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Title: Daring the Wolf
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Release Date: 07/25/2016
Can a human ever dominate a werewolf?
Living in a strict world of paranormal dos and don’ts is exhausting for Gabe Ryan. After fleeing his home when he became a werewolf, Gabe attempts to forget his family and the young boyfriend he left behind. But he is still haunted by his memories—until a birthday wish leads him to an unexpected confrontation.
A busy emergency room doctor, Ethan Dunn has closed off his heart. He sure as hell does not trust Gabe Ryan, not after the way he abandoned Ethan. If Gabe wants a second chance, he better be ready to risk everything and break all the rules between humans and wolves.
The History of a Werewolf Story
Ever been on a flight that is delayed over four hours? You just want to reach your destination. The airport is crowded and confusing. You begin to tire. You hope the flight might include a bag of pretzels and not be too bumpy.
Well, try having a story delayed for nearly four years.
Here is the history of my four year journey with Daring the Wolf. It began as a lark. I was scrolling some M/M calls for submission, having just finished my first novel Exposed, when I saw a call for a werewolf anthology. I don’t write paranormal. I rarely like to write for anthologies. Nothing against a good anthology, I just have trouble keeping my story short. Yet the submission call spoke to me. I had this idea of two young lovers. One of the guys would be the shifter and the other is left behind.
I wrote a draft very quickly. It was good. I felt the takeoff, the lift—just like a smooth flight. I had a strict word count to do. When I had revised and polished the story, I sent it.
I took it back. It had ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. I didn’t like that at all. It felt mid-flight to me. Sure it was supposed to be a short story at that point, but I knew these two guys had more to do and say. I withdrew it from submission, and outlined the rest of the story. I even considered a sequel to it. I wrote tons of notes and planned to finish it that next month.
Dreamspinner wrote me with a contract for Exposed. I got swept away in the excitement of a first published novel! Before I realized it, I was involved in edits and social media for Exposed. I never did return to the wolf story.
At the Rainbow Convention in Tampa, I roomed with the lovely and talented Leta Blake. She also happened to be an early beta reader for Daring the Wolf. Leta questioned me then about it. Asking me why it never got finished? She pushed at me to get it out there. I was surprised she even recalled the story. But I nodded and said, “Yep, I agree.” Instead I went home and finished a book called The Only Guy.
Three books later…
I had some space between series. I remembered the werewolf book and took a fresh look at it. You know what? I still liked it. So I decided it was time to land that book. I turned it from a short story into a long novella. Thanks to Leta’s endless encouragement, I went ahead. I truly can’t say enough good things here about Leta. Daring the Wolf is different compared to my other work. The sex has a rougher-edge and there is some voyeurism and light bondage. And of course, it has shifters.
I’m really thrilled with the results. Most of all, I’m thrilled to have not let the story hover in the air, but to have brought it safely home.
Thanks for hosting me today!
One book from Skylar’s backlist
About the Author
Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Most days, however, Skylar is chasing after her husband, her kids, and her giant dog, Wasabi. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.
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