Original Title: A Bite's Tale (A Furry Fable)
Author: Veronica Blade
Publisher: Crush Publishing
Published Date: February 9th 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young-adult
A Cinderella who spends her nights as a wolf. A prince with a taste for blood.
Seventeen year old Cydney struggles against her werewolf nature, trying to keep everyone around her safe. No way will she risk exposing the beast at the prince’s ball, no matter how her two cousins try to persuade her. Even as she attempts to get on with her life, Cydney can’t forget the boy she loved three summers ago — or what she did to him after losing control.
Turned into a vampire to save his life, the prince refuses to live up to his royal duties. He just wants to find the girl he loved and lost...the werewolf girl who bit him. But his father, the king, commands him to attend a ball where he must choose a wife. Can he find his Cinderella before he's forced to marry another? He doesn’t even have her real name, much less a glass slipper.
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If I’d known it could be like this and that she’d wanted it too, I would’ve kissed her ages ago. I mentally kicked myself for wasting all those weeks when we could’ve been doing this the entire time.
Her hand crept up under my shirt and her fingers trailed along my back. Goosebumps danced on my skin. She pressed closer against me and I took the kiss deeper, letting loose my weeks of pent up craving for her.
I didn’t think life could get any more perfect than being with Cindy. And I no longer yearned for a normal life. I wanted things to stay exactly as they were at that moment. With my Cinderella.
A soft moan erupted from my throat when she angled her face to take the kiss still deeper. I slid my arms around her waist and the tips of my fingers inched up underneath her tank top.
But it wasn’t a usual shiver. Her whole body began to tremble and I nearly lost my hold on her. I pulled back. Cindy’s eyes grew huge and her pupils dilated.
She threw her head back, her limbs vibrating as she growled. No, not a growl. It was more like a dull roar, full of pain and anguish. Was she… was my Cindy about to turn into a werewolf? Or was it something else? Maybe if I held her again, whatever was happening to her might stop. I lunged for her.
“Get away from me!” Sobbing, she shoved me back, but in the process, one of her claws raked across my chest.
I flinched, as blood beaded on my skin. A little scratch wasn’t going to stop me though. Not when Cindy needed my help. I stepped forward again.
Her lips curled up, exposing long, growing teeth and she shrieked. Yeah, she’d hit werewolf maturity all right. But she hadn’t completely morphed. Just her teeth and nails. Maybe if I calmed her, she could prevent it from progressing. I wrapped my arms around her waist, as I’d done just moments ago, and pulled her close.
She shrieked again, then searing pain shot through my arm.
Werewolf bite. Oh, crap. My dad was going to kill me… unless the werewolf virus beat him to it.
The forest spun around me and I couldn’t keep my eyelids up. My muscles went lax and when the ground rose to slam against me, I didn’t feel a thing.
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR VERONICA BLADE
Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and whichever of their kids — or someone else’s kid — decides to drop in. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives — and they are always way hotter.
You can see (from photo below) that she could be an actress, as she said for our interview, if she had tried. :)
You can visit Veronica Blade on FaceBook, check out her website at www.VeronicaBlade.com or follow her on Twitter @VeronicaBlade. She loves hearing from readers!
Let's start with the interview with author, Veronica Blade..
Is there an inspiration behind why you chose writing?
I’ve always been naturally very creative, so I needed an outlet. Since I couldn’t sing and my dancing was/is… horrifying, the choice was either be an actress or learn to write. And I’d enthusiastically choose fattening foods over a size 2 fanny any day.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
Actress or singer, but we know how that turned out. Actually, I was much too shy as a kid to do either.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The Twilight junkie in me is really looking forward to Breaking Dawn. It was my least favorite of the Twilight Saga, but I just can’t waot too see the movie.
What are your current literary works?
I have one full length novella out (Something Witchy This Way Comes), three novellas (A Bite’s Tale: A Furry Fable, From Fame to Shame and Blind Date, Checkmate — this last one is my only story for grown-ups… so far) and the first in the micro trilogy Single Girls, Single-handed, which should be free on amazon sometime in the next few weeks. Any sneak peaks? Books that aren’t already released? Sometime in the next month, book two and three in the Single Girls micro trilogy will ready — Singled Out and Single-minded. A few weeks after that, From Couture to Cut-offs (sequel to From Fame to Shame) will be published. I’m also working on My Wolf’s Bane which is a full length YA romance with werewolves and shape shifters. This is the first in a series of 6 books.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner, who would you choose?
You didn’t specify that they have to be living, so… I’d go with:
1. Dr. Seuss (just to chat with him, because he was so clever with his creativity),
2. Nora Roberts (I’d ply her with booze and get all her writing secrets),
3. Julie Plec (I’d ply her with booze to get The Vampire Diaries secrets),
4. Ian Somerhalder (because I like looking at pretty things), and
5. Channing Tatum (see #4)
Which authors have influence on you most.. how?
Originally, it was Nora Roberts who made me want to read. MaryJanice Davidson made me want more and Stephenie Meyer helped me discover the Young Adult genre.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you love sweet romance, I’m a fantastic enabler.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Fan mail! I’m still at the stage where I write for the love of it (I hope to stay in that place forever) and not for the money. So when my work of art is received with enthusiasm, there’s no greater feeling. Not for me, anyway. Giving readers a fantastic escape is the reason I write — because I love the reaction on the other end.
What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Be patient. Be open to change, because it’s extremely difficult to see flaws (typos, story holes, etc) in our own work. But be true to yourself, because not every suggestion will make the story better — and it’s YOUR story. Ok, that was two pieces but they were related!
If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I’d be Tessa in Something Witchy This Way Comes. I love the way the witch world isn’t filled with potions and spells. The witches rely on their own power, rather than borrowing from nature or demons. Plus, Tessa has a super hot boyfriend! Or I’d be a vampire and marry Damon Salvatore of The Vampire Diaries.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? Forever Young?
Or Seventeen Again… or Cougar Town LOL
What is your favorite scene in the book and why do you love it?
In A Bite’s Tale, I like their first kiss because you only get ONE first kiss with the person you like. In Jack and Cinderella’s case, it was everything they’d thought it would be, but quickly turned tragic.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
I love all things YA but I don’t get embarrassed about it anymore. You’d be surprised how many women over 30 are as addicted to YA as I am.
What is one book everyone should read?
Other than mine? LOL I’d have to go with Harry Potter.
One food you would never eat?
I’m a vegetarian, so that’s easy. Meat!
My bed… where I write
Best christmas present?
Anything vampire related
The first half of the first Twilight (up until they say I Love You)
That’s a tough one... Probably Meg Cabot
You mean I have to choose? Is that even possible?
It depends who’s talking. My hubby would call me “Babe”
Favorite writing spot?
See #1 above
The first Twilight. I just loved it
My home made tomato soup
My favorite quote changes almost daily, but right now, I’m liking this by Wayne Dyer: “Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”
A bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
Big… and very expensive!
Your best trait?
I’m a very calm influence and easy for others to talk to
Your worst trait?
I can be very intense when I want something
Thank you so much for having me, Vidya, and for providing such fun questions!!
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