Blog Guest Bloggers Spotlight — 30 April 2013
Kate Douglas Shares Secrets Behind – DARK WOLF!

Today, I get to welcome good friend and awesome author, Kate Douglas to Reader’s Entertainment. Kate has legions of fans for her Wolf Tales series and her latest Dark Wolf releases, today! If you’ve ever wondered about the series back-story, as I have, Kate is giving reader’s an inside view. Welcome Kate!

So, I get an email from my buddy Linda who says how about a blog post, you know, a little about the history behind Dark Wolf, where it comes from, who the players are? Like I don’t want to talk about the book? Ha! This’ll teach her…

I’ve wanted to write Lily Cheval’s story since I wrote the final lines of Wolf Tales 12. When I left her, she was just a little girl who had discovered the entire history of the Chanku species—the fact that the shapeshifters had begun as alien refugees from a dying planet, castaways on a primeval earth that was populated by everything but humans. 

They were here first, and yet despite their advanced knowledge and their ability to shape shift, they had scattered across the globe and lost their memories of just who and what they were. Lily was the one to rediscover their past, and the world suddenly knew that not only were there shape shifting aliens living among them, they had first rights to this planet because they’d arrived first. Before the first primitive humans had evolved.

This was an entirely different premise than the one I started with when I wrote the first Wolf Tales stories of the Chanku—then they were lost souls, trying to find out what made them different, why they had abilities that had remained hidden for so long. Now, not only do they know, the world knows as well.

And that’s where Dark Wolf begins. Lily has grown up as the acknowledged princess of the Chanku. Her father is still the über-alpha—Anton Cheval has lost none of his charm, but as a father he can be a real pain in the butt. Imagine being a young women with a father who can read your mind? Lily has become adept as blocking dear old dad, but she loves her father, admires him, and wants to find a man strong enough to not only stand up to her father, but one who is able to challenge her.

She’s grown up with her beloved Alex—they shared a crib as infants, had their first sexual experience as young teens, and have become dear friends with benefits, but both of them know that there is more out there, that they will somehow find the perfect mate who will love them, and also challenge them.

But who? Lily’s tough—she’s smart, she’s gorgeous, and she’s the proverbial bitch on wheels. She’s in San Francisco running one of her father’s many corporations—remember, Chanku don’t age like humans do, so Anton, now in his eighties, is as fit and handsome as a young man in his thirties—but he’s backed off a bit so that Lily can finally come into her own.

And then she meets Sebastian Xenakis. Sebastian is a mystery—the son of a man who hates the Chanku, a young but powerful wizard in his own right with the ability to shift into a wolf using magical means. The connection between Lily and Sebastian is powerful, but so are the questions. A series of murders and rapes of young women—rape by human, murder by wolves—has everyone suspecting the Chanku. But Sebastian has been in both Montana and the San Francisco Bay Area where the attacks have occurred, and he’s concerned that somehow he might be responsible.

When I began writing this story, I only knew a couple of things—that Alex Aragat and Lily Cheval would both find love, but it wouldn’t be with each other. And that Sebastian Xenakis might or might not be the perfect mate for Lily. I didn’t know, but as the story unfolded, I began to realize there was more to Alex than I’d suspected, more to Sebastian than I had ever imagined, and that while my favorite characters from Wolf Tales would still have a role in this new generation, the story belonged to Lily.

When I write a story, I start with my characters and a premise—essentially I asked Lily who the hell she would ever find as a mate? Her magic is strong, her mind is without equal, and she’s got that interfering father who isn’t going to approve of just any guy for his princess. Lily and Sebastian were wonderful, generous characters. They told their story and Alex told his, and suddenly I had a book in my hands that made sense, that led to the next story, and to others because the Chanku were much too real to me to ever walk away from their lives.

This first book comes out April 30. I don’t know if this series will run to twelve novels and nine novellas like the original Wolf Tales did, but I do know there were a lot of children born over the course of those first novels, and now that all of them are grown, I can’t wait to find out what they do with their lives. I hope you’ll join me for the journey. As I finish stories, I’ll be posting excerpts on my website at www.katedouglas.com. And please let me know what you think of this new series, and which characters you’d like for me to explore next. I can tell you that the second book, Dark Moon, is Igmutaka’s story. Ig has known from the very beginning that Mikaela Star, the daughter of Mik Fuentes and Tala Quinn, was to be his mate. However, convincing Star isn’t all that easy. And then, of course, there’s Sunny Daye, who has been Ig’s lover for many years.

Like I said, I don’t always know what’s coming, but thankfully the characters do. And they never hesitate to tell me.

