Hi MaryJanice and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Wolf After My Own Heart!
Please summarize the book for the readers here:
Lila Kai was minding her own business (no, really!) when she stumbled across an abandoned bear cub. Like anyone with a conscience, poor impulse control, and a decommissioned ambulance, she took it home…only to find it was an orphaned werebear cub, one with a werewolf on her tail (almost literally).
Oz Adway is wild to get out of Accounting, so when the file on missing werebear cub Sally Smalls comes across his desk, he’s on it (almost literally). The problems are legion: a gorgeous Stable (ordinary human who can’t shift) has gotten involved. The cub’s parents are missing, presumed dead. Whoever killed Sally’s parents is after the cub. And Lila is distractingly wondrous.
But Lila’s far from ordinary, and is determined to keep Sally safe, and God help any would-be killers (or cheeky werewolves) who get in her way. Planes crash, doors are kicked down, there are a couple of (okay, four) felony assaults, at least two fires, some pretty hot make-out sessions, people keep confusing Lila’s decommissioned ambulance for the real thing…everything’s just a mess.
Please share your favorite line(s) or quote from this book:
“Why are the people who grow fur and run around on all fours during the full moon staring at me like I’m the weirdo?”
Please share a few Fun facts about this book…
- Lila and I have one thing in common: we both survived housefires!
- Oz and I have nothing in common.
- I had to research the legality of driving decommissioned ambulances (it’s allowable if you follow a few rules) and EMT training for this book.
What do you want people to take away from reading this book?
That assumptions are dangerous, and people are more than their first impression. Oh, and house fires are bad.
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Excerpt from Wolf After My Own Heart:
Lila was flat-out running because her worst fear had become glaring, ugly reality: she could see the kid silhouetted in one of the upstairs windows. She ran right up on the lawn until she was standing below the window, which he opened
(argh, don’t give the fire more oxygen)
(but don’t die of smoke inhalation either)
to lean out and call down to her. Instead of the panicked shriek for help she expected from anyone trapped on the second floor of a burning house, she heard, “Hi! Can you step back, please?”
She cupped her hands and shouted, “Dev Devoss! Listen! I’m tossing up a ladder. You just hook it to the sill and let it unfold and you can scoot right down.”
“Um, thanks, but maybe you could just move back a little?”
“You don’t have to move back much,” the kid called down, motioning for her to move back. “Like, just a foot or so?”
“I’m throwing it now!” And she pitched the EZ-OUT ladder straight up. It was only six pounds and it was a terrific toss, which is why seeing the pre-teen not catch it was aggravating. “Okay, don’t be scared, I’m gonna throw it again. You have to catch it, Devoss!”
“Just step back—” He broke off to cough.
“Okay, here it comes!”
“Will you just get out of the way, you silly bitch?” With that, Devoss dived out the second-story window, turned a goddamned somersault, and landed right in front of her. Like he’d stepped off a boat and onto a dock. Like he’d hopped down from a SuperCab. NBD.
“Don’t call me silly,” was all she could manage before grabbing him. “Are you okay? Are you burned?” She felt his shoulders as he coughed, looked at his hands, shoved his sleeves up to look at his arms, glared into his eyes. “Are your eyes okay?”
“What’s—” There was a low, ripping growl behind her and she turned to face a sight that wasn’t as frightening as a house fire, but definitely made her top five. A black wolf the size of a border collie had slouched out of nowhere—well, not nowhere. But the thing’s stark coloring had kept it hidden; the only bits of color were the eyes, glaring at her like baleful lanterns. She straightened and shoved Devoss behind her. “Jesus Christ, this neighborhood.”
“I’m okeydokey,” Devoss called, peeking around her to address the wolf because of course he was. “Don’t scare her. If that’s even possible.”
“Which one of us are you talking to?” Lila asked.
The wolf crept closer, but at least it wasn’t growling anymore. Lila wondered if it was possible to net the thing with the EZ-OUT ladder. Why did I bring ladders and wet rags to a housefire? Why didn’t I bring a shotgun? What an idiot I was!
Then another wolf came loping out of the dark, this one lean but large, dwarfing the smaller animal; its furred red ears were level with Lila’s waist. The only light to see came from the fire (now merrily blazing through at least two rooms) and a lone streetlight, but even so, Lila could make out the tawny fur and the white markings around the muzzle. Greenish-yellow eyes flared as it moved to stand between her and the smaller wolf.
“Whoa.” From Devoss, who had stopped trying to peep around her and was trying to stand in front of her. She shoved him behind her as the wolf let out another low growl while the smaller black wolf stood its ground. And while the black one didn’t stand down, exactly—its fur was still standing out from ruff to tail—it didn’t growl, and it backed up to give the larger wolf more room for…what, exactly? To feast? To run? To huff and puff and blow the house down?
Just as she had decided the wee hours couldn’t get even a bit weirder, she caught movement on her peripheral and saw…
No, definitely not. She was seeing things. She had at long last cracked, because while she could handle the bear cub and the fox and the B&E and the trashed screen door and the pop-ins and 1:00 a.m. teddy bear surgery and two wolves prowling a suburban lawn while a house fire raged in the background…
…all that, she could take. But the sight of a kangaroo bounding over was, obviously, the most direct way her brain had found to signal her impending insanity. Everything else could be real, but not the Australian marsupial squatting unconcernedly on a front lawn in Lilydale, Minnesota.
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Things are hot and getting hotter… Escape into this delicious shifter romance from bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.
Oz Adway is a rare breed: an accountant who wants to get dirty. He’s a werewolf working for the Interspecies Placement Agency so it’s not long before he gets the opportunity to break out of his boring, safe office job. He volunteers to find runaway bear cub Sally Smalls, recently orphaned by a plane crash. Piece of cake, right? Unfortunately, Sally’s taken refuge with “ordinary” human Lila Kai. Lila has no idea what’s going on, but she’ll destroy anyone who tries to take the cub. Oz is not about to let a human jeopardize his daring career move, no matter how attractive he finds her.
Lila knows something’s different about the sexy weirdo who keeps popping up in the wrong place at the right time. She’s determined to figure out what, regardless of the escalating threats to her safety and Oz’s distracting hotness. She didn’t move into a cursed house and take in a werebear just to run when things get complicated. Together, Oz and Lila will prevail! But only if they can keep their hands off each other…
Meet the Author:
MaryJanice Davidson is the NYT and USA Today best-selling author of the UNDEAD and UNWED paranormal romcom series. Her books have been published in over a dozen languages and have been bestsellers worldwide. A former model and medical test subject (two jobs that are close than you’d think), she lives with her family in St. Paul, MN.