Today multi-genre author and award winning blogger, Shelley Wilson, is interviewing Mia Roberts from her YA paranormal novel, Oath Breaker.
Will she follow the pack…
Or will she destroy them?
A dead mother.
A violent father.
A missing brother.
When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.
Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.
As she trains hard, Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.
Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.
Will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?
**Medallist Winner in the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards**
Now let’s move onto Shelley’s interview with Mia
Hi Mia, thank you for joining us today for this interview. I know how busy you must be with your Hunter Training.
Thanks for having me. If I’m honest, it’s a relief to get out of sparring class as Felicity is a grade a b…
Err, yes, moving on. I understand you and Felicity have a few issues.
Just a bit! From the second I arrived at Hood Academy she’s been antagonising me. She calls me wolf girl all the time which is so annoying. Just because my dad got his throat ripped out by a werewolf doesn’t entitle her to be so cruel.
At least you’ve got your best friend Elizabeth for support.
Lizzie’s great. I don’t know where I’d be without her. She and Adam have helped me keep it together during my time at the academy. Before my dad was murdered by a wolf, I didn’t know this supernatural world existed, and now I’m training to be a werewolf hunter.
How does that make you feel?
Honestly? It doesn’t sit right with me. I met a boy in the woods the other day who mentioned something about the wolves wanting to be left alone, and the students here at the school being the ones to cause trouble.
Do you believe him?
I’m starting to. I saw Felicity and her goons slip into a secret door to the basement the other night and when I followed them, I heard screams as if someone was being tortured.
Oh dear! That doesn’t sound good.
No, it scared me to death, but I was outnumbered so I couldn’t investigate and see who was in so much pain. I think this is what the boy in the woods was talking about.
Who was the boy? Will you see him again?
*blushes* His name’s Cody, and he’s rock star gorgeous *giggles* He lives with his brothers on a farm at the outskirts of the forest. He doesn’t look like a farmer *laughs* I’d like to see him again, but when he found out I was a student at Hood Academy he rushed off. I’m going to go into town soon and see if I can find him. I’d like to understand more about the secrets this school is holding.
Can’t you ask your uncle?
Sebastian might be the headmaster here, but he’s not very good at conversation. We’re quite similar in that respect. I prefer to keep to myself rather than be the life and soul of the party. In fact, I’ve probably got more in common with Uncle Sebastian than I ever did with my dad! Anyway, I don’t know if he’s aware of the secret room beneath the school that Felicity went to so I need to inspect first.
I guess your training is coming in useful then.
Oh yes, I don’t think I could ever hurt any living creature, even a werewolf, but I feel much stronger than I ever have before, so that’s good.
I understand your father used to beat you before he was murdered.
I don’t like to talk about it a lot although I have told Lizzie about my life before Hood Academy. If I could have escaped, then I would have done it years ago, but I was waiting for my brother, Zak to come and get me. He promised me he would, but that was ten years ago when he walked out, and I haven’t seen him since.
That must be painful for you as I know how deeply you love your brother.
After dad was killed and I had to leave, I was worried that if he did coming looking for me, he’d never find me, but when Sebastian picked me up to bring me here, I met a stranger in the service station who told me Zak was close. It gave me new hope that we’ll be reunited.
So, until Zak makes an appearance are you going to keep training to be a werewolf hunter?
I guess so. Lizzie told me we are working towards the assessments which are a big thing in the hunting community. We fight in competitions to rank our performance and win medals. Part of me hopes I get Felicity in the ring as I’d love to wipe that smirk off her face.
Well, Mia, on that note maybe you should head off back to class. You’ve got Mythology with Miss Ross next haven’t you?
I do. It’s an interesting subject, and Miss Ross is a great teacher, so I better not be late. Thanks for the chat.
Thank you, Mia, it was lovely to talk to you, and good luck in the assessments.
Now let’s read a short extract
The blue flashing lights pulsed through the fractured front window, illuminating the blood splatter on the walls. The click-click of the forensic team’s camera ate into the sterile silence as the officers combed through the living room.
Like something out of a macabre horror show the blood covered everything, coating the threadbare rug in front of the fireplace with its crimson wash. The splintered remains of the coffee table littered the overturned chair, and the smell of death clung to the walls.
I lifted my eyes to look at the police officer who knelt in front of me, his face a mask of professionalism even though he must be wishing he was anywhere but here.
‘Did you see who killed your dad?’ I slowly shook my head as the officer tried to determine what had happened.
‘Someone tried to kill you, miss. I want to help. Did you see who broke in and attacked you?’
I couldn’t answer. The words were stuck in my throat. How could I tell him that my dad was the one who tried to kill me and that a wolf had jumped through the window and ripped out his throat? Who would believe me?
The paramedic dropped a medical kit at my feet and began wiping the blood from my face, the sudden cold of the antiseptic wipe causing an involuntary shudder to run through my bones. The police officer and paramedic exchanged a look. The same kind of look that my teacher and headmaster used to give each other when I tried to cover up the bruises down my arms.
I slumped a little further into the kitchen chair, letting my long dark hair fall around my face.
‘Anything you can give us by way of a description will help.’ The police officer clicked the end of his pen and poised it over the clean sheet of notepaper.
‘Big,’ I managed to say. My lips cracked as I spoke, and I could feel a trickle of blood slide down the side of my mouth. The paramedic wiped it up before moving to the gash on my forehead.
‘It…he was big. Dark hair. Brown eyes.’
Want to read more? You can buy Oath Breaker here:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Google Play, Kobo, iTunes, and Overdrive via Shelley’s publisher, BHC Press
Shelley Wilson was born in Leeds but moved to the West Midlands when she was a youngster. She’s a single mum to three teenagers, a fat goldfish and a crazy black cat called Luna. Her favourite things (apart from her children) are vampires, mythology, history, and pizza. Shelley is an avid reader and book blogger with a passion for Netflix binge watching sessions.
She divides her time between blogging and writing motivational non-fiction books for adults, and the fantasy worlds of her YA fiction.
Her non-fiction books combine lifestyle, motivation and self-help with a healthy dose of humour, and her YA novels combine myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos.
Shelley can be found lurking on Twitter and Facebook all the time (she wishes to add procrastination to her favourite things list!)
Bring a little sunshine into your life with one of my sassy, feel good romances. From Amazon and other book stories. All books available in print too.