Happy October! All this month I’m taking readers inside my paranormal romances. Today, I’m sharing two hot excerpts, reviews, and a bit about how my Amber Allure novella, Killer in Wolf’s Clothing came about.
Although I write horror and romance, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to my “monsters” and I didn’t think I ever would (or could) write a “werewolf in love” story. In my book, werewolves are ferocious, snarling animals who closely resemble the creatures from the movie Dog Soldiers.
In some older werewolf lore, the cursed human doesn’t physically grow a tail and pointed ears and transform into an animal, but rather takes on wolf-like characteristics and becomes more aggressive and violent. I decided to use this as the basis for my “werewolf” – so instead of having Deke turn into an actual wolf, he becomes an Alpha male. As I say in the book, “It’s more Incredible Hulk than American Werewolf in London.”
Even though Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is a gay paranormal romance involving a serial killer, I decided to have a little fun with the story and characters. I did the same with my other paranormal, Beauty & the Bigfoot. Yes, it’s a bigfoot shifter romance – and a comedy.
What would be your first reaction if someone you loved told you they changed into a werewolf? Disbelief? Shock? Send that person to the psych ward? It’s a little hard to take such things seriously, so I gave Larry a smart-ass sense of humor when it came to dealing with Greg’s affliction. The jokes and his sarcastic wit added a comedic element and eased the tension when things got very…hairy. (Sorry!)
Reviewers loved the book and I had a lot of fun writing it. I enjoyed creating the scenes where Greg confesses his “secret” to Larry and when Larry meets Deke for the first time. It was interesting to put these characters into very unusual situations (including a gay sex club) and stretch their boundaries and comfort levels.
Here’s the book summary, two teasers, and some kind words from reviewers.
Killer in Wolf’s Clothing
A super aggressive Alpha male, a serial killer, and a visit to a kinky sex club…What has Larry gotten himself into?
When Larry learns that his boyfriend Greg changes into another man during the full moon, he has a hard time accepting it—until he meets Deke, Greg’s alternate Alpha personality.
Deke doesn’t play nice and has no time for games. He only wants two things—to get laid and to get revenge against the arsonist who murdered his friends. Finally free from Greg’s restraints, Deke is ready for action, and Larry is more than willing to submit to Deke’s needs.
Together, Larry and Deke set out to find the killer. Their hunt takes them to an all-night Alpha sex club where things heat up for the two of them. But when Larry unwittingly falls into the clutches of the murderer, it’s up to Deke—and Greg—to save him before it’s too late.
Two Teasers From Killer in Wolf’s Clothing
“I don’t know how it happens, but during the phase of the full moon there’s a physical transformation. I get aggressive and bigger—”
“Bigger how exactly?” Larry teased.
Greg smiled. “Get your mind out of the gutter. I change, physically change.”
“Into what? A wolf with a tail and pointy ears?”
“No, it’s not like in the movies. I don’t turn into a monster. I become someone else.”
Larry dismissed him with a wave of his hand. “That’s impossible. Maybe you have an undiagnosed personality disorder. Have you seen a psychiatrist?”
“Three of them. They all told me I suffered from delusions.” Greg drank down more of his beer. “One woman said my Alpha persona was a manifestation of my true male sexuality fighting against the gay side of me.” He laughed. “I didn’t tell her that my Alpha self is gay, too.”
Larry sat up. “He is?”
“Oh yeah, definitely.”
“Wow, that’s good. I mean… Wait...you’re acting way too serious about this.”
“I am?” He arched an eyebrow and stared into Larry’s blue eyes. “Would you like to see the video?”
Larry lay down on his side, facing Deke. Up close, the musky, manly scent was stronger, and his heart beat faster. What did Deke have in mind? “Now what?”
“This.” Deke leaned forward and kissed him hard on the mouth. Deke’s rough, stubbled chin grazed his cheek, and he tensed for a second. Deke kissed him again, hot, needy and insistent. Larry felt himself giving in. He wanted this; he wanted Deke to take charge. He smelled so good he’d let Deke do whatever he wanted.
Deke’s tongue plunged into his mouth and Larry kissed him back, desperately craving more. They kissed for a few minutes, teasing each other with their tongues. Just when things were heating up, Deke pulled away.
“I knew you’d like it. You act like you don’t want to be my love slave, but you do, I can tell.”
Larry pursed his lips. How did Deke know? When he and Greg played their games, he wanted Greg to take charge, but he never did. Deke wouldn’t hesitate about taking over—and he was more than willing to let him.
Reviewers Love Killer in Wolf’s Clothing
“4 Stars! Killer in Wolf's Clothing offers a different and very creative take on werewolves. I loved the whole concept. Two very different people sharing a body that changes too. Hot, sexy and a little kinky, this one tells a very engaging story. Larry and Greg are great as a couple but Larry and Deke really smolder. The transformation of Greg into Deke is detailed and the whole idea just pulls you in. Add a crazy serial killer and a werewolf sex club to the mix and you a wild ride. Great fun!” - Emma, Night Owl Reviews
“4 Stars! Killer in Wolf's Clothing is a quick fun read that will hook you from the beginning. A bit different than I’m used to regarding werewolves, but I totally enjoyed the book. Recommended for all who like the horror genre with a twist of fun.” Susan, Sweet-n-Sassi.blogspot
“3 Stars! Killer in Wolf’s Clothing isn’t going to convert me to m/m romance – although to be fair, I’m not sure any book would be able to do so. But the book entertains; it made me laugh at times, made me raise by eyebrows several times, and made me snort out loud more than once. I can’t ask for more than that from a story.” Jennifer, Romance Novel News
“I liked it and it was definitely fun to read. Your reception to this story will depend on how seriously you take it. It is written with a bit of a laugh at itself. I could see that from the start, which is why I ultimately liked the story and was able to get into it right away. Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is funny and sexy and playful. I liked it and it was definitely fun to read.” The Armchair Reader
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