Exclusive Excerpt of The Moonshadow’s Daughter + Giveaway


The Moonshadow's Daughter by Kaylie Newell // VBCI’ve been enjoying all the new takes on vampires and shifters we’re seeing released as of late. There are so many of us who still love paranormal romance, and it’s a delight to see authors bringing us new stories and twists on tropes. Plus, I just really like a good vampire or werewolf. Y’all know this.

Well, Kaylie Newell’s The Moonshadow’s Daughter falls into that category. The book released this week (snag it at Amazon), and it promises some trope-y goodness with the heroine keeping her shifter status a secret and a super hot single dad who wants to love her despite the secrets she’s keeping from him.

I sweet-talked an exclusive excerpt from The Moonshadow’s Daughter for VBC readers. Get a taste of the book, and let me know in the comments if you’re going to pick this one up. Also, there’s a giveaway at the end of the post. Because winning things is fun.


Up ahead, Aimee came to a stop and bent to adjust her snowshoe. When she straightened, she cocked her head as if listening to something.

“What?” he said.

After a few seconds, she shrugged, and smiled over her shoulder. “Nothing. How much longer?”

“Only a half hour. If that. We’re almost there.”

“Have I ever mentioned that I’m not the athletic type?”

He stared at her back. That’s not what your body says. Well-muscled, firm, lean. If he’d had to guess, he would have pegged her for some kind of runner. And even though he knew she didn’t prefer to be on the snowshoes, she seemed at ease on them, as if she were used to holding her own when it came to anything physically strenuous.

“No?” he said.


“I guess that means bungee jumping is off the table.”

“It was never on the table.”

They began walking again, crunching over the snowy trail where a few small animal tracks led the way. Jake kept waiting to feel more at ease, more comfortable being out here, but it wouldn’t come. With every step they took, he had to keep reminding himself why he was doing this. Peace, he thought. He needed some peace again. To love these woods like he had before. But as a sudden gust of wind blew through the pine boughs above, he got an ominous chill. Stopping in his tracks, he looked around.

“What is it?” Aimee had stopped too, and eyed him from about ten feet up the trail.

“I don’t know.”

“Did you hear something?”

“No.” He fought the urge to shudder. “No, it’s okay.

Let’s get going.” He didn’t say he felt like they were being watched.

She frowned. “Maybe we should go back. It’s going to snow soon. We can always try again when the weather’s better.”

He thought about that for a minute. Part of him wanted nothing more than to turn around and head back the way they’d come. The other part said screw it. He wanted Aimee to see that meadow. If he didn’t get over this shit pretty soon, he might just go all the way around the bend, and then what? Looking up at the sky, he shook his head. “Nah. It’s okay. Let’s push on through. We’ve come this far; it wouldn’t make sense to turn around now. We’re almost there.”

She watched him a second longer. He got the feeling she wouldn’t mind at all if they did just that. He was being stubborn. An unfortunate trait handed down by the same tenacious grandfather who’d also had an obsession with werewolves. It ran in the family.

She finally nodded, then turned and began walking again. He followed, this time not nearly as interested in her backside as he was the trees and shrubbery near the trail. Jake lightly touched the Beretta at his waist, glad he’d brought it. Being up here messed with his head on several

levels, the memory of Lizzie’s death being only one.

He took another step, but stopped again. He froze, the hairs on the back of his neck prickling.

“Did you hear that?”

Aimee had stopped, too. She stood in the middle of the trail with her head cocked.

A howl, low and mournful, carried along the cold, afternoon air.

“What the hell?” he said. “There aren’t any wolves around here.”

Slowly, she turned. Her lips, normally full and pink, were pressed together in a grim line. Her brow was furrowed underneath her black wool hat. “I think we should go, Jake.”

Another howl lifted in the distance, its eerie timbre making his palms itch. Stepping forward, he held out his hand. She took it and he pulled her close. “Okay,” he said.

