I love Halloween. The changing leaves, the cooler weather, jeans and sweaters. I love huddling in my office on a gray day to write with the cats snuggled in their chair.
I love that it's okay for kids to dress as demons and ghouls and carry bloody knives and get candy. Sure, I ooh and aah over a cute little fairy or adorable cowboy. But the kid dressed in black with his face made up like something out of Fangoria always gets two treats from me.
I was raised on a steady diet of Stephen King and horror movies. The first full-length film I remember seeing is “The Wolf Man” with Lon Chaney Jr. as the tragic Larry Talbot. Since then, I haven’t met a true monster I didn’t like. Dracula, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon… there are too many to name.
I cried when Larry Talbot was killed in "The Wolf Man.” He didn’t ask to be turned into a monster and I wanted him to get his happily-ever-after. But that was never going to happen. At least, not for Larry.
Most of the old monsters are looking for love. Dracula, the Mummy, Dr. Phibes—they just want to find that one woman to complete them. But that never happened.
Today, the monsters get to be the heroes in paranormal romance. They save the day and get the girl (or the guy) in the end. They may be hunted and feared by others but their differences, their gifts, have made them strong, powerful and capable of an understanding so-called normal people just don't have.
In “Kiss of Moonlight,” available now from Ellora’s Cave, the reader will meet the proud race of Etruscan werewolves, the lucani. They have a long history as warriors and a strong code of ethics and community. They’re not monsters. They’re not freaks. They’re strong, they’re magical and they live among us.
KISS OF MOONLIGHT:
Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons or steaming hot sex. In fact, everything about him screams danger. But appearances can be deceiving. The tender possessiveness of his touch, the hunger in his eyes, the scorching sensuality of his kiss—all of it sears him into her soul and brands her as his for life.
But otherworldly forces are afoot and death hovers…
Etruscan werewolf Kyle is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate who could be placed in danger because of him. Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra, battered but not broken, stumbles into his world and tumbles into his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing—not kidnappers or visions of his possible death—will keep him from her.
STEPHANIE JULIAN is an erotic romance author with a dark side and a taste for the paranormal. She’s the author of the Lucani Lovers and the Magical Seduction series from Ellora’s Cave. Find out why Romantic Times magazine, Simply Romance Reviews, Night Owl Romance and Joyfully Reviewed have called my stories "fascinating," "fantastic," "intoxicating."
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