Title: No Remorse
Author: MaryLynn Bast
Series: Heart of a Wolf Series (#1)
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: Original Release Date May 17 2012
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis: Due to her unusual birth, Amber has abilities no other werewolf has ever possessed. On the run since childhood, the lone wolf avoids contact with other werewolves at all cost, continually moving, constantly looking over her shoulder and always alone.
Everything changes when Amber saves a werewolf from the mere brink of death, Blake, the only werewolf to ever protect her. Love blossoms, but not without tribulations when Amber realizes she must help her new pack rescue a member who is being held hostage by a rival pack.
Warring with emotions of going from lone wolf to the pack leader’s mate, Amber must decide if she is willing to risk Blake’s life to know true family and friendship despite the fact that the Council is hell bent on locating her and will stop at nothing until she is found. Will Amber’s special abilities be enough to keep everyone safe?
Blake drove along the deserted highway, the wind blowing wildly through his thick, dark brown hair. The three days growth that shadowed his jaw line was rough. He had been driving for days and was tired. He was on the last stretch home, with only a few more miles to go. Head resting against the support for a moment, he stared at the endless road and trees. White lines were zipping by as his foot held the gas steady at seventy miles per hour.
He barely registered the sound of gravel when the black truck veered off the road onto the narrow shoulder. The slight drop jerked the steering wheel sharply, startling him awake, but it was too late. The truck was already out of control. The last thing Blake saw was the ground flipping by a couple of times. The truck rolled over the steep embankment, bouncing off the large rocks and boulders on its way down towards the bottom of the ravine and the small stream that flowed swiftly through its base. Then everything went black.
On the far side of the ravine, from her vantage point high up on the hill, just inside the trees, the black wolf stood and watched the vehicle slowly drift to the side of the road, then go out of control. Tires slid in the gravel losing traction, the truck slipped off the road and tumbled down the side of the embankment. There were no tire marks on the pavement since the driver never hit the brakes. Amber knew the truck would be there for days, weeks, or even months, before it would be discovered. Picking her way rapidly through the sprinkling of trees and boulders she hurried towards the ravine. The scent of blood was strong, urging the wolf forward.
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I am pleased to have MaryLynn Bast the author of Heart of a Wolf Series with me today.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you live, etc.? When did you start writing?
Hi, Thank you for having me on your Blog and being a part of the Tour.
I am married and have three grown children. By day I work as a Store Manager for H&R Block. By night I go to school and write in my spare time. In June this year I graduated with my Bachelor in Graphic Design. I took the plunge right back in to college and am now working on my Master’s in Creative Writing. I have been writing short stories for as long as I can remember. At the age of 12 I went to a yard sale and bought my first box of Harlequin Romance novels and was hooked. I have always wanted to be a writer and one day (hopefully soon) I will be able to do it full time.
Tell us a little about the book and where did you get the idea to write this story.
No Remorse actually started out as a short 300 word story I was submitting into a contest. I normally wrote pure romance stories but never did anything with them. I did a review on a book for an author and she wanted to read something I had written. I sent it to her then she suggested I start out with writing for the contest. The contest was to write a short horror story about a werewolf. Most people tell the story of male werewolves. I wanted to be different so I created Amber and a quick story for her. In the end, I never submitted the short story because it was too long. So I continued writing until it was a full length novel.
What’s the best and worst part of being a writer?
The best part of being a writer is that I get to put my most inner thoughts into print. The worst part of being a writer is that people are reading my most inner thoughts! Honestly, I love writing and being able to tell a story. The most tedious part is the re-writing of the scenes over and over again. But in the end, it is rewarding to have a finished book that everyone wants to read more of.
What is your writing schedule like?
I really don’t have a set schedule since I am in school full time and work a full time job. I write when I have down time, which has not been much the past couple of years. I am currently working on several stories that I am hoping to have at least one completed by the end of this year. So to answer your question, my writing schedule is hectic.
Are you panster (write by the seat of your pants) or plotter? How do you write?
I am definitely a panster. When I first started writing I had an agent who was trying to get me to do an outline. When I created the outline of what I wanted to happen, I sat and looked at the outline and lost all creativity in writing the story. It didn't flow for me because I felt I had to stick to the outline. So now, I will panster myself through all my books.
Have any of your titles ever been changed from your original choice?
I have not had any titles that changed from my original choice. I will start a story and keep writing it until a title actually forms out of the story. Several of my books started out with a title, but most are created later.
Do you have a character in one of your books that continues to haunt you at night or surprised you when you wrote the book?
