N.J. Walters

When the devil wants a deal, there’s no bowing out gracefully.

Hades’ Carnival, Book 2

At twenty-nine, Hollywood scream queen Kellsie Morris is acutely aware the clock is ticking on her career. Luckily, the one big role she needs to pad her retirement fund has just come through -- the story of an immortal, shape-shifting warrior trapped in a carnival run by the Devil’s minions.

When Kellsie arrives on set, she can’t resist climbing aboard an amazingly realistic carousel bear -- and finds herself flung into a world where the horror is real. As real as the heat radiating off the half-naked hunk in her arms.


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Marko has waited an eternity for the chance to free his goddess, the Lady of the Beasts, and his fellow warriors from an ancient curse. But once he lays eyes on Kellsie, he knows to the bottom of his soul that his purpose is to protect her life.

But in this hellish game, it’s the Devil’s move. And there’s no predicting when and where the final, brutal stroke will fall -- and which lover will pay the ultimate price.

 

Reviews for Mark of the Bear

“I loved MARK OF THE BEAR. It is a fantastic continuation of Hade's Carnival series by author N.J. Walters. With its fast action and interesting dialogue readers will be glued to the pages.” ~Annetta Sweetko, Fresh Fiction

 

 

Read an excerpt from Mark of the Bear

 

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.

Visit me at:
Website: http://www.njwalters.com
Blog: http://www.njwalters.blogspot.com
Newsletter Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/awakeningdesires/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/N.J.WaltersAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor

 

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)
Touch of Topaz-Awakening Desires, Book 7 (E-book)
Stroke of Sapphire-Awakening Desires, Book 8 (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) & (Print)
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) & (Print)
Embroidered Fantasies-Tapestries, Book 5 (E-book)
Fabric of Fate-Tapestries, 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)

Lady’s Minstrel (E-book)

Lassoing Lara (E-book)
Tempting Tori (E-book)
Tracking Talia (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) & (Print)
Finding Chrissten-Legacy, Book 5 (E-book) & (Print)
Damek’s Redemption-Legacy, Book 6 (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)

Night of the Tiger-Hades’ Carnival, Book 1 (E-book)
Mark of the Bear-Hades’ Carnival, Book 2 (E-book)

 

Carina Press:

The Gift of Shayla (E-book)

 

Running Press:

The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (featuring “Blind Date”) (Print)

 

 

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

HH: NJ, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Mark of the Bear and it's part of your new Hades Carnival series. What makes this series different from what readers have seen so far?

NJ: It’s my pleasure. Thank you for having me at TRS. The entire Hades’ Carnival series is slightly different from the rest of my books. The series is a bit darker and the mythology very in-depth. Each book is a self-contained story, but a larger plot spans the entire series and resolves itself in the final book.

HH: What can you tell us about Night of the Tiger, the first book in the series?

NJ: Night of the Tiger is the first book in the series. The reader learns about the curse, why the immoral shapeshifting warriors have been frozen in their animal forms for more than 5000 years and how they can be finally set free.

BLURB: Night of the Tiger

Aimee Horner lives and breathes her career as a graphic novel illustrator, but she never expected it would invade her dreams. In recent months, worsening nightmares have pulled her into the darkest corners of Hell.

On a rare night out with friends at a traveling carnival, she finds herself strangely drawn to an abandoned carousel adorned with vividly exotic animals. One steed, a massive white tiger, is a temptation she can’t resist. The moment she climbs upon him, her world changes forever.

More than five thousand years ago, Roric and his fellow shapeshifting warriors were imprisoned in their animal forms, a last-ditch effort by the goddess they served to save them from the horrors of Hell.

With one special woman’s touch, he has a chance at freedom and redemption -- but the clock is ticking. If he is still alive in twenty-four hours, the spell will be broken, and Hell will have no claim on his soul. The only hitch is his blazing attraction to Aimee. If only he could trust that she isn’t merely a distraction sent by Hades -- luscious bait to lure him from his mission.

HH: How does Mark of the Bear continue it?