He’d had enough of this forest for one day. It didn’t make any sense; there weren’t any wolves around here. He knew that, just like he knew that whatever announced its presence now wasn’t necessarily what it sounded like. He felt it. As crazy as it sounded, he felt it deep in his bones.

“Okay,” he said again. “Let’s get out of here.”

About The Moonshadow’s Daughter

To the citizens of Wolfe Creek, Aimee Styles is dead. What they don’t know is she’s aliveand a werewolf. After she was bitten two years ago, Aimee isolated herself away from the town, determined to keep them safe. But all it takes is an icy winter evening—and an incredibly virulent flu—to interrupt her self-imposed exile.

Nothing prepared doctor and single dad Jake Blackstock for the sight of Wolfe Creek’s missing girl, or her delicate beauty. He’s instantly and fiercely attracted to her, despite her secrets and the shadows in her near-black eyes. Jake’s falling hard. He knows nothing about Aimee…or what she really is.

But something else lurks in Wolfe Creek’s shadows. Something malevolent. Something that won’t hesitate to rip apart their life and new love…

About Kaylie Newell

Kaylie Newell was born in the great state of Oregon, where she was raised alongside rivers and lakes and scruffy dogs that chased their tennis balls as far as Kaylie’s noodle arms could throw. As she grew, so did her imagination, and it didn’t take long to realize she was a romantic at heart. She began to fancy herself the future wife of a cowboy, the likes of which graced every paperback novel she could get her hands on. She decided to go to college in Oklahoma to snag herself one, but irony won over when she fell in love with a hippie in sheep’s clothing instead. Together, they came back to Oregon, started a family and watched their dreams unfold. Kaylie wrote her first book when her girls were toddlers, editing sex scenes with The Wiggles on in the background. She’s proud of many things in life, among them the fact that she can still recite her lines from Romeo and Juliet from her seventh grade play, the fact that she can set a grilled cheese sandwich on fire faster than most people can make one, but mostly she’s proud of the stories blossoming inside her noggin on a daily basis.

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18 Responses to “Exclusive Excerpt of The Moonshadow’s Daughter + Giveaway”

  1. Kell says:

    I’m all for new takes on old ideas

  2. Stephanie F. says:

    Always up for a new type of story and I like the idea of a single dad. Great excerpt, very intrigued to see where it goes, definitely going on my tbr.

  3. BookLady says:

    What an intriguing book! I love paranormal romance and enjoy stories that have a new twist on the tropes. After reading the great excerpt, I have put this book on my tbr list.

  4. Shannon says:

    Sounds great! Adding to my To Read list.

  5. erinf1 says:

    this looks and sounds fantastic! thanks for sharing!

  6. Jessica lyn says:

    This sounds great. I love paranormal anything. I am sure I will like this ad long as it is well written. If the rest is like the excerptit is.

  7. Lori A says:

    A new author for me to check out is a truly wonderful thing! I look forward to reading this.

  8. susana says:

    How intriguing! I wonder what is lurking in the dark… I’ve added it to my TBR list. I want to know more!

  9. This so sound like an amazing book I like new takes on old ideas and I so love paranormal romance!!!

  10. Aliyah says:

    I love the idea of someone who has gone into hiding to keep others safe. Really looking forward to reading this.

  11. Liz S says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt. Will be adding to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway too!

  12. Katie says:

    Will def be adding to my TBR list!

  13. Alane says:

    Sounds like a great book! Can’t wait to read it!

  14. Havebookwillsurvive/Cara says:

    Sounds great. I love paranormal and urban fantasy and always looking for something new.

  15. sarah says:

    this looks really interesting, i’ve been looking for a new book for a while.

  16. Nihcki says:

    This except was perfect! Gave that eerie feeling and makes me want to read more. Is this the second of a series? Should I read in order, or can this be read as a stand-alone? Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  17. JenM says:

    I love shifter stories so I’m always up for a new one. Sounds like a bit of a twist with the heroine being the werewolf for once, instead of the hero.

  18. CS says:

    Always looking for new authors — sounds interesting!

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