Friday, October 4, 2013

Guest post with Amy Lee Burgess

I'm happy to welcome Amy Lee Burgess to the blog today. She's here to tell us a bit about her Wolf Within Series and celebrate her latest release, Across the Line, book six in the series.

The Conspiracy

One of the most common tropes in paranormal romance is the one where the shifters/vampires/aliens/fill in the blank must lurk in the shadows and keep their existence a secret. Why? Because normal humans would kick the holy shit out of them and destroy them of course.

Then there’s the mates for life trope. He sees her and his wolf/vampire/alien/fill in the blank growls to life and he knows he must claim her.

The Alpha male is another common one. Either through fighting, inheritance or both, one male (or female) rules the rest. Iron fist with a surprisingly soft heart is the default setting.

I am not knocking any of these old standards. They work and, especially in the case of the Alpha male, can be exciting and sexy as hell.

When I began the Wolf Within series, I wanted to change a few things up and decided that from the above tropes I would choose only one for my world.  The rest would either be totally different or variations on the theme. 

I chose the first – my shifters would be in the background. Hidden in plain sight. They would, to a certain extent, interact with Others (as I called non-shifters), but they would never reveal themselves.  Except…there would be a faction within the Great Pack who wished for more than living in the shadows and taking menial, mostly blue collar jobs. They would want not only to reveal, but to rule.

That’s how “the conspiracy” evolved in the Wolf Within. Two sides. One for, one against. And there would be lots of dirty pool behind the scenes.

The conspiracy is not front and center in every book in the series though. It is threaded through and beneath the surface, but not the main plot line in three out of the six books (so far).

Hidden in Plain Sight, (Book 3) Inside Out (Book 4) and the latest, Across the Line, (Book 6) all deal with other issues in different packs within the Great Pack. A missing person, a dreadful pack secret and a territory dispute.

Beneath the Skin, (Book 1), Scratch the Surface (2), and About Face (Book 5) all deal with the conspiracy as the main focus. It develops from something dark but fairly underground to, oh, shit, it’s everywhere, isn’t it?

My heroine, Stanzie, goes from an innocent victim of the conspiracy to a reluctant player. And she’s still not entirely sure which side she’s on. She only knows she will fight anyone who tries to harm another pack member in the name of the conspiracy. 

In books yet to come out, Stanzie will become an active player on this stage and help bring one side or the other to victory. It’s going to be a wild ride and she and I would love for you to join us. 

Book 1 in the Wolf Within Series
Blurb: If you could shift into a wolf, what would you discover about yourself?

Two years after the deaths of her bond mates, Constance Newcastle is ready to start over. The problem? The rest of the Great Pack, gathered in Paris to shift into wolves together, is not so sure she deserves the chance. Although the Great Council ruled the car crash an accident, even Constance blames herself. She was driving, after all.

Treated like a pariah by those she longs to rejoin, Constance reunites with an old lover. Everything looks promising until he mysteriously dies. Accused of his murder and desperate to clear her name, Constance joins forces with handsome, confident Liam Murphy, a former Alpha pack leader with a past as tragic and troubled as her own. Guided by the mysterious Councilor Jason Allerton, Constance and Liam discover they are not alone– throughout the Great Pack, people are dying. Can all the deaths be accidents, or is something more sinister going on?

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Available for purchase atAmazon

Other books in the series

Blurb: Something’s rotten in the Riverglow pack.

Still learning more about each other as bond mates and adjusting to their new roles as Advisors to a Councilor, Constance Newcastle and Liam Murphy must deal with the ghosts of their past.

A quiet weekend in Boston is anything but that, when Constance comes face to face with the betrayal of those she considered the closest to her. Everyone has secrets, and wherever Constance goes, she has a knack for uncovering them. The only problem is that some secrets are deadly.

WARNING: Strong language, sexual situations, and a lot of graphic shoe description.

Blurb: As Stanzie discovers her wolf, she learns being herself is more dangerous than ever.

Where is Bethany Dillon? The seventeen-year-old girl is missing from the Maplefair pack and Constance Newcastle–Stanzie–and Liam Murphy must find her. Fast. A serial killer still has not been caught. Bethany could have run away, or killed herself. But no one in her pack seems to know the truth. Or, they’re just not telling.

Constance’s knack for uncovering secrets leads her into peril, and to save Bethany, she must break every rule. She risks losing everything, including Liam…and her life.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Blurb: For Stanzie, being herself is more dangerous than ever.

There’s no place like home…or is there? When Stanzie is asked to investigate her birth pack- Mayflower–she isn’t prepared for what she finds. No one respects the Alphas and the newest adult member of the pack is being encouraged to leave. Why?

To make matters worse, the men are dangerously intent on mating and shifting with her. How far will the pack she thought she knew go to get what they want? Without her bond-mate, Liam, Stanzie must face this alone and, barely ahead of threat of violence, must solve the mysteries, and fast.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Blurb: Being herself is more dangerous than ever.

Stanzie’s job as Advisor to the Great Council is discovering other people’s secrets. When those secrets are being kept by the ones she loves most, can she find the courage to expose them?

Under orders from a Councilor, Stanzie journeys to Dublin and the MacTire pack. Her mission: warn her estranged bond mate, Liam Murphy, to abandon his overzealous search for the man responsible for the death of his first bond mate. Not only is he endangering himself, but also disrupting the delicate balance between opposing factions in the conspiracy threatening to tear the Great Pack apart.
Liam needs Stanzie’s help to protect their Alpha, who has entangled himself in the conspiracy’s deadly web. But he also desperately needs her back. In a race against time, Stanzie and Liam discover enemies often wear the faces of friends.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Blurb: When Councilor Allerton sends Stanzie to investigate a territory dispute between tiny pack Stony Fell and the British branch of much larger MacTire, it seems routine until someone sets a bear trap. A young Stony Fell man pays with the loss of his leg and now it’s up to Stanzie and Murphy to figure out who set the trap–and why–before more members of the packs are maimed.

Add a pair of star-crossed lovers, one love triangle, a grief-stricken bond mate with jealousy issues, and bad blood all around and the resultant twisted hell brew reveals the darker side of inter-pack politics that could prove too difficult–and dangerous–for even Stanzie to untangle.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Author Bio: Amy Lee Burgess is a transplanted New Englander living in Houston, Texas with two dogs and lots of DVDs. In an attempt to bond with the city after being forced out of New Orleans post-Katrina, she turned to her writing. Determined to finally finish that novel she’d been hacking away at since high school, Amy managed to come up with a wolf shifter character named Stanzie Newcastle. She and Stanzie have been BFFs ever since.

In addition to Stanzie, Amy has also forged a relationship with several vampires, a witch or two, and other assorted supernatural creatures she hopes will entertain her readers. But she will always have room for coffee and butterscotch squares with Stanzie.

Be sure to visit Amy atWebsite


  1. Wow, these book sound fantastic. And what great covers. I'll have to check them out!

    1. They do sound great! Thanks for dropping by, Stacey!

  2. hmm conspiracies, huh? I'm liking that. I read one not too long ago and it totally messed with my head. So fun to read those :) And gah yeah you're right the alpha male thing can be so darn hot. These really do sound good. Will have to give them a go :)