If you haven’t read the original Wolf Tales, you don’t have to in order to follow along in Dark Wolf. But, if you’re interested, I’ve donated an entire set of all 21 books (along with my full Dream Catchers and DemonSlayers series and a stuffed wolf, a squirrel and a pitbull/poodle mix) to Brenda Novak’s annual Diabetes “For the Cure” Auction. Check out my listing at http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=2930589

And thanks, Linda, for the invite! If anyone has any questions about the series or what’s coming, I’m here to answer. And, to give away a copy of Dark Wolf to one lucky reader.

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About Dark Wolf:

It is a new beginning for the Chanku. For so long they kept their shapeshifting ability secret, but now they have assimilated into the world in ways they once never thought possible. Still there are those who want to destroy them, with dark powers of their own…

A Bold New Beginning

The CEO of Cheval International, Lily Cheval chooses to live alone, but a series of rapes and murders leave her wary and worried for her fellow Chanku. Then she meets Sebastian Xenakis and the connection is intense and immediate. The son of a charismatic cult leader, Sebastian is a mysteriously sensual man who uses magic to shift into wolf form. He and Lily come together in a moment of supreme ecstasy, succumbing to a primal passion that leaves Lily shaken but utterly alive. Is Sebastian her lifetime mate or is he her worst enemy? 

Watch the Dark Wolf booktrailer:

About Kate Douglas:

 

A life-long California native, Kate Douglas has been lucky enough to call writing her career for most of her adult life, but it wasn’t until she discovered the world of the sexy paranormal that she really found her niche. She’s having such a terrific time creating more Wolf Tales for Kensington’s Aphrodisia line as the imprint’s lead author, that she’s still waiting for someone to call and tell her it was all a big mistake,—now with her new DemonSlayers series taking off, she’s definitely having the time of her life. Married for almost forty years to her very own hero, Kate is mother to two amazing adults and “Dabba” to five perfect grandchildren—and two grand-dogs. Kate gives credit for much of her success to the fantastic cadre of generous and talented authors who have helped her over the years. She is a firm believer in the philosophy of “paying it forward.”

 

 

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(84) Readers Comments

  1. As always, I can’t wait to read a new book by Kate Douglas! Thanks for the contest/giveaway too.

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}
    borg_66@hotmail.com

    • Hey Lea-Ellen! Good to see you. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book Kate! I know it will be an awesome ride like all the others! You are the best!!! Thank you for being such a fantastic author! You know you are my favorite!

    • Thanks, Sweetie! Much appreciated. I was SO worried about this one coming out–was afraid readers might have issues with a grown up Lily, so I”m thrilled with the response so far!

  3. Thank you for the chance to win a new book and for writing such great books!

  4. I live Kate Douglas’ work!

  5. I love the wolf tale series. I am so excited to get to read the next generations story.
    Always a huge fun.

    • Thanks, Jaime. I’ve been writing about the Chanku for so long that it felt really good to get back to them. I’m really thrilled with the response.

  6. Love Kate’s books! Looking forward to reading Dark Wolf. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the release!
    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  7. Thanks Kate for the giveway! I have waited forever for the book. it seems like it any way. :) i cant wait to see how Lily grew up.

    • Mandy, you’re not the only one. It has felt like forever since I turned in the completed story. So glad it’s finally out!

  8. Fantastic post, Kate! And you already know how much I’m looking forward to seeing the kids all grown up and revisiting the others that I’ve fallen in love with. Awesome trailer, too. I love those magnificent creatures! Wishing you much continued success. :)

    • Thanks, Nissie! My husband did such a great job on the video. I told him I guess I’ll have to keep him. :-) Our 41st anniversary is next week, and the truth is, there is no way in HELL I’d want to break in a new one! Husbands are a lot of work!

  9. Have always been a big fan of Kate’s but have not had to opportunity to read the new “Dark Wolf” yet. The Wolf Tales series is wonderful (and incidentally, hot as hell)! I recommend it to anyone who likes a unique story unlike anything else you have read before.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. Dark Wolf is hot, and Sebastian is wonderful. I loved writing his character because he just pushed ALL my buttons!

  10. Hi Kate, loved reading your Wolf Tale books, so I know I will enjoy reading Dark Wolf.

    • Hi Loretta-I really hope you do. I’m very proud of this one. It was definitely a labor of love.

  11. Can’t wait to read this so glad the chanku stories are still going!!

  12. Cannot wait to read this!!

    • I hope you like it, and I’m really glad they’re still going, too! I missed the pack–got so depressed when I ended Wolf Tales 12 and knew I was going to have to write more.

  13. Hey Kate,

    You know that I love the series. I have all of the wolf tales. I have still have AJ the wolf you sent me a couple of years ago. I just wanted to say hello and that I love your work. Take care of yourself.

    • Thanks, Joan. So good of you to come by. I appreciate it, and so glad AJ’s got a good home!

