Welcome to Caribbean Accent Book Reviews (CABR) Kristin 🙂
Thanks so much for having me!
Tell us where the idea for your paranormal book, GONE WITH THE WOLF, come from?
My agent had been telling me to try my hand at lighter paranormals for a while, but when I finally decided to give them a shot, I knew I wanted to write a snarky heroine and a really cool and composed Alpha male to oppose and challenge her.
As for the plot of the book, there was really nothing that sparked it to life other than a couple tropes I knew I wanted to include. I fleshed out the story from there.
What did you enjoy the most about writing GWTW?
I really enjoyed the banter between Drake and Emelia. They were a lot of fun and were constantly surprising me. Emelia isn’t afraid to speak her mind (a lot like me in that regard) and Drake can’t afford to speak his mind because he represents the Seattle Wolf Pack and Wilder Financial.
Everything he’s ever known has taught him to rely on numbers and facts and business tactics. Emelia is the firecracker that was thrown into his mix, and it was a ton of fun watching him scramble to handle her and the crazy situations she presented. 😀
Oh boy, this question is tricky. I have a playlist that I cycled through while writing, but I’m not sure that would be the soundtrack for Gone with the Wolf. My writing playlist included a lot of Sarah McLachlan (songs like River and Winter Song), Basia Bulat (If it Rains), and Emeli Sande (Next to Me).
There were also a few songs by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and A Fine Frenzy on the playlist, too. I basically listened to the same ten songs over and over again until the book was finished. (Weird writing quirk, I know.)
I think the soundtrack for the book would include some Ray LaMontagne – songs like Trouble or Hold you in my Arms which I could imagine Emelia enjoying.
Did you struggle with writing or editing a particular scene in GWTW?
I have so many favorite scenes from this story; it’s difficult to pick just one. However, there was one scene that turned out better than I could’ve imagined. Here’s the setup: Drake is taking Emelia to a gala in San Francisco. He handpicked her dress, and needed her to be ready at a certain time.
She is hesitant about going because days earlier she made a fool of herself, insisting the deed to her bar was legit, when in fact it wasn’t Truth is, Drake and his company own her bar, and she hasn’t quite swallowed that pill just yet.
Excerpt from GONE WITH THE WOLF:
“Your dress came,” Trixie said, barreling around the corner swinging a black garment bag.
“Oh yeah? Bring it here.” Emelia cleared a spot for the dress as Trixie laid it out and waited impatiently for Emelia to give it the unzip.
Emelia had tried to forget about the Vanguard Gala all week, but Drake’s reminder e-mails didn’t help. She felt foolish, and wasn’t looking forward to bathing in uncomfortable silence all weekend. She’d been ridiculous for fighting a point she should’ve known to be false. She’d apologized. Drake had accepted her apology. Still, Emelia’s behavior was inexcusable. She’d shredded his documents, conveniently forgotten to relay messages, and had even started switching his black coffee for decaf, little by little, hoping he would be groggy and unmanageable in front of his business associates.
To make matters worse, Drake had been so damned kind through the whole thing. He’d been disgustingly…understanding.
She had to make it up to him somehow. She would be the best date he’d ever brought to the Vanguard Gala, on her best behavior.
“What are you waiting for?” Trixie asked.
“I don’t know.” Nerves danced in Emelia’s veins, and tingled through her arms. “Maybe I should wait to put it on until I get home.”
“Oh no, you’re not going to deny me this. If you’re not going to be excited about it, I’ll do it for you. Mr. Wilder always picks the attire for this event. Last year he bought me a McLourdes, the most expensive and elegant on the line. It was silver and flowing with diamonds at the collar.” Trixie smiled as if she wore the dress now, and seemed to glow from its memory. It should’ve been a crime for a woman to have brains, sensibility, and beauty that rivaled a model’s. “Aren’t you even a little anxious to see what he got you?”
Emelia hadn’t gotten dressed up for a formal event in years…since Prom, probably. While she’d always loved to dress up, she’d never found an excuse, and had never had a boyfriend who would agree to take her somewhere that required it.
“Yeah,” she shrugged, playing down her feelings. “I guess.”
Staring at the long, black bag, Emelia couldn’t squelch down the excitement that bubbled in her belly. Drake could afford to buy from the most expensive stores on the planet. They were attending a benefit gala in San Francisco, a place she’d always dreamed of going. There were going to be celebrities at the event, Wilder coworkers from across the country and Forbes businessmen. It was a black tie affair, which meant anything could be in the bag: Gucci, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana. Emelia shuddered with anticipation as a single name streaked through her thoughts: Vera.
“Well come on!” Trixie waved her hand impatiently. “Unzip it, or I will.”
“All right.” Emelia unzipped as Trixie peeled apart the bag opening.
“Oh my—” Trixie gasped, hand to mouth, as the zipper hit the bottom of the bag, revealing the entire dress.
“It’s…” Air wheezed past Emelia’s lips. “…pretty?”
The dress was a hodgepodge of cotton and lace, full length, flat-black and full-collared. It was perfect…for a nun in training. A blind nun. Who picked her own clothing. From Walmart.
“This has to be a mistake.” Trixie backed away like the dress was covered in maggots. “I must’ve picked up the wrong bag from the designer.”
Speechless, Emelia checked the tag. No mistake. The garb was hers. She pulled it out by its hanger and held it up, then met Trixie’s mortified gaze. “Is this what women wear to these things?”
“Oh hunny,” Trixie’s hand found Emelia’s shoulder as if she were consoling her after a death in Emelia’s family. “What has gotten into that man?”
Things never worked out as Emelia dreamed. She should’ve been used to that by now.
“If this is what Mr. Wilder wants me to wear, I’ll do it.” She owed him at least that much. “It’s just so…”
Gazing far off, Trixie twirled the end of her auburn hair around her finger. “What time is Mr. Wilder picking you tomorrow?”
“He’s sending the limo to my place at noon. Why?”
“I want to know how much time I have to get Cinderella ready for the ball. Fairy Godmothers don’t work well under time crunches, you know.”
Paperbacks or eBooks?
Best place to read outdoors in your city?
My backyard. I have an almond orchard surrounding my yard, so it’s always really peaceful.
The ocean. A beach towel and bottle of water. My toes in the sand. Quiet all day.
If you could be someone from history for a day, living or dead, who would it be and why?
This is a great question! I’m going to say Thomas Andrews, the man who designed and helped build the Titanic, but only if I could pick the day to fill his shoes!
I’d want to step in right when the Titanic was fitted and heading out to sea. I think the sense of pride and awe would be completely overwhelming, and it’d be pretty freaking cool to see the ship in all its glory before it sank.
Kristin is giving away a Gone with the Wolf themed prize pack to one lucky winner!
Prize pack includes:
- Gone with the Wolf swag including a custom made beaded bookmark
- Seattle’s Best coffee & Starbucks travel mug
- Ghiradelli chocolates
- Too Much of a Good Thing is… Wonderful! wine bottle charm
CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.
What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…
Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.
Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…
When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.
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ABOUT the author:
Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in northern California, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Kristin taught high school and middle school English, married her college sweetheart, and had two beautiful munchkins. In 2008, she took time off from teaching to raise her children, and started writing while they napped.
Her first novel was published in 2011, and since then she has had seven other novels published (mostly paranormal romances). She is the author of Gone with the Wolf with Entangled Publishing, the dark and gritty Vampires of Crimson Bay series with Avon, and the short-but-steamy Isle of Feralon novellas with Harlequin Nocturne Cravings.
Author Website: www.kristinmiller.net