This week, the last week of guests in the Master Koda Blog Tour, I have the pleasure of featuring Dominique Goodall in a post that concentrates on her upcoming release, Echoes of Winter.
A wolf. A destiny. And only one war to stand in his way.
When Convel leaves his birth pack, he didn’t expect to end up in a war against cougars. As he gathers his strength about him as well as new pack-mates, he is also confronted by Humans – once believed to be mostly dead.
He isn’t alone in his endeavours. He doesn’t know it, but Singer and her rag-tag ‘pack’ are racing towards him for the climax in his life so far. With Sage, the elderly lynx, helping to guide him, will he be successful or will the traitor in his life get what they want?
Echoes of Winter is a coming of age story. It is a tale of betrayal, friendship and mystical feelings with no discernible route. Set in the time after humanities instabilities have caused the spread of a disease/illness. The story is told from the point of view of the animals that now run rife over the places where humans previously ruled triumphantly and like a tyrant – namely the story of Convel – a black wolf who upon leaving his pack and travelling finds his own territory and start a pack with Teira, Amore and Morte. They are hindered by Siltin; a cougar with a sordid past and an even worse mental illness. When Siltin’s current mate, Tamats joins in on her vicious acts, things quickly turn darker for the wolves.
Meanwhile a secret ally in the valley where the battle will rage steps forth. By offering guidance to the inexperienced Convel and stepping forth to further distract Siltin and her mate, this ally may help swing the battle the wolves’ way. A further help is the wolf Singer, heading along with Vhenan – another unlikely ally in the form of an Arctic fox. They are joined by dogs and another two wolves as an invisible string tugs them towards the climax of the book; the overthrowing of a tyrannical cougar and her foul offspring, drawn to her by darker strings than any will admit to.
Humans have already intercepted the wolves in the attempts; and with a traitor in their midst the wolves have the added worry of the humans coming back in the middle of what could become a life or death struggle...and makes the stakes that much more important.
That was when he began to send up a jubilant howl – that broke when he caught sight of Shadow’s body, torn and tattered beyond most recognition and then his howl changed, became a mourning song that all the canines echoed – and in the distance a thin, reedy howl rang into the air, coupled with a cat’s yowl and a fox yipping. Upon hearing the latter, Singer eased her own body down and sighed before throwing her head back in another beautiful song. She’d helped, that indescribable, irrational and annoying thing that had pulled her here had now relaxed the leash, made her feel much calmer, happier than she had been since that strange tugging on her heart.
Dominique Goodall is the author of the soon to be released Echoes of Winter, book one in the Seasons of the Wolf series and a self-confessed wolf addict. She has currently been published in two anthologies by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and is currently working on getting herself better known by sending in manuscripts for as many different anthologies as she possibly can.
As much as she loves to admit it, she never will be able to count her wolf stuff- there's nothing left for her to be truly able to collect without her own home.
She can be friended on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/WaterSinger
Her author page on Facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominique-Goodall-author/250907358312446
The page for Echoes of Winter is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Echoes-of-Winter/355235744499607
Her twitter name is: https://twitter.com/#!/DomGoodall
And her blog can be found here: http://dominiquegoodall.wordpress.com/
And the trailer for her book is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kix63EXBW50&feature=plcp
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