These two sure have baggage…
The book is Wolf’s Challenge (Stranger Creatures book 1) by Christina Lynn Lambert, a Paranormal Romance.
When Sydney left Seattle two years ago, she was scared, traumatized, and done with men for good. Now she has a good job, a hobby that’s fast becoming a second career, and best of all, she’s adopted a little girl named Angel. Life is good and Sydney’s not about to let charming lawyer Derrick mess that up, no matter how sexy he is, or how sweet he seems.
Things aren’t always as they appear in the town of Great Oaks, Virginia. Derrick isn’t the ladies’ man Sydney thinks he is, but he does have a few secrets, such as his ability to transform into a powerful wolf at will.
Can Derrick convince Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive maybe? More importantly, should he? He’s still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he’s pretty sure not having her in his life would be just as bad.
A troubled woman running from her guilty conscience has Sydney and Derrick in her crosshairs, and she’ll do whatever it takes to win her game. Will Sydney and Derrick survive long enough to be together?
Sydney sat in the conference room at Brass Cat Advertising, sipping her coffee and wishing the caramel latte could take her to an alternate reality. One where Derrick Porter wasn’t sitting in front of her. His presence had caught her off guard. She took another sip of her coffee and tried not to stare stupidly, but holy chocolate-covered cherries, the man was hot.
Dark hair and eyebrows made a striking contrast against his strong bone structure and fair skin. His lips, good grief. They looked so soft. His long, lean body fit nicely in a suit. The material stretched over his broad shoulders and came in at the waist. He probably had amazing six-pack abs.
When they’d met Saturday in running group, it hadn’t merely been the fog coupled with Sydney’s exhaustion and two-year streak of celibacy that made Derrick appear so handsome. Even under the bright lights of the conference room, he was gorgeous. What rotten luck that she couldn’t seem to get away from him.
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Chatting with the Author:
A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. My style is more gritty than sweet and I look forward to writing many more stories with strong heroines and imperfect but determined characters. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. When I’m not writing about sexy, strong-willed characters facing nearly insurmountable obstacles, I enjoy spending time with my family, usually hiking or swimming or finding a new place to explore.
Hi Christina, and thank you so much for being with us today!
Let’s start with what are you working on now.
I’m nearly finished writing book 3 in the Stranger Creatures series. In book 3, Detective Nikki Jackson isn’t looking for love. She has a great job and some dangerous side work that keeps her busy. When a strong, quiet, dark-eyed man arrives in Great Oaks to assist Nikki on a case, she’s determined to keep things professional. So is he, and yet….
What are your top three favorite books of all time?
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are my top three favorites. I read The Outsiders in seventh grade and I loved that the characters were flawed and rough but also exhibited such empathy and loyalty towards one another.
What errand or chore do you despise the most?
I hate grocery shopping almost as much as I hate washing the dishes. Standing still at the sink and sticking my hand in dirty, gross dishwater is the chore that I put off until absolute last. I hate being still unless I’m writing or if I’m binging on a Netflix series because I’m too tired to do anything else.
What do you think is the best song ever written?
Learning to Fly by Pink Floyd often gets played on repeat. I love the eerie sound but also the song reminds me that though we are all mortal we still have to try to “fly”.
Alone or in public:
Depends. I’d rather take a shower alone, or at least not in public. I’d rather eat out in public with a bunch of friends than sit in the kitchen at the table by myself.
Outline or just write:
I’m pretty new to writing and one of the mistakes I’ve made along the way was not doing more plot work before writing out the story. I wrote my first two books with very little outline and I think that made the whole process slower and more difficult.
Up early or sleep in?
Sleep in. I have never been a morning person. I doubt that I will ever willingly wake up before 8am. I would much rather stay awake later and write or work on a project than drag myself out of bed at 5am.
Do you believe in Bigfoot?
Bigfoot could be real. Who am I to say it’s not? I do believe in unicorns though. If I found proof of the existence of either, I would just keep all the information to myself so the strange and amazing creatures could continue to live in peace.
Music or silence:
I keep music on in the background most of the time. I like metal, alternative, classic rock, 80s music, basically anything with a good rhythm and lyrics that get caught in my head. Doing the dishes sucks less when I have music on. I sing along as loudly as possibly (as long as nobody is nearby).
What is your least favorite thing about humanity?
Greed. Many things are destroyed and countless lives are lost in the name of businesses wanting profits without taking into account the long term effects of their decisions, such as the destruction of the environment and the ill effects of a product or process on people’s health.
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Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Lynn-Lambert/e/B01MCYK0K7