Hello & Welcome!
Today I’m happy to introduce Kristal Hollis author of Rescued by the Wolf. Kristal, Thank you for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and speaking with me today.
Hi Angela! I’m delighted to be here.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I work a full-time “day” job, so I do the majority of my writing at night or on the weekends. But when I manage to squeeze in a spare moment, the Hubster and I will hang-out at Cloak and Blaster—a gamer’s pub, or head to the movies. My favorite films to watch are action-adventure and fantasy. Those that combine both, send me over the moon.
I also love spending time with friends and family, and I’m always looking for interesting things to do. Especially outdoor events such as fairs and festivals, and anything that has to do with animals.
We also have two rescued dogs that beg for attention whenever they aren’t napping.
If you could swap lives with the heroine of any romance book, which book would you choose?
Ooh, that’s a tough one. I’m fixer, or rather, a problem-solver. Since heroines in romantic fiction tend to get their happily-ever-afters at the end of the story, I’m not inclined to swap with them because there’s nothing fix.
However, the Hubster and I did see ROGUE ONE recently, and though technically not a romance novel, I do consider it a romantic film. <SPOILER ALERT> Only in the end, they die in each other’s arms instead of living happily-ever-arm. Sort of like the focal characters in Nicholas Sparks’s novel.
Now I don’t have a death wish and I certainly don’t find it romantic or emotionally satisfying for a hero, heroine or both to die at the end of the story; but if I could, I would temporarily swap places with Jyn Erso. As a determined a romance writer, somewhere in the course of reliving Jyn’s life as it unfolds in ROGUE ONE, I’m sure I could figure out a way to give her and Cassian a true HEA.
Who are your favorite authors? Why?
Jill Shalvis is my all-time favorite contemporary romance author. I’ve met her several times. She’s so sweet and funny and so are her books.
I also love Amy Tan. Her captivating books are about women’s trials and triumphs in the quest to make their lives their own.
What type of scenes are your most favorite to write?
I love writing scenes where the hero and heroine have to work together. Usually one is resistant to help, but has to go along with the plan to achieve their own goal. The reluctant give-and-take can lead to some funny, but endearing moments that bonds them.
Which of your characters are you most similar to and why?
In the first book of the Wahyas of Walker’s Run series (AWAKENED BY THE WOLF), the heroine, Cassie Albright, is dead-set on making her own way in the world. Although I didn’t imagine myself as Cassie when writing the book, her determination to succeed when all the odds are stacked against her is something that deeply resonates with me.
As for Grace Olsen, heroine of RESCUED BY THE WOLF, she is searching for a place to belong. This story is a slight variation on the theme, but at it’s core, it’s still about a woman making her way in the world. For Grace, that means finding “home.”
Years ago, I made an active choice to venture beyond my environment and circumstance. The journey has been frightening and exciting, and still continues. Perhaps the sliver of similarity between me and my characters lies in taking the first step in a new direction.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Hands down, I want to meet Julius Caesar. This man had a reversal of fortunes on more than one occasion, yet his grit and determination helped him scale upward, time and again. His military campaigns and political influence, good or bad, shaped the evolution of the modern world. I would love to pick his brain.
Rescued by the Wolf
Would you tell us a little about your book, Rescued by the Wolf?
Widowed wolfan, Rafe Wyatt is lucky not to be road kill. He’s also bare-ass naked after shifting into his human form to assist Grace Olsen—the lively, human female who wrecked her car instead of running him over. Owing her his life, Rafe becomes Grace’s guardian during her extended stay within the wolf pack’s territory.
Grace has lived all over the world, but has never had a real hometown. Being stranded in an idyllic, close-knit Appalachian community gives her a glimpse into what her life could be like if she settled down—and she likes what she sees. Especially the gruff, sexy mechanic who seems to be at her beck and call.
When a bitter pack member draws Rafe and Grace into a life-or-death fight, Rafe must draw upon the primal beast within to defeat the deranged wolfan. Overwhelmed by the ordeal and deeply wounded by Rafe’s deception about his true nature, Grace leaves him. But time is running short. If Grace doesn’t regain her faith in Rafe soon, the tender, ethereal bond between them will wither and die, destroying their last chance for true love ever after.
What was the hardest thing about writing Rescued by the Wolf?
Rewriting it. When I contracted with Harlequin Nocturne, the first two books in the series were completed. Although AWAKENED BY THE WOLF only needed a few minor changes, RESCUED BY THE WOLF needed to be deconstructed to eliminate a secondary subplot and hone the overall concept so that it would be appropriate to the publisher’s brand. The process felt much like trying to force a scrambled egg back into its shell, and then trying to turn it into an egg-white omelet.
What is your favorite scene from Rescued by the Wolf?
I absolutely love the scene where the widowed hero, RAFE WYATT, loses his home in a devastating fire. Everything in his past is being stripped away, leaving his emotions raw as he deals with reconciling who he was with who he wants to become. He feels utterly alone in this endeavor until the heroine, GRACE OLSEN, shows up at the scene of the fire. She becomes his strength, his solace and his sanctuary. This scene is a definite roll reversal, with the heroine becoming the knight in shining armor for the hero.
If you could spend the day with one of the characters in Rescued by the Wolf, who would it be and what would you guys do?
I would spend the day with Doc Habersham, Rafe’s human, adoptive father. There’s a long history between Doc and the Alpha of Walker’s Run that I’m dying to investigate further. So, if I could, I would invite him over for a quiet dinner and convince him to tell me all those delicious, dark secrets.
Kristal, it was a pleasure having you visit. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today!
Thanks for inviting me over. I’ve had a lovely time and appreciate the opportunity to share my new release, RESCUED BY THE WOLF, with you and your readers.
Rescued by the Wolf
Wahyas of Walker’s Run Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Date of Publication: March 1, 2017
Number of pages: 304
Word Count: 74,000
She’s not afraid to run with his wolf.
When a poacher killed his mate, Rafe Wyatt lost his future. While the Wahyas of Walker’s Run have been pulling him back from the brink, he’s certain he won’t have another chance at love. That is, until Grace comes to town.
Grace Olsen is a woman without roots. That’s exactly how she likes it, until a sojourn in a small, close-knit Appalachian community gives her a new vision of what home could be—and so does Rafe. He was supposed to be nothing more than a casual lover, just as wary of commitment as she is. When their raw attraction becomes something deeper, more complex, they could be looking at a new future together. But someone close to them both would rather see Grace dead than let her be with the man—and the wolf—she’s grown to love.
Raised in a small Southern town, Kristal Hollis has spent most of her life helping people and animals. When a family medical situation resulted in a work sabbatical, she began penning deliciously dark paranormal romances to escape the real-life drama. After the crisis passed, her passion for writing love stories continued. An RWA 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist, Kristal lives with her husband and two rescued dogs at the edge of the enchanted forest that inspires her stories.
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