When I realized I was writing my first werewolf story (you'd think my subconscious would've sent a memo ahead of time) I immediately started wondering, “Who has the power here?”
The first two stories in my Steel Born series are about dark fey folk who are growing restless in their exile. Their magic is strong but often subtle, tending toward illusion, glamour, and the irresistible allure of dreams instead of brute strength. My heroes and heroines are well matched in their power. But werewolves... That's almost the textbook definition of brute strength, isn't it? Doesn't that always give the male the advantage?
No way could I let that happen! Sure, I played with Barbie when I was a kid and she had a fabulous wardrobe, but she went on some pretty damn epic adventures in those high heels. Ken wasn't going to have all the fun.
So I knew my Alpha male werewolf wasn't going to rule the day unopposed, even if he had much more defined abs than Ken. I knew I wanted my Alpha male to face not just the bad guys but his own understanding of what it means to be a leader and a protector.
But putting him up against an Alpha female had its own problems. After all, who's going to end up on top? Turns out, answering that question was quite... enjoyable for both of them. Here’s a little snippet from when they are still working out their differences:
Feeling the subtle prickle of a watchful gaze sweep over his skin, Beck faced the darkness. “I know you’re out there.”
The darkness held its breath, but it had been a long night—a long time—and frustration grated on him like the parking lot gravel.
“Quit hiding, little girl.” He knew that would work.
From the pitch-black under the pines glided a lean shape that did not give up its sable darkness despite stepping into the moonlight.
At a distance, the shape screamed wolf. Sometimes outsiders literally screamed wolf. But the faint glimmer of the verita luna lingering around her was a clue to anyone who knew to look that this was no ordinary canid.
She chuffed at him, a reprimand for the little girl remark.
He was in no mood to be scolded. “You forgot to pay for the beer.”
Quick as a thought, she dodged at him. Her shining teeth caught his pant leg and tugged him off balance before she jumped away.
He staggered and almost went down. “What, you left without a word, and now you want to play? You can’t have it both ways.”
She growled. Werelings in the verita luna were always more volatile, their human-style principles and filters stripped away.
He knew his complaint was stupid—werelings lived two ways every day—but the sight of her all dolled up had reminded him of the distance between them. And how easily she always walked away, whether in high heels or barefoot. “Go home. I’m done with your games.”
She stared at him. The moonlight couldn’t catch her plush, dark fur but it glimmered in her pale eyes.
“Shoo,” he said.
In today's world where we often discuss equality, do you think there's still room for Alphas? I know I'll always have a place for them in my stories! Leave a comment for a chance to win a pair of “Alpha's Heart” Swarovski dangle earrings.
MATED BY MOONLIGHT
Steel Born #3, Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
As the latest in a long line of female Alphas, Merrilee Delemont lives by the code be strong always. While she will never forsake her duty to her pack, she sometimes longs for a mate to share her life with. At least she's found someone to share her bed: Beck Villanova, leader of the neighboring wolf pack.
Their red-hot attraction and struggle for dominance leads to wild sex, but any chance of a real relationship goes up in smoke. Until phae invaders threaten the peace of their remote valley, forcing Merrille and Beck to finally decide which is more important: vying for power, or a passionate partnership that could change their lives forever.
Jessa Slade writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance and science fiction romance. Basically, anything with woo-woo and woo-hoo! The third book in her Steel Born series—and her first werewolf book!—MATED BY MOONLIGHT, is out now.
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