Thanks for the tag and cool intro, TK. I love you madly <3
So, here we go!
This will be fun, I hope lol.
What is the name of your character?
What is the name of your character?
Valen. That's it. Just Valen. Shifters got no need for any of that last name business!
When and where is the story set?
When and where is the story set?
About three hundred years or so in the future. Humanity has managed to all but wipe itself out, although not how you might have imagined. Yes, lots of wars and violence, but the rise of incurable and deadly diseases also decimated the world. Shifters, with their resistance to human diseases, are left unscathed and likely outnumbering humans.
What should we know about him?
He's a rather reluctant alpha. Born with a crescent birthmark above his left nipple, Valen is declared an alpha, as all wolf shifters with that birth mark are. But Valen loves the pack he's grown up in, and he love his family, his father who is the alpha of that pack. He loves them all enough to leave, as he's supposed to, and sets out to discover his own place and pack.
What is the main conflict? What won't he talk about? What messes up his life?
Well, I kinda covered part of that in the explanation before this one. He isn't afraid to talk, however, and I'm not giving away more of the plot, so you'll just have to read it to find out what Bad Shit happens.
What is the personal goal of the character?
To grow a beautiful pair of butterfly wings and fly off into the sunset. Just kidding. Again, answered this kind of. Valen has to leave the only home he's known and create a new place and pack for himself as an alpha. He intends to do this, but life doesn't go exactly as planned, and sometimes success comes at the price of great losses.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
There is. It's Valen's Pack: Run With the Moon, and it'll be available at Totallybound on these dates:
Preorder: 26th December 2014
Prerelease: 9th January 2015
General Release: 6th February 2015
What's that? A blurb and excerpt? Well, I can do that :D Can add part of the cover in here, too :D
Ain't it pretty?
Blurb: (same as the one I had up last week...or the week before. I can't remember. Bad author.)
Valen's been forced from his pack, as Alphas often are unless they want to fight the current leader for position. Since the current leader is Valen's father, and he loves and respects the man, Valen leaves even though he really just wants to stay in the safety of what he's always known. Then he encounters a sticky-fingered human, Aaron, who's the first human Valen's ever seen. The attraction between them is immediate, and more enduring than either would have guessed.
Excerpt Valen's Pack: Run With the Moon
The ceremony had begun despite Valen’s desire to remain with the pack. He hadn’t said as much to his father, Varex. Dishonoring him was unthinkable. Varex had been a good father and alpha. Fear of being alone wasn’t an acceptable reason to ask to remain there. Besides, he could and would succeed in making his father, and himself, proud.
Soft chanting filled the air then ceased. The gathered pack members joined hands and moved closer to them as Valen’s father clapped him on the shoulder. The chanting ceased, and expectation hung heavy in the air. “You told me once that you didn’t want to rule.”
Valen flinched. “I respect you and can only hope to be half the alpha you are.”
Varex squeezed gently. “You were only a young boy when you said that. To see a child’s adoration for his parent is one of the greatest moments in the parent’s life. I know you love this pack, and your family. Leaving us behind to embark on your new life is frightening. Not knowing where you will find yourself tomorrow, or next week, when your life has been all about this pack is difficult to accept. I remember well how scared I was when my father died, and I had to take over the pack. I wasn’t yet twenty, and I thought I wasn’t capable of taking the alpha position. But I was, and you are ready for this. You aren’t a power-hungry man, and you’ve been raised well. That’s part of why you’ll be a good alpha. You’re wise enough to know that power can do more harm than good in far too many instances. One only has to think of the humans to realize that.”
“I thought they were almost wiped out by diseases, not power struggles.” That was what they’d been taught in the small classroom the pack had for the kids.
Varex gave him a slight squeeze before letting go of Valen. “Diseases made and used as weapons, for the most part. Had our kind not been immune, we’d be almost extinct as well. Instead, we are thriving, as much as nature allows it.”
They still had deaths, and the odd accident that killed a shifter, but Varex was right. There’d been fewer losses when it came to pups and litters as a whole over the past several decades.
“Lanaka says that the spirits bless us for continuing to keep the peace with the humans. As if we would seek to destroy such a weak species,” Varex finished with only a hint of a sneer. “Besides, they’ll almost certainly do themselves in somehow. Humans never can remain peaceful for long, and it’s been over a hundred years since the End Times. Must be a record for them.” Varex shrugged. “Then again, they may be fighting and killing each other off somewhere, just not in the vicinity of which we receive news.”
Varex tutted. “And I’ve gone off track completely. Valen, my son.” His dark brown eyes shimmered with a mix of pride and tears. “I did not believe the spirits would see fit to gift me with someone who would follow in my footsteps. I love all of my pups, I do. Still, having an alpha for a son, that is something all of us dream of. To know that you will leave here, and make a new place, build a strong pack of your own, and spread our family line out amongst this world, it brings great joy to me.”
“Thank you, Father,” Valen murmured, dipping his head down. His heart beat faster. The time of his departure was near. Valen tried to keep his fear buried deep inside. It wouldn’t do for anyone else to scent it and think him weak, even if he knew himself to be just that.
Lanaka called forth all to witness.
Goosebumps prickled Valen’s skin. He wanted to run back into the home he’d grown up in and slam the door to his room. Hide away like a child, and never come out.
Mmmhm, peeps, and now I get to tag two (or more, hehehehe) authors to do the Meet the Character Blog Hop on their blogs next Monday! Share it with us here if you accept:
Hey and welcome to my M/M blog! My published name is M.A. Church. I'm an author with Dreamspinner and eXtasy. I also wrote at a free website as nomoretears00. I write m/m romance stories that tend to have nonhuman characters. I believe in HEA, and my stories have that, but there may be a few bumps in the road before they get there. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and live in the South.
Eric ThorntonEric Thornton/Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts is a debut young adult author that writes whatever comes to mind. He lives in the south and believes true love could come in any form.