Cornerstone Run is a paranormal romance trilogy, set in a world of hidden loup garou, their mystical Magi enemies, and the occasional vampire. The small, reclusive town of Cornerstone, Pennsylvania, houses an almost entirely loup garou population—one of only thirteen towns around the country that serve as a sanctuary for their nonhuman inhabitants, where the loup garou are free to be themselves. When a neighboring sanctuary town is attacked by a vicious, unknown enemy, the three sons of Cornerstone's Alpha must stand together to protect their people—and the women who steal their hearts.
She never saw this coming…Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn't sure he's capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn't expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.
Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.
No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father's real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.
INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF THE NEXT TITLE IN THE CORNERSTONE TRILOGY, GRAY BISHOP.
We managed to snag Kelly for a quick interview. This is what we found out.
Tell me a little about your book.
BLACK ROOK is the first in the Cornerstone Run trilogy, and it is about three loup garou brothers and the women who steal their hearts. Bishop, Knight and Rook McQueen are the sons of their town's Alpha, and each of them has a unique position within the run (aka the pack). Their positions and responsibilities often come into direct conflict with the woman their beast (their animal side) has claimed to be his mate. And falling in love while dealing with a new, deadly enemy is never easy. In BLACK ROOK, prodigal screw-up Rook McQueen has to choose between his future as the Alpha of his people, and his growing attraction for Brynn Atwood, who is a Magus and one of the loup's greatest enemies.
What gave you the idea for this particular story?
I knew I wanted to write about shifters, and I wanted to write an enclosed trilogy with a definite ending. I also wanted to play a bit more with romance, since it's rarely the active focus of my other urban fantasy books. A couple of years ago I'd gone to an auction with my dad up in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and my mind began to wander quite a lot. I started wondering what it would be like if a family of werewolves owned the auction house, instead of humans. That idea stayed in the back of my mind for a long time, and when I was searching for a new project idea, it all fell together. So in my series, the McQueens own and run an auction house, which is the main source of outside income for their small town of Cornerstone, PA.
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I am a part-time writer and a full-time retail slave. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), I don't have much of an external social life, so my free time and days off are pretty much mine. I try to write every single day, even if it's only a few hundred words, because every little bit is progress toward the end goal. It's mostly about making good habits and not saying "oh, I'll get to it tomorrow."
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I don't remember there ever being a definitive moment. I've been interested in writing since I was thirteen, and my focus has shifted all over the place, from screenplays to fanfiction to novels. And I never actually referred to myself as a writer/author until I sold my first novel.
What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
Firstly, I want them to be entertained. If you aren't turning the pages far into the night, then I probably didn't do my job well. Books, for me, are about escape, and I hope readers can escape into my worlds for a little while and really enjoy themselves. If they happen to find a life lesson or special meaning in one of my books, then that's just the cherry on the sundae.
|Raised on a steady diet of Star Wars, Freddy Krueger and "Fear Street" novels, Kelly Meade developed a love for all things paranormal at a very young age. The stealthy adolescent theft of a tattered paperback from her grandmother's collection of Harlequins sparked an interest in romance that has continued to this day.
Black Rook is the first novel in her Cornerstone Run series, a paranormal romance trilogy from Berkley Intermix that also includes Gray Bishop and White Knight. It follows three loup garou brothers who will do anything to protect their town, their family, and the secret of their existence—and maybe fall in love in the process.
|Writing as Kelly Meding, Three Days to Dead is the first book in her Dreg City urban fantasy series. The series follows Evangeline Stone, a paranormal hunter who is resurrected into the body of a stranger and has only three days to solve her own murder and stop a war between the city's goblins and vampires. Additional books in the series, As Lie the Dead, Another Kind of Dead, and Wrong Side of Dead, are available in both digital format and mass market paperback from Bantam. Book five, Requiem for the Dead, is available digitally through all platforms.
Trance begins the story of the grown-up children of the world's slaughtered superheroes who receive their superpowers back after a mysterious fifteen-year absence, and who now face not only a fearful public, but also a vengeful villain who wants all of them dead. Trance and Changeling are available now in both digital format and mass market paperback from Pocket Books. Tempest and Chimera are available in digital format only via Pocket Star. All four MetaWars books can also be purchased as a digital bundle.
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