15 September 2010

Guestblog: Erin McCarthy "Got Fur" & Giveaway

Today I'm so excited to have Erin McCarthy here in my realm! She talks werewolves and I'm always more than ready to have some more wolves on my shelves :) So without further ado I give the stage to Ms. Erin McCarthy...

Got Fur?

My novella “The Howling” in the anthology THE BEAST WITHIN is my very first werewolf story. I never mixed werewolves into my vampire books, feeling like the worlds as I created them would be totally separate. Vampires are sleek and cold and cosmopolitan. Werewolves are hot-blooded, primal, living in dense wooded areas. Okay, so Stephenie Meyer did it, as have a lot of fabulous romance authors, but I didn’t want to mix my blood and fur. Since I was writing vamps, I just didn’t explore writing any werewolves myself until I got the opportunity to do this anthology. Then I started thinking about all those classic werewolf tales and the feral passion the males exhibit.

Hey, I’m all for feral passion so I started doing research on werewolves and discovered most of the folklore is European. I’m assuming this is because of the density of wolves in France, Russia, etc. I learned that werewolf literally means wolf man or in Old English, the wearer of wolf skin. Kind of gross if you give too much thought to it. But the most interesting fact (to me anyway) was that in original lore the werewolf didn’t kill his victim with a bite, he used a dagger to finalize the kill. Which to me puts a different spin on it… instead of the animal nature consuming the man, he makes the cold-hearted human choice to kill.

So that made me visualize two brothers, one fighting his lycanthropy, the other embracing it… and a woman caught in the middle of their rivalry. (<-- Doesn't anyone get hot shivers when reading this? I do!!)

So what is your favorite werewolf legend or story? I have to admit, I’m even fascinated by the wolves in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Does Belle get consumed by the wolves in the woods or face the Beast in the dark castle? Classic woman in jeopardy romance…

Thanks for letting me drop by!


[closed] Giveaway open to all: Erin McCarthy is offering up a 1 copy of Hot Finish & The Beast Within! To enter leave a comment answering Erin's question above and a winner will be announced on September 19th 2010.


  1. At the moment, my favorite wolf stories would be the Bloodrunners series by Rhyannon Byrd. I really enjoy her writing style and intense heroes. :)


    P.S. I blogged this: http://romance-aficionado.blogspot.com/2010/09/leontines-book-realm-guestblog-erin.html

  2. To be totally honest I can't think of any werewolf legends or stories besides the books I've read. "Call of the Wilds" is my favorite werewolf book.

  3. Not entering, but I honestly can't remember why I haven't read this author before-her books sound right up my alley!

  4. I can't really think of any wolf legends/stories. But I can tell you where my interest in them all started! Micheal J. Fox's - Teen Wolf - was interesting - I guess. But, I started to really 'like' the fantasy of werewolves in Jack Nicholson's, Wolf. It was dark, and of course with him as the actor, kind of freaky! But I liked it, and wanted more!

    I'm definitely looking forward to reading both of these books! Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Kelley Armstrong's wolf series with Elena and Clay is one of my all-time favorites!

    Sarah M.

  6. The only book that stand out when I think about it is an American Werewolf in London.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  7. Stories..I can't say. Nothing from the past, I am more intriguing by our "modern" wolves. Elena and Clay that has been mentioned for example

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  8. I'm really enjoying Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series! tWarner419@aol.com

  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I just read Once Bitten by Tara M. Lee. My first werewolf book. I just loved it.

    Please enter me.

  10. I'm looking forward to reading your werewolf story Erin.
    My favorite werewolf is Keri Arthur's Riley Jenen. And I love George in Being Human on BBCA. I'd rather a werewolf not be just indiscriminately killing because he's an awful beast, but rather someone who has some control or at least takes precautions against hurting anyone.


