Guest Post by the author of The Wolf Within Series

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The Wolf Within Series Tour by Amy Lee Burgess

Published by: Lyrica Press

Genre: Paranormal Mystery/Romance

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Across the Line – Book #6 {Excerpt}

Amazon and Barnes & Noble Publication Date: August 26, 2013

When Councilor Allerton sends Stanzie to investigate a territory dispute between tiny pack Stony Fell and the British branch of much larger Mac Tire, it seems routine until someone sets a bear trap. A young Stony Fell man pays with the loss of his leg and now it’s up to Stanzie and Murphy to figure out who set the trap–and why–before more members of the packs are maimed.

Add a pair of star-crossed lovers, one love triangle, a grief-stricken bond mate with jealousy issues, and bad blood all around and the resultant twisted hell brew reveals the darker side of inter-pack politics that could prove too difficult–and dangerous–for even Stanzie to untangle.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations.

 

About-Face-Book-Cover{Excerpt} About Face – Book #5

Publication Date: March 27, 2013

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Being herself is more dangerous than ever.

Stanzie’s job as Advisor to the Great Council is discovering other people’s secrets. When those secrets are being kept by the ones she loves most, can she find the courage to expose them?

Under orders from a Councilor, Stanzie journeys to Dublin and the MacTire pack. Her mission: warn her estranged bond mate, Liam Murphy, to abandon his overzealous search for the man responsible for the death of his first bond mate. Not only is he endangering himself, but also disrupting the delicate balance between opposing factions in the conspiracy threatening to tear the Great Pack apart.

Liam needs Stanzie’s help to protect their Alpha, who has entangled himself in the conspiracy’s deadly web. But he also desperately needs her back. In a race against time, Stanzie and Liam discover enemies often wear the faces of friends.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations.

 

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Inside Out – Book #4 {Excerpt}

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For Stanzie, being herself is more dangerous than ever.

There’s no place like home…or is there? When Stanzie is asked to investigate her birth pack- Mayflower–she isn’t prepared for what she finds. No one respects the Alphas and the newest adult member of the pack is being encouraged to leave. Why?

To make matters worse, the men are dangerously intent on mating and shifting with her. How far will the pack she thought she knew go to get what they want? Without her bond-mate, Liam, Stanzie must face this alone and, barely ahead of threat of violence, must solve the mysteries, and fast.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations.

 

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{Excerpt} Hidden in Plain Sight – Book #3

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As Stanzie discovers her wolf, she learns being herself is more dangerous than ever.

Where is Bethany Dillon? The seventeen-year-old girl is missing from the Maplefair pack and Constance Newcastle–Stanzie–and Liam Murphy must find her. Fast. A serial killer still has not been caught. Bethany could have run away, or killed herself. But no one in her pack seems to know the truth. Or, they’re just not telling.

Constance’s knack for uncovering secrets leads her into peril, and to save Bethany, she must break every rule. She risks losing everything, including Liam…and her life.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations.

 

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Scratch the Surface – Book #2 {Excerpt}

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Something’s rotten in the Riverglow pack.

Still learning more about each other as bond mates and adjusting to their new roles as Advisors to a Councilor, Constance Newcastle and Liam Murphy must deal with the ghosts of their past.

A quiet weekend in Boston is anything but that, when Constance comes face to face with the betrayal of those she considered the closest to her. Everyone has secrets, and wherever Constance goes, she has a knack for uncovering them. The only problem is that some secrets are deadly.

WARNING: Strong language, sexual situations, and a lot of graphic shoe description.

 

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{Excerpt} Beneath the Skin – Book #1

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If you could shift into a wolf, what would you discover about yourself?

Two years after the deaths of her bond mates, Constance Newcastle is ready to start over. The problem? The rest of the Great Pack, gathered in Paris to shift into wolves together, is not so sure she deserves the chance. Although the Great Council ruled the car crash an accident, even Constance blames herself. She was driving, after all.

Treated like a pariah by those she longs to rejoin, Constance reunites with an old lover. Everything looks promising until he mysteriously dies. Accused of his murder and desperate to clear her name, Constance joins forces with handsome, confident Liam Murphy, a former Alpha pack leader with a past as tragic and troubled as her own. Guided by the mysterious Councilor Jason Allerton, Constance and Liam discover they are not alone– throughout the Great Pack, people are dying. Can all the deaths be accidents, or is something more sinister going on?

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations.

And now a few words from Amy Lee Burgess…

What Genre *Is* This Anyway?

When I first settled down to write the first book in the Wolf Within series, Beneath the Skin, I didn’t know the rules. Not for romance or for paranormal romance or for urban fantasy or for any genre. I only knew what I liked to read and what I wanted to write.

Beneath the Skin was a NaNoWriMo novel. Written in eleven days, half of them when I was feverish with the flu, I had no clue what the hell I was writing. I just knew I couldn’t tell the whole story in one novel. But I could tell the beginning. I could set the world in motion, have the main characters collide, and set the pendulum swinging.

The novel takes place over a period of several days – less than two weeks. I don’t believe in love at first sight and my shifters were not the kind who mated for life and recognized their mates at a glance. In fact, this was a second chance at love for both Stanzie and Murphy. They each had important relationships before they met each other.  Stanzie was happily bonded to Grey and Elena and Murphy had Sorcha.

