Today we have Katherine Halle, a fellow Torquere author, blogging about her upcoming release, Cast the First Stone which will be available October 8th.
My process is fairly simple. To be honest, most of my stories start with one scene. A scene gets in my head and I can’t get it out and I end up crafting a story around that one scene. Of course, inevitably that one scene is toward the END of the story so it feels like forever before I get to write it. And then when I do, sometimes I look back and think ‘Was that like it was in my head? Could it have been better? More emotional? More something?’
There are many times I’m tempted to just go ahead and write that scene but I usually write linearly so I don’t often write the action out of order. However, there have been a few times that I’ve skipped ahead to get the scene down on paper so to speak and then go back to fill in the blanks.
I was lucky with Cast the First Stone, the scene I had in my head was the opening. Julian, the hunter, is out on a hunt. And I had this image of him in my head, squatting down in the grass, feeling the dirt, smelling the dirt, and scowling when he realized he would have to call for permission to enter another Alpha’s territory. And that got the ball rolling. Why was he a hunter? Why did he have to ask permission? Why was he hunting? Who was he hunting? And what would happen if he found himself attracted to his prey…
And thus, a story was born.
I want to thank Erin and Racheline for hosting me today. This is the first stop on my Blog Tour and I am just so appreciative for the opportunity to talk about my process and my release with all of you!
On the trail of a rogue werewolf, hunter Julian Hart takes on more than he can handle when he meets up with Alpha Stone. His hunt uncovers secrets within lies and a plot for vengeance no one saw coming. When the smoke clears, what Julian finds at the end of the trail will forever change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear.
“I took the liberty of moving your stuff from the motel. I had it put into one of my guestrooms. You’ll stay here tonight.”
“Now wait just a damn minute.” I could feel the anger whirling inside me. How dare he move my things without my permission? I didn’t want to stay here in his house. The sole human amidst a pack of wolves. Literally.
In a flash, he had me pinned to the wall, his arm across my throat. Just as fast, I had my knife out and pressed against his side. He laughed, the rich sound washing over me, sending my blood places I didn’t want it to go. “Touché.” The pressure on my throat loosened minutely. “Seems we are at an impasse. I want you here. I can’t keep you safe at the motel. There are some in my territory that don’t take too kindly to hunters.”
“You mean like Eve?”
“Yes, like Eve. I can’t control every single werewolf activity that happens. There will always be someone that makes a bad choice, despite my orders that you are offlimits.
I would hate to have to punish someone after the fact. I’d rather just prevent it from happening in the first place.”
“Who says I would be safe under your roof?” I met his blue eyes defiantly, pressing the knife into his side enough to slice through the fabric of his shirt. He hissed as the blade laced with wolfsbane bit into his skin. I felt a momentary pang of regret, but it vanished when he pushed closer, nosing at the pulse in my neck.
“I can smell your excitement,” he breathed out, his lips moving over my skin.
I pushed against him. “Can you smell my anger?” I snarled.
Another dark chuckle washed over my skin. “Yes, and it smells delicious. Now, are we done? You’re not going back to that fleabag motel.”
Katherine Halle is known as the “Queen of Happy Endings.” She firmly believes that no matter what the obstacles, what the struggles, or how much angst is involved in the journey, that the ending should always be a happy one.
Katherine’s love of the written word started at a very early age with repeated demands of “read to me” to any who would listen. It was only natural that writing would follow. As a child, she could often be found daydreaming, thinking up fanciful stories and writing them down. Now she does it on a laptop. Much faster.
Katherine’s favorite animal is her dog. She likes books, movies, and quirky television shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hart of Dixie. She loves cooking and watching cooking shows. She has lived in both Europe and the United States and loved both. When she’s not writing or plotting, Katherine enjoys spending her time listening to music, reading books written by other people, and being with her family.
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Cast the First Stone will be available at Torquere and other major book retailers on October 8.