A story of #Wolfenoot

Any of you who are familiar with my stories and novels know I love writing about animals. When I read about Wolfenoot, a new holiday all about celebrating dogs, I had to write a short story about it. If you want to read about the holiday, here’s the website: https://wolfenoot.com/ In short, a family in New Zealand came up with the idea and the world has embraced it.

Here’s my Wolfenoot offering. Feel free to share, please give credit to the author.

 

A story of Wolfenoot in the Northern Hemisphere

By J. A. Campbell

“Is it time yet?”

“Yeah, is it time?”

“Is it time?” A chorus of puppy voices called out as the youngsters climbed all over their mama.

“Not yet. We have to sleep first,” the patient mama dog said, nudging a pup with her nose.

The small family lay near a warm hearth, where recently a cheerful fire had burned keeping them and their humans warm from the winter storm outside.

“Mama what do you think the Spirit of the Wolf will bring us?” one pup yipped.

“What do you think the Wolf Spirit will bring our human?” another cried out, tail wagging.

Their momma dropped her jaw in a doggy grin. “Do you know why the Wolf Spirt comes?”

“Because humans are nice to us!”

“Because we keep humans safe.”

“Because humans need us.”

The answers continued all with some truth in them, especially from young pups.

“And why do we protect our humans?” The mamma dog asked.

“Because they need us!”

“Tell us the story, Mama!”

They climbed all over her, begging for their favorite story.

Mama shook off her pups and thumped her tail on the ground. The pups gathered in front of her and settled in for the story.

“Once, a long time ago, before humans and dogs were friends, a wolf mama had a late litter of puppies. She had a snug den, so she wasn’t worried about the weather, but food was scarce. Her mate was a good hunter, but the snows had come early. They were hungry, but she thought they would get by.

One night, when the winds howled most fiercely, Mama and her mate curled up around the pups, tails over snoots, snug in their den. The snow had covered the mouth of their home and everyone slept in the warm air.

Suddenly, a burst of cold air woke the pack. Noses went into the air, and ears perked as a small bit of light filtered into the den.

Moments later a human pup tumbled into their midst. It was nearly frozen and had barely managed to find shelter. It had probably fallen in by sheer luck.

Mama and her mate shared a glance and then they took the human pup into their warm circle. It curled up with them and slept. The next day when the storm abated, Mama wolf’s mate helped the human young leave the den and led it back to the settlement where the humans lived. Two nights later, human hunters brought a deer for the pack. In spring, intrigued by the gifts of deer that sustained them through the winter, two of the pups went to live with the humans. We’ve protected them ever since.

To remember and celebrate the beginning of the partnership between dog and human, the Great Wolf Spirit brings gifts each year for good little puppies and humans.”

“And we will keep protecting our humans!” the one little pup who was still awake whispered before her eyes closed and she drifted off to sleep.

Mama dog looked up when a soft light caught her attention.

“A good retelling,” a glowing figure of a wolf said to her.

She wagged her tail at the Wolf Spirit who stood before her.

“Now sleep, and dream well of sheep and time at your human’s side.”

Mama dog lowered her head and snuggled in with her pups, drifting off to sleep with a sigh. She looked forward to the gifts and the feast of Wolfenoot on the next day.

The End.

 

About the author: When Julie is not writing she’s often out riding horses, or working sheep with her dogs. She lives in Colorado with a handful of cats, some sheep, Kira and Bran her border collies, her Arabian endurance horses Triska and Cavalier, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories the Tales of the Travelers series, and many other young adult books. her passions include horses, writing about horses, dogs and writing about dogs. She writes fantasy, sci fi, horror, and all related genres. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction Writers of America, and the Dog Writers of America Association and the editor for Story Emporium fiction magazine. Find out more at http://www.writerjacampbell.com

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Broken Kei now available!!!!

Broken Kei by Jen Wylie

Book 4 of The Broken Ones

Available now on Amazon

Free on Kindle Unlimited!

Check it out on Goodreads!

The time has come.

Aro and Kei must head to the Were forests to heal the Fey. As always, obstacles stand in their path. This time it is not just others between them and their goal, but themselves.

