N.J. Walters

She outran her memories. She couldn’t outrun her past.

 Legacy, Book 3

Shelley is a killer. Never mind that her “crime” freed her from thirty-five years of brutal captivity—the bounty hunters on her trail don’t care. For the first time in her life, she is on her own, free to put the past behind her and explore what it means to be a werewolf.

James Riley is dead tired. After a week untangling legal and financial affairs his brother’s death left behind, he’s feeling every ounce of his new responsibility as Wolf Creek pack alpha. He’s not too tired, though, to notice his sexy waitress is a werewolf—one that strangely doesn’t recognize him as one of her own kind.

 


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After his questions rattle her composure and get her fired, Shelley figures the least James can do is drive her to the next town, but he wants more. He wants to take her home. And despite her fear, something inside her is irresistibly drawn to his commanding yet gentle presence.

James is willing to give Shelley all the time she needs to embrace her heritage, her sexuality, and eventually his love. But her past will not be denied... and her secrets demand a price paid in blood.

 

Reviews for Legacy Found

"Any book from Ms. Walters is an automatic must buy because her characters are always well drawn and her romances powerful and erotic. This is a worthy addition to the series."
5 Blue Ribbons—Claudette, Romance Junkies

"The villainous hunters are present, along with returning supporting characters rounding out the plot nicely and there are a few nice surprises along the way that I won’t reveal but that will wrap up ends I didn’t even know had been left dangling from the previous books. I look forward to the next book in the series."
4.5 Nymphs—Dragon Minx, Literary Nymphs Reviews

"Fans of sizzling paranormal romance will enjoy Legacy Found. The twists and turns will keep you guessing, while the danger ups the ante and keeps things interesting. If you’ve not read this series, be sure to place them on your TBR pile."
4 Cherries—Gladiolus, Long and Short Reviews

 

Read an excerpt from Legacy Found

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About N.J. Walters

Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.

One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel, Annabelle Lee, and life would never be the same.

 

Also by N.J. Walters:

Ellora’s Cave Publishing:

Katie’s Art of Seduction-Awakening Desires, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Erin’s Fancy-Awakening Desires, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
Capturing Carly-Awakening Desires, Book 3 (E-book)
Craving Candy-Awakening Desires, Book 4 (E-book)
Enticements-(Print—Contains Capturing Carly and Craving Candy)
Jackson’s Jewel-Awakening Desires, Book 5 (E-book) & (Print)
MacNamara’s Lady-Awakening Desires, Book 6 (E-book)

Harker’s Journey-Dalakis Passion, Book 1 (E-book)
Lucian’s Delight-Dalakis Passion, Book 2 (E-book)
Dalakis Embrace- (Print—Contains Harker’s Journey and Lucian’s Delight)
Stefan’s Salvation-Dalakis Passion, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Eternal Brothers-Dalakis Passion, Book 4 (E-book)
Endless Chase-Dalakis Passion, Book 5 (E-book)

Annabelle Lee-Summerville Secrets, Book 1 (E-book)
Heat Wave-Summersville Secrets, Book 2 (E-book)
Summersville Heat- (Print—Contains Annabelle Lee and Heat Wave)
Lily Blossoms-Summersville Secrets, Book 3 (E-book)

Christina’s Tapestry-Tapestries, Book 1 (E-book)
Bakra Bride-Tapestries, Book 2 (E-book)
Tapestry Dreams- (Print—Contains Christina’s Tapestry and Bakra Bride)
Woven Dreams-Tapestries, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Threads of Destiny-Tapestries, Book 4 (E-book)
Embroidered Fantasies, Book 5 (E-book)
Fabric of Fate, Book 6 (E-book)

Embracing Silence-Project Alpha, Book 1 (E-book)
Have Mercy-Project Alpha, Book 2 (E-book)
Sweet Charity-Project Alpha, Book 3 (E-book)

Beyond Shadows-(E-book)
Out of Shadows-(E-book)

Seeking Charlotte-Hearts of Fire, Book 3 (E-book)
Entwined Hearts-Hearts of Fire, Book 5 (E-book)

Amethyst Dreams-Companion book to Amethyst Moon (E-book)
Amethyst Moon-Birthstone Series (E-book)

Three Swords, One Heart-Torrid Tarot Series (E-book) & (Print)

Anastasia’s Style-Valentine Vixens Quickie (E-book)
Candy Caresses-(Print Anthology containing the Valentine Vixens Quickie, Anastasia’s Style)

