Giveaway (US/Int): author Sadie Hart on waking up and falling in love
Please help me welcome award-winning Cold Mercy author Sadie Hart!
Never start a story with a character waking up. That was an old piece of advice bouncing around in my head that I’d never been able to shake. And while Cold Mercy doesn’t start with a character rolling out of bed, that’s exactly how the main male character Bay Hollister came to me. Fresh from another of his nightmares, slick with sweat, with the haunting monster of his dreams back.
And I fell in love.
What if a character didn’t know he was the monster? What kind of personal conflict would torment them? And worse, what if they really had no control? And–what appealed to me the most–was what would happen when said character was forced to confront that impossibilities in his nightmares, might actually be real? The Northern Wolves Trilogy spawned pretty fast after that and Cold Mercy proved to be one of my favorite books to write! Frozen Mercy, Northern Wolves #2, will take place directly after where Cold Mercy ended. So when asked to write a blog post about this book…it only seemed fitting to highlight how it all began.
A small excerpt from the scene that started it all:
The nightmares were back.
Bay Hollister woke in a cold sweat, out of breath. He stared up at the ceiling, tears running down his cheeks as his mouth burned. No doubt reminiscent of the damned pepper spray in his nightmare. The dreams were realistic as always. Fuck.
Rolling to his side, Bay coughed, trying to get the bitter, burning taste out of his mouth. His stomach gave a violent, threatening clench, and he staggered out of bed, heading straight for the bathroom. The dreams always left him sick as hell. He spent most of the mornings retching up more food than he remembered eating the day before and wishing he’d die. This time, he stumbled to the sink and turned the water on, splashing the freezing liquid onto his face. Finally, his stomach settled and he cupped a handful of water, eagerly slurping it from his palms to ease the nasty taste lingering in his mouth.
It’d been six months since he’d last had one of these dreams. Six fucking months and now they just happened to come back? Elbows braced against the porcelain sink, Bay stared into the mirror. Damn, but he looked like hell. His russet brown hair was mussed in a heap over his head, and his normally unkempt stubble had morphed into a nice-sized beard.
Expedited hair growth had come with the nightmares last time too, though his therapist had assured him that it was all in his head. There was no correlation between dreams and hair growth. He was half tempted to photo-journal this shit and tell her to stuff her theories up her ass. Not that he was going back. Therapy and all the sleeping pills in the world hadn’t worked last year.
If anything, he’d wound up feeling like a psycho that no one could crack, let alone sedate.
Jaw tight, he stared straight into the eyes of the man in the mirror. His normally green eyes were darker, his pupils bigger. Another side effect of the dreams, though the damned shrink had tried to tell him that the dreams just aroused him. Got his adrenaline pumping. She’d always had rational explanations that had never really added up, but the condescending look she’d given him every time he’d tried to argue had only made him feel more nuts.
Bay’s grip tightened on the edge of the sink. He was not crazy. In a month or two, he’d go to bed and the nightly horrors would be gone again. Just like last time.
|Bay Hollister dreams he’s a monster. A bloodthirsty wolf, to be exact, but when the animal in his nightmares attacks a woman, the last thing he expects is for her to be real.Eden Marks has a broken dog sled and a torn jacket–but she’s still not sure what attacked her the other morning. After all, wolves the size of bears don’t exist. But when she meets Bay, they both discover a side of Mercy Pass they never knew existed: Huge, white werewolves, frost-touched trolls, and the queen of the winter Fae, whose dark magic is waking and slowly growing stronger.And when the queen calls her wolves to her each night, Bay struggles not to succumb. But as he fights to make the beast inside of him his own, it’s Eden who calls to the man in him and makes him feel human. However, against a foe that will show no mercy, will their newly-forged love be enough? Or will the last shreds of Bay’s humanity fade away until he becomes just another beast of the night…|
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About the author
During the day, Sadie Hart works as a secretary in a library. At night, she writes steamy, paranormal romances revolving around the things that go bump in the night–both the spooky and the naughty kind. She lives in Michigan with two large dogs, both rescues. She writes both the Shifter Town Enforcement and Northern Wolves series, combining her love of all things animals, the paranormal, and an action packed plot, but she doesn’t plan to stop there.
Sadie is giving away one e-copy of Cold Mercy and a small swag pack, including signed bookmarks and cover plates, to a commenter on today’s post! To enter to win, leave a comment telling Ms. Hart what your favorite part of the excerpt was then fill out the Rafflecopter widget.
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