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Title: Wolf’s Clothing
Author: E.J. Russell
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 10/10/2016
What do you do when you finally prove the existence of the otherworld, but the ghosts kick your ass?
For Trent Pielmeyer, the answer is run like hell—away from his hostile family, away from the disbelieving cops, and far, far, far away from anything that smacks of the supernatural. After seven years’ captivity in a whacked-out alternate dimension, he is so over legend tripping.
When Christophe Clavret spots Trent in a Portland bar, he detects a kindred spirit—another man attempting to outrun the darkness of his own soul. But despite their sizzling chemistry, Trent’s hatred of the uncanny makes Christophe hesitant to confide the truth: he’s a werewolf, one of a dwindling line, the victim of a genetic curse extending back to feudal Europe.
But dark forces are at work, threatening more than their growing love. If Christophe can’t win Trent’s trust, and if Trent can’t overcome his fear of the paranormal, the cost could be Trent’s freedom and Christophe’s humanity. Or it might be both their lives.
For the character of Trent’s father in Wolf’s Clothing, I borrowed one of my Curmudgeonly Husband’s favorite aphorisms: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” The phrase was popular in the Depression and World War II, when people had to contrive creative ways to get by with less. Although CH didn’t live through either of those times, he has embraced this as a personal motto.
He claims it’s because he grew up in Connecticut and is at heart a frugal New England Yankee. Sometimes, however, I think he may carry it a little too far.
For instance, he had a shirt with a torn collar and a couple of other rips that he wanted me to fix. I declined—there was no way those particular tears could be mended in such a way as to make the shirt wearable. So he cut a large square out of the back, used my sewing machine to hem the edges, and turned it into a tea towel. (He’s very proud of that towel—it’s his favorite.)
Then there’s the Case of the Broken Heat Pump. Our house has two, and because of a design flaw that caused a copper tube to develop a hole, the one that heats and cools our offices stopped working. CH and the repair technician contrived a patch that allowed a temporary fix which both got us through the winter and made CH insufferably smug.
But then, as we emerged from the depths of the not-very-severe Oregon winter, the patch failed.
Now CH loathes hot weather—anything over about sixty-eight degrees Fahrenheit and he starts complaining about the heat. In fact, that’s one of the reasons he insisted on having air conditioning in our house in the first place. Yet he sweated through weeks with nothing but a box fan—not because he didn’t want to pay to permanently fix the pipe, but because the repair would require the technician to drain all the coolant and replace it.
CH: “Do you know how much that costs?”
Me: “It’s not as if we can’t afford it, for crying out loud.”
CH: “I know. But it’s the principle of the thing.”
Me: “So refusing to fix it will somehow change the need to replace the coolant?”
CH: “Well . . . no . . . “
Me: “Then either get the dang thing fixed or stop griping about the heat.”
He got it fixed—although he was able to work a deal on the coolant price that allowed him to live with the shame.
During the editing process for Wolf’s Clothing, my editor and I had a conversation about something that happens in the first chapter—Trent’s father does something (or rather doesn’t do something) that seemed unlikely to her, given his relative wealth. But Trent’s father is a frugal New England Yankee too—and just like CH, he’d find some way to defray the expense.
After all, it’s the principle of the thing.
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About the Author
E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.
E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
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