Drakon’s Treasure-Autumn Animalia Quickie (E-book)
Feral Fixation-(Print Anthology containing the Autumn Animalia Quickie, Drakon’s Treasure)

Jessamyn’s Christmas Gift-White Hot Holidays Quickie (E-book)
White Hot Holidays 3-(Print Anthology containing my White Hot Holiday Quickie, Jessamyn’s Christmas Gift)

Tempting Tori (E-book) (Audio Book)
Lassoing Lara (E-book)
Tracking Talia (E-book)

Lady’s Minstrel (E-book)

Unmasking Kelly (E-book)
Over Time, Under Him-(Pocket Books Print Anthology containing EC Quickie Unmasking Kelly)
Trick or Treat-(Pocket Books Print Anthology containing EC Quickie Unmasking Kelly)

Ellora’s Cavemen: Legendary Tails IV (featuring “A Love Eternal”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Dreams of the Oasis IV (featuring “Shadows Stir”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Seasons of Seduction III (featuring “Sunshine for a Vampire”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Jewels of the Nile IV (featuring “Moon Magic”) (E-book) & (Print)

Samhain Publishing:

Discovering Dani-Jamesville, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
The Way Home-Jamesville, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
The Return of Patrick O’Rourke-Jamesville, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
The Seduction of Shamus O’Rourke-Jamesville, Book 4 (E-book) & (Print)
A Legal Affair-Jamesville, Book 5 (E-book)
By The Book-Jamesville, Book 6 (E-book) & (Print)
Past Promises-Jamesville, Book 7 (E-book)
Jamesville Affairs-(Print—Contains A Legal Affair and Past Promises)

Alexandra’s Legacy-Legacy, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Isaiah’s Haven-Legacy, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
Legacy Found-Legacy, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Quinn’s Quest-Legacy, Book 4 (E-book)

A Touch of Magick-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Dreams of Seduction-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 2 (E-book)
Love in Flames-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 3 (E-book)

 

CARINA PRESS:

The Gift of Shayla (E-book)

 

RUNNING PRESS:

The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (Print)

 

An Interview with the N.J. Walters
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: N.J., thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Legacy Found and is part of your Legacy series. First, what can you tell us about the origins of this thrilling series?

NJ: It’s my pleasure. Thank you for having me at TRS.

I’d always wanted to write a werewolf book and, a few years ago, I had the idea for Alexandra’s Legacy. Like every book, it started with me asking myself questions. What if a young woman discovers her entire life is a lie and that she is really a half-breed werewolf? Furthermore, what if her father is a pure blood werewolf and now there are several different factions after her? And what if some of those werewolves want to claim her as a mate, with or without her permission, and some of them want to kill her? That was my starting point for the series.

HH: How do Alexandra's Legacy and Isaiah's Haven kick off the series?

NJ: Alexandra’s Legacy takes the reader into a world where werewolves live side-by-side with humans without their knowledge. There are also human bounty hunters that have made it their mission to kill off any paranormal creature. Alexandra’s world changes overnight and she goes from working as a mechanic in her father’s garage to running for her life from the bounty hunters and purists werewolves—both of whom want her dead. She’s also running from the other werewolves who want to mate with her now that she’s going into heat. She has to put her trust in Joshua Striker, the enforcer for her father’s former pack.

Isaiah’s Haven is the story of Isaiah Striker, Joshua’s older brother. Isaiah Striker puts family first, the pack a distant second. Which is precisely the reason he’s in noisy, crowded Chicago instead of alone in his beloved woods. One look at the owner of Haven nightclub, however, and a simple favor for his brother turns into something else entirely.

Meredith Cross holds her small pack together with sheer determination. After years on the run, they hide in the glare of the city’s nightlife. Isaiah may heat her blood, but she can’t afford to risk the lives of the outcast half-breeds in her care. Once exposed, every bounty hunter and werewolf purist in smelling distance will hunt them down.

But when their sexual attraction spirals out of control, a moment’s distraction is all it takes to lead danger right to Meredith’s door. For Meredith there’s only one choice: her pack. But Isaiah knows his mate when he sees her. And he’s not giving up without a fight.

HH: How does Legacy Found continue it?

NJ: Legacy Found is the story of James LeVeau Riley, Alexandra’s father.

