by Danielle E. Shipley
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Target Reader: Adult
For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning. In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future. Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration. Or so he hopes. Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction. Their own.
INSPIRED Guest Post for Julie Reece: My favorite type of hero and why
By Danielle E. Shipley
When asked about my favorite type of hero, my first instinct is to answer, “Good heroes! Through-and-through good. Heart-of-gold good.” My reflexive desire is for a black-and-white world where heroes are heroes, villains are villains, what you see is what you get, and everyone takes sides accordingly.
But that’s only what part of me wants. Meanwhile, on the other side of my brain, there exists a craving for complexity and bothersome shades of gray. And I think that must be the side in charge of picking my favorite heroes, because just look at the favorites of my childhood:
Disney’s Aladdin, a thief and a liar. Sherlock Holmes, never averse to breaking and entering, or to compromising his health with substance abuse. Bugs Bunny, who rains Acme dynamite and grand pianos upon any poor fool who dares to cross him. Perfect role models? Yeah, no, not quite.
What is it, then, that draws me to a hero? That makes me love and embrace them, despite any glaring shortcomings? I value a clever hero. A daring hero. My apologies to the black-and-white ethical side of my brain, but I really love a thief. But not just any kind of petty crook will do. My top choice is a Robin Hood of a hero – the kind who bends the rules when he views them as too broken to follow. Someone who would rather do wrong for the right reasons than right for the wrong ones. Someone who cares enough about people – even strangers – to take risks to make their lives better, and who maybe even has a bit of fun with the danger while he’s at it.
I still prefer them to have that golden goodness at the core of them, too, but who knows? Maybe a little mischief or a “bad boy” streak mixed in just makes the golden bits shine all the brighter for me. What makes a hero shine brightest for you?
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Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.
The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.
The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.
As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.
No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.
Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.
Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?
If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.
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Best known for her Holloway Pack Stories, J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.