Always Gray in Winter

August 10, 2017
Votes: 22
Audience Adult
Word Count 60-80k (average/short)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Cover design by Kit Jaspering
Formatted by Catspaw DTP Services
Published Through Thurston Howl Publications
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Additional services through Furry Writers’ Guild

Author’s Summary

The modern day remnant of an ancient clan of werecats is torn apart by militaries on three continents vying to exploit their deadly talents. Born in an ethnic Chicago neighborhood following her family’s escape from Cold War-era Poland, were-lynx Pawly flees underground to protect her loved ones after genetically-enhanced soldiers led by rogue scientist and rival werecat Mawro overrun her Navy unit in the Gulf of Oman. Pawly’s family seeks her out in a desperate gambit to return their ancestral homeland and reconcile with their estranged kinsmen. But when her human lover arrives to thwart Mawro’s plan to weaponize their feral bloodlust, Pawly must face a daunting choice:  preserve her family secrets and risk her lover’s life or chance her true nature driving him away forever.

Short Description

A distant daughter. A peculiar device. A secret family lineage. Follow were-lynx Pawlina Katczynski though dark ops and ancient inter-clan feuds spanning continents, trailing a machine that could save her people from their lethal bloodlust—or doom them all. Beneath society’s surface dwells Pawly’s world, abounding in intrigue and danger.


Daughter, sister, lover, moving target--LIFE BITES

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Community Endorsements

Action-packed adventure!

Always Gray in Winter is an action-packed paranormal adventure that will appeal to fans of speculative fiction and furry fiction alike. It's got a large cast of well-developed characters whose differing viewpoints enrich the story as they battle to protect their werecat secret and deal with its ramifications. The plot is character-driven and gripping.

– posted by Jodi Herlick    
The First Indie Book That Impressed Me

I didn't know what hit me. I kept shaking my head as I read this book, wondering how in the world the author managed to make a werecat-spy-Polish-Korean-Navy-multigenerational family and their exploits feel so real. And I am a professional editor and, might I say, very hard to impress outside traditional publishing. Count me in for the sequel!

– posted by Mica Scotti Kole    

I'm a big fan of non-linear storytelling and narratives that read like puzzles. I love piecing together the clues, anticipating what will fill in the gaps, and being surprised along the way. Engels delivers on all these fronts.

I also enjoyed the multifaceted nature of this tale. Yes, there are werecats, giving "Always Gray..." a foot (paw?) in the door of the paranormal/urban fantasy genres. But there are flavors of military fiction and literary fiction as well. Lurking beneath the more fantastic elements and well-choreographed action is a foundation of complex relationships stretching into the familial and historical.

Despite the "fluffy" combatants, this is far from fluff, and I, for one, can't wait to see what happens next to the Afflicted — protagonists and antagonists alike!

– posted by David Michael Williams    
Deep, World-spanning Tale

I got to see the ARC of this book and it was a deep read even then. There is a lot going on so you may even want to bookmark some sections. It reminds me a little of Neil Stevenson and Jim Butcher (Aeronaut's Windlass). Good for urban fantasy lovers and those who like anthropomorphic beast characters.

– posted by Angela Carina Barry    

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