Recently on Goodreads, I stumbled across a list of books containing “unusual” shifter characters. I found myself quite fascinated by the list and then began to wonder: What makes the other were-creatures “usual”?
Obviously, the most common shifter species is the wolf. Is it simply due to the sheer amount of wolf myths and legends? The number of Hollywood movies with the sharp-fanged and snarly creature as their villain? But then I thought about it from a romantic’s point of view. If I had to choose which type of shifter to be, I’d probably pick a wolf as well.
Wolves are pack creatures, and so am I. I come from a tight-knit southern family. I’ve heard a lot of folks say don’t mess with “Mama Bear”, but for me? You mess with me, you mess with my whole family. (Yeah, I know that’s a movie quote, but if the quote fits…)
It’s probably why I identify so strongly with pack culture. Our family get-togethers number in the dozens, and that’s just the average dinner. Holiday time and we’re looking at over fifty, easy.
In my Triad series, this “family is pack” culture is a shock to both apprentice mage Simon Obsourne and security specialist Rocky Harris. When Simon meets Gray Townsend, Alpha of the High Moon Pack, he doesn’t quite know what to think. He’s used to being alone, and suddenly he’s thrust in the middle of the pack life.
Simon has done the incredible—rescued the pack’s kidnapped cubs—which makes him an automatic hero in their eyes. He’s welcomed with open arms, and treated like family. The love and support is a shock to Simon. He doesn’t know how to handle this weird family vibe that he’s never experienced before.
The same holds true for Rocky Harris. Although Rocky is also a wolf, his pack is nothing like Gray’s. He has to figure out if the way he grew up is the “right” way, or if there’s room in the world for a different experience.
When I bring home friends to meet my family, they often have a few “dear in the headlights” moments. My momma is a hugger—I’ve seen her hug people who just look like they need a hug. My dad will slap you on the back and shove a piled-high plate of food in your hands. For me, it’s normal, and I never realized that wasn’t the way it was everywhere.
Simon and Rocky both have to learn the meaning of family and change their perceptions of what family is in order to find their way in the world. As the alpha’s mate, Simon is considered one of the pack leaders with Gray. Imagine trying to find your way with a huge family as an only child and you can imagine Simon’s dilemma.
In the end, it’s all about the family. All about the pack. As Rocky says “Pack First”, and it resonates throughout the characters in this series. It does leave me wondering, however. Are you a pack animal, or are you the lone wolf? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
A pack is only as strong as its weakest member. Rocky Harris knows how the system works. He’s been on the bottom rung his whole life. But when his alpha consigns him to the High Moon Pack to help them improve security, he finds his beliefs not just challenged but outright assaulted.About the Author:
Cade Montgomery’s confidence took a hit when the pack’s cubs were kidnapped on his watch. He’s prepared to do anything to protect his family, even if it means working with Rocky. Maybe Cade doesn’t trust Rocky, but with the turmoil surrounding pack Alpha Gray’s unpopular decision to break tradition and mate with a mage named Simon, Cade knows more threats are coming.
Then someone declares war on shifters and puts the entire pack in danger. Cade and Rocky will need each other’s strengths to survive the impending battle—and the power of their growing attraction.
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