N.J. Walters – February 2014

craigsheart_msrN.J. Walters

A vampire’s heart is not meant to beat this fast

Legacy, Book 7

Craig Lawton’s life is full. Filled with normal things like work as a video-game creator and financial investor, and not-so-normal things like two half-werewolf siblings and a vampire best friend.

He’s accustomed to being the only human in the room…until he attempts to help a desperate, newly made vampire in the throes of her first transformation.

Evie Pelowski is a woman alone. Left alone in a filthy alley to become a monster like the one that attacked her, unable to control the bloodlust surging through her veins. Now she’s done the unforgivable—turned her Good Samaritan into a monster just like her.

They must face the future while coming to grips with their new realities. But despite a strong bond ignited by blood and forged in the heat of sexual desire, despite Craig’s unshakeable determination to teach her to trust, Evie knows nothing she loves ever stays. Especially when the vampire who made her wants her back—and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way.

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Excerpt

Foot traffic was getting lighter as the daytime crowd had all headed home and the evening patrons hadn’t come out yet. Craig didn’t mind. He enjoyed having the sidewalk almost all to himself. He could see the Haven sign in the distance and quickened his step. He was almost past the dark alleyway when he heard a whimper.

Craig stopped and went back a few steps, peering down the alley. The streetlights didn’t penetrate very far, making it difficult to see anything. “Anyone there?” It was probably nothing more than a stray cat or dog searching for scraps. It was an unfortunate fact that every city had a problem with stray animals.

He squinted, wishing not for the first time that he had the enhanced senses of his siblings. They’d had the same mother but different fathers, and Craig was fully human while his brother and sister were part werewolf. “Hello.”

He heard the whimpering sound again, but this time it sounded more human than animal. Cursing himself for a fool, he started down the alley. He really should go to Haven for help. Any one of the pack would come back with him to check this out. It was pure folly to go alone.

Still, he took another step into the darkness.

His eyes were adjusting a little better, but he couldn’t see where the noise was coming from. “I won’t hurt you,” he promised.

A skittering sound caught his attention. It was coming from the far side of the dumpster on the left side. “Who’s there?” He wished they’d say something.

Taking a deep breath, Craig inched carefully forward until he could see just beyond the dumpster. Curled up next to the nasty smelling metal was a small person. He couldn’t tell if it was a woman or a kid. It was too dark to see what the person was wearing or to make out any details. He squinted again and took a step forward. “Hey.”

A head came up and reddish-tinged eyes peered back at him. Crap. He was in big trouble. Whoever this person was, they were a paranormal creature of some kind. And if Craig was a betting man, he’d say she was a vampire, a young one, potentially unstable and very, very dangerous.

He backed up a step.

“Help me.” It was a woman’s voice and it stopped Craig in his tracks.

“What happened to you?” he asked.

She moaned and closed her eyes. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” She panted heavily and Craig could sense her distress.

He reached into his pocket for his phone. “I know someone who can help you.”

“No.” She came to her feet in one fluid motion and jumped at him.

Craig was thrown back several feet and smashed into the wall behind him. His head cracked against the brick and he saw stars. Something liquid trickled down his collar and he knew he was bleeding. Not good.

The creature came toward him. No, not a creature, a woman with long dark hair tangled around her face.

“Everything will be okay. I promise.” But Craig was no longer sure. He should have gone to Haven for help. Dealing with a vampire on his own, especially a young, unstable one wouldn’t be wise for a werewolf, let alone a human.

She licked her lips, grabbed him by the shoulders and dragged him into the shadows by the dumpster. She was incredibly strong.

“Let me help you.” Craig kept talking, trying to reach her human side before she was totally lost to the bloodlust. But it was too late.

Sharp fangs pierced his neck and strong arms held him. Not that he tried to pull away or struggle. That would only make her more determined to drain him dry, maybe even snap his neck. Physically, he was no match for her. Not yet. Maybe once she was drunk on his blood he could break away and make a run for it.

As she sucked his life’s blood out of him, Craig prayed she wouldn’t kill him. He wasn’t ready to die.

