Of course, when there’s werewolves involved, I just must. First, before I say anything, I want to have a big shout out to Heather Hildenbrand, who send this lovely author my way, and I swear in her email, she said werewolves, and before I could even read anything else I replied YES!! My little stalkee’s werewolves are awesome, and if she’s backing this story, well then I’m crazy to pass on it, so THANK YOU HEATHER!!! Second, to Ms. Winter, we cannot be friends if you don’t acknowledge Alex with Wes… Except Alex is mine, you can totally fight for Wes if you want to LOL :) Ok, now, on to the goodies for you guys! :)
My life was changing, morphing into something greater than I could have anticipated. I was becoming something I didn’t recognise as myself anymore. A Werewolf.
I was different.
‘Hybrid’ was what they called me, and the weight that rested against that one word was crippling. They depended on me to bring them safety. What made me so special?
Oh, that’s right. My destiny.
I was sucked into a world I’d had no idea existed. Twenty-one years as a human, and this was what I found out.
My travelling plans, my writing degree, all of it was gone within one night. One evil night that robbed my humanity.
I wasn’t completely sour. Life had been unfair a while ago, only now I’d had something worth fighting for besides myself. Something to live for.
I was afraid for the others. I couldn’t let them down. I wouldn’t let them down.
I’d gone to bed a human and woken up a Werewolf.
A special Werewolf.
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So my fascination with werewolves just continues. And this book is an excellent addition to my obsession! This is the story of a normal girl, who got bitten, we think on accident at first, and it was such an occurrence that she really didn’t grasp what was going on until she could see it for herself. She thinks she’s going crazy, she’s trying to figure out why things are happening the way they are, and how she can save herself and her new packmates. And there’s one thing I actually really grasped, that a lot of authors don’t do. When someone has some supernatural thing happen to them that they have to hide, usually they just go into hiding. But with Luna, she was planning on travelling the world, so she literally wrapped up her life. She had already had a last day at work, she told her best friend goodbye for now, she included her parents in her going away. So when she dropped off the grid, it didn’t send the world into panic and amber alerts. I swear that was brilliant. I also swear that if I did that, half my family, the cops, my boss, would hunt me down and beat me up for doing just that, so I must say, way to NOT have a single plot hole! :) HA, ok back to the moment!
Luna is finishing up her college degree, though being from across the pond, they call it Uni… Yeah, we damn Americans call it school LOL Giggle. She’s very smart, she’s very responsible, she’s very neat and tidy and in line. And then she gets bitten. She misses almost a whole day of school right before big exams, she’s seeing things, she’s hearing things, she’s SMELLING things. She’s flustered. It’s kinda funny, but not, cuz I would pee myself if this happened. And overall, she’s strong. She’s coming to terms with things, she’s learning about Riley’s and his pack, and what that all entails. She’s brave, and she also figures out, she’s loyal too. She’s got a big heart, and she loves food, so she could be my bestie! She’s had an interesting childhood, and some rough patches, but she is growing and coming to terms with things and she’s quite a likable character. She’s also got one HAWT werewolf after her :) It’s also quite nice to see a girl make the boy work for it! LOL And the relationship she developed with Riley’s sisters and Roxy have such an endearing quality.
When I started writing this book I mostly used YouTube to find my songs. I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrated I often got after one song ended and then I’d search for hours for another. Now I use Spotify, and it’s been the best transition ever! Usually when I write, I’ll have some instrumental music (often piano) playing to help me get into the ‘zone’, but there’ve been plenty of songs that have guided me along with Nature’s Destiny’s journey. Also, you can follow me on Spotify to see what I’m listening to whilst writing the sequel!
Imagine Dragons - Demons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWRsgZuwf_8
This song actually became the foundations whilst I built the storyline. It’s where the idea flourished, especially the series as a whole. The lyrics “When you feel my heat, look into my eyes, it’s where my demons hide,” captivated so much of my attention. There are so many characters that can refer to this, but I initially chose it for Riley. This song will definitely repeat in future playlists, these lyrics especially “Don’t wanna let you down, but I am hell bound…” will have some relation to Luna’s destiny. What that is, you’ll have to read the novel to find out!
Carrie Underwood - Sometimes You Leave http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u970snfJB4
I loved this song because it clarified Luna’s past, for me, perfectly. It fit with how someone could have such an impact on your life, that it becomes a path to your future. The lyrics, “All this time I’ve spent staring at the door, I never had the strength…” That small phrase felt like Luna’s entrapment, how her fears manifested inside her to keep her away from the world before she had help. Also, this song is reminiscent of her overcoming her issues, “But now I’m done.” It’s such a beautiful song.
Bon Jovi - Have A Little Faith In Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siaq1ar7E0s
This song calls to Luna, for her to trust Riley and to see how different he is from what she’s known in her past. “I will catch, I will catch your fall, just have a little faith in me.”
Skillet - Hero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9x2CHQClTU
Though the lyrics claim about not being a superhuman, and in this case my characters are, the overall feel for the song still stands the same. They need a hero, but who will it be?
Carrie Underwood - Look At Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDj7hiQza2A
Actually, the lyrics in this song are pretty self-explanatory. It’s how Luna feels for Riley.
Chopin - Raindrops https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcIMvliWM2I
This classical piano piece is so beautifully moving that to add it into a written scene it enhances its authenticity. It captivates emotions so cleanly that when I wrote it into Luna’s mood I knew the music would speak for me. When you find it, I hope you see what I mean.
Skillet - Fire and Fury https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0DTtf1–VE
This song I refer to as Nature’s Destiny’s theme tune. You know, the one where it sums it all up? When I first heard it I felt like it was made specifically for me. (I know it wasn’t.) It’s everything Luna feels and needs. “You can stop the aching, ‘cause you’re the one I need,” is how she needs Riley in her life. How he is the one that calms her.
That’s my condensed playlist, and I’m curious. What would you pick?
Maghon has two theme songs that just kind of fit, since you have lovely taste with Skillet! :) I am choosing Shinedown’s Amaryllis and I’ll Follow You and I’m also choosing their stripped versions because Luna blooms beautifully once she finds Riley, and then I think Riley and Luna would do anything for each other :) So, here’s my video choices. I have TONS more, but for today, the author’s choices are AWESOME so I’ll leave it at that :)
I’ve always lived a life based on my imagination, from hopeless dreams of romance to concocting alternate realities involving supernaturals. I’m completely fascinated with anything hero-related, and often speculate which superpower I’d possess. I haven’t settled on one yet.
I was born in England, and currently reside in Wales, UK. I love to write, and most days you’ll find me happily tapping away at the computer whilst in my pyjama-clad bubble. I also spend my time reading, and if that isn’t enough I’m often in the kitchen baking up a treat.