  14. Book sounds great if it is anything like wolf tales it should be amazing

    • Hi Cheryl–I just send you an email with the info about your contest prize from Lee’s blog. Will see what I can find out tomorrow. Sometimes the US Mail (Just like the US male) does some very odd things.

  15. Can’t wait to read it…I love reading your books Kate, once I start to read them I can’t seem to put them down until I have finished it.

    • Love to hear that, Amy! That’s what any author wants their readers to say!

  16. I am so looking forward to reading this newest book. Can’t hardly wait.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

    • Hey Mary! Thank you–I can assure you that you WILL like it. :-)

  17. I’m so excited to read this one Kate! :)

    • Hi Stephanie–Let me know what you think! I do hope you like it.

  18. CAN’T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT GENERATIONS STORIES

    RAVENAWOLF@YAHOO.COM

    • Jaime, I really hope you like them. The next generation has had a whole different experience than their parents did, so it was fun to write them a little edgier, a lot more self-assured.

  19. I just finished reading this book, and I loved it! I have never read anything by Kate Douglas, but I will definitely be reading any future books in this series, and I will probably go download all of her old stuff too. Can’t wait for book two! :)

    • Jessica, that is just so cool–if you liked Dark Wolf, I know you’ll enjoy Wolf Tales. The list of the books and their order is on my website at http://www.katedouglas.com along with first chapters of all of them, and all the novellas from the Sexy Beast and Wild Nights anthologies are now available as individual ebooks. I hope you’ll give them a try, and thanks so much for posting!

      Which reminds me, if anyone here is selected as the winner who has already got Dark Wolf, I’m open to substituting any other books I’ve got as the prize. I’ll be sure and Let Linda know. I’m so glad you all showed up–it was feeling pretty lonely here without any comments. I was beginning to think everyone hated the book. And yes, I am neurotic. It comes with the territory!

  20. I so love Kate I have all of her wolf tales and sexy beast I think she is one of the best writers out there. I will be working on getting This new one soon

    • Thanks Patty! I love hearing from readers who’ve not only read one of my books, they keep coming back for more! So glad you like them.

  21. cannot wait to get my hand’s on this book.

    • I hope you do, Kim. It’s got a lot of story in it! (You should have seen me trying to keep track of all the details…not pretty!)

  22. finals are done for the semester! Now I get to treat myself by reading this story!!!
    I have been anxiously awaiting this!!

    If you ever get to meet Kate she is great!!

    • Hey Veanna–yea for finals being over. Hope all is well in your world, m’dear!

  23. I cant wait to read this one! I love all your books!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  24. Just getting into book and it is fantastic ! I want that shower and Sebastin. Great sex seines, they help keep the charactures connected. If a person says the sex is too much they shouldn’t be reading erotic romances.

    Great sex is a huge part of the Chanku wolves.

    • I want that shower, too. Had a great visual for it, a grotto we used to hike to as kids up in the mountains. Water spilled over a lip about thirty feet up and fell into a big volcanic bowl. There were ferns growing out of the rock, and the water was crystal clear–really difficult climb to get to it, but it was a favorite swimming hole up near Whispering Pines, a little resort area where my grandmother had a cabin, and where my husband and I lived for many years. I was thinking of the grotto when I wrote the shower scene.

  25. Wonderful post Kate. I’ve followed you for years and get your newsletter but you told us even more this time. I can’t wait to get started on the next generation. I’ll have to get these autographed someday too 😉

    • Hey Glittergirl–you know I can always send signed bookplates. Just need an email telling me where to send them and how many you need. They’re not fancy, just clear stickers that you can stick in the book so it ALMOST looks like I signed the book. :-)

  26. Cant wait to read Dark Wolf. I read all of the wolf tales series and all the sexy beast series because I am addicted to Kate Douglas stories. Thank you so much for such great reads. I am looking forward to the next one. I know this book will be just as good as all the others. Thank you! Can’t wait.

  27. I fell in love with the Wolf Tale series and cannot praise it enough now to have a continuation with the children of the original Chanku is beyond words. I look forward to continuing the journey with this incredible series!!! Kate takes us on a journey with the Chanku that you do not want to miss!!!!!!!

    • Thank you, Jennifer. It killed me to wait on these stories. I was SO depressed when I finished Wolf Tales 12, but it sure feels good to be writing them again.

  28. Looking forward to this generation of Chanku’s stories! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • You’re welcome, Mary Jo. Hope you like it!

  29. I cannot wait to read Dark Wolf! Love all I have ever read written by Kate. Thank you for the chance to win :)

    • Hi Emily–I just got an email from Linda McMaken, and her 19 month old granddaughter picked your name out of the basket. Send me your mailing address, and I’ll get a copy of Dark Wolf in the mail to you on Monday.

