1302 – The Alpha, the second story in The 13th Floor Series from Christine Rains is now available. When it comes to mythical creatures, werewolves would have to be one of my absolute favorites, so no surprise that I love The Alpha. Speaking of which, Christine has a few things say on the topic of werewolves.
Over to you Christine:
What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think werewolf? Likely you’re thinking of a man going through a painful transformation under a full moon. He might then run wild through the night or retain his human intelligence and use his animal form to do some good. Enticing as that idea is, it’s a modern twist on ancient folklore that is truly frightening.
Werewolves weren’t seen as good creatures. Be they cursed humans or beasts, they were devious beings. They would hunt down cattle and sheep, and sometimes, they would trick mothers into giving up their children. Werewolves might be priests excommunicated by the Church or women guilty of one of the seven deadly sins. A shaman or a devil. It didn’t matter. Folks believed they loved to feast upon human flesh.
There are countless tales of werewolves in all cultures. Becoming one could be as simple as walking under a birch arch three times or a warrior wearing the skin of an animal he killed. Being infected by a scratch or bite by a werewolf is a modern belief, but a way to have people involuntarily become what they fear.
The werewolves in The Alpha are born from parents who are already werewolves. It’s very rare to have someone who was bitten become one, and most who are bitten go mad. They have supernatural speed and strength, and they can transform at will. It’s quick and painless and a bit embarrassing if you forget to take off your clothes first.
Werewolves have long been popular in legend and modern fiction. Why do you think werewolves have fascinated people so?
Title: 1302 – The Alpha
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: January 13th, 2013
One run in the woods wouldn’t matter, or so thinks werewolf Stefanie Porter. Being cooped up in her apartment for months must have messed up her instincts, because her former pack almost catches her until a mysterious lone wolf jumps in to help Stefanie escape.
The cruel Alpha Wyatt not only stole her pack but refuses to give Stefanie her freedom. She can’t hide in her apartment any longer or it will drive her crazy. She puts her trust in the lone wolf who can teach her some of his unusual urban survival tricks. James Roberts might be a bit geeky, but he’s smart and looks hot when the argyle sweater comes off. His ridiculous ambition to become a superhero might be admirable if Wyatt couldn’t rip him limb from limb.
With the pack scouring the city for her, Stefanie must convince James to teach her and control her own Alpha nature, or fight not only for her life, but his as well.
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Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She also has three novellas and sixteen short stories published.
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