Darius has been haunting my dreams…along with Blake and Adam and Marcus. :) When I introduced these characters I had not planned on them taking center stage in their own books. I am currently working on Blake’s Tale that will give the fans some insight as to why he is so adorable and the perfect mate for Amber. Adam has had his short story in Werewolf Bound. However, his story is not done…he has to find his own mate and will soon. :) Darius was introduced in the novellas and is playing an intricate role in the werewolves lives. I am formulating his backstory and next year he will get to tell his tale. Marcus was introduced at the very end of On The Run and is the main male character in Softest Touch, which is half way to completion.
What route did you take for publication?
I started No Remorse out with an agent trying to go through the conventional way of publishing. When he wanted me to completely remove the romance from the book I had to step back and re-evaluate him as my agent. I published No Remorse through Werewolf Tails Publishing, as a self published author.
I tried traditional publishing with Sizzler Editions published on my book One Bite To Passion. I was unhappy with the fact that the cover models they chose were completely opposite of what my characters looked like. The story was based on a US military base in Tokyo, Japan. The lettering they chose as symbols was Chinese and the cityscape was of a US city. When other problems arose with how they were handling book sales and advertising, I pulled my book and have been more successful as an indie author.
Are you an outgoing person? Are you a morning or night person?
I am in introvert and would be comfortable staying at home in my PJ’s writing all day if I could get by with it. But my friends won’t let me. I have a small group of friends I like to hang out with, when they drag me out of the house, sometimes kicking and screaming that I don’t wanna go. Once I’m there, I’m good to go all night long which leads to me staying up all night and wanting to sleep all day.
Is there something about you or your life that readers might be surprised about?
I am the co-founder of a paranormal group out of Las Vegas called C.A.T. Parapsychic. We do paranormal investigations and I am one of the psychic mediums in the group. Yes, I do psychic readings and can see things around people. I have a select group of people who return/call me for repeat readings.
Do you write a novel straight through? Or revise as you go? Plan a whole series in advance? Or does the series evolve?
In the beginning of writing I wrote the story straight through, then went back through and revised later. I have since started revising as I go and that process has slowed me down, so I think I am going back to flying by the seat of my pants through the end. Once a book is complete, it tend to have at least two more planned after that as a result of something that pops up in the story I just wrote. Just not enough time in the day.
Do you use Beta or Post readers?
I use Beta and Post readers for all my stories.
What’s next? Any New Titles or Books You Can Share With Us?
For the Heart of the Wolf Series I am currently working on Blake’s Tale - Unpredictable Fate and Marcus’s story Softest Touch.
For The Haven Series, I am working on Rosa’s story - title TBD.
For the Panther Pride Series, I am working on Harper’s story - Corporate Affair. (This series may be one that changes)
What books or authors have influenced your writing?
The Dark Hunter Series is my all-time favorite!
Do you have a favorite author?
I absolutely fan girl over Sherilynn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and Laurel K Hamilton.
Do your books have a particular theme or premise?
Heart of a Wolf Series features Werewolf with vampires, fairies and all kinds of creatures being introduced with each tale. My goal is to write all the different series and to eventually have them all cross paths in each of the other series of books. So in other words, they will eventually all tie together.
Have any of your characters ever ended up completely different than you’d intended?
I have two characters that have evolved for me. Adam who was intended to be kind of a wing man. He seemed to develop a smart ass attitude and it works to get him into trouble sometimes. Darius is the next character that has developed into something more than I intended. It appears for him, his life is about to take on a very demanding role in a few of my next books.
MaryLynn Bast grew up in Texas. An avid reader, she enjoyed writing romantic short stories. After moving to Las Vegas in 201o and starting a new chapter in her life, she followed her dream of publishing her first book, a paranormal romance, in 2012 and continues to write stories for the Heart of a Wolf Series. She is branching out and beginning the Panther Pride Saga, The Haven and a Steamy Fairy Tales collection of short stories.
MaryLynn has Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. She is currently enrolled in and working on her Master's Degree in Creative Writing. Working with several different companies on government contracts for the US Military, MaryLynn was able to travel the world, meeting new and interesting people.
To further her knowledge into the paranormal world, MaryLynn joined a group in Vegas. In doing so, another passion was brought back to life. Her fascination with the spirit world inspired her to team up with a friend. Forming CAT Parapsychic, together and with other team members, they investigate all things paranormal.
MaryLynn has several blogs she keeps updated on a regular basis. Her book blog can be found at www.mlbast.com. Her Paranormal blog can be found at http://www.catparapsychic.com. MaryLynn is also a graphic designer and provides photography and graphic design services for other authors book covers, book marks, branding and advertising materials, her portfolio of work can be found at http://www.mlbaststudios.weebly.com.