Francis is shy, bookish, a little bit nerdy and he owns a bookstore. He’s also a werewolf. A sub werewolf who goes into periodic sexual heat. As he goes into a surprise heat at the end of the business day, he gets a visit from a very good client, Jonas Greyashe: rich, amorously interested and a dominant werewolf…
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William is hot for werewolves, and luckily there’s a pack run every full moon in his home town. Is he going to get lucky this month? Will hot werewolf Mayot Free choose him? Wil he be mated?
And today – for the, er, biweekly alternate bookcover/creativity exercise – tadah, an alternate cover for ‘Another World, Another Love’!
This cover uses a detail from one of my wolf drawings. And I think the pseudo-abstraction and colour-scheme give it a definite ‘mid-1970s middle-school textbook’ vibe, which is sort of cute.
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Here, a daily book-cover for one of my titles, just like I promised, in the holy names of Pam Grout and creativity! Or, er, not very daily at all. And this book cover could only be classed as creative by a very, very generous soul. Seeing as it’s an image sourced on Flickr and a pretty font, and, er, that’s about it.
In my defence:-
a) I tried to draw a wolf yesterday and, oh my Lord. It’s been a long time, but I used to at least be halfway competent at getting a likeness. This is going to be a long, long row to hoe…
and b) I think I’m coming down with the flu, or at least a flu-type bug of some type. So yah boo *snivels* I want ginger tea and liquorice and *sneezes* a cheerful cry of sweet sodding buggery to actual writing and drawing and all that palaver.
Not, mind you, that I am going to be hiding my half-hearted scribbles of the lupine sort permanently away from the universe. No – I will post at least the least-worst one, though that’s not saying much. Not today, though. Dear reader, you might be able to take it, but me, I’m in a delicate state, and today I can’t.
So have a pretty picture by some long-dead geezer’s hand, with some curly writing on it, instead.
Wolves In Leather by Alex Ankarr
Scott is a werewolf: a submissive wolf. A submissive werewolf escort and whore, to be accurate, paying his way through grad school via spankings and canings, turning tricks in a supernatural brothel. His client for the evening is John, a dom who certainly looks like he knows a trick or two…
Image – grace_kat https://www.flickr.com/photos/g_kat26/ on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/.
A Mate, A Moon & A Pickle With A Pack by Alex Ankarr
Francis has been dating pack Alpha werewolf Jonas Greyashe for three months now. But what’s his status? Is he significant other, casual squeeze, occasional hook-up… or mate? It’s not just Francis who wants to know… Sequel to A Bookstore, A Werewolf and a Full Moon.
Image – *nacnud* https://www.flickr.com/photos/duncanjohnston under a Creative Commons licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, modified for cover use.
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Francis is shy, bookish, a little bit nerdy – and he owns a bookstore. He’s also a werewolf. A sub werewolf, who goes into periodic sexual heat. And as he goes into a surprise heat at the end of the business day, he gets a visit from a very good client, Jonas Greyashe: rich, amorously interested and a dominant werewolf…
Oh, wow. This is the eighth story in the ‘Shifting Shadows’ short story collection by Patricia Briggs. And this, this is my favourite, by far.
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It was an unfair contest, really. This is the first story to give Mercyverse characters Warren, and his human mate Kyle, starring roles. Warren and Kyle. I know for sure that they’re not just my favourites. They are swoony, ladies. And gentlemen. Swoony.
And it’s not only that it features my special pets. This story, compared to the others thus far, is perfectly structured, the harmony of incident and character sings out, it’s just so satisfying. It gives you everything you need to work with, warning rumblings of the storm ahead. And yet, they’re backgrounded sufficiently for the ending to be a kick in the teeth from a mule.
And the passion! The naked emotion from manly reserved men! (Well, manly reserved Warren. Kyle doesn’t hold back his feelings, any more than a bustin’ dam with a hundred tons of water pent up behind it. When Kyle is indignant or enamoured or just plain out for blood, then look out!)
Oh man, don’t mess with Warren – or his man! I pity the sister who messes with Warren’s Mr! (Or Kyle’s, for that matter.)
Dammit. It’s just too good. It’s a taste that only makes the reader hungry for more: for a full-length novel, with Warren and Kyle front and centre. Come on? Surely there must be plans in the works? A novella, even? A little prequel covering how they met and got together would be amazing!
Ms Briggs! With all these wonderful LGBTQ characters, you have truly spoiled us! And like any spoilt brat, all I can say is can we have MORE slashy Mercyverse stories, and soon! (Can we have gay Bran?) (Can we have any kind of romance for Bran? Bran needs lovin’! Urgently!)
There’s just something about a gay werewolf, folks. Furry, muscular, wild and free under the moon… And after this wonderful story, I’m just howlin’ for more.
Ehhh… you see… right…
It’s this Pam Grout ‘Art & Soul, Reloaded’ ongoing project I’m doing! No, it’s not specifically a part of the tasks set on a weekly basis, but… Well. Daily creativity, right? And I thought… the thing that I thought, was, ‘Well! It’d totally be in the spirit of the challenge, to produce a new bookcover for one of my titles, on a daily or weekly basis, right?”
Now. My talents are not in the visual realm, as is abundantly obvious. That don’t hurt! That’s in the spirit of the book, too. Well, so what? ‘I’ll just bang out a cover, never mind if it’s an eyesore, have fun, make something new, fantastic!’
That’s what I thought. So that’s what I did. And I totally thought that a white circle on a black background, plus some minimalist lettering, would be hugely damn amusing. A moon, right? Satellites. Wolves. Running with the pack, howling at the moon, all the clichés. It would be sort of terrible. But funny. Humorously, good-naturedly in the spirit of the thing. But…
Hey, I’m not saying it’s, er, Michelangelo or something. (Or a renowned book-cover designer, names of whom I am clearly unfamiliar with.) But…
Eh. I sort of like it.
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Jodi is a scientist, a rational man, a researcher into travel between alternate universes. If he’s also in love with the laboratory’s senior researcher, Michael, then so what? It’s not as if anything’s ever going to come of it, Michael has never looked at him with a trace of interest in that way… Until their experiments get closed down by the authorities, and they make one last reckless desperate attempt to reach an alternate reality. A reality where they find werewolves, and vampires, and a whole other Jodi and Michael, living very different lives…