Title: RED AND THE WOLF
Author: Laura Lee Nutt
Genre: fantasy romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: March 4, 2013
I’m happy to showcase this gorgeous cover for RED AND THE WOLF by my Lyrical Press sister and critique partner, Laura Lee Nutt. Release date is March 4th. Mark your calendars and your TBR pile!
They say Little Red Riding Hood lived happily ever after. They lied.
Six years after the attack at her grandmother’s cottage, Blanchette still hides in her bedroom, unable to hear the wolf’s cry without shivering to her soul. Nor can she scent the pine and spruce rising from the Black Forest surrounding her home without remembering the lunge of a savage beast, the thick aroma of blood, and its tooth pricking her finger. But when Karl, the emperor’s hunter of the fantastic and monstrous, arrives at the village questioning her tale and threatening Heinrich, her huntsman rescuer, Blanchette’s worst fears swarm to the fore. Unless she confronts these fears, embraces her lupine nature, proves her control over her wolf, and accepts the bond of mated love Heinrich offers, Karl will butcher her and Heinrich like the unnatural beasts that they are.
“You are telling me a simple wolf attack caused all this nonsense about a talking wolf dressing in women’s clothes and luring a little girl to his bedside so he could eat her?”
“Says something about how much people exaggerate, does it not?” Heinrich hitched a toothy smile on his face and managed to settle his gaze on Kaismann’s hairline.
Kaismann stepped nearer. “Or how much they will lie to conceal information.”
Heinrich held his ground and stifled the urge to growl. The wolf shoved against his control. Neither of them enjoyed being called a liar, even if true. Kaismann proved moment by moment how strong a threat he could become. Could he push Heinrich past the point of control? The wolf vibrated at joyous possibilities.
“Does that bother you, huntsman?”
“That people lie? Certainly.”
Kaismann closed the distance further. Heinrich concentrated on keeping his body relaxed, face impassive.
“Then why is there challenge in your eyes?”
Heinrich settled his hands on Kaismann’s shoulders and shoved him back a step. He resisted forcing the inquisitive annoyance all the way to the ground. “You are invading my space.” He must escape quickly before he did something foolish or let his wolfish impulses get the better of him. “Excuse me.”
“Some tales say it was no mere wolf but a werewolf who attacked the girl and her grandmother,” Kaismann called low and threatening as Heinrich stalked away.
Heinrich stopped. Gripping himself with fierce control, he looked back. “There are no werewolves, Herr Kaismann. I am a huntsman. If one actually existed and wandered these woods, I assure you, I would have seen it, killed it, and reported the fact.”
Kaismann lifted his brows in disbelief. “Truly?”
“Excuse me. I have work to attend to.”
Heinrich restrained his pace with difficulty. The last thing he needed was for Kaismann to accurately guess he intended to flee his questions and suspicions.
When pine and fir obliterated the sight of Ulfheim, Heinrich took a steadying breath. Yet Kaismann’s questions clung to his shoulders with sharp little claws. What had prompted the man to snare onto the possibility of a werewolf? Heinrich had hoped most people would find such a concept too farfetched.
At least, Kaismann did not yet realize there were two werewolves in this part of the Black Forest. One way or another, his presence and tenacious curiosity would make meeting the she-werewolf again dangerous.
When the world said that life was little but disappointment, struggle, and pain, Laura chose to still dream upon stars. She believes birthday wishes can come true, that good can triumph over evil, honor and true love really exist, and hope and happiness are worth fighting for. When not living vicariously through her fiction, she seeks to encourage others to aspire to such life-affirming ideals.
Laura has been writing since she could pen sentences and making up stories long before that. She first published a poem, “Glass Eyed Inspiration,” about her admiration of Patrick Hough, a man blinded by a bullet to the head but who still fought for success and a positive attitude, a martial artist who inspired those around him. Later, once she decided to embrace her dream of becoming an author, she published “Entomophobia: An Insect Incident” in A Long Story Short and “War Drums Beat” in Sacred Twilight.
In fiction, Laura continues to build worlds, instigate adventures and romances, spark the fires of vengeance and love, and thread in that ever elusive yet essential hope. Her favorite theme to explore in writing is that, even in the darkest hour, the best of what we are can shine through and amidst calamity something good can take root and blossom.
Currently, she lives in Texas with her equally fiction obsessed husband, her rambunctious boys, and her dog, Shakespeare. Her favorite book is Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, which has one of the most heart-wrenching romances she has ever read.