Sometimes, you just know.
Like the time when I was working in the bookstore and was called to approve a check for a man buying a book about Marilyn Monroe. I looked him in the eye and I knew he was going to kite that check, even though his ID was in order and there was no reason for me to decline it. Sure enough, it bounced.
Or the time in class in graduate school, when too many of us wanted to work on the same project and we drew names for the privilege. I knew as soon as the person who won the spot put his hand in the hat that he would pull out the winning chit.
Or when, on my first day on the job as the box office manager of a summer theater, a man opened the door of the office and poked his head inside. I looked at him and a zing traveled from the back of my neck to the base of my spine. We just celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary.
Or at a tech conference once, when I saw the announcement of the raffle for a tablet computer and thought to myself, “I’m going to win that.” (I did.)
What is it about those liminal moments? Is it body language, intuition, fatalism, wishful thinking? Or are we occasionally open to wisps of the uncanny, hints of the possible? As a lifelong reader of fantasy and speculative fiction—indeed of fiction of all sorts—I like to believe that there are doors that occasionally crack open and let us experience more.
That may be the reason why so many of the stories I write include a supernatural or paranormal element. Because those brushes with chance of other entice and enthrall me. Sure, I’ve never experienced an actual haunting, or seen a real werewolf, or caught the tiniest glimpse of Faerie—but what if . . . ?
About Wolf’s Clothing
What do you do when you finally prove the existence of the otherworld, but the ghosts kick your ass?
For Trent Pielmeyer, the answer is run like hell—away from his hostile family, away from the disbelieving cops, and far, far, far away from anything that smacks of the supernatural. After seven years’ captivity in a whacked-out alternate dimension, he is so over legend tripping.
When Christophe Clavret spots Trent in a Portland bar, he detects a kindred spirit—another man attempting to outrun the darkness of his own soul. But despite their sizzling chemistry, Trent’s hatred of the uncanny makes Christophe hesitant to confide the truth: he’s a werewolf, one of a dwindling line, the victim of a genetic curse extending back to feudal Europe.
But dark forces are at work, threatening more than their growing love. If Christophe can’t win Trent’s trust, and if Trent can’t overcome his fear of the paranormal, the cost could be Trent’s freedom and Christophe’s humanity. Or it might be both their lives.
Available from Riptide Publishing: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/wolfs-clothing-legend-tripping-novel
About EJ Russell
E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.
E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
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