 

Biography

N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

Website: http://www.njwalters.com
Blog: http://www.njwalters.blogspot.com
Newsletter Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/awakeningdesires/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/N.J.WaltersAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/njwalters

 

Also by N.J. Walters

Ellora’s Cave Publishing:

Katie’s Art of Seduction-Awakening Desires, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Erin’s Fancy-Awakening Desires, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
Capturing Carly-Awakening Desires, Book 3 (E-book)
Craving Candy-Awakening Desires, Book 4 (E-book)
Enticements-(Print—Contains Capturing Carly and Craving Candy)
Jackson’s Jewel-Awakening Desires, Book 5 (E-book) & (Print)
MacNamara’s Lady-Awakening Desires, Book 6 (E-book)
Touch of Topaz-Awakening Desires, Book 7 (E-book)
Stroke of Sapphire-Awakening Desires, Book 8 (E-book)
Harker’s Journey-Dalakis Passion, Book 1 (E-book)

Lucian’s Delight-Dalakis Passion, Book 2 (E-book)
Dalakis Embrace- (Print—Contains Harker’s Journey and Lucian’s Delight)
Stefan’s Salvation-Dalakis Passion, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Eternal Brothers-Dalakis Passion, Book 4 (E-book) & (Print)
Endless Chase-Dalakis Passion, Book 5 (E-book)

Annabelle Lee-Summerville Secrets, Book 1 (E-book)
Heat Wave-Summersville Secrets, Book 2 (E-book)
Summersville Heat- (Print—Contains Annabelle Lee and Heat Wave)
Lily Blossoms-Summersville Secrets, Book 3 (E-book)

Christina’s Tapestry-Tapestries, Book 1 (E-book)
Bakra Bride-Tapestries, Book 2 (E-book)
Tapestry Dreams- (Print—Contains Christina’s Tapestry and Bakra Bride)
Woven Dreams-Tapestries, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Threads of Destiny-Tapestries, Book 4 (E-book) & (Print)
Embroidered Fantasies-Tapestries, Book 5 (E-book)
Fabric of Fate-Tapestries, Book 6 (E-book)
Strands of Love-Tapestries, Book 7 (E-book)

Embracing Silence-Project Alpha, Book 1 (E-book)
Have Mercy-Project Alpha, Book 2 (E-book)
Sweet Charity-Project Alpha, Book 3 (E-book)

Beyond Shadows-(E-book)
Out of Shadows-(E-book)

Seeking Charlotte-Hearts of Fire, Book 3 (E-book)
Entwined Hearts-Hearts of Fire, Book 5 (E-book)

Amethyst Dreams-Companion book to Amethyst Moon (E-book)
Amethyst Moon-Birthstone Series (E-book)

Three Swords, One Heart-Torrid Tarot Series (E-book) & (Print)

Double or Nothing (E-book)

Anastasia’s Style-Valentine Vixens Quickie (E-book)
Candy Caresses-(Print Anthology containing the Valentine Vixens Quickie, Anastasia’s Style)

Drakon’s Treasure-Autumn Animalia Quickie (E-book)
Feral Fixation-(Print Anthology containing the Autumn Animalia Quickie, Drakon’s Treasure)

Jessamyn’s Christmas Gift-White Hot Holidays Quickie (E-book)
White Hot Holidays 3-(Print Anthology containing my White Hot Holiday Quickie, Jessamyn’s Christmas Gift)

Debt of Honor (E-book)
Lady’s Minstrel (E-book)
Lassoing Lara (E-book)
Tempting Tori (E-book)
Tracking Talia (E-book)
Unmasking Kelly (E-book)
Over Time, Under Him-(Pocket Books Print Anthology containing EC Quickie Unmasking Kelly)
Trick or Treat-(Pocket Books Print Anthology containing EC Quickie Unmasking Kelly)

Ellora’s Cavemen: Legendary Tails IV (featuring “A Love Eternal”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Dreams of the Oasis IV (featuring “Shadows Stir”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Seasons of Seduction III (featuring “Sunshine for a Vampire”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Jewels of the Nile IV (featuring “Moon Magic”) (E-book) & (Print)

Samhain Publishing:

Discovering Dani-Jamesville, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
The Way Home-Jamesville, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
The Return of Patrick O’Rourke-Jamesville, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
The Seduction of Shamus O’Rourke-Jamesville, Book 4 (E-book) & (Print)
A Legal Affair-Jamesville, Book 5 (E-book)
By The Book-Jamesville, Book 6 (E-book) & (Print)
Past Promises-Jamesville, Book 7 (E-book)
Jamesville Affairs-(Print—Contains A Legal Affair and Past Promises)

Alexandra’s Legacy-Legacy, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Isaiah’s Haven-Legacy, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
Legacy Found-Legacy, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Quinn’s Quest-Legacy, Book 4 (E-book) & (Print)
Finding Chrissten-Legacy, Book 5 (E-book) & (Print)
Damek’s Redemption-Legacy, Book 6 (E-book) & (Print)
Craig’s Heart-Legacy, Book 7 (E-book)

A Touch of Magick-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Dreams of Seduction-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 2 (E-book)
Love in Flames-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 3 (E-book)

Night of the Tiger-Hades’ Carnival, Book 1 (E-book) & Print)
Mark of the Bear-Hades’ Carnival, Book 2 (E-book)
Pride of the Lion-Hades’ Carnival, Book 3 (E-book)
Howl of the Wolf-Hades’ Carnival, Book 4 (E-book)

Carina Press:

The Gift of Shayla (E-book)

Running Press:

The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (featuring “Blind Date”) (Print)

 

Interview with Holly Hewson

HH:  NJ, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Craig’s Heart and the seventh book in your Legacy series. What can you first tell us about this amazing series?

