Please welcome April Bostic to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: The Howling Heart
Release Date: 08/08/2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and still live there today. I’m a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic. I’ve never been married and don’t have much luck with dating, but I enjoy romance movies and books immensely. One of my favorite cable channels is Encore Love, because they show different love stories all the time. I wish they had a channel for only supernatural love stories, because those are my favorite kind.
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
The Howling Heart is an adult paranormal romance about a British werewolf named Riley who falls in love with a human woman from New York City named Paige. They met as children in a Colorado forest, and are reunited 13 years later after Paige’s father dies, and she inherits his old cabin in the mountains. A lot of mysterious things happen to Paige when she arrives in the small, remote town of Black River, mostly involving a large white wolf. She thinks she’s being tracked for some unknown reason, but the wolf is finally revealed to be Riley. They try to build a relationship as adults, but they face obstacles that prevent them from being together, and not only because they’re different species. I think my novel is a true romance, because every major aspect of the story involves love.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
Riley Gray is the hero, and the beta male in the Black River wolf pack. He grew up in a small, isolated village in North Yorkshire, England that was inhabited by a pack of Varulv. After his father, Aidan, committed several murders, they were on the run for over a year, along with Riley’s twin sister, Quinn. Shortly after they arrived in Colorado, he met Paige, the heroine. He’s loved her since they were children, and would do anything to make her his lifelong mate. He’s fearless, and the only one in his pack brave enough to stand up to his father, the alpha male. His biggest weakness is probably his love for Paige, because it nearly costs him his life.
Paige Donovan is a college graduate born and raised in New York City. She loves designer clothes, glamour, and can’t live without technology. She’s thrilled to work for an upscale fashion magazine in the city. She thinks it’s the end of the world when all those things are taken away from her. Life gives her a much needed lesson when she ends up in a remote mountain town without cable, Internet access, or her smartphone. She’s still a tough city girl, and is not afraid to back down from a confrontation with a human or a werewolf. Her biggest weaknesses are vanity and low self-esteem, but Riley helps her realize the more important things in life.
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
I like to think my werewolves are unique from other authors’, because their existence is the result of love between one wolf and a human, and the supernatural intervention of Norse gods, Máni, the god of the moon, and Freya, the goddess of love. My werewolves are called Varulv and they’re descended from 12th century Scandinavia. The word ‘Varulv” is Swedish and Danish for ‘werewolf’. Although most modern-day Varulv don’t consider themselves werewolves—they refer to themselves as wolves, they still use the word out of respect. All Varulv are born wolf pups, and they can’t keep their human form for an extended time or if they fall asleep. It takes a conscious mind and energy to be human. They are not bound to the full moon, and can shift at will between species because of a special light inside of them. The light originated from their ancestor, Erik Ulfr, who had his light placed inside him from the Norse gods. Another special aspect about Varulv is they cannot turn humans into their kind. The only way they reproduce is through mating, and if they mate with a human, the offspring would be 100% Varulv.
What led to you going “indie”?
Is Writing your full time profession?
No, it’s just a hobby.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
When I write novels, I write an outline first that consists of all the information about each character, their descriptions and relationships to one another. Then I write summaries of what I want to happen in each chapter. If there is specific dialogue that I want to remember, I will jot it down. As I write the story, I follow the outline and fill in the details and dialogue. I usually create music playlists for my novels and listen to them on repeat. Sometimes I think of songs that fit into certain scenes of the story. In The Howling Heart, I thought of Jay Z’s “Run This Town” when Paige walked into the Varulv nightclub.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
My favorite books are the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. She’s one of my favorite authors along with Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward.
What are you reading now?
I’m not currently reading any books, but the last one I read was “Dead Ever” After by Charlaine Harris.
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
If you write a story, and you’re passionate about it, don’t give up on it. See it through to the end, because you’ll feel so good about yourself when you do. It’s a major accomplishment to finish a story, whether it’s a short story, novella, or novel. Don’t get discouraged by negative readers or reviews. Remember for every person who doesn’t like your work, there will be someone who does. Writing, like all forms of art, is subjective, and not everyone is going to like your work. Be brave and put yourself out there. It takes a lot of courage to be a writer or an author. Don’t be afraid, because you’ll realize it’s not so scary once you do it.
About the book:
Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when 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 12th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but 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.Find out more about April Bostic and The Howling Heart here:
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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.