  11. My favorite werewolves story is Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series. I also really like the ones from Kelley Armstrong Women of the Otherworld series especially Jeremy :)


  12. One of my favorites is Cynthia Eden's "Hotter After Midnight."

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  13. My favorite werewolf story would have to be Wolf Moon by John R. Holt. It's a bit of a different take on traditional werewolf stories, as the main character is a woman. I love the dynamics in this story and how it twists aspects of a familiar legend.


  14. It would have to be the Twilight series...just because it's the only book I've read with werewolves in it.


  15. I don't really know of any werewolf myths or stories but I love the shifter world in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter stories/world.


  16. Wow... hmmmm. Oh I know! Little Red Riding hood or the three little pigs. I personally think it was the same greedy wolf *winks*.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  17. Hi everyone! Wow, it looks like I have a list of new reading material. :-)

    I do love the mysteriousness of werewolves... very sexy.

  18. thanks for the great post... and contest!

    I agree with @jeanette8042 about the Dark Hunter Series. And if we take just "shifters" I would have to say that all of Nalini Singh's Psy/Changling series is amazing! (and there are wolves!)

  19. Hey Erin! I hope your travels this week went well. Loved meeting you this weekend at RAW 2010! Of course I picked up your Beast Within this weekend but haven't gotten a chance to read it yet. My favorite wolf story to date would be Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh, though I also dearly love Rhyannon Byrd's Bloodrunners series as well.

  20. always nice to know more about the werewolve legend...

    Thanks for having erin leontine - the books looks and sound great - going no my list..


  21. A real werewolf tale? Oh my that's hard. I know there is a werewolf tale about my hometown. The Wolf of Madeburg. Rather scary but otherwise my favorite books are the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs.
    Thanks so much for the chance.

  22. Yes Leontine, that last paragraph gave me shivers too - sounds sexy!

    I love Kelley Armstrong's werewolves, also Patricia Brigg's wolves (Adam = rowr!). JA Saare's wolf in Crimson Moon was very sexy :)

    bookaddictpatti at cox dot net

  23. Oh god, I don't know if I can pick just one werewolf story. There are so many that I love, and I'm a big fan more of the books and stories from today, not so much legends.


  24. I like the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn.

  25. Hmmmm favorite werewolf story...*taps chin while pondering*....

    Well I don't know if this counts but there's a 1994 movie with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer, WOLF, that I love. Its just so classic in its telling. Wolf bites Jack, Jack experiences strange feral phenomena and while at first he rebells, he soon embraces his new self. Definitely an oldie but a goodie. :)

  26. The only werewolf stories I'v read were Terry Spear's books. You books have always been on my TBB list.


  27. I love Shelly Laurenston's books they are great and at times so funny. Here's a couple of her books Pack Challenge and Go Fetch! I also love Terry Spear's books they are great reads. Another favorite author of mine is MaryJanice Davidson her books are very funny and great reads I love the Wyndham Werewolf Series it's awesome. I can't leave out Sarah McCarty's Wild Anthology her books Running Wild and Wild Instinct are wonderful reads.


  28. I only just read it recently, but my favourite werewolf story would have to be Shiver.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

  29. My favorite werewolf stories are the WereHunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur, Elena and Clay series by Kelley Armstrong and the Sasha and Max series by L.A. Banks.

  30. Wolf stories.. oh man. Alright, my favorite wolf story ever... is Vane's story in the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. He's a were-hunter, that counts right? I'm also a big fan of "Derik's Bane" by Mary Janice Davidson.

    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

  31. I loved Susan Krinard's Prince of Wolves and Prince of Shadows. She continued with more werewolf books in the series, but I thought the first two were the best.

  32. I always like Little Red Riding Hood. There is a movie called The Company of Wolves which was a sexy turn of the old story and it was great. It was a mixture of suspense, horror, and sexy fun!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  33. I would have to go with the Twilight books, they are so popular right now.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  34. Well i don't know any werewolf legends. But i do love Shelly Laurenston's books. And i really love the movie Blood & Chocolate.
    Does that count lol. anyways i love your book soo please enter me in your contest.

    You can reach me at this email address.

  35. My fav. were story are the Dark Hunter series.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com


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