Welcome to my post for the Red and the Wolf Blog Tour! I have a guest post from the author and some giveaway info, so, without further ado, let me introduce the book and turn it over to Ms. Laura Lee Nutt:
Six years after the attack at her grandmother’s cottage, Blanchette still wilts at the sound of a wolf’s howl. The scent of pine rising from the Black Forest surrounding her home is a constant reminder of the beast’s assault and the injury it left on her finger. After years spent hiding away, Blanchette’s world tilts when she wakes--naked and without memory of the previous night--in the forest, instead of behind the safety of her closed shutters.
Since rescuing Blanchette and her grandmother, huntsman Heinrich has befriended her family by day, and keeps watch as a powerful wolf over his territory by night. Sinister otherworldly creatures constantly threaten his domain and the human village he protects.
When the emperor sends a hunter to investigate the attack and slay any inhuman beings, Heinrich must tread carefully and protect not only himself, but his newly-discovered mate, who prowls themoonlit nights alongside him. He must also determine who is responsible for a string of murdered villagers, proving he can control his lupine nature and offer protection to the village, rather than danger.
CONTENT WARNING: Vengeful fae, dark magic, vicious murder, moral quandaries, explicit sex, and tragic honor.
Now, everyone, please welcome Laura Lee Nutt!
Farrah, thank you so much for hosting me today and spreading the word about my new fantasy romance, Red and the Wolf. Each story a writer composes requires some level of research whether through experimentation, combing through books and articles, or interviewing people. For my new release, Red and the Wolf, I did quite a bit and thought I’d share some of the more interesting tidbits I learned with you and your readers today.
First of all, let me give you an idea of the range of subjects I explored. Here are just a few topics: the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale and its differing versions, the Black Forest, the European Gray Wolf or canis lupus lupus, a chaperon (a type of hat) nixies, the European starling, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Amidst this research, I learned all sorts of fascinating things; Here are a few that might spark your interest:
In the French version of Little Red Riding Hood, her cloak is not red but yellow. This version is also where I drew the name of my book’s heroine, Blanchette, which means white or pale.
The Black Forest is known for a variety of foods, among them Black Forest Ham, which is delicious, by the way. It has a rich flavor and is prepared by cold smoking for several weeks after being cured with salt. It is also typically seasoned with garlic, coriander, pepper, and juniper berries. They are also known for Fammkuchen, which is kind of like a grilled pizza made of flat bread and topped with cream, ham, and cheese. I got to try one made with bacon once at a German festival near my hometown, and it was divine and surprisingly filling.
European Gray Wolves can get up to 130 pounds and 39 inches tall. Naturally, I had to make my werewolves bigger. So Heinrich, the werewolf in Red and the Wolf, can easily look a grown man in the face without lifting his head. Nix (male) or nixie (female) are German style river mermen. However, unlike Ariel in
Disney’s The Little Mermaid, they can assume human shape at will. They always have a tell, however. Nixie, for example, may appear as beautiful women, but the hems of their clothes are always wet. A famous nixie in particular lives along the Rhine River and even has a rock named after her, Lorelei Rock. She is credited with many a shipwreck and drowning. She is also the inspiration for another novel I’m working on.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: I’d like to invite you and your readers to participate in the giveaway I’m hosting this month to celebrate the release of Red and the Wolf. On Monday, April 1, I’ll announce the winners on my website—no tricks for April Fools Day, I promise. You will have from 12:00 AM on Monday, March 11, central time, to 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 31, central time, to gain points. Each point counts as an additional time you will be entered in the drawing for a number of prizes such as a beautiful, illustrated edition of Andersen and Grimms’ fairy tales and Little Red Riding Hood’s basket complete with an assortment of goodies to brighten anyone’s day, even a grandmother’s whose house has just been burgled by a werewolf. For more details and how to earn points, visit my website. To earn your first point, comment on today’s
post. What interesting things have you learned when reading a book or doing any sort of research?
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About the Author:In elementary school, Laura Lee Nutt checked out every fairy tale in the library so often, if she picked something else, it was cause for curiosity. Even into adulthood, she nurtured her imagination with stories of fairies, true love, monsters, especially werewolves, and the fantastic, but she wondered what happened after “happily ever after.”
This curiosity and catching an illness one chill winter day brought her before a blank computer screen, desperately desiring to write something new. Heinrich, Blanchette, and Karl swiftly spun the tale you just read. Laura feverishly typed, barely fast enough to keep up.
Once Red and the Wolf was born, other stories coalesced in Laura’s mind, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, all asking the same questions: What might happen if the end of these tales wasn’t really the end? What were these characters’ lives really like after the harrowing events of the fairy tale? What if achieving true love and happiness required something extra? Thus came the idea for this series, Embracing Ever After, where achieving true love requires something special and happily ever after isn’t really the end.