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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Running with werewolves or why are these werewolves so strange?

I am often asked to do wolf lore and werewolf lore lectures for writer and library groups so I'm familiar with  many different types of werewolf lore. There are many werewolf paranormal romance and werewolf horror novels, yet because there are so many ways to tell the tale/ tail (couldn't resist the pun) we need not worry about reading the same story. I have separate series with a different werewolf universe. In werewolf lore for example there are so many different ways to become a werewolf.  Because we all know

Here are a few ways on how werewolves are made:

Water Hole:  Drinking water from certain ponds and or drinking water from a puddle wolf print. Not for the germaphobic types.
Curse: An ill-fated man could become victim of witchcraft or fall under curse of evil spirits. The person then would involuntary turn into werewolf. Logan, in The Stone of the Tenth Realm was cursed this way.
Bitten by Werewolf: Another common believe was that any one could become one if saliva of a werewolf could find a way to bloodstream; might be from bite or scratch. This is the most common myth in Hollywood and always fun. Reminds me of rabies.
Putting on Wolf Skin: An evil-minded person could put on hide of a dead wolf and become a werewolf. In case the complete skin was unavailable, a belt or girdle of wolf hide would supplement it. Historical.
Occult or Devil Worshiping: A wicked person can start worshiping the Devil and surrender his soul to it. The Devil then would grant him the power to become a werewolf. In some cases it could be any evil spirit answering to devotion.
Magic Salve or Ointment: A good number of recorded cases mentions a potent salve or ointment with which werewolf would rub their bodies for transformations. The compositions of those ointments were different, but generally contained plant ingredients like nightshade. Pig fat, turpentine and olive oil were used as solvent for them. Later when the distillation of spirits was perfected, alcohol served the purpose.Wine makes me howl at the moon.
Rituals: Evidence of ceremonial rituals are often mentioned in the werewolf cases. Combo methods.

Genetic : Except for my fantasy novel (Logan is cursed) all my werewolves are born that way. 

Other: Combo DNA/Bitten/Curse

In my Alpha Wolf's Pet and spinnoff  series Team Greywolf (coming soon to a book store near you) my werewolves are born wolf and live as wolves for three years until they are bitten by the human alpha and through Stallo's ancient curse and ancestral memory become man, but still with the ability to shift.

Find out more. Read each story individually or by the trilogy bundle. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sharing Logo for Team Greywolf series (Coming Fall 2015)

Logo for Team Greywolf, my new action/suspense paranormal romance series and spinoff of Alpha Wolf's Pet novella series. The series will consists of full length novels.  Book 1 will be Titled: Slade, but there might be minor subtitle changes. The first cover is in the works but here is the logo:

To learn about my werewolf universe, read the first three novellas in the Alpha Wolf's Pet series

Read in Order: Alpha Wolf's Pet, HiddenAlpha Wolf's Pet, Kept and just released Alpha Wolf's Pet, Hunted.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

So? You want to date a werewolf? Lupa Lupine's Dating a Werewolf Column for the Howling Good Hop Event

Howlo Peeps prowling along the Howling Good Hop Event. Welcome to the fun hop full of great blogs and awesome prizes. I will include the link to enter the 100.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card plus over 200.00 in prizes! Must comment and follow all blogs. To win an ebook copy of one of my novels (reader's choice) please comment by asking Lupa Lupine advise about your shifter or werewolf love interest or friend.

My name is Lupa Lupine and I'm an advice columnist for the Shifter Times.

I advise werewolves and shifters on anything from dating to fashionable easy wear with shifting in mind.

My wolf form
I was invited by the fabulous Melissa Snark (I suspect she'd Odin's child) and other paranormal romance authors who contributed to the Howling Good Hop event. I am of the lycan persuasion and in a relationship with a bear shifter. My pack refuses to give their blessing, but hey, shift happens.
 Today I will give a bit of advise and answer questions for all you humans who want to date a werewolf? Or any other shifter. Author Eva Gordon 's characters have had to confront the problem with dating a werewolf and so my emphasis will be on dating werewolves. But I'm open to any shifter questions.

Let's start with how can you tell if your boyfriend/girlfriend is a werewolf. Winks. Keep in mind, this will depend on the author's universe. Using he pronoun because I'm lazy. Answer each.

1. When you go out to eat he always orders a steak (medium rare). Avoids the salad, but seem to enjoy
2. He is anxious to leave before the full moon rises.
3. He growls when other men check you out.
4. Shaves often.
5. You often see a hint of fangs and feral like eyes.
6. He can see in total darkness.
7. Likes to stick his head out of the car window while you drive.
8. When you come home from work you find thick dog fur on your furniture, but you don't own a dog.
9. Loves going on long walks.
10. Postpones introducing you to his family.
11. When approaching his home, you hear howling.
12. Prefers wooden chopsticks over using silverware.
13. Never goes out on a full moon.
14. Has an uncanny ability to smell and hear things you don't.
15. He stalks you, or at least knows where you've been.
16. Your cat runs and hides when he comes over.
17. Tells you what full lips you have, the better to kiss you, what a nice round ass you have, the better to spank you...and on and on.
18. Hottest guy/girl you have ever dated. Muscular toned body as if he works out in the gym 24/7
19. During the heat of making love, he always says, MINE.
20. After having sex with him, he's pretty much ruined you for normal men.

If you have answered yes to at least five of these comments/questions you better get a place with a bigger yard. And please, seek my advise.

Dating a werewolf can have complications, but don't  worry, finding out your boy friend is a big bad wolf is not always a bad thing. No need to run out and buy silver bullets, and adorn your door with garlic. Here are some examples.

1. If the the world is overrun by zombies having a werewolf or shifter lover is better than hanging out with humans.
 (Click on links below to buy on Amazon)

Apocalyptic Moon, Book 1 in the After the Bane series
Raven Moon, Book 2 in the After the Bane series.

2. In the brutal world of Ancient Rome, perhaps having a lycan lover will provide you with protection from an evil emperor or not.

During a time of bloody gladiator games and treacherous schemes, a secret society of lycans live amongst the Romans.
When Ulric, a lycan gladiator, meets a mysterious human woman with green eyes, he’s drawn to her fiery beauty, enraptured by her alluring aroma. Unfortunately, Ulric and the beauty are slaves. To make matters worse, he can mate only with someone marked with the sign of the wolf.
Cassia’s hidden wolf mark burns in the presence of the handsome gladiator. While her heart yearns to be near Ulric, logic warns her against it—having a slave as a mate is against the lycan society’s plans for her.
In spite of the lycan society’s rules and the emperor’s brutal plots, their love grows … but their passion just may cost them their lives.

Click here to check out on Amazon: Lycan Gladiator

3. Sometimes when the Witness Protection Plan can't keep you save, it's not so bad running across a powerful man who unbeknownst to you happens to be a werewolf.

Read the Entire  Alpha Wolf's Pet series starting with Hidden Book 1 (Now only 99 cents and available on Audible)

4. Living in a fantasy magical universe could be an interesting place to meet a handsome Scottish werewolf. No need to worry when landing in a dangerous forest or battling evil necromancers when you have a werewolf at your side. Click for Amazon here: The Stone of The Tenth Realm

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