Wolf Around The Corner Has No Alphas, Only Awkwardness

Or at least that’s how I see it. When I set out to write a werewolf story, I was well-aware of the tropes that go with the shifter subgenre:

  1. There is always an Alpha Male who is both irresistible and autocratic
  2. When the werewolf meets his mate he will be drawn to them inexplicably and be unable to control himself until he “obtains” his mate in the bedroom
  3. There is only one mate per werewolf and they are fated to be together forever

But I’ve never played by the rules. 

First off, I don’t like Alphas. They irritate me and their wolf-like nature feels like an excuse for their bad behavior. I like reasonable people that are willing to discuss matters, take adult responsibility for their actions, and don’t order people around needlessly. If you want to keep with the Greek lettering system, you might say I like Betas. They’re the stolid, dependable ones that are loyal, trustworthy, and brave without being assholes about it.

And I also have a problem with the whole “there’s only one person you can fall in love with” convention. I know it’s romantic and all, but…if I can’t have a fated mate, nobody else can either. Besides, most people are a little self-conscious and awkward around people they are attracted to or don’t know yet. Why should my characters be spared that?

So here’s my werewolf. He may look all confident and sexy on the cover of my book but inside he’s a mass of wobbly gelatin and insecurity. I hope you’ll give him and his rather more confident-appearing lover (a secretly unsuccessful Broadway actor) a look in my new novel, WOLF AROUND THE CORNER.

Blurb:

Tom Davidson ran away from family obligations to be a Broadway star. If he could make it there, he could make it anywhere…but he didn’t. Trudging back home to Waycroft Falls, he finds his sister Annie and her hometown bookstore in danger of folding. Her solution, open the upstairs of the historic building as a performance venue. Putting on a play should be a piece of cake for her famous New York actor brother.

Frank Braden lost the genetic lottery and got the family werewolf curse. Kicked out of his home for the triple threat of being gay, a werewolf, and a drain on his widowed father’s new family, he settled in Waycroft Falls to make as inconspicuous a life as possible working in Annie’s bookstore. Until her gorgeous younger brother comes to town and literally needs a beast for his play.

Tom breaks out the charm to convince Frank he’s key to the success of the bookshop’s theatrical version of Beauty and the Beast. Frank loves the bookstore, is hotter than sin, and has the perfect solution to Tom’s stage makeup conundrum. Who better to play the Beast than a guy who can turn into one?

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