sits down. She cradles a mug of coffee in one hand, less like a drink and more like a lifeline to sanity. She takes one long sip and gazes out over the group. Her hair is clipped on top of her head in a messy bun and she has the appearance of one who hasn’t slept well in weeks.
“I’m supposed to talk about my new release,” she says, consulting her notes. “Ah, yes… Howling Bitch. Seriously, yeah, that’s the title.”
She flips a few switches on the device next to her, which projects a cover and blurb onto the white screen just over her head.
Life’s a bitch… and then there’s Taite.
Nico Marrone was never the plays-nicely-with-others type. When doing the wrong thing for the right reasons costs him a cushy spot with the Paranormal Police, Nico takes up the only other work he’s trained for; supernatural bounty hunting. Called to the far north to find the daughter of a preacher, abducted by creatures unknown, Nico finds himself rapidly in over his head. A desperate mistake leads him into an uneasy alliance with a wild and beautiful lycanthrope, Taite Julien. Can he win her love before she discovers his secrets?
Otherwise known as Howling Bitch, Taite is just doing her job. Driven by history and duty, the lycans have always protected the innocent from demonic schemes. Bitch races against the legions of Hell to find answers and prevent a literal Hell on Earth. Bound together by prophecy, entangled by forbidden desire, can Bitch and Nico rescue the girl, liberate Taite’s people, and maybe even save the world. Or will the truth cost her everything, even her soul?
“When I was thinking about writing this novel, I wanted to turn some of the werewolf stories over on their heads. The Alpha, the powerful, beast man… I wanted to do something different. The same way I did with Marcus; grumpy, not particularly attractive vampire who can glamour and compel people to do what he wants, and to like him for it, who happens to fall in love with the one woman in the world who’s completely unaffected by it, and, in fact, happens to think he’s pretty damned annoying. I wanted my vampire’s lover to not be completely helpless in the face of her enemies, to not need the vampire to protect her. Thus, Marcus and Rachael were born, and I think I did a pretty good job with them…”
She takes another sip of coffee, and then peers mournfully into the bottom of her cup.
“The question was, what to do for a werewolf novel? I like turning things on their heads, you know… if you’re interested, I also wrote a semi-Frankenstein story that plays around with the idea of a dead person who isn’t dead anymore… London Steam ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R6R7C3I/ ) where being reanimated has society consequences, such as the laws of inheritance.”
The writer gets up, refills her coffee and staggers back to the table.
“My first thought was that there aren’t many female werewolves. Particularly not in the romance genre. I was discussing this with one of my primaries–the people I toss ideas around with while I’m trying to work them into novels–who said ‘yeah, you know if you make a female werewolf, people are going to make bitch jokes the whole time.’ And I thought, well, what if I took that idea and ran with it? Instead of letting people think about ‘what a bitch,’ let’s just rub the reader’s nose in it, the whole time?”
She flicks the projector again, presenting a short excerpt.
“What is your name, gorgeous?”
“Nicolas Marrone. You can call me Nico.” Something wicked and delightful twinkled in his black eyes. “And, as we were sort of shagging on the couch, what’s your name, little girl?”
“Taite ‘Howling Bitch’ Julien. You can call me Bitch.”
“I hardly think” —
“No, seriously. Bitch is fine. You will, eventually, anyway.” Bitch shrugged her shoulders, letting the front of his coat fall open just a bit. “Everyone does.”
“I went ahead and made all the jokes about her name that a reader could come up with, let her live those jokes, embraced the idea of heroic bitchery. It was an awesome ride. In the end, Bitch pretty much claimed a permanent location in my heart and head. She’s a great character, and I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did. Keep an eye out, too. In about a year, The Sins of Angels will be coming out with Vamptasy Press and I’m pretty sure you can expect Bitch to make a guest star appearance… Thank you for your attention.”
The writer gets up, still holding her coffee, and walks away.
Lynn Townsend is a geek, a dreamer and an inveterate punster. When not reading, writing, or editing, she can usually be found drinking coffee or killing video game villains. Lynn’s interests include filk music, romance novels, octopuses, and movies with more FX than plot.
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