NJ: Marko is the next immortal warrior to be set free from the curse and the battle is on with Hades. Kellsie is a very unique heroine and, I have to say, one of the favorite ones I’ve written. I had so much fun with her. She’s got such a tough attitude and isn’t afraid to face down an immortal, shapeshifting warrior or even the devil himself.

BLURB: Mark of the Bear

At twenty-nine, Hollywood scream queen Kellsie Morris is acutely aware the clock is ticking on her career. Luckily, the one big role she needs to pad her retirement fund has just come through -- the story of an immortal, shape-shifting warrior trapped in a carnival run by the Devil’s minions.

When Kellsie arrives on set, she can’t resist climbing aboard an amazingly realistic carousel bear -- and finds herself flung into a world where the horror is real. As real as the heat radiating off the half-naked hunk in her arms.

Marko has waited an eternity for the chance to free his goddess, the Lady of the Beasts, and his fellow warriors from an ancient curse. But once he lays eyes on Kellsie, he knows to the bottom of his soul that his purpose is to protect her life.

But in this hellish game, it’s the Devil’s move. And there’s no predicting when and where the final, brutal stroke will fall -- and which lover will pay the ultimate price.

HH: Why will readers like Kellsie?

NJ: Kellsie is a kickass heroine who is certainly not waiting around for any man -- or immortal, shapeshifting warrior in this case -- to save her. She’s very independent and isn’t afraid of anyone. She has a unique career as a horror movie actress, which in a strange way, has prepared her for her biggest roll yet -- freeing Marko and helping him defeat Hades.

HH: What will readers love about Marko?

NJ: Marko is tough and loyal and very much attuned to the primal bear side of his nature. He’s not afraid to claim what is his and, in his mind, Kellsie is very much his. He’s just incredible.

HH: What can you tell us about the next book, Pride of the Lion, due in July?

NJ: Pride of the Lion will be released on July 16th and is Leander’s story. The lion has been set free and he’s pissed off and ready to fight.

BLURB: Pride of the Lion

Araminta Davenport has arrived. After giving up her librarian job to be a full-time writer, all those lonely nights alone with her cat and her keyboard have paid off. She’s been invited to participate in one of the biggest reader appreciation weekends -- as a professional author.

She can’t imagine her life getting any more exciting than that... until she accidentally releases a sexy, shapeshifting, immortal warrior from a five-thousand-year-old curse.

Finally free of his carousel prison, lion shifter Leander is determined not to let Hades lure him to the dark side in a quest for world domination. Nor will he give the delectable Araminta up to the clutches of the dark one. If they can survive twenty-four hours -- and somehow resist losing themselves completely in the sexual haze threatening to swallow them up -- the curse will be permanently broken.

But the clock is ticking, the heat is rising... and only the ultimate sacrifice will save them both.

HH: What else can readers look forward to from you?

NJ: There’s so much happening this year. The other two Hades’ Carnival books will be released by Samhain Publishing -- Pride of the Lion in July and Howl of the Wolf in October. And for all of those readers who have been asking for more Legacy books, I just submitted a new one (Craig’s story) to my editor. Fingers crossed she likes it.

I also have a new Tapestries book -- Strands of Love -- releasing on May 10th from Ellora’s Cave. And I just got offered a contract from EC for a sexy western ménage a trois that will hopefully be out later this year!

HH: What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your writing?

NJ: Writing takes up so much of my time that most of my hobbies have fallen by the wayside over the years. Of course, I read a lot. No surprised there. And hubby and I enjoy to go to the movies. We try to go at least twice a month, sometimes more.

HH: What's your favorite quote ever?

NJ: That’s a tough one. I know one of my favorites is:

“The cure for anything is salt water -- sweat, tears, or the sea.” ~Isak Dinesen

HH: What's your favorite social media and how to use it to let readers know about your books?

NJ: It took me quite a while to join when it first started, but I love Facebook. It’s wonderful to be able to talk to readers and other writers on a daily basis. It’s a great way to connect and share news.

HH: Thank you!

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