Friday, May 5, 2017

~ This Story Will Hit You Like A BOLT! ~ Author Kate Hill's Fangs and Fists Series! ~

Good morning! Please welcome author Kate Hill to the spotlight. Kate shared a bit of herself by answering a few interview questions, and then filled us in on her novel BOLT, the first in her Fangs and Fists Series. So let's get to know Kate....

When did your love for writing start?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. I’ve always loved telling stories.

That would be my answer as well. What is the best thing you’ve learned about writing and/or the publishing business?

The best thing I’ve learned is that you need to know what you want from writing. Not everyone is going to have financial success through writing and everyone has different ideas about what defines success. You can’t please everyone, so at the end of the day you need to do what’s right for you. I think that’s true about writing as well as life in general.

So true! Sometimes it takes a while to figure that out. Like most writers, I'm sure you find it challenging to keep on top of things. How do you balance the demands of your everyday life and your writing life? 

I’ve always made time for it. In the past that meant choosing (and often preferring) to stay home alone and write a story than go out and socialize. Sometimes it means writing or proof reading on my lunch break during the day job. The only thing that has slowed down my writing is health issues within my family. I love writing, but for me family comes first.

Do you have hobbies that you’d like to share?

I love to work out and I’m also a huge fan of horror movies and comic books.

Interesting! Now, just for fun, what CD is in your CD player right now?

I use an MP3 player. The last song I listened to was I Apologize by Five Finger Death Punch.

Ahh. Another Five Finger fan! Name your favorite children's story.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

That is one of my all-time favorites, too! Such a fun book! What was your nickname growing up or now?

Growing up, my parents called me Punch.

Hmm...never heard of that one. What is your biggest pet peeve?

It’s a tie between rudeness and self-righteousness.

Oh, yes! What are your three favorite smells?

The first is the smell of dogs. I know it’s probably gross to most people, but I find the smell of a dog comforting. I also love the scent of coconut and gardenia. 

See, that's why I love to interview people. There are so many different answers to these questions. We've never had the smell of a dog before!

Now, let's find out a little bit more about BOLT, Fangs and Fists 1....

Blurb ~

In a futuristic world ruled by demons, werewolves are enslaved to fight in gladiatorial matches for the amusement of their evil masters.

Kiara remembers what life was like living free–before she was taken by demons and bred to gladiators so that the new generations of wolves would retain their ferocity but forget their freedom. Mated to top gladiator Grit, she has a son with this surprisingly gentle lover who is also planning their escape. When Grit is killed in the arena, his close friend Bolt upholds his promise to protect Kiara and the cub.

Bolt and Kiara have loved each other from the moment they met, but they buried their feelings because she was mated to his best friend. When Grit dies, despite their guilt, Bolt and Kiara surrender to their desire for each other. Will their love be strong enough to help them win freedom from their evil masters?

excerpt ~

Startled, Kiara jumped to her feet, her senses alive. Two guards shoved Bolt inside. Naked and covered from head to toe in dried blood, he stood, trembling visibly. His blue gaze found hers and Kiara felt a bit ill. She'd never seen him like this.

"She's yours now," said one of the guards. "We'll remove the cub of her previous mate."

Kiara nearly panicked. She growled, her inner wolf on the verge of attacking the guards, futile as it would be. Still, she'd rather die fighting to protect Jett than willingly surrender him to these monsters.

"No," Bolt said. "The cub is too young. Let her keep him for now."

"Very well," said the second guard. "But it will soon be weaned. Do your duty, wolf. She's a healthy female and ripe for more offspring."

The guards marched out, leaving Kiara and Bolt facing each other.

Kiara wasn't sure about the severity of his injuries. The blood covering him didn't look fresh, which was good. Apparently any wounds he'd sustained had started to heal. She couldn't begin to guess what he'd endured.

"Come sit." Kiara reached for his hand. It was ice cold and he jerked away.

"I'm a mess."

"It's not the first time I've had blood on me," she said, remembering the days when she'd hunted with her pack.

This time when she took his hand, he tightened his grip so that it was almost painful and followed her to the washroom. She turned on the water in the black tile shower.

Kiara withdrew her hand from his grasp to cover the toilet with a towel. Then she urged him to sit while she wet another towel in the sink.

"Do you have any open wounds that need attention?" she asked.

"I think they've all healed. I've been in a cubicle for most of the night," he said, his voice a bit hoarse.

Neither spoke for several moments while she cleaned the blood from his face. All the while he stared at her. Bolt had the most beautiful eyes she'd ever seen -- almond shaped and the blue of a clear autumn sky.

The towel turned red and she washed it again, wrung it out and left it on the side of the sink. By then shower was steaming up the bathroom.

"Get in," she said.

author bio ~

Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.

When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.

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