Today I’m hosting Kristy Denice Bock and her fantasy/paranormal romance Divine Touch. Kristy is giving away a $15 Amazon or B&N gift card, so make sure to comment, follow the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!
Kristy is also here today to talk about her version of werewolves in her novels–and I love me some werewolves, mmm! Take it away, Kristy!
Kristy’s Version of Werewolves
Werewolves are something that have fascinated me for many years. The idea of a merging between man and beast makes sense to any woman who has ever seen the protective instincts come out in a man. In order to protect the woman he loves, or his family, man has shown time and time again the monster within.
The werewolves in Divine Touch, the first book in the Divine Ones series, are a special breed. Created by the Goddess Noxia to defend her throne, the werewolves are three parts. The first is a man, strong and immortal. Even ripped limb from limb, they will regenerate once their body is pieced back together. The second part is that of a wolf. In their wolf form, they retain consciousness of the man, and mirror the animals of the wild.
The third part is the most ferocious, it is the monster. He bears both traits of man and wolf. The monster responds to only one master, the one who has his soul. In Divine Touch, Goddess Noxia has Zane’s soul and he fights the love he feels for Kate because he is not whole.
Zane discovers early in the book that he has a son. Family is of the utmost importance to my werewolves, but he’s nervous about meeting an adult son he missed out on raising. Imagine his surprise when he learns that he also has a grandson! There can be only one leader in a pack of wolves and it is no different for Zane and his family. The sparks fly early!
I’ve always loved the dynamics of pack living. You have one leader, with absolute authority that has to be the best leader possible for his people. Sure, there have been stories where the leaders were less than worthy, but for the most part, a strong pack has a great leader. Had Zane had the opportunity to lead a pack, he would have been spectacular, though I will say his son does just fine.
One of the scenes that I had the most fun writing depicts a fight scene where Kate sees Zane’s monster for the first time. His big, mean, and scary. He just single handedly ripped the throats out of some pretty scary bad dudes. The hulking mass she finds protecting her scares the bejeezus out of her. She does what any woman does who fears what she doesn’t understand, she high tails it back home! Even though she knew in her heart it was the man who captured her attention, her mind couldn’t process the monster.
That to me is the best part about writing about werewolves, because sometimes they themselves can’t accept the inner beast. They have to journey within themselves to uncover a reason to connect with the beast, and to align themselves until they are one unit. It’s a beautiful process, and I’m always happy to write about it.
I hope you enjoy reading about werewolves as much as I enjoyed writing about them. You can read all about Zane’s story in Divine Touch, the first book in the Divine Ones series.
Finding a naked man where Werewolf bones once were should have let Kate know she was in for an unusual day! Nothing could have prepared her for the discovery that her mother is a Goddess, and that nothing in her life would ever be the same. Zane DeSeville spent five centuries trapped in a prison of his own body only to be awakened by the image of the woman who caused his entrapment. After Kate discovers that she’s the daughter of a Goddess, another bombshell is dropped in her lap. She has to pass three Trials of Humanity, or she’ll be imprisoned as Zane had been, and Zane would be her judge and jury!
Zane found himself liking the strange young man. His appearance was something Zane had never come across before, but that didn’t seem to detract from his character, rather it enhanced it.
“Okay look, I’m just going to get this over with,” Cole said. Without a further word on the subject, Cole’s head leaned back as his body changed to a form Zane was all too familiar with.
Zane tried to maintain rigid control on the beast within him. The desire to prove alpha status could not be contained. His fingers shook, the need to dominate drove him. The idea of harming the young wolf made him fight hard to control himself.
It was a heedless battle, but the beast would not be contained. The harder he fought, the more the beast raged. He felt the change come upon him before he could control it. His senses heightened, he could smell the other wolf’s presence. With his last coherent ability, he projected his thoughts out, telling the young wolf to run. The beast was free.
The young wolf cocked its head to the side, looking at the larger version. It dropped down on its hindquarters, extending its front paws forward with its head lowered. The beast recognized a sign of submission. The beast stood over the young wolf and growled. It remained unsatisfied with an unearned submission. Its jaws snapped at the young wolf’s ear, causing the smaller creature to jump back in surprise.
The beast goaded the wolf until it openly attacked. Their sounds of aggression filled the room as they wrestled each other to the ground. Though the younger wolf was smaller, it made up for its lack of size by speed and agility. When its teeth sank into the foreleg of the older wolf the battle turned. It went from a token fight to a fierce battle of wills. The younger wolf continued to use its smaller statute to its advantage.
Each time the beast would force the wolf down, it would find a way to escape the hold. With each passing moment a respect was gained. Respect, however, was not something that was worth losing over. The beast howled in delight as his teeth bit into the neck of the wolf, pinning it to the ground.
“When your pissing contest is over, I was promised ice cream, a movie, and Holland.” The beast recognized the scent of its mate. It let go of the wolf and backed away.
A scream caused all heads to turn in the direction of the door Kate had just entered. The beast watched in disgust as the pale creature crumpled to the ground.
The Divine Ones
Divine Purpose (Book 3) Out Now
Heaven and Hell
The Light (Book 1) Out now!
Stand Alone Books
With This Ring I Thee Trust, Anthology Comfort and Joy Out Now!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristy Denice Bock is an avid reader who fell in love with creating characters at a young age. She lives in Coastal Carolina and is quite the fan of the Crystal Coast. She is the mother of four unique humans who constantly keep her on her toes. She’s the proud grandmother of two, and the world’s greatest Aunt to ten pretty spectacular humans. Her parents bought her a typewriter at 14, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Read Kristy Denice Bock’s Smashwords Interview at https://www.smashwords.com/interview/kdbock79
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