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Title: Strength to Let Go (Tales of the Werewolf Tribes #1)
Author: Alina Popescu
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Genre: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.
Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.
Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous consequences of having Shiki die in battle.
Instead, he saves him.
Having suffered loss himself, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain.
Blake, Shiki’s best friend since childhood, is as determined to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss.
Could there also be something ‘more’ for them after friendship?
How I ended up hating Pocahontas with a passion
Well, not really, I have moments of pure hate and blind anger, but they pass. I know, I know, you’re probably asking yourself why does the crazy writer hate a beloved cartoon. I love it, seen it a few times, I still hate it a bit… And it’s a recent thing.
See, I write this werewolf series, and Strength to Let Go is the first book in that series. The main characters are Shiki and Blake, and Blake is Native American. No problem so far… Now, Shiki was plucked from my universe and I used him in role play because I thought I had to learn more about creating and writing gay characters. Blake, his childhood friend, was created with my friend, Terri. She wanted to role play a character in my universe, and I was beyond flattered and thrilled.
We mixed my stuff with her history, and Blake was created. Later on, when I changed what I wanted to happen in Shiki’s book, I turned to Terri. I was going to use Blake in the book (we were no longer RPing at the time), and I asked her to role play a few scenes with me to see how it goes. I’d tell her what the scenes were about and we’d get cracking. They got changed a lot in the book, but it was about testing chemistry and character interaction.
Shiki and Blake needed to call each other something endearing. So I came up with chibi or chibi-tan. Which is something an older person would call a short, small boy. Something like squirt or shorty. With Shiki only being a few months older, and Blake being actually taller, that one worked nicely 😀 Blake would call Shiki winggapo, and this is when the love-hate Pocahontas saga begins!
I trusted Terri on the accuracy of the word, she did spend a lot of time in a reservation as a kid. But I needed a reference when submitting the book. So I did what everyone does when they need to find resources quickly: I googled it. I googled winggapo meaning. Wanna know what Google did? Corrected my search for me and said this:
Most people not paying attention to it would go through 3-4 search result pages and not figure out they are seeing the wrong results… Searching for winggapo alone is an even more fruitless endeavor. Anyway, it was really fun. Especially when one of the editors tried to search for it and was presented with the same results. They asked me why I used a greeting for a pet name. I had to explain it actually means “my beloved friend” and we sorted it out.
Since releasing Strength to Let Go, I’ve spent a lot of time worried people will skip the glossary (we’ve all done it once or twice) and think me an idiot… Luckily, it hasn’t happened so far. But if it wasn’t for Pocahontas making one Powhatan word more popular than any other, I wouldn’t be in this mess! Thank you, beloved childhood animation, I owe you one!
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About the Author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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