The Return of the Menopausal Werewolves.
A Wolves of Wolf’s Point, 2
The Wolf’s Point werewolf pack, born from the magic that calls small groups of middle-aged women to embrace their inner and outer wolves, has been protecting the town for generations.
Now Becca Thornton and the Pack have their hands (and paws) full of all the trouble they can handle. Plus a bit extra. Pack member Erin Adams just found a dead body in the trunk of her car and confessed to murder. But no one’s sure who the victim is and Erin can’t remember what happened. Did Erin fall off the wagon and murder a former foe? She doesn’t trust herself and Becca’s beginning to have her doubts.
If that wasn’t enough, Becca’s ex-husband sold their old house and their new neighbors are clearly up to something. Can the Pack solve the mystery and clear Erin’s name before the next full moon? Or do the town’s new residents have other plans?
Publisher: Queen of Swords Press
Release Date: Monday, March 15 2021
Cover Artist: T.M. Roy
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
Pairings: F/F (big romantic subplot)
LGBTQ+ Identities: Lesbian, bisexual, poly, transwoman coming out
Keywords/Categories: Werewolves, Lesbians, Bisexuals, MTF, midlife, coming out, paranormal, fantasy, dark fantasy, romantic subplot, lesbian, bisexual, poly, polyamorous, trans, transwoman, coming out
Warnings: Addiction recovery, not particularly graphic werewolf violence levels
When did you know you wanted to write, and when did you discover that you were good at it?
I am something of a late bloomer – I didn’t start writing fiction until I was in my thirties. There are no long lost manuscripts, childish worlds created over the summers between schools or even a college-age festival of angst. In 1996, I was in law school and not enjoying it, so I sat down at the computer and cranked out a short story. I submitted it, it got accepted and that was the end of my law school experience. I did write a Master’s Thesis and some newspaper articles before then so I had some experience putting words on the page though. After that, I wrote more short stories and submitted them and did some writing for a local indie weekly paper. About two years later, I started getting solicited to write short stories for anthologies and other projects and my quest for stardom continued from there.
How long have you been writing?
25 years, as of this year! In which time I have produced three published novels (one under a pseudonym), nearly one hundred published short stories and a bunch of articles and essays. As of this moment, I have publications in fantasy, horror, science fiction, erotica, romance, mystery, historical fiction, literary fiction and nonfiction. I suppose I’ll have to try Westerns next! Most, but not all, of my work, features LGBTQ protagonists and storylines, and most of my protagonists are lesbians and/or bi women.
What are your favorite parts of publishing?
This is a more complicated question for me because as a writer, I work with multiple publishers, but I also run Queen of Swords Press, a small genre fiction publishing house. As a writer, I love seeing my work in print and finding out that other people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it is the absolute best. As a publisher, it’s more complicated because I’m handling some many different parts of the process: deciding on manuscripts and formats, editing or hiring editors, hiring cover artists, working with the authors, putting the books out into the world, selling them once they’re there. I like aspects of all of those things – it’s great to be able to tell an author that I want to publish their work and to see the book come together. I run a very small operation so I only accept books that I’m excited about, which makes it easier to get out there and plug them. But it’s never an easy process and there are a lot of moving parts and various failure points. I’ve been at it for four years now so I’m getting better at it, but there’s still so much to learn.
Tell us something we don’t know about your heroes. What makes them tick?
Well, my first novel in this series, Silver Moon, is told entirely from the perspective of Becca Thornton, newly divorced, just turned fifty and about to start turning into a werewolf. She has a lot of uncertainty about where her life is going, how she feels about being a werewolf and, of course, how she feels about her neighbor, Erin, who she has a big crush on. Blood Moon alternates between their two perspectives so you get more about Erin’s thoughts and feelings, how she’s feels about being a recovering alcoholic and about Becca herself. I think both of them really like being werewolves and being part of their Pack, even with all the craziness that’s always going on, and are really hoping that they’ve each found the person they’re going to grow old with. Erin’s very practical and calm on the surface, but has a lot going on underneath. Becca wears her heart on her sleeve but she’s a lot stronger than she seems to be.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why?
Oh no! I can’t pick amongst the “children!” Seriously, I don’t know how I would pick one over the others. It really depends on how I’m feeling and how the writing is going. I like them all. One thing I should mention about the characters in this book is that I introduced a new Pack member who’s coming out as a transwoman and transitioning. I like her a lot and hope to spend more time with her in the future so I really hope my readers like her too!
Were you a voracious reader as a child?
