Sorta, kinda, literally in my latest release, RACING THE MOON, which debuts the new Nocturne Bites eBook short story line on May 1st. There is much rain in the story. And there is a cat. And well, not a dog, but a wolf.
A werewolf, to be exact. This quick read (about an hour to read the whole thing) is my first foray into the wild and alpha world of werewolves. I have to admit, I’ve not been keen on werewolves until recently. I think it has to do with my very real fear of dogs. I was bitten as a child, and chased a couple times as an adult. So while I don’t hate them, I am just very unsure around dogs (of all sizes) and try my best to walk a wide circle around them.
Until now, I’ve written about vampires and witches in my Bewitch the Dark series. But the BTD world is populated with all sorts, including werewolves, faeries, familiars, demons and others. So when my editor asked me to write a story for this new line, I figured it great opportunity to explore a paranormal creature I had always wondered about. And what better match for a werewolf than a shapeshifting cat familiar?
My own cats (Sebastian and Toast) are not afraid of dogs at all, and Sebastian has been known to smack a dog three times his size on the nose if it gets out of line. So I had some great examples to model my heroine after. She is a feline who can stand up to anything the big bad werewolf had to offer. Did I gain a new respect for canines after writing RACING THE MOON? I’m still not sure about dogs, but wolves are gorgeous creatures that I’ve developed a newfound love for.
So what about you? Are you a cat or dog person? Can you be both? If you’re a dog lover, does that automatically equate to being a wolf lover as well? What is it about werewolves that make them so sexy? And if the gauntlet were thrown down between a werewolf and vampire, who do you think would be the last one standing?
For more info about RACING THE MOON, and to read the first chapter, stop by my website at: michelehauf.com
I don’t have copies of the short story available yet, but I’ve love to give away a signed copy of my latest vampire release, KISS ME DEADLY to one lucky commentor!