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Vengeance of the Werewolf – sample

Enjoy this sample of Vengeance of the Werewolf:


When the beast reached the door it stood on its hind legs and grabbed the door handle and pulled. The bright light of the bathroom hurt its eyes until they adjusted. It ducked down and walked into the bathroom aiming for the handicapped stall at the other end. She was in there, it could smell her and the stupid dog. When the beast was about two stalls away from Harley, it heard her whispering to the dog and the rustle of clothing.


Skipper looked over his shoulder at Harley and she knew they were in very serious danger. The claws were close, so close the musky scent overwhelmed her. “Skip, I need you to scare the hell out of whoever that is. No biting, just bark and run. We have to get to the car.” She pulled her keys out of her pocket and reached for the door latch.


When the latch released the beast smashed the flat of its paw against the outside of the door. It ripped from its hinges revealing the girl. The beast almost smiled, forgetting about the dog.


Skipper lunged yanking the leash from Harley’s hand. Neither girl nor dog had ever seen anything like what stood in the open doorway. The thing facing them had to be over six feet tall and it was standing on its back legs. But it wasn’t a bear. It had the face of a wolf, but with more teeth.

Harley screamed when Skipper pulled away. Because of the slick floor, Skipper’s jump didn’t come as close to the neck as he would have liked. But no matter, his instinct was to attack and protect so he latched onto the first part of the monster he hit.

Harley watched in horror while Skipper clamped down on the monster’s groin. It screamed in rage and pain as Skipper shook his head from side to side.

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Meet Author Wendy Orr

Howdy darlings! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr is a Canadian born Australian author whose books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries. Awards include CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers, 1995 for Ark in the Park, CBCA Honour Book for Older Readers, 1997 for Peeling the Onion and American Library Association Best of the Best list: (top 100 books in the past fifty years).

Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea, have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) The third book in the series, Rescue on Nim’s Island won the 2015 Environment Award for Children’s Literature and the inaugural Puggle Award (children’s choice). Her latest book is Dragonfly Song, a novel in verse and prose of an outcast girl who becomes a bull-leaper in Bronze Age Crete.

Book sample: Title: Dragonfly Song

Genre: Children’s/YA fiction

There are two ways of looking at Aissa’s story. She’s the miracle girl who escaped the raiders. Or she’s the cursed child who called the Bull King’s ship to the island.

The firstborn daughter of a priestess is cast out as a baby, and after raiders kill her adopted family, she is abandoned dragonfly-song-coverat the gates of the Great Hall, anonymous and mute. Called No-Name, the cursed child, she is raised a slave, and not until she is twelve does she learn her name is Aissa: the dragonfly.

Now every year the Bull King takes a tribute from the island: two thirteen-year-old children to brave the bloody bull dances in his royal court. None have ever returned – but for Aissa it is the only escape.

Aissa is resilient, resourceful, and fast – but to survive the bull ring, she will have to learn the mystery of her true nature.

A riveting, mythic Bronze Age adventure from award-winning author Wendy Orr.

Why do you write?  It’s the best way I know to explore life. It’s also my fulltime profession and primary source of income, so that is another powerful motivator to make sure that I do explore the ideas that come, and form them into books.

When did you decide to become a writer?  When I was 7, but the serious commitment to published writing was when I was 32.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  There’s a lot of overlap between books that are starting and being edited or proofread, and of course a shorter chapter book doesn’t take as long as a long adult novel (though one picture book, The Princess and her Panther, took 20 years from first draft to publication – but of course that was bursts of a few weeks or months every few years.) The novels probably take a year of straight writing time, though Dragonfly Song was 18 months.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  At the moment I’ve got into a bad habit of clearing emails and social media first, starting before breakfast and finishing them after walking the dog at about 9:00. That can end up filling the morning and pushing the creative time back into the afternoon, so I’m planning to get that back under control. In theory I finish my new writing at 4:00 and walk the dog again, then tidy up emails till 6:00 – but I usually just go on writing instead, and then do social media in the evening.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I normally use a quiet background mediation studyingw-signing-closeup-ryanm CD, but the verse sections of Dragonfly Song were written listening to Sigur Ros. I can’t have any music on if I can understand the words.

What have you written? Mostly children’s fiction:

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  That has evolved during my life as a writer. I used to just know the starting line, a climax scene, and the ending. I’ve now learned that I can plot and outline without killing that wonderful serendipity of surprising twists or revelations. I’m not sure that it’s actually cut down the time or number of redrafts.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Read widely; write widely. Write what you want and need to write. Edit as if you’ve never seen the work before. Don’t be precious about criticism, but stick to your guns when you can justify why you want the work to be the way it is. And don’t listen to too much writing advice.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?  Especially after having two books filmed, this is something I never try to guess! When I write, my characters never look like people I’ve actually seen, and of course the author doesn’t have any say over casting. However, I was amazingly lucky. I would never have thought of Jodie Foster as my wendy-jodieAlex Rover, but when I saw the tape when she said she wanted to do it, I couldn’t imagine anyone else – she looked so like my vision of my character that it was almost creepy. And although Abigail Breslin made a perfect Nim in Nim’s Island, Bindi Irwin was equally perfect in Return to Nim’s Island. Gerard Butler is better looking than my vision of the dad, Jack – but I coped with that.

