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Cloaked in Blood  by T.F. Walsh
(The Wulfkin Legacy #3)
Published by: Crimson Romance
Publication date: May 9th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis:
The daughter of a sultan alpha, Selena Kurt agrees to an arranged wulfkin mating to protect her sister from a dangerous alpha from the enemy clan. To her surprise, her match is Marcin Ulf, the next in line for the Hungarian throne . . . and the wulfkin who broke her heart years ago.

Marcin is just as shocked to learn he'll be matched to the enemy's daughter and the woman he's never forgotten. Before they can be paired, however, they're drawn into a tournament where Marcin will compete to free his estranged imprisoned brother, while Selena battles for the life of another wulfkin alpha. Both intend to seize this chance to save those they're fighting for - even if it means facing off with one another just as their romance rekindles.

Will tribe loyalty triumph, or will they realize they're better off as a team before it's too late?





TF Walsh Introduces the Battle of Innocence

In ancient tradition, before the notion of duels, there were single combats. Each side sent their champion as their respective armies. Then these two men would fight to the death as a way to settle their dispute or whatever matters were at odds. While often it addressed the argument, sometimes it lead to further battles. One well known such battle is between David and Goliath.

Now, this very idea of single combats inspired my creation of the Battle of Innocence in the novel, Cloaked in Blood.

"Battle of Innocence – A challenge whereby a worthy champion will engage in a tournament or task on behalf of another wulfkin facing charges. If the champion succeeds, the wulfkin he or she is representing will be found innocent and freed. If the champion fails, the wulfkin will be found guilty and punished accordingly.” CLOAKED IN BLOOD

The wulfkin have rules, hierarchy, and deadly punishments for any pack members who don’t follow protocol. For centuries, these methods have worked, but what happens when two alphas stand accused of crimes they didn’t commit?

Two worthy champions must step up and agree to endure gruelling challenges that might end in death. Except, the two champions have a romantic history. When the rules are upped to include a boon—the first to complete the challenge can claim any prize he or she desires—they both have compelling reasons to win. But are they willing to sacrifice their rekindled love to save those they love?




Cloaked in Blood is the book 3 in the Wulfkin Legacy series, but can be read a stand-alone-book.
Wulfkin Legacy Series:
Cloaked (prequel to #1) – Out now
Cloaked in Fur (Book #1) – Out now
Cloaked in Secrecy (Book #2) – Out now
Cloaked in Blood (Book #3) – Out now
Cloaked in Christmas – End of 2016

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AUTHOR BIO:
T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

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Forgotten But Not Lost With TF Walsh

Whenever I start to write a new story, I carry out extensive research to locate the best setting. I don’t want the usual city or country that’s in every second book. I want to take readers on a journey to explore new locations. And in Cloaked in Blood, I had lots of fun researching the Őrség National Park in Hungary. Besides, it makes sense that a pack of wulfkin would want to set up home in a place isolated from humans:)
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Wooden beams creaked beneath my footsteps. The outside corridor was overdue for maintenance, but considering no one but me visited the place, it wasn’t a priority. Ferocious winds battered us.

“This post was once used by guards who spend nights here, watching for approaching enemies from the forest. Kind of suits the name of the land: Őrség, meaning defense area.”

Up ahead, Selena stopped at the end of the lookout point, a small circular area, and turned toward me. “I love it up here. So free.” The wind swept through her hair, blowing strands across her face, which she pushed away.

Behind her, the great expanse of the forest was draped in night’s cloak. I resisted the urge to take Selena into my arms and taste those lips. “If you look straight ahead, you can just make out tiny lights. That’s the closest city in Slovenia, on the border of Hungary.” CLOAKED IN BLOOD

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Cool facts about Őrség National Park:
It has the most densely forested and game-filled slopes in Hungary
The Austrian Alps are visible on the horizon from multiple points in the park
The park is closer to Vienna than Budapest (capital of Hungary)
Pork is the nation’s meat in Hungary, but people who live in Őrség eat local fish, game and soups. Oh, also savory and sweet pancakes. 
63% of Őrség is covered in forest
Őrség has been continuously inhabited since the Magyar Conquest, which means it’s Hungary’s oldest inhabited area.

Reference: http://visit-hungary.com/about-hungary/national-parks/orseg-national-park





5 Reasons Why Cross-Cultural Romances Are Great (As TF Walsh discovered)

My husband was born in Australia. In fact, his family tree traces back to the first few fleets that arrived on Australian shores back in 1788. He’s a true blue Aussie.
Me, I was born in Romania and moved to Australia at the age of eight with my family.

While we’re both from vastly different cultural backgrounds, it only brings us closer. He adores the way I can roll my ‘R’, which he can’t do, and I love learning all the different Aussie sayings.

In Cloaked in Blood, I wanted to show this exact blending of cultures.
Marcin is Hungarian, the heir to the Emperor Alpha Varlac throne. While Selena is Turkish and her father is the great Sultan Alpha Varlac. So, yep, these two grew up with diverse lifestyles, but it lends itself to discovering some amazing things about each other. Such as Selena introducing Marcin to delicious dishes.
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Selena leaned forward, grabbed a slice of bread, and used it to scoop up meat. She popped it into her mouth. I followed suit, inhaling the spicy fragrance that tingled across my tongue. I swallowed the food and was going in for another.
“Do you like it?” Selena asked.
I swallowed the food. “I might just marry this sauce.”
She wiped her lips with a napkin and smirked. Black makeup swept across her eyelid,
curving upward at the corners and giving her sexy cat eyes. When we first met in Turkey, she’d never worn makeup and her beauty still radiated, though the theatrics of her new look definitely held my attention. CLOAKED IN BLOOD

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5 tongue-in-cheek reasons I believe cross cultural relationships are great.
You can’t help but find the other person fascinating as you learn about their background, their language, their culture. You’re always learning new things
Perfect reason to travel abroad regularly
Becoming bilingual, plus the kiddies will be too
Discovering new foods and learning from the mother-in-law how to cook it perfectly
Life will be full of surprises with new situations always coming up. Like in Romanian Easter, we paint boiled eggs, then tap them between two people. The person whose egg doesn’t crack is the winner. It’s all about picking the best egg initially. Something my husband has become an expert at.


CLOAKED IN BLOOD
TF Walsh

MARCIN

Selena halted in the middle of the room, tilting her head forward, but her hands remained behind her back. The nostalgic melody played by the bow, graciously gliding across strings, sang of subtle sadness mixed with hope.
Selena slid a leg forward, the fabric gliding aside to reveal her thigh, her toes poised toward the ground.
My stare fastened on every inch of the beauty I craved. She’d never danced for me before, and now with everyone’s gazes lingering on her, a tinge of jealousy swept through me. My black-hearted father was to blame, stealing the private dance meant for me alone. Arguing with him had gotten me nothing but frustration, and when the sultan agreed, I had no leg to stand on. Didn’t make this moment any easier to swallow.
Selena’s hip lifted and dropped in slow motion, and my throat dried. She took several steps, her gaze still lowered. Undulations flowed through her body like a wave, rolling through her pelvis, along her waist and to her chest in a rhythmic pulse, mesmerizing me. I gulped more wine, almost choking in the process.
Then the music sped to a bassy tune, and her head shot up, gaze locked onto me.
My insides tightened.
Her green eyes reminded me of the river in the woods. I’d fantasized about waking up next to her every morning for years ... but that was a long time ago, a memory. Then why did my wolf still demand she was ours?
Selena’s hands pulled out from behind her back, and in her right hand, she gripped a sword the length of her arm.

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