Week 51 of #MySexySaturday is all about shifters, so I had to add a snippet from Ilona’s Wolf: A Fairy Tale. If the opening of the story sounds a bit familiar, it’s because Little Red Riding Hood was my favorite fairy tale when I was but a lass. Perhaps I related to Red more than the princesses because I grew up in a multi-generational household and my grandmothers were part of my everyday life.
If you’re not familiar with My Sexy Saturday, a weekly blog hop where writers share sexy tidbits 7 paragraphs or 7 sentences or 7 words) from their stories, either published or in progress. It’s the brain child of author, Lynn Crain, who writes “Shifters come in all makes and sizes. They can be a wolf, a bear, an eagle or any variety of things but all meant to protect the one they love… Shifters are hot, shifters are cool and this week shifters are us.”
Sir Rolf of Klosterlupe, the hero of Ilona’s Wolf, was born a werewolf in a land where shifters are banned. Trapped in wolf form by the curse of an evil sorcerer, he wanders the forests of Velosia until the day he senses a young woman in danger. His protective instincts kick in and he charges to the rescue. Princess Ilona fears the wolf at first, then she gets a big surprise.
7 Paragraph Snippet:
She smiled at the canine as she continued to pet it. “Grateful I am for you rescuing me, but ’tis not exactly what a girl dreams of. Where’s my knight on a white steed? ‘Tis he who is supposed to do the rescuing.”
When the wolf lowered his head, sniffing between her legs, she laughed and pushed it away. “Rude creature.”
The animal responded by sitting up and resting its head on her breast. She put both arms around it and hugged it close, dropping a kiss on its head. “Do not misunderstand, Sir Wolf, but I still wish you were a knight. A strong, handsome knight like my Werner.”
The familiar sadness filled her at the memory of her husband. “I miss him so much, you know. Dagmar says another knight will come for me, a handsome knight to protect us and make sweet, passionate love to me.”
The wolf whined and raised his head to lick her cheek. Laughing, she tried to push him away, but he licked her full on the mouth. She closed her eyes, stunned when her powers came rushing back, like a flood of magic coursing around her.
Turning aside, she summoned her basket to her side. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw the wolf jump up, staring at the basket. Her vision seemed to blur as the wolf’s face slowly became humanlike, then shifted back. She must have hit her head harder than she’d thought if she was seeing things. She closed her eyes and shook her head, but the aching had receded.
When she peeked again, the wolf was gone, and a naked man crouched in front of her. A handsome, well-built man with shaggy brown hair and golden brown eyes.
Princess Ilona is rescued by a wolf that transforms into a handsome, naked man. Cursed by an evil wizard, Rolf was trapped in wolf form until he tasted the blood of a royal. Now he must escort the princess on a hazardous journey to the castle. Passion flares between them, but both know there is no future for a princess and a werewolf. Or is there in a world where magic and passion combine?
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