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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Death Chant by Vella Munn - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Vella Munn and her new book, “Death Chant”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card.  Also, come back daily to interact with Vella and to increase your chances of winning! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this exciting giveaway!

Death Chant
by Vella Munn


GENRE:  Romantic Suspense



Winter Barstow knows nothing of her past or ethnic heritage. Everything changes when Doc, her mentor, sends her an authentic ceremonial wolf mask from Olympic National Forest.

Then Doc disappears. Winter goes to the mysterious  forest where she’s confronted by Native American ranger Jay Raven, who has no love for Doc.

Still, Jay can’t walk away from Winter. Not only has a spirit wolf reached out to her, but he also suspects she’s in terrible danger…and his growing feelings for her are too strong to ignore.



Silver eyes stared at her. The slightly open mouth could either represent a grin or a snarl. If it was as old as Doc had said it was, the mask had been created as part of ancient Native ceremonies.

Going by what she’d learned about the Northwestern tribes, someone, probably a proven hunter, had placed it over his head and mimicked a wolf’s movements. Little children might have cowered before the fierce figure, but hopefully their parents would have assured them that the wolf dancer represented courage and survival. The hunter would stalk, threaten and mock attack.

How did wolves factor into Hoh spiritual beliefs?

It shouldn’t be here. If university staff learned what Doc had done, he’d be fired—unless someone like Dr. Wilheim decided the rare treasure would bring enough attention to the university to warrant defending a colleague under the cloak of research and discovery.

Dr. Wilheim defend Doc to the point of challenging the law? Wasn’t going to happen.

She came closer then picked up the mask. Although heavy for its size, the incredibly well-preserved artifact seemed to have been designed to fit over her head. Holding the mask at arms’ length, she walked into the bathroom, put it on the counter and stood in front of the mirror. Large black eyes, a somewhat broad nose, high cheekbones and thick, shoulder-length midnight hair reflected back at her. She’d studied herself countless times over the years, but the feeling that she was looking at a stranger remained.

Who was she?



Why I Wrote This Romantic Suspense – or Rather Why I Had No Choice

Possessed. Yes, that pretty much explains why I wrote Death Chant. The heroine Winter Barstow took up residence in my mind years ago and refused to leave. The more time we spent together, the better I got to know her. Most important, her background became so compelling, I knew she deserved to tell her story in a book.

Winter was given that name by the people who found the little girl alone in winter in the California town of Barstow. She grew up in a series of foster homes with no idea where she came from, no roots. Going by her features, she knows she’s at least partly Native American but feels no connection to any tribe’s culture.

Or rather she doesn’t until she takes a college anthropology course focused on Native Americans taught by the professor she comes to call Doc and considers her mentor. I wanted Winter to have someone, an older person preferably, in her life who deeply cares about her and she feels connected with.

However, as Winter learns in the course of Death Chant, even heroes have flaws.

Because Winter deserves and needs to fall in love, I created Jay Raven, a Hoh Indian and forest ranger who lives and works in Washington state’s incredible Olympic Forest. In contrast to Winter’s lack of roots, everything Jay is and does is a result of his cultural background.

So there you have it, hopefully two complex characters slowly coming to trust and care about each other while trying to learn who killed Doc—and what message a ghostlike wolf is trying to give Winter. Is the wolf warning Winter of danger or is the creature the danger?

For the record, I had the time of my life writing this book and spending time in Olympic Forest. It changed me.



Vella Munn freely admits to being a dedicated and sometimes demented fiction writer. She has always been drawn to nature and those who feel at home in it. A career writer, she has had way over 60 books published, most of them romances both past and present. As far as personal statistics go, she has one husband, two sons, four grandchildren, and is owned by two rescue dogs. Home is southern Oregon within a two hour drive of Crater Lake. She frequently visits Montana in her mind and heart.






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  1. Thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway.

  2. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. It's 7:30 on the west coast, I've had my shower and breakfast and the dogs have been walked, but I feel as if I'm late to the party. People have been posting for hours. Wow. Ally, thank you so much for letting me crash your blog site. I'm tired just thinking of everything you're doing here.

  5. I'm looking forward to reading this one, thanks for sharing :)

  6. Pant, pant, Vella checking back in with a heartfelt thank you. You made me feel all warm and cozy.

  7. About to leave for work soon but here to thank you again for the chance to win.

  8. Hello! Having a coffee and visiting some of my favorite blogs. Thanks for all you do and the giveaways as well.