Kei is a battered and broken shell of who he once was. Aro still struggles with her addiction to riath and dealing with all the losses in her life. Now she needs to find a way save Kei from himself before it’s too late. To face the trials to come and heal her friend, she must to learn to trust and rely on others, even enemies.

She will need to learn and grow stronger to survive the forest. Healing the wild Fey will be dangerous itself never mind the forests which are anything but safe. With relationships that are tenuous at best and the Vor growing in numbers, mistakes are now deadly, especially when everything is falling apart.

To survive, she needs to protect those she loves while protecting her own heart as well. With the help of a broken Fey, a pirate, and a crazy elf, anything is possible…

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Now live! Hunter of the Dead.

That title made me laugh a little. 🙂

Clicky for the Amazon link.

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In the near future everyone lives in fear of the Horde—disease-riddled zombies who threaten to consume what’s left of humanity.

A girl named Hunter lost her family to them, like countless others. When strangers come to her village, claiming to control the Horde, Hunter and her people refuse to meet their demands—until the strangers steal their secret weapon; the young T. rex Hunter raised, named Ali. She is the only friend Hunter has left and nothing will stop her from rescuing the dinosaur…and maybe even destroying the Horde threatening their village once and for all.

With a little help from a pack of utahraptors, she might even survive.

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Hunter of the Dead

Like zombies? Of course… Like Dinosaurs? What’s not to like…

Coming soon (like as soon as Amazon approves it). Hunter of the Dead.

In the near future everyone lives in fear of the Horde—disease-riddled zombies who threaten to consume what’s left of humanity.

A girl named Hunter lost her family to them, like countless others. When strangers come to her village, claiming to control the Horde, Hunter and her people refuse to meet their demands—until the strangers steal their secret weapon; the young T. rex Hunter raised, named Ali. She is the only friend Hunter has left and nothing will stop her from rescuing the dinosaur…and maybe even destroying the Horde threatening their village once and for all.

With a little help from a pack of utahraptors, she might even survive.

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Coming mid April, Hotel Haunted

Hotel Haunted aCome rest your heads, weary travelers. We have soft beds, hot meals, and nightly experiences to die for. Hotel Haunted is open for business Check in here for chilling
entertainment, featuring vengeful spirits, eternal passengers on doomed ships, and more tales of the beyond. Whatever you do, don’t forget to put the whiskey out
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Edited by David B. Riley and J. A. Campbell. Published by Wolfsinger Press.

Stories by: Laura Givens & Nicole Spencer, Sam Knight, T.W. Kirchner, David Lee Summers, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Steve Ruskin, Shannon Lawrence, David B. Riley, Laura Hargis, R. A. Goli and J.A. Campbell

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Preorder Necromancy By Necessity now!

Due out March 1st. Get it delivered to your kindle as soon as it’s available. Third book in the Macrow Necromancers Trilogy.

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Harmony Hendricks just wants to start over. A new school, a new life. But until she gets her powers under control, she can do serious harm by accident.

So she’s headed to England to learn…

Necromancy by Necessity.

Elise Winters is still heartbroken after having loved and lost. All she wants is to learn how to control the ghosts that have literally haunted her since she turned sixteen.

The only way to do that is to go to England and study…

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Cover Reveal Necromancy By Necessity!

Becky and I are pleased to announce that the final book in the Macrow Necromancers trilogy is almost available. It is, at this very moment, in final edits (the file is literally open on my desk top and I’m applying them now.) It is due out March 1st. Now, I know you love our necromancer cousins, and you’re all, but it’s the last one? *Sad tears* Fear not! The adventures of the Macrow Necromancers continue in the Justicariate Magus files, book one and two will be out this year. They’re written, but we didn’t want to publish everything out of order.

And now…the cover. I can’t even count the ways I love this cover. Our Artist, Shoshanah Holl, has out done herself on this one.

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Necromancy By Necessity:
The third and final book in the Macrow Necromancy Trilogy due out March 1st!
Harmony Hendricks just wants to start over. A new school, a new life. But until she gets her powers under control, she can do serious harm by accident.
So she’s headed to England to learn…

Necromancy by Necessity.