All three had perished in bad accidents and Stanzie and Murphy’s worlds were seriously jolted, if not all but destroyed.

So two weeks, I decided, was enough to tell the story I wanted to tell and to set the series in motion, but it wasn’t nearly enough time for them to fall in love.

So I broke the paranormal romance rules right off the bat. The ending was happy enough, but there were no declarations of love.  Also at that point I was a definite pantser so I knew some of the details of their backstories, but hell if I knew where they were going.

Luckily for them and for me, they were given a home with Lyrical Press, the first and only publishing house I submitted them to.

I set to work on the second novel, Scratch the Surface, almost immediately. It picked up about a month and a half after Beneath the Skin ended and took place over a week’s time. Stanzie and Murphy knew each other much better now, but at least in his case, there were secrets.  A huge one was exposed in this novel and it threw a monkey wrench into their progressing romance. Plus there was a mystery to be solved. Their romance and the mystery were given equal billing so this one was still a paranormal romance even if I didn’t play by all the rules.

Hidden in Plain Sight came next and that’s when I started verging into urban fantasy territory. Stanzie and Murphy didn’t have time for their romance in this one.  They started off okay, but were soon sucked into a missing persons case and there was a serial killer and a tribunal and Murphy spent most of the second half of the book offstage. The series is told from Stanzie’s first person point of view and this is the book where she took top billing. Finding the missing girl was the priority in the first half of the book and dealing with the fallout of finding her made up the second half. Murphy reappeared at the end, but he’d hurt Stanzie badly even though he hadn’t meant to. He’d only been doing what any good Alpha male does – protect and do it all himself because he didn’t trust anybody else and Stanzie’s life was on the line. She didn’t quite see it that way and the book ended on a bittersweet note. Their relationship was on the line and it could go either way.

Inside Out was straight out urban fantasy. Murphy appeared in the first two chapters and then left her. Their relationship was ended and she was left to pick up the pieces of her life. Then her cousin Faith contacted Councilor Allerton, Stanzie’s boss, and asked if Stanzie could come investigate some strangeness in the Mayflower pack.  So Stanzie was sent home to her estranged birth pack to find out what was wrong. On her own. This was her watershed moment where she had to realize she could be a good Advisor to Councilor Allerton without Murphy’s help.  She’d done most of the work in the previous novels but she’d always relied on him to help her, only this time she had no one to turn to.  Okay, there was Scott Charest, Faith’s bond mate, but he was not a romantic lead. There was little to no romance in this novel, at least not Stanzie’s romance.  Faith and Scott shone in this novel.  There’s always a romance in the Wolf Within novels, but Stanzie and Murphy don’t always take center stage.  That’s a definite paranormal romance broken rule right there. But it works. At least I believe it does and I hope you, the readers, think so too. Many of you have come on Stanzie’s journey for six books now. Some of you may be reading this and hearing of the Wolf Within for the first time. Please join us.  Just know this series is not paranormal romance or urban fantasy. It’s some sort of strange hybrid.

About Face, the fifth novel, straddles the urban fantasy/paranormal romance line. Murphy’s back in this one and Stanzie is intent on fixing their broken relationship.  So their romance is prominent, but so is the mystery. This was the saddest of the novels for many reasons.  Stanzie and Murphy’s hearts are broken in this one. But their true feelings for each other are revealed.

Across the Line, the sixth and current novel, is urban fantasy. Stanzie and Murphy are sent on an assignment to help decide a territory dispute between two packs. A large one and a small one. They find themselves on opposite sides of this debate and yet their relationship is strong enough to withstand their different beliefs. There’s romance in this one – lots of it.  There’s the star-crossed lovers who were once bonded but broke up over the issue of children. And the young lovers torn apart by tragic circumstance.  But it’s all from Stanzie’s point of view, so everything is colored by her perception.

Where is the series headed? Good question! The seventh novel, One Step Ahead, is a paranormal thriller. I’m switching genres again!  Or maybe making one up. It’s not due out until next year so I’m only going briefly touch on it, but it’s definitely not a paranormal romance.

Stanzie and Murphy’s story is complex and ongoing and while each novel is stand alone, the higher the number on the novel’s front cover, the harder it will be to pick up if you haven’t read the previous books first. The situations are more complex, the stakes are higher, the decisions made affect future novels, yet each novel has a set mystery that is uncovered and solved. Characters recur and evolve. Sometimes they die. It is a journey. For Stanzie, for Murphy, for the recurring characters and packs. It is the story of the Great Pack as it struggles to decide whether to keep hidden in the shadows or reveal to Others – non-shifters – that they are not alone and wolf shifters walk among them and always have.

I’ll leave you with an invitation to come along on Stanzie’s journey. For those of you who have already joined, welcome back. I hope you enjoy Across the Line or whatever book in the series you happen to be reading.

 About the author:

Author-Pic-400Amy Lee Burgess is a transplanted New Englander living in Houston, Texas with two dogs and lots of DVDs. In an attempt to bond with the city after being forced out of New Orleans post-Katrina, she turned to her writing. Determined to finally finish that novel she’d been hacking away at since high school, Amy managed to come up with a wolf shifter character named Stanzie Newcastle. She and Stanzie have been BFFs ever since.

In addition to Stanzie, Amy has also forged a relationship with several vampires, a witch or two, and other assorted supernatural creatures she hopes will entertain her readers. But she will always have room for coffee and butterscotch squares with Stanzie.

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