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Title: Winter’s Wolf (Tales of the Harker Pack, #3)
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre/Sub-Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Winter Thane was raised on the two cardinal rules of werewolf existence: don’t reveal yourself to humans under penalty of death, and there’s no such thing as a gay werewolf. It’s no surprise when his father drags him from his wild life in remote Canada back to Connecticut to meet his old pack in hopes it will persuade Winter to abandon his love of sex with human males. Of course Dad’s hopes are dashed when they come face-to-face with the gay werewolves in the Harker pack.
Winter takes one look at FBI agent, Matt Partridge, and decides bird is his favorite food. Partridge is embroiled in an investigation into drug dealing and the death of a fellow agent. He can’t let himself get distracted by the young, platinum-haired beast, but then Winter proves invaluable in the search for clues, a move that winds them both up in chains and facing imminent death. Winter quickly learns his father’s motives are questionable, the pack alphas are a bunch of pussies, humans aren’t quite what they seem, and nothing in the forests of Connecticut is pure except love.
Prism recently reviewed Winter’s Wolf (Tales of the Harker Pack, #3). You can find the review here.
We are here today to talk about Winter’s Wolf. What can you tell us about it?
Winter’s Wolf tells the story of Winter Thane, a young, alpha class werewolf who’s lived his whole life in the wild with his father. Then suddenly, his father brings him back to Connecticut and the pack Winter has never known – presumably to help civilize Winter and to lure him away from his attraction to sex with human males because “there’s no such thing as a gay werewolf”. But things aren’t as they seem and Winter finds himself in love and in a heap of trouble. This is the third book in Tales of the Harker Pack, though as we authors like to say, it can stand alone.
Tell us more about Winter and Matt?
Winter is my first true, deeply convicted alpha male! He is self assured and self actuated, not inclined to labels, very smart and very powerful. He grabbed me and wanted his story told. Matt appears in Wolf in Gucci Loafers as a minor character. He’s a steady, sincere FBI agent. When Winter started speaking to me, I realized that Matt was a perfect partner. Especially when you know that the cardinal rule of werewolf society is “do not reveal yourself to humans under the possibility of death for the human and the werewolf”, so naturally Winter had to fall for a human.
What about Winter’s Wolf makes you the most proud?
I’m a pretty character driven author, so I guess I love that Winter’s Wolf has a very strong plot. That and Winter’s alpha nature make the book uncharacteristic of me – but resulted, I hope, in a story you can’t put down!
What can readers of The Pack or the Panther and Wolf in Gucci Loafers expect from Winter’s Wolf?
Readers will get a return to the werewolf society in Connecticut and a revisit to some of their favorite characters. Lindsey Vanessen and his family play key roles in Winter’s Wolf as does Cole Harker. The Marketo and Harker Packs are centrally involved.
Do readers need to read the first two books to appreciate Winter’s Wolf?
No, the book really does stand alone despite the involvement of central characters from the other books. Winter is a brand new hero in a brand new story. I think the other characters are all well explained in this story, so readers don’t have to read the two previous books first. I think people will enjoy getting to know Cole, Paris, Lindsey, Seth, and others in the previous books, however.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Keep writing and finish books. Actually finishing is inspiring and motivating. Then get that puppy published. Writing for yourself is a nice hobby, but if you truly want to be a writer, you need to make your stories available to others.
What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
So many I can barely count or express enough gratitude! A particular favorite came from a writer of inspirational romance who was a member of my RWA chapter. She said this to me in an email – “I love your take on romance, Tara. These inspirational authors I marginally hang around with are driving me crazy with their narrow vision of what makes a romance. Sigh…..
Thanks for being you and for your insights.”
She was one of the great ladies! I loved her dearly.
I also loved a Twitter follower who, after I announced that The Pack or the Panther and Wolf in Gucci Loafers were going on sale for a short time tweeted, “Two Tara Lain wolf books for 99 cents each? Had 150 unread ebooks – now 152!”
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m currently reading Z.A. Maxfield’s My Cowboy Homecoming. ZAM is a good friend and one of the great writers. I’ve loved this whole series and this one especially. I will grab something new on my Kindle once I’ve finished this story.
Rapid Fire Time
- Porsche or Prius? Prius. I drive one.
- Australia or England? Oh dear, I love them both, but England has Covent Garden and the Old Vic, so England.
- Handcuffs or Rope? Neither. I’m claustrophobic. Don’t tie me down, baby!
- Tea or Coffee? Tea! I’m addicted to Starbucks black tea lattes.
- Morning or night? Total, disgusting, bright and cheery morning person!
- Coke or Pepsi? Neither, but Coke if I must, with vanilla or cherry in it.
- World of Warcraft or Everquest? Don’t know what they are except by name. blushes
- Sausage or Hamburger? I’ll eat veggie sausage.
What are you working on? What is next?
May 1st is release day for the first book of my new Love in Laguna series. The book is called Knight of Ocean Avenue, and it’s a contemporary about a 25 year old construction worker who doesn’t know he’s gay. In Julyish time frame, will arrive Knave of Broken Hearts, book two in that Love in Laguna series, about another blue-collar guy who falls for a doctor who looks like a yaoi character. What I’m working on is a book called Driven Snow that is part of a contemporary fantasy series that will come out in the fall. When I finish this book, I’ll leap into Tackling the Tight End, the third book in my football romance series. Whew, I’m getting tired! Thank you for asking. : )
About the Author:
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her bestselling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/taralain
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