January 6, 2014

Touch of the Wolf by Vella Munn #AuthorInterview #Giveaway

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Abandoned as a child, Winter Barstow is a woman without a family history and with few clues to lead her in the right direction. When a stolen artifact from the Olympic National Forest arrives at her door, Winter travels to the remote outpost in Washington in search of who sent it to her and why. Instead of answers, she finds the handsome, yet moody Forest Ranger Jay Raven hiding from his heritage.


Jay’s attraction to Winter is instantaneous, and powerful. To admit it, however, means Jay must recognize a culture he’s left behind—something he’s not willing to do. But when Winter discovers the body of her college mentor, her life is in danger and only the call of the wolf can lead Jay to her side and back to his Native American ways.

And a love strong enough to offer both.

As Winter continues her search for the thieves, she becomes a target for killers. Now Winter and Jay must embrace their heritage and the spirit of the wolf to save Winter’s life, as well as the love that has brought them home.

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Length: 317 pages
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Imprint: Ignite

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Authors' Cafe today, Vella. I'm very excited to host you and your book, Touch of the Wolf

At what point in your life did you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality? 

Probably after my first child was born & I decided it was either get serious about writing or having to go back to my government job before much longer.

Which of your characters is most like you? 

If you mean which of my Touch of the Wolf characters, it’s probably Winter. She knows nothing about her past and although I was raised by my mother and grandmother, not having my father in my like made an impact.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Touch of the Wolf would you want with you? 

Jay Raven, of course but could we make it the middle of the mountains since he’d be at home there & take care of me.

Where do you write? 

My upstairs office with a view of the flat-topped mountain called Table Rock & a steady stream of birds floating around.

Sounds beautiful! Do you have any “rituals” you go through before you write? 

Too much time on email, Facebook, & Twitter before getting to work.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Touch of the Wolf to write and why? 

I’m not sure it was my favorite but I spent the most time on the first chapter making sure Winter gets that her world has changed.

How did you come up with the title? 

LOL. I called it Death Chant but my editor wanted something sexier. Does it work?

I'd say it works just fine! What would YOU like your readers to know about this book or you in general? 

Before turning to romantic suspense for Entangled, I wrote nine Native American historicals and fell in love with their view of the world. They revered and respected their physical world and depended on their spirits to help them survive their primitive conditions. Because Winter didn’t have a physical family, I wanted to give her a spiritual creature to ground her. Jay is also Native American so I sent him on his own journey into his heritage.

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Years ago I would have said never give up but publishing is changing so fast these days I’d advise them to realize that this is a business. Wear your creative hat while you’re writing and then switch to a business hat.

Awesome advice! Do you have a favorite author? 

Too many to mention. Besides, I’d get in trouble with my writer friends if I left anyone out.

What is your favorite quote? 

Shit happens.

What genre of books do you read for pleasure? 

Suspense or romantic suspense.

What’s the most amusing thing that’s ever happened to you? 

OMY where do I start? I’m owned by two rescue dogs so there’s laughter every day.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 

Dig in the dirt. Seriously, I love my garden. Also our family has a mountain cabin & I love being there even though the work is never-ending.

If all TV shows were real, what show (all time) would you most like to live in? 

Anything set in Alaska—all except for winter cold.

And now it's time for some . . .
Party dress or blue jeans? Jeans. I don’t own a dress, just two skirts.

Plotter or Panster? A combination.

Print or e-Book? That has evolved & it’s now mostly e-books.

Coastal walks or extreme sports? Coastal walks. I live two hours from the Pacific.

Cookies or cupcakes? Cookies.

Super hero or super villain? Depends on the mood.

If I had a free afternoon I’d . . . take my dogs for a long hike, or should I say let them take me.

Peanut Butter: Crunchy, Creamy, or I hate peanut butter and am addicted to Nutella. Crunchy hands down.

You suddenly realize you live in a haunted house. Do you:
  1. Run screaming for the door.
  2. Bravely go to a church, load up on holy water and try to get rid of the ghost.
  3. Set up ghost hunting equipment to capture phenomenon.
  4. Call in the Ghost Adventures crew so that you can ogle the lead guy Zac’s amazingly stiff hair when you’re not ogling his….physical attributes.
  5. Deny you have a ghost and just let it scare the bejesus out of your visitors.
Definitely be #4!

Could you tell us five random facts about yourself?
  1. I once tried to blind myself. Fortunately I didn’t succeed. 
  2. I hate cities, don’t understand them. 
  3. Fixing dinner is always better with a glass of wine. 
  4. My grandson’s three younger half siblings call me Grandma & I love it. 
  5. I’ve never worn false eyelashes or nails.
Well, this has definitely been an interesting interview. Thank you so much for stopping by today, Vella!

Author Picture - Vella MunnVella Munn cut her writing teeth penning confessions. At the time she had two preschoolers and not enough time or confidence to write anything longer. She hit the confession wall after writing, “I Was An Unwed Father”, and moved onto category romances. Some 30 romances for the major romance publishers later, she dove into historicals and wrote nine Native American historicals for Tor/Forge. Under a pen name she has written mumble-mumble erotic romances for a variety of publishers and self-published. The electronic publishing explosion excites her and she sees endless possibilities. It’s a crazy exciting time for writers and readers. A longtime member of Novelists Inc., an organization for multi-published fiction writers, she is grateful for the knowledge, experience, and support of fellow members.

Her favorite genre has always been romantic suspense and she’d delighted to be part of Entangled’s Ignite line where hopefully her out-of-the-box imagination won’t have people thinking she needs a padded room.
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