Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Unwritten Meme + Spotlight: At War In The Willows by Kiki Howell

Kiki Howell and Naughty Nights Press are pleased to announce the At War In The Willows book tour, celebrating the release of At War In The Willows in paperback format. To view the other participating blogs, click here.

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My novella series, At War in the Willows, now in novel form, was written from three vampires’ points of view.  In this excerpt, I write from Kane, a werewolf’s head. Only here will you hear his thoughts on the war and his forbidden love for the vampire Amberlyn (Kane and Amberlyn’s story is told through Amberlyn’s POV in Book 2, The Vampire’s Wolf).

Gun shots rang out, ripped Kane from sleep. A quick turn to his wolf form, a fast run to his door, the grasp of several bodies against his, and lots of yelling, confirmed only he had heard the sounds. A guarded existence in his own home made freedom a sad, foreign concept. The pops of guns echoed in his ears again, a product of memory that haunted him. He scolded himself for anything and everything. He had not gotten much rest since they had stolen his Amberlyn, the love of his life, the woman who completed him, from his arms. All he remembered from that dark night was holding back his wolf, with everything in him, until he was sure no bullets had hit her. Only then had he began to breathe again, to let the world he lived in, the clan he belonged to, separate him from his pale-skinned lover. He had done this for her sake, to make things easier on her with her clan now that their secret, their relationship, had become public knowledge. No one had thought it even possible, least of all him, that a wolf could mate with a vampire. They’d all been dead wrong.

Days since he last looked at her, a reminiscent smell of her hair lingered in the air of his room, a tragic curse of having heightened abilities as a werewolf. With his eyes closed, his body now in human form again splayed across his bed. He recalled the silky feel of her long curls across his bare chest. Amberlyn was tough, sassy, and sometimes even brash, but she loved just as hard and just as deeply. He’d never experienced anything like his cold and hot, rough and tender lady. The sensation of his bruised and swollen lips after kissing her incited something in him, an animal beyond his wolf. They had pushed all the bounds their clans feared and lived to tell about it, though no one wanted to listen. She’d bitten him in bloodlust and he’d licked her as a wolf. Their dangerous games in the name of love awakened all of him, made him more of a man and beast than he’d ever thought he could be. Yet, just one look into her eyes, and he was tender, honest, and loyal to a fault.

Not knowing if he could breathe another minute without touching her again, every muscle tensed as a fellow wolf bellowed his name.
“What now?” he growled, throwing on a shirt. As he stomped to the door, he tried to hide the physical truth of his thoughts by rearranging himself in his jeans. Their love had started a war he’d been forbidden to fight in.

The FULL Series, all 3 books in a specially priced Trilogy! 

What chances could you take to keep your true love with you forever?

Would you go against the rules of society, your family and risk everything you have ever known?

Would you go to any length to save the one you love, even if what must be done could possibly cause their death?

The Willows is a resort town run by vampires, werewolves and witches. Here, their true identities are kept secret from humans, and intimate relations between the individual clans are strictly forbidden.

When it becomes known that the vampire Amberlyn has fallen in love with the werewolf Kane, the tedious line of their co-existence has been crossed. Caught in the crossfire of this revelation, Drake, the vampire clan leader and Amberlyn’s maker, is killed along with an innocent witch. These deaths spark a series of horrific events leading to an all out War In The Willows.

Unexpected close encounters, bodies ripe with need, and situations beyond their control lead to forbidden relationships. Now three vampires, a witch, a werewolf and a human must ride along the edges of the rules. They will attempt once unthinkable romantic entanglements despite all those who oppose their relationships, while fighting for their lives as well.

With the Willows full of violence and bloodshed, meetings and magic amiss, will the clans ever be able to find peace among them again? Or, will this war destroy the Willows?

In Book 1, Amberlyn’s vampire brother, Isaac, always one to kick ass first and deal with the consequences later, kidnaps a witch, Winter. He intends to find out what type of retaliation the witch clan is planning against the vampires and werewolves. In doing so, he finds so much more then he bargained for.

By Book 2, Isaac and Winter devise a plan to try to get the Elders of the clans talking peacefully. But, things don’t go as they’d hoped, and the fighting between the clans becomes more devious – deadly. Now, Devin, another vampire of Drake’s making, steps in to help pick up some of the pieces.

When Book 3 begins, it is Devin who hides the biggest secret; he’s in love with a local human. In a moment of desperation – of love – Devin sweeps this human, Sara, away to his home in order to keep her out of harm’s way.

Meet Kiki Howell

Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.

“After a long break having my boys, I finally just had to write again. And, as soon as I gave the stories the space, they entered it. It’s both awesome and humbling to find the words in my mind become characters on a page and create their lives.”

She has now had over thirty stories published between eleven different publishers. Kiki could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. Please look around. Although a bit of caution, most of her stories tend to hang out on the graphically sexy side of town.

In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder. And, in March 2012, Kiki was awarded Bestselling Author for Naughty Nights Press, also earning two Silver Stars from All Romance Ebooks for her NNP novellas: Love, Creativity and Magick; The Vampire's Witch; and most recently Mystical Mayhem. Kiki's At War in the Willows Series has also been nominated for Best Series of 2012 by Sizzling PR

Kiki resides in the Midwest with her incredibly handsome and talented, singer/songwriter husband Stephen Howell and two children. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading, baking or knitting.
Her biggest dream is to have a novel she writes be made into a movie that her husband creates the soundtrack for, and then cruise to Alaska with her family on the money they make.
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