I’m delighted to be welcoming April Bostic to Jera’s Jamboree today.
April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.
Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.
After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April will release her fourth and final short story in December 2013, a historical vampire romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.
Thank you, Shaz, for inviting me to Jera’s Jamboree. It’s not often I do guest posts, so I wanted to take this opportunity to blog about something different than a promo or introductory post. Today, I’ll be talking about a controversial and taboo subject that I wrote about in my latest novel, The Howling Heart. When I reveal the subject, some of you might cringe at the idea. I’ve noticed a few of my readers found it uncomfortable. I never write anything just for shock value, and I’m hoping this post will give readers insight on why I chose this particular subject to include in my story.
I know bestiality is a universal “no-no” in the paranormal romance genre. Not only is the act illegal in the U.S., it’s a turn-off for most readers. I was never brave or crazy enough to actually write a bestiality scene, but my main characters talked about it, and the heroine, Paige, considered the act after a tragic incident with Riley, the hero. I think my readers breathed a sigh of relief when they realized bestiality was never actually going to happen.
My book focuses on werewolves. I think mine are unique, because they’re descended from a 13th century Scandinavian wolf that was blessed with the ability to shapeshift into a human by Máni, the Norse god of the moon, and Freya, the Norse goddess of love. They conjured this miracle by laying their divine hands on his wolf body, and placing a special light inside him. His descendants later adopted the species name Varulv, which means “werewolf” in Swedish and Danish. They also referred to “The Light Within” as the source of their supernatural power. Varulv are basically wolves in human guise that have learned to behave as humans to survive in a human world. They sleep in their wolf form, because it takes a conscious mind and energy to retain human form.
Riley is a young British werewolf living in a remote town in the Colorado Rockies called Black River that’s inhabited only by Varulv. He falls in love with Paige, a young human woman from New York City. The only thing he’s ever wanted since he was a pup is to make her his mate. But he wants her to understand that he’s a wolf first and a human second. She needs to accept this if they want to make their relationship work.
“What you’re looking at is just a physical representation of what I’d look like if I was human. It’s a tangible illusion…it’s not what I really am. I can appear, act, and speak like a human, but I’m not one. I was born a wolf pup, not a baby. I had to learn how to take my human form and control my shifting.” — Riley
Because of the complex nature of Varulv, there’s a chance Riley could never be human again. My werewolves can lose The Light Within if their wolf bodies are injured severely. If that ever happens to Riley, how would that affect his relationship with Paige? Would she still love him? Would she still make love to him? Those are pivotal questions, and I felt it was necessary for the characters to have the discussion. Riley is really a wolf, and sometimes Paige needed to be reminded of that. She couldn’t delude herself into thinking she was committing to a human. I also wanted her to consider the possibility of Riley losing his light, and realize the depth of her love for him.
There is a quote from Lord Byron before Chapter One in my book. I added it, because it embodies the theme of the story.
“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”
After posting about such a sensitive subject for some readers, I hope more people are intrigued by The Howling Heart, and will approach it with an open mind. It’s a different “breed” of werewolf romance. I also hope they’ll understand the meaning of the quote and how it applies to Riley and Paige’s love story.
I love the concept of the Varulv April. How they originated and how they live in the world of humanity.
Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.
Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.
Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.
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