Very much so. My family situation was quite dysfunctional in a lot of ways, but my parents encouraged me to read and I made it my primary form of escape. I devoured hundreds of books growing up. My mother put me on a quota when I went to the library – one nonfiction book for every three novels. I read everything from fairy tales to histories, adventure stories to books on biology, fantasy to astronomy texts. I have a list of every book that I’ve read since I was ten years old, something that I hope will make the keeper of my archives happy.
Wolf’s Point: a town in a mountain valley where some women of a certain age go through more than a few physical metamorphoses. The local werewolves are the traditional defenders of the valley, their transformations shaped by the valley’s magic. Time: the present, variously defined. A few months ago, Becca Thornton, divorced and newly turned fifty, found herself changing more than she could have ever imagined when she joined the Pack. With her help, the werewolves survived their greatest threat to their existence when one of their former members returned to wreak vengeance on those she thought had destroyed her life. She offered them a choice between a dangerous cure and certain death. Becca was part of that victory but it cost her a home and other things that she cherished from her past.
But now the werewolf hunters were gone, expelled from the valley by forces magical and mundane, so everyone’s life could go back to normal. Whatever that was.
Erin Adams looked out at the mountains and tried not to think about what was in the trunk of her car. At least the mountains around Wolf’s Point were still as beautiful as ever. She wondered if she’d ever get the chance to run through them again, feel the wind in her fur, the ground flying by under her paws. The Pack at her side.
That thought was enough to make her look back at her car. Erin rubbed her aching forehead with one hand and closed her eyes. This was, without question, the worst thing she’d ever done. Even if she couldn’t remember doing it.
But maybe there was still time to call Shelly and get her help to figure a way out of this mess that she’d blundered into. That was what Pack Alphas did, or so Shelly kept reminding her. But that might make Shelly an accessory if they got caught. Or rather, when she got caught. Erin closed her eyes for an instant; lying was never a thing she’d been good at or wanted to get good at. Anyone she called would almost certainly go down with her.
That thought weighed her down like a rock. The Pack couldn’t afford to be without its Alpha so soon after they got her back, not to mention what it would do to Pete and the kids. There was no way that she could drag Shelly into this.
Her thoughts turned to Becca, waded through a jumbled mess of emotions and came back with a single realization: they’d suspect her first. Becca was her friend, her housemate. Her...something they still hadn’t defined, but which felt more like girlfriend every day. Her stomach did a slow, leisurely flip when she thought about that and she almost smiled. But this wasn’t the time to think about Becca. She couldn’t afford to be distracted, to be vulnerable. Not now.
Maybe there was another solution, a way to hide what had happened. But then what? She'd still know and she'd have to carry the burden of what she’d done, alone. And she knew where that road led. Falling off the wagon to cope with her guilt wasn’t an option, either.
Besides, if she ditched the body out here and it was found, the regular wolves would certainly get blamed for it. The new governor was already pushing for a wolf hunting season and that would put things right over the edge. She didn’t want that on her conscience either; the wild wolves were kin as much as they were cover for the Pack and important for the local ecology.
Erin ran her fingers through her short-cropped brown hair, wondering if there was anyone else she could turn to. But she couldn’t think of any other Pack member who’d be able to do anything about this situation, not more than she could do herself, anyway. It certainly wasn’t the sort of thing that her AA sponsor had signed up for, or any of her friends, for that matter. So she was on her own. There was nothing for it but to lie in the bed she’d made for herself.
She pulled her cell phone out of her pocket and selected a contact. “Hi. It’s Erin. I’ve done something...I need...can you come up to Spruce Point? Yes, it’s important. I want you to see it before Sheriff Henderson does.”
She clicked the phone off and glanced toward the road. Nothing to do now but wait.
A Wolves of Wolf’s Point
Welcome to the town of Wolf’s Point where menopause can kick off with a few additional changes, like bonus lycanthropy. Join Pack members Becca Thornton, Erin Adams and their friends as they fend off werewolf hunters and sundry folks of ill intent while preserving the town for the coming generations. And contend with coming out at midlife, recovery, transitioning, falling in love, making friends and building community.
Silver Moon, Blood Moon
Catherine is giving away a $20 Queen of Swords Press gift card with this tour
Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her short stories and articles have appeared in numerous venues from Fireside Magazine to Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives. Her books include the Wolves of Wolf's Point series: Silver Moon and Blood Moon, Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories, Crave and Night’s Kiss. She is also the editor of the anthologies Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) and Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories and co-editor (with JoSelle Vanderhooft) of Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic.
In addition, she writes erotica and erotic romance as Emily L. Byrne, including the novel Medusa’s Touch and the short story collections Desire and Knife’s Edge. She is also the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a genre fiction publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world and she teaches writing and editing workshops at the Rambo Academy, Broad Universe and other venues.
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