BLURB:

Shelley is a killer. Never mind that her “crime” freed her from thirty-five years of brutal captivity—the bounty hunters on her trail don’t care. For the first time in her life, she is on her own, free to put the past behind her and explore what it means to be a werewolf.

James Riley is dead tired. After a week untangling legal and financial affairs his brother’s death left behind, he’s feeling every ounce of his new responsibility as Wolf Creek pack alpha. He’s not too tired, though, to notice his sexy waitress is a werewolf --one that strangely doesn’t recognize him as one of her own kind.

After his questions rattle her composure and get her fired, Shelley figures the least James can do is drive her to the next town, but he wants more. He wants to take her home. And despite her fear, something inside her is irresistibly drawn to his commanding yet gentle presence.

James is willing to give Shelley all the time she needs to embrace her heritage, her sexuality, and eventually his love. But her past will not be denied...and her secrets demand a price paid in blood.

HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in the series?

NJ: Quinn’s Quest, which is available in ebook, is the next book in the series. This book takes us back to Chicago and the Haven Pack.

BLURB:

Kidnapped and held in a crazy doctor’s underground laboratory, Bethany Morris only manages to escape because Chrissten, one of her fellow abductees, creates an opportunity -- by shifting into a werewolf.

Bethany’s desperate for help, but who’ll believe her story? The police? That’ll just buy her a one-way ticket to a padded room --because here’s the kicker: she’s discovered she’s a half-breed werewolf. Her only hope is to find Chrissten’s brother.

Quinn Lawton’s long, grinding search for his missing twin has turned up nothing…until Bethany rekindles his hope. Something else catches flame too—her heat cycle and a searing attraction branded with the word mate. Yet with so much blood on his hands, any future he might offer is already tainted beyond redemption.

Desperate for Quinn’s touch alone, Bethany has no choice but to take Quinn up on his offer to quell her terrifying need, no strings attached. And hope that as the search for Chrissten intensifies, the battle with their personal demons doesn’t destroy their razor-thin chance at forever.

Finding Chrissten and Damek’s Redemption are books 5 & 6 in the series and will be released later in 2012.

HH: What do you like best about Shelley and why will readers identify with her?

NJ: Shelley has spent decades of her life in captivity and has no memory of her life as a child. She doesn’t truly understand her past or who she is, but she finds the courage to escape her captor and set out to build a life for herself with little more than the clothes on her back. Her past is always there, haunting her, but she struggles to rise above it even when it won’t quite let her go. Shelley is really an amazing woman. Her courage and determination are to be admired.

HH: What can you tell us about James and why will readers find him compelling?

NJ: James is all alpha male with everyone but his daughter and Shelley. He’s tough as nails and will do whatever needs doing. Yet, he finds a softer side within him when he meets Shelley and opens his heart once again. How can you not love a strong man who is not afraid to make himself vulnerable for love?

HH: How did you go about creating the world their story takes place in?

NJ: I researched both Chicago and North Carolina and talked to some folks who’d lived there. Other than that, I set down the rules of their world, what they are capable of and who their enemies and friends are. It was a lot of fun!

HH: What sources of inspiration do you draw from for ideas?

NJ: That may be one of the most asked question any author gets and I think every author will pretty much answer it in the same manner. Inspiration is everywhere. It can be a snippet of conversation you overhear while waiting in the line-up at the coffee shop. It can come from a magazine article or a news headline. Some authors dream ideas for their books. I wish that would happen to me, but so far it hasn’t.

It also comes from the combination of those ideas. An author will sometimes pluck two, or more, unlikely ideas and twist them together to make something entirely different. That’s part of the fun of being a writer.

HH: How has the romance genre changed since you began writing?

NJ: The romance genre is much more open to spicy writing now than it was back in 2004 when my first book was published. Back then only a few companies were publishing erotic romance. Now the writing can be a lot more sensual and still be considered mainstream romance.

Also, the paranormal genre has really opened up and now you see angels and zombies everywhere, not just werewolves and vampires. Then there is the whole steampunk craze. It’s great that the romance genre isn’t afraid to try something new. Readers are very open, which is wonderful for writers.

HH: What changes would you personally like to see in the genre in the future?

NJ: I think the romance genre will continue to lead the publishing industry in innovation. The publishers, writers and readers are all very open to trying new things. The paranormal genre is here to stay, but I think you’ll see the revival of contemporary romance.

HH: Thank you!

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