A warm love bytes welcome to author E.J Russell joining us to talk about newest release “Wolf’s Clothing”.
Welcome E.J 🙂
My Curmudgeonly Husband is a home inspector. Homebuyers hire him to snoop around their prospective houses and point out potential problems. To do this, he usually spends four hours in the house, sometimes more—CH is not speedy, but then, if it was your house, would you want him to be? He spends nearly as many at home, writing the narrative report, describing each system in the house—complete with annotated pictures. During last year’s NaNoWriMo, when I boasted of hitting my fifty-thousand word goal in seventeen days, he scoffed and informed me he wrote one hundred and fifty thousand words in the same amount of time.
But even though CH aims for clarity and succinctness (and to rein in his native sarcasm), rather than the humor, tension, and emotional content that are my goals, we still have conversations about writing. Well, perhaps not “conversations.” They’re more like grammar ambushes.
Because while I take classes on plot and characterization and revision, CH takes classes on grammar. He took an online class from Bonnie Trenga, the author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, and mentor of Mignon Fogerty (aka Grammar Girl). One of their assignments was to write a run-on sentence and then break it up into more manageable chunks. This is his long sentence:
“On the way to the kitchen to fetch a glass of water, I tripped over the cat that had been sleeping on the stairs – the top stair, of course, not the bottom stair that would have been less dangerous – and nearly toppled head over heels but caught myself just in time before I realized that, with the way I feel about cats, I should have just let myself fall on the beast to teach it a lesson once and for all because, heaven knows, that miserable cat has caused me enough trouble over the years and besides which, it should have known better than to choose the top stair on which to sleep since it had been stepped on at least once, and quite possibly twice, in that very same location recently, just a few days before Thanksgiving, but I thought better of it when I considered the immense hassle, to say nothing of the immense expense, that I would have suffered if I had actually injured it so I decided that the best course of action was to administer my most severe glare of disapprobation and shame the animal into a state of inconsolable disgrace and guilt.”
(BTW, Ms. Trenga actually preferred this version. Our cat? Not so much.)
About Wolf’s Clothing
What do you do when you finally prove the existence of the otherworld, but the ghosts kick your ass?
For Trent Pielmeyer, the answer is run like hell—away from his hostile family, away from the disbelieving cops, and far, far, far away from anything that smacks of the supernatural. After seven years’ captivity in a whacked-out alternate dimension, he is so over legend tripping.
When Christophe Clavret spots Trent in a Portland bar, he detects a kindred spirit—another man attempting to outrun the darkness of his own soul. But despite their sizzling chemistry, Trent’s hatred of the uncanny makes Christophe hesitant to confide the truth: he’s a werewolf, one of a dwindling line, the victim of a genetic curse extending back to feudal Europe.
But dark forces are at work, threatening more than their growing love. If Christophe can’t win Trent’s trust, and if Trent can’t overcome his fear of the paranormal, the cost could be Trent’s freedom and Christophe’s humanity. Or it might be both their lives.
About EJ Russell
E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.
E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
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To celebrate the release of Wolf’s Clothing, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 15, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!