Elise Winters is still heartbroken after having loved and lost. All she wants is to learn how to control the ghosts that have literally haunted her since she turned sixteen.
The only way to do that is to go to England and study…

Necromancy by Necessity.

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Humans Wanted is Best Seller!!!

Look! Human’s Wanted is an Amazon best seller. It’s kind of cool, when you search it, it comes up with a best seller flag now. One of my favorite stories I’ve ever written is in this anthology and Editor Vivian Caethe did a fantastic job selecting the others. There’s not a bad story in the bunch. Check it out!

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Legends of the Dragon Cowboys

dragon front colorThis great collection is by a couple of friends of mine. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed.
Authors David B. Riley of Tucson and Laura Givens of Denver have combined two novellas into one book.  “We wanted it to be like the old Ace Doubles that used to double up two stories. We both like the size of novellas, but they’re tough to get published on their own–too big as a short story and two small for a regular novel,” said Riley. The book is published by Hadrosaur Productions of New Mexico.
Legends of the Dragon Cowboys brings you two weird western adventures by authors David B. Riley and Laura Givens.  Their heroes ride boldly out of the Far East to find their way in a mythic land of danger, romance, and adventure.
In “The Venerable Travels of Ling Fung” by David B. Riley, a wandering businessman encounters a Mayan god, crooked enterprises and Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, when all he really wants is to open a gun store.  Ling Fung is not any ordinary Chinese entrepreneur–he’s highly skilled in Kung Fu and he can shoot good, too. While his heart is set on business, providence seems to have other plans for him.
Laura Givens brings wily acrobat Chin Song Ping to the Wild West in search of adventure and fortune. He finds little fortune, but plenty of adventure. Chin Song Ping is a scoundrel, a gambler and a trouble magnet. His heart of gold lands him in schemes to outwit would-be gods, cannibal ghosts, insane robots, Voodoo despots and the ultimate evil–bureaucrats.  But he is a romantic, and the love of his life is the true treasure he seeks. The odds are always against him but if he survives he will become the Western legend he always was in his own mind.
The Wild West just got a lot wilder!
Genre: fantasy, weird western.
The book is available in trade paperback and ebook formats through most booksellers.
Print $ 12.95 Ebook $3.95
:ISBN: 1-885093-83-7
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New Release, Jada of the Raptors!

Like Dinosaurs? Then you’ll love Jada of the Raptors. Check out my latest short story. Print available now, ebook coming soon.

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jada_cover_ebookFleeing forced marriage and subjugation to the man who murdered her husband, Jada escapes into the wilderness – even though she’s ill-prepared to survive on her own.

Jada knows she needs help, but refuses to go back to humanity, so she turns to the wilderness’ greatest survivors: a pack of Utahraptors. Genetically engineered, then freed during the war that destroyed civilization, the dinosaurs are her only hope.

If they don’t kill her first.

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Spooky stories for a spooky month!

Ghost stories are perfect for the Halloween season. Fill your October with these 13 delightful and spooky stories of ghost hunting critters. Dogs, cats, goldfish, and raptors will fill your chilly evenings with haunting tales. Great for all ages, Ghost Hunting Critters is just in time for Halloween.

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Out today! Ghost Hunting Critters!

Ebook and Paperback now available! Don’t miss this great collection. I mean, really, who can resist a ghost hunting gold fish?

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critters_cover_ebookThese ghosts don’t stand a chance…

From the beginning of time to the distant future, special animals of all species have answered the call to fight evil.

From dogs and cats to birds, horses, even dinosaurs, and one unusual fish, these spirited tales of ghost hunting adventures will thrill and delight readers.

Sam Knight, Laura Hargis, Carol Hightshoe, J. D. Harrison, Shoshanah Holl, Rebecca McFarland Kyle, Jessica Brawner, Jamie Ferguson, Dana Bell, Boom Baumgartner, J. L. Zenor, and J. A. Campbell have come together in this anthology to contribute to J. A. Campbell’s Brown, Ghost Hunting Dog universe.

 

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Preorder! Ghost Hunting Critters

Now available for Preorder in ebook from Amazon.

Due out September 1st.

