As a reader, I often wonder where writers get their ideas for their stories. As a writer, I’m often asked this very question about my own stories. Many times, especially when I’m writing book 2 or 3 in a series, the answer isn’t very interesting. Often times, it’s that I have this character, and I need a story for him. Most of the time, my stories start with characters.
Werewolves Only is different.
This story came to me when I was at a bar in New Orleans. There was a cardboard sign on the door leading to the kitchen that read “Employees and Werewolves Only,” written in black marker. I asked the bartender what the story behind the sign was, and he told me the customers would joke that the bar owner looked like a werewolf. Here’s the sign:
When I saw that sign and heard the story, I started playing the what-if game. What if it wasn’t a joke? What if the bar owner really was a werewolf? What if the bar wasn’t just a bar, but was actually the headquarters for the entire wolf pack and the pack acted like the paranormal police force for the city? And what if…just what if….the alpha werewolf fell in love with the human detective he was trying to keep from discovering their secrets?
The ideas flooded my brain, and I had to get them out. I borrowed a pen from the bartender and spent the next half hour hashing out the story on a napkin. My dear, sweet husband sat next to me, patiently sipping his beer while I completely ignored him and conversed with my new imaginary friends. Luke and Macey emerged on that napkin, and as soon as I got back to Houston, I began writing the story.
I started this story several years ago, and sadly, the bar has since moved and changed names. Life happened, and it took me a while to get the book ready to be published, but it’s now complete and will be released on August 21st!
Werewolves Only is the first book in the Crescent City Wolf Pack series, and it will be available in paperback and ebook at most major retailers. Book 2 in the series is currently with my editor, and I’ve written book 3 and am working on getting it into shape for editing soon.
I am super excited about this series, not just because of the magical way the idea came to me, but because it’s set in my favorite city in the world. I can’t wait for you to experience Luke and Macey’s journey as they team up to take down a demon and learn that when fate has plans, you better buckle up and get ready for the ride!
When the alpha’s love for his fated mate is forbidden, he’ll risk everything to hold her.
Detective Macey Carpenter has been on the trail of a vicious attacker for weeks, with nothing more than a vague description of a red-eyed man to go on. She has no clue she’s hunting demons, and if the evidence doesn’t stop disappearing, she’ll never solve the case.
Before Luke Mason becomes alpha of the Crescent City Wolf Pack, he has to end the French Quarter’s demon infestation and keep the police from discovering the truth. But when he falls head over tail for the feisty detective investigating the crimes, supernatural secrets aren’t the only things at stake.
Luke has to mate with another werewolf or he’ll sacrifice his position as alpha. But as heat builds between the pair, he discovers Macey has a few secrets of her own. She may hold the key to ridding New Orleans of its demons, but his feelings for her could tear the pack apart.
Fans of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series will fall in love with the Crescent City Wolf Pack!