  30. I enjoyed the wolf tales series and know I will enjoy this new series just as much,

  31. I feel in love with the Chanku. I own all the wolf tales and sexy Beast and have read them so much the binding is starting to come apart. When I realized Wolf Tales was ending I was so upset, I have never feel in love with books like I have these. I will sit up and read one until I finish it. I bought the book the first day it came out. I know it was supposed to be April 30th but BAM had it the Thursday before.I stayed up all night and read the complete book and can not wait until the next one comes out.

    • LOL…I’m glad you got it early. I always feel like I won a prize when it shows up in the store ahead of time! Thank you!!!

  32. Been reading some of her jaguar stories…enjoying them as much as the wolf stories…always looking for more from her!

    • Susan, I’ve not written jaguar stories–closest would be the Lions of Mirat in the StarQuest series. Do you mean those? Or possibly another author. Though I wish I had–I love jaguars! Gorgeous animals–we see them on occasion at an animal park near where we live.

  33. Thank you Reader’s Entertainment!! Thanks again Kate!! I can’t wait to read Lily’s book! You are an awesome writer, and I never mind some hot, and steamy scenes! :) Have a great one!!

    • LOL…so glad you like the steamy ones, Helen. I do too!

  34. Kate Douglas is one of my all time favorite authors and love humor!!!!

    • Thanks, Michelle. Have you read 68 & Climbing or Cowboy in My Pocket? Those are my two romantic comedies. I love writing that sort of story on occasion. When I’m not writing wolves…

  35. I would love to read Dark Wolf, I have read all of the Chanku series and can’t wait to see what the offspring are like!. Thanks Kate for this new series.

    • You’re welcome, Lisa. The kids are a lot like their parents, but also a lot more. The difference is living in a society that knows they exist. I had fun with that.

  36. A great giveaway. Love Kate’s work. Haven’t read everyone yet but I’m getting there. :) Love the cover for Dark Wolf Kate. Thanks again for the great reads.
    Carol L

    • Thatnks, Carol. That’s definitely my best cover ever. Check out the artist’s work. HIs name is Shane Rebenschied and his website is blot.com (no www in front) Some of his art is just mindblowing.

  37. NICE Cover!!! LOVE Kate’s work!!!
    pick ME!!
    PicardsMom at yahoo dot com

    • LOL…you are SO subtle, Pam! Linda’s already picked the winner. Just waiting to hear from Emily. I’m sorry!

  38. Love your books and the cover of new book.

  39. Just finished Dark Wolf, fantasic ! Another great read.

    • Thank you Lori, and thanks so much for the nice note off list. Much appreciated.

  40. Kate’s books never disappoint, and Dark Wolf is not exception. I have been going through withdrawals waiting for the return of the Chanku. The book just came out 3 days ago and I have already finished reading it. I just could not put it down, in spite of having other things I really needed to do. Kate’s writing flows and creates a vivid picture in the readers mind. The development of her characters are so complete that you feel like you know them personally. And of course the sex is really hot! Dark Wolf is a definite must read, especially if you liked her Wolf Tales series. I cannot wait for Ig’s story!!!!!!!
    Love you and your stories, Kate!!! :-)

  41. Oh, I forgot to mention: Kate, your husband did a fabulous job on the trailer for Dark Wolf. I think it is absolutely amazing at how supportive he is of your love of writing. I also wanted to thank you for being so appreciative and giving to your readers. You are always willing to have conversations with us, and not just about your books. You are an amazing person. Luv Ya–Dawn

    • Thank you, Dawn. Your very kind words are much appreciated. Funny story about the husband. I love to cook, and I fix a really good dinner every night. Yes, the man is spoiled rotten, but he really enjoys eating, and since he’s tall and skinny, he can do it and not get porky the way NORMAL people would who ate like him. Like me.

      Anyway, every night after dinner, he sits back and sighs and says, “Well. that was okay. You can stay another night.” So when he finished the video and showed it to me, and THEN turned to me and said, “I am SO FUCKING GOOD!” I very calmly said, “It’s okay. I guess you can stay another night.” Then I went back into my office and left him sitting there at his desk with his mouth hanging open. Figured it was only right, right? :-)

      You realize, of course, that the male ego knows NO bounds!

  42. I’m so mad at myself for missing the giveaway, I’ve been so sick for a couple weeks. I would love to read the original “Wolf Tales”. I love your Books!

  43. Who won the book.

    • Hi Loretta:

      Emily Tardy was the winner. It was announced on Kate’s site.
      Sorry, I should have announced it here as well.

  44. Thank you to everyone that commented and to Kate for blogging at RE!!

    The winner of the drawing was Emily Tardy.

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