Dragonstone Wolves Series
Angelina J. Windsor
Genre: Gothic Paranormal Historical Erotica
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Date of Publication: August 2015
Number of pages: 73
Word Count: 23,000
An ancient curse. A darkly handsome lord. A desperate woman.
Hungry and homeless, Isobelle refuses to sell her only possession, her body. When she is finally driven to end her suffering, Lord Bram Snowdon rescues her.
Bram lives under a curse, one that's driven him to become a creature in hiding, knowing every full moon will turn him into a monster.
Bram and Isobelle both have demons to fight, and their struggles soon turn to lust...and love. But destiny awaits them: they are fated to help the Dragonstone clan reclaim its birthright. This mission puts Isobelle's life in peril and worse, puts Bram's trust in her at risk.
Morganas, daughter of the Merlin, mage of Dragonstone and Avalon, offers to be a source of the purest help to Isobelle but also becomes her darkest temptation.
An adult historical romance from Ellora’s Cave
Inside Scoop: This story contains a scorching-hot f/f scene.
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the Earth,
Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep.
John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV
A sound. A shadow. The breath stilled in my lungs. I froze mid-stride, icy tentacles of fear twisted around my desperate heart. I waited with every fiber of my body alert to my surroundings. This close to my goal I could not, nay, would not, be denied. A board creaked. The certainty I was not alone slithered through my mind. Evil surely awaited in the rising mist of the gloaming. It crept silently in over the water and beclouded the bottom of the river below. I had to hurry. I willed my body to move and lurched to the dark wooden railing, grasping it with stiffened fingers. Looking down, I could see the mist rising thicker and settling on the cold rushing water. I shuddered. I fancied the swirling mist forming itself into the searching fingers of death. A macabre welcome surely awaited me with absolution for my sins, an end to the agony that my life had become. I felt no hesitation in my mission.
A creak. Someone was on the bridge with me. I panicked and looked back towards the muffled footfalls and barely discernible creaks that echoed loudly in my head. The mist felt a living entity as it pursued me over the wide wooden planks and obscured my view. Wait. The deep voice pierced my head a split second before I threw a leg up over the wooden railing and hoisted myself upwards. No time to waste. Just a couple more seconds and my pain would be over forever. The devil would not win my soul.
Strong arms pulled me off balance and I tumbled off the railing against a hard body. I screeched with anger and agony, fighting the interference tooth and nail with my clenched fists. Food and shelter cost too dearly. I wanted no part of any rescue.
“Let me go! I want to die!”
“Hush, no one wants to die,” a low throaty voice soothed.
His body radiated heat and calmed my tormented mind. I found I wanted to stay within the confines of his arms and be warmed. What had happened to my death wish? Was a warm man enough to turn me away from a choice that had seemed inevitable and well-chosen only moments ago? That I had promised myself this very night. I couldn’t go back. No one could make me. I would not, could not let that happen, but still I did not struggle. I let myself be embraced by the stranger while my mind raced.
He held me for an indeterminable amount of time ’til my thoughts finally quieted. I could hear the water as it rushed over the rocks fifty feet below. I breathed in his fresh woodsy odor of pine and wood smoke and I began to recover. I become aware that he was far taller than I for my head was tucked in well below his chin. As he held me thoughts came into my mind, thoughts of not being hungry and not having been reduced to consider begging for a single hard crust of bread in exchange for sexual favors. Thoughts instead of what it felt like to have a full belly and lie in a warm bed. Luxuries I had not had thought existed for me anymore. The man’s arms were indeed magical if they could offer such comfort, fleeting though it might be.
“Are ye feeling better, lass?”
His lilting accent further soothed me as I recognized a fellow countryman.
“Aye,” I answered simply, surprised that I was. I should have pulled away but I found I could not. I wanted to stay in his embrace. My arms crept around him of their own volition and I hugged him closer. His breathing slowed while his lower body pressed hard into mine. I felt his manhood firm against my stomach and it sent the first real excitement I had ever felt for a man coursing through my body. I was alive. Life was still possible. My body wanted to celebrate its victory.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Yes, I had two things I wanted to be as a child: a writer and an artist. I got to be both!
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When my first book was picked up for publication a few years back. That milestone pushed me into accepting that, yes, I was now a writer.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
About six months after I finished it. I was well into the sequel when I got accepted for my first works. That’s the secret, keep writing!
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I’ve been a teacher and a wildlife artist. I’m taking a year off of teaching to write full time for the first time and it’s wonderful!
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Seventh Son is based on the myth of Camelot and is hot, hot, hot!
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
Ellora’s Cave, a publishing house I had only dreamed of writing for, put out a special call for Windswept Women series and I answered it.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
That so varies, everything from a few weeks to a few months. Depends on the length mostly.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre? More of the same and some that are completely different.
I writein many genres. The next is new adult contemporary: The Power of Tess.
What genre would you place your books into?
I write everything from hard sci-fi to erotica. Seventh Son is historical, erotic and gothic in nature.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
For the pure joy of it! I love to learn and grow.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Morganas, the High Priestess, the daughter of The Merlin, is definitely a favorite. She’s a woman before her time.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
Since I was a teenage poet. I had lost a brother to cancer and I wanted to write about a healer. That started my journey.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I write in bed every morning! Please don’t throw rotten tomatoes!
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
So far I have. Do you know something I don’t know. Just teasing, but reviews have been kind so far. Just got a wonderful review for Seventh Son on the day it released: Angelina J. Windsor has crafted an unforgettable couple in this captivating novella, SEVENTH SON. Bran, Lord Snowden, cursed by a hateful woman, deprived of his birthright, still maintains the compassion and humanity to save poverty-stricken Isobelle from despair and suicide. With her will to live restored, Isobelle vows to help Bram regain his lands, castle and status--even at the risk of losing his love. I look forward to the next in the Windswept Women series. ~Judy Griffith Gill
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
The title tends to evolve as I write.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
That’s so much fun! Picking names gives your characters such substance that I tend to do it fairly quickly.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
As they come to me.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
It varies, lots is known before I start usually.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I think so. It’s not always deliberate, and sometimes it is!
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
eBook. I love my kindle.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Gone with the Wind, I’ve read it 3 times! My first read I loved Scarlett, the next Melonie Wilkes. You grow and then you see it differently. That taught me a lot.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Hmm, that’s an interesting thought… I loved Excalibur. And I loved all the tales of Avalon where the story came from. That tale transferred well from book to screen. Not sure of the worst. I tend to be an optimist. Perhaps it clouds my view at times. J
Your favorite food is?
I loved salty chips. And I hate what they do to my hips. Oh well, it’s worth it!
Your favorite singer/group is?
Celine Dion. She’s Canadian too!
Your favorite color is?
All the colors of the rainbow. It varies in reality, depending on my mood.
Your favorite Author is?
Stephen King. His book on vampires kept me up all night reading and I had to work the next day.
Angelina J. Windsor, Sugar & Spice and Everything…Naughty, hails from Canada. Married to the love of her life, she has combined her love of romance and the paranormal with her interest in exploring highly charged erotica in a historical setting in her newest book, Seventh Son, first book in the Dragonstone Wolves Series.
A love of reading and writing sent her on her life’s quest to connect with others over the written word, “for having our voices heard is akin to sharing our souls”. She hopes her characters will touch your heart and help you escape the bonds of this Earth as she surrounds you with an otherworldly experience where werewolves and goddesses roam freely and break all the rules. She loves to be approached about the journey of writing.
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