Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over, Kaylie Newell, author of Hunter of Her Heart.
Release Date: 6/23/15
To love a bad boy is to love the beast inside him…
Bad boy Zane Wolfe has always been wild and reckless. Even though he’s hot for his high school sweetheart, Candi Brooks, settling down has never been in his plans. Beyond that, he’s changing in strange ways—and begins to wonder if there's truth to the local folklore that claims his family is cursed to be werewolves...
There's never been a time when waitress Candi didn't have a serious weakness for Zane and his intense, dark sex appeal. She craves him. But after her life changes dramatically, and Zane won’t commit, Candi’s reached her limit. She can't wait forever...so she's taking her heart off the table before it gets good and broken.
Something mysterious is going on in Wolfe Creek, and danger stalks Candi. Zane will do anything he can to protect her. But the one person she needs protection from might just be him…
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What inspired you to write this book?
The small mountain town where Hunter of Her Heart takes place is based on a real town in Southern Oregon near where I live. There’s a historic inn there that inspired the Wolfe Creek Inn in the book. I was driving up to Portland with my girlfriend one night, and while we were stuffing our faces with junk food, we came up with all kinds of “what if” questions. What if we ran out of gas there (it’s very secluded and a little creepy). What if someone were to just vanish into thin air? And the best question of them all- what if the town was harboring a dark secret and an even darker legend? :-) …And Hunter of Her Heart was born.
How did you come up with the title?
Zane Wolfe has been hot for his high school girlfriend for years. He’s always been a bad boy, totally uninterested in settling down. But as Zane’s family curse begins to take hold, things start changing for him not only physically, but emotionally as well. His hopes and dreams for the future begin taking a different shape, and he realizes that he’s got a lot of making up to do in order to win the heart of the woman he loves.
If you could spend an hour in real life with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Zane! He’s pretty foxy, so that doesn’t hurt ;) He rides a vintage Honda motorcycle that I wouldn’t mind taking a spin on (if I got to sit behind him, of course). He’s funny, sexy, dark, intense, but he also has a sweet side that’s a turn-on. And he’s vulnerable. Deep down, Zane Wolfe wants to be saved. He just doesn’t know how to go about it.
Did you enjoy writing one scene above all the rest? If so, share.
A big part of this book is how Zane deals with becoming what everyone thinks of as a “monster”. One of my favorite scenes is where he’s trying to find a little boy who’s lost in the woods. This scene softens him a little. From the little boy’s perspective, Zane is just big and strong. Nothing to be scared of. It’s a tender scene and one that I hope will connect readers to this hero on a deeper level.
Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.
I am! I just finished up the third book in the Wolfe Creek Series, which I’m waiting for edits on as I type this. I’m also about a quarter of the way into another paranormal romance where the heroine works in a funeral home and can see the future. I’m loving this one so far!
Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.
I usually write on my bed with the help of two cats and a little dog who’s pretty cute, but who’s also pretty gassy, so it’s problematic. I also write in coffee shops. Starbucks is my favorite- not because of the environment, but because of the cake pops, which let’s face it, are more important than a window with a view.
How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?
I’ve been writing since I was teeny tiny. But I didn’t start writing to get published until about seven years ago. I entered some contests and started winning a few. Then the book seed was planted, and there wasn’t a whole lot of looking back. I’ve been published since 2012 and have written six books, two novellas and three short stories for anthologies. This author gig is the most fun I’ve ever had. J
About the Author
For Kaylie Newell, writing ranks right up there with the things she loves most in life- falling somewhere behind her family, but ahead of Bradley Cooper (which says a lot). She fell in lust with the romance genre when she was about thirteen and began sneaking her mother’s paperbacks from the bedside table. After acne, college, marriage and kids, she decided to take a crack at writing one herself. Turned out to be the best adventure she’s ever taken. When she’s not dreaming up her next book, she’s usually eating chocolate or walking the family mutt. In that order.
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