Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): Getting inside the mind of werewolf Ethan Holloway from J.A. Belfield’s Caged
Please help me welcome Holloway Pack author J.A. Belfield!
Writing Ethan was a challenging position to put myself. Sure, I’d spent a little time with him during Darkness & Light. And sure, I spent a little more time with him whilst writing Blue Moon. However, bringing into full bloom someone who’d started out as a mere side character took some serious consideration, a whole lot of daydreaming, and enough talking to myself—and him—to tip me into insanity.
Because there are a lot of facets to this dude. From his toughness, to his tenderness, to his aggression and grit, as well his fierce loyalty and over-protective nature, all the way down to that quiet wit of his that he loves to share because he finds himself amusing.
Now, most of those were pretty easy to portray, because they each shifted as his emotions shifted, as the scenes and circumstance shifted. But, aside from the continuity of fight-scenes we see throughout a portion of this book, the hardest Ethan aspect to put into being was that sense of humour of his. As a major part of his personality, a big part of why the ladies love our Ethan, there had to be an immense consistency for his comebacks and witty comments in order for them to stay real to him.
Well, in all honesty, I just ain’t as witty a person as Ethan. So, constantly having to think up quirky little lines was one of the biggest parts of the challenge of writing him. To the point I ended up constantly thinking about them—or thinking them up.
I’d fall asleep thinking of them. Wake up with one in my head. Most mornings, first thing I’d do before reaching for the kettle was pause by my chaotically-scribbled-upon whiteboard and jot down Ethan one-liners, or—if I was lucky—an entire back-and-forth conversation of Ethan.
And bizarrely, I always seemed to know exactly where they’d need to go in the book, too.
So within no time, they all got added, and I worked through my MS toward one Ethanism after another, until I’d suddenly reached the end … and Ethan had been born.
I hope you enjoy reading him, as much I enjoyed writing him—even if he did drive me nuts.
Holloway Pack #3 by J.A. Belfield
If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.
For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.
Not this time.
Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.
What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.
If he survives.
Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.
Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.
Read an excerpt
“from the Shropshire area. Following Carly McDowd’s disappearance on the fourth, and Andrew Doherty’s on the seventh, this is the third incident this month”
I turned from the square-jawed newswoman on TV to Dad, where he sat in his corner armchair.
His attention remained on the screen, a frown across his brow.
“the duo of friends were first reported missing late last night by their parents, after they discovered neither of the teenagers” The newscaster’s voice infiltrated once more.
Images of a couple of lads flashed side by side on the screen. The one on the left had the appearance of any late teen, with shaggy overgrown hair and the twinkle of mischief in his expression.
From the other image, brilliant blue eyes stared out at me from beneath a shock of pale blond curls.
“Oh, shit!” I pushed to my feet, took a step forward. “That’s”
“Nineteen year old Gabriel Lewis was believed by his mother to be staying at Colum Delaney’s since Friday evening, whilst Colum’s parents”
Dad stood, his fingers retracting his mobile from his jeans pocket as I worked my own out. He paused, nodded to me. “Go on. You make the call, Ethan.”
Shelley Lewis’s number had been saved in my phone book since the beginning of the year, right after we met for the first time. I hit dial and paced to the window. September sunshine, of the early morning variety, blinded me as my phone rang.
It took only a few trills for her to answer. “Ethan?” Her voice held hope, as well as a heavy weariness and the thickness of tears.
“Is it true?” I’d promised to support her—a lone parent, a female no less, raising a werewolf son with no guidance. So far, I’d delivered on that promise.
The sob hitting my ear gave confirmation enough. “Oh, Ethan.”
“Hold tight, Shelley. I’m on my way.”
“I’ll come with you,” Dad said, as I hung up and spun to him. “Shout Sean, too—in case we need to do any scouting. I think I heard him stir upstairs.”
“What about Connor’s lot?” The Larsen’s made up the other half of our eight-wolf pack, but lived separately to us on the south side of the forest.
Dad shook his head. “I’ll update Connor whilst you deal with Sean”
“And Jem?” I asked with a lifted eyebrow.
Dad’s lips twitched, but he continued as though he hadn’t noticed my reference to his buck-passing. “Just the three of us will go. Connor and his boys can spend the morning here and stay close to Jem and your mother unless we need them.”
During the Caged Tour, Blue Moon: Holloway Pack 2 is on SALE!
About the Author
One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.
One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.
J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.
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