NJ: Thank you for having me here at TRS. The Legacy series was born out of my desire to write a werewolf series. Alexandra’s Legacy was the first book I wrote, and before I was even finished writing it, I knew there were more stories I had to tell. I’m amazed at how readers have taken to this series. It’s my best selling one to date!

HH: What can you tell us about the first six books?

NJ: The Legacy books in order are: Alexandra’s Legacy, Isaiah’s Haven, Legacy Found, Quinn’s Quest, Finding Chrissten, Damek’s Redemption and Craig’s Heart. In Alexandra’s Legacy, Alexandra discovers her entire life has been a lie and she’s actually a half-breed werewolf. Two separate groups—human hunters and purist werewolves—are trying to kill her. While another group of male werewolves want to mate with her. With her life upside down there are only two men she can depend on—her father, James, and the mysterious Joshua Striker.

The other books in the series are the stories of characters we meet along the way. The series did take a twist and I ended up focusing most of the storylines on the Haven Pack in Chicago. As well, there was a mysterious vampire named Damek who kept popping up in the books until I finally had to tell his story was well.

HH: How does Craig’s Heart continue it?

NJ: Craig Lawton is the lone human in the midst of all these paranormal creatures. Even though his brother and sister are half-breed werewolves, his best friend is the ancient vampire Damek. I’d never planned on writing his story but readers kept asking for it, and I couldn’t stop thinking about him.

BLURB:

Craig Lawton’s life is full. Filled with normal things like work as a video-game creator and financial investor, and not-so-normal things like two half-werewolf siblings and a vampire best friend.

He’s accustomed to being the only human in the room…until he attempts to help a desperate, newly made vampire in the throes of her first transformation.

Evie Pelowski is a woman alone. Left alone in a filthy alley to become a monster like the one that attacked her, unable to control the bloodlust surging through her veins. Now she’s done the unforgivable—turned her Good Samaritan into a monster just like her.

They must face the future while coming to grips with their new realities. But despite a strong bond ignited by blood and forged in the heat of sexual desire, despite Craig’s unshakeable determination to teach her to trust, Evie knows nothing she loves ever stays. Especially when the vampire who made her wants her back—and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way.

HH:  What do you like about Evie and why will readers identify with her?

NJ: Evie is an incredibly strong woman whose life has been turned upside down through no fault of her own. She’s able to roll with the punches life has dealt her and is determined to get revenge for what’s been done to her.

HH: What do you like best about Craig and why will readers love him?

NJ: Craig is an amazing man—compassionate and kind with a core of steel. He’s very accepting of the fact the world is filled with paranormal creatures. Having a sister and brother who are half-breed werewolves has played a big role in his life. He’s a loner by nature and keeps to himself because he knows he has to protect his family’s secrets. He’s brilliant with computers and has no problem making money and sharing it with his family.

HH: Will there be more in this series?

NJ: As of right now I have no plans to write more books for this series. Craig’s Heart is the seventh book and that seems like a good place to stop. But I never say never.

HH:  What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

NJ: The Hades’ Carnival series (paranormal/shapeshifter romance) has been doing amazingly well and readers have asked for more books so I’m currently working on three more novellas.

As well, I have a brand new werewolf series starting this April! The Salvation Pack series launches with the release of Wolf at the Door. I’m so excited about this new series.

HH:  What are you reading now?

NJ: I just finished reading Dark Wolf, the latest book in Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since her very first book. It was hard to get the first few books in this series when it was released years ago. I remembering scouring the stores and special ordering because I had to have them. I also read River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz, who is a favorite author of mine. I love that she’s writing romantic suspense again.

HH: What appearances do you have coming up in 2014?

NJ: I live outside the USA and will not be at any conferences or conventions this year. But I’m always online. J

HH: Where can readers find you online?

NJ: Readers can find me at:

Website: http://www.njwalters.com
Blog: http://www.njwalters.blogspot.com
Newsletter Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/awakeningdesires/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/N.J.WaltersAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/NJWalters
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/njwalters

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