Friday, January 18, 2013

Renee Charles Changes in Autumn!

Ex-animal control officer, Autumn Reynolds always had a soft spot for injured animals. So when one shows up on her porch with a gunshot wound, she has no choice but to help it. But she gets caught in the maelstrom when the injured wolf turns out to be a hot werewolf and the shooter comes back to finish the job. Now she's going to become a wolf, or die trying. Fortunately, she has her own Alpha-male who owes her one. However, Autumn fears if she does survive, she might lose her heart in the process.

Conner Grayson owes the beautiful woman his life and feels obligaged to help her through her first change. Though he recognized her as his mate, as her Alpha, he won't deny Autumn the right to choose once she becomes a wolf. That is, if he can resist the overwhelming need to claim her as his own.  

As Renee was prepping her post to visit with me today, we were tossing out ideas as authors are often wont to do, when she came up with a zinger of an idea...

Maybe a paragraph about what inspired this story and why it's different than most werewolf stories. What do you think?
I, of course, shouted a resounding, FABULOUS! Because of the recent influx of shapeshifter, vampire, werewolf stories, coupled with the fact that I am an avid fantasy reader, I'm always looking for a story that stands outside its genre. But it's often hard to figure out which of those books are the best choice, right, Renee?

Right! It's a good question AJ. There has got to be thousands of werewolf stories out there. But, Changes In Autumn is not your typical werewolf story. This Novella stands apart from others in this genre in that it avoids the typical ‘Alpha male finds his mate and mounts her’ angle. Instead, it chronicles the changes Autumn goes through to become a werewolf…physically, mentally, and spiritually. I really wanted to take on the perspective of Autumn discovering she is about to become one of those creatures that go bump in the night. I love a good, steamy werewolf story, don't get me wrong, but I had to think there would be a significant freak out factor about more than "hey, this hot guy is my mate, lucky me." That being said, one of the 'changes' happens to be meeting and claiming her mate, but not until Autumn comes face to face with the fact that she is, for all intents and purposes, becoming a monster. I like to be surprised, caught off guard by a story. So, that is the experience I try to provide for my readers as well.

Sounds wonderful! And for all you readers out there, here's a sneak peek inside Changes in Autumn!
    “I will not do this to you. The change has begun and have to choose your mate.” His words came between short ragged breaths. “If we make love, you will no longer have a choice.”
     “There’s always a choice.” Even as the words left her mouth, her body denied it. She hummed with an awareness of him that could not be ignored.
     He shook his head. “Stay in the water until your skin doesn’t itch anymore. I’m going to put a couple of steaks on for us.”
     The click of the door closing behind him when he left her alone echoed through her aching
body. Autumn refused to believe that what she felt wasn’t real. She was so aware of him that she could feel him leave the next room after he got dressed. Her awareness of him was like a rubber band that stretched tighter and thinner the further he moved away from her.
     If what he said was true, she feared it was too late. She’d already chosen.

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1 comment:

Renee Charles said...

Thank you for having me today, AJ.