Blog Tour: CREATURE FEATURE by Poppy Dennison (and Mary Calmes)
Thanks to his good-for-nothing brother, Andrew Hughes is up to his eyeballs in debt and needs a job fast. When a nursing position opens up in Myerson, Arizona, Andrew has no choice but to take it, despite a warning about how difficult a patient Caleb DiMartino can be. Andrew can deal with a little trouble—but Caleb’s strange family, the armed guards, and the unknown cause of Caleb’s mysterious illness may be beyond his skill set.
Landslide by Mary Calmes
For three years, paranormal courier Frank Corrigan has been working for incubus demon Cael Berith. Cael knows Frank is his mate, but Frank is pretty sure Cael doesn’t even like him, never mind want to spend the rest of his life with him, so their personal relationship is at an impasse. When Frank’s sister, Lindsey, gets bitten by a werewolf she’s sleeping with—and possibly witnesses a murder—Frank rides to her rescue. If he’s lucky, he might just save his love life too.
Big thanks to Poppy, who took some time to share a little about the book.
Thanks Jennifer! Mary and I are both thrilled with the cover of Creature Feature. We knew we wanted the cover to look like an old horror movie poster and pitched the idea to Dreamspinner. Our cover artist, Paul Richmond, loved the idea and helped us conceptualize it. We decided to feature Andrew, the character from my novella on the cover, and I think Paul did an amazing job!
Speaking of Mary, how did this collaboration come about?
You know, that’s a great question! I had to ask Mary because I honestly couldn’t even remember. Last year, Mary and I were gabbing about ideas for upcoming work. I’m a HUGE fan of Mary’s paranormal series and we thought it might be fun to do something together. We tossed a few ideas back and forth and decided to do two stories set in the same town, but otherwise our own creations. It was fun to see how different our world building became!
Can you tell us a little more about Andrew, and how he finds himself involved with Caleb?
Andrew is a down on his luck nurse. He’s looking for a job and is taking temporary work as an at-home nurse. He gets a call for a “difficult” patient and soon comes to find out that his mysterious patient is a werewolf! Caleb can’t shift and Andrew sets out to discover what’s causing his illness and how to fix it.
Your other books feature characters who KNOW about the supernatural and are a part of that world. In this book, you get to have a “reveal”. Was that fun, or difficult to write?
It was SO MUCH FUN! I’ve got a couple favorite scenes in the book, and one of them is the scene where Caleb begins to shift for the first time. Andrew, as you can imagine, freaks out! He thinks he’s finally lost his marbles. Want a little sneak peak?
Andrew checked Caleb’s pulse and blood pressure as unobtrusively as he could. Still higher than Andrew wanted to see. Adding the notes to his makeshift chart, Andrew frowned. Both numbers were higher than the day before, and they’d been high enough to cause some concern then. Andrew tapped his pen against the notebook. In any other circumstance, he’d request calling in the doctor at this point. That probably wouldn’t go over well with Alfonse, though.
Caleb groaned and began to curl up on the bed. The muscles in his arm rippled in a way Andrew had never seen before. He ran his hand over Caleb’s bicep and jerked it back when the muscle flexed and bulged under his grip. Caleb’s eyes opened. They glowed. And not in a weird trick-of-the-light kind of way. His eyes were literally glowing. An amber yellow. Andrew took a hurried step back and swore. Caleb reached out his arm and grabbed Andrew by the wrist.
“Holy shit!” Andrew tried to jerk away, but Caleb’s grip tightened. And then claws dug into Andrew’s skin. “Fucking hell!”
Andrew tried to unfurl the claws from his skin, but Caleb squeezed harder.
The door opened, and Alfonse rushed into the room. He growled.
“Fuck me sideways!” Andrew screeched and continued to try to pry his blood-slicked wrist out of Caleb’s hand. The dark pointed nails were embedded in bloody trenches in Andrew’s skin.
Alfonse grabbed Andrew and held him still. “Quiet now,” he muttered against Andrew’s ear. He reached out and grabbed Caleb’s wrist and gave it a quick squeeze. “Caleb. Release him.”
Caleb whimpered, his claws tightening in response to the command. Andrew hissed as blood began to flow more quickly down his arm from the wounds.
“Caleb, don’t make me ask again.” Alfonse’s voice deepened, and Andrew shivered. His tone brooked no disobedience. Caleb released his hold, and Andrew took a few frantic steps back. Alfonse stepped closer to his son and leaned in close. Andrew couldn’t make out the mumbled words, but they didn’t matter.
Is this planned as a standalone story, or might we have more from these two in the future?
At this point, it’s a standalone. You’ll have to see if you can sweet talk Mary into doing round two!
Speaking of your other books, you’ve got book three in your Magic Triad coming out soon. What can we expect in SOUL MAGIC?
Soul Magic is the final book in the Triad trilogy. This one packs a pretty big punch. It continues Simon and Gray’s story from the first two books, but is also the long-awaited book for Cormac. Fans have been after me since the first book to learn more about the mysterious vampire, and I hope I’ve delivered. In this book, we finally discover the identity of the Triad and learn why the attacks have been occurring. We also get a glimpse of the Council of Mages, who are not exactly fans of the decisions Simon has been making. You can expect lots of action and probably a tear or two!
Is there anything else you’d like to share? Any exciting news, any fun facts?
Let’s see…exciting news…well, I’m about to have my very first niece! She’s due right around the time of Soul Magic’s release. I have five nephews so I’m thrilled about having a niece to spoil rotten. Writing wise, I’m super excited to have four books coming out this year. After Creature Feature and Soul Magic, I have another paranormal novella scheduled for this summer. That one is a standalone with an entertainment lawyer/liger as its main character. After that, it’s Wild Magic—a spin off to the Triad series. Nothing better than a crazy busy year!
About Poppy Dennison
A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.
You can find out more about Poppy’s books on her website