Brett Dalton, Alpha of Hudson River, isolated himself from his pack mates after one betrayed him. The once, easygoing Alpha has become taciturn, remote and unforgiving. His pack worries for him, but they too have suffered a devastating blow. When several members leave to join Three Rivers, the pack faces the threat of dissolution until Brett's best friend and Lone Wolf, Luc Danes returns to Hudson River accompanied by a beautiful young human—or is she? Something about the woman consumes Brett. Has Luc come home to help or to take the pack from Brett?
Colby Jenson wrapped up thousands of hours of community service working at the hospital in Maine when an injured Luc Danes rolled through the door. The impossible patient drove the nurses crazy, but when Danes offered her money no strings attached to drive him to New York, she agreed. The last thing she expected was to arrive in the small Westchester County town and to meet the craziest collection of residents—especially the devastatingly sexy Brett Dalton. Part of her wants to hit the road, the rest wants to make him smile and he keeps making excuses for her to stay.
Then she sees the wolves...and is exposed to a world she can barely imagine. When Brett discovers a secret about her, nothing will be the same again. Now she will find herself torn between a world she isn't sure she can understand and the man who has taken her heart hostage...
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National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.
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1. When did you decide that writing was your passion?
Honestly, I think it became my passion with the first book I ever sat and “read” all by myself. Before that, my grandmother read to me for years. She used to read Harlequin romances to me, because she didn’t like picture books. As I learned to read on my own, I gobbled up everything from picture books to my first chapter books to Tom Swift and Trixie Belden. I got lost in their worlds, and I wanted to get lost in my own.
2. Who is your favorite character overall that you've written?
Four years ago, I finished the first draft of Marshal of Hel Dorado and introduced two characters whose full stories I’ve yet to tell. One of those two is Wyatt Morning Star. His tale is coming in A Man Called Wyatt, and I am both excited and terrified at the same time about writing his story because of a rich and, what I suspect to be, a tragic history. Quanto, his mentor, and oldest friend, also ranks up there with Wyatt. In many ways, Quanto is the Zen to Wyatt’s quietly controlled chaos. He raised most of my main characters in the Fevered Hearts series and gave them the foundation to control their abilities.
3. Do you think you would pursue one or more of your series becoming a television program whether it be a cable network or a mini series?
It would depend on the situation. For a lot of my worlds, I feel the readers and me have the characters so firmly embedded in our imaginations that I doubt bringing them to film would do them justice. That said, if I thought the situation would present the books in a way that respected my initial vision and would get the tales out to a wider audience…then I’d be thrilled to share these series with another form of media!
4. What does your research process look like?
It varies dramatically from book to book. Some stories allow me to retell various positions I’ve held over the years or situations I’ve been in, while others are entirely outside my own realm of experience, so they require vast research. For me, I first realize the characters and any needed information and do the required research before I sit down to write…and then I tell the story from there!
5. If you could have a happily ever after with one of your heroes which one would it be?
I have to pick just one? I’m a greedy gal, so I’d like to have them all, thanks. That said, I do have a special tenderness for Wyatt, so maybe him?
6. How do you plan, develop and write your characters?
Most characters appear almost fully formed once I have their name, some develop as part of the story I’m telling. In every case, I know at least three facts about every character I write before I start writing—this includes my heroes, heroines, secondary characters and villains.
7. What series and/or book was the most fun to write?
They are all fun in different ways. My Boomers books allowed me to speak to my childhood love of comic books. My Fevered Hearts steals from my many years of loving westerns while allowing me to delve into more comic book heroes. My Going Royal books stem from my England family roots, as do my Marine books—my uncle served and did our family proud in that branch of the military. All in all, each series is special and fun to write for me for a thousand different reasons. At the end of the day, I tell the story I want to read and have been thrilled to find many readers share that love.
8. What advice do you give aspiring authors?
Put your butt in the chair and write the book. There is no such thing as a “good” time or a “right” time. When you finish the first book, write the second. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint.
9. When you write do you have special music that plays depending upon the scene and do you picture a certain actor/actress in your mind for your main characters?
Sometimes a certain actor or actress might inspire the character or I might play a movie over and over again—Thor is a vast source of inspiration for reasons I’m sure I don’t have to explain…But it depends on the book and the story, really.
10. What can we expect to see from you in the coming year?
Lots of fantastic stories! Including (but not limited to):
Single Wicked Wolf (coming in October), a Willow Bend novella featuring another sexy Italian wolf we met briefly in Rogue Wolf as well as one of Willow Bend’s own turned wolves.
A Man Called Wyatt, the stunning conclusion to the epic saga launched in Marshal of Hel Dorado. Fevered Hearts is a paranormal western historical romance—think Young Guns meets the X-Men.
Three Marines and a Baby—We return to spend time with Jazz, Logan and Zach as they face new challenges and opportunities
Desert Wolf (Cassius’ book), we journey south to the Sutter Butte pack as the Wolves of Change continue.
Kiss Him Common (Going Royal spins off with the Sisters Grace)
Finally, I’ll be releasing the long-awaited continuation of the Boomers series and a few more surprises. It’s going to be a wild ride!