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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday Spotlight - Susan Winters aka Mariposa Cruz

Wow, can you believe October is half over already?! Where has this year gone?

One thing's certain though, as we all know, the rest of the year will fly by as it always does during the holiday season.

Today, please welcome to our spotlight another Wild Rose - Susan Winters (aka: Mariposa Cruz) with her book, Howl.

Mariposa Cruz balances writing with working as a fulltime corporate paralegal. As a writer she has interviewed a variety of characters from cowboy crooners to rock divas. Her articles have appeared in local magazines and indie newspapers. She currently resides with her own pack of two teens in Reno, Nevada.

Find out more about Mariposa by visiting her blogsite.

As if Kate Owens doesn't have enough problems as a struggling single mom and paralegal, a brutal animal attack outside her office plunges her into turmoil. At work, she is attracted to her rescuer, Jack Walker, an attorney wary of commitment. Every morning after the attack she awakes drenched in blood beside the body of a mangled stray. Kate's days become a battle to maintain control while her nights are a disturbing blur of dreams. Will Kate's nightly madness harm her young daughter? Lone wolf attorney, Jack Walker understands the reason for his paralegal's exhaustion and haunted demeanor. Jack has pursued the beast since law school graduation and he knows the creature's relentless thirst for revenge. Can Jack save Kate from her attacker and her own savage nature?

Excerpt: “Pierce called me this morning. He’s here. He left cigarette butts near your window. I spent all day tracking him.” Kate hugged her knees trying to shake a sudden chill.

“When I think about what he did to you…”

“I’m all right. I want to be with you in any way, shape, or form.” Kate put her arms around him. She felt the tension in his shoulders. Kate turned his face toward hers and kissed him slowly, her free hand stroking his beard.

“I never realized you could be such a tease,” Jack murmured into her ear.

“I never knew you could be such a beast,” Kate replied and she kissed him again.

He returned her kiss, pulling her onto his lap, his hands slid up her shirt caressing her bare back while she snuggled closer and wrapped her legs around him.

The first howl startled them both.

“Damn,” Jack muttered. Kate sighed.

“We can’t be late for dinner?” She murmured.

“No. I’m not going to rush this time. We’ll continue this later in bed. I’ll wait for you outside.” His fingers traced the curve of her bare thigh when he released her. He kissed her hard on the mouth then turned abruptly and left her to change alone. If he lingered around her much longer, they would miss dinner.

Jack paced restlessly outside while he waited for Kate to join him. Changing in the chilled night air cooled his ardor. He heard the others in the distance and his stomach growled. Searching the forest for Pierce, he hadn’t eaten all day. What was taking her so long? It wasn’t as if she needed to freshen up her make up or curl her hair. Finally, after several long minutes a small silver wolf joined him. She nipped at him playfully as they raced to meet the others.

Wow, what a perfect month for this! Howl is Mariposa's debut Wild Rose Press story and is available now.

Well Friends, hope you enjoyed this spotlight. Check back weekly for more great authors and their books.

Until later...take care, Be Blessed and remember....when the going gets tough, the tough go to God.


Mariposa Cruz said...

Hi Pam,

Glad you had fun at the Silver Spur this summer. Thanks for inviting me!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Susan,
Enjoyed the interview and great excerpt. It certainly had me sitting on the edge of my seat.



Marie Beau said...

Sounds great, Mariposa!

Mariposa Cruz said...


Congrats on the awards for Frontier Wife!


I'm looking forward to the Shifter Tour!

Thanks ladies for stopping by!