I have to say, I’m really proud of this collection. All of the stories the various authors contributed are above and beyond fantastic. From dog stories to birds and even Velociraptors and…a gold fish? (it’s fantastic, really, you have to read it), you’ll enjoy every tale.

critters_cover_ebookThese ghosts don’t stand a chance…

From the beginning of time to the distant future, special animals of all species have answered the call to fight evil.

From dogs and cats to birds, horses, even dinosaurs, and one unusual fish, these spirited tales of ghost hunting adventures will thrill and delight readers.

Sam Knight, Laura Hargis, Carol Hightshoe, J. D. Harrison, Shoshanah Holl, Rebecca McFarland Kyle, Jessica Brawner, Jamie Ferguson, Dana Bell, Boom Baumgartner, J. L. Zenor, and J. A. Campbell have come together in this anthology to contribute to J. A. Campbell’s Brown, Ghost Hunting Dog universe.

 

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Happy Book Release Day, Nothing But Nemesis!

nemesis_ebook Book 2 now available in this three book trilogy!

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Someone cast spells on the Magical Houses to confuse their memories, and Harmony is the only person trying to break them. Even her cousin Elise seems to have abandoned her. As if Elise’s sudden resentment wasn’t enough, Harmony is assaulted by one of her professors and has no way to prove it. It’s beginning to feel like the whole campus attitude toward her is…

NOTHING BUT NEMESIS.

Missing her old friends, and wanting to fit in, Elise is delighted when she’s taken under a popular girl’s wing. Better yet, a cute boy is falling for her. But Harmony’s bizarre behavior is getting in the way of her new life. Lately Elise’s feelings for her cousin are…

NOTHING BUT NEMESIS.

 

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Free Today, Nothing But Necromancy!

macro2coverlight_front To celebrate the impending release of Nothing But Nemesis, we’re giving away Nothing But Necromancy free from today, April 10th, through the 12th! You can always read for free with Kindle Unlimited.

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Harmony Hendricks accidentally kills a boy when she wishes he would stop serenading her at school. Then, when she wishes he wasn’t dead, he comes back to life at his own funeral, still singing.
What will help Harmony?

Nothing but necromancy.

Elise Winters sees ghosts. They follow her everywhere, wreaking havoc from home to high school. Even her long-dead border collie’s ghost can’t protect her from a broken leg or the nagging fear that she might be losing her mind.
What will help Elise?

Nothing but necromancy…

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Nothing But Nemesis Preorder!

nemesis_ebook Now Available for Preorder from Amazon! Due out April 13th.

Someone cast spells on the Magical Houses to confuse their memories, and Harmony is the only person trying to break them. Even her cousin Elise seems to have abandoned her. As if Elise’s sudden resentment wasn’t enough, Harmony is assaulted by one of her professors and has no way to prove it. It’s beginning to feel like the whole campus attitude toward her is…

NOTHING BUT NEMESIS.

Missing her old friends, and wanting to fit in, Elise is delighted when she’s taken under a popular girl’s wing. Better yet, a cute boy is falling for her. But Harmony’s bizarre behavior is getting in the way of her new life. Lately Elise’s feelings for her cousin are…

NOTHING BUT NEMESIS.

While you’re waiting, be sure to check out Nothing But Necromancy, book 1.

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Cover Reveal Nothing But Nemesis!

nemesis_ebook Coming April 13th, book 2 of the Macrow Necromancers, Nothing But Nemesis. Cover by the talented Shoshanah Holl.

Blurb: Someone cast spells on the Magical Houses to confuse their memories, and Harmony is the only person trying to break them. Even her cousin Elise seems to have abandoned her. As if Elise’s sudden resentment wasn’t enough, Harmony is assaulted by one of her professors and has no way to prove it. It’s beginning to feel like the whole campus attitude toward her is…

NOTHING BUT NEMESIS.

Missing her old friends, and wanting to fit in, Elise is delighted when she’s taken under a popular girl’s wing. Better yet, a cute boy is falling for her. But Harmony’s bizarre behavior is getting in the way of her new life. Lately Elise’s feelings for her cousin are…

NOTHING BUT NEMESIS.

While you’re waiting for the second book, be sure to check out Nothing But Necromancy, available now.

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