Tuesday, August 20, 2013


It's Wednesday -- time for the HUMP DAY HOOK, a weekly blog meme where authors post a tempting portion of their writing.
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My hook today comes from The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo (book 2 Eluwilussit).

Setting the Stage: Ash learns his old nemesis Eluwilussit now uses the name Eli White. he also learns of the terrible gift the other shaman now possesses.The day after revealing the truth of himself to Livie, Ash takes her north to John's family to keep her safe. Meeting his new friends, Ash shares the details of his life.

The Hump Day Hook:
Manners dictated they not ask to see his transformation. Cora, the other non-Indian in the room, had no such compunction when it came to speaking the desire she knew to be on everyone’s mind. “Would you mind showing us the dog you were when Livie ran you over?”

Olivia laughingly said, “Hey. That was an accident.”

You could have heard a pin drop. Then Mayweather, Abbie, and John all rushed to say it was not necessary. Although Cora had only asked to see the dog, this was a sacred gift, not a sideshow.

Ash laughed and taking Cora’s hand, gave it a squeeze. “I would be honored to show this gift to you and I thank you for suggesting it. It’s important to me that you understand what was given to me and what I am because of it.” He went on to explain his grief and his request to watch over his wife’s grave forever. Rising from his chair, he stood in the middle of the floor. “Since the gift was given — in all these years — I’ve only ever shared this with John and Livie.”

They watched transfixed as Ash drew a breath and disappeared. All that remained was a heap of clothing and a pair of shoes. May and Cora gasped. Abbie’s eyes grew wide in disbelief. Winston went to sniff the empty clothes. Having seen this miracle before, John and Livie just smiled at one another. It was far from boring.

A small brown snake slithered to the top of the pile of clothes. Winston took a step backward in a dog’s natural wariness of snakes. Suddenly the snake became a fat field mouse. The mouse shifted into a small rabbit. Ears reducing, the rabbit became a skunk then quick as a wink it became a coyote. The coyote’s snout and legs lengthened and the wolf with the unusual markings took its place. He sat and gave them a very wolfish grin.

His tail wagging wildly, Winston leaned in to sniff, his sensitive nose at odds with what his one eye could see.

Seeing her lost pet, Olivia’s heart ached a little. “That’s what he looked like.”

The wolf shifted suddenly into a deer and then small moose, and just as quickly a large black bear stood on his hind legs. Winston pranced out of the way.

Jo walked in the room, Tony just behind him, and seeing the bear yelled, “Holy … get back!” Jo thrust his arm out to shove the tribal elder further behind him, and just as fast pulled a gun from his holster. He aimed it squarely at the bear’s heart.

Chairs crashing to the floor, Abbie and John jumped up and dashed in front of the bear, shouting in unison, “No! Don’t shoot!” 

Winston barked loudly.

Just as fast, the bear was gone and a naked man remained. Ash held out his hands. “You must be Jo, and you must be Tony Reed. Boozhoo, my brothers.”

Cora’s mouth dropped open. Society had lost much when it made nudity an embarrassment. But that was obviously long after his time. Ash was stunning, and he made no move to dress. 

Mayweather covered her mouth with both hands and looked at him in awe. Olivia stifled a giggle.

Tony Reed leaned against the doorframe, murmuring, “Oh my god. Oh. My. God.”

Jo blinked. Holstering his firearm, he stepped forward and clasped the man’s hands. Embarrassed, he said, “Forgive me Ashkewheteasu. I thought you would harm my family.”

Based upon a very real urban legend. More details here:


"What an amazing book. Rose Anderson's love of Native American history and customs was more obvious in this book than the first one, The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo (Ashkewheteasu). In this book, she lovingly explains Native American dance ceremonies and how the headdresses, fans, and ankle rattles are created. She writes a vivid description of life in the "other worlds," the Red Realm and the White spirit world, similar to Hell and Heaven. Ash versus Eli is the quintessential good versus evil story, but Ms. Anderson actually made me feel, at times, a modicum of sympathy for Eli even though he was evil incarnate. The victory of good over evil, of love over hate, of honor over dishonor--vivid, well drawn characters--wonderfully written love scenes--all make this book very worth reading." ~ Author Jane Leopold Quinn

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  1. Ash is really an amazing shifter, so many animals in only one body.

  2. Wow, that is a gifted shifter, all right. Thanks for sharing this with us :)

  3. Thanks Linda and Ellen. Ash was fun to write.

  4. Nice hook, now I'm really interested to know more. Good job.

  5. That's an interesting hook - thanks for sharing.