Friday, 28 October 2011

Welcome Selena Illyria!

Our final guest of honour at this week's party is the very talented and prolific Selena Illyria! Selena's going to tell us all about one of her own favourite werewolf characters from her popular Draven's Crossing series... Welcome, Selena!

Werewolf, Police Chief, Alpha of the Packs
by Selena Illyria

Right now, I’m finishing up one werewolf story and about to turn my attention to back to Draven’s Crossing and one of my favorite characters: Torger, werewolf, Chief of Police and Alpha of the Packs. As a werewolf he’s comfortable with his inner beast even though he has a horrible sense of direction and loathes his GPS. He’s more comfortable in his cabin in the woods where he can unwind, relax and if the need be, indulge his wolf’s need to run. A good steak, his favorite beer and a game on the TV is what makes him happy. He’s a simple guy with two very hard jobs to juggle.

A small tap on the window caused her to scream again.

“Drav, you in there?” Torger called out.

Hesitation stayed his hand, fearing the worst, before he hit the button to let the window down. His voice was shaky, and he felt a bit jittery. “Yes?”

“You okay? I was just asking if you could point me in the direction of the trails. You know me and directions.” Torger rubbed his neck. A bright pink stain appeared on his cheeks, neck, and across his bare chest. A glance down had Drav closing his eyes and praying for mind bleach. Torger had an erection.

“Fine, um, can you point that thing in another direction. And, um, straight until you hit the pine trees; the trail is there.” Draven prayed his friend would leave quickly and that Rose hadn’t seen any of Torger’s package.

“Ooops, sorry man, full moon. Okay, thanks. Take care and be careful, okay? Saw the way you came into the parking lot; scared the shit out of me; thought there was trouble.”

Still not looking at the other man, Draven squeezed his eyes shut. “You’re telling me. I’m fine, a bit blood drunk. Fed about thirty minutes ago. It’s still infusing into me. Went a bit uh, nuts due to outside stimuli.”

“Yeah, well be careful. Gotta go. The wolf wants to run.” The sound of Torger’s retreating footsteps was a relief. Draven didn’t open his eyes until he was sure that Torger was far away from the car.”

- A scene from Draven’s Crossing: Tempestuous Crossings.

                As Chief of Police, he gets to put away the bad guys and keep his town safe. Although, right now there’s a serial killer on the loose in his territory and people are dying. He’s got no leads and the press hounding his every step and people waiting to pounce so they can have his job and be hero for a day. He’d hand over all the headaches and interviews and comments but he doesn’t trust anyone else to do his job. Once he gives his word, he’ll keep it or die trying.

          ““Let me remind you again, do not share the marked details of this case with the public. Also, let me remind you of what’s at stake. As you know, all paranormal cities and towns answer to the Council. We’ve been in contact, and they are letting us handle this case as we see fit. For now.” He paused on that sentence and watched the words sink in. Instant anger and annoyance perfumed the air with a variety of spices and sour scents. “I have no doubt that the Council will be sending, or has already sent, a Fixer to deal with this. We all remember the Thanagian trials, where a good vampire was accused of killing over a hundred people. No evidence, no defense whatsoever, and he was put to death. It was only after the trial was over that evidence was found to contradict the claims of the witnesses. Also, don’t forget this is the same Council that slaughtered over a hundred packs in Europe without a single bit of remorse due to one rogue werewolf biting a child. They don’t need provocation, just an excuse. Let’s not give them one. Understood?” The gathered masses nodded. “Thank you. We’ll meet again once we have more to go on.””

- Police Chief Torger Sanderson, Draven’s Crossing: Tempestuous Crossings

                As Alpha of the Packs, he has to maintain the peace between werewolf and other shifters, make sure that all disputes are resolved and keep Draven, the Mayor of the Town and a vampire in the loop about the state of the shifter community. It’s a lot of balls in the air for him and somehow he manages it all without going insane. But then those werewolves are something else.

“Those damn werewolves were so nonchalant, would change right in front of the building. Scared the crap out of me one morning. I left for work early, and there right on the bottom stoop was a naked man putting on leather pants. I nearly had a heart attack and thought I was having a waking wet dream.”

-Rose, Draven’s Crossing: Tempestuous Crossings.

                I just hope I do Torger justice once I dive deep into his story. But then again, I always enjoy wading into the shifter world and seeing what they’ll show me this time.

Do you want to learn more about Torger and Draven’s Crossing?

Check out the follow books:
Draven’s Crossing: Tempestuous Crossings by Selena Illyria
Draven’s Crossing: Mind Games by Diana De Ricci

Draven’s Crossing: Tempestuous Crossings by Selena Illyria

Welcome to Draven’s Crossing, where fantasies and nightmares walk among us…

Vampire Mayor Draven desires mortal Rose. Her rebuffs excite him. When she finally gives in to his advances, their coming together is explosive, and their passion is more than he could’ve anticipated.

But a serial killer divides his attention. Can he keep his town safe from this mysterious menace and convince Rose that they belong together despite her reservations?

As a new resident of Draven's Crossing, all Rose wants to do is her job. Draven could be a distraction she can't afford, but she can't ignore him or her arousal. 

Learn more about Draven's Crossing. the series by visiting

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Today Selena is giving away a download of Draven’s Crossing: Tempestuous Crossings to one lucky reader who comments on her post. The contest will finish at midnight tonight, and the winner will be announced tomorrow morning on this thread.


  1. WOW! I'm hooked. I'm adding this to my must have list.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. Great interview and great excerpt. Would love to win and read this book. Love to read and always looking for new books and author to read. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    GFC & blog follower: Chris Bails

  3. Waving to Tracey and Chris!

    Hi Selena! Thanks for being our guest today! Draven's Crossing sounds a fascinating world - are there lots of paranormal beings living there? Or just werewolves? And do the ordinary folk know about the werewolves? (I know - "read the book!" - I will, trust me :))


  4. Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting and Thank You so much Marie for having me. :-)

  5. Draven's Crossing sounds like an interesting place from your excerpts. A werewolf sheriff is different.

  6. Wow im intrigued, will have to make a point of adding you to my list of authors to look further into for sure!

  7. This one sounds totally delicious, but then you don't write any other way, Selena!!! Looks like I better put some money aside for a 'SelenaSpree'

  8. Morning all! Selena, many thanks to you and Torger for joining the party!

    And Selena's winner of TEMPESTUOUS CROSSINGS is...

    TINA C!

    Congratulations, Tina! Please send me your email address - Marie AT MarieTreanor DOT com.


  9. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! TY SO MUCH!! This is the first contest ive won since like elementary school loll.. im looking forward to reading it!

  10. Congrats Tina!

    Thank you so much Marie for having me.

  11. cky15: love your books
    can't wait to read this new one!