What do your fans mean to you?  It means a huge amount to know that my work makes a difference to people. Sometimes it’s truly humbling, not just the fun part of kids who’ve loved a book or character, but the parents who say that one of my books turned their child into a reader (that was one of the reasons Jodie Foster wanted to do Nim’s Island). And when someone says, ‘Your book saved my life,’ or ‘got me through a tough time in my life,’ – that is truly humbling. Because of course the book didn’t save their lives, they did that themselves, but I’m incredibly grateful that something that I wrote was able to give them that trigger.

Wow! Thanks so much Wendy for sharing! For more about Wendy and her work, follow the links below:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest / Instagram / YouTube

Meet Author NLJ

Howdy my darlings! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with author NLJ

NLJ is an author, screenwriter, inspirational speaker, and former children’s educator. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California, and furthered her education to include children’s literature, personal development, and psychology. Her hobbies include daydreaming, exploring, and eating chocolate.

Book sample: Title – Chronicles of Drenyon: The Golden Sword

Genre – Fantasy Adventure


In the Land of Drenyon…

There is a maiden who is so desperately lonely that she befriends a frightful-looking tree that lives outside her village. Her name is Anya. Her tree is enchanted, and every day she listens to its strange and troubling fables, unaware that they are prophecies in disguise.  One day, she returns home from visiting the tree and the first of the fables comes to life, causingsword_ebook_cover her entire village to burn to the ground. Now it’s up to Anya to use the other fables to save the rest of her kingdom from the same destruction. And according to these fables, there is only one weapon that has the power to save her people: The Golden Sword.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it?  It’s nothing too fancy, pretty much just letters from my full name.

But I’ve always wanted a pen name. I’m kind of a mysterious person by nature, I like to intrigue and inspire.

Why do you write?  Because I must! Writing chose me!

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I think I’ve evolved in my mindset of about writing.

I’ve learned that writing is a very spiritual process. They say that when you are dreaming, all of the characters in the dream represent some part of your personality. I have learned that writing is very much the same. Each of the characters is a part of my personality. Even if I write a character that is based off of someone else, it is still technically based on my perception of that person, not necessary the person himself. To have all these different pieces of you come together in your story and interact with each other is soul play. Writing isn’t simply a skill or a recreational activity. It is a way for different parts of your psyche to work certain things out in your life.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I love listening to soundtrack music when I write. It helps me visualize my scenes better.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?  When I was little it was killing me to see all the damsel-in-distress stereotypes. I really wanted to see a strong female protagonist. Decades later, society went into the opposite extreme, where the women characters were hard, but not necessarily “strong.” They were more like a “strong cup of tea.” And even when they could kick butt or blow up stuff just like a male character, their personalities were still flat.

What’s great about Anya is that she was written to be an individual. She does start off as a damsel and there is societal pressure on her in the story because she is a woman. But that is not the real reason she is a damsel. She is a damsel because of the way she sees herself. And anyone can struggle with that. As she grows and matures she becomes the best of both worlds. She becomes strong without having to sacrifice the glory of femininity.

Where do your ideas come from?  Dreams. Literally. I fell asleep one night during a horrible experience with another writing project, and I had a dream about all the characters that are now in my current book. I even dreamt of the locations and some of the obstacles they faced. One of my scenes in the book came straight from that dream. I was so moved when I woke up that I wrote down most of the story while still in bed.

But to be honest, many of my stories have come into existence that way.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  My favorite movies are Lord of the Rings, Inception, The Prestige and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Which writers inspire you?  J.K. Rowling, Hayao Miyazaki, Steven Spielberg, Gail Carson Levine, and Jonathan and Christopher Nolan.

What is the current book you are promoting? I am promoting book one of a 4 part book series called The Chronicles of Drenyon.

Book one is called the Golden Sword.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  I love all of my characters, even the bad guys. You kind of have to love and respect the bad guy in order to truly make him despicable.

But hands down my favorite character is a pair of mysterious twins called the Oracle.

Even though there are two of them, they share one basic identity and therefore have one name. They hate being referred to as plural. (Never call them Oracles.)

 If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? I would cast Brooke Williams to play the main character, Anya. She used to be in a show called Legend of the Seeker and she is currently on a series called the Shannara Chronicles. She’s very pretty in a modest and unassuming way.

I’ve considered Jared Leto playing the enchanted Tree. And there is a prison warden character who I envision being played by Laurence Fishburne.

Who inspires your writing? God. I don’t say that to sound religious at all. But rationally speaking, if I’m writing entire books based on dreams, there has to be a supernatural power at work. Especially if the books end up being good. 😛

Tell us something unique about you.  For those of you who follow the Myers-Briggs temperaments, I’m an INFJ.

For those who don’t, it boils down to this: I took a personality test a while back that basically said I have the same personality as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.

There ya have it folks! For more about NLJ and her work, follow the links below:

Website / Blog / Goodreads

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