Monday, October 21, 2013

The Howling Heart by April Bostic: Character Interview and Excerpt


Character Interview with Riley Gray from The Howling Heart

What was the scariest moment of your life? The day my mother was shot by hunters. It felt like a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from.

What do you do to unwind and relax? Cuddle with Paige in bed, or under a nice shady tree. It’s even better when I’m in my wolf form, because she strokes my fur and I fall asleep easily.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know? Definitely, a night person. I’m a child of a moon god, and I think most Varulv love being under the stars.

What one word best describes you? Rebellious

What makes you happy? Being with Paige. It doesn’t matter where we are or what we do, as long as I’m with her, I’m happy.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? Sometimes, I wish I could be human forever, so I’d never have to hide what I am, and Paige wouldn’t feel like she has to protect me. I’m supposed to protect her.


Title:  The Howling Heart

Author:  April Bostic

Published:  August 8th, 2013 by Eternal Press

Word Count:  approx. 89,500

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:  Explicit Sexual Content

Restricted Age: 18+


Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when she's given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv--wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but she never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.




“Have you ever made love to a human?” I asked timidly. My ears felt hot, and I looked at him through shy eyes. I hoped I wasn't overstepping the boundary of personal information.

He answered quietly. “No.”

His revelation came as a surprise, but I was still curious. “What about a wolf?” I don’t know why I asked. I knew there was no possible way this extremely attractive man was a virgin.

He hesitated this time. Seconds ticked by before he replied, “Pack law states we can only make love after we claim a mate and the leader recognizes our union.”

His indirect answer caught me off-guard, and I couldn't keep the sarcasm from my words. “You’re not one to follow the rules, so I’ll take that as a yes.”

I looked away and lifted my feet out of the water. With my legs bent, I pressed my knees against my chest and wrapped my arms around them. I thought the conversation was over, but Riley was determined to have my attention. His fingers grasped my chin to turn my head toward him.

“That’s probably the only law I haven’t broken.”

Our gazes locked, and he almost stole my breath, again. “Why? I know abstinence can’t be easy for you.”

His voice was almost a whisper. “Not anymore.”

I noticed his green irises had flecks of amber in them—the same color as his wolf eyes. That’s when I realized our heads had moved closer.

Riley’s warm breath caressed my face, and it smelled of hickory and clove. “I’m not interested in any she-wolves in the pack.”


April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled "A Rose to the Fallen".

Her first short story, "Right Here, Right Now", released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled "Eros, My Love", and a sexy romantic comedy entitled "Love Addiction".

After five years, she released her second novel, "The Howling Heart" in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April will release her fourth and final short story in December, a historical vampire romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".



1 comment:

April Bostic said...

Hi Laurie, thanks for participating in my tour.