As part of my Paranormal Pandemonium 2011 Blog Tour, Iâ€™m interviewing some characters and doing some posts on my own blog too, Indie Paranormal Romance Books. Today, I caught up with Nicolae, the hero from my vampire / werewolf romance book, Hunterâ€™s Moon.
If you havenâ€™t met him already, hereâ€™s the lowdown on Nicolae. Nicolae is a dark, sexy, and rugged ex-alpha werewolf with a past that could make any woman want to kiss the guy. Heâ€™s strong, a loner since the events that led to him fleeing Europe, and can be charming when he needs to be. Heâ€™s a born leader and extremely protective, and very territorial. He wonâ€™t let anything happen to anyone or anything in his territory, even if that person is a vampire.
Nicolae: Ah, what like? I mean, is it alright to talk about that stuff?
Nicolae: Alright then. Iâ€™m Romanian, although I have lived in Canada for the past century, and Iâ€™m a werewolf. Hell, it still sounds crazy when I say that aloud, even though Iâ€™ve been a werewolf for two centuries now. I was turned in Romania and lived with my pack there. It was peaceful until the vampires came for us. We didnâ€™t stand a chance. My sire, the alpha of the pack, and I, and the other warriors amongst us tried to fend them off. They rounded us up and took us all to the compound. It was hell. I donâ€™t want to think about it even now. We had done nothing to deserve such brutal treatment and abuse. Our pack had lived in peace, keeping to ourselves, never treading into vampire territory. When I finally managed to put an escape plan into action, I only made things worse. I lost my entire pack that nightâ€¦ and fled here, to a place where I was free of the vampires.
Nicolae: It was around a century after I had escaped Romania and the nightmare of losing my pack, and I was finally learning to deal with it all in my own way. A night time hunt with the local timber wolf pack turned that all on its head. The peace I had found was shattered by a group of hunters and a woman. Tatyana. A vampire. It was difficult for me to accept her presence in my territory after everything I had suffered at the hands of the vampires, but the threat of the human hunters drove me to take her back to my cabin and help her heal. I had needed to know what she did so I could protect the local werewolf pack and the timber wolves. I thought she had brought them with herâ€¦ I couldnâ€™t have been more wrong.
Nicolae: Looking back now, I canâ€™t believe that I ever wanted to leave her in that clearing to die from her wounds or the sunlight. Sheâ€™s everything to me. The reason for my existence. It was difficult to get past everything that had happened to me, all the pain in my past, and accept her in my life and my territory. I was never sure whether I was coming or going at first. She tied me in knots and challenged everything that I believed about the vampires, and Iâ€™m glad that she did. Weâ€™ve both had hatred bred into us, and it was time for us both to open our eyes and look at each other for ourselves, not have our judgement coloured by what weâ€™ve been told to believe and what had happened to us in our past.
Nicolae: Of course it was, but Tatyanaâ€™s bloodline werenâ€™t responsible for what happened to me. The European vampires are often at war with each other, squabbling over territory and other petty things. Her bloodline, the Nocens, probably hate the Tenebrae bloodline as much as I do. I know that it was difficult for Tatyana too, and I think that helped me cope with my feelings and face them. Werewolves donâ€™t have laws against relationships with another species, but vampires do. Tatyana is risking a lot by being with me. When we eventually return to Europe, weâ€™ll have to be careful about it. If the Law Keepers discover that Tatyana is with a werewolf, theyâ€™ll hunt her down and kill her. Not that I would let them get close enough to try, but itâ€™s always there at the back of my mind.
Nicolae: Peaceful. It might sound crazy, and sometimes I feel as though Iâ€™m dreaming, but everything has settled down again since the end of our story. Tatyana is slowly building a relationship with the local werewolves, and even the local timber wolf pack is beginning to accept her. Sheâ€™s hunted a few times with us, and has learnt that catching the deer weâ€™re chasing isnâ€™t the way into a wolfâ€™s heart. She lets the timber wolves have the glory now, and theyâ€™re getting along better for it. Hell, even I wanted to snarl at her when she beat us to the deer that time. *laughs* Sheâ€™ll make a good pack member one day, when she stops trying to be the alpha female. Sheâ€™ll tell you different of course. Sometimes, when we hunt together and itâ€™s just us, I let her win. Donâ€™t tell her I said that. Sheâ€™ll wring my neck if she thinks Iâ€™m letting her beat me to the prizeâ€¦ but itâ€™s all worth it. Seeing her smile, seeing her happy and proudâ€¦ thatâ€™s something Iâ€™ll do anything for. Even losing a hunt. Sheâ€™s beautiful when sheâ€™s standing over a fresh kill, empowered by her victory. And hellâ€¦ sheâ€™s a saucy vixen afterwards too. My little alpha female.
Nicolae: Shouldnâ€™t you be the one telling me that? *laughs again* Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll cross paths again at some point. The series you write based on the werewolves of my home continent and the vampires of the pure European bloodlines truly reflects the darkness and the danger of our world, but also the intense passion and the deep love we feel for our mates, even if the ones we fall for happen to be the enemy.
Nicolae: Iâ€™m thinking. *looks pensive* Failure springs to mind, but Tatyana would argue about that. Letâ€™s see. She would sayâ€¦ complicated. I would probably sayâ€¦ possessive. Itâ€™s the wolf in me. *cracks a charming smile*
Nicolae: Only that I want your solemn promise not to mention any of what Iâ€™ve said when you interview Tatyana. If she comes back knowing any of this, Iâ€™m hunting you down.
Here’s a little information about Hunter’s Moon and the places it’s available:
F E Heaton
The horror of the night he failed to save his werewolf pack from the cruelty of their vampire masters has haunted Nicolae for one hundred years, driving him deep into the Canadian wilderness in search of peace. That peace is threatened when unfamiliar hunters and the scent of blood lead him to a beautiful woman and a hard decisionâ€”face his past and help her or risk losing everyone he cares about again.
Bearing a heart filled with grief and with vengeance on her mind, Tatyana is intent on killing the hunters sheâ€™s tracking and returning to her vampire bloodline, but her plan didnâ€™t include being shot with poisoned arrows or rescued by a glowering alpha werewolf who stirs forbidden hunger in her.
When the hunters make their move, will Nicolae be able to stop them before itâ€™s too late? Will he be able to overcome the darkness in his heart and embrace his desire for a vampire? And can Tatyana face her fears and risk her life for the sake of forbidden love?
ebook price: $2.99
paperback price: $6.99
genre: paranormal werewolf romance
length: 65000 words
released: February 2011
Book 9 in the Vampires Realm series
Available in e-book from:
Author’s website: http://www.felicityheaton.com/ebooks.php?title=Hunter’s%20Moon
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004P5NQ0W/
Amazon Kindle Germany: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B004P5NQ0W/
Amazon Kindle UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004P5NQ0W/
Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Hunters-Moon/F-E-Heaton/e/2940011207600/
Sony Reader Store: http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/f-e-heaton/hunter-s-moon/_/R-400000000000000351166
Available in paperback from:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hunters-moon-f-e-heaton/1030625714