Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BLOG TOUR for "To Tame a Wild Heart" by Gwen Mitchell

To Tame a Wild Heart
by Gwen Mitchell
Publication date: June 21st, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance,
Urban Fantasy
Audrey Taylor has carved a living out of society’s fringes using her supernatural abilities and street smarts. Freedom—sleeping beneath the open skies and under the radar—is all she’s ever needed. But when an ancient council of witches discovers her powers, Audrey must submit to their training or be stripped of her gifts and her memory. Audrey knows better than to trust anyone, and she’s never worked well with others, so it’s just her luck to be assigned a withdrawn and irritable falconer as her mentor. Even more disturbing is her desire to tear through his brooding façade and bare the man beneath when she should be focused on escape. 
Corvin Wright values the solace of his duties and only finds peace among the birds entrusted to his keeping. But the council no longer sees a use for his unique gifts, and his sanctuary is in danger unless he can earn his place by babysitting a fledgling witch. The task becomes daunting when his apprentice turns out to be wilder and more broken than any creature he’s ever cared for. Her fiery spirit and dangerous beauty challenge every ideal of the life he’s built. As Audrey wrestles with her captivity and the bonds of responsibility laid upon her, Corvin must find a way to tame her wild heart before she breaks his.
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As she crested a hill she’d been charging up, there was another howl much closer.
“Damn it.” She wiped the sweat from her eyes. She couldn’t see much, just the watercolor outlines of trees in every direction, except for a patch of open sky dead ahead. Audrey doubled her climbing pace as the terrain got rockier and sparser. Wild things scuttled away, startled by her sudden appearance, but the forest was surprisingly quiet otherwise.
She gave a mental tug on her powers, just to make sure she was ready if she happened to run into a bear or a cougar or something. That would be just her luck. The rocks she was scaling grew larger, and the paths between them steeper. She could no longer see anything below but treetops swaying in the wind, which was also gusting stronger the higher she climbed.
What if you can’t find a way down?
She was beginning to feel like a cat getting chased up a tree. She concentrated on a ledge fifteen feet up, gathered her magic, and faded there. From the top looking down, the jump gave her vertigo. She swallowed back a wave of nausea.
Another howl, too muffled by the forest below to judge distance or direction. Hopefully the mountain climbing would slow them down. After all, wolves weren’t built for mountain terrain. They couldn’t leap tall boulders with a single thought the way she could.
As she neared the summit, the path straightened, and she could run outright. Her legs finally started to burn. She pulled the straps of her bag tight and ran full tilt, leaping over anything darker than the bone grey dirt. She was moonlight and wind, and though her heart was pounding fiercely and her breath was sawing in and out, she felt like she could run like that forever.
Then she heard it—not a howl, but the huffing of breath and the thumping of giant paws closing in.
Much closer than she’d thought. Without turning to look, Audrey cut left into smoother terrain so she could sprint faster. She wanted to go west, but she’d get down the mountain to the south and work her way around if it meant losing the tail.
She faltered and nearly slipped down a giant crevasse, but her powers kicked in instinctually, and she found herself faded safely to the other side. Though she didn’t sense their presence, she scanned the sky for Hohlwen. She felt far too exposed.
A howl sounded from right over her shoulder; several more echoed on all sides. They’d already surrounded her?
This was her only shot to save Lilly and herself. The Synod would never let her go free after this! If the wolves didn’t tear her apart first. Fire ate at the bottom of her lungs, and blood pounded in her ears. She didn’t dare look back, but she cast an energy blast over her shoulder.
There was a yelp, and then a tree shuddered and creaked, but the chorus of huffing and growls only got louder. She could nearly feel the wolf’s breath on her neck.
She tossed a few more blasts in random directions and heard another crash in the trees. She juked right just as one of the massive beasts lunged at where ankles had been. She blasted him right in the face, and he tumbled back down the hill with a pained whimper.
Audrey started fading, first to one side, then the other in a zig-zag pattern. As fast as she could think, she flitted up the mountainside. Sweat poured into her eyes whenever she paused to catch her breath and rain energy blasts behind her, but the combination of adrenaline and the nearly full moon kept her magical battery at a seemingly endless charge.
Still, they stayed right on her heels.
She faded another twenty feet just as a wolf broke through the trees and came up beside her. He was massive—five feet at the shoulder, solid muscle and thick black fur. His white fangs gleamed, and the unnatural glow in his eyes flashed as he narrowed the gap between them with long, graceful strides.
He gave a long, low howl. Others answered from behind, sounding farther away.
The leader of the pack dodged a shower of energy blasts. One caught him in the shoulder, and he fell out of her peripheral vision.

She turned up the juice and ran so hard she felt like she was flying. Ahead, there was a break in the already sparse trees. Without thinking, she closed her eyes and pictured herself there. She materialized in the clearing…only to find herself in midair, falling.

Author Bio:
Gwen lives a life of romance and adventure with her very own hero in Seattle. She's a nature lover, science geek, and kitchen witch, with a nose for well-aged tequila and a pin-up fashion obsession. When not hiking to hidden waterfalls, taking in a burlesque show, or otherwise cavorting through the Emerald City, Gwen can be found in her favorite cozy chair brewing tales of magic, murder, and romance.